Found Poems

Found poetry, which can also be a form a visual poetry, is when you take an exististing text and rearrange it, highlight it, cut it out, or in some other way alter it to make an original poem.

It is a lot of fun to look at a page and see what words jump out at you and what you can do with them. You can also use pretty much anything to create these collage poems: letters, speeches, and even other poems.

Poetry is all around you, ready for you to bring out the words and create it! Perhaps you are on the train and notice a discarded newspaper laying beside you. What can you do? Sure you can read the old news but then what? Take a highlighter and highlight all of the words and phrases that jump out at you. What sounds nice to the ear or resonates with you? You don’t have to choose words simply because they are beautiful words that seem pretty. Not all poems are about pretty thing after all. Experiment by looking for words that are jarring to your senses. When you are done (perhaps after you have reached your destination) cut out or write down everything you have highlighted. I guarantee you will find some delightful combinations. Feel free to insert your own words as well. The possibilities for unveiling new meaning is endless.




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Macaroni Union

According to Scientists, This is The Most Relaxing Tune Ever Recorded

This eight minute song is a beautiful combination of arranged harmonies, rhythms and bass lines and thus helps to slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and lower levels of the stress. The song features guitar, piano and electronic samples of natural soundscapes.

A study was conducted on 40 women, who were connected to sensors and had been given challenging puzzles to complete against the clock in order to induce a level of stress. Different songs were then played, to test their heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and brain activity.

The results showed that the song Weightless was 11 per cent more relaxing than any other song and even caused drowsiness among women in the lab. 

It induced a 65 per cent reduction in overall anxiety and brought them to a level 35 per cent lower than their usual resting rates. 

Moreover, sound therapies have been used for thousands of years to help people relax and improve health and well-being. Among indigenous cultures, music has been the heart of healing and worship. The song, weightless is ideal for unwinding and putting an end to a stressful day.

According to Dr David Lewis-Hodgson, from Mindlab International, which conducted the research, this song induced the greatest relaxation, higher than any other music tested till date. In accordance to the Brain imaging studies, music works at a very deep level within the brain, stimulating not only those regions responsible for processing sound but also ones associated with emotions. The song Weightless can make one drowsy and hence should not be heard while driving.

Daily Health Post

How many veggies? – Meatless Monday Part II

I saw this on Pinterest and thought it was very creative and creepy at the same time …….

I think it’s been around awhile but this is the first time I’ve seen it

veggie face

I  see 15 different veggies….

not sure what makes up the eyes so maybe 16 for black olives

I find the first five days after the weekend the hardest!

Mouth and Foot Painting

I receive a calendar each year from the Canadian Mouth and Foot Painting artists.

The Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) was formed in 1956, and has been operating in Canada since 1961, theMFPA is an international, for-profit association wholly owned and run by disabled artists to help them meet their financial needs. Members paint with brushes held in their mouths or feet as a result of a disability sustained at birth or through an accident or illness that prohibits them from using their hands.

These are some of the most beautiful paintings/works of art I have ever seen, and to think that they were painted using only  a brush held by feet or mouth !

Below are some of the artists and their paintings and check out their website at

Susie Matthias Mouth Painter London, Ontario

Susie Matthias was born in London, Ontario. As a result ofthe drug Thalidomide, she was born without arms or legs. Despite her obstacles,
she has always retained a positive outlook on life and the things that she canaccomplish. Throughout her childhood and early adolescence, Susie discovered atalent for art. She excelled in painting, and with support from her parents, shedeveloped her mouth painting technique.

Susie began showing promise asan art student at a young age. After high school, Susie continued with her loveof art by taking art courses at Saunders Secondary School, a school for the artsin London, and spent a year at Fanshawe College in Fine Arts.

In the early 1990’s, Susie was introduced to Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA), which has provided her with the opportunity to focus on her art full time by providing her with a monthly income. In 2000, one of Susie’s paintings won a national competition and was featured on the special Christmas stamp issued by Canada Post. Susie became a Full Member of the Association in March 2009.

One of her favourite pastimes is swimming which gives her relaxation away from her busy painting schedule. She has competed for fun in regional games and has won several medals and ribbons in her category. Susie also enjoys electric wheelchair floor hockey.

Susie currently resides in London, Ontario. She lives in her own apartment and enjoys visiting with friends and eight siblings.

 Michel Guillemette Mouth Painter Sainte-Foy, Quebec

As a young athlete, Michel Guillemette always had a preference for outdoor sports. In 1966, however, his life took an abrupt turn when, at age nineteen, he dove into the St. Lawrence River during low tide – hitting bottom and breaking his spine, leaving him paralyzed from the neck

He spent thirteen years of convalescence at the Sanatorium Bégin at Lac Etchemin, Quebec. The first years were long and depressing. This changed when he became interested in rehabilitation activities and decided to learn to write, holding his pen with his teeth.

Very proud of his success and with the encouragement of his therapists, Michel continued making progress and had his first painting debut in 1977. “My first landscape was not bad at all,” he remembers, “so I decided to continue painting.”

Since then, Michel has left the sanatorium. He now lives alone in his studio apartment, which is equipped for his special needs. He prefers to paint his landscapes in oils.

Michel became part of the MFPA in 1987 and was appointed a Full Member in March 2004.Besides painting, Michel loves to play chess and cards and relaxes listening to music or watching television.

Cody Tresierra Mouth Painter Cloverdale, British Columbia

The abrupt halt to a young, active, sports-oriented life just reaching adulthood is among life’s worst tragedies. Cody Tresierra, 19 at the time, now counts himself lucky that his life was spared when a motor vehicle accident left him paralyzed from the neck down.

Born in Ashcroft, British Columbia, and raised in Clinton, Cody was living in Quesnel with his family at the time of the accident. Transferred to the extended-care Pearson Hospital in Vancouver, he took up mouth painting as a form of therapy.

Encouraged and guided by instructor Betty Black, he became more enthusiastic as his previously unknown talent surfaced. Cody has subsequently taken private tuition to develop his talent and excels in oils, especially landscapes and seascapes.

In 1986, Cody joined the MFPA, which supports him to pursue his artistic career. He became a Full Member of the Association in March 2000.

“I felt pretty devastated when I was first told that I would not get the use of my limbs back”, he says. “But after that, I just concentrated on getting on with my life. I was lucky that I was young, and young people are adaptable.”

Cody maintains a lively interest in music, sports and all forms of the arts, and now lives with his wife in Cloverdale, British Columbia