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Duchess of Earle Shares a Favorite Poem August 27th, 2009

Good evening, Friends! 

This evening the Duchess of Earle shares a favorite poem – she especially likes the last verse – with her readers, in hopes that it will inspire them the way it has her for many years.  Enjoy!

A Psalm of Life

What the heart of the young man said to the psalmist

 Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
     Life is but an empty dream! --
 For the soul is dead that slumbers,
     And things are not what they seem.

 Life is real!  Life is earnest!
     And the grave is not its goal;
 Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
     Was not spoken of the soul.

 Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
     Is our destined end or way;
 But to act, that each to-morrow
     Find us farther than to-day.

 Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
     And our hearts, though stout and brave,
 Still, like muffled drums, are beating
     Funeral marches to the grave.

 In the world's broad field of battle,
     In the bivouac of Life,
 Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
     Be a hero in the strife!

 Trust no Future, howe'er pleasant!
     Let the dead Past bury its dead!
 Act, -- act in the living Present!
     Heart within, and God o'erhead!

 Lives of great men all remind us
     We can make our lives sublime,
 And, departing, leave behind us
     Footprints on the sands of time;

 Footprints, that perhaps another,
     Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
 A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
     Seeing, shall take heart again.

 Let us, then, be up and doing,
     With a heart for any fate;
 Still achieving, still pursuing,
     Learn to labor and to wait.

	-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Duchess of Earle Shares News of Loral Langemeier’s New Book Coming Out Soon August 26th, 2009

Well, dear readers, the Duchess of Earle got a call from a member of Loral Langemeier’s staff this afternoon, asking if she’d like to promote Loral’s new book.  The Duchess said she’d love to put out the info.  So watch this blog for more info in the coming days and weeks. 

Until the new information comes, you can always click on the links to Loral’s sites that are on the left – go ahead!  Check ’em out!

Loral Langemeier on Stage


Duchess of Earle offers a Thought for the Day August 10th, 2009

The Duchess of Earle just crossed paths with a saying that impresses her today – one of those unattributed things that pops up in one’s life and arrests one’s attention.  This idea is spurring the Duchess on this morning – and that’s a good thing.  Actually, that’s a GREAT thing! :)  Matter of fact, it’s so great that she thought she’d immediately post it here for sharing, in hopes that it will spur her readers on to plan their work and work their plan:

She who aims at nothing will hit it every time.