Algonquin fishing expedition, 1952,
Dr. JJ on reader's right
A blogsite offering entertaining daily oddities since January 2020. There are now over a thousand unique posts in these three years. Images, both visual and poetic, are drawn from daily life, as well as from verses, photos and computer-graphics on our parent blog "Edifying Nonsense".
February 28, 2022
FEB 28, Canadiana: snow-biota
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.
February 26, 2022
FEB 26, life in Palindrome Valley: 'Nauruan' (second language)
February 25, 2022
FEB 25, limerick for lovers of classic languages: Aramaic
February 24, 2022
FEB 24, waterfowl: flight of the great blue heron
links for any date on this blog: scroll over to the calendar-based listings of 'Past Posts' in the righthand column on this page, choose your month of interest, and then select (by clicking) the post of your choice.
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
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: adultery
oy gevalt (oy-guh-VULT): phrase borrowed from Yiddish; an exclamation expressing shock, surprise or disapproval
schadenfreude (SHA-den-froi-duh, or as here, sha-den-FROI-duh): loanword from German; taking delight in others' misfortune
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
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!
February 20, 2022
FEB 20, reprehensible modern history: cantankerous leaders
View the entire collection of poetic assertions on this topic (currently small, but growing) at our more encyclopedic blog 'Edifying Nonsense', by clicking HERE.
February 19, 2022
FEB 19, funny bones: Jones (fifth metatarsal) fracture
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.\
February 17, 2022
FEB 17, binomial phrases: 'flora and fauna'
To review our poetic effusion about binomial phrases proceed to our blog 'Edifying Nonsense', click HERE !
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'
JJ with family,2020,
at his summer cottage
(photo courtesy BF)
February 15, 2022
FEB 15, poets' corner: the poet's family
February 14, 2022
FEB 14, wildlife of the Carolina lowcountry: consolation provided by Nature
photo-collage in honour of Dr. JJ, whose loves included the outdoor life ...
brown pelican closeup
|egret and shadow|
great egret launching
(great egret stalking slowly,
snowy egret walking,
tricolored heron fishing)
very cute, but quite skittish little ducks
great blue heron
aerial coyote, on guard at a seafood vendor
green anole, displaying its orangy-pink dewlap