"Our life's a stage, a comedy: either learn to play and take it lightly,cool.jpg
or bear its troubles patiently."
- Palladas




"A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end...
but not necessarily in that order."
- Jean-Luc Godard

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
- Thomas A. Edison

"What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a
friend to myself."
- Hecato
For a long time, I didn't really like myself. I hated how I looked, how I sound, how I thought, I hated that I wasn't smarter, or stronger, or that I didn't have someone else's life. I also thought how I saw myself was how everyone else saw me and it made me feel worse; the only thing I could do is not think about myself too much, so I didn't really express myself. I always thought of myself and remembered myself for the bad things that happened to me and not the good I’ve done. It took me a while to see things from my friend’s point of view and ask why they like me; it helped me change how I viewed myself and I started noticing the good things about myself. I wouldn’t think of myself as an idiot for getting something on a test wrong because I did all the other things right and I could see that everyone else made mistakes too; I was able to admit that I’m only human and will always be flawed and that I would need to accept that. Now I wouldn’t change anything about myself; I like me.

"Let thy words be few."
- Ecclesiastes 5:2


thinking.jpg"A man is what he thinks about all day long."
Ralph Waldo Emerson Biography
By Arthur Hemp

On May 25 1803 Ralph Waldo Emerson was born to his parents, Ruth Haskins and William Emerson. While he was young he had to deal with death several times, three of his siblings died young and his father died when he was only eight. He didn’t let this get him down though; he was always optimistic and had a good sense of humor. At age nine he began school and went to college at Harvard 5 years later and kept a journal of everything he read at college. He didn’t impress anyone very much t college and was considered average in his class when he graduated at 18. After college he moved to St. Augustine, Florida for the warm weather. While there he befriended Napoleon Bonaparte’s nephew Murat and discussed politics, religion, and other topics with each other. In 1827, on Christmas day, he met Ellen Tucker and married her when she turned 18. They moved to Boston where Emerson became a pastor; however Ellen died two years later from tuberculosis. After her death he began to question his faith and left the Church. Shortly after leaving the Church he decided to visit Europe for over a year. When he came back to America he decided to become a lecturer to spread his ideas and earn money. In Concord, Massachusetts, he soon became famous and remarried to Lydia Jackson. In 1836 Emerson Began his writing career with his first book Nature and began the Transcendental Club, where he and like minded individuals met. Emerson published more books over the years including his journal and his essays and continued to visit Europe. During the Civil War he was strongly opposed to slavery and sometimes criticized Lincoln for not doing enough to free slaves. In 1871 Emerson began to lose his memories and even forgot his name at times. In 1872 his house burned down and he had begun to give up on lecturing except on special occasions. He made an anthology of poems called Parnassus in 1874 which was one of his last works. By 1879 Emerson said his memory problems were too bad for him to make speeches and gave up on lecturing.In 1882 he caught a cold on a rainy day and died two days later.
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Online Biography
http://www.biography.com/articles/Ralph-Waldo-Emerson-9287153

Collection of Ralph Waldo Emerson's work
http://www.rwe.org/

Analysis of Ralph Waldo Emerson's poem
Fable poem.docx