Friday, December 6, 2019

Mentor poems (and songs)

Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.

photo by Rookuzz..

Mentor poems (and songs) today!

A couple of funny country music inspirations:
* Nobody to blame but me by Chris Stapleton
* A Half-Broke Heart

A sweet song inspiration:
* That's What's Up

* If I could write like Tolstoy by Laura Scott ­­
* Melancholia by Eric Pankey
* April Incantation by Maggie Dietz
* Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird By Wallace Stevens

Ones I liked the idea of but didn't do:
* The Secret Shape (Alicia Ostriker)
* Arrhythmia by Hailey Leithauser

* Double Dactyl
* Found Poem from The Hare with Amber Eyes
* A Golden Shovel
* Ten Things Found in a Wizard’s Pocket by Ian McMillan (List poem)
* Helen Keller by Langston Hughes (Bio poem)

* Poems about Poets


Tanita Davis has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Tanita!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Snow Globes

You know those little snow globes that you shake up? I always thought my brain was sort of like that. You know, where you just give it a shake and watch what comes out and shake it again. It's like that.
~Gary Larson

This is a re-run from 2015!

Reindeer Snow Globe
photo by Abbie

NYC Snow Globe
photo by Miles Davis

Lights Around the Globe
photo by Jim

Vienna-themed Snow Globes
photo by Mark Turner

photo by Phil Long

I love this snow globe painting by the Art Meister.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019


You don't need much to change the entire world for the better. You can start with the most ordinary ingredients. You can start with the world you've got.
~Catherine Ryan Hyde

I didn't start Wellness Wednesday until November 2016, so I don't have a big WW archive to fall back on. I spotted this post from 2010, though, which seemed appropriate.


I read about a generosity-based publisher on Kurious Kitty's blog. What does "generosity-based" mean? Concord Free Press gives away books with the understanding that, in exchange, the recipient will make a donation to someone in need. Also, recipients are asked to pass along the book to someone else when they are done with it.

Concord Free Press doesn't sell books (since they are giving them away), but they do sell t-shirts and posters. I wanted to show you these:

I like the reading patriot logo:

More "pay-it-forward" ideas

Monday, December 2, 2019

Blue Song

I ain't got the blues no more I said
~Mint Royale

Although I have been singing Christmas songs to myself for a week or two, I'm not quite ready to dig into my holiday music archives yet. So no rerun today.

Mint Royale. This video's ending made me laugh.