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Laura Lee - June 5, 2019

Looking Back

by Edgar A. Guest

I might have been rich if I'd wanted the gold
instead of the friendships I've made.
I might have had fame if I'd sought for renown
in the hours when I purposely played.
Now I'm standing to-day on the far edge of life,
and I'm just looking backward to see
What I've done with the years and the days that were mine,
and all that has happened to me.

I haven't built much of a fortune to leave
to those who shall carry my name,
And nothing I've done shall entitle me now
to a place on the tablets of fame.
But I've loved the great sky and its spaces of blue;
I've lived with the birds and the trees;
I've turned from the splendor of silver and gold
to share in such pleasures as these.

I've given my time to the children who came;
together we've romped and we've played,
And I wouldn't exchange the glad hours spent
with them for the money that I might have made.
I chose to be known and be loved by the few,
and was deaf to the plaudits of men;
And I'd make the same choice should the chance
come to me to live my life over again.

I've lived with my friends and I've shared in their joys,
known sorrow with all of its tears;
I have harvested much from my acres of life,
though some say I've squandered my years.
For much that is fine has been mine to enjoy,
and I think I have lived to my best,
And I have no regret, as I'm nearing the end,
for the gold that I might have possessed.
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There’s a new movement happening in the music industry. It’s infectious, it’s artistic, and it’s taking over the world. K-Pop, also known as Korean pop music, combines expertly coordinated beats, lyrics, dance moves, fashion, and style to produce an audiovisual experience that is truly out of this world. Here are some of our favorite K-Pop stars making waves in the international music industry.




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Kim Tae-yeon, referred to in the industry as Taeyeon, rose to success with the girl group Girls’ Generation. She’s also a promeninte figure outside of K-Pop, and has lent her vocal talents to several television and movie productions. In 2015, she launched her own solo career and has sold over one million copies of her debut album.





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Kim Hyun-ah goes by the stage name “HyunA”. She’s a fearless singer, dancer, songwriter and model from South Korea. Her breakthrough into the music business started when she joined K-Pop female group Wonder Girls, and has since gone on to become a well known solo artist. Check out her single “Change”, which hit #2 on the Korean music charts.




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Kim Hyo-yeon is best known as the DJ of Girls’ Generation, one of the best selling K-Pop groups to date. She is also the host of her own reality show called “Hyoyeon’s One Million Likes”. Prior to her success in K-Pop, she worked with major stars like Janet Jackson.





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Hyolyn got her start in the K-Pop scene, but she has since gone on to much, much bigger things. As the former front-runner of the band Sistar, she is now in charge of her own self-started production company called Bridʒ.


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Lee is also referenced as “The Nation’s Fairy”. She has her hands in everything from acting, singing, dancing, producing, and has made quite an impact as an activist. Her K-Pop career was launched when she was added to the girl group Fin.K.L, and has since gone on to have a successful solo career.





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Park Sun-young aka Hyomin is best known as a member of the girls group T-ara. She’s an incredible singer, and has an impressive acting career as well. While she recently went on to try her hands at a solo career, fans are hopeful that she may rejoin the girls group in the future.




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Ahn Hyo-jin aka LE or Elly is one of the fiercest rappers on the K-Pop scene. Before she got into the K-Pop world, she was known for her contributions to Korea’s underground hip hop scene, and is best known now as a member of the girl group EXID.





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Solji has been on the scene since the mid-2000s, and in addition to her role in the girls group EXID, she also works as a vocal trainer for other rising stars.




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Bang Min-ah is a former member of Girl’s Day, and now enjoys success as a solo artist in South Korea. She also prides herself as an actress, and has starred in a number of Korean dramas. You can check out her incredible solo album “I Am a Woman Too”. 





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This electric woman is the lead rapper and backup vocalist of the group Mamamoo. You may also know her from her various collaboration projects with other K-Pop artists.




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Kim Jin Hee aka Jei was one of the stand-out members of the group Fiestar. As the leader and lead-vocalist, fans have missed seeing this sweetheart leading the incredible group to success.





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Kim Yong-sun aka Solar is a successful singer and actress. She is the lead vocalist of Mamamoo, and is known for incredible vocal performances.




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As another member of Mamamoo, Moonbyul is as talented as they come. She’s the group’s lead rapper, and her incredible timing and rhythm catapult the group above their competition.





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Im Jin-ah aka Nana is a member of the group After School, and also a member of its sub-group Orange Caramel. She has seen a lot of success as a singer, actress, and model in Korea, and has fans around the world.




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Im Yoon-ah, better known by her stage name as YoonA, is a member of Girls’ Generation. She has gone on to become one of the best selling artists in Korea, and is also well known for her acting talents across popular South Korean television programs and films.





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Park Ji-yeon was a member of the former girl group T-ara. After becoming one of the most successful girl groups of all time, the members went their separate ways to explore their solo careers. Jiyeon released her solo mini album “Never Ever” in 2014 and has been a successful solo artist ever since.