Feb 17th


By Bill W




In 1960 I applied for a job, but first had to pass a medical, which I did, and I remember when my height was measured, I stood 5ft-10inches tall. 

Recently, I went for a full check-up, and again my height was measured, only now, I'm only 5ft-8inches tall. 

When I told the nurse about this, she asked, "Do you take lots of hot baths?"

I replied that I did, that I like to soak for hours.

She laughingly said,"You must have shrunk."

Laughing with her, I joked, "There are a few parts of me that have shrunk too."


Have any of you reading this 'shrunk' over the years I wonder?

Feb 14th


By Sandy H



Man at Arms

What are you guarding, Man-at-Arms?

Why do you watch and wait?

'I guard the graves, said the Man-at-Arms

I guard the graves by Flanders farms

Where the dead wil rise at my call to arms,

And march to the Menin gate'.


'When do they march then,Man-at-Arms?

Cold is the hour-and late'

'They march tonight' said the Man-at-Arms'

With the moon on the Menin gate.

They march when the midnight bids them go.

With they're rifles slung and their pipes aglow,

Along the roads, the roads they know,

The roads to the Menin gate.


'What are they singing, Man-at-Arms,

As they march to the Menin gate?'

'The Marching songs', said the Man-at-Arms,

That let them laugh at fate.

No more will  the night be cold for them,

For the last tattoo has rolled for them, And their souls will sing as old for them, As they march to the Menin gate.



Feb 13th

The Result of Science?

By Maureen J

Rain has fallen in record-breaking amounts for months. Living in rural Carmarthenshire for the last twenty years, I have become aware of many physical as well as environmental changes.

We did get the occasional downpour that caused a flash torrent which picked up and carried a collection of debris along our country lane. As we are on a hill, it followed the natural contours and headed down to the brook that flows around  the village of Ferryside where it joins other tributaries as they feed into the Towy river that eventually joins  others in Carmarthen Bay.

Currently, all lanes and small roads in the surrounding countryside are awash with mud; the result of run-off from grass verges squashed and squelched under the huge wheels of giant tractors, milk tankers and articulated monsters delivering animal feed while incidentally doing some road-widening at the same time.

Last year, several surrounding fields were ploughed. It was the first time this had happened in the twenty years since my arrival. They were subsequently planted with corn which may have been intended for cattle-feed or bio-fuel. The ground was first sprayed with herbicide causing the fields to shrivel into rusty desiccation within two or three days. They were subsequently ploughed, further sprayed with cow-slurry and phosphates while being ingeniously tilled and drilled with seed in one mammoth operation. The results yielded bumper corn crops; possiby prompted by current EU farming policy, since more than one local farmer was involved.

Following the harvest, the fields have lain fallow without grass or plants of any kind – just acres of skeletal stalks sticking up from the mud; the whole resembling those battlefields depicted after World War I. With no plants soaking up the rain, the road alongside one of the fields near my home has flooded after every downpour with the field itself resembling a lake at the end nearest the road.

At a time when the world is being asked to be more environmentally aware, why are farmers using herbicides that must eventually leach toxins into the ecosystem, contaminating waterways and creating situations whereby fields are so poisonous they cannot grow grass. Is all this the result of science?

Feb 10th

Pale Blue Dot


Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

-- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994


Feb 6th

A Young Boy's Dreams - especially for Mary B

By Christine B

Once upon a time, too many years ago to mention, a baby boy was born. As he developed, it transpired that he had inherited a disability from his Mum.  This has meant that he cannot walk properly so spends a lot of time in a wheelchair.

He was always an energetic and happy child, and had visions for his future.  He wanted to be a sound engineer, and he qualified but sadly sound engineer jobs are often in small confined spaces in theatres, so that career died.:-(

While he was at college, again, many years ago, he met his girlfriend, who has stayed loyally by his side through thick and thin.

But he was unhappy with his housing.  His Dad, being the generous sort and wanting the best for his son, bought him his first house:

He and his girlfriend (who had both converted to being strict vegans), were happy at first - they had a large garden and the boy (now a man), experimented with gardening techniques.  Sadly, a few jealous neighbours spoilt things for them, so, with heavy hearts they put the house on the market.

Once the house had been sold, they upped sticks, put all their bulky belongings in storage, and started searching for land far removed from neighbours and with lots of land.  They searched in England, Wales, Ireland and even France, but they eventually happened on a "property" in the far north east of Scotland.  This "property" was a dilapidated croft building, set in 18 acres of land.  This was just over 2 years ago.

As they did not have a habitable house, they bought a static caravan to live in, and work started in earnest.  The land had not been tended for several years, and, despite being confined to a wheelchair, the boy, with his girlfriend's help, started to clear the land - he then went on to build a road so that supplies could be delivered to him.

Just over 2 years on, they are now talking in earnest about firstly rebuilding the croft and starting a business as "crofters" - except that, instead of being traditional Scottish crofters farming sheep or other animals, they will be growing organic, vegan friendly crops - soya beans to eat and to express soya milk from - all sorts of organic fruit and vegetables, with the aim of selling them to any wholesalers that will strike a deal with them!

So here we are today - the boy has become a man, will in time marry his girlfriend and hopefully bloom a business - and because they have their own space, in the wilds of the North East coast of Scotland, they have never been happier in their lives.

Now, to see a few photos, head over to my photo page.....

Christine B - for Mary B!

Jan 26th

Elder Research - your help requested

By Mary B



I have a favour to ask you. My name is Beth Harrison and as part of my doctorate in Forensic Psychology at The University of Nottingham, I am completing some research in order to understand more about adult experiences of interpersonal conflicts and negative experiences throughout their lifetime. The research includes questionnaires regarding experiences of interpersonal conflict and negative experiences, and the possible ways in which people may respond to these. The questionnaire should take around 15-20 minutes to complete.


I am looking for both males and females over the age of 60 from the general public to take part to help understand people’s experience of interpersonal conflict and negative experiences – I hope that you are able to help.


The research can be completed online and can be done at your own convenience and at home. My supervisors are Dr Shihning Chou and Dr Miriam Stanyon who are also part of the University of Nottingham.


If you would like to help, further details regarding what the research involves and consent can be found within the link below. Simply click the link or copy and paste the link into a new browser.


Open survey page


Thank you in advance for your time – I really appreciate your help!


Have a nice day!



Jan 23rd

12 Best Adderall Alternatives: Natural Over the Counter ADHD Substitutes12 Best Adderall Alternatives: Natural Over the Counter

By Mary B
Adderall. It’s a word that will either make you cringe
or make you smile, depending on who you ask.
The drug’s intended to be used as a prescription medication
to treat ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
and narcolepsy. Now, it’s become increasingly popular
for its off-label use as a study aid and a quick fix for motivation problems.
Students and Wall Street executives in search of a 
real-world limitless pill frequently turn to Adderall as a possible
solution. The drug’s widespread misuse brought about a slew of
media coverage and college campus horror stories.
Adderall-induced addiction,
depression, and derailed lives are just the beginning.
With a prescription “smart drug” epidemic looming,
renewed awareness, and a healthy fear of Adderall have come to light.

Natural Substitutes for Adderall


ADHD can be challenging to manage. You may experience
impulsivity issues, inattentiveness, difficulty learning and
socializing, and a general sense of inefficiency. These complications
can lead to productivity problems that are extremely difficult to overcome.
Fortunately, there are several natural over the counter (OTC) Adderall
alternatives to control your symptoms.
Herbal Adderall substitutes for treating ADHD are healthy and
effective for long-term use. They are entirely legal and will safely
reduce your symptoms. Natural remedies for ADHD are especially
significant for parents. Nobody wants to expose their children to the
harsh side effects of amphetamine-based stimulants. With that said,
non-prescription alternatives are also highly recommended for adults
looking to boost focus and concentration. Before we dive into our list
of natural supplements for ADHD, let’s take a closer look at the truth
behind Adderall.

What Is Adderall and Why Is It Dangerous?

Adderall is the brand name for a potent Schedule II controlled
substance that shares a remarkable amount of similarities with
 methamphetamine. Unfortunately, most Adderall users are
unaware of this frightening fact and never associate the two.
A common and dangerous misconception is that Adderall is safe
since it’s an FDA approved medication, legally prescribed to
children by licensed physicians. Just like candy, right? Hardly.
When taken as suggested by a doctor, Adderall, and similar drugs
like Vyvanse and Ritalin can help reduce ADHD symptoms.
But these drugs still have substantial health risks. Adderall itself
contains both amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. This attribute
makes it chemically addictive and potentially detrimental to your
CNS (Central Nervous System) with long-term use.

AdderallAdderall works by stimulating several neurotransmitters in your brain to unnaturally high levels. The neurotransmitters in question include dopamine, epinephrine (adrenaline), serotonin, and norepinephrine. The sudden rush of “feel good” chemicals can provide alertness and enhanced energy and motivation for an entire day. Sounds good on paper, but the constant flood of “reward” signals can leave you wanting more. Tolerance development ensues.

The need to take more of the drug to feel the same effects can quickly lead to addiction and dependency. Excessive Adderall consumption can deteriorate your central nervous system causing permanent and irreversible damage.

Using natural alternatives to Adderall can help you avoid these adverse side effects. When it comes to your health or that of your children, long-term safety should be your priority. Treating ADHD with legal over the counter substitutes is the best decision you can make for yourself and your children.

The natural brain supplements listed below help to improve focus, concentration, mental energy levels, and overall cognitive function. Our list of the 12 best natural Adderall alternatives for adults and children in 2018 will cover the following supplements: Ginkgo Biloba, Bacopa Monnieri, Caffeine, L-Theanine, Rhodiola Rosea, Phosphatidylserine, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Alpha GPC, Huperzine A, L-Tyrosine, 5-HTP, and GABA.

Best Natural Over the Counter Adderall Alternatives 2018

1. Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo BilobaPerhaps the most commonly supplemented herb for brain health, Ginkgo Biloba has shown promise as a natural

treatment of ADHD in children. Ginkgo works by preserving the balance of vital neurotransmitters in the brain.

Most notably, this nootropic will maintain acetylcholine, norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine.

This benefit improves attention span and helps reduce impulsivity. A double-blind, randomized controlled
six-week trial successfully linked Ginkgo supplementation to
a significant reduction in ADHD related symptoms.
The results of the study indicate that Ginkgo Biloba is a
suitable natural alternative for Adderall.
Both legal and easily obtainable over the counter, this herbal
supplement has a host of other mental health benefits
as well. Ginkgo boosts memory retention, slows age-related
cognitive decline, and enhances cerebral blood flow.
This natural ADHD treatment can also improve sleep quality
and overall mental cognition. These features make Ginkgo a
safe and effective substitute to traditionally prescribed ADHD
stimulants like Adderall, Vyvanse, or Ritalin.

2. Bacopa Monnieri

Bacopa MonnieriThose looking for increased lifespan and enhanced cognitive function often turn to Bacopa Monnieri (water hyssop) for help.

As a traditionally used medicinal herb for centuries, Bacopa has proven itself as an excellent natural substitute for Adderall.

Like its prescription counterparts, Bacopa Monnieri interacts with serotonergic and dopaminergic systems in the body.

The positive interaction on essential neurotransmitters enhances alertness and energy levels in the individual.

Bacopa primarily works by enhancing neuron communication
through the growth and maintenance of nerve endings in the brain.
For this reason, Bacopa supplements reliably improve memory
formation and mental cognition. Studies have demonstrated Bacopa’s
ability to boost and stabilize mood and improve attention span
in its users. This nootropic is available as a non-prescription
homeopathic treatment for ADHD for over the counter purchase.

3. Caffeine

CaffeineMost of us are no strangers to caffeine, but few would link a cup of coffee to a reduction in ADHD symptoms. Studies have shown that caffeine can safely improve focus and concentration for its users, making it a reliable natural Adderall alternative.

Caffeine is considered a Central Nervous System (CNS) stimulant which can boost the production of dopamine in the brain.

This legal OTC supplement is also a vasoconstrictor. Therefore, caffeine reduces blood flow to overactive regions of the brain by shrinking blood vessels (like Adderall, Vyvanse, and Ritalin). This effect allows for more predictable and stable communication throughout the brain.

Not only will caffeine enhance energy and reduce fatigue, but
its stimulatory effect makes it an excellent supplement for curing brain fog. Adults and children with ADHD should consume caffeine
during the morning hours, only. An early dosing schedule will
help to eliminate sleeplessness or insomnia at night. Excessive
caffeine consumption can be harmful to children and teens.
Do not go overboard with this Adderall substitute.

4. L-Theanine

L-TheanineFound primarily in green tea leaves from Camellia sinensis plants, L-Theanine is a non-essential amino acid with a variety of health

benefits. This safe and natural Adderall alternative can reduce stress and anxiety by boosting levels of GABA and glycine in the brain.

GABA and glycine are inhibitory neurotransmitters that work to offset overactive excitatory neurotransmitters. This effect creates a state of relaxation and calmness within the user. By helping the brain achieve equilibrium, L-Theanine
effectively reduces ADHD related symptoms.
Studies have supported the use of L-Theanine as one of the best
over the counter replacements for Adderall. In users diagnosed
with ADHD, there was a notable reduction in mild cognitive
impairment while supplementing L-Theanine. Selective
attention span also improved in another 16-week study. This
natural amino acid is also an excellent nootropic to stack with caffeine.
It works by offsetting the crash and jitters associated with caffeine,
while still providing mental and physical stimulation. Theanine’s
inhibitory and mild sedative effect also makes it an excellent
  nighttime sleep aid.

5. Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola RoseaRhodiola Rosea is a well-known Scandinavian herb with stimulatory properties like Adderall, Vyvanse, and Ritalin.

Fortunately, this herbal nootropic comes without the adverse side effects of amphetamine-based ADHD stimulants.

Rhodiola Rosea has been utilized for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine as a natural remedy for a variety of issues

related to fatigue and cognitive impairment.

Several studies have demonstrated a link between Rhodiola Rosea and enhancements in memory and mood stabilization through
serotonin and dopamine regulation. Improved energy levels,
sharper mental processing, and enhanced cognitive function
are also among the many health benefits of Rhodiola Rosea. While this
brain supplement is safe, and legal for OTC purchase, there are currently
few studies that use it for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
However, its effects on cognition suggest that it is an excellent natural
substitute for Adderall.

6. Phosphatidylserine

PhosphatidylserinePhosphatidylserine benefits the brain by providing structural support to cell membranes. This natural supplement is known as an essential phospholipid in the human body, aiding in the formation and recollection of memories. There is substantial convincing documentation demonstrating the effects of Phosphatidylserine (PS) on cognitive function. PS combats mood disorders, reduces perceived feelings of anxiety and depression, and even offers neuroprotection.

Not only is this natural remedy excellent for overall brain health, but it’s also a safe and effective
over the counter Adderall alternative. A double-blind 2-month study
in children with ADHD supplementing Phosphatidylserine showed
significant improvements in impulsivity control and auditory memory.
Additional research linked PS supplementation to enhancements
in processing speed and accuracy in healthy adults. These findings
suggest that Phosphatidylserine is an excellent non-prescription
alternative for ADHD medications Adderall, Vyvanse, and Ritalin.

7. Omega-3 Fish Oil

Omega-3 Fish OilArguably the most popular health supplement on the planet, Omega-3 fish oil is surprisingly effective in treating ADHD naturally.

Fish oil contains two primary fatty acids that benefit the mind and body. These fatty acids are DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA

(eicosapentaenoic acid). EPA is excellent for reducing bodily inflammation, improving heart health, and reducing anxiety and depression.

DHA is more beneficial as a cognitive enhancer, used as a natural OTC substitute for Adderall.

While both types of fish oil provide numerous health benefits
in adults and children, DHA-heavy supplements are more
effective for treating ADHD. Several studies have found that
fish oil containing more DHA led to improvements in working
memory, attention span, and a reduction in behavioral
problems related to ADHD (impulse control, hyperactivity, etc.).
Another study suggested the effects of Omega-3 fatty acids
were even more pronounced when stacked with
Phosphatidylserine (PS). If you’re looking for safe, legal, and healthy
natural remedies for ADHD, give fish oil a try.

8. Alpha GPC

Alpha GPCOne of the best Adderall alternatives for over the counter purchase is the highly bioavailable choline supplement, Alpha GPC (Choline Alfoscerate). Recent research suggests that children with ADHD have dramatically reduced acetylcholine receptors in the brain. Alpha GPC works by crossing the blood-brain barrier and promptly increasing levels of usable acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is the most prominent learning and memory neurotransmitter in the human body. For this reason, Alpha GPC would be a safe and effective natural Adderall substitute for improving focus and concentration in the user.

The benefits of Alpha GPC go well beyond the treatment
of ADHD and cognitive enhancement. This nootropic is
arguably just as prevalent in the bodybuilding and fitness
world. Alpha GPC can enhance growth hormone production
and fat oxidation in healthy young adults. Additionally,
choline supplements assist in neuroprotection and serve
as excellent natural medications for treating neurodegenerative

9. Huperzine A

Huperzine AHuperzine A is an herbal nootropic supplement renowned in Chinese medicine for improving cognitive function in children and adults.

In a similar fashion to Alpha GPC, Huperzine A benefits the brain by enhancing levels of acetylcholine. While Alpha GPC does so directly,

Huperzine A increases acetylcholine levels in the brain, indirectly.

Huperzine A works like this: Acetylcholinesterase is the chemical responsible for breaking down acetylcholine in the brain. Huperzine A is classified as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. 

This classification means that Huperzine A inhibits
acetylcholinesterase from performing its duty of breaking
down acetylcholine. Huperzine’s inhibitory properties allow
more acetylcholine to build up in the brain, subsequently
enhancing learning, focus, and attention in the user. This herbal
Adderall alternative is legal, and safe to use for the treatment
of ADHD. Additionally, Huperzine A has a synergistic effect and
is even more potent for boosting cognitive function when
stacked with Alpha GPC. Look for both ingredients together when purchasing
natural remedies for ADHD.

10. L-Tyrosine

L-TyrosineL-Tyrosine is an amino acid used to produce neurotransmitters dopamine and noradrenaline and is one of the best OTC Adderall substitutes. This natural nootropic supplement is known for its ability to enhance mental cognition during acute and uncontrollable stress. Studies have shown that Tyrosine may also improve memory and reduce feelings of anxiety. This mood-stabilizing benefit makes L-Tyrosine a potentially effective homeopathic remedy for ADHD.

The effects of this Adderall alternative on alertness and wakefulness are particularly noteworthy
in regular bouts of sleep deprivation. Tyrosine can improve
cognitive function without interrupting normal sleeping patterns.
Another study successfully linked the supplementation of
L-Tyrosine and 5-HTP to prominent reductions in ADHD related
symptoms in children. However, L-Tyrosine is less effective
for ADHD and cognitive function in non-stressful situations.
In other words, it may be a good natural treatment for ADHD if you are frequently stressed or experience irregularities in sleep quality.

11. 5-HTP

5-HTP5-HTP is the precursor to “feel good” neurotransmitter, serotonin, and is a safe and effective natural substitute for Adderall.

Much like prescription ADHD medications Adderall, Vyvanse, and Ritalin, 5-HTP positively influences serotonin in the brain

which has an anti-depressant effect. When levels of serotonin increase in the user, happiness and an improved sense of  well-being occur. Thus, supplementing 5-HTP rejuvenates focus and concentration, improves creativity, and boosts mental energy.

Some users suggest taking L-Tryptophan as a natural remedy
for ADHD instead of 5-HTP. L-Tryptophan is the precursor
to 5-HTP. Since L-Tryptophan can also divert into protein
construction or niacin, 5-HTP is the better choice for treating
ADHD symptoms.
This is because 5-HTP serves the singular purpose of being
converted into serotonin. As a legal over the counter alternative
to Adderall, 5-HTP easily permeates the blood-brain barrier.
5-HTP’s high bioavailability allows it to go to work on serotonin
production quickly and efficiently. Keep in mind that tolerance
development may occur with 5-HTP, so always stick to the
recommended dosage. If you’d prefer a subtle, yet still
capable boost in serotonin with less risk, use L-Tryptophan
instead of 5-HTP.

12. GABA

GABAGABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) is a self-regulating inhibitory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system often used as a sleeping aid.

Its primary purpose is to help the brain maintain equilibrium. It achieves this goal by reducing the excitability and erratic over-firing of neurons,

specifically by countering Glutamate receptors.

Studies have shown that GABA levels are much lower in those suffering from ADHD and insomnia. Unfortunately, GABA deficiencies can have
an adverse compounding effect since sleeplessness can
worsen symptoms of ADHD. This discovery has opened the
door for using GABA supplements as a safe, natural
alternative for Adderall in adults and children.
When taking GABA as a non-prescription remedy for
ADHD, it can help moderate neural activity and increase
levels of serotonin in the brain.
Heightened levels of serotonin can control mood swings and
reduce stress and anxiety. Supplementing GABA can also
diminish irritability,aggression and other behavioral problems
associated with ADHD like hyperactivity and impulse control.
Although the research is not definitive on the effectiveness of
GABA as an Adderall substitute, studies suggest that it’s at least
worth a try.

Final Thoughts on Natural Adderall Alternatives for ADHD


Adderall, Vyvanse, and Ritalin are powerful CNS stimulants for treating ADHD. These are notgenius pills or smart drugs.
These prescription medications can be dangerous if abused. Therefore, they are not the best options for long-term use,
especially given the new knowledge we have on safe and legal over the counter replacements.
With a whole slew of natural Adderall alternatives and substitutes to choose from, it’s worth kicking the amphetamines to the curb in favor of a new ADHD remedy. What do you think is the best Adderall alternative in 2018? Let us know about
your experience with these natural ADHD supplements in the comments below.


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  2. The effects of L-theanine (Suntheanine®) on objective sleep quality in boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial.
  3. A compound herbal preparation (CHP) in the treatment of children with ADHD: a randomized controlled trial.
  4. Ginkgo biloba for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents: a double blind, randomized controlled trial.
  5. Therapeutic effects and safety of Rhodiola rosea extract WS® 1375 in subjects with life-stress symptoms–results of an open-label study.


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Jan 18th

Leisure - by William Henry Davies

By Mary B

What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs

And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,

Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,

Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can

Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

Jan 13th

A Psalm Of Life - By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

By Mary B

A Psalm Of Life

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Tell me not, in mournful numbers,

Life is but an empty dream!—

For the soul is dead that slumbers,

And things are not what they seem.


Life is real! Life is earnest!

And the grave is not its goal;

Dust thou art, to dust returnest,

Was not spoken of the soul.


Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,

Is our destined end or way;

But to act, that each to-morrow

Find us farther than to-day.


Art is long, and Time is fleeting,

And our hearts, though stout and brave,

Still, like muffled drums, are beating

Funeral marches to the grave.


In the world's broad field of battle,

In the bivouac of Life,

Be not like dumb, driven cattle!

Be a hero in the strife!


Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!

Let the dead Past bury its dead!

Act,—act in the living Present!

Heart within, and God o'erhead!


Lives of great men all remind us

We can make our lives sublime,

And, departing, leave behind us

Footprints on the sands of time;


Footprints, that perhaps another,

Sailing o'er life's solemn main,

A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,

Seeing, shall take heart again.


Let us, then, be up and doing,

With a heart for any fate;

Still achieving, still pursuing,

Learn to labor and to wait.


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