“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
— Henry David Thoreau
Little Lamb, who made thee
Dost thou know who made thee,
Gave thee life, and bid thee feed
By the stream and o’er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing, woolly, bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice?
Little Lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?
Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee;
Little Lamb, I’ll tell thee:
He is called by thy name,
For He calls Himself a Lamb
He is meek, and He is mild,
He became a little child.
I a child, and thou a lamb,
We are called by His name.
Little Lamb, God bless thee!
Little Lamb, God bless thee!
Vision without execution is a hallucination.
– Thomas Edison
It pools in the garden
and trickles down the driveway
drowning up earthworms
dripping from window frames
A bike in a puddle
near a baseball in the mud
turns to today’s flood
The young one peers
through the curtains and the trees
longing for a sunny day
for riding bikes and skinning knees
An ocean is drier
than this soggy morning,
the young one ponders,
as water keeps pouring
Hey there, kiddo,–Albert L Swope
Want your galoshes,
and your raincoat, too?
The gardener does not love to talk,
He makes and keeps the gravel walk;
And when he puts his tools away,
He locks the door and takes the key.
Away behind the currant row
Where no one else but cook may go,
Far in the plots, I see him dig,
Old and serious, brown and big.
He digs the flowers, green, red, and blue,
Nor wishes to be spoken to.
He digs the flowers and cuts the hay,
And never seems to want to play.
Silly gardener! summer goes,
And winter comes with pinching toes,
When in the garden bare and brown
You must lay your barrow down.
— A Child’s Garden of Verses, by Robert Louis Stevenson
Well now, and while the summer stays,
To profit by these garden days
O how much wiser you would be
To play at Indian wars with me!
Triumphal arch, that fills the sky— Thomas Campbell
When storms prepare to part,
I ask not proud Philosophy
To teach me what thou art.
Still seem, as to my childhood’s sight,
A midway station given,
For happy spirits to alight,
Betwixt the earth and heaven.
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,— Joyce Kilmer
But only God can make a tree.
From time to time I find myself wanting to research something regarding copyrights
A short poem from a book of poems called “POEMS: Every Child Should Know” by “The What-Every-Child-Should-Know-Library”. This is a song and memory aid for children, which I remember from my youth and which I thought was still useful today.
Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
February has twenty-eight alone.
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting leap-year—that’s the time
When February’s days are twenty-nine.
Internal links are hyperlinks added to your page which link you to other pages within your own site. There’s a lot of fluff articles out there and a lot of discussion around whether you should use them for the reasons of Google optimization or search engine optimization (SEO). However, I believe that the best reason to use internal links on your webpages and blog pages is to guide your readers to other content that is closely related to the current page or blog post. This means they don’t have to search for other posts and/or scan down your posts to find other related older articles. Providing these internal links can get you additional page/blog use without relying on Internet search engines to bring people back to your pages or blogs.
What can the use of internal links provide?
Internal links can provide an opportunity for the typical blog or webpage writer to benefit from, among these are:
Facilitates Site Navigation
As of already mentioned, adding closely related internal links can make it easier for your readers to define related content and move through your site. Thus, increasing your site views per visitor on your blog or website.
Constructs a hierarchy between blog post or pages on your site
Adding internal hyperlinks, builds a hierarchy between the pages or blog posts to the other posts to which they are linked. For example, if you create a primer page or blog post on the subject and then build topic-specific pages or blog posts that address topics identified in your primer page or post linking your primer page or blog posts to all of these sub-topic pages or blog posts creates a hierarchy of association.
Creates Page Or Blog Posts Authority
Now I freely admit that this one is a little more dubious than the previous two benefits that internal links provide, but if the search engines are looking at your website do in fact create page or blog post authority rankings, then the associating of the pages will assist in generating a page or blog post authority ranking. This is especially true if you intentionally use a strategy of building a peer middle hierarchy amongst your webpages or blog posts. Basically, creating a parent-child hierarchy at the top of which is a single page or blog post.
Truthfully, I use internal links for the first two reasons, to facilitate site navigation thereby making it easier for my readers to find information that I want them to see and constructing hierarchies and relationships between content within each of the various blog sites which I operate. I have found these two reasons to have added more than enough value in the increase of views per visitor on my blog sites to make internal links valuable and worth the time and effort to add.
Quotes are often an underutilized writing opportunity. Adding quotes, and I don’t mean just a few spackle on random pages throughout your writing, can be very beneficial to writers in a number of ways. quotes can also help you convey your meeting, grab readers attention, and communicate your message better. So, here are just a few thoughts on how quotes can help you achieve your writing goals.
Using quotes can help with your use of Tactful repetition
An on topic quote can give you another communication point about the subject that you are discussing, thereby, providing another mental reference to reinforce your subject.
If done with care, you can also get more than one use out of a quote. You can use a quote in the sentence of your paragraph, but this also doesn’t preclude you from isolating it and using other tactics listed below to present it more than once, to make it stand out, and to make it visually impactful.
Also, when quotes are properly placed and made distinct enough, garner the attention of readers who are using skimming and skinny techniques to acquaint themselves or to refresh themselves with the information that they are reading.
Use of quotes can add Volume to your writing
Quotes or an easy way to add value and to expand the volume of your writing. This this is especially true when writing about nonfiction topics.
Sometimes when writing you have a target word count that you’re trying to achieve or document length. If you’ve done your research ahead of time and collect your quotes , then you should be able to add a few short, on topic, non-distracting quotes, which will increase the total word count of your document and the total page count of your document.
If you’re flexible in your approached including quotes in your writing, then you will have several opportunities to make your quotes stand out and to better convey your message.
Isolating your Quotes within your document can make it easier to distinguish and add emphasis to the quote but it also adds whitespace before and after the quote and citation. Depending on how you formatted your quote and citation, you may also add one line or two between the actual quote and the citation.
Isolation of your quote not only adds white space, it makes your quote more visually impactful. If a quote is by itself, rather than buried in a paragraph, the reader will notice the quote and read the quote without the distraction of surrounding words.
In addition to isolation or rather than isolation, you can bold and or italicize your quotes, so, that they are more visually prominent within the text of your paragraph.
Highlighting or background Shading
Highlighting the quote or shading background surrounding the quote can both be visually effective methods to make the quote stand out, be more recognizable, and potentially cause the reader to pay more attention to the quote and read the quote.
Including the quote in a picture or a graphic
Using a graphic or a picture with your quote included in it is another way to make a quote graphically stand out within your document and to be eye-catching. The trick here is that the graphic or picture must be directly related to the quote, your topic, and it must not be too big and distracting in nature. you need the picture or graphic to appeal to the reader, to catch the reader’s attention, and to focus and reinforce the reads thinking.
Quotes Assist in communicating expertise and background knowledge
Using quotes when pertinent to the topic you are writing about and from a variety of sources, can demonstrate that you have thought about and researched the subject about which your writing. This particularly true, when the quote come from all of variety of authoritative sources which have been properly cited and not just from a web search.
I’m sure there are more ways in which quotes can be put to use full effect in writing, but this primer should be a helpful start.
If I don’t write it down immediately, I forget it right away. If I put it into a sketchbook, I never forget it and I never have to look it up again.
— Winston Churchill
… Writers do not, as a rule, learn by listening and reading. They learn by writing. …
–HBR’s 10 musut Reads : The Essentials, page 49
“The exact number of words per minute [read] is far less important than the fact that this value [The exact number of words per minute] cannot be greatly increased without seriously compromising comprehension.”– Mark Seidenberg
the general Reading for Comprehension Process
- Choose what you read — this a high speed filtering process
- Read according to the reading material type – fiction and nonfiction are not read at the same speed or purpose
- Preview the reading material/book
- Read with Intent
Choose what you read.
…Our new times call for new ways of searching for, filtering, consuming, and applying knowledge in order to improve our lives. — Michael Simmons
This would be seem to be an obvious thing, but not all reading materials are equally valuable, If valuable at all. This is especially true when it comes to email, newsfeeds, and, especially, to social media. Time spent reading less valuable materials is obviously times subtracted from reading the important stuff. If you choose to read a newspaper and pay more attention to the sports section then you do the business section you’re obviously not helping your business knowledge.
Skimming item which appear to have some potential will allow you to either discard the reading material not of importance or to move on to the Scanning and Reading Process.
Read according to the Reading material type.
“The exact number of words per minute is far less important than the fact that this value [The exact number of words per minute] cannot be greatly increased without seriously compromising comprehension.”– Mark Seidenberg
Reading a comic book, or a novel, does not entail same level of complexity nor does it contain as much valuable information as reading a textbook or a business book or even a highly technical manual. So, you can clearly read a work of fiction, like a romance or sci-fi novel or your favorite Fiction genre, much more rapidly without losing comprehension or missing valuable material, which must be comprehended learned and retained, if there really is any. However, if you read nonfiction reading materials at the same speed that you would read your favorite fiction materials you very seriously run the risk of missing valuable information or not comprehending it, or even worse miss comprehending it. You also run a very high risk of not retaining much of it.
Preview The Reading Material/Book
- If reading nonfiction, apply the rules of scanning before you begin the formal reading process.
- This will improve your comprehension, and your retention a bit of nonfiction information scanning which applies the principle of reading and re-reading.
- This will allow you to familiarize yourself with the informations and allow you to comprehend the important information faster more completely and retain more of it.
- Well, scanning does not involve reading all of it quickly reading the important bits and re-reading it even if you read more quickly than you normally would will allow you to comprehend it faster because you will of seen the important snippets of information more than once and therefore they’re more likely to stick in your brain cells.
Read With intent
- Eliminate distractions, interruptions, and definitely no multitasking
- Read the essential portions of the reading materials being sure to reread those item which you have already scanned.
- Annotate as you go, by highlighting, underlining, adding notes and ideas, so you can quickly come back to the important detail easily.
- Keep your own notes or write you own summary to reference and or share with others.