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.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Carpe Diem #363, Aleph, the journey begins

The novel Aleph is new to me.  It looks quite interesting.  My haiku is a reaction to the synopsis Kristjaan posted. 

mystical journey
search to rediscover life
reveals the past

Carpe Diem #363

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

L.A. Times Cross Word Puzzle Blogging

Wednesday, December 18, 2013  Jeffrey Wechsler

Theme: I wouldn't bet on it.  Or - in the constructor's words - OUTSIDE CHANCE.  Today we have the unlikely occurrence of the word CHANCE, split in two and occurring at the outside edges of the theme entries, like bookends.  

20 A. "Oh, baby, that's what I like!" oldie : CHANTILLY LACE.  The Big Bopper, of course.  February 3rd, 1959 was the day the music died, when the Big Guy, along with Richie Valens and Buddy Holly went down in a plane crash near Mason City, Iowa.  In this video clip he is very much alive.

27 A. Barrier with built-in footholds : CHAIN LINK FENCE.   Still can be hazardous to climb over.  Watch your step.

45 A. Site of the first Winter Olympics : CHAMONIX FRANCE.  1924.  A bit before my time.

And the unifier, 52 A. What a long shot has, and, literally, what 20-, 27- and 45-Across each has : OUTSIDE CHANCE.  An estimate of the likelihood of an occurrence that is neither probable nor impossible, like the Lions winning their division after losing Monday night due to a 61 yard field goal in the waning seconds of the game. 

It's a bit ambiguous because of the placement of the letters "A" in 45 A, but you can read the theme entries as a progression of letters in CHAIN moving from the left to right bookend.  This gives the theme another level of elegance.

Hi gang, JazzBumpa here.  I think there's better than an OUTSIDE CHANCE we'll enjoy today's outing.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Six Word Saturday

I'm having a big music weekend

Symphony concert performance was last night

Playing for a fund raiser today

Seeing Granddaughters in The Nutcracker tomorrow

Jazz band Christmas concert on Monday

Monday, December 9, 2013

Carpe Diem Special #66, Hando's "footprints in the sand"

Inspirational haiku by Hando

footprints in the sand
to here and there and nowhere
and the gull flying                              (c) Hando

My inspiration

life's random pathways
beachside brownian motion
stirred by wingtip breeze 
                       (c) JzB

Carpe Diem Special #66

Carpe Diem #344, ''dreamtide''

I can't say I love Adrian von Ziegler's music. But it is pleasant and worth a listen.  Today's selection, Dreamtide is rhythmically interesting.  The Keltic sounding melody is definitely in 5.  When it goes to just percussion, a have a very difficult time deciphering the basic pulse.  Seems like it goes into 6, but the initial beat is elusive.  All of this contributes to the dreamy feeling of the piece.  I'm also struck by the elven appearance of the character in the vid picture.

~ 1 ~

float with the elf-maid
on the ethereal tide
of dreamscape rhythms

~ 2 ~
[inspired by bjorn]

oh those mocking clouds
fabulous frothing fruit frappe
make the sky feel blue


Carpe Diem #344, ''dreamtide''

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Carpe Diem #340, ''beautiful dreams''

For December we are sharing haiku inspired by the music of Adrian von Ziegler.  Today's selection is the quasi-Keltic selection, Beautiful Dreams.

high upon a mountain
sitting amid the pine trees
together we are one


I deliberately did not look at Kristjaan's before writing mine, but I see a common thread between them.

Carpe Diem #340

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Carpe Diem #65, Hando''s ''Listening with another''

Inspirational haiku:

listening with another
to the music of the mountain stream;
there is no other

(c) Hando

My inspiration

like a mountain stream
so flows the qi between us
and now we are one

(c) JzB

Carpe Diem #65, Hando''s ''Listening with another''