Monthly Archives: June 2016

Dragonfly Dance

Matsuo Bashō  (松尾 芭蕉, 1644 – 1694): Crimson pepper pod add two pairs of wings, and look darting dragonfly. Kobayashi Issa  (小林 一茶?, 1763 – 1828) The dragonfly! Distant mountains reflected in his eyes. by unknown poets: Meeting in flight, how … Continue reading

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Interlude – Eastern Bluebirds

Click through for Lang Elliot’s recordings of Eastern Bluebirds 

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The Delight of Butterflies

“I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.”  – John Keats, in a love letter to Fanny … Continue reading

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“It’s Not the End of the World at All”

“It’s not the end of the world at all,” he said. “It’s only the end for us. The world will go on just the same, only we shan’t be in it. I dare say it will get along all right … Continue reading

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ON THIS DAY: June 30, 2016

June 30th is: Meteor Watch Day Social Media Day National Hand Shake Day National Organization for Women Day Leap Second Time Adjustment Day National Holidays Around the World Congo Democratic Republic – Independence Day Central African Republic – National Payer … Continue reading

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Interlude – Lang Elliot’s Frog Pond Campout

Click through for a midnight chorus of bullfrogs and green frogs – Lang Elliot Music of Nature – Frog Pond Campout  

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The Lost Art of Storytelling in American Politics

Storytelling is one of the oldest and most powerful traditions in human communication, but it often seems to be forgotten by our 21st Century politicians. I am not talking about making up some imaginary figure whose life is supposedly ruined … Continue reading

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ON THIS DAY: June 29, 2016

June 29th is: Camera Day Hug Day Almond Buttercrunch Day Waffle Iron Day International Mud Day National Holidays from Around the World Switzerland – Feasts of  St. Peter and St. Paul Italy – Feasts of  St. Peter and St. Paul … Continue reading

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The Coffee Shop – Gertie’s First Week At Home (video)

The Coffee Shop is an open thread-style discussion forum for human interest news of the day. From Christine Amorose: —oooOooo– This is an open thread. There are several hosts, each host being responsible for picking a “theme of the day” … Continue reading

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Life Out-of-Focus – the MYOPIA Boom

There’s an “epidemic” of MYOPIA — By 2050, it’s predicted that half the world’s population will be near-sighted. In China, up to 90% of its youth are already “short-sighted” to some degree. Having been extremely near-sighted all of my life, I … Continue reading

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