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Dreams
by Langston Hughes

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die 
Life is a broken-wing bird
That cannot fly. 

Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow

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A Beautiful List

sun-flower1I love NPR, especially This I Believe. I read the essay every week.

This week’s essay was written by a six year-old boy, Tarak McLain, and it is beautiful and full of hope. Here is his list of thirty things he believes:

I believe life is good.

I believe God is in everything.

I believe we’re all equal.

I believe we can help people.

I believe everyone is weird in their own way.

I believe hate is a cause for love.

I believe that when I meditate I feel peaceful.

I believe we should be generous.

I believe brothers and sisters should be kind to each other.

I believe kids should respect their parents.

I believe I should not whine.

I believe people should wake up early.

I believe people should go outside more.

I believe in nature.

I believe people should use less trees.

I believe we should help the Arctic and rainforest animals.

I believe people shouldn’t throw litter on the ground.

I believe people should not smoke.

I believe God is in good and bad.

I believe in magic.

I believe people should not give up.

I believe love is everywhere.

I believe that God helps us to have a good time.

I believe we live best in a community.

I believe we can protect people in danger.

I believe we should help the poor.

I believe it’s OK to die but not to kill.

I believe war should not have started.

I believe war should stop.

I believe we can make peace.

You can list to Tarak read his list at NPR’s website.

[Photo Credit: Sunflower]

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Calvin and Hobbes snowmen cartoons are my favorite cartoons in the entire world. They always make me smile. 

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[Photo Credit: Cartoon]

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I love National Public Radio (NPR). I listen to it all the time – in the car, while making breakfast, and taking a shower. My favorite program on NPR is This I Believe.

This I Believe is based on a 1950’s radio program. It is a series that invites ordinary Americans to write an essay that is “a statement of your personal beliefs, of the values which rule your thought and action. ” 

The essays read on NPR are thoughtful and beautiful. 

One of my favorite essays is written by Wayne Coyne, the lead singer of The Flaming Lips. His essay is titled Creating Our Own Happiness.

Here is an excerpt from this essay: “I believe this is something all of us can do: Try to be happy within the context of the life we’re actually living. Happiness is not a situation to be longed for, or a convergence of lucky happenstance. Through the power of our own minds, we can help ourselves. This I believe.”

Visit the This I Believe website for essays that have been read on NPR. The local Columbus NPR station is WCBE 90.5.

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I got this idea from Me, The Trees and the Girls blog. Thank you for the wonderful post!

If you want to smile and feel better about humanity, watch the Dave Matthews Band video for Everyday.

It will make you smile (Or tear up as I did. Yes, I am a sap.) and want to hug someone. 

So watch the video and give someone a hug today!

[Photo Credit: Dave]

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