May 28, 2023

* MAY 28, brief saga -- fluoridation

 reprise from May 2020

MAY 28, a brief saga: fluoridation

Authors' Note:    A controversy over fluoridation of public water systems peaked in the 1940s through 1960s in North America. Municipal water-suppliers with low ambient levels of the natural mineral were motivated to adjust that in order to reduce childhood tooth decay. Despite initial vocal opposition, fluoridation was adopted by many municipalities in North American and elsewhere. In Europe, in contrast, fluoridation of municipal water-systems has never achieved wide support as a public health measure.
 “Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous Communist plot we have ever had to face?” Brig. Gen. Jack Ripper, a character in the 1964 film classic Dr. Strangelove”.

  You can review the collection of illustrated verses on other dental topics by proceeding to the post 'Dental Feelingson our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'.

For the purpose of this blog, a 'brief saga' is defined as a poem, usually narrative, but occasionally expository, that tell its story in at least 15 lines. Most commonly, the format involves three stanzas in limerick form. Your blogging team has been presenting these concoctions at the rate of one per month, mixed in with the usual shorter poems, wordplay and  other general offerings. 
To access the next 'brief saga' on this blog, proceed to 'Life as a Loon'.
To access the most recent previous 'brief saga', back up to 'Claire's celerity'. 

May 27, 2023

MAY 27, excursions: around Washington, DC


the flamingo house

Union Market

'Friendship Archway',
Chinatown gate, world's largest paifang

Union Station

Columbus Circle


"Knife Edge Mirror Two Piece"
Henry Moore,
National Gallery of Art 

congressional selfie

at the United States Botanic Garden
(what a conservatory!)

spokesperson for the Capitol Hill Squirrel Lobby

May 26, 2023

* MAY 26, Ontario nostalgia: Trent-Severn canal

 reprise from May 2020 

MAY 26, Ontario nostalgia: Canada's Trent-Severn canal

Authors' Note:

docktailsslang for drinks, and/or a cocktail-snack social hour at dockside, as used by North American motorboating cliques

mocktails: abbreviation for mock (non-alcoholic) cocktails

  The Trent-Severn Waterway is a system operated by Parks Canada and enjoyed by recreational motorboaters. It meanders for 400 km (250 miles) across southern Ontario, joining L. Ontario's Bay of Quinte and L. Huron's Georgian Bay via intervening smaller lakes, rivers and manmade canals. With over 40 locks en route, the altitude near the system's midpoint reaches a level of 180 m (590 feet) above the starting point. The world's highest liftlock, located at Peterborough, is an impressive piece of engineering and a tourist attraction.

You can review the entire series of illustrated poems about  the good old days in Ontario by checking the post 'Ontario Nostalgia' on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE

May 25, 2023

MAY 25, "pictures at a renovation"

 The kitchen is finally being put in place ...

May 24, 2023

* MAY 24, a-very-stable-genius, #7

  reprise from May 2020

MAY 24, anagram swarm: A-VERY-STABLE-GENIUS, #7

Bonus wordplay concoction:

You can review an amazing number of anagrams based on this book title on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. There are two posts to view:  ’A Very Stable Genius': Theme and Variations (97 anagrams), and 
'A Very Stable Genius': additional funky anagrams

May 23, 2023

MAY 23, palinku (poetic novelty): three verses about 'denial'

(Ed. note:) Verses of this type have continued to proliferate. You can view them all at one swoop if you proceed with a single click to our more encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE.

May 22, 2023

* MAY 22, wordplay maps -- sister-cities anagrams #16-#18


reprise from May 2020 

MAY 22, wordplay maps: sister-cities anagrams (16-18)

May 21, 2023

MAY 21, excursions: views around the city, Victoria Day


takeoff from Billy Bishop Airport

Lishman's sculptures at sunset
(see also the post of March 21)

May 20, 2023

* MAY 20, pandemic poetry -- two contagiously amusing poems

reprise from May 2020 

MAY 20, pandemic poetry: 'two contagiously funny verses'

Authors' Note: Thanks to M.A. of Bloomington IN for the idea for the second verse. 

 You can review these illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Pandemic Poetry' on the full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". 

May 19, 2023

MAY 19, birdlore: Bloored birds

yesterday on Toronto's Bloor Street ...