Saturday, September 30, 2006

haiku (for Law Girl)


Don't be content with

your content. The horizon

can show you more sky!

(Click on photo to enlarge.)

OneWord - so little time [content]

Being content with the content of my life does not mean I can become complacent. I must continue to grow and to change the colors and accessories of my mind. I want to experience everything in my little universe and then branch out in to alternate ones whether parallel or perpendicular.

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Thanks for the homonym, Law Girl!

The Pick Osquer's OneWord Contest...

It's time for the daily OneWord contest to pick a word for me to write about. The first person to post a word in the comments wins. The prize is that I will use your word for my OneWord post. I will also write a haiku especially for you! I've got my sixty second timer set to go. Someone give me the word!

One of the best things about www.oneword.com for me was the fascination of being able to read other people's perspectives on the same word. So, if anyone out there would like to play along at home, I'd love it if you posted your own OneWord entry in the comments. Just set a sixty second timer (or guesstimate about a minute) and write whatever comes to your mind about the winning word for today. As they say on www.oneword.com (when it works) "Don't think. Just write." Then share your thoughts in the comments to my OneWord post. I'd love to see what you have to say!

Fibonacci Poem


Spam

can

be a

tasty treat

but the show last night

was so deliciously cheesy!

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(We saw Spamalot last night and it was fantastic!)

Photo by: Lucifer

Friday, September 29, 2006

haiku (for Steeler Chick)

Autumn entices,

her colors a treat. I will

not fall for her tricks!

OneWord - so little time [autumn]

Autumn walked with shuffling steps through the empty parking lot. She reached once more into her pocket and pulled out the note that had been slipped through the vent slots of her locker. It said, "Have a nice trip! See you next fall! Love Bobby." Love Bobby? She'd been doing that since they'd met in second grade! It was going to be a long summer!

* * * * * * *

A timely word, Steeler Chick, thanks!

The Pick Osquer's OneWord Contest...

It's time for the daily OneWord contest to pick a word for me to write about. The first person to post a word in the comments wins. The prize is that I will use your word for my OneWord post. I will also write a haiku especially for you! I've got my sixty second timer set to go. Someone give me the word!

One of the best things about www.oneword.com for me was the fascination of being able to read other people's perspectives on the same word. So, if anyone out there would like to play along at home, I'd love it if you posted your own OneWord entry in the comments. Just set a sixty second timer (or guesstimate about a minute) and write whatever comes to your mind about the winning word for today. As they say on www.oneword.com (when it works) "Don't think. Just write." Then share your thoughts in the comments to my OneWord post. I'd love to see what you have to say!

55 Fiction Friday


Iris shifted a cask of Amontillado away from the wall and knelt in the deep drifts of dust covering the cellar floor. She pulled desperately at a certain baseboard in the corner of the sprawling, low ceilinged room. Finally she was able to pry the wood away revealing a deep hollow in the crumbling stone.

[FIRST] [PREVIOUS] (to be continued...)

Thursday, September 28, 2006

haiku (for Paperback Writer)


What do the tea leaves

say to me? They tell me I

need a new tea bag.

OneWord - so little time [tea]

I wrapped my freezing fingers around the mug and inhaled the scent of bergamot from my Earl Grey. Ahh! Tea! I can completely understand the English tradition of putting the kettle on whenever there's a crisis! I feel so much better already!

* * * * * * *

Soothing word, Paperback Writer, thank you!

The Pick Osquer's OneWord Contest...

It's time for the daily OneWord contest to pick a word for me to write about. The first person to post a word in the comments wins. The prize is that I will use your word for my OneWord post. I will also write a haiku especially for you! I've got my sixty second timer set to go. Someone give me the word!

One of the best things about www.oneword.com for me was the fascination of being able to read other people's perspectives on the same word. So, if anyone out there would like to play along at home, I'd love it if you posted your own OneWord entry in the comments. Just set a sixty second timer (or guesstimate about a minute) and write whatever comes to your mind about the winning word for today. As they say on www.oneword.com (when it works) "Don't think. Just write." Then share your thoughts in the comments to my OneWord post. I'd love to see what you have to say!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Things To Do On Your One Month Anniversary...

Photo by: Jay - Pittsburgh, PA - September 25, 2006


1. Humor your girlfriend. When she jumps into the fountain you visited on your first date, roll up your pantlegs and get in the water...even if it is 30 degrees colder out than it was a month ago!

Photo by: Osquer - Pittsburgh, PA - September 25, 2006

(Click on photos to enlarge.)

haiku (for Tally-dog)


Guardian of the

computer lies like a Sphinx

and gets underfoot.

haiku (for Anonymous and Jericho)

An anonymous

person with a purpose can

be quite intriguing.

TwoWords - So Little Time [anonymous/purpose]

Her contact remained anonymous on purpose. The less she knew about him, the less she could reveal if she were ultimately captured. She didn't even know his name. What he didn't realize was that she knew him better than he knew himself. She knew the shapes his mouth made when he spoke. She knew the arch of his eyebrow, the creases around his nose. She even knew his heart, though she would reveal that to no one...not even him.
* * * * * * *
Two great words that go great together. Because Blogger was being Blogger earlier and not revealing comments immediately, I decided to declare this one a tie and use both of your words, Anonymous and Jericho.

The Pick Osquer's OneWord Contest...

It's time for the daily OneWord contest to pick a word for me to write about. The first person to post a word in the comments wins. The prize is that I will use your word for my OneWord post. I will also write a haiku especially for you! I've got my sixty second timer set to go. Someone give me the word!

One of the best things about www.oneword.com for me was the fascination of being able to read other people's perspectives on the same word. So, if anyone out there would like to play along at home, I'd love it if you posted your own OneWord entry in the comments. Just set a sixty second timer (or guesstimate about a minute) and write whatever comes to your mind about the winning word for today. As they say on www.oneword.com (when it works) "Don't think. Just write." Then share your thoughts in the comments to my OneWord post. I'd love to see what you have to say!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

haiku (for Steeler Chick)

An oracle would

say the season ain't over

until it's over.

haiku


As I seek brightness

this autumn afternoon, I

find that mums the word.

(Click on photo to enlarge.)

OneWord - so little time [oracle]

No oracle could have fortold my destiny. The path I set out on as a child took a hairpin turn some time ago. It forked and twisted until I couldn't even tell if I was following the same map. Now I don't worry so much about where my feet are headed. As long as I'm still moving forward I'm at least making progress. Feet on the ground and head in the clouds suits me just fine!

* * * * * * *

Thanks again, Steeler Chick for a very telling word!

The Pick Osquer's OneWord Contest...

It's time for the daily OneWord contest to pick a word for me to write about. The first person to post a word in the comments wins. The prize is that I will use your word for my OneWord post. I will also write a haiku especially for you! I've got my sixty second timer set to go. Someone give me the word!

One of the best things about www.oneword.com for me was the fascination of being able to read other people's perspectives on the same word. So, if anyone out there would like to play along at home, I'd love it if you posted your own OneWord entry in the comments. Just set a sixty second timer (or guesstimate about a minute) and write whatever comes to your mind about the winning word for today. As they say on www.oneword.com (when it works) "Don't think. Just write." Then share your thoughts in the comments to my OneWord post. I'd love to see what you have to say!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Haiku - Photo: Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium - September 17, 2006 - Ring Tailed Lemur


His whole body is

a question mark. What was that

sound in the bushes?

haiku (for Jay)

Photo: Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, PA - September 3, 2006

two red faces lean

close in the garden shadows

deep blushes and sighs

(Click on photo to enlarge.)

haiku (for Jay)


We walked on the shore

where we met a month ago

and held hands again.

(Click on photo to enlarge.)

haiku (for Rob)

May an ebullient

nature keep you from despair

of technology!

OneWord - so little time [despair]

I couldn't tell if it was my blurry contacts in need of rewetting drops or my clumsy fingers in need of rest and shaking out, but my inablilty to successfully deal with CAPTCHAs was beginning to cause despair. Maybe I just needed a nap...zzzzzzzzzzzzz...

* * * * * * *

What was your original word, Rob?

The Pick Osquer's OneWord Contest...

It's time for the daily OneWord contest to pick a word for me to write about. The first person to post a word in the comments wins. The prize is that I will use your word for my OneWord post. I will also write a haiku especially for you! I've got my sixty second timer set to go. Someone give me the word!

One of the best things about www.oneword.com for me was the fascination of being able to read other people's perspectives on the same word. So, if anyone out there would like to play along at home, I'd love it if you posted your own OneWord entry in the comments. Just set a sixty second timer (or guesstimate about a minute) and write whatever comes to your mind about the winning word for today. As they say on www.oneword.com (when it works) "Don't think. Just write." Then share your thoughts in the comments to my OneWord post. I'd love to see what you have to say!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

haiku - Photo: Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, PA - September 3, 2006


Peaceful dreams murmur

in the sanctuary of

my welcoming bed.

(Click on photo to enlarge.)

haiku - Photo: Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium - September 17, 2006 - Female Black Howler Monkey (Alouatta caraya)


She is the maiden

all forlorn, banished from the

jungle that Jack burnt.

(Click on photo to enlarge.)

haiku (for Steeler Chick)


Lissome heroes in

black and gold must be swift and

strong to win the day!

haiku - garlic chives


Aren't they pretty

flowers? Well, they certainly

are pretty stinky!


(Click on photo to enlarge.)

OneWord - so little time [lissome]

I watched the faded leaf wind its way on the breeze through the stalks of my garden with a lissome grace that belied its deceased nature. It's shabby beauty traced a melancholy smile on my lips which sighed to see the year so matured.

* * * * * * *

Fall is such a bittersweet time of year. Thanks for a pliant word, Steeler Chick!

The Pick Osquer's OneWord Contest...

It's time for the daily OneWord contest to pick a word for me to write about. The first person to post a word in the comments wins. The prize is that I will use your word for my OneWord post. I will also write a haiku especially for you! I've got my sixty second timer set to go. Someone give me the word!

One of the best things about www.oneword.com for me was the fascination of being able to read other people's perspectives on the same word. So, if anyone out there would like to play along at home, I'd love it if you posted your own OneWord entry in the comments. Just set a sixty second timer (or guesstimate about a minute) and write whatever comes to your mind about the winning word for today. As they say on www.oneword.com (when it works) "Don't think. Just write." Then share your thoughts in the comments to my OneWord post. I'd love to see what you have to say!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

haiku


Mama goldfinch wears

her light fall coat. The kids have

all gone off to school.


(Click on photo to enlarge.)

haiku - Photo: Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, PA September 3, 2006


Stars of the garden

blush bright red under the gaze

of the summer sun.


(Click on photo to enlarge.)

haiku - Photo: Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium - September 17, 2006


With my paws in the

sun and my nose in shadow

I dream of snowfields.


(Click on photo to enlarge.)

haiku (for Paperback Writer)

With new years come new

possibilities. This year

each moment is new!

OneWord - so little time [year]

"Gosh," I mumbled bitterly to myself, "It seems like I've been doing this for a year!" the back and forth motion of my hands with the scrub brush had become a bit hypnotic. I shook my head to clear my thoughts and looked back over my shoulder to see how far I'd come. Half of the room lay behind me. Did that mean the room was half filthy or half clean?

* * * * * * *

Thanks, Paperback Writer! Now this one isn't a true story. I've done little today except the prep work for tonight's dinner - quiche. Mmmmm cheddar and bacon! Oh, well, back to the kitchen, I have onions to saute.

The Pick Osquer's OneWord Contest...

It's time for the daily OneWord contest to pick a word for me to write about. The first person to post a word in the comments wins. The prize is that I will use your word for my OneWord post. I will also write a haiku especially for you! I've got my sixty second timer set to go. Someone give me the word!

One of the best things about www.oneword.com for me was the fascination of being able to read other people's perspectives on the same word. So, if anyone out there would like to play along at home, I'd love it if you posted your own OneWord entry in the comments. Just set a sixty second timer (or guesstimate about a minute) and write whatever comes to your mind about the winning word for today. As they say on www.oneword.com (when it works) "Don't think. Just write." Then share your thoughts in the comments to my OneWord post. I'd love to see what you have to say!

Friday, September 22, 2006

I didn't plan on having an "Odd Things I Spot From My Car" series, but here we are...


I don't know. You tell me. Is this hitch cover

A. cute

B. amusing

C. disturbing

What do you think?

haiku - Photo: Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, PA September 3, 2006


Tranquil surfaces

disturbed by growing beauty

become more sublime.


(Click on photo to enlarge)

haiku (for LeftUnsaid27)

Photo by: Osquer

Sometimes a novel

perspective can really turn

my world upside down.



Photo by: Jay

(Click on photos to enlarge.)

Photos: Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium - September 17, 2006

55 Fiction Friday


Iris crept cautiously through the dilapidated cottage, afraid if she allowed herself to breath she might hyperventilate. She'd never been more excited! Not even when she'd first set foot in America only months after the last time she'd been in this house! She found herself looking down a steep staircase into a cold, dark basement.

[FIRST] [PREVIOUS] (to be continued...)

OneWord - so little time [novel]

Something going efficiently at work was such a novel concept for me that at first I didn't realize what was happening. I was so used to rushing around trying to put out fires and turn back floods which wouldn't have helped with the fires anyway that when everyone went where they were supposed to and did what they were supposed to, I think my brain actually had to reboot...


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True story. Thanks for a versatile word, LeftUnsaid27!

The Pick Osquer's OneWord Contest...

It's time for the daily OneWord contest to pick a word for me to write about. The first person to post a word in the comments wins. The prize is that I will use your word for my OneWord post. I will also write a haiku especially for you! I've got my sixty second timer set to go. Someone give me the word!

One of the best things about www.oneword.com for me was the fascination of being able to read other people's perspectives on the same word. So, if anyone out there would like to play along at home, I'd love it if you posted your own OneWord entry in the comments. Just set a sixty second timer (or guesstimate about a minute) and write whatever comes to your mind about the winning word for today. As they say on www.oneword.com (when it works) "Don't think. Just write." Then share your thoughts in the comments to my OneWord post. I'd love to see what you have to say!

Thursday, September 21, 2006

haiku (for Jay)

Photo: Phipps Conservatory - September 3, 2006


I'll meet him in a

forest glade and we'll let dreams

run away with us.


(Click on photo to enlarge.)

haiku - Lion To His Lioness

Photos: Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium - September 17, 2006


"I could not be more

content than to lie here with

my head on your butt."


"Hey! Where'd you go?"

(Click on photos to enlarge.)

haiku (for Captain Jean-Luc Picard)

A ship's captain must

strive to be both elegant

and formidable.

What the...?

Please don't ask me to explain the following photos because I can't. All I know is, there I was at a red light in the West End Circle when I turned my head and saw this guy:


That's right. He's wearing a wetsuit and carrying a set of fins.


He had no gear that I could see and apparently no vehicle. I can tell you he was walking in the direction away from the river. For those not familiar with Pittsburgh, the West End Circle is an intersection at the end of the West End Bridge which crosses the Ohio River just downstream from Pittsburgh. However, this location is not particularly close to the water. He didn't look wet to me. His gait was steady and unhurried. He seemed perfectly aware of traffic. I have no idea what he was doing there.


(Click on photos to enlarge.)

OneWord - so little time [elegant]

He looked so elegant in his dress uniform that I nearly melted. Of course, the red roses didn't hurt his case any. That and the fact that I was just sixteen made the attention from this young sailor beyond flattering. With butterflies ranging from my heart to my stomach and back again, I placed my trembling, chilled hand through his arm. Whatever else happened on this date was irrelevant. I'd already been swept off my eager and inexperienced feet.

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Thanks Captain Picard for helping me find a lovely memory of my youth!

The Pick Osquer's OneWord Contest...

It's time for the daily OneWord contest to pick a word for me to write about. The first person to post a word in the comments wins. The prize is that I will use your word for my OneWord post. I will also write a haiku especially for you! I've got my sixty second timer set to go. Someone give me the word!

One of the best things about www.oneword.com for me was the fascination of being able to read other people's perspectives on the same word. So, if anyone out there would like to play along at home, I'd love it if you posted your own OneWord entry in the comments. Just set a sixty second timer (or guesstimate about a minute) and write whatever comes to your mind about the winning word for today. As they say on www.oneword.com (when it works) "Don't think. Just write." Then share your thoughts in the comments to my OneWord post. I'd love to see what you have to say!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

I notice they're not advertising absolutely the best grammar!


haiku (for Steeler Chick)

She stood there with her

emotions akimbo while

his gaze stained her cheek.

haiku


The flowered crowns of

pixies are more precious than

mankind's jewels and gold.

Photo: Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, PA - Spetember 3, 2006

haiku - Photos: Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium - Sept. 17, 2006

Jellies in gauze gowns

Photo by: Osquer

swirl their melancholy waltz

Photo by: Osquer

on the glass dance floor.

Photo by: Jay

(Click on photos to enlarge.)

OneWord - so little time [akimbo]

She stood there, arms akimbo, exhibiting all the attitude that could only be contained in the body of a six year old girl. I was too far away to hear her words, but it was clear by her stance and the movements of her head that she was tearing those playground bullies a new one! When she had finished her diatribe, she took the hand of the little boy they'd been picking on and lead him away for a quiet swing on the swing-set.

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Thanks, Steeler Chick, good word! This post is a tribute to the granddaughter of a co-worker of mine who has shown herself to be a schoolyard heroine!

The Pick Osquer's OneWord Contest...

It's time for the daily OneWord contest to pick a word for me to write about. The first person to post a word in the comments wins. The prize is that I will use your word for my OneWord post. I will also write a haiku especially for you! I've got my sixty second timer set to go. Someone give me the word!

One of the best things about www.oneword.com for me was the fascination of being able to read other people's perspectives on the same word. So, if anyone out there would like to play along at home, I'd love it if you posted your own OneWord entry in the comments. Just set a sixty second timer (or guesstimate about a minute) and write whatever comes to your mind about the winning word for today. As they say on www.oneword.com (when it works) "Don't think. Just write." Then share your thoughts in the comments to my OneWord post. I'd love to see what you have to say!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

haiku - Photos: Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium - September 17, 2006 - Lion Fish

Photo by: Osquer

I feel fierce today.

I feel proud and flamboyant.

I am fantastic!

Photo by: Jay

(Click on photos to enlarge.)

haiku


The sun blushes bright

but still peeks just above the

horizon...plays coy.

(Click on photo to enlarge.)