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Charles Burt
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CUBAN ARTIST ERIK RAVELO introduces a powerful piece that makes you think about the current situations around the world with children. The imagery is powerful from the subject matter to using the children to be crucified.

Here are the themes:
1. Religious pedophilia.
2. Sex abuse tourism in Thailand.
3. The Syrian war.
4. Black market organ trafficking
5. The US fascination with guns.
6. Obesity and the fast food connection.
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I thought this quite touching.
 
When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.
Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.

And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.

Cranky Old Man

What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you're looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food .. . ... . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . .'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . ... lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking?. .Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .you're not looking at me.
I'll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . ..my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me . . to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. ...Babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.
I look at the future ... . . . . I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . And the love that I've known.
I'm now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
It's jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. .... . ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too!

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The best and most beautiful things of this world can't be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart!
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Scroll down and watch the ad. Maybe I will buy some Honey Maid graham crackers today at HEB. 
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I love the name, This Week in God 
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Were you scared to become a #nurse? How did you overcome your fear? Join the conversation here: awe.sm/cIXQV
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Antisocial networks: how to avoid Facebook 'friends' and irritate people

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I resemble this!
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Not good at all.
 
The highly contagious Ebola virus currently spreading through Guinea can kill 90 percent of those infected. http://aje.me/1oMXYPj
Highly contagious virus kills 59 people in Guinea, with fears the disease may have spread to neighbouring Sierra Leone.
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Here we go. Zombies.
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NYTimes: Being Smart About Phone Fees Overseas
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My parents were in the UK for five weeks. My dad took his T-Mobile iPhone 5C with him. Total extra charge for five weeks in the UK.....$10 for 50 minutes of voice calls back to the states. Two years ago my dad went to Costa Rica with an AT&T phone and it cost him $100 in extra charges for just data. There is no comparison when it comes to price. Hands down T-Mobile is the best value. Coverage here in Austin is pretty good. Of course, your experience may be different. 
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Ain't nothing better than Shiner Bock and smoked Gouda! Deeeeeelicious!
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