Wkly Brief – NH Literary Hall of Fame

Robert FrostWere you raised on poetry, the way I was?

In the evenings, did your mother tuck you in, and sit on the edge of the bed with a poetry book, while your older brother leaned against her shoulder and pointing to pages?

Did you fear the Crazy Old Vinegar Man and search for the North Wind when the moon crumbled?

Did you learn about poet laureates before you could read, and memorize John Masefield’s Sea Fever? Not because you had to, but because the words haunted your dreams and you wanted them for your own?

Have you kept journals of your favorite poems? Have you written your own poems, and squirreled them away, where only you and your children — if they are unlucky to be caught when you are nostalgic — hear your rambling words?

When I was a college sophomore, I slipped into the front row seat in an English Literature class. I remember the building I was in, the seat I occupied. The windows were behind me; I didn’t look out. For me, that was an amazing feat. Ask any of my high school teachers and they would say, “Her? She’s a dreamer. Always staring out the window.”

But this day, when I was a bit older than nineteen, I gazed at my fifty-something professor, adoring his words; their words: Tennyson, Browning, Keats, Wordsworth. I wonder what he must have thought, when this star-struck co-ed begged to be added to his class? Did he go home that evening with a spring in his step, and a secret in his soul.  If so, I never knew, my head was buried in the two-thousand page book, falling in love with poets long gone.

Among the great poets is Robert Frost.  “He’s a poet laureate too,” Mom told me. My grade-school eyes grew wide; I was surprised to learn there was more than one.  And she read me The Pasture.

Ten years later, I was in a cap and gown. My sister handed me a picture book filled with Robert Frost’s poems.  “Thought you might enjoy this as you head for New England next year,” she wrote. The book came with me, and we stayed in New England.  Mr. Frost’s words described my life in NH’s rural woods as I became a wife and mother.

Twenty years later, it was my daughter’s turn to learn a poem. It was a chore for her, but a joy for me. Together we learned The Road Not Taken, and as we grew up together we have both come to know the wisdom of his words.

On March 28, 2015, Robert Frost will be inducted into the New Hampshire Literary Hall of Fame at Southern New Hampshire University.  He is one of four inspirational inaugural inductees, with Donald Hall, John Irving, and Grace Metalious.

In two weeks, as each name is called, we will all remember that these four people chose their paths, and in doing so, left their legacy.

To quote Mr. Frost,

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and [they –

They] took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”[1]

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1) “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost; Robert Frost: A Tribute to the Source (page 91); compilation by Dewitt Jones and David Bradley; Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York (1979).

Dedicated to Eileen Byrne (October 27, 1962 – March 18, 1979).

Forever in our hearts.

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About Your Child’s Doll…

Teddy Bear DollsThe geek inside of me is fascinated by the new Hello Barbie® unveiled in New York City this year. The security-conscious me finds it eerily like the Twilight Zone or a horror movie.

I’d be interested in hearing what you think about Hello Barbie® , and how you feel about kids and social media in general.

But first, a word from Mattel…

Read more regarding toy security at Network World.

And whatever you do, if you decide to spring for this toy, create a unique, strong password, and diligently protect your child.

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Wkly Brief – Twitter Authors 03-2015

authorIf winter is leaving you uninspired, you might try a book form this month’s list of Twitter Author titles. In addition to the inspirational book, there is Romance, Suspense, and Sci-fi. Maybe you’ll be the discoverer of a new literary talent?

If you choose to read one of these books, please share your review here.

If you cannot find the title at your favorite bookstore or on-line site, each authors’ Twitter name is listed below.

  • Suspense: American Midnight by B.R. Snow (@BernSnow)
  • Inspirational: God Is In the Little Things by Patricia Brooks (@PBrooksMessages)
  • Fantasy: Watchers of the Night by Matthew Keith (@AuthorMatthewK)
  • Romance: Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi (@PamelaMorsi)
  • Sci-Fi: Atlantis by Bob Mayer (@Bob_Mayer)

Want more titles?  Here are my Prior Month’s Lists.

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Rumi on Grief

Barbara Rath:

There are times when I read something that inspires. Today was one of those days.

Originally posted on Kitt O'Malley:

I saw grief drinking a cup of sorrow and called out,  It tastes sweet, does it not? You have caught me, grief answered, and you have ruined my business. How can I sell sorrow,  when you know it's a blessing? -Rumi

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Wkly Brief – Mental Health Awareness

Barbara Rath:

BFMHWinters are difficult for many people with mental illnesses. This article about Teen and Young Adult Suicide was a reminder that there are many who struggle daily.

Below is a post I wrote during Mental Health Awareness week. I thought it might be time to think about those who need are help.

If you are struggling with depression or considering suicide, please contact the USA Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1 (800) 273-8255.

Originally posted on Toss the Typewriter:

Recently, in reading an article pointing out a Data Visualization error1, I came across a chart that compared the amount collected through social media’s Ice Bucket Challenge to the amounts collected for other “diseases that kill us”.

This chart stayed with me for two reasons:

First, it demonstrates how easy it is to produce a chart that completely misrepresents data.  For example, in my data table below, two out of three of the data points are equal each year.  In the chart I selected, although the length of each bar is correct, the volume makes it appear as though one data point is larger than the other.

Poor Chart Based on Abraham Lincoln’s quote.

The second and more important reason the chart stayed with me, was because Suicide was included in the list of deadly diseases. Suicide prevention’s typical fundraising walk, was ranked at the very bottom for charitable donations.

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