Sunday, October 25, 2015

Coin Toss Haikus

Life’s crossroads begin
As sperm and egg unite - sex?
A toss of the coin
In reality, the choice of what sex a child will have when they are born are currently up to the genes that get activated when the egg and the sperm exchange DNA. Unless there is human interference, it's all up to luck - which sperm gets to the egg first, what genes it is carrying are active, how all that interacts with the genes in the egg - hundreds of variables. No wonder there can be mix ups where a boy feels like a girl or a girl feels like a boy.

New generation
Flips coin, rocks the boat, future
Societal changes

Seems like every new generation of humans wants to change the world. Sometimes for the good, sometimes for the bad, and sometimes you can't tell until after the event in question goes into effect. Each new generation affects the outlook on life and expectations for the now, and the older generation in general feels their world is falling apart around them. Therefore is strife born and old evils pop up again, as those who don't like the changes fight to keep them at bay.

Coin toss – heads or tails
Chaotic winds across the world
Herald manmade changes

Mankind is making many changes to our mother, the Earth in it's mad rush to dominate the planet. The Earth fights back in the only way open to it - eruptions, mega-storms, tsunamis, etc. Still mankind's dominance of the world continues as we learn how to alleviate the damage the Earth can cause to us. We use up more and more of the limited resources on this planet - converting the natural to manmade wants - damning other species to extinction and destroying the land on which we live.
Tossed coin falls – tail up
Stirring the currents of fate
Apocalypse now
 We will be the cause of our own destruction or will the universe respond by striking us down? Seems for all the knowledge available to us of the world, the natural processes that we need to survive, the diversity we should be embracing (human and other life forms) some of mankind takes to the dark path and tries to destroy it all. Greed, desire for power, dominance - all lead to war and atrocities. The seeds of mankind's destruction. Zombies anyone?

Head shows ascendant
Day blossoms, future is bright
got it right this time
After the dark, comes the light of day. Perhaps one of our generations will be able to evolve past the point of destruction and evil that has plagued humans for all our past historical generations. Maybe sometime in the future, if we survive ourselves and the chaotic universe, a generation will come that will lead mankind past the destructive forces that still hold sway in our societies. One can only hope.

So five coin tosses and five haikus. Which did you like the best? Which did you like the least?
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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Floozy's Dinner Party – micro story

Non-original Photo
Hello readers. I present to you a micro story. This short story is based on the words:  moon, hay, floozy. Micro stories are very short stories - in my case based on 3 to 5 words and reading exactly 100 words (per Microsoft Word's word counter). Some of you may have read the story before. So take a look at this Western horror story and let me know what you think (leave a comment):
Floozy's Dinner Party – micro story
In Tombstone, legendary town of Western dead, on Boot Hill Drive, stood Floozy’s house. It’s said, that on full moon nights, adventurers who entered disappeared never to be seen again.

Mike Hay came to town on such a night. He rode with six-shooter holstered and rifle in hand. Hay was looking for adventure and Floozy’s house, with its eerie green glow, called to him. The floozy watched him approach and called to her fellow ghouls, “dinner’s coming.”
Ignoring dire warnings from the town’s folk, Hay entered Floozy’s house. That night, Floozy’s dinner party featured long-pig roast and sparkling blood wine.


Did you like the story? Want to try your own hand at it? Use the 3 words given and write your own story if you like. Put it in comments if you wish.
Thanks to you who share this tiny piece of written art. It is appreciated.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Silky Gold Milkweed - Nature Haiku


flowers bloom, clusters
golden goblets, nectar filled
open air saloon

The silky gold milkweed flowers shown above are from a plant I deliberately grew in order to attract Monarch butterflies. Most milkweeds are considered to be weeds, hence the name. It is true they can spread all over and perhaps grow in areas where you may not want them to be. Still I just don't see how anyone can have a problem with this particular type considering the nice green leaves and beautiful flower clusters.

If you'd like to know more about these plants, take a look at the following:

Monarch Butterfly Plant with Golden Yellow Flowers (article link)

Buds ride stems upward
tomorrow's gold flower cups
attraction power
As the plant grows it sends out future flowers on stems. At the end of the stems buds form and grow. From tiny, barely visible balls of plant matter they swell in a few days into these pretty yellowish buds. Eventually they will unfold and open into a cluster of golden yellow flowers.

Monarch visits, sips
milkweed's sweet liquid sunshine
solar power up
It's not only humans that need a good breakfast or lunch. So do butterflies and the Monarch will visit the silky gold milkweed flowers often when they are in bloom. They fly from cluster to cluster sipping out the nectar that is inside each cup. This fuel provides the energy that keeps the Monarch flying and healthy. It also brings the Monarch in close proximity to the gardener who can watch it knowing she/he has contributed to the survival of the species.

Monarch protection
flows thru sap in stems & leaves
glycoside poisons

Ultimately it's all about reproduction. The monarch will not only sip the juice the milkweed produces in the flowers, but the females will also lay eggs on the underside of the leaves. They are tiny eggs, looking like grains of sand and the caterpillar that hatches out is also tiny - barely visible to the naked eye.

Give them time and they will munch the milkweed the bones and grow into two inch long multicolored fat cylinders. The survivors will head out and find a place to hang from while they change. Then a pretty Monarch butterfly will emerge to start the cycle again.


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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Coquina Seashell Flowers Seashell Craft

Coquina seashells are very pretty and their small size makes them very useful in seashell arts and crafts. They can be placed on many different materials and used to form a variety of patterns.  In this project we will use the coquina seashells to make flowers.


The coquina flowers made for this project include 5 coquina seashells and a rhinestone (color of your choice) for each seashell flower. The flowers will then be applied to a recycled candle jar (see my article on how to recycle candle jars) - making the jar useful again.
Materials (amazon link- search for needed materials)
candle jar with lid
Coquina seashells
all-purpose glue (I used standard Elmer's glue all)
hobby paint brush
accessories (I used small scallop seashells)

Use a clean candle jar with a lid. Make sure there are no cracks or chips. The one shown here is from a 16 oz scented candle, which has been recycled for arts and crafts. Although this one has clear glass, a tinted or frosted candle jar can be used as well.

Sort through your collection of seashells and pull out any coquina seashells you may have. Depending on the size of the jar you have, 20 to 30 coquina seashells will be needed. Use the seashells to make flowers with 5 petals.
Steps to the decorative jar
1. Take a rhinestone and place it on your work surface. Find 5 coquina seashells that are about the same size. Place them around the rhinestone, space them more or less evenly. There is your first flower.
2. Place the jar in front of you on its side. You may have to use something to keep it from rolling around.
3. Apply a "glob" of glue to the jar. Spread it out with your paintbrush so it forms a circle that is slightly bigger than the flower you just put together.
What's a "glob" you may ask? Well it's bigger than a drop, maybe as many as 5 drops, all in the same place. This is so when you spread the glue around it will remain wet long enough to apply the flower but not be so much glue that it runs down the side of the glass.
4. Place the flower on the glue. Start with the putting the rhinestone in the center of the circle of glue. Next place the coquina seashells around the rhinestone, just like you had them on the table. When you like what you have, sprinkle sand over the exposed glue to cover it up. Let the glue dry before going on.
5. While you wait for the glue of the first flower to dry, set up you next flower. Then go drink a cup of coffee or tea. If you move the project while the glue is still wet, the flower will try to run down the side of the glass and escape its destiny.
6. Repeat Steps 3, 4, and 5. Make as many flowers as you wish for your jar. Wait for the glue to dry between each flower.
7. Make a flower for the lid, if you are using one. Place it in the center of the lid using the same method used to place the flowers on the candle jar.
8. Scrape off any accidental glue drops and use a cloth to clean the glass between the "islands" of coquina seashell flowers.

There you have it. You just made one decorative seashell arts and crafts project using a recycled candle jar and coquina seashells in a flower design. Use the decorative jar to store things you like: other seashells, beach finds, marbles, stones, soaps, etc. Or try placing a self-contained votive candle inside and use the jar as a lantern.
As you can see, that is what I did here. I put a votive candleholder inside the jar and then inside the candleholder I placed a tea light - a vanilla scented one. When I lit the candle I got the shining light plus a very nice aroma that filled the air in the room. It looks even better in a darkened room.
Try your hand at this craft. Use different seashells or even different colored sand.
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