Sunday, May 31, 2009

Helen Keller's Take on Definition of Happiness

Deafblind American author, activist, and lectu...Helen Keller in 1905, activist, lecturer and author - Image via Wikipedia

From Denny: Helen Keller was both a pioneer and blind, deaf and mute in a time long before computers, society's compassion or teachers who understood she was smart but locked inside a body that did not function like everyone else.

It was amazing to read about how Helen grew as a person as her teacher figured her way through the process to reach and educate her. It was a great accomplishment for both student and teacher.

Sign language was just beginning to develop at this time as the educational system was starting to address the needs of the deaf, moving away from writing them off as stupid and unteachable. What Helen learned along the way was deep, thoughtful and inspirational. There are many incredible quotes attributed to Helen Keller.

“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” — Helen Keller

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Where is Your Path of Happiness Traveling?

Mikko Hirvonen of Finland and Co-Driver Jarmo ...Road Race Image by AFP/Getty Images via Daylife

From Denny: I really like this quote because it is both true and it certainly has happened a number of times to me. Probably has happened to you a lot too. It can apply to your life path or just bad driving directions!

“The really happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery when on a detour.” — Unknown

*** Notice how the car is literally lifted off the ground!

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Why Would Anyone Consider Happiness a Duty?

From Denny: It never ceases to amaze me how a writer from about 200 years ago can reach out from the past to say something so profound... I am in awe! Would this have occurred to you?

“There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.” — Robert Louis Stevenson

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

How is Happiness Easily Acquired?

A confluence of "natural" and a &quo...Image via Wikipedia

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.” — James Oppenheim

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Happiness Described by the Dalai Lama

Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth and current Dala...Dalai Lama Image via Wikipedia

From Denny: Now here is a soul that knows what he is talking about. He has endured a hostile atmosphere and the life of a nomad for all his adult life. He knows a thing or two about how to maintain a happy disposition no matter what your environment.

“The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy.” — H.H. the Dalai Lama (Tanzin Gayatso, 14th Dalai Lama and leader of exiled Tibetan government). He also won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Happiness Can Be Funny!

From Denny: This is a happiness quote I haven't seen and it sure made me laugh! Check out the photo of this gorgeous albino peacock in full feather display.

Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place. But there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.” — E.L. Konigsburg

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day Poems

From Denny: These are a selection from many wonderful poems written with heavy hearts and great sincerity about the reality of how war affects us all. The old men who send young men to war rarely stop long enough - or at all - to consider their haste to anger and action affects the entire nation for generations to come.

The following are not glory poems but rather the perspectives of those involved in war be they one soldier, a POW, a mother, a daughter, a citizen who knew none of them but felt a duty to pray for them constantly, knowing the personal cost war would bring to all. They span several wars from the Civil War to WWII, the Korean War and today's Iraq and Afghanistan War.

These poems came from the comprehensive Memorial Day site where there is much more than poems to view. Please take a look today as you remember those who came before us.

For the link to the Memorial Day Poems post at my poetry blog, The Social Poets, go here.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Wisdom From Anne Frank

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“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.” — Anne Frank

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

3 Key Ingredients to Achieving Happiness?

“The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” — Allan K. Chalmers

Photo by Krikit @ flickr

Friday, May 22, 2009

Bee Poetry: Pollen for tea

Pollen for tea, originally uploaded by Steve Punter.

Pollen for tea
Weight for weight
she carries
more home
on her legs
than I do in my

Plastic sacks

And I do it at most
a day

fat from tesco
and some protein from Lidl

She shops
till she drops

in her gullet
and pollen
for her siblings

A worker
less than a month and
she will be gone

Uploaded by Steve Punter on 21 May 09, 11.25AM CDT.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

How Well Do You See the Manipulator in Your Life?

From Denny: Now here is someone who has caught on to the devious manipulator that other people rarely see, let alone know and understand when their game is in play.

It also is a strong comment about toxic politics!

"The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on." - Robert Bloch

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

How to Deal with a Bad Memory: Humorously!

Photo of Nietzsche in 1875

"The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time." - German philosopher Friedrich Nietzche

For many more amusing quotes from this serious man, hike yourself on over to The Social Poets for Cheeky Quote Day! 20 May 2009 - go here.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

How Do You Live With Honor in a Dishonorable World?

The Socratic MethodImage via Wikipedia

"The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be." - Socrates

This is an interesting related article that took some Socrates' quotes and illustrated how to employ that good character in your social media life to be successful!

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Word Smithing: Those Funny Sayings We Hear Every Day

Word Smithing: Those Funny Sayings We Hear Every Day: "Have you ever wondered about the origins of odd sayings? Check out the tattooed Viking blacksmith photo!"

By Denny Lyon @ HubPages
Photo Artwork Word Cloud by Denny Lyon

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Do You Know the Main Ingredient for Courage?

September 11th 2008 - It's not great art unles...Art is when the eyes follow you Image by Stephen Poff via Flickr

From Denny: This is one of those quotes where the truth is hidden in plain sight!

“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” — James Baldwin

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

How is Greatness Measured?

Honoree Dr. Dorothy I. HeightImage by now_photos via Flickr

From Denny: So often society measures the worth of a person by how many things they own, the high price those "things" cost, and how quickly they are acquired. Here is another more truthful definition of greatness by a female civil rights leader who was honored at a leadership conference.

Greatness is not measured by what a man or woman accomplishes, but by the opposition he or she has to overcome to reach his [or her] goals.” – Dr. Dorothy Height, honoree at Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

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Friday, May 15, 2009

How Do You Achieve Greatness With Little Effort?

From Denny: Have you ever noticed how human nature does not change over the centuries? You have only to read what writer Mark Twain said 100 years ago to realize it still holds true.

All the success gurus and positive thinkers of today are recycling truisms of the past because there is little institutional memory from generation to generation. What memory we do have of what humanity has managed to figure out as truth is deposited in our literature from ancient history to today.

“Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” - Mark Twain

Photo by muha... @ flickr

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

New Link Pages: List for Fav Bloggers and Fav Links!

Big Faves and Model Shoot Links SetLinks Image by cobalt123 via Flickr

From Denny: Hi, everyone! Been busy on the blog's housekeeping and you all know how much I don't like (OK, despise) housework...

The Social Poets has become a bit of the Wild Wild West. Read that as too much overwhelming info on one page. Too much on one page has really slowed down the final load time of this blog too. Surely you find it as annoying as I do! So, something had to be done and two more blog pages were born:

The Social Poets Fav Bloggers

The Social Poets Fav Links

OK, so I'm one of those people who enjoys a clean house, everything in its place, neat and orderly - I just don't like the effort it takes to do it! (Hmmm... TMI...)

Seriously though, if you are a blogger or are thinking about starting a blog, maybe try out the same idea for your convenience. For both content and link worthiness it's a great idea to have links to other blogs and sites. I just choose to do so by fitting it into my niche because I'm a total information junkie. Sigh... TMI yet again... :)

Actually, I've been wanting to expand on finding additional blogs to fit my categories and have been limited - until now. I really see the potential for how I could create additional interesting pages/related blogs!

Currently, on The Social Poets Fav Bloggers there are blogs on general musings, poetry blogs, writing blogs, political and social issues, creativity blogs, and more will be added. If you have some interesting blogs or sites you have run across (or your own) you think warrant as an addition, feel free to drop me an email with the link and I'll be glad to consider it! (Always looking for new talent as life is a team effort.)

On the links list page, The Social Poets Fav Links, there are links to my original poems (parked in various places so required a link page area), links to my friends who write poetry (let me know if you want to add your poetry page, be glad to do so to help promote fellow poets), writing sites (let me know your contribution to helping others develop their writing skills and be glad to include your site), poetry sites, music and more.

For your convenience the new links are located right before the day's post. The link pages also have a link to navigate you back to the home page of The Social Poets blog too.

Blogging is a lot of fun! Always learning how to solve "all the problems of the world." Now if world politics and world peace were just this easy...

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Funny Definition of Insanity!

Albert Einstein during a lecture in Vienna in 1921Image via Wikipedia

From Denny: This past century's widely acclaimed genius, Albert Einstein, was one funny guy; he saw the humor and truth in life on many levels. His following quote is so universal in application it could be applied to the math and science fields as well as the field of personal relationships. How many family and marriage dynamics have you witnessed that exhibit this same process?

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein

Below are two videos on Einstein's life. By his own admission he felt he spent his entire life trying to understand one thing: light.

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The life of Albert Einstein - part 1

The life of Albert Einstein - part 2

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Have You Heard an African Proverb Lately?

a lion at the zooImage via Wikipedia

From Denny: I thought this photo of an African lion to be appropos first for the physical setting of Africa. It is also a good fit for what is known in the spiritual ancient mystery schools as "the lion of ego" that must be tamed, disciplined and taught to follow the Spirit. The ego consciousness is meant to work in concert with the Spirit as a team effort.

Spirituality is simple in concept and long on perfecting the practice to reap the benefits. Waste no time with guilt but rather with practicing the positive to develop limitless strength - just like the lion!

"Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped." - African proverb

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Monday, May 11, 2009

How Would You Define a Free Society?

Adlai Stevenson shows aerial photos of Cuban m...Adlai Stevenson shows aerial photos of Cuban missiles to the United Nations in November 1962 (his father was 23rd Vice President of America) Image via Wikipedia

"My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular." - Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Are You Any Good at Fooling Other People?

A stiltwalker participates in a parade dressed...Image via Wikipedia

From Denny: This is a famous quote that makes us all smile. But did you remember who actually said it? Quite the surprise to be coming from this historical figure!

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time." - President Abraham Lincoln

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

What is the Most Difficult Test for a Person?

President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.Image via Wikipedia

From Denny: From a beloved President come some very wise words. And he ought to know of what he spoke; he lived it!

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

A couple of very interesting articles to read too!

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Friday, May 8, 2009

How Do You Practice Your Way to a Successful Life?

ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 22:  A fan of the ...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

From Denny: This quote exhibits that wonderful progression to attaining the life we all want to live. Simply and sparsely stated, so true, and a great way to practice our way to success!

"Sow an act...reap a habit;

Sow a habit...reap a character;

Sow a character...reap a destiny."

- George Dana Boardman

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Thursday, May 7, 2009

How Do the Wise Deal with Fear in Dangerous Moments?

Rolling thunderstorm (Cumulonimbus arcus)Image via Wikipedia

From Denny: Another one of my favorite writers for fabulous quotes. I find it amazing how the words written or spoken over a century ago can still define our human condition.

"The wise man in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Blogger Interviews Porn Queen Stormy Daniels While Waiting on Jury Duty

Stormy Daniels, American pornographic actress.Image via Wikipedia

From Denny: Been on jury duty since Monday and the days are getting longer so not able to post much. Maybe tomorrow will be a shorter day!

Looks like Cheeky Quote Day is sidelined for today. Will a true story of what happened to me today do in its place? I'm up for a second-degree murder case. Probably will sit around all day waiting to be rejected. That's what happened today after 10 hours of jury selection.

I did get to chat up the staff. Talked to a sheriff who the local news station had promised to interview about his time in Iraq but didn't - clearly he needed to talk about it - so as any good blogger with a journalism degree, well, I jumped on the interview, duh! He's with the Army 239th, an MP and just got back from Iraq a few months ago. He proceeded to tell me about what it was like serving over there.

Real sociable guy and it sure surprised me when he started talking but I figured it was good for him to get the stress out. I mean, how many warriors actually tell you how many kills? And worse, how many were Iraqi children, armed with hand grenades and ordered by their parents to come kill Americans? Sad but true tale.

While he acknowledged it was a tough decision to choose self-defense and claimed it didn't bother him, I figured it did upset him and that's why he was telling me all about it. Soldiers from many wars often start talking around me and I hear the most amazing stories of personal trauma.

It isn't always what people tell you as true but rather the fact that they are talking about something so horrific while claiming it doesn't bother them. Of course it bothers them, why else would they need to talk about it? I don't waste time judging, just accept and listen. Talk about a lot to process for them.


Now the highlight of today's jury service was going to lunch at a little eatery known as The Roux House. We noticed the local TV news crew outside, went in and there was a big commotion at the back of the restaurant. We peeked in and it turns out a new politician was announcing her candidacy.

Who was it? Turns out it's the porn queen, Stormy Daniels, who was the regular prostitute for years for Louisiana's Senator David Vitter. Yep! The former pro is running against her customer!

I found it amusing. On her way out she stopped to talk to everyone at the few tables and so I took the time to interview her about her candidacy. Turns out ABC News was there too. I asked some very easy questions to give her a chance to prove herself. I'll try to blog tomorrow about the interview. What a hoot! When was the last time you had the opportunity to interview a porn queen AND attend a bizarre event in the weirdest world of Louisiana politics? It was a definite two-fer! :)

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