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.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Carpe Diem #337, Kanpai!

Our protocol through December will be to write haiku or senryu inspired by the music of Swiss musician Adrian von Ziegler.   Today's entry is Kanpai, inspired by Japanese festivals.

syncopated rhythms
drums dancing in counterpoint
my feet want to join

Carpe Diem #337, Kanpai!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Challenge Month #XXX, Flatfroghaiku's "harbour moon'

I've been absent a lot these last few weeks, and will be in and out for the next two more at least.

I haven't forgotten you, though.

Today's tan renga challenge to add a second [7-7] stanza to this haiku.


harbour moon
the loneliness of fishermen
under lighthouse cliff                           
(c) Joe of Flat Frog Haiku

sad fisherman remembers 
the beauty who got away                       (c) JzB

harbour moon
the loneliness of fishermen
under lighthouse cliff                           
(c) Joe of Flat Frog Haiku

honk of goose and low of moose
echo over the water                              (c) JzB

Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Challenge Month #XXX, Flatfroghaiku's "harbour moon'

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

LA Times Crossword Puzzle Blogging

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Marti DuGuay-Carpenter

Theme:  Mr. Mostel, or Dash it all, or Nothing, really.

17 A. Line on an envelope : CITY STATE AND ZIP.  Part of an address, but not Mr. Lincoln's at Gettysburg.

 23 A. Pago Pago's land : AMERICAN SAMOA.  City on an island; also the Capital.

 40 A. Paul Hogan role : CROCODILE DUNDEE.  Australian adventure movie.

 52 A. Classic cartoon shout : YABBA-DABBA-DOO.  Fred Flintstone.

And the unifier --  62 A. Zero in Morse code, any part of which will finish the title of the Oscar-winning song found at the ends of 17-, 23-, 40- and 52-Across : DAH DAH DAH DAH DAH.  If you think of Morse Code in terms of dots and dashes, DAH is the dash.

Hi gang, JzB here, totally in awe of this seemingly nothing theme, and its execution.  Until the unifier, I was clueless.

Here is today's theme song, from the 1946 Disney movie, Song of the South.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Challenge Month #XXI, Cathy Tenzo's "the Buddha Himself"

the Buddha himself
did not start enlightened
he walked the path
                                (c) Cathy Tenzo

in still darkness i follow
stumbling in his bright footsteps          
(c) JzB
Speaking of paths; check this out.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


We were visiting relatives in Florida last week, and drove home over the week end.  Sunday was a bad weather day, and we stayed ahead of the worst of it for most of our trip. In the afternoon, we stopped in Toledo to see my mom.  That's when the bad weather hit, and we decided to wait it out, rather then drive through it.

Then this happened, as we found out yesterday.

The picture, from yesterday's [Tuesday, 11/19/13] Toledo Blade, shows the path of a tornado that swept across the area on Sunday. I've added a red bull's eye, showing the approximate location of my mother's MOBILE HOME, where mom, my sister, my lovely wife and I were when the tornado came through.

The tornado literally leap-frogged two adjacent mobile home parks at approx. 5:45 p.m. and passed right over our heads. We didn't even know it had happened.

We had already driven about 450 miles that day, only to come to rest in the path of a destructive twister.

On a more positive note, Sis made us a nice chicken paprikas.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Carpe Diem''s Tan Renga Challenge Month #XIX, Carol's ''tickling ivories''

tickling ivories
scintillating music sound
filling the inner soul                                (c) Carol

and now my creative muse
is feeling very composed                        (c) JzB

This post is from my local library.

My internet is down due to the storm.

Unlike many thousands, though, we do have power.

No posting or visits until service is restored.

Lo siento.

Carpe Diem''s Tan Renga Challenge Month #XIX

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month #XVII, Jazzbumpa''s " my little green lawn''

I'm delighted to see one of my haiku in the tan renga challenge.

This one actually pleases me quite a bit.

my little green lawn
dreams about the pampas grass
i dream of the stars                                      
(c) Jazzbumpa

in their pale shimmering light
the universe stands open                              (c) Jazzbumpa

I'll be around to check all your completions in a day or so. 

Thanks for playing along.

Carpe Diem Tan Renga Challenge Month #XVII

Friday, November 15, 2013

Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Challenge Month #XV, Lolly's ''crossing the footbridge''

Also unbidden -- the outre turn my imagination took:

crossing the footbridge
a sound that comes unbidden ...
my wild beating heart  

from the murky depths below
strange faces rise through the waves       (JzB)

or ---

like the wild beat of goose wings
at the lowing of a moose                            (JzB)

Bringing my old friends back into it.

Take your pick.

[Sorry about the formatting oddities.  I'm not at my own computer.]

Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Challenge Month #XV

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Carpe Diem''s Tan Renga Challenge Month #XIII, Lothar''s (Rheumatologe) "this dark autumn night''

this dark autumn night
the bright stars of milky way
cries of geese above                                (c) Lothar (Rheumatologe)

a cold wind blows them southward
as leaves swirl wildly below                      (c) JzB

Carpe Diem''s Tan Renga Challenge Month #XIII

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Carpe Diem''s Tan Renga Month #V, Sara McNulty''s "Life completes circle''

Today's starting haiku is from Sara McNulty at Purple in Portland.

life completes circle
at the end of the journey
death draws the last line
                    (c) Sara McNulty

for each new generation
another arc on the curve                   
(c) JzB

Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Month #V

Friday, November 1, 2013

Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Challenge Month #II Mark M. Redfearn's "by the garden path"

 Toad in a flower flat - my yard, June, 2011

Mark's haiku reminded me of this this incident.
Today's challenge it to construct a 2nd stanza of two lines in 7 - 7 form to complete Mark's haiku.

by the garden path
an upside down flowerpot
cottage for a toad                                       
(c) Mark M. Redfearn

bounding on the garden path
one hundred tiny toadlings                          (c) JzB

I originally intended to write "bouncing."  "Bounding" is not only a typo, but an improvement!

You just can't throw away that kind of good luck.

Carpe Diem's Tan Renga Challenge Month #II