Dance with Your Heart: Tales and Poems That the Heart Tells

Dance with Your Heart: Tales and Poems That the Heart Tells

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by Shirley Cheng
The tales and poems held between the pages of Dance with Your Heart are filled with inspirations, lessons, and magic. Most of the stories take no more than a few minutes to read, and yet they allow the reader to discover and visit worlds never before visited. Inch alongside a tiny snail as she goes through a journey of self-discovery in The Gift of Uniqueness, and


The tales and poems held between the pages of Dance with Your Heart are filled with inspirations, lessons, and magic. Most of the stories take no more than a few minutes to read, and yet they allow the reader to discover and visit worlds never before visited. Inch alongside a tiny snail as she goes through a journey of self-discovery in The Gift of Uniqueness, and learn that cooperation is the key to working successfully, yielding desirable fruits in the story, The Raging Sun and Rain. The poems range from thought-provoking to inspirational; their language is simple yet lyrical, and they are written with sincerity, clarity, and that rarest commodity: wisdom.

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Seeking the Truth

There was once a land far, far away inhabited by brightly colored plants and animals. All of the land's creatures roamed about in harmony. Dragonflies of red, blue, and green flittered together with the colorful butterflies. Creatures, never before seen by any human, resided in tall trees, wide plains of tall grasses, and vast blue oceans that stretched endlessly. Indeed, it was a realm of great wonders. It seemed as though rainbows floated down upon the valleys, taking up permanent residence there. All of the creations, from the tiniest molecule of air to the largest stars, seemed merry with their radiant colors. Luminous sunrays accentuated the entire domain, creating a blinding crystalline palace. Such was the dwelling place of never before known beings, beings ever so delicate and mystical, like blowing winds. These creatures, swifter than the swiftest hummingbird, cleverer than the sliest fox, flew, danced, and strolled about freely. They, the size of lilacs, varied in colors, ranging from glittering red to sparkling blue. They came out during the day, working and frolicking; they came out during the night, making mischief with one another. Since mankind had never seen these creatures, no names had been given to them. But here, they shall be known as Tinklets.
 "Lilia, where are you?" called one of these small beings, flying about in search of her. Using her little hand to shield her eyes from the blazing sun, this red-haired Tinklet searched the horizon.
 "Has she gone away again?" asked an elderly Tinklet, squinting to see off in the distance.
 "Yes, Elfon, we cannot find her," answered the red Tinklet.
 "Well, then have a search party, Annalie," he ordered. "We'll have to find her. Prince Samorus wants to take her hand in marriage." He then opened his transparent wings and flew away, circling the treetops until he was out of sight. Annalie sighed. How was she going to assemble a search party? She wished that Lilia had not gone off like that, without telling anyone where she was going. But she knew that Lilia would not go far. She always had her own secret, secluded hiding places in which to think. Lilia loved to think. She wanted to probe all truths. And Annalie was correct: Lilia was humming a mellow tune as she hid inside a hollow tree.
 "Does this prince love me with all his true heart? Is his love as honest as the twinkling stars above? Is it as ardent as the blazing sun? Will his love endure through time?" She asked these questions, wishing for answers. "I must find out. I shall not marry anyone whose love is untrue. He must not love me only for my beauty. He must not love me only for my powers."

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Dance with Your Heart: Tales and Poems That the Heart Tells 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection of short stories and poetry will lift your spirit as you read. Filled with color and colorful imagery, bright and wonderful characters, you'll find yourself smiling as you read. Some of the stories are reminiscent of the old fables we grew up with, such as the story about the cat who had a bird but wanted the larger one held by another cat reflected in the water. A very pleasant way to step back into our childhoods and relive a pleasant moment while building new emories of a new author's work. Or perhaps they'll remind you of the evenings spent sitting by the fire listening to an elderly relative tell stories they'd learned in childhood. They might also bring back the lovely tales we remember our mothers reading to us about fairies and other creatures who dwell in the netherland of memory stirring fiction. Talented Shirley Cheng's work is one of pleasant associative memories that you may want to read more thanonce. There is a lot more contained in this collection thatn just once-upon-a-time. Read and enjoy. I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
About the Author: Shirley Cheng, daughter of Juliet Cheng, was born in 1983, in Albany, New York. Shirley¿s birth was the beginning of a new world for both mother and daughter. Shirley was diagnosed with severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at only eleven months old. Shirley Cheng's life consisted of many years of hospitalization which caused her ability to receive an education a major delay. Shirley did not start her schooling until she was eleven years old. It took her only 180 days to master grade levels in all areas, and was then transferred to a sixth grade class room. When Shirley was seventeen, she lost her eyesight due to the intake of digestive enzymes, even more reason for her to feel like giving up, but it only challenged her to strive higher and higher. Through Shirley¿s own words, she inspires many saying, 'Although I'm blind, I can see far and wide even though I'm disabled, I can climb high mountains. Let the ropes of hope haul you high!' Shirley Cheng's self-esteem is truly glowing through her continuous smiles and words as you read her story. Shirley wrote three books at the age of 20 years old. Here are just a few more achievements that Shirley has managed to earn: - co-authored a self-improvement book with Jack Canfield & John Gray, Bob Proctor, Alan Cohen and Richard Carlson, entitled '101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Volume 2' Author of 'The Revelation of a Star's Endless Shine' Author of the book, 'Dance with Your Heart', and also Author of the book 'Daring Quests of Mystics'. -is an advocate of parental rights in children's medical care, aide/caregiver monitoring and screening for students with special needs and people with disabilities, and world peace. - tied for 1st place in the second Annual Be the Star You Are!¿ national Writing Contest, garnering her a third live appearance on the nationally syndicated radio program, 'Be the Star You Are'! - Plans to attend college at Harvard University, where she plans to earn doctorates in microbiology, zoology, astronomy, physiology, and pathology after a successful eye surgery. Shirley¿s story is not only about her challenges and misfortunes, but she also shares with us the love and respect that her mother showed over and over again. It is clear where Shirley has gained most of her positive attributes. Her mother¿s never-ending energy to keep moving forward reaches out and touches you throughout Shirley¿s story. Here is another quote from Shirley that will bring you to another sweet side of Shirley Cheng's personality: 'I've made it one of my life's missions to touch as many people as I possibly can to bring humor, hope, and healing,' says Shirley, whose personal motto is 'A dancing heart teaches true.' Shirley is an excellent writer and poet with a charm and intelligence that would make anyone envious. Her age and illness has never stood in her way of succeeding and embracing everything that life has to offer. ABOUT THE BOOK: ¿Dance with Your Heart¿, invites you into Shirley Cheng`s journey of thoughts and words. She will take you through colors, feelings, visions, senses and lessons in life. You will share some of the author¿s thoughts through her stories of frogs, cats, stars, goddess¿s, fish and turtles. You will be enlightened by her poems of never discovered lands, clouds, flickers of hope, passing storms, memories, wishes, colors of rainbows and more. Reading,¿ Dance with Your Heart¿, will do more than fill your heart with dances. It will reach deep inside of you and awaken your most inner passion while also renewing your respect and love for nature¿s life. The stories in this book are kept short and written with impeccable talent and imagination. The poems are light hearted, refreshingly lyrical and a true enjoyment to read. ¿Dance with Your Heart¿, reminds its readers of the simplest lessons in life, such as believing in oneself, ones inner beauty and also self-worth. highly recommends, ¿Dances with You
Guest More than 1 year ago
Each of these delicate, well-written little stories reads like a folk tale or a fable. They remind me of the stories my parents read to me when I was young, for they are filled with exuberant writing and exciting characters and a gentle life's lesson the end. Cheng, a survivor of severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, spent the first eleven years of her life in wheelchairs, hospitals and pain. She lost her sight in the 10th grade. However, if these stories are a fair indicator of the author behind the words in this book--and I think that they are--Cheng sees quite well without her eyes and has a remarkable spirit.