Monday, 30 March 2015


Shot in Joshua Tree National Park and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest during the Perseid meteor shower. Features ancient trees, lightning, rainbows, meteors, the Milky Way, and lots of stars. Enjoy!  Ascendance is a tribute to nature's unpredictable power and beauty. The photographer went out to film the Perseid meteor shower but encountered so much more. When you are out there, you never know for sure what nature will bring. Always be ready for a magical experience.

The wonderful view from our window in Cuenca, Ecuador

Thursday, 19 March 2015

I'm Just an Expert at Being Confused

The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas. ~ Linus Pauling, #quote  

Perceptions are formed by an ounce of information, and changed by a ton. ~ Unknown #quote

Jack is the most common name in nursery rhymes. #factoid    

Close the door! You don't live in a barn. #Momism    

The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases. #factoid

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson #quote     

Death is life's way of telling you you're fired #bumperstickers      
Kiss me, I'm toxic #bumperstickers                                      
You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive. #justajoke     
Love is the best thing in the world, and the thing that lives the longest. ~ Henry Van Dyke #quote

Be prepared to accept a wondrous opportunity in the days ahead! #fortunecookiesayings    
No Sense Being Pessimistic. It Wouldn’t Work Anyway. #bumperstickers   
Eating a packet of crisps a day is equivalent to drinking five liters of cooking oil a year. #factoid

I owe much; I have nothing; the rest I leave to the poor. ~ François Rabelais #famouslastwords 

You can go out to play after you pick up your room. #Momism

Laughter, cries and all that is wise #bumperstickers                                       
Quiet brain or I'll poke you with another Q-tip #bumpersticker

Diplomacy Is Saying “Nice Doggy” Until You Find A Rock #bumperstickers     

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own. ~ Salvatore Quasimodo #poetryquotes  
If our goal is to write poetry, the only way we are likely to be any good is to try to be as great as the best. - Donald Hall #quote    
A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. #justajoke       

Well, people in Hades want ice water, but do you see me with a pitcher? #Momism  
What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matter compared to what lies within us. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson #quote    
I'm not a psychiatrist; I'm just an expert at being confused #bumperstickers                                      
Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest #factoid     

Don't drive and derive. Alcohol and calculus don't mix #bumperstickers  
The word 'testify' derived from a time when men were required to swear on their testicles #ENGlanguage  

As fit as a fiddle #englishlanguageidiom                                      
Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave me the hell alone. #sarcasticsayings  

A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose - a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve. ~ John Maxwell #quote 
Beavers ~ a colony of beavers; a family of beavers. #factoid #collectivenoun     
Anything we said six or eight months ago is inadmissible in an argument. All comments become null and void after seven days. #ifmenwrotetherules

Huked on foniks werkd fer me #bumperstickers                                    

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Mead #quote  
If you have something to say, raise your hand and place it over your mouth #bumperstickers  
You made your bed, now lie in it. #Momism                                      
He who laughs last is laughing at you. #fortunecookiesayings

You can't find it? Well, I can't find it for you - I'm not the maid! #Momism  
I swerve for cats #bumperstickers    
Bent out of shape ~ Getting worked up, aggravated, or overly annoyed at something that usually cannot be helped  #ENGidioms                                       


Saturday, 14 March 2015

Pi Day 2015

1. Discovery of pi

The ancient Babylonians knew of pi's existence nearly 4,000 years ago. A Babylonian tablet from between 1900 and 1680 B.C. calculates pi as 3.125, and the Rhind Mathematical Papyrus of 1650 B.C., a famous Egyptian mathematical document, lists a value of 3.1605. The King James Bible (I Kings 7:23) gives an approximation of pi in cubits, an archaic unit of length corresponding to the length of the forearm from the elbow to the middle finger tip (estimated at about 18 inches). The Greek mathematician Archimedes (287-212 B.C.) approximated pi using the Pythagorean theorem, a geometric relationship between the length of a triangle's sides, and the area of polygons inside and outside of circles.

2. There's a pi "language"

Literary nerds invented a dialect known as Pilish, in which the numbers of letters in successive words match the digits of pi. For example, Mike Keith wrote the book "Not a Wake" (Vinculum Press , 2010) entirely in Pilish:

Now I fall, a tired suburbian in liquid under the trees, Drifting alongside forests simmering red in the twilight over Europe.

("Now" has three letters, "I" has one letter, "fall" has four letters, and so on.)

3. Memorizing pi

Number enthusiasts have memorized many digits of pi. Many people use mnemonic techniques, known as piphilology, to help them remember. Often, they use poems written in Pilish (in which the number of letters in each word corresponds to a digit of pi), such as this excerpt:

How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy lectures involving quantum mechanics.

The record for the most digits of pi memorized belongs to Chao Lu, of China, who recited pi from memory to 67,890 places in 2005, according to The Guinness World Records.

4. Pi-ramid at Giza

The publisher and writer John Taylor first proposed the idea that Egypt's Great Pyramid at Giza, built around 2589 to 2566 B.C., was designed based on pi. Taylor found that dividing the perimeter of the pyramid of its base by its height produces a number that is close to 2*pi. Other people have since made the link between the Great Pyramid and pi as well, although it may not have been intentional. 5. Computing pi It's easy to calculate pi by measuring the circumference, or the distance around the edge of a circular or curved object, and the diameter of several circles, and computing the slope (circumference divided by diameter). Computers can get even more accurate measurements. As of December 2013, according to, computers calculated pi to a record 12 trillion digits.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Warning: Dates in Calendar are Closer than they Appear

It doesn't matter. Who is without a flaw? #fortunecookiesayings
The fortune cookie was invented in San Francisco #factoid
High beams were made to piss people off #bumperstickers      
In 1527,  John Rut of St. John's, Newfoundland, sent a letter to King Henry VIII—the first letter sent from North America. #factoid  
Life isn't fair. #Momism
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.  (Sign hanging in Albert Einstein's office at Princeton) #quote  

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ~ The Dalai Lama #quote
Short words are best and the old words when short are best of all. ~  Winston Churchill #quote

The most common disease is tooth decay #factoid

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do. #aDogsAdvice      

Your flair for the creative takes an important place in your life. #fortunecookiesayings                                      
Getting on your feet requires getting off your butt #bumperstickers                                      
Your heart is a place to draw true happiness. #fortunecookiesayings                                      

42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot. #justajoke                                      
When opossums are playing 'possum', they are not playing. They actually pass out from sheer terror. #factoid                                      
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. #factoid                                      

Don't use that tone with me! #Momism

I’m Not A Complete Idiot; Some Parts Are Missing #bumperstickers                                      

And sometimes when you turn, there is a shoulder to lean upon, a smile to believe in, a hand to hold. Those are the times your faith in the world is restored. ~  Nirvikar Dahiya #quote
The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time. ~ Abraham Lincoln #quote

It's not your circumstances that shape you, it's how you react to your circumstances. ~ Anne Ortlund #quote                                    

Mrs. James Brown once tried to get out of a traffic ticket by claiming she was entitled to diplomatic immunity for being married to the "ambassador of soul". #factoid

It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow. ~ Robert H. Goddard #quote  
Laugh alone and the world thinks you're an idiot #bumperstickers      
One will never again look at a birch tree, after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way. ~ Paul Muldoon #poetryquotes

Running away? Is that a threat or a promise? #Momism 
I think, therefore I'm dangerous #bumperstickers

Sharks can sense a drop of blood from 4km (2.5miles) away #factoids

When people are snoring, they're not dreaming. #factoid

I WANT YOU to stay far away from me #bumperstickers

Warning: Dates in Calendar are closer than they appear #bumperstickers

The Mona Lisa used to hang on the wall of Napoleon’s bedroom. #factoid                                      
During World War One, the future Pope John XXIII was a sergeant in the Italian Army. #factoid

I think these difficult times have helped me understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that so many things that one goes around worrying about are of no importance whatsoever. ~ Isak Dinesen #quote

Double-Double - Said when ordering a coffee; indicating two creams and two sugars. #CanadianSlang  

Have you ever had deja vu?  Have you ever had deja vu? #bumperstickers  
The harder I work, the luckier I get. – Samuel Goldwyn #quote

Skiing is the only word with double i #factoid
Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment. ~ Carl Sandburg #poetryquotes  

Saturday, 7 March 2015

A Poet's Work

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. ~ Plutarch #poetryquotes                                      
If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. ~ Milton Berle #quote                                      
We all have a few failures under our belt. It's what makes us ready for the successes. ~ Randy K. Milholland #quote                                  
A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep. ~ Salman Rushdie #poetryquotes  

Ferrets ~ A Business  of ferrets; A Busyness of ferrets. #factoid #collectivenouns                                      

You will inherit some money or a small piece of land. #fortunecookiesayings
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen. ~ Albert Einstein #quote

Rattled - When someone is embarrassed or angry. A term hardly unique to Canada. #CanadianSlang

Who are you going with? Do I know them? #Momism

There is no better test of a man's integrity than his behavior when he is wrong. – Unknown #quote

You're such a Muggle #bumperstickers                                    
What comes from the heart goes to the heart. ~ Samuel Coleridge #quote
To succeed in politics, it is often necessary to rise above your principles. #justajoke  
To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. ~ Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) #quote

One plain milk chocolate candy bar has more protein than a banana. #factoid    

To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life. ~  Johnson #quote                                      
Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry. ~ Muriel Rukeyser #poetryquotes                                      
Life is like a ten speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use. ~ Charles Schultz #quote                                      
Rink Rat - Someone who spends a lot of time on an ice rink. #CanadianSlang                                      
Some people have more bones in their feet than others. #factoid                                      
Isn't it past your bedtime? #Momism 

If you were to spell out numbers, you would you have to go until 1,000 until you would find the letter "A". #factoid

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer. – Henry David Thoreau #quote  
I don't find it hard to meet expenses. They're everywhere #bumperstickers     
Life may suck, but it beats the alternative #bumperstickers

Luther Crowell invented the paper bag in 1867. #factoid 

Be off one's trolley #englishlanguageidiom     

Be a basket case – to be crazy #englishlanguageidiom                                      
The measure of a man's character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out. ~ Thomas Babington Macaulay #quote               

Dr. Seuss and Kurt Vonnegut went to college together. They were even in the same fraternity, where Seuss decorated the fraternity house walls with drawings of his strange characters #factoid  
You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats. ~  Colonial American Proverb #quotes #cats  
Women blink nearly twice as much as men. #factoid

Moisture, not air, causes super glue to dry. #factoid     

Conserve water - Shower with a friend #bumperstickers

Your everlasting patience will be rewarded sooner or later. #fortunecookiesaying

Assuming current population growths remain constant: by the year 3550 the total human population will have the same mass as the earth; assuming the average person is 60 kg (132 pounds). #factoid

New York contains 920 km (571 miles) of shoreline #factoids

A poem can have an impact, but you can't expect an audience to understand all the nuances. ~ Douglas Dunn #poetryquotes    

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling. ~ Oscar Wilde #poetryquotes                                      
Every time I've done something that doesn't feel right, it's ended up not being right. ~ Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York #quote 

Someone is going to end up crying. #Momism                                       
I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in. #truefactsoflife

In most advertisements, including newspapers, the time displayed on watch is 10:10. #factoid  
Be good. #Momism     
Heck is for people that don't believe in Gosh #bumperstickers