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An act of courage

With the new LAUREL Monthly Soundlust out now, I got inspired by the theme of Courage and the words kept free falling from my fingers. In this short piece, I’d like to mention a few of the things that I was reminded of when writing the story of the song list.
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When the world seemed to slip away

The world has turned so unequivocally upside down, that a crescent sense of desperation kept sneaking its way into people’s hearts. As much as I have fought against it, in the end it got to me too, in the form of many strong emotions, ranging from sadness, to fury, to anxiety, to hope, to optimism and energy to move mountains. Here is a personal take on mental health during the world's difficult times and its effects on creativity, inspiration and overall energy.
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Sunday Poem | In Summer Time, by Paul Laurence Dunbar

This week’s Sunday Poem is “In Summer Time”, by Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 - 1906), one of the first African American poets who became known on a national level with his writings. “In Summer Time” beautifully depicts the slow nature of the summer days, in a very descriptive and contemplative manner, transcending the reader to a state of enjoyment and peacefulness.
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Sunday Poem | “As once the winged energy of delight”, by Rainer Maria Rilke

“As once the winged energy of delight”, by one of the greatest German poets of his time, Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), explores some great ideas that I invite you to ponder upon, like embracing the energy and delight of living beyond fear, or the challenge of trusting our instincts and power to accomplish great things in the face of the unknown.
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Sunday Poem | “The Wind”, by Vasile Alecsandri

In this Sunday Poem second edition, we’re celebrating a great Romanian poet, Vasile Alecsandri (1821 - 1890), well-known for being a pioneer in writing pastels. A pastel, from a literary point of view, is a lyrical poem, that describes scenery from nature, landscapes or natural phenomena.
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Sunday Poem | “A Brave and Startling Truth”, by Maya Angelou

Today’s choice is Maya Angelou’s “A Brave and Startling Truth”. This poem was composed by Maya Angelou especially for the United Nation’s 50th Anniversary back in 1995. It speaks about our journey in this universe, where we’re “traveling through casual space”, our journey in our global space and history, but also about our journey towards what’s ahead of us.
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