The Lighter Side of JzB

Here you will find photos, poetry, and possibly some light-hearted foolishness. For the Heavier Side
of JzB
see my other blog,
Retirement Blues. (There be dragons!)

I claim copyright and reserve all rights for my original material of every type and genre.

Every day visits*
From Moose, Goose, and Orb Weaver
All seized by Haiku

"Why moose and goose?" you may ask. Back on 2/04/13 Pirate wrote a haiku with an elk in it, and I responded with
one with a moose and then included him every day. A few days later in comments Mystic asked "Where's the goose?"
So I started including her with this post on 2/07. A week later on the 14th, Mark Readfern
asked for and received a spider. The rest is history.

*Well, most days, anyway. Grant me a bit of poetic license.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sensational Haiku Wednesday - Paradox



You save more and spend
Less - Bad Economy, the
Paradox of thrift!


Where does logic takeYou? 
On a long, strange journey
To a paradox.


Sometimes life just aint
Easy.  Good choices, but bad 
Outcomes: Paradox.


My paradox is
Quite unorthodox: it has

Sorry.  That last one is an even worse play on an old, bad chemistry joke.   It's marginally funnier (at the link) if the symbols are "MD" rather than "Doc."

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L..A. Times Crossword Puzzle Blogging

Wednesday, March 30, 2011  James Sajdak

Answer grid.

Theme:   Welcome to LA-LA Land.  Or LA-LA-LA-LA, I can't hear you.  Or maybe it's L.A. LAW.  Sometimes it's hard to come up with a theme title.  Maybe I should have saved these for when I need them, but instead you get multiple choice today.  Both words of two-word theme answers begin with the letters "LA"  Hence the LA-LA, who was also a Teletubbie.

17. Whip-cracking cowboy of old films : LASH LARUE.    I remember this guy from comic books. 

21. Ethel, to Lucy : LAND LADY.   Lucy and Dezi rented a brownstone on E. 68th St. from Fred and Ethyl Mertz, played by William Frawly and Vivian Vance, who hated each other in real life.

35. Sky blue : LAPIS LAZULI.   This is an intensely colored blue gem stone, or the ultramarine pigment extracted from it.  Also, a cloned daughter of Lazarus Long in Heinlein's epic novel, TIME ENOUGH FOR LOVE.  I'm delighted to tell you my daughter is not my clone.

51. Wax-filled illumination : LAVA LAMP.   The heat generated by the lamp bulb caused thermal currents in two viscous immiscible liquids, which would flow through and around each other. Since I remember the 60's, it's clear I did not experience them.

56. Victor's chuckle : LAST LAUGH.  Indeed. He who laughs last, laughs best. 

And the unifier.  29 D . '80s-'90s legal drama, and this puzzle's title : L.A. LAW.  One more immensely popular T.V. show that I never watched. 

Hi, gang, Jazzbumpa here - your tour guide through LA-LA Land.  Let's set out and see what we can discover.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday

Since I posted a picture of fresh Spring crocuses last week, we've had nothing but cold, and even snow on Friday.  Now the yellow crocuses have some purple companions. It's bright sunshine, but still cold now.   Maybe Spring will arrive, some day.

I snapped this not-particularly good shot with my phone-cam today.

Through cold sun and snow
Brave little crocuses stand,
Lucky not to croak!


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Six Word Saturday

Granddaughter Amanda passed Cecchetti ballet exam.

Passed Grade Five - On to Six!

Great accomplishment  for one her age.

At 13, she's the youngest grade 6 student in her studio's history of over 50 years.

Couldn't fit that into six words.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Sensational Haiku Wednesday - Roots


My roots: in Ireland
Hungary, England, France; I'm
Such a mongrel twig.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday


Yellow Crocuses
Bringing Spring; each little blond
Clothed like Eve in leaves


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Haiku Heights - Prompt # 35 - Command


Since I've been retired,
I now command no one, and
No one commands me.


Shadow Shot Sunday


Finicky Giraffe
Roots through the chocolate for the
Hershey's Special Dark


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Six Word Saturday

Budding Actress Lands Roll On Stage!

Granddaughter Rebekka in The Little Princess

She is one of the pupils.

Keep an eye out for her.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sensational Haiku Wednesday - Integrity


Integrity is
Hard to find in the season
Of my discontent.

To find a code to
Live by, look deep inside,
Find your moral compass!

Family values:
Teach your children well, that they
Bring you pride and joy.

UpdateI read Jenn's blog post first, before writing here.  Clearly, my thoughts follow hers.  Credit where it's due!

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Haiku Heights -Prompt #34 - WINGS


Take note of these wings:
Two lovely ladies soaring
On these wings of notes.


Monday, March 14, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday


Yellow Daffodils,
The other harbinger of
Spring, in a glass jar.
My lovely wife's fave
Flower, beside a group of 
Fresh lemon cookies.


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Six Word Saturday

Music last night;  

Music again tonight!

Do you think that's note worthy?


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Monday, March 7, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday

Some incidental yellow here in pictures taken a few Januaries ago at the Plymouth Winter Festival.

Kellogg park was temporary home to a variety of ice sculptures.   Temps were in the upper 30's that day, and the Moose had a runny nose.

Great frozen creatures,
Denizens of an ice age,
My thaws are with you.


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Haiku Heights - Prompt 33 - COLD -- Sunday Music Blogging

My lovely wife spotted this robin atop the crab apple tree in our front yard, earlier today.

I grabbed the camera and snapped this poor quality shot through the window screen and between the blind-slats seconds before it flew away.

It's just barely visible, framed in the neighbor's window.


Harbinger of Spring
Perched on a cold, bare branch; you're
The too-early bird.

Muppets at no extra charge!


Shadow Shot Sunday - 3/06

More mystery tracks
Treck along beside tire tracks
In the winter snow


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Six Word Saturday

Lots of Music This Coming Week

Music - six days out of seven

Sunday - Granddaughter Alexa's Irish Dance recital
Monday - Jazz Band Rehearsal
Tuesday - (silence)
Wednesday - Symphony rehearsal
Thursday - Symphony dress reheaersal
Friday - Symphony performance
Saturday - Jazz Band performance

At no extra charge (and a propos of nothing) 

A six word Haiku for You

Plump river creatures,
Vegetarians, breathers:


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sensational Haiku Wednesday - Fantasy


In your fantasy
What strange creatures do you find?
Do they have sharp fangs?

They walk in shadow,
Those creatures of fantasy
That thrill and delight.

It's a perfect place
All sunlight and happiness;
Then comes the terror  .  .  .

Deepest recess of
Imagination; storehouse
Of your secret dreams

Image of Heaven -
Perfection here on Earth.  What
Does it hold for you?

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