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Recently, I wrote and published an article "Interchanging Poetry, A New Poetic Genre." It is a new form of poetry that can increase a students desire to write. be creative, and accomplish a task most student's hate...writing poetry.   I am including one of my Interchanging poems and encourage any who love writing poetry or any who love a challenge to try something that is new and exciting. Read "Interchanging Poetry, A New Poetic Genre." then using the rules as prescribed, write. Interchanging poetry can change how and why you write poetry.   Freedom, An Interchanging Poetry Expression of History and Symbolism Freedom, defined as the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint. Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence is a writ of grievance against the King of England, declaring, “That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they... read more

Of all the animals in the world, dogs and cats are the most revered. Dating back longer than this old man can remember they have been beloved in every country with a large majority considering them family members. Living as long as 25 years, it is easy to understand the long term relationship we develop with our pets. How much do we really love these little fur balls, we spend about $16 billion per year on pet food, toys, grooming, and we spend about 20 billion in Veterinary bills alone for everything from shots to pacemakers. Actually, if it happens to us, it happens to our pets. Based on these numbers, I am not sure who gets the best care. There are approximately 78.2 million owned dogs in the United States; there are approximately 86.4 million owned cats. That is about the same number of America's uninsured by health care. I wonder if Obamacare is repealed, could there be a compromise to keep the President happy by converting Obamacare to pets. Oops, sorry,... read more

The human muscular system is not only complex, it intrigues by the amount of work it can perform, and sustain under the most demanding conditions. There are many viable contenders for determining the strongest muscle, included are: longevity, strength alone, load, lift, durability, response to pain, healing qualities, size, function, growth, suitability in recovery and reproducibility of destroyed or diseased cells. Within the human body, there are several muscles that may be considered such as the heart, jaw, tongue, uterus, the list can go on until you have covered most of the over 630 muscles in the human body. The strongest muscle is that muscle required to work all day, every day without tiring or failure. It could be a group of muscles or a single muscle. It is the one that responds to high demand and allows us to function almost flawlessly. It is the one that is mechanically, the most perfect muscle. The muscle that outperforms any mechanical... read more

Poetry is the absolute beauty of the human heart expressing emotion in a form that delights, and leaves the reader with a feeling of contentment in one spectrum, and a feeling of remorse in another. No other form of writing has the ability and power to inspire the emotion created through poetry. There are more than sixty different popular forms of poetry commonly used today. Many forms from the Old World, have been Americanized to suit the American style for writing. Interchanging Poetry is a narrative combining poetry with discussion, debate, dialog, or description; using the poetry to emphasize the narrative. It is a new form of poetry developing interchanging literary devices to enhance poetic discourse. Generally, writers will incorporate a poem into their article, publication, or book to make a point or site as a reference. This is common practice giving the author of the poetry proper credit. This is not a common practice with poets, who write... read more

Poetry is one of those literary genres that instill a fear in students, particularly in the middle school arena. Metaphor, sonnet, acrostic, haiku, rhyme, prose, or free verse are examples of hundreds of poetry terms and forms. Confusing for a young impressionable mind to absorb, poetry is often a subject to avoid, and if unavoidable, often solicits a desire to cheat to succeed. Throughout the internet, are sites where students ask questions soliciting someone to explain or write them poetry to complete a homework assignment. Poetry is not a written or spoken form to be feared, rather should be the educational tool that teaches reading, writing and the arts as no other single genre is capable. Writing poetry ought to be fun allowing students to express their feelings, beliefs, and experiences without the restriction of initially teaching them to write and interpret forms of poetry that are difficult for most to understand and usually result in a lifelong hatred... read more

Many children, regardless of grade, are placed in honor programs, yet cannot pass their states standardized test. We are creating a generation that will enter a technological workforce with reading and math skill deficits they may not be able to overcome. Yet, I am encouraged by the students who do excel, but again am concerned by those who are being left behind. Usually these are children from poor neighborhoods, those who experience little supervision or love, and those who simply have no desire. I believe it is our responsibility-we the baby boom generation-we the hippie generation-we the free love generation-we of all generations who have been fortunate to receive an education that included accountability and discipline-our ability to instill that standard of education we seldom see today. I am always impressed we allow our children to be educated by some of the lowest paid professionals in the country. At a starting salary most of us would turn our noses, these are... read more

A Child, like a ball of dough, must be raised to achieve success.

You Starve your children, not, by denying them food, but, through lack of discipline. Author Note: Discipline described here, is not physical, but accountable discipline.

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