December 31, 2023

DEC 31, birdlore: new birdfeeder!

New birdfeeder!!!

Initial photo-experience on a rainy day using a cell-phone camera. Stay tuned as the technique develops! 

tufted titmouse
i-phone photo with automated "removal of background"; this software works relatively well with persons, but for birds, the tails and legs get detached relatively often

house finch (male)

Eastern bluebird

tree-squirrel inspecting a conventional birdfeeder

Readers interested in a truly funky experience are invited to review our bizarre verse about "seabird-feeders" by clicking HERE. And you are also invited to check out our subsequent moderate success in photographing our avian dining guests HERE

You can also view an encyclopedic collection of illustrated poems on this topic (land-birds) by proceeding to the posts "Poems about BIRDLORE" on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE.
Corresponding, there is a slew of illustrated poems in five linked posts dealing with WATERFOWL that you can access by clicking HERE.

December 30, 2023

DEC 30 (2023), singable satire: "POLYVINYL for MILLENIA"


ORIGINAL SONG: "Carolina in the Morning" written 1922, best-known version is performed by Al Jolson.

PARODY COMPOSED:  Giorgio Coniglio, January 2014. The initial accompanying photos are borrowed from various online websites; the final pair are attributable to Giorgio and his trusty cellphone camera.

PARODY-SONGLINK: To find ukulele and guitar chord-charts to help you accompany "POLYVINYL for MILLENIA" on your favorite instrument, click HERE.


(to the tune of "Carolina in the Morning")

What could be more drastic than our seas awash in plastic for millenia?
Plastic junk accumulates and traps or blocks the GI tracts of fauna.
Landfills are offenders; poly-bags wind blown,
Threatening fragile creatures in the intertidal zone.

Vortices of sea-dumped trash, like "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" keep growing;.
Astronauts can even spot them from their place in space; up there, they're showing.
If we had Aladdin's lamp and only one wish, 
We'd ask, not me, but seals, whales and fish - 
Every Jane and Michael, it's not hard, so please recycle all your pla-a-astic. 

What could be more drastic than our seas awash in plastic for millenia?
Particles accumulate, then hydrocarbons degradate in fauna.
Population's highest, polluting near the shore.
Altering constitution of the worldwide ocean floor.

Jellyfish get jealous of those gels the plankton relish for their vinyl,
Seasoning our seafood and inciting crude reactions that are final.
If we had Aladdin's lamp and only one wish, 
We'd ask, not me, but seals, whales and fish,
Every Jane and Michael, it's not hard, so please recycle all your pla-a-astic. 

real-life brown pelican
 perched on a post 

Pete, the  plastic pelican 

December 29, 2023

DEC 29, patients and their maladies: hemiplegia

Authors' Note: In medical jargon, a stroke (cerebro-vascular accident) that leaves the victim with complete loss of function in the affected area is said to be dense. Patients like old friend Dave, who have had a dense stroke with severe one-sided weakness (hemiplegia) in mid-life, may survive with appropriate early treatment of atherosclerotic lesions in the opposing carotid artery and other major arteries, to prevent further loss of function. With appropriate physiotherapy, targeted at flexibility in the affected area and strength on the unaffected side, such patients can get through several decades, walking hesitatingly, with the use of canes and other assistive devices. As these courageous persons age, mobility issues become even more problematic than for the rest of us.

You can view collections of verses on this topic by proceeding to "Nurse-Verse: PATIENTS and their MALADIES" on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE!

December 28, 2023

DEC 28, pill-poppin' poems: antimalarial


You can view informative verses like this one in a wider context by proceeding to the collection "Pill-Popping Poems (selected pharmaceuticals)" on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE! 

Also, please check out the Lancet's concurrent study on the acute use of antimalarial drugs as published online  at
Or, check this link to the story in the Washington Post.

b) current birdie-pic

northern cardinal

December 27, 2023

DEC 27, poetic non-sequitur: cumulative song


a) reprise from December 27, 2020

DEC 27, non-sequitur: cumulative song

 Authors' Note:  The cumulative song "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" was created by two Canadian folksong aficionados in 1952, and then recorded by Burl Ives in 1953.  Other well-known cumulative songs which are traditional include "Old MacDonald had a Farm" and "The Green Grass Grew All Around".

 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.

b) current birdie-pic
poolside, late afternoon
at the Ibis Hotel

December 26, 2023

DEC 26, Canadiana: Haida Gwaii

reprise from December 2020

DEC 30, Canadiana: Haida Gwaii


Authors' Note:

snowbird: a Canadian retiree seeking a warmer venue to spend the wintry months

  The Queen Charlotte Islands are a Canadian archipelago situated between the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island and the Alaska Panhandle, with landmass one-third that of the Hawaiian Islands (the latter located considerably further south). They had been the heartland of the aboriginal Haida people, who numbered thirty thousand at the time of first contact with European explorers in the eighteenth century. Their territory has a unique environment based on moderate temperatures and heavy rainfall. The province of British Columbia renamed the islands Haida Gwaii (HIE-duh GWIE[-ee], "islands of the people") in 2010.

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

December 25, 2023

DEC 25, Xmas post


reprise from December 25, 2020

DEC 25, holiday verse: every Adventuality


Incidental Photo:

decoration of a gingerbread house

December 24, 2023

DEC 24, postal places, Canada: Red Deer AB

Authors' Note: AB is the official abbreviation for the Canadian province of Alberta, in which the city of Red Deer, population 100,000, is located mid-way between the province's two main cities of Calgary and Edmonton.

Prior to the arrival of European settlers, aboriginals had called a local stream "Elk River". European settlers renamed it as "Red Deer River" after the more familiar Eurasian species, and founded a village there in 1894, at a river crossing used by Fort Normandeau, a stockade stronghold in the Northwest Rebellion of 1885. The town of Red Deer expanded dramatically during the 1940s owing to the discovery of major Albertan oil and natural gas reserves

If you want to know more about the Canadian province of Alberta, ask speedysnail, author of the OEDILFian poem Alberta.

 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 !

December 23, 2023

DEC 23, classic palindrome: 'Yreka Bakery'


a) reprise from December 23, 2020

DEC 23, classic palindrome: 'Yreka bakery'

You can review these illustrated verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Reversing Verse: Limericks About Classic Palindromes' on the full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'. 


b) Seasonal photo:

seasonal lighting at City Hall

December 22, 2023

DEC 22, waterfowl: brown pelicans


a) reprise from December 2020:  


b) recent birdie-pic 

 software-enhanced photo (January 2024)

You can review illustrated verses like these in a wider context by proceeding to 'Immersible Verse: Limericks about Waterfowl' on the full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". 

December 21, 2023

DEC 21, submitted palindromes, targeted: "DENNIS SINNED."

For word nerds like us, who adore palindromes, hours of delight await  on our blog "Edifying Nonsense".

First of all, there  is a series of posts, on the 25th of each month (2020 through 2024) featuring collections of "submitted palindromes", attributable to the contributing authors shown above, constituting a loosely organized compendium of intriguing back and forth phrases; frequently, these are inspired by the "classic" palindrome repertoire, as is the case in today's offering as shown in the above slide.

Then, on the 20th of each month, original topic-based collections of wordplay items are displayed, often as "wordplay maps". These include anagrams and other forms of wordplay in addition to palindromes. However, the latter lexical device is honored in major outpourings including "New World Palindromes", "Old World Palindromes", "Magical Palindromes" and even a post on "The Meaning of Life as Revealed in Palindromes". 

The first three posts of each month on "Edifying Nonsense", (on the 5th, 10th and 15th), are the repository of short poetic verses, mostly limericks and "limerrhoids",  the majority of which have gone through rigorous collaborative editing on an online site. But even there, wordplay, particularly palindromes, are honored and discussed. So you can, by following the links, find some five collections (with eight verses each),  dealing  with the "Classic Palindrome Repertoire", not to mention extensions displaying terse verses about the fabled "Palindrome Valley" and parodies about the "Panama Canal". 

And, even further, there is under construction a group of parody-songs honoring the classic palindromes. The song lyrics will be posted here, on this blog ("Daily Illustrated Nonsense") and also, with more musical direction on "Silly Songs and Satire." We will update you when that project has been completed, but if you insist, you could sneak an advance peak at the song "Sin and Redemption".  

b) current birdie-pic

northern cardinal

December 20, 2023

DEC 20 (2023), singable satire: "AVITAMINOSES"



ORIGINAL SONG"The Twelve Days of Christmas", traditional carol, of English or possibly French origin, published in its current known form by Frederic Austin 1909.
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, January, 2016. 
PARODY-SONGLINK: To find ukulele and guitar chord-charts to help you accompany "The AVITAMINOSES" on your favorite instrument, click HERE.

This parody-song is just in time for the  Twelvetide.  
Recently there has been some emphasis on the excessive use of multi-vitamin supplementation pills in the general population. But, many of our processed foods are already enriched with these essential chemical nutrients, and freedom from vitamin-deficiency diseases (avitaminoses), such as rickets, beriberi and pellagra is a gift for all mankind.
The pronunciation of the chemical names is a bit difficult, and for some of them, alteration from the typical was necessary to fit the meter of the original; these instances have been flagged by capital letters indicating the vowels which require unusual emphasis; e.g. ribOflavin, pEllagra. 
The bracketed material is included for edification and for comparison with the original lyrics, and is not meant to be sung. In the second verse, (?)indicates cases in which a clinical deficiency state is not certain.  


(to the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas"- final verse)

Twelve funky diet factors,
Funk named them vitamine *:
(12.) Ascorbic Acid (vit C)
(11.) Retinol’s good for vision (vit A)
(10.) Cholecalcif’rol (vit D)
(9.) Alpha-tocoph’rol (vit E)
(8.) K – phylloquinone (vit K)
(7.) Hydroxo-cobal’min (vit B12)
(6.) Then, Folic Acid (vit B9)
(5.) Next, bIOtIn  (vit B7)
(4.) PantOthenate (vit B5)
(3.) Niacin (vit B3)
(2.) RibOflavin (vit B2)
(1.) And the first ‘B’ known as ThiamIne (vit B1)

For each vitamin, twelve-odd,
Its lack will cause disease:
C-lack gives scurvy
A-absence gives night blindness
Rickets and fractures (vit D)
‘Oxidative damage’? (Vit E)
K-lack gives bleeding
C. Eijkman 1929
Nobel Prize in Physiology
discovery of anti-neuritic factor (B1):
commemorative stamp 
Anemia pernicious (vit B12)
Fetal malformations (vit B9)
Low fertIl-I-tY? (vit B7)
NeurOpathy? (vit B5)
PEllagra (vit B3)
Amplifies B3 (vit B2)
Brain disorders and beriberI. (vit B1)

A dozen Nobel Prizes
Awards in Chemistry,
And Med’cine and Physiology.

* Casimir Funk, working to elaborate the 'antineuritic' property of rice bran for potential therapeutic use in beriberi, isolated a substance that he called 'vitamine' as it contained an amino- chemical group.  

December 19, 2023

DEC 19, ambulatory verse: falter

You can review all our verses on this topic, accumulated for you on our companion blog "Edifying Nonsense", by clicking HERE.

b) recent birdie-pic

great egret, hunting

December 18, 2023

DEC 18, defining opinion: hoot


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.