Friday, December 20, 2013

Oh Little Child © Edward Scott

 
oh little child in Africa
do you know its Christmas time
soon the star of Bethlehem will shine

oh little child in Africa
I hope you're feeling fine
if you do not have a present, please, have mine

oh little child in Africa
I hope your heart is free
if you want to love someone, love me

and as my daddy drinks his beer
and my mummy drinks her wine
and dear old Santa's ate the last mince pie,
you have so little, I have so much,
it makes me wonder, why?
 
 
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Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Village Burglar By Anonymous

 

Under the spreading gooseberry bush,
the village burglar lies,
The burglar is a hairy man
with whiskers round his eyes.
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He goes to church on Sundays,
He hears the Parson shout,
He puts a penny in the plate
and takes a shilling out.


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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Dean Stephan Wilson named OSU Regents Professor

 
Dr. Stephan M. Wilson, professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science and dean of the College of Human Sciences since 2008, has been named an Oklahoma State University Regents Professor.

Wilson is a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations and was honored for lifetime contributions to cross-cultural and cross-national family studies by the NCFR with the presentation of the prestigious Jan Trost Award in 2007.

Before coming to OSU, Wilson was senior associate dean and professor in the College of Health and Human Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno. He also served as chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at UNR, the interim director of the Nevada Center for Ethics and Health Policy, and Co-Director of the SAGE Consortium (Scholars for Aging and Ethics).

At the University of Kentucky, he held positions as acting chair and later as director of graduate studies in the Department of Family Studies; he was also director of the Research Center for Families and Children. He has held faculty positions at Virginia Tech, Illinois State University and Montana State University where he was director of Human Development and Counseling in the Department of Health and Human Development.

Wilson graduated cum laude from Wabash College with dual bachelor’s degrees in biology and philosophy. He received a Master of Science degree in child and family studies and a Ph.D. in human ecology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Wilson has served on the editorial board and as a guest editor for Marriage and Family Review and the editorial board for Family Relations and reviews for many other scholarly journals.  His research has resulted in more than 50 funded grants, 70 juried journal articles, book chapters, edited books, over 30 technical reports, monographs, and myriad other publications, as well as nearly a hundred published abstracts to national and international professional bodies.  He has also given more than a dozen international invited presentations, 25 presentations to state and regional professionals, and he has been invited to speak at 41 state and community meetings.

Regents Professor Wilson’s areas of scholarship include:  adolescents and families; cross-cultural families; adolescent social competence; parent-child interactions; and increasing the capacity of higher education internationally.

Early in his career he served as a US Peace Corps teacher in Kenya for two years, and returned 22 years later for a year with his family to teach and carry out research with Kenyan colleagues at Kenyatta University near Nairobi as a Visiting Senior Fulbright Scholar. He continues collaboration with colleagues in Kenya, Mexico, and at several universities in China.

To be named a Regents Professor is the most prestigious honor an OSU professor may attain in recognition of scholarly accomplishments.  The position recognizes select faculty members who have made unique contributions in their areas of specialization.  Regents Professors hold a distinguished record of nationally and internationally recognized excellence and scholarship.



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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Book Review: 2 by Paulami


Writing is an expression of our beliefs and at times a reflection of what we are and what we want from life. For writer Victoria, it is the exploration of the intimate and the sublime feelings of being, of the spirituality of life. She is the author of two amazing novels,” Winter is Past” and “The Sin of His Father”, in which she deals with the themes of family affairs, the secrets, addiction and as she puts it, the personal triumphs. In this second edition of Bluebell Books’ Review we are featuring blogger/writer Victoria.
Though the books are not autobiographical but they do reflect a part of the writer through the beautiful prosaic language that relates not only the tales of one fictional family of character, but of the man or woman, universal in all of us, of their failures, the austerity with which they face life, or the situations through which they survive and finally triumph over. Inspired not only by people but also the situations that life dealt with her, Victoria creates a realistic world in her novels.
 
 
Here is an excerpt from her novel “Winter is Past”
Chapter One  
Fear has enveloped me like a subtle fragrance for as long as I can remember.Not the Stephen King kind of horror such as a corpse come back to place a moldy hand upon your shoulder nor the wrenching terror you feel when a roller coaster crests to the summit before plunging off a precipice. This fear doesn’t resemble a back-alley encounter with a rapist or the devastation of those who witnessed the tragedies of 9/11.No, the fear I know is subtle and pervasive. It’s more like a slow tug—the loss of control that takes over when you’ve been caught in the arms of a riptide—or like the blindness that surrounds your car when you creep your way through a heavy downpour, alone on a deserted stretch of highway. It’s the growing sense of futility that unfolds in the pages of the daily news or that’s spewed at us by talking heads and spin doctors.I’ve never suffered the illusion that I’m in control of this unpleasant companion who’s been with me from childhood. And it’s only in the past year that I’ve accorded it a name.That’s how long it’s been since the process of healing began. I can recall it as though it happened yesterday.

Victoria’s writing space is not only restricted to the fictional sphere. She indulges in poetry and non fictional articles as well. To know more about her and her writing you can visit her blog http://liv2write2day.wordpress.com/


Posted by Paulami. You can visit my blog http://ifdreamswerefireflies.blogspot.com/


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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Mind Myth



The knowledge we store enriches our mind:
the eyes to predict tomorrow or reflect what's left behind,
Common senses shall not be the only indicator to judge,
Five senses plus analysis of data shall emerge.
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Echoes could mislead,
Images could be false feed,
Avoid the strain of growing,
Skip hollow steps and keep turning.
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Look for what's new to read,
Cook something novel to upgrade your fate.
It's normal to lose a game,
It's extraordinary to entertain without touching shame.



 



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Friday, August 23, 2013

Chung Ang University at Seoul, South Korea: A Top one



Chung-Ang University(CAU) has 94 year-old tradition of providing the highest quality of education and conducting advanced research activities under the educational slogan of "Die in Justice, Live in Righteousness." CAU is now aiming at becoming a prestigious global university by the year of 2018 based on its proven leadership in Korea. CAU is widely recognized as the center of the "Korean culture wave" inside and outside Asia. Its unique strength of international programs comes not only from its wide spectrum of excellent academic curriculum but also from the diverse culture-related educational programs which are ranked as the best in Korea.





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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Leaves Like fish By Gladys Cardiff



Cottonwood, willow, and briar,
Night air billows in the dark grove,
Hauls the alders over, their leaves.
.
Jumping, spilling silver-bellied on the lawn;
The lighted wind is running with a flood
of green fish, phosphorescent and wild.
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On the winter grass, breaking like struck matches,
Without warmth or place, random as green minnows.
Above the clouds the sky waits, one celled.
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Expanded over tides and winds, loving
The south wind as much as the north,
Schooling the planets in discretion and form.




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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Yank Sword (From New Spoon River)

 

You get so used to saying a thing
like:" All ready," "Over they go,"
"Just a moment," "Head of the Army,"
"I object," or "Next"-
That's its really yourself at the end of life,
and dying whether you say it
or a voice is saying it to you?
And I who had barbered all of them,
for A. D. Blood to Lusius Atherton,
and told them stories, and laughed at theirs,
And shared them in their coffins,
Thought I was working in my shop
Dyeing the hair of Henry Bennett
when a voice said: "next"-
I think the voice was mine.



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Friday, July 5, 2013

Abusement Paak by Kenn Nesbitt


my family and I.
We rode on rides so scary,
I expected I would die.

We went to an amusement park,
We rode a roller coaster
called The Homicidal Comet.
It had so many loop-de-loops
it nearly made us vomit.
We rode The Crazed Tornado,
and it jerked us hard and quick.
If it were any longer,
we would certainly be sick.

We rode The Psycho Octopus,
which packed a nasty punch.
I think we’re pretty lucky
that we didn’t lose our lunch.