The Poetry That Is Life

Trying to find the beauty, the poetry, in every moment



Should we actually be divisive, or just decisive?

 Just FYI, Hamilton is always relevant… 😉


So, I wrote a blog post about my April reading, and somehow it accidentally got deleted (or I accidentally deleted it..) In it, I mentioned my current love for all things Hamilton.  If you weren’t aware, there’s a Broadway musical called Hamilton about Alexander Hamilton: it’s got hip-hop, rap, and decades worth of history, and it’s taking the world by storm.

That’s not the point of this post though. That’s just some background information.

Anyway, last week I was listening to “Farmer Refuted” from the Hamilton Musical soundtrack, and one stray lyric really stood out to me, and it stuck with me all last week, and has continued to nag me this week..

“I’d rather be divisive than indecisive”

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March Reading

I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember–and even longer than that, if all the pictures of me as a tiny child on the lap of a parent, surrounded by books, are to be believed. I’ve been a voracious reader most of my life.

However, I must say, my reading significantly declined during a time in my life when I probably should have been reading the most–when I was a high school English teacher.  But man! It’s hard to plan curriculum for classes you’ve not taught before (or for long), grade papers, do your chores, and still find time to read.  Since I’m subbing right now, and subs don’t have to take their work home with them like “real” teachers do, I’m having more luck fitting in reading time.  Though I don’t like everything about subbing, that is one of the blessings that I can appreciate.

Right now, my Goodreads Reading Challenge for the year is set at 16 books (SIXTEEN books in the year twenty-SIXTEEN), and if I keep reading at this rate, I will easily surpass that goal. But we’ll just have to see how the rest of the year pans out.

When you’ve read a lot of books, it can be hard to remember everything you’ve read without the help of a site like Goodreads, and even then, the details can get fuzzy. Writing about what you read can help cement it in your mind a little better, and maybe (just maybe) get you thinking a little more critically about it, and keep your mind sharp to boot. I hope to be able to that regularly here.

So, 9 days into April, let’s talk about the books I read in March, shall we? 😉 Continue reading “March Reading”

Faith, Hope, and Love

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13



For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:10

My story of faith begins at an early age. I was seven when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, and I don’t remember as much about the “experience” as I wish I did. It was during a revival, and I remember feeling like I needed to go forward, but I was a shy child and was embarrassed to go up in front of everyone, so I didn’t make my profession of faith until the next night. But I don’t really remember much else.  Continue reading “Faith, Hope, and Love”

Receiving gifts: a love language for all Christians

Earlier this month I wrote about the 5 love languages, and throughout the month, #LoveBlog prompts will feature each love language individually. Today’s focus is receiving gifts.

Now, as I said in my love languages post, I think that the receiving gifts love language is probably misunderstood. It sounds materialistic. For me personally, even after coming to a better understanding of what that love language meant, I didn’t really identify with it. It’s not a top language for me.

But it occurred to me earlier this week that, regardless of your score on the love languages quiz, we all speak the love language of receiving gifts.

At least we do if we are Christians.


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Romeo and Juliet, 9th graders, and fictional love

“Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?”

balcony scene

One of the most quotable lines from one of the most “romantic” stories in literature: Romeo and Juliet, the go-to Shakespeare play for 9th grade.

9th graders hate Romeo and Juliet, which is such a shame, because if they could just get past the language, the play reflects exactly how they behave in their own relationships.

Now, to be completely honest, 9th graders (or high schoolers in general) aren’t exactly open about their romantic escapades with their teachers. But again folks, the power of observation. If you pay close enough attention to these teenagers—in class, in the hallways, at lunch—you can TOTALLY tell when they have a crush on someone. It’s even more obvious when the relationship becomes official. Let’s just say that schools have “No PDA” rules in place for a reason….

And just a reminder folks, in case it’s been awhile since you’ve read (or attempted to read, skimmed, or slept through) Romeo and Juliet: the story is NOT about a young, handsome Leonardo DiCaprio falling madly in love and pursuing his darling to the best of his ability, doing his best to love her despite the darkest of circumstances.

It’s about two turned-on teenagers who can’t wait to get in each other’s pants. Continue reading “Romeo and Juliet, 9th graders, and fictional love”

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