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The Road Not Taken (with Yoda and a Dog)

I was asked to read Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” poem in the voice of Yoda – scroll down to watch the video. I didn’t do too bad! I’m hereby challenging you to do the same (and record the video for posterity, of course). If you don’t want to talk like Yoda, try another character voice impersonation.

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

You will know it is time to press the play button when you hear R2-D2 beep, like this…

Can You Rhyme all the Time on a Dime?

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Some of you unfortunately have had the opportunity to read some of my really bad poetry. It’s fun to do, but I’m certainly not going to quit my day job to become a poet. Back when I began writing, I played around with rhyming. I wasn’t so good at it. What do you do when you need something to rhyme? If you need a rhyme, one of the best websites I have ever seen was just passed along to me the other day.

WriteRhymes is a simple way to help you come up with words that rhyme. Simply begin typing in the box. When you need to rhyme something, hold down your Alt key, and click on the word you want to rhyme with. That’s all there is to it. When you’re finished, you can save your rhyme to your computer, print it out, or copy it to paste elsewhere.

After I had recorded this video, a community member named Seany sent me a poem he created using the WriteRhymes site. The poem is so excellent, I had to include it here!

I stopped by his website today
And had a jolly old time
Received some great advice
Didn’t have to pay a dime

They’re typically talking tech
Twenty-Four hours a day
So why don’t you stop by
You might find you’ll want to stay

Don’t worry, I’m not kidding
I ask you, please stay calm
It’s easy to remember, hard to forget
We’re at live.pirillo.com.

If you know of any other cool services or websites like this one, pass them along to me!


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