Lead contributor Greg Asimakoupoulos expresses his perspective on current events and life in general through verse. We have used Greg's weekly expressions since SeniorLifesytle began in 2006 and borrowed (with permission) the "Rhymes & Reasons" title used on the Partial Observer website where his work still appears.

The updated SeniorLIfestyle site includes all of the Rhymes & Reasons we have used since April 2006. 

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Arts & Entertainment

 1 record found

Finding God in "It's a Wonderful Life" by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(December 30, 2012)
Dusting for divine fingerprints…
Topics: Faith God Movies

Faith, Religion & Spirituality

 23 records found

A New Thanksgiving Hymn by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(November 19, 2022)
The lyrics of this new hymn invite grateful worshipers to lift their hands in praise…
Topics: Faith God Gratitute Holidays Holiday Season Music Thanks, Thankfulness, Thanksgiving Worship

Skookum, Santa, and the Searching Eyes of God by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(September 24, 2022)
An iconic sign in my hometown calls to mind more than childhood memories…
Topics: Faith God Memories Seasons

It is a God Friday by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(April 15, 2022)
Reflections of Good Friday…
Topics: Easter Faith God Grace Jesus Religion

Faith Invites Us on a Journey by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(March 12, 2022)
New Lenten lyrics to an old familiar hymn tune…
Topics: Contemplation, Insight Easter Faith God Holidays Music

Waiting to Worship by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(March 5, 2022)
What does God have for me today?…
Topics: Christian Life Faith God Worship

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 2 records found

It's a Wonderful (Amazing) Life! by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(March 19, 2022)
New words to Amazing Grace inspired by an old movie…
Topics: Contemplation, Insight Faith Family God Inspiration Music Nature Relationships

A Star-Spangled Anthem by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(June 4, 2016)
With apologies to Francis Scott Key…
Topics: Armed Forces God Inspiration

Government & Politics

 1 record found

A Prayer for Lawmakers by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(February 23, 2019)
What I prayed at the Washington State Legislature on the eve of Washington's birthday…
Topics: Character, Integrity Faith Freedom God Government Grace Leadership Prayer

Health & Wellness

 2 records found

God, Be Praised for Recreation by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(August 11, 2018)
Mew hymn lyrics in celebration of play…
Topics: God Recreation Social Activities Wellness

Dancing with the Scars by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(October 2, 2011)
A call to let God lead in the midst of loss…
Topics: Coping Faith God Work


 2 records found

One Small Step by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(July 20, 2019)
Contemplating the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon…
Topics: God History Hopes & Dreams Science & Technology

The Second Exodus by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(May 18, 2008)
Recalling Israel's rebirth 60 years ago…
Topics: God History Religion


 6 records found

A Prodigal Father's Day by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(June 19, 2021)
The patient, persistent, unconditional love of our Heavenly Father…
Topics: Attitudes Choices and Decision Making Faith Family Father's Day God Holidays Loss & Grieving Love Relationships

Welcome Aboard Flight 2021 by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(January 9, 2021)
Fasten your seat belts for an unforgettable adventure…
Topics: COVID-19 Faith Future God Holidays Holiday Season Hopes & Dreams Inspiration New Year's Planning

God's Valentine by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(February 16, 2019)
An expression of love from my heart…
Topics: Faith God Holidays Love Valentine's Day

A New Years Prayer for 2018 by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(January 6, 2018)
Asking God for divine help as we begin a new year…
Topics: Faith God Holiday Season Hopes & Dreams New Year's Prayer

Graveyards and Memorial Stones by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(May 28, 2016)
Memorial Day from the Old Testament to the present…
Topics: God History Holidays Memorial Day Memories Tribute, Testimony

A Baby's First Christmas by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(December 25, 2011)
It really is a gift from God…
Topics: Christmas Family God Holidays Holiday Season Love


 2 records found

On God's Green Earth by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(April 24, 2021)
Resolutions for Earth Day
Topics: Beauty God Gratitute Nature Opportunity Social Movements Values

In Praise of the Master Artist by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(March 27, 2021)
A celebration of Springtime…
Topics: Beauty God Inspiration Nature Seasons

News & Current Events

 4 records found

A Prayer for Hurricane Victims by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(September 15, 2018)
Asking God to calm the storm…
Topics: Comfort & Consolation Compassion Coping Disaster Faith God Nature Prayer Weather

Where is God? by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(November 12, 2017)
Reflecting on the tragedy in a little Texas town…
Topics: Compassion Coping Crime, Justice, Punishment Faith God Grace News Tragedy

The State of the Union (Revisited) by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(January 16, 2016)
Contemplating the health of our nation, marriage and relationship with God…
Topics: Faith God Government Grace Politics Prayer Relationships Religion

A Dad, a Mom, and an Infant Child by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(December 12, 2015)
A contrast in scenarios…
Topics: Christmas Current Events, News God Religion Terrorism Tragedy


 1 record found

My iPhone Reminds Me of the Lord by Greg Asimakoupoulos

(July 1, 2017)
Reflecting on the 10th anniversary of the iPhone's birth…
Topics: Communication God Metaphors, Life Lessons Religion Technology