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Speaker at Long Island NY’s First 140 Character Conference “Exploring the State of Now”
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Whispers From Nature – An Inspiring collection of Haiku Poems – is a collection of 132 haiku poems inspired by the change of seasons and casual observations of the unity and harmony of all things. An expression of my love of nature, the linking of opposite and complementary qualities, the simplicity that inspires joy and the ordinary events we sometimes take for granted.
On 5/26/2011 I was honored with the opportunity to speak at Long Island’s first 140 character conference – Exploring The State of Now. Each speaker had 5 minutes to speak about a subject that they’re passionate about. My speech entitled “Serendipity on the Social Web” reminds us that surprising opportunities exists all around us, even on the social web. It is important however that we remain fully engaged in the process in order to reap its benefits.
Not Quite What I Was Planning
Legend has it that author Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. His response? “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” In 2007, SMITH online magazine re-ignited the idea and started a reader contest: Your life story in six words. The magazine was soon flooded with thousands of entries from readers submitting their own six word memoirs; some bittersweet and inspirational and others funny, thought provoking and hilarious.
The idea flourished and became the premise of a new book recently published by the editors of Smith magazine entitled “Not Quite What I Was Planning – Six word Memoirs by Famous and Obscure Writers”.
In an age where micro-blogging and text messaging has become the norm; six words can indeed tell a story.
Not Quite What I was Planning: Six Word Memoirs from Writers Famous and Obscure collects almost 1,000 six-word memoirs, including additions from many celebrities including Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, Dave Eggers, Richard Ford, Deepak Chopra, Moby, and more. A New York Times bestseller and subject of hundreds of stories from The New Yorker to NPR and hailed as “American haiku,” SMITH’s book of six-word memoirs is both a moving peek at the minutia of humanity and the most inspirational toilet reading you’ll ever find.
My six word memoir was chosen to be a part of this collective effort. ‘My reach always exceeds my grasp‘ – is my contribution and can be found on page 51. Of course there is a huge story underlying my chosen six words and that will be the subject of a future article. The inspiration I’ve derived from this serendipitous opportunity is being used continually as motivation to pursue other goals as I reach beyond my grasp towards future possibilities.