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Writing opportunities during International Guitar Month

Guitars, International Guitar Month, History of GuitarsWhat’s your flavor of guitar? Acoustic, Electric, Archtop, Steel, Resonator, Electro-acoustic, Twelve-string, Double-neck, Base? The guitar you choose is based on the type of music you wish to play with it, and the technique to be applied. Based on some accounts, the history of the guitar can be traced back to over 4000 years. The derivation of the guitar however, has many claims about its ancestry. Many believe that it is linked to stringed instruments like the bowl harps and tanburs. Others say there’s a commonality with the lute.

International Guitar Month or IGM is an annual celebration of guitars that occurs every April since 1987. It is sponsored by the Guitar & Accessories Marketing Association (GAMA) and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). If you are running into writers block at the moment, try using International Guitar Month to boost your writing juices.

1. Write a blog
2. Write a poem
3. Write a song
4. Write an article
5. Write a memoir
6. Write about people you know who are guitar enthusiasts and what inspired them
7. Take a field trip to your local music store and talk about the different types of guitars the store carries.
8. What type of eye candy adorns the guitars of famous musicians?

Find the niche that you like and roll with it. Let your imagination explode with possibilities!

Happy International Guitar Month

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Events, Writing & Speaking

 

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What is your poetic footprint?

Poetry, National Poetry Month, Poetry Footprint

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2014 in Poetry, Reflections

 

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Celebrate National Kite Flying Month with a poem

Go fly a kite, flying a kite, kite flying, national kite flying month
“Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.”
- Winston Churchill

The Kite And The Nightingale
By Jean de La Fontaine

A noted thief, the kite,
Had set a neighbourhood in fright,
And raised the clamorous noise
Of all the village boys,
When, by misfortune, – sad to say, -
A nightingale fell in his way.
Spring’s herald begg’d him not to eat
A bird for music – not for meat.
‘O spare!’ cried she, ‘and I’ll relate
‘The crime of Tereus and his fate.’ -
‘What’s Tereus? Is it food for kites?’ -
‘No, but a king, of female rights
The villain spoiler, whom I taught
A lesson with repentance fraught;
And, should it please you not to kill,
My song about his fall
Your very heart shall thrill,
As it, indeed, does all.’ -
Replied the kite, a ‘pretty thing!
When I am faint and famishing,
To let you go, and hear you sing?’ -
‘Ah, but I entertain the king!’ -
‘Well, when he takes you, let him hear
Your tale, full wonderful, no doubt;
For me, a kite, I’ll go without.’
An empty stomach hath no ear.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2014 in Leisure Pursuits, Poetry

 

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The Inner Poet in You

Wings of the Wind, Kym Gordon Moore, National Poetry Month

Poetry unites races, creeds, cultures, genders and even political affiliations. It is an art form that renders a common denominator of value and connection, which people rally around. While it seems like poetry is a boring and dying topic of conversation to some, there is a poetry revival going on around this country and abroad that is reinventing the passion of poetic verse. 

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Celebrations, Poetry

 

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My crusade seeking Mayoral Proclamations celebrating National Poetry Month

North Carolina Mayors, North Carolina Mayoral Proclamations, National Poetry Month

The Academy of American Poets inaugurated April as National Poetry Month. To increase the awareness and celebration of poetry during National Poetry Month, I wanted to do something a little different to enhance my passion with the revival of this genre. In the state of North Carolina, we consider it the “Writingest State” due to the plethora of writers, poets, poet laureates and other literary pleasures our state has to offer.

I decided to seek greater acknowledgement for poetry by issuing a request for Mayoral Proclamations recognizing April as National Poetry Month in their respective cities and townships. I started off by seeking a Mayoral Proclamation from my mayor. I was not only pleasantly surprised and elated that he agreed to do one, but from that point, I decided to extend my proclamation invitation to other mayors around North Carolina. So far, I received confirmations for 15 proclamations and I am as happy as a lark! I composed a letter to these mayors and while some declined my offer due to their city’s guidelines, several obliged enthusiastically. I am waiting to receive any additional proclamations before I publically name all of the participating mayors who I am truly grateful to.

In a segment of my letter to the mayors, I inserted this personal statement:

“It’s unfortunate that music and art programs are sacrificed from core academics when budget cuts are initiated. Poetry and literature are part of that repertoire and I want to do something personally to keep poetry from falling through the cracks that can add validation to creativity, but is often silenced in our schools and communities. We can’t always wait or depend on funding to do something about it. Poetry has been a part of our everyday lives since the beginning of time. Please join me as we make a difference in a small way to spotlight poetry during National Poetry Month in April. Thanking you in advance for your support.” – Kym Gordon Moore

I cannot begin to express how honored I am to see this show of support from government officials, during a time they either receive the highest of praise from their constituents to the highest of criticism from their opposition. This shows me that these individuals truly care about the welfare and growth of their communities, regardless of their political affiliations.

Stay tuned for further developments and updates with my poetry crusade! Please feel free to share how you are commemorating National Poetry Month! I would love to know what others are doing in their communities!

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Celebrations, News, Poetry

 

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The Hands of Poetry in Celebration of National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month, Celebrating Poetry, Poetry From Behind the Pen

Today is the first day of April and time to kickoff our celebration of National Poetry Month. Typically, April 1 is known as April Fools Day, but there is nothing foolish about poetry. In 1996, the Academy of American Poets inaugurated the month of April as National Poetry Month. They have some wonderful ideas on how to maximize your poetic potential, so check out their site if you haven’t already. https://www.poets.org/

Get your writing gear in order and let’s get those creative juices flowing. Poetry is multifaceted, so let your hands sculpt some beautiful works of poetry and prose! How are you celebrating poetry this month?

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2014 in Celebrations, Poetry

 

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Celebrating Vietnam Veterans Day

vietnam vets, vietnam veterans day, vietnamToday is recognized as Vietnam Veterans Day. It is dedicated to the courage, service and sacrifice of the men and women who served in the armed services during the Vietnam War. Like all wars, this was probably one of the most critical and controversial wars in the history of our country. Unfortunately, the veterans returning home from Vietnam were not treated honorably, as the troops returning from their tours of duty with our recent war in the Middle East. Many of the Vietnam Vets were spat on, criticized and shouted at when they returned home. On March 30, 1973, President Richard Nixon began withdrawing combat troops from Vietnam.

On March 29, 2012, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation declaring March 29th as Vietnam Veterans Day. If you know of any Vietnam Veterans, whether in your family, someone you work with or congregate with in church, feel free to pay homage to them in the comment section below. There are many Vietnam Memorials in towns and cities around the country. If you never visited one, it is a sobering experience, but one that you should visit and learn about.

Immediate Release
March 29, 2012

Presidential Proclamation — Vietnam Veterans Day

VIETNAM VETERANS DAY

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

On January 12, 1962, United States Army pilots lifted more than 1,000 South Vietnamese service members over jungle and underbrush to capture a National Liberation Front stronghold near Saigon.  Operation Chopper marked America’s first combat mission against the Viet Cong, and the beginning of one of our longest and most challenging wars.  Through more than a decade of conflict that tested the fabric of our Nation, the service of our men and women in uniform stood true.  Fifty years after that fateful mission, we honor the more than 3 million Americans who served, we pay tribute to those we have laid to rest, and we reaffirm our dedication to showing a generation of veterans the respect and support of a grateful Nation.

The Vietnam War is a story of service members of different backgrounds, colors, and creeds who came together to complete a daunting mission.  It is a story of Americans from every corner of our Nation who left the warmth of family to serve the country they loved.  It is a story of patriots who braved the line of fire, who cast themselves into harm’s way to save a friend, who fought hour after hour, day after day to preserve the liberties we hold dear.  From Ia Drang to Hue, they won every major battle of the war and upheld the highest traditions of our Armed Forces.

Eleven years of combat left their imprint on a generation.  Thousands returned home bearing shrapnel and scars; still more were burdened by the invisible wounds of post-traumatic stress, of Agent Orange, of memories that would never fade.  More than 58,000 laid down their lives in service to our Nation.  Now and forever, their names are etched into two faces of black granite, a lasting memorial to those who bore conflict’s greatest cost.

Our veterans answered our country’s call and served with honor, and on March 29, 1973, the last of our troops left Vietnam.  Yet, in one of the war’s most profound tragedies, many of these men and women came home to be shunned or neglected — to face treatment unbefitting their courage and a welcome unworthy of their example.  We must never let this happen again.  Today, we reaffirm one of our most fundamental obligations:  to show all who have worn the uniform of the United States the respect and dignity they deserve, and to honor their sacrifice by serving them as well as they served us.  Half a century after those helicopters swept off the ground and into the annals of history, we pay tribute to the fallen, the missing, the wounded, the millions who served, and the millions more who awaited their return.  Our Nation stands stronger for their service, and on Vietnam Veterans Day, we honor their proud legacy with our deepest gratitude.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 29, 2012, as Vietnam Veterans Day.  I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that commemorate the 50 year anniversary of the Vietnam War.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

BARACK OBAMA

 Happy Vietnam Veterans Day!

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2014 in Celebrations, Memorial

 

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