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Beats Stumbling Around in Silence


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Mothers

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A uniting force
Keeping mewlings safe and sound
Neighborhood mothers

While I was lucky to have been raised by an incredible mother, I was also privileged to have grown up in a neighborhood of warrior mothers. I had a sense of a sound safety net. That I would never go hungry. My skinned knee would be immediately doused in Bactine in front of whichever house I crashed my bike. A snow day meant making the rounds of homes for hot chocolate in between hours of sledding or skating. Some mother was always looking out for me -or relaying inappropriate behavior if warranted. Born during the depression, that generation of mothers had a rough childhood so they made sure we didn’t. Almost all the warrior mothers of my childhood are gone now as that generation fades into fond memories.

In response to Patrick Jennings Pic and a Word Challenge: Mothers.


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Firelight

 

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Snuggled in sleeping bags
Under a starry canopy
We whisper sweet nothings
While the campfire wanes

In response to Patrick Jennings Pic and a Word Challenge # 152: Fire

 


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It’s Amazing Out There

OK, I despise shameless self-promotion. I have absolutely no problem when other people do it, as a matter of fact, I admire it. But this “It’s Amazing Out There” photo contest is important to me so I am going to suck it up and post this. Part of this contest includes a “fan favorites” part. If you are interested in giving me your vote please go to the following link on the main page and search for cjdraper. I submitted more than one photo but the one labeled “Coming Storm” is my personal favorite (see below). At any rate, there are a lot of talented photographers with stunning photos posted so please give someone your love, even if it isn’t me. You are allowed to vote for one photo per day. The open voting ends August 26th. Thanks!

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Wine Making, then Buddhism

Mellow Curmudgeon has published a wonderful haiku based on basic Buddhist principles that are “Oh so hard to do” and proof again that less is sometimes more.

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The haiku by Dancing Echoes that is effectively reblogged below is one that I admire because it deals so well with big concerns.  While I do appreciate haiku about particular fleeting moments in nature, I also like to try summarizing a general discussion or attitude very briefly, with a haiku.

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Blue in Green

Both art and science
Plus a little bit of luck
Makes a good vintage

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I will complete my response to Carpe Diem Utabukuro #12 with my own new haiku shortly, but first I want to admit that a zingy summary may be a serious oversimplification if taken too literally.  With an understanding about wiggle room, a forthright oversimplification is sometimes better than an attempt to dot every i and cross every t.

My haiku is not quite so extremely oversimplified as it may seem.  I am considering Buddhism only as the attitude toward life…

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Feeling Alone

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feeling alone
in the woods around Edo
just the autumn wind
©Yozakura (1640-1716)

dry brown leaves swirl at my feet
pungent wood smoke fills the air
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In response to CARPE DIEM HAIKU KAI: Carpe Diem Tan Renga Month May 15th “feeling alone” by Yozakura