Ode to my creator

Poetry On Odyssey: Ode To My Mother

This is an ode to the woman that would give her life for mine. I love you, ama


Ode To My Mother

Altruistic soul with a heart constructed of clay,

the sun doesn't hold a candle to your warmth.

Nature bows down to your beauty in awe as

you dress in red roses and walk in black stones.

Tornadoes surrender at your feet for

your strength resounds within the earth's core.

Honeybees caught in envy for

their nectar is nothing compared to your sweetness.

Wet and wilting girasol built on solid roots

your soil constructed my world.

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Top 20 Hottest NHL Players

Whoever said hockey players weren't hot?

Hockey is my favorite sport. I grew up in a Chicago suburb where hockey fans run wild, so it is literally impossible to grow up here and not be an NHL fan. For some reason, it seems to be believed that hockey players are all ugly with missing teeth, and I could not disagree more. Here is my pick for the 20 hottest players in the NHL.

20. Brendan Gallagher, Montreal Canadiens

Maybe all of the hours I spent studying French weren't a waste, off to Montreal!

19. Alex Wennburg, Columbus Blue Jackets

He has the power to make the whole world believe in love at first sight.

18. Alec Martinez, Los Angeles Kings

Hey I just met you, and this is crazy, whatever you know the song, call me!

17. John Tavares, New York Islanders

The Islanders did not waste their first overall draft pick in 2009 in the looks (and skills) department.

16. Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche

Is it just me or does he look like a Disney Prince?

15. Zach Parise, Minnesota Wild

Bonus: He admitted to watching "Pretty Little Liars" with his wife, so he's basically perfect.

14. T.J. Oshie, Washington Capitals

If pictures of him holding his daughter Lyla doesn't steal your heart I don't know what will.

13. Beau Bennett, Pittsburgh Penguins

All-American looks, all-American charm.

12. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens

There's some beauty behind that goalie mask for the 2015 NHL MVP.

11. Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

Remember the boy you were told to stay away from in high school but you couldn't because he was so magnetic? That's Patrick Kane for you.

10. Ryan Kesler, Anaheim Ducks

If you don't already have a hot dad crush, this isn't a bad one to start with.

9. Trevor Van Riemsdyk, Chicago Blackhawks

Bonus: He's only 24 and single.

8. Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars

His gelled back hair *heart eye emoji*.

7. Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks

Whoever said Russian guys weren't hot?

6. Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars

I'm usually not one for a lot of tattoos and like to think I'm done with my "bad boy" phase, but Tyler changes it all.

5. Andrew Shaw, Chicago Blackhawks

Usually isn't considered one of the better looking players, yet I disagree entirely.

4. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

If all guys in Sweden look like this book me a ticket ASAP.

3. Brandon Saad, Columbus Blue Jackets

Sexiest eyes in the NHL, and his smile doesn't hurt either.

2. Patrick Sharp, Dallas Stars

There isn't such thing as a hot hockey player list without Patrick Sharp in the top five.

1. Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

Great player, great captain, great person, great looking; everything you can want in a hockey player.

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10 Signs You're Learning A New Language

You may be a bigger language nerd than you thought!



1. You start to mix languages


The more you start to learn and practice the language, you start to think and more than one and it can result in something like this, but you don't really mind.

2. You can make and understand jokes in another language


Twice the languages means twice the memes... but no one ever gets them when you try to explain them!

3. You readily flip between keyboards


That awkward moment when you realized you tried to type your password in the wrong keyboard...

4. You'll use any chance to talk to a native speaker...


The adrenaline rush of speaking to someone on the spot is REAL, you guys.

5. ...Until they speak too fast and you're lost 


It's all fun and games until you realize how fast native speakers are, not to mention different accents and slang...

6. You feel like you missed out on a ton of great music before


When you discover music in your new language, you easily fall down a rabbit hole and want to share it with everyone. It's also taught you all the slang you know.

7. People always ask you to teach them or say something cool

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It's not easy to sum up years of a language journey in two minutes but you try anyways.

8. You can't hide your inner language nerd

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You know no one cares about the difference in accents, dialects or etymology but you still hit them with factoids anyways.

9. You have a completely different personality when speaking that language


Your voice, mannerisms, and speech pattern changes and someone else completely comes out; it's wierd yet exciting at the same time.

10. You are proud of accomplishments, big or small


Language learning requires a lot of patience, but you just gotta trust the process

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