Writer’s Block

26 Aug

Blog Post #134

WRITER’S BLOCK

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Aaarghhhhhhh! Blerg!

See you tomorrow!

 

Good Night, Sleep Tight!

24 Aug

Blog Post #133

I am exhausted! My eyes are heavy and grainy, my brain a little fuzzier than normal. I am positive that I have been typing in my sleep — I am sitting on the sofa, my laptop open to this page. I gave a start and looked at the screen. This is what I saw: “Star Trek bjaisks afwet  rhèklafjoe htkaklcaoahetlab sleralawei”… The funny thing was — I wasn’t thinking about Star Trek in the least!

Definitely time to log off, and crawl into my warm, comfy, cozy bed. Ahhh yes, I am headed for slumber.

I leave you with this:

Good night, y’all!

 

Three Videos to Help You Write Haiku

23 Aug

Blog Post #132

Happy Haikuesday!

When I sat down to compose this post, I wondered what more I could write or discover about haiku. I mean, how much is there to say about this form of Japanese poetry, without researching in detail about the history of this art. While I find a little background interesting, I’m not a history buff, and I’d rather leave the past for historians to write.

I thought that I would write about Haikuesday — find out where the challenge started, who organized it, is there a website — you know, tidbits of information.

So I did a search…and found a lot of stuff about haiku! Not so much about Haikuesday, but a LOT about haiku. Did you know that there are many, many Youtube videos about haiku — from how to write haiku, to a short film, Haiku in Brooklyn?

Below, are three Youtube videos that I found. I hope you find something that intrigues you.

My haiku for this week is shared at the end of the list.

School’s In

How to Write a Haiku  illustrates the basic requirements of writing the Japanese short poem.

 

Watch You’ve Been Writing Haiku Wrong also teaches how to compose haiku, but with more details and explanati

 

Haiku Battle

The American animated television series, Avatar – The Last Airbender, that aired on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008, combined the styles of anime and American cartoons, and won awards such as the Annie Awards, the Genesis Awards, and a Primetime Emmy Award to name a few.

In this clip from the show’s episode, Book Two: Earth, Tales of Ba Sing Se, an epic haiku battle is waged.

 

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The forest’s dark depths
hold woodland creatures fleeing
the full moon’s cold light

A Little More Kindness

22 Aug

Blog Post #131

Did you know that performing acts of kindness not only makes other feel good, but helps you feel good as well? Studies have shown that people who volunteer or are otherwise engaged in doing “good”, live longer, are healthier and feel happier.

Need a few tips on ramping up your random acts of kindness? Try these five RAOKs — one or more of them might just be your favourite thing to do!

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Buy a bouquet of flowers and give them to the receptionist at your office or other office that you visit. A receptionist deals with all kinds of stresses during the day — your gift might just make his/her day.

Got some spare time? Why not volunteer at a seniors’ home or community recreation centre — an opportunity to make a positive difference in someone’s life and a boost of “feel good” for you.

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Offer to babysit for a neighbour or someone you know who has small children. A night out for dinner and a movie is always fun, and would certainly be a welcome kindness for harried parents.

Finished that paperback you bought last week at the bookstore? Leave it somewhere in a public place with a note to enjoy the read, tucked inside.

Bake a batch of healthy cookies and take them to your children’s school for the teachers and staff to enjoy.

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Bonus Tip: Be kind to yourself — remind yourself that you are AWESOME!

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Olympic Gold

21 Aug

Blog Post #130

The 2016 Olympics have come to a close. As I have previously mentioned, I am not a big fan of the Olympic Games — and I did not watch any sports coverage of the two weeks in Rio.

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But, hey, I read the news, and I did hear stories about the Olympics in Rio that illustrated that true sportsmanship does still exist in the world of competitive sports. I’m just going to ignore the reports of the scandals that occurred — and focus on the positive news, the stories that exemplify the ethos of the games.

Everyone has heard about runners, American Abbey D’Agostino and New Zealander, Nikki Hamblin and their upsetting collision. The two athletes helped and encouraged each other to finish the qualifying heat of the women’s 5000 metres. Because of their display of true Olympic spirit, the officials awarded each of them a place in the finals.

 

Great Britain’s Andy Murray won gold at the Olympics Men’s Single tennis match. Murray, a self-proclaimed feminist gave the best response to a question by a BBC reporter about his feelings upon becoming the first person ever to win two Olympic Gold tennis medals. Wait, what about Venus and Serena Williams?

 

Remember, Yusra Mardini? She is the 18 year old Syrian refugee that was offered a spot on the first ever Olympian Refugee Team — the 18 year old who saved more than a dozen people by pushing a dinghy full of people fleeing Syria via Turkey by sea to Greece. Yusra won her heat in the qualifying race and while she didn’t win a medal, her spirit and determination has carried her a long way. She will have another chance for an Olympic medal when she swims in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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A Restaurant Review — Does This Make Me a Food Critic?

19 Aug

Blog Post #129

Bruce and I went out for bite to eat tonight— it was 33 degrees (Celsius) outside and not much cooler inside, neither of us wanted to turn on the stove, so… yay…dinner out!

There is a Pan-Asian restaurant that is within walking distance of our place, we decided to leave the car in the garage and stroll down the street to Manis Restaurant.  Let me tell you about our experience — I’ll put on my Food Critic Hat! (I’ve also posted this same review on Trip Advisor)

We’ve been to Manis’ several times and haven’t been disappointed yet!

Each time I eat at this place, I try a different dish. The food is always delicious, cooked to perfection and the presentation is always beautiful. This time I had the Nasi Goreng – an Indonesian fried rice dish with egg, tomato, and Chinese greens. I had it with chicken, but it is also available with beef or prawns. This dish was a pleasure to eat — the fried rice was scrumptious and the egg added a level of flavour that was very pleasing. Pineapple chunks gave a refreshing sweetness to the dish.

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My husband had the Thai Mango Fish, which was so delicious that I have decided that it will be the dish I try at my next visit. The portion of fish was just right and it was so flavourful, with just the right amount of heat. The mango slices lent a tropical edge that balanced the spiciness. And who can resist coconut rice?

Manis is a cozy restaurant with seating capacity for 44. The staff is exceptionally friendly. Every time I have been there, I have been greeted with a welcoming smile. The service is impeccable, friendly, attentive but not overbearing.

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8 More Things That Make Me Happy!

18 Aug

Blog Post #128

Another week has gone by, and I have been diligent about taking a “happy” photo every day. When I was putting the collage together for this post, I realized, again, how fortunate I am.

With every photo that I take, I am reminded that I am surrounded by abundance, beauty, and love. I see that I have more than I need in my life — and I am filled with gratitude. How lucky am I?

I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back (and in my closet), more than enough food on my table, friends, and loved ones. I live in a country that is not only beautiful, but is also a place where I have many freedoms and the ability to enjoy them. Not that my life is perfect — there are things that make me sad, frustrated and angry — but with each day’s image, I can see that my problems are small and my joys are huge.

This project has brought — is bringing me — a renewed appreciation for my life and everything that it holds. With every new photo, I can see that more clearly and any minor irritations, small hurts, and selfish desires are insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

I love my life!

101 Days of Happiness

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What Happened to Blog Post #127

17 Aug

Blog Post #127

I don’t know what happened to this post… it’s not here!!

 

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What happened to blog post #127? It’s a mystery!!

 

I hope there will be a blog post #128!

 

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Lessons in Poetry — Haiku & A Limerick

16 Aug

Blog Post #126

Every Tuesday is Haikuesday — a day when we are challenged to compose a Japanese-inspired, three line poem and post it to the universe for all to read (and enjoy?) So here is my haiku for today!

The red setting sun / illuminates the sky / night comes with the stars

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Since I have been participating in this #haikuchallenge for awhile now, I thought it might be interesting to find out about other short forms of poetry. As I have said before, I’m not a poet — I was having difficulty figuring out what other kinds of short poetry are out in the world — so I turned to my good friend, Google. (Google never fails to help me out of a jam!) That’s how I rediscovered limericks!

Limericks are usually quirky, nonsensical verse comprised of five lines of poetry with a definite cadence and an AA, BB, A rhyme scheme, and 9 syllables in the first, second and fifth line — and six in the third and fourth lines.

The first limerick appeared in the UK in the late 1800s and are thought to refer to the County of Limerick in Ireland.  The British poet, author and artist, Edward Lear, known for his wit and humor, popularized the limerick, writing over 200 of the short poems himself. Poems like this:

There was an Old Person of Fife,
Who was greatly disgusted with life;
They sang him a ballad,
And fed him on Salad,
Which cured that Old Person of Fife.

~Edward Lear

I remember learning to compose limericks in school and enjoying writing the funny verses, carefully making sure that the rhyme scheme and rhythm were spot on.

Just for fun, I thought I would take a trip down memory lane and try to come up one of these silly poems.

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Sparky was a big, shiny black cat
Who loved to go out in a red hat
With his tail in the air
He looked quite debonair
Til he slid down the stairs and went SPLAT!

Do you write poetry?

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Walk Around the Block

15 Aug

Blog Post #125

Oops! I’ve been looking through some of my past posts — there is more there than I thought and it is interesting to read some of my past ramblings.

However one post, in particular, caught my attention. Getting Fit from July, 2013 threw me for a loop and gave me a bit of a shock as well.

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Soon I’ll be able to do this!! Right?!

 

In this post, I lament the fact that I am not the svelte, 5’9” vision that I sometimes like to think I am. Instead, I have gained a little a lot of weight — from inactivity and too many sugary treats. The thing that threw me for a loop is that I promised myself that I would continue to do my “mini workout” in the morning and add in more movement throughout my day by walking more and devising a nightly yoga regime.

Mini workout? Daily walks? Nightly yoga?

What happened?

There is no nightly yoga — no daily walks — and I don’t even recall my mini workout regime!

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Sooo… I am going to resurrect this exercise thing. I think I will take it easy though and start slow. I plan to go for a vigorous walk Thursday to Saturday mornings even if it is only around the block. I will take frequent, quick breaks from my computer at work throughout the day from Monday to Wednesday.

I’ll think about the mini morning workout, but I definitely want to come up with a yoga plan. Yoga makes me feel great — why did I stop practicing, again?

Hopefully, I will be able to make this a habit, one that will help me be healthy and active. Keep your fingers crossed!

Do you have an exercise routine?

 

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