Friday, May 31, 2013


Hero of the Day - Malala Yousafzai

A Pakistani young girl known for her education and women’s right campaign stands as our hero of the day through her survival on the attack faced for her activism.

Malala Yousafzai acknowledged her rights to education and has even returned to school after being shot. An act only the brave can survive.

I have the right.” - Malala Yousafzai

Friends with Benefits - The Professionals concluded

Poem for the Day - Fidelity

We named modestly
For we are
Humans try to be like us
And try they do earnestly
Our kind is rare
Meaning our noble curse
The truth it is honestly
For all we do care
And make no fuss.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hero of the Day - Wangari Maathai

A Kenyan politician, activist and environmentalist; Wangari Maathai is famous for the fight women’s rights and tree planting.

She was able to encourage the women of Kenya to plant trees to conserve the environment. This was accomplished with the payment of stipends to these women which encouraged them to plant more.

“I don’t really know why I care so much. I just have something inside me that tells me that there is a problem and I have got to do something about it. I think that is what I would call the God in me.” - Wangari Maathai

Friends with Benefits - The Professionals

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Poem for the Day - Stock

Mama told me
Never to forget
I had lasting beauty
No matter how I felt
Or what I felt
No matter what people said
Or who said it
I was a Stock
And she be proud
And I was proud
Mama was right.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hero of the Day - Jovito Salonga

Jovito Salonga from Philippines ruled the country, though from a very poor background had the insight of being great in the future.

Friends with Benefits - The In-laws concluded

Poem for the Day - Lisianthus

Always outgoing
Lisianthus stood for that
Among hidden flowers
Lisianthus stood out
In hidden bushes
Lisianthus was distinguished
If all could be that
Lisianthus was never shy
It would be a beautiful world
With all like Lisianthus.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hero of the Day - Sir Frank Leslie Walcott

Sir Frank Leslie Walcott, a Barbadian politician and trade unionist was a major hero of Barbados.
He is fondly remembered for organizing the Barbados labour movement and was recognized by the Queen of England.

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Poem for the Day - Daisy

She had been unfaithful
Wanting to make amends
Got a Daisy
On bended knees
Presented her gift
Daisy so pretty
She pledged her fidelity
He knew it was true
From the sight of the flower
She would be faithful
And daisy a part of their history.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Hero of the Day - Betty Bigombe

Betty Bigombe a Ugandan remarkable woman who was tasked with convincing the rebels to lay down their arms. This was due to the failure of the military to carry out this task.

Betty Bigombe made all efforts to end violence and she constantly advocates for peace in her country. She is highly respected among other women and her people.

“I am in the process of analyzing and understanding what is doable and what is not doable, what factors can we use to bring out those that are not indicted”. - Betty Bigombe

Friends with Benefits - Tenant & Landlord concluded

Poem for the Day - Bouvardia

No other day
None other
Meant so much
As when the little ones came
They came once
Once did they visit
Their scent was special
Caressing our flowers so tender
In return we gave
Gave out our own scent
They chuckled to our amusement
And we looked forward again
To their return to the Bouvardia.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Hero of the Day - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King was an American Baptist Clergyman whose role was an activist for civil rights. His main focus was on segregation which was highly rampant in the United States.

Martin Luther King was a good orator and was famous for his speeches like “I have a dream” and “Beyond Vietnam”.

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Poem for the Day - Statice

Symbolizing remembrance
Grandma instructed
Statice must be present.

It had always been
And always will be
Statice to remember.

To remember Grandma
So she could smile
Statice was present.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Hero of the Day - Asmaa Mahfouz

An influential Egyptian woman, human rights activist who opposed unproductive government and demanding better incentives for her people.

Asmaa Mahfouz was a part of the founding Egyptians of Youth Movement; she aimed at using a vlog to mobilize youths as well as gain international audience in order to provide sane government for her country.

“…we have to keep going all over the world, because another world is possible for all of us”. - Asmaa Mahfouz

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Poem for Day - Daffodil

I compete with the sun
In complexion and beauty
I compete

I compete with the damsels
In beauty and purity
I compete

I compete with the flowers
In purity and satisfaction
I compete

Friday, May 24, 2013

Hero of the Day - Farlis Calle

Colombian peace activist, Farlis Calle at the age of fifteen rose up to promote peace after her country’s dreadful experience of civil war.

Farlis Calle was provoked by the volume of deaths of children, the beheading of friends as she took a stand while as Council President of her school. She provided solutions of peace through presentations along with her classmates. This move was recognized even by UNICEF. Her act has inspired youths all over the world that they too can make a difference.

How can we learn to be peaceful if our teachers do not help us understand what it means? No one here has ever lived in peace. We have been fighting from the time we were born”. - Farlis Calle

Friends with Benefits - The Roomates concluded

Poem for the Day - Anemone

In anticipation
Plucked and packaged
In anticipation
Received and dumped
In anticipation
Retrieved and preserved
In anticipation
Admired and touched
In anticipation
Nostalgic and memories.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Hero of the Day - Sir William Alexander Clarke Bustamante

A Jamaican labor leader and politician who fought against colonial rule, Sir William Alexander Clarke was majorly concerned about the poor and underprivileged Jamaicans and brought attention to their social and economic problems. He was always ready to lead the people.

“If it’s a long ride, it’s fun just watching people”. - Sir William Alexander Clarke Bustamante

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Poem for the Day - Aster

Stuck to the ground
Heart beating wildly
Nowhere to go
But meant to stay firm
Roots were giving way
Way to the wind
Aster had to remain
Secure in the ground
Till the storm passed.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Hero of the Day - Muhammad Yunus

A Bangladesh banker and economist changed the lives of many particularly poor entrepreneurs who could not afford regular bank loans. Muhammad Yunus provided special loans for these people; he made efforts to create economic and social development.

“My greatest challenge has been to change the mindset of people. Mindsets play strange tricks on us. We see things the way our minds have instructed our eyes to see”. - Muhammad Yunus

Friends with Benefits - The Family concluded

Poem for the Day - Hyacinth

They made us laugh
They made us cry
They showed us love
They showered with care
They expressed our importance with stares
We in turn blossomed to share.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Poem for the Day - Delphinium

Most looked forward times
Is when the rains came
When they dropped hard
With soaked soils
Aftermath is indescribable
Clean sweet air
Wind so calm blows
Through the Delphinium
Forever grateful to be alive.

Hero of the Day - Moira Kelly

Moira Kelly is an Australian humanitarian who focused particularly on disadvantaged children. She was a humanitarian at heart, seen when she gave across to the special school beside hers as a child.

Moira Kelly worked with Mother Theresa whom she admired; she organized volunteer programs at refugee camps, provided free medical services and set up foundations for children. She has adopted a number of disadvantaged children and raised them as her own.

Friends with Benefits - The Family

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Hero of the Day - Iqbal Masih

Anyone can be a hero; that is why we look into the heroic life of Iqbal Masih, a Pakistani boy who saved thousands of children in Pakistan like himself who were unfortunately victims of child labor.

Iqbal Masih was an inspiration which led to the creation of freedom organizations; he gave speeches particularly to children like himself all over the world. His greatest achievement was the three thousand children in Pakistan he helped gain freedom.

“I would like to do what Abraham Lincoln did…I would like to do it in Pakistan”. - Iqbal Masih

Friends with Benefits - The Couple concluded

Poem for the Day - Iris

They toured the garden
As green as the grass
None could detect them
Until they approached the Iris
And thought of having fun
All at once became purple
Like the Iris before them
Basking among the petals
They were content for the day.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Hero of the Day - Giorgio Perlasca

An Italian soldier and fighter in the East of Africa as well as the Spanish Civil War, Giorgio Perlasca was known as a man of valor.

Popularly known as the man who saved thousands of Jews from the Nazis; he is seen as an achiever by risking his life by posing as a Spanish diplomat to save Hungarian Jews. He was also loved by the people because he thought of them first before his own interests.

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Poem for the Day - Oriental Lily

I was special
I knew it
All white and pretty
Florist placed me at the window
People would pass and glare
Most times they admired
For I was pretty.

My confidence soon ran out
I knew it would someday
All red, pink and yellow
Florist placed them beside me
People stopped to admire
Most times not I
For I had competition.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Hero of the Day - Jane Addams

Jane Addams was a public philosopher, author and leader of women suffrage and world peace. She was a role model for women.

Her achievements were numerous which ranged from the involvement of women in the reformation of the community to advocating for world peace.

“Civilization is a method living, an attitude of equal respect for all”. – Jane Addams

Friends with Benefits - The Family Friends concluded

Poem for the Day - Hydrangea

The sun rose up today
So early was the sun
Pondering on the reason why
It was revealed to us
But for the Hydrangea
The sun would have slept longer
And stayed on late
For duty called the sun
And quickly he obeyed.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Hero of the Day - Andrew Benson Greene, Jr.

A Sierra Leone peace model well recognized in the world. He played a significant role in transforming lives of people of his country through peaceful means.

Andrew Benson Greene, Jr. achieved greatly through innovations of obtaining peace; he became a leader of positive change through educating youths on the need and role of peace.

“You are giving your life to help others, so don’t relent, be steadfast and courageous and do it with a loving and peaceful heart”. - Andrew Benson Greene, Jr.

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Poem for the Day - Lilac

With its youthful innocence
Lilac gave the walkway
An innocence indescribable
And birds arrived
Uninvited but welcome
To grace the ceremony
And make all at ease.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hero of the Day - Maximilian Kolbe

A Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe came to the aid of drug addicts, prisoners and families. He was popularly known as The Apostle of Consecration to Mary.

Maximilian Kolbe volunteered to die in place of a stranger in Auschwitz. Completely selfless, his love for people had no boundary.

“Pray that I will love without any limits”. – St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe

Friends with Benefits - The Colour concluded

Poem for the Day - King Protea

My kind is described
Described as daring
Daring as a soldier
Soldier fighting for the people
People need a leader
Leader such as a king
King Protea with its bloom
Bloom to make you smile
Smile to make your day.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Hero of the Day - Margaret Thatcher

A British politician with her unique political rule as Britain Prime Minister and leadership which differed from what the people were used to.

Margaret Thatcher along with her colleagues in office was able to bring stability to the country. She was never discouraged running for office against men as well as being surrounded by male powerful politicians. She stood firm even when the United Kingdom fell into recession during her stay in office; she reformed trade unions, reduced tax and social expenditure.

“Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self esteem and personal satisfaction”. – Margaret Thatcher

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Poem for the Day - Snapdragon

Picnic so perfect
Amidst flowers so dear
Grown so perfect
Atmosphere so clear
Snapdragons all around
Wind whispering sweetly
Place where love abound
Where we spread our feet.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Hero of the Day - Aung San Suu Kyi

A Burmese politician always had the passion to be free and to provide freedom for her people. She was able to achieve this by leading her people through speeches and lectures.

Aung San Suu Kyi focused on the struggle for freedom and democracy and her lectures were centered on it.

“You should never let your fear prevent you from doing what you know is right”. – Aung San Suu Kyi

Friends with Benefits - The Club concluded

Poem for the Day - Larkspur

Funny as it sounds
I was not as pretty
People have come in rounds
Not the bright witty
Fancy flower I am not
Sometimes pale
Atimes pretty
I cannot change being a Larkspur.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Hero of the Day - Oscar Romero

Archbishop Romero was a selfless man of El Salvador who took the peoples struggle personally. He served as a light and source of hope for the challenged of his country.

Oscar Romero lived to struggle to overcome oppression and poverty; he was a symbol of courage and justice and became a martyr for what he stood for.

“Peace is not the product of terror or fear.
Peace is not the silence of cemeteries.
Peace is not the silent result of violent repression.
Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all the good of all.
Peace is dynamism.
Peace is generosity.
It is right and it is duty”. – Oscar Romero

Friends with Benefits - The Club

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Poem for the Day - Ranunculus

He thought of something different
Other flowers had no appeal
The Ranunculus was sighted
It was chosen
He had faith in it
He knew she'd love it
And she did
The Ranunculus worked
Worked like magic.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Hero of the Day - Chico Mendes

A Brazilian trade union leader, rubber tapper and environmentalist known and famous for the fight against environmental degradation. He particularly fought to maintain the preservation of the Amazon rainforest.

Chico Mendes achieved advocating for the human rights of indigents of Brazil; he kept the rain forests intact; he was a role model for many to follow in his love for plane and animal life.

“At first, I thought I was fighting to save rubber trees, then I thought I was fighting to save the Amazon rainforest. Now I realize I am fighting for humanity”. – Chico Mendes