February 28, 2022

FEB 28, Canadiana: snow-biota

verse in honour of Dr. JJ, whose love of life included comedy and the music of poetry ...









You can review poems, pictures and diverse nonsense related to Canada on the post "Canadiana" on our full-service blog  "Edifying Nonsense".




Algonquin fishing expedition, 1952,
Dr. JJ on reader's right





February 27, 2022

FEB 27, bar-fauna: at a medical watering-hole

 verse in honour of Dr. JJ, whose love of life included comedy and the music of poetry ...







If you liked this submission, you might want to refer to our entire collection of verses about human and animal denizens of bars, pubs and other watering-holes. Click HERE.




 
University of Toronto

A message from Dr. Gilbert A Hurwitz giolioparody@gmail.com.
I hope to add to the recognition of Jeff's astounding professional life. That patient-centered effort, built on sympathy, science, collegiality and expertise was only one of the many pillars on which his life was built. He will be truly missed.

 



February 26, 2022

FEB 26, life in Palindrome Valley: 'Nauruan' (second language)

verse in honour of Dr. JJ, whose love of life included comedy and the music of poetry ...










ADDENDUM: 'Malayalam', one of the many languages of South India, related to Sanskrit and Tamil, is also a palindromic name, but although spoken by almost 3% of current Indians, it never represented a national language. 

You can review other illustrated verses on this topic by proceeding to the collection 'Life in Palindrome Valley' on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'.


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' JJ' in rare formal attire, 1961




February 25, 2022

FEB 25, limerick for lovers of classic languages: Aramaic

verse in honour of Dr. JJ, whose love of life included comedy and the music of poetry ...








To review all of our output on the topic of classic languages, go to our encyclopedic compendium, "Edifying Nonsense"; click HERE !







 

February 24, 2022

FEB 24, waterfowl: flight of the great blue heron

a photo-concoction in honour of Dr. JJ, who loved the outdoor life ...








Interested readers might also want to review an illustrated poem about great blue herons in an earlier post on this blog. Or, you could check out our entire collection of illustrated verses on this topic in a wider context by proceeding to 'Immersible Verse: Limericks about Waterfowl' on the full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. (Or, if you prefer, you can view all of this stuff on Facebook in Giorgio's photo-albums).

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summer in Bermuda (medical externship), 1965




February 23, 2022

FEB 23, song-spoof: The Animals sing Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky"

  

 'Dr. JJ' enjoyed playing the electric guitar among other instruments. He frequently enlivened major family events by performing parody songs written for the occasion, using base songs from the golden oldies period. His favorite song vehicle was undoubtedly the folk-rock classic "The House of the Rising Sun" (1964) as recorded by the British band 'the Animals'. (A YouTube version is found HERE.)  

"Jabberwock", Giorgio's copy,
 drawing by John Tenniel,
illustrator of Carroll's books


  The authors of this daily blog, Dr. G.H. and his registered pseudonym Giorgio, have been fans for a long time of "Jabberwocky", the iconic  nonsense-poem revealed and discussed in Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass" (1871). On our other blogs, you can find the poem "Mergerwocky", a poetic parody on Jabberwocky that we later realized could be sung to the tune of "The House of the Rising Sun". Your current authors do acknowledge that singing a version of "Jabberwocky" itself has been achieved by the British folk-rock singer-composer Donovan, a pastiche that is recorded in his 1971 album of childrens' songs "HMS Donovan". (Click HERE for the YouTube version). 





To review the rest of the lyrics and chord-charts, follow this link to our song-blog "Silly Songs and Satire" by clicking HERE.


And for historic interest, here is a slide used as part of an open-mike at a ukulele club when the concept of this pastiche was first entertained.  





Dr. JJ, Bermuda, 1965





February 22, 2022

FEB 22, curtained verse: sago palm's strobilus

posting in honour of Dr. JJ, whose love of life included comedy and the music of poetry ...


EDITORS' WARNING: You must be at least 12 years of age to read this post! 




 
Up to two feet in length, always upright and rigid, the pollen cone of this ornamental dioecious (bi-gendered) cycad (a plant more primitive than the true palms) appears in spring on male plants at 2-3 year intervals. An earlier verse about this fascinating plant is found on our post of March 11, 2020.

Here in the South Carolina lowcountry, a 'severe' cold blast four winters ago damaged many sago palms, which are frequently used as a shrub or tree-shrub in local gardens, but last spring they seem to have bounced back with a show of male resilience. 






You can review other mildly scurrilous illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Curtained verse: Faintly Obscene (Selected) Limericks' on the full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'.



JJ and youngest bro, 1970






February 21, 2022

FEB 21, patients and maladies: vitamin A deficiency

Another offering from the repertoire devoted to Dr JJ ...





  You can view these verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Nurse-Verse: Patients and their Maladies' on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE!




at Longboat Key, FL, mid-1970s





February 20, 2022

FEB 20, reprehensible modern history: cantankerous leaders


verse in honour of Dr. JJ, whose love of life encompassed comedy, satire, and the music of poetry ...



 View the entire collection of poetic assertions on this topic (currently small, but growing) at our more encyclopedic blog 'Edifying Nonsense', by clicking HERE.




Dr JJ (left) in family trio, 1947



February 19, 2022

FEB 19, funny bones: Jones (fifth metatarsal) fracture

verse in honour of Dr. JJ, whose love of life included comedy and the music of poetry ...






 You can view verses on this topic in a wider context by proceeding to the post 'Breaking News: FUNNY BONES' on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE! 



Dr JJ, in tub at reader's left, 1947



February 18, 2022

FEB 18, palinku (poetic novelty): 45th prez, 3 additional verses

 verse in honour of 'Dr. JJ', whose love of life included comedy, satire, and the music of poetry ...

   

  In this post, we continue with our novel form of poetic wordplay. Inspired by Japanese haiku poetry, this new form is used for a terse verse with a total of 17 syllables displayed on three lines. Unlike its classic Japanese analogue, this concoction does not mandate the precise distribution of the syllables among the three lines, but does stipulate that each word in the poem be included in a palindromic phrase or sentence in English (i.e. one that can be read either forwards or backwards). 

   And, just in case you have forgotten what palindromes are about, your blogsite hosts have arranged a serial set of brief lessons on the topic ('Political Palindromes') which you can review by clicking HERE

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You can find a limerick highlighting the classic palindromes, that relates to D. Trump's confidante, the self-alleged dirty trickster Roger Stone, by clicking HERE.









(Ed. note) Verses of this type have continued to accumulate, and there are now a total of 48. You can view them all at one swoop (or in bunches -- they are in a linked series of posts with 10 poems each) if you proceed to our more encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE.



1948




February 17, 2022

FEB 17, binomial phrases: 'flora and fauna'


verse in honour of Dr. JJ, whose love of life included comedy and the music of poetry ...













To review our poetic effusion about binomial phrases proceed to our blog 'Edifying Nonsense', click HERE ! (Or, if you prefer, you could look over this stuff on Giorgio's Facebook photo-albums.)

There is also an entire collection of lyrics to patter songs, somewhat older material, dedicated to various kinds of binomials, that provides more didactic material and an extensive series of examples, and allows you to sing these expressions for your own enjoyment, or for that of others around you. Click HERE !






February 16, 2022

FEB 16, verse inspired by 'Dr. JJ'

 











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JJ with family,2020,
 at his summer cottage
(photo courtesy BF)


February 15, 2022

FEB 15, poets' corner: the poet's family

verse in honour of Dr. JJ, whose love of life included comedy and the music of poetry ...



You can find lots of other verses on this blog under the rubric "Poets' Corner".  Most of them are in limerick format, and have been subjected to the editing process at OEDILF, the Online English Dictionary in Limerick Form. To access the others, type the phrase Poets Corner into the searchline on this blogpost (at the top of the righthand navigation column).
 


JJ, with his two younger brothers and Mom