It’s not so simple,
As writing five-seven-five,
But we think it is
As writing five-seven-five,
But we think it is
If there’s one thing that we remember from High School, it’s the day that we were introduced to the great Japanese art-form that is Haiku. While it may have an ancient and noble history, it is likely at it’s most ignoble when a group of young kids try to cobble together Haiku in series of five-seven-five. Haiku Day reminds us that there is so much more to this style of poetry than a misspent week in our literature courses!
History of Haiku Poetry Day
The history of Haiku Poetry Day traces the origin of this poetic form. It was originally found as the opening to another form of Japanese poetry called a Rengu. It took until the mid-1600’s for Hokku, the form Haiku was found in at this time, to start appearing independently from it’s Renga and Renku roots. In the late 1800’s Hokku was renamed to Haiku when it appeared independently by Masaoka Shiki.
There were two masters responsible for elevating Haiku to an independent art form, Matsuo Bashō and Ueshima Onitsura. These two were considered Masters of Poetry, and helped to bring Haiku to being appreciated and understood outside of its original context of Renku. So important was Basho to the history of Haiku that he was elevated to a ‘Saint of Poetry’ 100 years after his death.
So how did Haiku come to be in the West? The man held responsible for this (and thus it appears in your High School curriculum) was Hendrik Doeff of Denmark. As commissioner of trade in Nagasaki in the 19th century, he developed a love of the art. He managed to bring it to the West, but it wasn’t greatly received. In fact it took until the early and mid-1900’s for English Haiku to appear.
Word of the Day
|Definition:||(verb) Pose a threat to; present a danger to.|
|Synonyms:||endanger, jeopardize, menace, threaten|
|Usage:||You imperil the lives of other road users by driving drunk.|
Idiom of the Day
|Less guilty or worthy of blame than others, especially those who have injured or laid such blame or guilt upon one.|
Ford Mustang Debuts at New York World's Fair (1964)
Introduced at a relatively affordable $2,368, the Ford Mustang took the American auto market by storm. The initial sales projection of 100,000 units in the first year was surpassed within months, and a record 418,000 were on the road within the year. That year, the Mustang was featured in the James Bond film Goldfinger and appeared as the pace car at the Indianapolis 500, helping secure its iconic status.
Sirimavo Bandaranaike (1916)
Bandaranaike's husband became prime minister of Ceylon in 1956 and was assassinated three years later. In the election that followed, Bandaranaike's party was victorious—making her the world's first female prime minister. She headed two coalition governments and served again as prime minister when she was appointed by her daughter, Chandrika Kumaratunga, who was elected president in 1994.
Studies say the Atlantic Ocean's circulation hasn't been this sluggish in 1000 yearsThe Atlantic Ocean circulation that carries warmth into the Northern Hemisphere's high latitudes is slowing down because of climate change, a team of scientists asserted Wednesday, suggesting one of the most feared consequences is already coming to ...
Studies say the Atlantic Ocean’s circulation hasn’t been this sluggish in 1,000 years
1492 - Christopher Columbus signed a contract with Spain to find a passage to Asia and the Indies.
1524 - New York Harbor was discovered by Giovanni Verrazano.
1629 - Horses were first imported into the colonies by the American Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1704 - John Campbell published what would eventually become the first successful American newspaper. It was known as the Boston "News-Letter."
1758 - Frances Williams published a collection of Latin poems. He was the first African-American to graduate from a college in the western hemisphere.
1875 - The game "snooker" was invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain.
1941 - Igor Sikorsky accomplished the first successful helicopter lift-off from water near Stratford, CT.
1964 - Jerrie Mock became first woman to fly an airplane solo around the world.
1964 - The FBI lab reported that it could not determine the lyrics to "Louie Louie."
1970 - Apollo 13 returned to Earth safely after an on-board accident with an oxygen tank.
1970 - Johnny Cash performed at the White House at the invitation of President Richard M. Nixon. He played "A Boy Named Sue."
1983 - In New York, a transit strike that began on March 7 ended. Since everyone had to walk to work, I bought my first pair of 'sneakers' instead of 'deck shoes' (which used to be called just sneakers lol). They felt like I was walking on a cloud!
1620 Marguerite Bourgeoys, French founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame (first Canadian saint), born in Troyes, France (d. 1700)
1820 Alexander Cartwright, American sportsman (recognized as inventor of modern baseball), born in New York City, New York (d. 1892)
1837 J. P. Morgan, Sr. [John Pierpont], American financier and philanthropist (General Electric, Steel Corporation, AT&T), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1913)
1918 William Holden [Beedle], American actor (The Blue Knight, Sunset Boulevard, Sabrina, The Bridge on the River Kwai), born in O'Fallon, Illinois (d. 1981
1923 Harry Reasoner, American newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS), born in Dakota City, Iowa (d. 1991)
Wisconsin Cheese Industry Conference 2018
Apr 17-19, 2018 | Milwaukee, WIWisconsin Center|400 W Wisconsin Ave
The Wisconsin Cheese Industry Conference gathers over 2,000 annual industry names, suppliers and more to discuss the current and future states of the cheese industry. Explore new tech, issue discussion and products assorted by thousands of local and national attendees. There are plenty of free samples and the best cheeses have the chance to be awarded gold.
further information: Wisconsin Cheese Industry Conference 2018 - Cybercolors
Superstition Farms SuperFarm Market 2018
Apr 19, 2018 | Mesa, AZSuperstition Farm|3440 S Hawes Rd
There could never be enough “supers” to explain how super the Superstition Farms SuperFarm Market in Mesa, Arizona, is. It’s like a grocery store that’s only open once a week and offers nothing but locally grown produce. The market, which is only open on Thursdays, sells vegetables and fruits—pesticide free—that are grown in Arizona. There is also SuperFarm dairy items available, a petting zoo and more.
Bern's Winefest 2018
Apr 15-22, 2018 | Tampa, FL
Stir, sniff and snip glasses of vino at Bern's Winefest in Tampa, Florida. The five-day event features blends and culinary creations from local and nationally renowned wineries and chefs. A winemaker gala six-course dinner, whisky seminar, wine blending workshops, cocktail parties, grand tasting event and a steak and paired wine dinner are among the additional attractions.
further information: https://bernswinefest.com/
Pictures of the day
The interior of St Etheldreda's Church, a Catholic church in Ely Place, London. One of the oldest Catholic churches in England, it was built as the chapel for the Bishop of Ely during the reign of Edward I (r. 1272–1307). Beginning in the sixteenth century, following the English Reformation and prohibition of Mass, it was used by a number of Anglican groups. The church was acquired by the Catholic Church, which had experienced a revival, in 1874. Today part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster, St Etheldreda's was classified as a Grade I listed building in 1951.
Henningsvær Football Field
This football field in Henningsvær in the Lofoten Islands is considered one of the most amazing fields in Europe, and maybe even in the world. The photo was taken during a 10-day sailing trip in Norway in June 2017. We arrived to Henningsvær after a week of sailing through the cold and rainy weather. Upon our arrival, the weather cleared up. I was really lucky that the conditions were suitable for flying my drone, and I managed to capture this shot from a height of 120 meters.
DISHCLOTHS FOR ALL THE STATES IN THE U.S.A.
size 3 (3.25mm) Needles
CO = cast on
KFB = knit in front and back (this is an increase)
Stst = stockinette stitch (knit one row, then purl the next row)
K2tog = knit 2 stitches together (this is a decrease)
*This is knitted flat, starting at the bottom and working upward.
Base of cupcake
1. CO 6 sts
2. KFB across. [12 sts]
4. *KFB, K1 repeat from * across. [18 sts]
6. *KFB, K1 repeat from * across. [27 sts]
8. *KFB, K2 repeat from * across. [36 sts]
10. *KFB, K2 repeat from * across. [49 sts]
11. Knit (to create fold line)
1-18. Work 18 rows in K1, P1 to create rib.
19. Bind off in purl (firmly).
1. Pick up and K 36 stitches on wrong side opposite fold line.
2-4. Stst 3 rows
5. *k4, k2tog, repeat from * across.
6. Stst 3 rows.
7. *k3, k2tog, repeat from * across.
9. *k1, k2tog, repeat from * across.
**change to head color
1. Stst 3 rows.
2. *Kfb, k1, repeat from * across.
4. *Kfb, k1, repeat from * across.
5. Stst 7 rows
6. *K4, k2tog, repeat from * across.
8. *K3, k2tog, repeat from * across.
10. *K1, k2tog, repeat from * across.
12. K2tog across.
13. Cut yarn leaving a tail to thread thru darning needle and gather remaining stitches.
14. Sew on eyes and face detail.
15. Sew seams and stuff to your desired fullness.
16. Sew on hair.
1. CO 8 sts.
2-9. Stst 8 rows.
*Change to hand color
10. K across.
11. P across.
12. *K1, k2tog repeat from * across to last 2 sts, k2. [6 sts]
14. Cut yarn leaving a tail to thread thru darning needle and gather remaining stitches.
15. Sew on arms.
CO 38 sts.
1-4. K1, p1 (rib) for 4 rows.
6. *PFB, K2, repeat from * across.
9. *K2tog, YO, repeat from * across.
12. Pick up stitch from first new color row and P2tog across.
13-16. Stst 4 rows.
14. *K3, k2tog, repeat from * across.
16. k2, k2tog, repeat from * across.
18. k1, k2tog, repeat from * across.
20. K2tog across.
21. Cut yarn leaving a tail to thread thru darning needle and gather remaining stitches.
22. Sew seam.
23. Sew on pretty "sprinkles" using other colored yarns. -I supposed tiny beads could be used as an option for the sprinkles.
Flip flop key chain
Last summer, I looking for and found a patch of milkweed and got some of it's seeds to plant in our garden. Wish me luck .. for the butterflies to have food in our area come summer!
CHILDREN'S CORNER ... Mother's Day
right picture, wrongly labeled
Butterfly Fish Purple Jigsaw Puzzle
SUDOKU ... easy
ODD and INTERESTING PRODUCTS
OFFBEAT U.S. FACTS
You can watch more than 100 ponies swim to Chincoteague Island every year in Virginia..
In 1943, the temperature in Spearfish, South Dakota jumped 49 degrees in two minutes (-4°F to 45°F), one of the most drastic changes on record.
The world's tiniest park is in Portland, measuring a mere two feet wide.
The inventor of the Ouija board lived and died in Baltimore; his tombstone stands as a reflection of his achievement.
The biggest signature in human history belongs to Texas farmer Jimmie Luecke.. The two-mile landmark can be seen from space.
There are around 5,000 commercial airplanes flying over the United States at any given time.
Only one-third of all $100 bills are actually inside the United States.
In Colma, California the dead outnumber the living by nearly 1,000 to 1.
The smallest county in the U.S., Kalawao County on the Hawaiian island of Moloka'i, is also a leper colony where a few former patients still live.
South Florida is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles coexist in the wild.