October 31, 2023

OCT 31, death and the afterlife: ghostbusting equipment

  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!

October 30, 2023

OCT 30, defining opinion: hors d'oeuvre

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.

October 29, 2023

OCT 29, (re)duplication: hocus-pocus


Readers willing to go down an internet rabbit-hole HERE can easily get to a collection of more than a dozen other short verses in which we have dealt with specific reduplications, as well as three fairly lengthy patter-songs about this fascinating linguistic phenomenon. 

October 28, 2023

OCT 28, palinku (poetic novelty): ethics

(Ed. note:) Verses of this type  -- that we have nicknamed palinkus have continued to accumulate, and there are now more than 50 of them. You can easily view them all if you  proceed  to our more encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE.

October 27, 2023

* OCT 27, diagnostic imaging -- technetium generators

reprise from October 2020

OCT 27, diagnostic imaging: technetium generators

You can review all our verses on this intriguing topic by proceeding to a post on 'Edifying Nonsense' entitled 'Selected Topics in Diagnostic Imaging'. Click HERE!

October 26, 2023

OCT 26, gruesome verse: hidey-hole

 Check out the whole collection called "Gruesome Verse" on our blog "Edifying Nonsense"  by clicking HERE.

October 25, 2023

OCT 25, objectionable adjectives: horrible

 Authors' Note:  Horrible (like its close cousins terrible and frightful) has become a difficult term to define. Originally meaning full of horror, or capable of engendering horror, it can now be applied in two opposing directions.

Some readers will be itching to sing the above verse. Here's our suggestion as to how to do it, using the well-known tune of "Home on the Range", slightly modified to fit the situation. Have fun !!! 

Horrible    (uke chords: E9 = 1222; A9 = 0102);


This Oct[D]ober my [D7]poems won't be [G]snorable [Gm]

Grisly, [D]gruesome. they're [E9] terribly [A7]gorable.

Critics, [D]reading at [D7]night,

Can't a[G]void taking [Gm]fright --

They'll con[D]demn them as [A9]"Hallowe'en-[D]horrible."


Next [D]month dispo[G]sitions are [D]sunny;

With Thanks
[E9]giving-fest sweeter than [A7]honey.

Critics [D]won't be an[D7]noyed;

They'll de[G]light, over[Gm]joyed

At my [D]verse they'll term [A7]"horribly [D]funny".

You can review our editorially selected doggerel (eight poems) relating to 'Objectionable Adjectives' by clicking HERE.

October 24, 2023

OCT 24, decorative touches I


                                                                                  fabric art by R.C.H., presented with thanks

October 23, 2023

* OCT 23, gruesome verse -- untimely demise


reprise from October 2020

OCT 25, gruesome verse: untimely demise

Hallowe'en is sneaking up on us!

Check out the whole collection called "Gruesome Verse" on our blog "Edifying NonsenseHERE.

October 22, 2023

OCT 22, postal places, Canada: Deseronto, ON

Authors' Note: ON is the official abbreviation for the Canadian province of Ontario, in which the village of Deseronto, population 1800, is situated 5 km (3 miles) south of Highway 401, a limited-access four-lane main route that leads from Toronto to Montreal.

Captain John Deseronto, a native Mohawk, fought in the British Military Forces during the American Revolutionary War. Until 1848, "Deseronto", a site along the northern shore of Lake Ontario, served as an indigenous reserve.

Incidentally, although many characters in American western movies said "Let's vamoose!", the Lone Ranger was better known for voicing, "Hi Yo Silver, away."

 At one swell foop, you can review all our postal poems about intriguing places in the USA and Canada, by proceeding to the encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE !

October 21, 2023

* OCT 21, gruesome verse -- by halves (autophagia)


reprise from October 2020

OCT 31, gruesome verse: by halves (autophagia)

Happy Hallowe'en!

Authors' Note: The term autophagia or autophagy  may refer to a rare psychiatric disorder, but is more commonly used to describe an intracellular process in the realm of cell biology, as described by the author HERE.

Check out the whole collection called "Gruesome Verse" on our blog "Edifying NonsenseHERE.

October 20, 2023

OCT 20, decorative touches H


                                                                                fabric art by R.C.H., presented with thanks

October 19, 2023

* OCT 19, gruesome verse -- dispatch


reprise from October 2021

OCT 19, gruesome verse: dispatch

Check out the whole collection called "Gruesome Verse" on our blog "Edifying NonsenseHERE.

October 18, 2023

OCT 18, waterfowl stills: on a golden pond (Toronto)

 A continuation from a post of September 19, capturing views from a gorgeous day at summer's end:

ducks on duckweed

You can find a poetic tribute to duckweed on this blogsite by clicking HERE.

October 17, 2023

* OCT 17, Toronto ravines -- Taylor creek park


reprise from October 2020

OCT 17, Toronto ravines: Taylor Creek


If you are interested in wending your way through an encyclopedic collection of four blogposts stuffed with photo-collages on Toronto ravines, click HERE.

October 16, 2023

OCT 16, non-sequitur: dishwasher (appliance)

Authors' Note   

slow uptake of the residential dishwasher
(photos per televised documentary)

inside a current domestic dishwasher

 storage place for dirty dishes
(photo by G.C.)

a brand new dishwasher
(photo by G.C.)

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


October 15, 2023

* OCT 15, pandemic poetry -- preventive cocktails


reprise from 2020

OCT 15, pandemic poetry: preventive cocktails


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

October 14, 2023

* OCT 14, Toronto ravines -- Humber river valley

reprise from October 2020

OCT 14, Toronto ravines: Humber River Valley (photocollages #1-#3)


If you are interested in wending your way through an encyclopedic collection of four blogposts stuffed with photo-collages on Toronto ravines, click HERE.

October 13, 2023

* OCT 13, mammalian wildlife -- beavers

reprise from October 2020

OCT 13, mammalian wildlife: beavers (Rod the rodent)

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 !

October 12, 2023

OCT 12, decorative touches G


                                                                              fabric art by R.C.H., presented with thanks

additional works: appletree, mini-impressionist pieces, Duke gardens

October 11, 2023

* OCT 11, stormy Ashbridge's Bay


reprise from October 2020

 Ontario nostalgia: stormy Ashbridge's Bay (Lake Ontario waterfront at Toronto)


October 10, 2023

OCT 10, pill-poppin verse: Fentanyl addiction

 Authors' Note: 
Everything you might want to know about fentanyl can be found in a verse at OEDILF by DavidGries. Click HERE.

October 9, 2023

OCT 9, decorative touches F

 Continuation from "Pictures at a Renovation -- finishing touches", (fabric artwork), September 21, 2023. 

Tulip fields:

                                                                              fabric art by R.C.H., presented with thanks

October 8, 2023

* OCT 8, Canadiana -- Canadian Thanksgiving

reprise from October 2020

OCT 11, 2020 --  Canadiana: Canadian Thanksgiving

 Get ready for the festivities (by Zoom and other online modalities).

Authors' Note: 

Acadia (uh-KAY-dee-yuh, as here, or uh-KAY-dyuh) or  l'Acadie: (French), name given in colonial times to the region corresponding to today's Atlantic Canada (the Maritime provinces)

tofurkey: a vegetarian substitute for turkey made from tofu

Action de grâce (ak-syon-duh-GRAS): literally action of grace;  name derived from continental France for a harvest festival

habitants: French colonial settlers, a term honored in the title of Montreal's professional hockey team

   Thanksgiving Day, or Action de grâce, is a statutory holiday in the majority of Canadian provinces and territories, observed on the second Monday of October.

You can review poems, pictures and diverse nonsense related to Canada on the post "Canadiana" on our full-service blog  "Edifying Nonsense".

October 7, 2023

* OCT 7, Toronto oases -- Leslie Street spit

reprise from October 2020

OCT 7, Toronto oases, Leslie St. Spit photocollages #1 to #4


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