Friday, December 20, 2013

Solitude By Ella Wheeler Wilsox


Laugh, and the world laughs with you,
Weep, and you weep alone,
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer,
Sigh, it is lost on the air,
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.
Rejoice, and men will seek you,
Fast, and the world goes by.
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they don't need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many,
Be sad, and you lose them all-
There are none to decline your nectarine wine,
But alone you must drink life's gall.
Feast, and your halls are crowded,
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live.
But no man shall help you die.
For there is room in the halls of pleasure
for a large and lordly train.
But one by one we must all file on
through the narrow aisles of pain.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust


Drew Gilpin Faust is the 28th president of Harvard University and the Lincoln Professor of History in Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
As president of Harvard, Faust has expanded financial aid to improve access to Harvard College for students of all economic backgrounds and advocated for increased federal funding for scientific research. She has broadened the University's international reach, raised the profile of the arts on campus, embraced sustainability, launched edX, the online learning partnership with MIT, and promoted collaboration across academic disciplines and administrative units as she guided the University through a period of significant financial challenges.
A historian of the Civil War and the American South, Faust was the founding dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, guiding its transformation from a college into a wide-ranging institute for scholarly and creative enterprise, distinctive for its multidisciplinary focus and the exploration of new knowledge at the crossroads of traditional fields.
Previously, Faust served as the Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the faculty for 25 years.
Raised in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Faust went on to attend Concord Academy in Massachusetts. She received her bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1968, magna cum laude with honors in history, and her master's degree (1971) and doctoral degree (1975) in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.
She is the author of six books, including "Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War" (University of North Carolina Press, 1996), for which she won the Francis Parkman Prize in 1997. Her most recent book, "This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War" (Alfred A. Knopf, 2008), looks at the impact of the Civil War's enormous death toll on the lives of 19th-century Americans. It won the Bancroft Prize in 2009, was a finalist for both a National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and was named by The New York Times one of the "10 Best Books of 2008."  "This Republic of Suffering" is the basis for a 2012 Emmy-nominated episode of the PBS American Experience documentaries titled "Death and the Civil War," directed by Ric Burns.
Faust has been a trustee of Bryn Mawr College, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the National Humanities Center, and she serves on the educational advisory board of the Guggenheim Foundation. She has served as president of the Southern Historical Association, vice president of the American Historical Association, and executive board member of the Organization of American Historians and the Society of American Historians. Faust has also served on numerous editorial boards and selection committees, including the Pulitzer Prize history jury in 1986, 1990, and 2004.
Her honors include awards in 1982 and 1996 for distinguished teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. She was elected to the Society of American Historians in 1993, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1994, and the American Philosophical Society in 2004.
Faust is married to Charles Rosenberg, one of the nation's leading historians of medicine and science, who is the Ernest E. Monrad Research Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard. Faust and Rosenberg have two daughters, Jessica Rosenberg, a 2004 summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, and Leah Rosenberg, Faust’s stepdaughter, a scholar of Caribbean literature.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

George Walker Bush by the white house blog

Photo of George W. Bush


The airborne terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the thwarted flight against the White House or Capitol on September 11, 2001, in which nearly 3,000 Americans were killed, transformed George W. Bush into a wartime president. The attacks put on hold many of Bush’s hopes and plans, and Bush’s father, George Bush, the 41st president, declared that his son “faced the greatest challenge of any president since Abraham Lincoln.”
In response, Bush formed a new cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security, sent American forces into Afghanistan to break up the Taliban, a movement under Osama bin Laden that trained financed and exported terrorist teams. The Taliban was successfully disrupted but Bin Laden was not captured and was still on the loose as Bush began his second term. Following the attacks, the president also recast the nation’s intelligence gathering and analysis services, and ordered reform of the military forces to meet the new enemy. At the same time he delivered major tax cuts which had been a campaign pledge. His most controversial act was the invasion of Iraq on the belief that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein posed a grave threat to the United States. Saddam was captured, but the disruption of Iraq and the killing of American servicemen and friendly Iraqis by insurgents became the challenge of Bush’s government as he began his second term. President Bush pledged during his 2005 State of the Union Address that the United States would help the Iraqi people establish a fully democratic government because the victory of freedom in Iraq would strengthen a new ally in the war on terror, bring hope to a troubled region, and lift a threat from the lives of future generations.
Bush was born in New Haven, Connecticut while his father was attending Yale University after service in World War II. The family moved to Midland, Texas, where the senior Bush entered the oil exploration business. The son spent formative years there, attended Midland public schools, and formed friendships that stayed with him into the White House. Bush graduated from Yale, received a business degree from Harvard, and then returned to Midland where he too got into the oil business. In Midland he met and married Laura Welch, a teacher and librarian. They had twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, now out of college and pursuing careers.
When George W. Bush, at the age of 54, became the 43rd president of the United States, it was only the second time in American history that a president’s son went on to the White House. John Quincy Adams, elected the sixth president in 1824, was the son of John Adams, the second president. While John Adams had groomed his son to be president, George Bush, the 41st president, insisted he was surprised when the eldest of his six children became interested in politics, became governor of Texas, and then went on to the White House.
During the early part of the 2000 campaign for the White House, Bush enjoyed a double-digit lead in the polls over his opponent Vice President Al Gore Jr. But the gap closed as the election approached and though Gore finally won the popular vote by 543,895 votes, victory or loss of the presidency hinged on Florida’s electoral votes. That struggle through recounts and lawsuits worked its way to the Supreme Court. In the end Bush won the electoral count 271 to 266. His new administration was focused on “compassionate conservatism,” which embraced excellence in education, tax relief and volunteerism among faith-based and community organizations.
Bush was challenged in his re-election bid in 2004 by Massachusetts Democratic Senator John Kerry. The election was a good contest, but Bush’s contention that the invasion of Iraq had made the world more secure against terrorism won the national political debate. Bush was re-elected with 51 percent to 48 percent.
On the inaugural stand, George W. Bush set the theme for his second term: “At this second gathering, our duties are defined not by the words I use, but by the history we have seen together. For half a century, America defended our own freedom by standing watch on distant borders. After the shipwreck of communism came years of relative quiet- and then there came a day of fire. There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom – tested but not weary… we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom.”
The Presidential biographies on are from “The Presidents of the United States of America,” by Frank Freidel  and Hugh Sidey. Copyright 2006 by the White House Historical Association.

Learn more about George W. Bush 's spouse, Laura Welch Bush.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Drive Safely, Life Healthy Style, and Be Safe!


Life is precious and we must have the liberty to live a happy, respectful and secure life.  Read my post for Smart Suraksha.

Apart from blaming the system and others for our safety and security, there are some safety tips we can follow.

Make sure your mobile is charged.
Keep the numbers of your close family and friends on speed dial. 

Don’t ever take lifts from strangers. A strict NO when an unknown person offers you a lift. 

No matter how scared you are, you personality should always reflect confidence.

Keep red chilli spray or any pointed thing like scissors with you.  If possible, get some self-defense training.

Be responsible. Keep your family informed about your travel/location. Keep talking to them periodically.

Note down the details of the vehicle you're hiring and message it to your family and friends.

If you have to travel alone at night, avoid 'cumbersome' clothes/accessories and luggage.

You shouldn’t just worry about outdoor safety. Be careful at home also. Get the security grill door installed with your main entrance so that you don’t have to open the door for unwanted visitors.

Last but definitely not the least, Be Alert...always!

I am sharing my Smart Suraksha Tips at in association with Smart Suraksha App.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

F Words In 4 Lines by Moutain Chelsea Joseph


 Illustration by: Maj Lindman 1933

The fragment of a poem,
The fun part of a dream,
The number of fouls in a game,
Triplets who fly to win fame.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

March 1, 2013 hidden garden by Christopher L. Jones over IndustrialArts' Blog

backwards I walk
into the gray fog
the smog from the hills
up there over yond
the land of the spirits
the woods and the faires
the place I come from
the place I call home
you can’t follow
unless you belong here
the trees will shroud
the young ones from harm
hidden in a garden
a real secret garden
the lost ones
they dance
to the music
of pain

Friday, August 23, 2013

Wonders and More..


"Thud, thud, little bustard,
what's patting the shoulder of multi-art?"
"It's the Ocean,
It's the Ocean!"
"what color of Ocean, my darling children?
what impressive work have you made with your water pen?"
"what color of Ocean?"
"The red ocean under the sinking sun,
the blue waves in the wind looking for fun."
"The Red-Blue Ocean."
"We have sown the Ocean, it hops high
until it floods the shore
and pokes a hole in the sky,
where whirlwind water paint to entertain the eye."
"Thud, thud, little bustard,
what's patting the shoulder of multi-art?"
"It's the tomato Ocean,
It's the tomato Ocean!"

The Rotation of Thoughts

In the roseate evening of your birdy tweet,
the sunset amber-glows leak
In the roseate evening of your wandering feet,
In the sun tanned words you speak.
In the roseate evening of your hidden thoughts,
that cook on gas stove of butterfly wings,
In the roseat evening of worn quilt
that once warms your cold heart strings.
In the roseate evening of repeated walks,
that trace the past with sweetened favors.
In the roseate evening of lightened talks,
that shorten distance in between forever.
I just wished that the Roseate color
upgrade the Redskinned Kenwood park, a lot.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Wonderful Nuts and Animals

Snow falls as heavy as salt,
the woods speaks in the voice of a birds' cry,
a cat's meow,
time tells who is there,
being self-centered or being fair,
nature is magical to plants everywhere,
such as hickory, willow, oak, or birch,
animals like squirrels or chipmunks jumps,
cracking nuts while rolling their eyeballs left or right,
the wind shuffles like a bell
as i open the space,
to taste the freshness in wild grace.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Poem To A Redskin


Microsoft=Wei Ran


In the roseate evening of your birdy tweet,
the sunset amber-glows leak
In the roseate evening of your wandering feet,
In the sun tanned words you speak.
In the roseate evening of your hidden thoughts,
that cook on gas stove of butterfly wings,
In the roseat evening of worn quilt
that once warms your cold heart strings.
In the roseate evening of repeated walks,
that trace the past with sweetened favors.
In the roseate evening of lightened talks,
that shorten distance in between forever.
I just wished that the Roseate color
upgrade the Redskinned Kenwood park, a lot.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

No Longer By RiikaInfinityy

Once dreamed of a fairytale
happily ever after
with the one
you ever truly love
yet all the good things
come to an end
when you least expected it
The world has made its move
The verdict is clear now
There is no happily ever after
There is only coldness lingering
within the heart of the dark one
Accept it wholeheartedly
Survive and you will live to see the
truth of the world
Die with it
and may peace eventually find you
for your soul
has already rest while
it is still

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Supreme Court hands major victories to gay marriage movement By Latimes

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court gave a major boost to marriage equality for gays and lesbians Wednesday, striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and clearing the way for gay marriages in California.

The decisions by the high court do not require the remaining 37 states to authorize same-sex marriage. But even Justice Antonin Scalia, in dissent, said the court’s opinions will be read by judges across the nation as suggesting that bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional.
The DOMA ruling will bring equal rights to more than 100,000 gays and lesbians who were legally married. The justices by a 5-4 vote said the federal law denying benefits to those couples was unconstitutional because it denied them the equal protection of the laws.

Documents: Decisions on DOMA, Prop. 8

The government cannot say these same-sex “unions will be treated as second-class marriages for purposes of federal law,” said Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. The government cannot insist these same-sex marriages are “less worthy” or viewed as a “second-tier marriage,” he said.

And in the California case, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. spoke for the court in a procedural decision that threw out the appeal from the sponsors of Proposition 8, the ballot measure that limited marriage to a man and a woman. The effect of the second decision is to uphold a ruling by a federal judge in San Francisco who ruled gays and lesbians had a constitutional right to marry in California.

As a result of the ruling, California will likely become the 13th state where gay marriage is legal.
[Updated, 8:16 a.m. June 26: The two opinions show the justices were split along ideological lines.
The four liberal justices — Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan — joined Kennedy’s opinion to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. They agreed that denying federal recognition and benefits to gay couples violated the Constitution’s promises of liberty and equality.
Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito dissented, and Chief Justice Roberts dissented in part. He said the court should have dismissed the appeal because the Obama administration did not defend the law.

Roberts refused to state an opinion on the constitutionality of treating gays and lesbians differently. “We may in the future have to resolve challenges to state marriage definitions affecting same-sex couples,” he wrote. “That issue, however, is not before us in this (federal) case.”

Justice Kennedy also stopped short of saying whether he thought state laws banning gay marriage were unconstitutional. He confined his opinion to saying only that the federal government cannot discriminate against legally married same sex couples.]