Thursday, March 17, 2011

Trying to be happy

March 17th, Slice of LIfe # 17

I’m trying to be Happy

Even though I’m not Irish, when St. Patrick’s Day comes along, it is a day for celebration. Blessings are all around us, and the color of green is more than a sign of spring. We have corned beef & cabbage, soda bread, & cookies with green sprinkles. Then I read the newspaper, & try not to worry too much, but I do anyway. So-I make a poem. It helps.

TEACHERS PENSIONS SCRUTINIZED

JAPAN OFFICIAL RUES DISASTER, BOWS TO NATURE

FORKING OVER MORE FOR FOOD

LARGER CLASSES, FEWER TEACHERS IN ADAMS 12 CUTS

LIBYAN WARPLANES HIT REBEL STRONGHOLD

SPORTS PROGRAMS IN MIDDLE SCHOOLS CANCELED

However, the second verse lightens me up, gives hope. I am glad for my newspaper that looks for more than disaster.

HOPE ENDURES IN HUNT FOR MISSING

SPACE STATION CREW BACK HOME

PAKISTAN RELEASES AMERICAN

GRAND COUNTY ELEMENTARIES SPARED

NUGGETS THRIVE ON WINNING VIBE

A SPRINKLING OF SPRING

Happy St. Patrick's Day Everyone!

9 comments:

  1. Poetry from headlines, sounds like a good activity to use in the classroom. I may have to try it. News is depressing, glad you were able to find some with encouragement. I would guess this fits under the category of found poetry.

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  2. I appreciate that you noticed the positive with the negative. Life's hard. May your heart be uplifted. Thanks for sharing your slices and I appreciate your comments on my blog. Hope perserveres. :)MaryHelen

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  3. Such a creative and neat idea of the headlines for poetry. I think I might try this myself - add it to my list of styles to try. Never thought of this. A great way to use expression. As one might say, "Don't worry, be happy!". I don't tend to read the paper or watch the news much because I get too worried about all the 'bad' things happening and being discussed. Glad your poem balanced the positive with the negative.

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  4. I agree this is a wonderful idea to use in the classroom. I never thought about it for a poem. I too like the positive with the negative and especially am glad you ended with the positive. There is so much going on in this world, thanks for sharing! Happy slicing! :)

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  5. So glad that you were able to see the positives in the midst of all those negatives. Happy St. Party's Day!

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  6. What a great idea! I love the idea of found poetry. I remember a song where the lyrics were bits of advertising slogans put together for humor. I like your arrangement of what you found. You juxtapose the near and the far to catch two visions of the world in your poetic net! Nice slice.

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  7. Interesting method. Must give it a go sometime! Wouldn't it be nice to have a day where the headlines were all positives? The positives seem to get smaller text and shorter write-ups.

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  8. I appreciate that you took time to explain your process amidst the art. I think that made it all the more enjoyable.

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  9. Great news/poetry. I like that your newspaper finds more uplifting things to print, too!

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