March 31, 2022

MAR 31, excursions: Oakland, CA

plaque at Heinold's Saloon, founded 1883,
Jack London Square

The saloon had been patronized by iconic American writers such as  Oakland resident Jack London and visiting guru Robert Louis Stevenson. 

statue at Lake Merritt,
evoking the aboriginal myth (Ohlone/Castanoan)
of a sea monster

In a recent rehabilitative project, Lake Merritt, landlocked during the period of development, has had its connection to  San Francisco Bay restored.

drum circle near lake Merritt

Australian teatree, planted in the first decade of the last century,
part of an arboretum function

black-capped night heron

Lake Merritt is claimed to be the US's first wildlife refuge.

a greater scaup, more or less

a great number of scaups and other waterfowl congregate at the lake

trail-break at the nearby Reinhardt Redwoods Park


a resident socializes with visitors

March 30, 2022

MAR 30, excursions: Berkeley, CA


Pictured at left, bottom row, is pride-of-Madeira, a beautiful, but invasive flowering shrub.

March 29, 2022

Mar 29, binomial phrases: "birds and bees"

  Another alliterative example ...

Authors' Note:  Birds and bees is an alliterative binomial phrase used here in a euphemistic sense.  The counterintuitive fact that MENses are a female function could make this poem a companion-piece to the authors' verse on gender-neutral language. 

To review the poetic effusion that we have accumulated about binomial phrases, proceed to our blog "Edifying Nonsense", and check out the post  'Grandpa Greg's Grammar: Binomial Expressions'.

 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 !

A personal INVITATION: Come along, and enjoy our upcoming trip to California, starting tomorrow !!!

March 28, 2022

MAR 28, mammalian wildlife: California sea lions

Ed. Note: This poem had initially been concocted with an upcoming trip to California in mind.

Authors' Note:  The California sea lion, Zalophus californianus, native of the west coast of North America, has increased in population considerably in recent years.  The marine mammal is sexually dimorphic, with males larger in size and having more commanding vocal abilities than the females. Both genders are larger and more socially active than the true 'earless' seals, which can move on land only by scooting on their bellies.

   Sea lions are highly intelligent, and positioning their front flippers, they can support themselves in a 'four-legged' walk; their ability to learn and perform tricks has given them a role as the (misnamed) 'circus seal'.

Follow-up note: As is often the case, e.g. with bears or raccoons, feeding wild animals can result in untoward behaviour. On our subsequent two-week visit to California in early April 2022, we saw no such disreputable behavior by sea lions (but it must be admitted that we saw no sea lions, although we certainly heard them barking, particularly around the piers at Monterey). 

You can review the whole collection of illustrated verses about mammals (both domestic and exotic) by checking out the more extensive post on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE !

any other date: scroll over to the calendar-based listings of 'Past Posts' in the righthand column on this page, and select (by clicking) the month of your choice from 2020 or 2021. 

March 27, 2022

MAR 27, death and the afterlife: Will's last testament

 Author's Note:  Although the short forms 'Will' and 'Bill' may be casually interchanged as first names (short forms of ‘William’), the nouns 'will' (as in 'last will and testament') and 'bill' are generally used with more careful scrutiny. ‘Will’ and ‘testament’ being essentially synonyms, the expression is a prototypical example of the redundant binomial expressions that seem to be loved by lawyers.

 Subtle differences in the form of idioms may underwrite important differences in meaning. ‘At last’ and ‘at the last’ seem similar, but in fact their usage and meaning differs considerably.

 You can review more poems about 'Death and the Afterlife' in context ('death and the afterlife') on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE!

Incidental photo:

 recently added signpost with directions for tourists ...

March 26, 2022

MAR 26, bar-fauna: at 'The Lizards' Lair'

BTW, should you ever need to log in directly to this blog, its simple address is...

(Just type that into your browser search-line.) But, here you are for today, so welcome aboard!

And, here's a photo of the barkeep; he's a fence-lizard, and a little vignette about this species can be found HERE.

photo info: Images of the anole, the skink and the fence lizard were recently captured by G.C. on his i-phone7 camera

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.

March 25, 2022

MAR 25, at heart: atrial fibrillation

Authors' Note: Atrial fib, also abbreviated to a-fib or AF, is medical jargon for atrial fibrillation. Causes for AF include various heart and lung conditions, particularly valvular heart disease, but half of cases occur spontaneously.

AF may be symptomatic or not, and may be intermittent rather than sustained, particularly in its earlier phase. In any case, it is associated with the formation of clots in the atria of the heart, leading to an increased risk of brain stroke, caused by emboli.

To reduce the risk of stroke, patients with AF may be asked to take blood thinners for life.    

You can view more poems on this topic by proceeding to "Cardiologic Tracings: AT HEART" (parts #1 and #2) on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE!

March 24, 2022

MAR 24, toxic vignette: moonshine whiskey

Authors' Note:  The toxic effects of illicit moonshine whiskey often result from the solder of car radiators, items that are conveniently incorporated into clandestine distilling equipment. Chronic kidney failure may be a delayed effect of repeated exposure to lead, cadmium and other heavy metals which leach into the brew from this source, allowing 'Whiskey Rick' and his ilk to escape responsibility for the most devastating effects of their concoctions. 

Review all our poems of toxicologic interest by clicking HERE 


March 23, 2022

MAR 23, poetry of healthcare: treatment compliance

You can view these informative verses in a wider context by proceeding to the collection 'Poetry of Healthcare' on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE!

March 22, 2022

MAR 22, organic brain poetry: non-organic versus organic (introduction)

Authors' Note:  A psychiatric workup for mental disorders starts with the separation of causality into two streams. In the first, brain function, thoughts and behavior may be altered by subtle or unusual manifestations of disease in body systems outside the brain — these are sometimes termed exogenous. In the second stream, manifestations are attributable to disorder of the brain itself (usually of unknown cause) in patterns reflective of neurosis, schizophrenia and depressive illness. In somewhat archaic, but still utilized descriptions, psychiatrists may refer to this distinction as indicating organic versus non-organic mental disorders. 

You can view and review all our verses on the topic of 'Organic Brain Poetry' by following this link to the encyclopedic collection on "Edifying Nonsense."

March 21, 2022

MAR 21, reptiles: anole pole-dancer (photo-collage)

 You can review photos and illustrated herpetologic verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Verses about Reptiles (don't worry -- no snakes)' on the full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense".

March 20, 2022

MAR 20 (2022), singable satire: Glen Campbell sings "ROSENSTEIN"

from EdNonsMar20'19 

ORIGINAL SONG:  "Galveston", by Jimmy Webb, popularized by Glen Campbell, 1969.
Enjoy Campbell's great guitar solo HERE on Youtube. 
SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, April 2018. Readers interested in this topic might also enjoy the lyrics for  "Dark Schemes".
PARODY-SONGLINK: To access ukulele chord-charts to help you accompany "Rosenstein" on your favorite instrument, click HERE.


(to the tune of "Galveston"

Rosenstein, Rod Rosenstein
We're amazed your probe's still thriving,
With Trump's Fox News minions striving
(Mueller undermine), to trash you, Rosenstein.

Rosenstein, Rod Rosenstein,
You're in charge, with Jeff recusing,
You're the target for abusing,
Search warrant signed, by you, Rod Rosenstein.

Documents were seized from Cohen, the fixer.
Stormy's hush-funds source we're keen to see,
Do his tapes show complicity,
Or reveal "No collusion"'s a lie?

Rosenstein, Rod Rosenstein,
Trump has ranted 'bout your firing,
With stooges Steve and Devin trying,
To impeach. But please, like Ryan, don't resign,
Rod Rosenstein, Rod Rosenstein.    


Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Department of justice, January 2017 to present.
Donald Trump, President.
Robert Mueller, Special Counsel, appointed by Rosenstein, May 2017, to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.
James Comey, FBI Director, 2013-2017. His firing by Trump instigated Mueller's appointment as special counsel. His book "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership" was released May 1, 2018.
Jeff Sessions, U.S. Attorney General, appointed by Trump in 2016
Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer and fixer, implicated in the payment of hush funds to Daniels and others.
Stormy Daniels, porn film star and director, seeking relief from a non-disclosure agreement arranged by Cohen just prior to the election in 2016, in relation to her claim of a tryst with D.T. 
Steve Bannon, senior advisor to Donald Trump, formerly CEO of the alt-right outlet "Breitbart News"; filled the newly created position 'White House Chief Strategist' for 7 months until an apparent falling-out the President. 
Devin Nunes, Republican congressman from California since 2003; chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence 2015-2018; unrelenting Trump supporter. 
Paul Ryan, House Republican leader and Speaker, 2015-2018, who announced his pending resignation, putatively for family reasons, at the time of the initial furore over the search of Cohen's home and offices.

March 19, 2022

MAR 19, funny bones: foot-floggers' (metatarsal) fracture

Authors' Note:  Stress fractures are injuries caused by repeated undue physical stress applied to normal bone. These injuries, sometimes called march fractures, are common in the midshafts of the bones of the forefoot, particularly metatarsals #2 through #4. They characteristically occur in military recruits and in athletic individuals with heavy training schedules, but also may show up in otherwise unremarkable individuals who have recently increased their level of physical activity. Fortunately, healing is usual in those prepared to reduce activities for a number of weeks.
    To read more about this important topic, check the online medical periodical Bone Bloggers: Opinion by Orthopedic Surgeons.

 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!

links for any date: 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.

March 18, 2022

MAR 18, culinary verse: barbecue (BBQ)


Here is another verse dealing with eating (or avoiding) meat. 

Find the collection of illustrated poems dealing with culinary issues on the post 'Culinary Verse' on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE!

March 17, 2022

MAR 17, palinku (poetic novelty): lust indulged, lust deferred

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

  In this post, we continue with a 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. This concoction, however, 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). Some of the  palindromes exploited here are found in the classic repertoire of such wordplay, part are variants on these classics, and a part derive entirely from the distorted mental processes of the authors. 

  To help the reader discern the origin of the lyrics, each palindrome (generally occupying one of the three lines of the poem) has been color-coded. 

Further poetic discussion of Dennis's sins can be found HERE

 You can view all our verses of this type if you  proceed with a single click to our more encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE. (Or if you prefer, you can stay on this particular blogsite and look for the offerings for the 17th day of each month -- there are now more than 60 of these.)

Incidental Photo:

Dr. JJ starting out as a lecturer, 1948

March 16, 2022

MAR 16, hellenophilia: tipping on Santorini


 Other verses discussing our appreciation of Greece and things Greek can be found on our blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE.

March 15, 2022

MAR 15, Carolina lowcountry: the pelicatessen, revisited

The development of the term pelicatessen, and an insider view (photos and a poem) of a South Carolina venue providing this service were displayed on a previous post HERE

Yesterday, we were fortunate to perform a follow-up visit.  

customers waiting patiently for service

well, perhaps not that patiently ... 

fisher, working methodically to provide prompt service

customers do not always display their most polite behavior

a dispute between patrons

"Y'all come back again soon, now, y'heah?"

the ultimate 'pelicatessen'

pizza delivery boxes in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina,
touting service to 'the Lowcountry'

March 14, 2022

MAR 14, reprehensible modern history: Democracy (18th century take)

(submitted version November '23:
The wannabe autocrat cheerless, / Mourned imperial days. "Kings were peerless: / No women, I'm noting, / Slaves or natives tried voting. / Closets hid all the gays -- none were fearless.")  

View the entire collection of poetic assertions on this topic  at our more encyclopedic blog 'Edifying Nonsense', by clicking HERE.

March 13, 2022

MAR 13, defining opinion: birdlife (lunacy)

Authors' Note:  Birdlife is an occasionally used term, analogous to "wildlife", denoting aerial creatures that otherwise would have to be described by the term avifauna. Needless to say, all birdlife currently known is located on the planet Earth.

Our blogpost "Defining Opinion" on the topic-based blog "Edifying Nonsense" shows a selection of similar verses submitted to OEDILF (the online Omnificent English Dictionary iLimerick Form). You can see all of these on one visit by clicking HERE.