Friday, 25 April 2014

Money and happiness

A Handful of Happiness

World at my feet
Or resting in my lappy
Live in a mansion
With a butler chappy
But what don’t I have?
I don’t have happy.

I’ve millions myself
And a billionaire Pappy
Got a platinum bath
And a gold plate tappy
But what don’t I have?
I don’t have happy.

Look like a star
Dress real snappy
Folks they just love me
Life’s one long clappy
But what don’t I have?
I don’t have happy.

And now I’m getting older
I just want to swappy
I’d give up all the other apps
For a handful of happy.

And from Goodreads Quotes, a little ironic wit from both sides:

Dorothy Parker

“If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.”

― Dorothy Parker

“Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully

Clare Boothe Luce comfortable while you're being miserable.”

― Clare Boothe Luce

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Funny Frenchmen with beach towels

Smiling and laughing are good for your health.  This comedy routine had me doing both.  Changing on the beach will never be the same again.

And a gallic touch from Goodreads Quotes:

Victor Hugo

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Plan a holiday but don't necessarily take one

I have just taken a lovely holiday in the sunshine and feel so much better.  I find that planning trips is very therapeutic even if I don't eventually take them.

Happy holidays to everyone

The Journeyman

The crackle on the gravel
The rolling of the stone
Footprints on the shifting sand
Where the journeyman must roam.

Wishes on the water
Mind up in the mountains
The journeyman his only need
To taste the quenching fountain

Tramps across the countryside
To travel the unknown
He trusts the earth beneath his feet
The journeyman is home

To where his heart is
He who knows much more
Whose eyes are always fixed upon
The ever open door.

Quote from Goodreads:

Aldous Huxley

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Help children find happiness

Having read Leoarna's excellent post in her blog "not different but interesting", I felt this poem complemented her observations and feelings but hopefully there is a little light shining in the last verse.

We all need to help children find a way to their own happiness  This is what I try to do in my book "Ten Ways to Happiness"
- Mr Smile

Helping to make a better World

I’m no good at football
They’ll never pick me
Can’t run or jump or kick or throw
I’m no good at PE.

I’m no good at science
Don’t know a lot you know
I’ll never be a professor
And dress in a white coat.

I’m not good at literacy
Can’t write it down on paper
You know I’d really love to
But I’d never make an author.

I’m no good at DT
Can’t make things with these hands
Or think of what I want to build
No good at making plans.

And I’m no good at maths
Can’t add, subtract, divide
Can’t stop the numbers swimming
Before my very eyes.

I’m no good at anything
No I’m no good at all
I don’t know why I bother
Coming to this school.

But no – look you’re forgetting
None of these things matter
What really counts is how you
Make this world a little better.
(C) 2013 David J. Mason from "I know about the Staff Room"

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Fear is ignorance of the world's lack of knowledge


Senseless people don’t make sense
Headless people don’t have heads
Shapeless people have no form
Harmless people wouldn’t harm
Thoughtless cannot think at all
Lifeless and your life is dull
Fearless folks can’t feel fear
Cheerless folks, well they can’t cheer
Cloudless and the sky is blue
Motionless, the wind won’t move.

Careless people do not care
Hairless people have no hair
Brainless people don’t have brains
Painless people don’t have pain
Timeless and you have no time
Mindless and you have no mind
Faceless folks they have no face
Tasteless folks they cannot taste
Weightless and you float around
Effortless above the ground.

More or less or less or more
Here is a less-on to us all.
(C) 2013 David J. Mason

Paulo Coelho

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

― Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist