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NEWS: Summer: sun, friends, baseball, a slower pace. (if we allow) I believe the whole world should be retired. The human race works far too long and far too hard... so much so, that we tend to lose all humanity. There should be no hunger in summer. Apple pie and ice cream... bar b que and potato salad, lemon ade to quinch the driest thirst... and sweet tea; just to sip on as the long days come to a close. Picnics should replace lunch hours! Concerts in the park should replace business meetings. A bamboo pole and a fishing hole should beckon young and old alike. The Inianapolis 500 ushers in this season of frivolity and recreation. Not  a single moment should  be allowed to die in vain. Memories should be our life's work. Every kid should have a "grandpa story" to pass on to his own grandkids one day. Together, let's make it happen!

ABOUT: jpw is a unique fellow. He believes poetry is a gift. A gift, just like any other,  might sit on a shelf for a while... it might soar right to the heart and revolutionize a way of thinking. Once given, it is up to the reader; they can decide what best to do with it and that is as it should be. I overheard jpw, try to explain that he "hopes his poetry might help people in times that they might not necessarily find favorable. It is in times like these that the colour of life truly comes forth." He continued to say, "So many people will one day seek out your story ...people you may not even know, yet ~ Study the detail and prepare what you'll want to say. Sometimes, the searching soul only has time to seek you out once." "Besides", jpw would say... "it's in the study of hard times that makes life's accomplishments so much sweeter. It's not the TROPHY that brings joy, the "trophy" reminds us of the journey... the effort... the adversity that had to be overcome ~ the character molding experiences... that culminated in pride." That is exactly what jpw would say. "If we must travel that straight and narrow path" and I think it's somewhere written we must... "I hope my words might be like a hand extending back to you in hopes you take it and help yourself up to the next level... just as I have had to reach forward and use others to help myself. May this chain be never broken." that's what jpw would want me to say. ...And so I have.

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