April 30, 2023

APR 30: waterfowl: mute swans pose for the camera

 Photos from a birding excursion to one of Toronto's waterfront parks. 







To view more satisfactory photos of mute swans by Giorgio, check the blog-posts for these dates: 

April 29, 2023

* APR 29, a brief saga -- 'Claire's celerity'

 

reprise from April 2020

APR 29, a brief saga: 'Claire's celerity'









Authors' Note: As there is no etymological commonality, wordpairs of similar appearance, but unrelated origins, may have disparate meanings and usages; this is certainly the case for: 
celerity / celery,
gravity / gravy.  
cavity / cavy,
and levity / levy, examples discussed in he above verse.



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  shorter poems, wordplay and other  and other general offerings.    
To access the next 'brief saga' on this blog (May 2020), proceed to 'fluoridation'.
To access the most recent previous 'brief saga' (March 2020), back up to 'Walrus and Carpenter (Carolina lowcountry version)'


April 28, 2023

APR 28, non-sequitur: more-or-less kosher restaurant fare

 

MORE-OR-LESS KOSHER


In the restaurant called 'Marsha's Noshery'


You'll love fressing by golly and goshery:


All our dishes our 'safe' --


We don't often serve treif,


But we won't guarantee the food's kashery.


Dr G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2022


Authors' Note: 

fress: a Yiddish loanword for eating with vigor, whole-heartedly, as explained HERE

treif (TRAYF): Yiddish for foods expressly prohibited under the laws of Kahshrut, including pork and shellfish

kasher: synonym used in Israel and Sephardic venues elsewhere for the Ashkenazi word kosher; the regulations involving foodstuff are quite complex, and in addition to the prohibitions mandate separation of particular allowed sources, e.g. meat and dairy; Kashery (noun and adjective) is the author's personal neologism.

It is suggested that those concerned about a particular eatery should consult with their spiritual advisor. 

Our collection of 'Non-Sequiturs' on our parent blog "Edifying Nonsense", contains an unusual assortment of odds-and-ends, that don't quite fit into other topic-based offerings. But should you want to review the entire collection, click HERE.

April 27, 2023

* APR 27, bi-lyrical verse -- dual rhyme schemes

 reprise from April 2020

APR 27, bi-lyrical limerick: dual-rhyme schemes



Authors' Note
  Despite the message of the verse, the author has taken pains to construct a slate of dual rhyme scheme, or bi-lyrical limericks, including the above instance; the rhyme scheme can be characterized as: 

line 1:  C...A
line 2:  C...A
line 3:  D...B
line 4:  D...B
line 5:  C...A.  

In the above verse, the additional C- and D-pattern rhymes are distinguished using green font. The scansion (pattern of beats), usually involves stressing the third syllable in each line (as indicated by underlining). In this instance, this pattern is broken in the third line of the verse.


Be sure to check out the whole collection of 'bi-lyrical limericks' by proceeding to "Edifying Nonsense." CLICK HERE ! (Or, if you prefer, you could look over this stuff on Giorgio's Facebook photo-albums.) 


April 26, 2023

APR 26, "pictures at a renovation": the second week

 PREVIOUS VIEWS:


You can follow the whole arduous undertaking by scrolling back through our earlier posts: (you can also click these dates for direct transport back to see the previous "pictures at a renovation"). The earlier posts show the demolition phase, and that may be of particular interest for many viewers.
April 18: reconstruction
April 16: demolition phase winds down (mostly)
April 10demolition phase
April 6:   demolition phase
April 4:   demolition phase
March 31: demolition phase
And, check out the project-planning stage, elucidated in photos and verse, on March 19, and March 27.


front hall


kitchen




LR

 

DR


den


master BR


master bath
(shower construction underway)


April 25, 2023

* APR 25, Carolina lowcountry -- spring excursions

 
reprise from April 2020


APR 25, Carolina lowcountry: further spring excursions



mallard duck; Mt. Pleasant; South Carolinba; Giorgio Coniglio

mallard drake
Middleton Place; Charleston; South Carolina

mute swan, Middleton Place



green anole; Mt. Pleasant; South Carolina; Giorgio Coniglio

a green anole;
one of E.T.'s relations?
Spanish moss; Mt. Pleasant; South Carolina; Giorgio Coniglio

cycling under Spanish moss




















woodstork near TV2 pond

April 24, 2023

APR 24, non-sequitur: working at zoos


DOGGEREL-WRITING



A doggerel-writer, a keener,

By mean peers was judged coarse and obscener:

("From this site, you are banished!")

Wrote some winners, then vanished —

He'd committed a gross misdemeanour.

Here's our hope: We'll now cope, much serener.

Dr G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2023

Authors' Note:  We are talking here about an open-forum collaborative website, so  the reader will realize that there are only a few opportunities for misdemeanourship. A major one was apparently undertaken by the prolific writer in question, but he did leave behind some great five-liners, including this author's favorite — (originally published under the title 'depressing'). 


WORKING AT ZOOS

The work is depressing at zoos,
So I often go home with the blues.
And it's getting more bleak;
For example, last week,
We received really terrible gnus.

 Workshop



April 23, 2023

* APR 23, new world palindromes #15 and #16


reprise from April 2020


APR 23, new world palindromes (#15,#16)










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

 

April 22, 2023

APR 22, non-sequitur: hope for victims of bullying


FOR VICTIMS OF BULLYING

Bullies' victims, you've cogently pleaded,

And reluctant adults have now heeded: 

To protect you, Teach vowed

(And for this she was proud),

"I'm inspired to be one who you've needed."

Dr.G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio2023

Authors' Note: We attended an inspiring book launch this afternoon. 





Our collection of 'Non-Sequiturs' on our parent blog "Edifying Nonsense", contains an unusual assortment of odds-and-ends, that don't quite fit into other topic-based offerings. But should you want to review the entire collection, click HERE.



April 21, 2023

* APR 21, mammalian wildlife -- star-nosed mole

reprise from April 2020

APR 21, mammalian wildlife: star-nosed mole






You can find a song about the star-nosed mole on our blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE to access it! 
You can also 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".


April 20, 2023

APR 20, palinku (poetic novelty): London and Paris (Ontario)



palinku


palinku
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(Ed. note:) Verses of this ilk have continued to proliferate, and there are now more than 50. You can view them all at one swoop if you proceed with a single click to our more encyclopedic 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 year and then month of interest, and then select (by clicking) the post of your choice.

April 19, 2023

* APR 19, curtained verse -- business agenda

 

reprise from April 2020

APR 19, curtained verse: business agenda

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



Authors' Note:  We hope and trust that Fran did actually check the age of her agents.

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'.

April 18, 2023

APR 18, "pictures at a renovation": reconstruction begins


 Yesterday, the project entered a new chapter in forward progress: At least in some rooms, the putting-together stage has begun. This started with  the front hall and kitchen, applying levelling cement over the underlying concrete slabs in preparation for tiling in the kitchen and hardwood installation in the front hall. The den remains the site of intense removal of 'popcorn ceiling'. 

 PREVIOUS VIEWS:

You can follow the whole arduous undertaking by scrolling back through our earlier posts: (you can also click these dates for direct transport back to see the previous views. The earlier posts show the demolition phase, and that may be of particular interest for many viewers.
front hall (watch your step!)
(wet levelling cement in place)


kitchen


LR/DR


LR, ready for some refinishing


den, ongoing intense ceiling restoration


April 17, 2023

* APR 17, Ontario nostalgia -- across the Great Lakes

 
reprise from April 2020


APR 17, Ontario nostalgia: across the Great Lakes


Authors' Note: The southern flank of the Canadian province of Ontario, abutting the border with the United States is a watery region comprised primarily of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. The names of these lakes, and their order of progression to the Atlantic Ocean, are frequently covered in school curricula.

   Apart from flying, coming by ferry is the mode of access to the island province of Newfoundland for citizens of either Canada or the United States. The Confederation Bridge, 13 km in length, linking New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, has replaced ferry traffic to our smallest province since 1996.

   Tourism in most parts of Canada is highly dependent on Americans driving across the border. The industry has suffered a major depression in 2020 owing to restrictions related to the pandemic.


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

April 16, 2023

APR 16, "pictures at a renovation": demolition phase winds down

 The dramatic part of the demolition phase is winding down...


PREVIOUS VIEWS:

You can follow the whole arduous undertaking by scrolling back through our earlier posts: (you can also click these dates for direct transport back to see the previous pics. These earlier posts show the demolition phase, and that may be of particular interest for many viewers.

nd, check out the project-planning stage, elucidated in photos and verse, on March 19, and March 27.

LR
the floors throughout are now bare concrete


kitchen



the studio



exterior view


April 15, 2023

* APR 15, the Charleston garden: Japanese yew


 reprise from April 2020

APR 15, the Charleston garden: Japanese yew









UPDATE (2023): The property on the left no longer numbers among our real-estate holdings. See the recent posts on "Reconstructive Attitudes" showing views of an ongoing demolition/reconstruction project! 


You can review these illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Poetry Praising the Charleston Garden' on the full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. Click HERE!

April 14, 2023

APR 14, photocollage: life returns to Toronto's 'Brickworks'



red-winged blackbirds
(early season: wing-colour barely discerned)




turtles sunning on a floating island
(exceptionally warm day) 


 

April 13, 2023

* APR 13, geysers -- second-hand geysers


 reprise from April 2020

APR 13, geysers: second-hand geyser



Authors' NoteBjörg(f.) and Björn(m.) are typical Icelandic names.  In Britain, the term geyser, has come to mean a secondary water heater at the point-of-use, e.g. near a bathtub. In Iceland, hot water is distributed to all homes as a part of geothermal energy systems; devices such as 'geysers' are not needed, and probably not available.

In North America, such auxiliary plumbing devices are known as ‘tankless water heaters’. Björn originally conceived of his gift idea based on occasional offerings of spent hydrogeologic geysers in Icelandic second-hand stores, e.g. the original reliable vent at Geysir which thrilled Victorian tourists has died back, 'replaced' nearby by other vents. The reader is left to judge whether such second-hand devices represent a figment of the author’s imagination or contrived nonsense
 

You can review these illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Poetry that Spurts: Verses about Geysers' on the full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense".


April 12, 2023

APR 12, signs of confusion: fifth collection

This post is the fifth in a series. You can attempt to get all of this straight by reviewing the collections in the previous posts ...

  1. March 3, '23
  2. February 22, '23
  3. December 11, '22
  4. November 16, '22






Buddhist monks in South America?