February 7, 2023

* FEB 7: brief saga -- Chemainus, BC (part #2)



reprise from February, 2020

FEB 7, a brief saga: Chemainus, British Columbia part #2

Continuing from part #1 (the first three stanzas of this six-verse poem) ...
Click HERE to see part #1.








Authors' Note:   For ecological reasons, the mining of uranium has been banned in British Columbia for several decades. Uranium has been extensively extracted from pitchblende ore at sites elsewhere in Canada, and is present in the reduced or 'uranous' chemical state.
   In the late 1890s, copper, gold and silver were discovered at Mt. Sicker on Vancouver Island. A gold-rush ensued, and mines were operated profitably in the area until 1909.   
   Today, the town of Chemainus (sheh-MAYN-uhs) is best known for its extensive exterior wall-murals which depict the history of its once-thriving resource extraction industries.
   The Dominion Astrophysical Laboratory, site of many important discoveries about the Milky Way, is located 70 km south, in Saanich BC.

 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 shorter poems, wordplay and other  and other general offerings.    

To access the next 'brief saga' on this blog, proceed to 'Walrus and Carpenter (Carolina lowcountry version)' . 

February 5, 2023

* FEB 5, savoir-faire -- Gallicisms

 

reprise from February, 2020


FEB 5, savoir-faire: Gallicisms




 
 You can review verses on this topic in a wider context on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Check the post 'Vers Francais: Savoir-Faire' by clicking HERE


February 3, 2023

* FEB 3, American satire -- US intellgence


reprise from February, 2020


FEB 3, American satire: intelligence (Californians)









Authors' Note:  In the midst of the Trump-Russia investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in February 2018, Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee issued the 'Nunes Memo', a four-page document that alleged that the FBI had conspired against President Donald Trump.
   Nunes has proceeded in the same vein in his later career, organizing the Republican Party’s role in the politically-charged 2019 House of Representatives Judiciary Committee’s impeachment hearings, as the Ranking Minority Member.  


We hope that you enjoyed this verse. You can find 30 more on this topic in 5 collections on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE to start!  

February 1, 2023

* FEB 1, lowcountry excursions

 

reprise from February, 2020


FEB 1, Carolina lowcountry: winter afternoon bicycle outing


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Giorgio (on the left) with
Pete the Plastic Pelican



Other Canadian retirees






















cycling; Mt. Pleasant; South Carolina

At the harbor,
Mt. Pleasant SC
shrimp dock; Shem Creek; Mt. Pleasant; South Carolina; Giorgio Coniglio

Lunch: Heron-herring?
No! That's a great egret with a shrimp



lowcountry pizza-boxes


January 30, 2023

* JAN 30, Canadiana - Eastern Canadian funky towns

 

reprise from January 30, 2020


JAN 30, Canadiana: Eastern Canadian funky towns












January 28, 2023

* JAN 28, western Canadian funky towns

 

reprise from January 28, 2020


JAN 28, Canadiana: Western Canadian funky towns







January 26, 2023

* JAN 26, waterfowl --- great blue herons

 

reprise from January 26, 2020


JAN 26, waterfowl: great blue herons


  






great blue heron; snowyegret;; great egret; Mt. Pleasant; South Caro.ina







You can review these illustrated verses 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 them on Facebook in Giorgio's photo-albums).


January 24, 2023

* JAN 24, new world palindromes -- #3 and #4

 

reprise from January 24, 2020


JAN 24, wordplay maps: new world palindromes(#3,#4)












You can view the entire collection of these 50 wordplay maps, by accessing the collection 'Tourists Palindromic Guides: The Americas'. Start by clicking HERE


January 22, 2023

* JAN 22, American satire -- laying blame


reprise from January 22, 2020


JAN 22, American satire(1): laying blame






Authors' Note: We were influenced in this formulation by TV interviews given by the protagonist's niece, clinical psychologist Mary Trump.

 We hope that you enjoyed this verse. You can find 30 more on this topic in 5 collections on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE to start! 

January 20, 2023

* JAN 20, holidays and celebrations -- Robbie Burns Day


reprise from January 20, 2020


JAN 20, holidays and celebrations: Robbie Burns' Day

 







Authors' Note: The mathematical expression in the second line of the fourth verse should be read as "sine-over-cos", cos being the mathematical abbreviation for cosine. The mathematical abbreviation for tangent is tan.


 

January 18, 2023

* JAN 18, trees -- Norway maples


reprise from January 18, 2020

JAN 18, trees: Norway maples







You might also enjoy a poem posted in April 2021 entitled "Leif the (viking) Norway Maple: a Bilingual Complaint". Click HERE.  

You can review these illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Uprooted Verse: 'Poems about Trees' on the full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". 

January 16, 2023

* JAN 16, American satire -- borscht

 

reprise from January 16, 2020


JAN 16, American satire(1): borscht






We hope that you enjoyed this verse. You can find 30 more on this topic in 5 collections on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE to start! 

January 14, 2023

* JAN 14, American satire -- D-O-N-A-L-D T-R-U-M-P anagrams

 

reprise from January 14, 2020


JAN 14, American satire(1): D-O-N-A-L-D T-R-U-M-P anagrams





Author's Note: Generally, anagrams give results which are bizarre, unexpected and somewhat random, like "fake news". At least to his current detractors, there may appear to be a compelling stories hidden in these anagrams (italicized) of the name of the 45th U.S. President, but in fact the possible links are coincidental.  It should be remembered that composers of wordplay, such as anagrams and palindromes, do not 'invent' the material, but only report it.


We hope that you enjoyed this verse. You can find 30 more on this topic in 5 collections on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE to start! 

January 12, 2023

* JAN 12, etymology -- 'horse'


reprise from January 12, 2021


JAN 12, etymology: 'horse'







For fans of etymology, we have three blogposts with collections of verses about word-origins such as the one above on our more encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense". You can start to review some of this intriguing material by clicking HERE, and then following the links!

January 10, 2023

* JAN 10, American satire -- Vladimir's hope (hacking teams)


reprise from January 10, 2020


JAN 10, American satire(1): Vladimir's hope







Author's Note: 

 IOC: International Olympic Committee
          
  The fanciful concept of medals being awarded to a 'hacking team' grew out of the conjunction of developments in 2017 and 2018, notably (i) censure of Russian athletic organizations, including subsequent retraction of Olympic medals, and (ii) investigations into Russian efforts to sway the results of past and upcoming American presidential elections. 
 
We hope that you enjoyed this verse. You can find 30 more on this topic in 5 collections on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE to start! 

January 8, 2023

* JAN 8, old world palindromes #7 and 8

 

reprise from January 8, 2021


JAN 8, old world palindromes #7 and #8




 



  You can view the entire collection of 'Old World Palindromes' on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense";  start by clicking HERE.



January 6, 2023

* JAN 6, waterfowl -- pelicatessen

  By the way: Readers may note that for the next while, or perhaps indefinitely,  this 'daily' blog will be published every other day. Except for the very finicky among you, that's probably close enough. 


reprise from January 2020:

JAN 6, waterfowl: pelicatessen








 
























Authors' Note:

Fress is a loanword verb from either German or Yiddish implying eating heartily or snacking frequently.

Delicatessen has been applied to both high-end retail food stores selling unusual and imported prepared foods, and to restaurants preparing German, Jewish or other ethnic cuisine (frequently, the two functions are combined). It may also refer to the products purchased in these outlets.

Sushi is not among the expected foods in such an establishment, so the analogy to a pelicatessen for waterfowl has been unexplored until now. At least in Canadian official documents, for the sake of gender-neutrality, fishermen are referred to as fishers.

After initially using this neologism (word-creation) as a descriptor on the blog "Edifying Nonsense", and misconstruing it as his personal invention, the author became aware, via the internet, that there is a restaurant located at a resort on Bald Head Island, North Carolina with that name. Although that fact is of interest, it is of limited relevance. Seabirds are apparently not served at the establishment, either as customers, or as menu-fare.




 You can review these illustrated verses 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 them on Facebook in Giorgio's photo-albums). 


January 4, 2023

* JAN 4, American satire -- make believe 2016

 

reprise from January 2020


JAN 4, American satire: make-believe 2016





Author's Note: In the political swirl leading up to the US presidential election, a national convention is a meeting of party delegates to nominate candidates for office and to adopt party rules and platforms. In 2016, these gatherings proceeded in their conventional format, Note that in 2020, with restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, national conventions were held primarily as on-line events.

We hope that you enjoyed this verse. You can find 30 more on this topic in 5 collections on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE to start! 


Incidental photo (2023):


barrel cactuses