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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Go ahead and smile

“Poetry speaks to the spirit by piercing understanding. It interprets all senseless truths – beauty, love, emotion – into sensible scrawl.” – Richelle Goodrich

A native of Washington State and graduate of Eastern Washington University, Goodrich writes young adult books―fantasies, adventures, and some realities, always with a touch of romance.  Her quotes have been published in such wide-ranging places as the Oxford Philosophy Being Human Course Book; Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas in Canada; and in a Revlon magazine ad campaign.  
                 Here, for Saturday’s Poem, is Goodrich’s verse about the power of a smile from her delightful book, Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse and Grumblings for Every Day of the Year.
One smile has the power to...
Calm fears.
Soften stone walls.
Warm a cold heart.
Invite a new friend.
Mimic a loving hug.
Beautify the bearer.
Lighten heavy loads.
Promote good deeds.
Brighten a gloomy day.
Comfort a grieving spirit.
Offer hope to the forlorn.
Send a message of caring.
Lift the downtrodden soul.
Patch up invisible wounds.
Weaken the hold of misery.
Act as medicine for suffering.
Attract the companionship of angels.
Fulfill the human need for recognition.
Who knew changing the world would prove so simple?

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