Poem Baby Greeting Card

July 29, 2009

As you know I love the idea of bring poetry into the ever day life. I think that it adds spice and interest to the things we do and makes them a little more beautiful. Of course having a new baby is a beautiful event all on its own, but there is something to be said for having a work of art that is special help classify this special moment in a families’ life. I really like how that is done with this great poem announcement baby card below.

New Born Baby Card card
New Born Baby Card by biglnet
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Many people don’t respect the fact that Melville was not only an author but a famous poet. See below for one of his seminal poems, entitled America which tells an amazing story of the early time of this country.

I

Where the wings of a sunny Dome expand
I saw a Banner in gladsome air-
Starry, like Berenice’s Hair-
Afloat in broadened bravery there;
With undulating long-drawn flow,
As rolled Brazilian billows go
Voluminously o’er the Line.
The Land reposed in peace below;
The children in their glee
Were folded to the exulting heart
Of young Maternity.

II

Later, and it streamed in fight
When tempest mingled with the fray,
And over the spear-point of the shaft
I saw the ambiguous lightning play.
Valor with Valor strove, and died:
Fierce was Despair, and cruel was Pride;
And the lorn Mother speechless stood,
Pale at the fury of her brood.

III

Yet later, and the silk did wind
Her fair cold for;
Little availed the shining shroud,
Though ruddy in hue, to cheer or warm
A watcher looked upon her low, and said-
She sleeps, but sleeps, she is not dead.
But in that sleep contortion showed
The terror of the vision there-
A silent vision unavowed,
Revealing earth’s foundation bare,
And Gorgon in her hidden place.
It was a thing of fear to see
So foul a dream upon so fair a face,
And the dreamer lying in that starry shroud.

IV

But from the trance she sudden broke-
The trance, or death into promoted life;
At her feet a shivered yoke,
And in her aspect turned to heaven
No trace of passion or of strife-
A clear calm look. It spake of pain,
But such as purifies from stain-
Sharp pangs that never come again-
And triumph repressed by knowledge meet,
Power delicate, and hope grown wise,
And youth matured for age’s seat-
Law on her brow and empire in her eyes.
So she, with graver air and lifted flag;
While the shadow, chased by light,
Fled along the far-brawn height,
And left her on the crag.

This is an interesting youtube video with a very colorful story from famous author Chuck Palahniuk. After the story about masterbating he gets into a discussion about how to create characters and mentions that it is almost better not to like the traits of a character because you are able to write it more clearly and understand it better thanks to your strong emotional reaction. Pretty interesting stuff.

I love watching these short little videos on TED because it feels like I have an audience with some of the most amazing minds in the world. I especially enjoyed watching this video on how the brain processes information and I thought it was worth sharing how we as a people have really developed into this culture and evolved to depend so much on our visual sense. Very interesting stuff, I would have loved to hear him speak about how this changes for someone that is actually blind and can no longer depend on their brain in the same way.

This had me literally crying I was laughing so hard.

Haha! I love the seductive Librarian look that this shirt has. Very cute and of course there is no better message than letting the world know that reading is sexy.

Reading is Sexy shirt
Reading is Sexy by Llywellyn
Many more t-shirts online at http://www.Zazzle.ca

Worst Writing Ever.

July 3, 2009

How did this page from “Moon People,” ever get published. Why is this book not holding up a table to keep it level somewhere? Here is the page. Avert your eyes if you love grammar and hate to see it slaughtered.