The Power of Words

Dear Friends,

I awoke to the familiar sounds of my neighborhood on Sunday mornings.
My first cup of coffee, accompanied by a hearty breakfast, was restorative.
Breathe in, stretch and take in all that life offers you today. Do it leisurely;
remember to live the day fully, appreciating your ability to do so.

It feels wonderful to be enjoying my surroundings while reflecting on the
days spent in Granada, Nicaragua during their Poetry Festival. The cele-
bration included more than listening to poetry; it was an opportunity to see
expositions, listen to music and participate in round tables that discussed
themes related to poetry, literature, musical and performance arts.

My fascination with words and their exact meanings began when I was a
child. I am grateful to have grown up in a home where books were present
and reading was encouraged. I am the product of two different cultures. My
extended contact with two languages from a young age has allowed me to
absorb and infer the colors, flavors and nuances of the vocabulary in each.
I am now beginning to navigate the deep, complex world of poetry.

I believe in the power of words to unite or divide people. Today’s technology
allows us to access many platforms and vent our frustrations while remaining
anonymous, not always a good thing. Words, written or spoken, can make a
big difference in a person’s day. In these days of turmoil in our world, it is
more vital than ever before to acknowledge the power of words and to learn
to use them appropriately.

Have a wonderful day and a terrific week, Marietta

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