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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