A. E. Stallings: Triolet

This came recently in a mailing from Poetry Magazine.  I don’t have the inclination to kill more trees with more magazine subscriptions, but this poem did seem fanciful to me so I’m sharing it here.

Triolet on a Line Apocryphally Attributed to Martin Luther

A.E. Stallings


Why should the Devil get all the good tunes,

The booze and the neon and Saturday night,

The swaying in darkness, the lovers like spoons?

Why should the Devil get all the good tunes?

Does he hum them to while away sad afternoons

And the long, lonesome Sundays? Or sing them for spite?

Why should the Devil get all the good tunes,

The booze and the neon and the Saturday night?


I vote for more Saturday nights and lovers like spoons.  You?

Peace Corps Lessons

These speak to me…tho I’d add to number 10 “or know when not to”… My time in Morocco produced a few too many “don’t get so close to me creep” moments so I’d suggest keeping in mind where SHE’s coming from…
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Top 10 lessons I learned as a Peace Corps Volunteer
1. To know your world, you have to see it- All too often we find ourselves constrained by what is immediately in front of our faces. The same breakfast cereal, the same job, the same routine television schedules, the same life. While there can be great comfort in routine, there is a whole big world out there, and unfortunately it is not just outside your window or through your T.V. screen. Earth is blessed with a multitude of peoples, cultures, landscapes, languages and things to see and do. Whether you take on a life changing commitment such as the Peace Corps, or just take an extended vacation, make sure you go someplace new and different. Open your mind and your eyes to the different facets of the world, and your life will be richly rewarded in direct proportion to how much you are trying to experience.
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Just a reminder. Thanks Ruben Harris!
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Before you speak, listen.
Before you write, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you invest, investigate.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
Before you retire, save.

Before you die, give.

– William A. Ward

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I wanna be “I-Shaped”

What a great concept–on thinking about it, my friends are all I-people! And it has nothing to do with Apple…
clipped from www.businessweek.com

Innovation Calls For I-Shaped People

These thinkers have their feet firmly planted in the practical world, can stretch their heads to the clouds—and simultaneously span all of the space in between

There may be no “I” in team, but every team needs to be made up of “I-shaped” people.
This idea was crystallized in my mind thanks to another Englishman, one of the early pioneers of human-centered design, Brian Shackel. I once asked him if he had noticed any particular attributes that distinguished the students that went on to do remarkable things compared with the rest.
His answer was as immediate as it was insightful. He said: “The outstanding students all had an outstanding capacity for abstract thinking, yet they also had a really strong grounding in physical materials and tools.” By this, he meant that they could rise above the specifics of a particular problem to think about them in a more abstract, and in some ways, more general way.
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Heee heee–Tequila is bad!

I’m enjoying this new comic!
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Material Possessions

The Author’s comment: “Material possessions: they are pretty sweet.”
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I am officially in love with good.com.  My current favorites:

Your own factory–make your own stuff with reprap.

Cars and People–how many calories make each go?

Good Biz Facts–A Harper’s Index-like layout of green biz tidbits.

And that’s just from today’s RSS….WOW!