Saturday, October 14, 2017

Blur....

Saturday went by in a blur.

Photo taken by me at the local high school Marching Band Expo last week, my son is in his school's marching band and plays the trumpet. This was part of the performance of another high school in the expo. Each performance was amazing and unique, and it was wonderful to watch our young ones be a part of something so beautiful!

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

What
does 
happen
on Friday
scare people so much?

-@Vidya Tiru (@LadyInReadVT)
A Fibonacci poem for my Day 13 post..  (on Saturday, Day 14, barely that too!)
Image Courtesy: dogonews

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thursday Poetics and Thirteen Somethings

I am at the store, in the frozen foods section, and having stocked up on pizza, ice cream and some waffles too, guiltily thrown in a packet of the edamame as well into my cart. I reach home and lovingly place my frozen comfort foods in sight and throw in the packet of edamame towards the back.

          Edamatree

Wait, wait, don't tell me..
She forgot again, didn't she?
That I exist in this arctic freeze
Well, anyhow, welcome to thee
Now, we are three!!

That is number one edamame 
and you have met me 
we christen you edamathree
Another week and you will see
Number four in our company!


At dVerse today, Lillian is hosting and having us explore our refrigerator; and this here is my honest attempt (literally!!)

And one more poetry attempt as I look at the outside of my fridge and try two memes at once (dVerse poetry with Thursday Thirteen!) as I continue my UBC journey and to write 31 days.

Thirteen Somethings
That first mommy day gift (1)
which makes friends go awww
gives my heart a lift!
Circa 1999 - Santa Barbara - a day (2)
in paradise, it says
Wonder where I put the others away..
Kids in the same pose year after year
for a change, 
hold the basketball to your left my dear..(3)
The majestic sights of Page, a more recent vacay (4)
coupons luckily that can still be used today (5)
a recipe noted down (6)
a few nouns (7)
a stress-buster on my fridge door (8)
a yellow sunflower (9)
one random magnetic beer mug (10)
a little heart  - a virtual hug (11)
random artwork that brightens everyday (12)
and the clips make thirteen, hurray! (13)




Wednesday, October 11, 2017

3 New(er) Festivals of Lights

Into the ABC Wednesday fray I go with my first post for Round 21's letter N with a short list of new(er) wondrous festivals of lights celebrated around the world.  (and continuing my UBC journey)

The Indian festival of lights, Diwali or Deepavali (literally meaning row of lights) is right around the corner and as Indians around the world gear up to celebrate this sparkling with lights, color, love, and joy festival, I discovered other new(er) festivals of lights that are celebrated around the world.

Cultures around the world have been celebrating various forms of festivals of lights since forever now and it seems to be around winter (October through February) when many of these have been celebrated - to show that light conquers darkness!! And in that celebration is captured a spirit of community, of peace, of traditions, and togetherness. So it is heartening to know of new traditions and new festivals originating to celebrate the same.

So here are a few other festivals of light that have originated in the recent past (couple of decades at the most) that you can check out:

The Festival of Lights in Berlin: This amazingly beautiful festival (now added to my ever growing to-see-list - just like my mountainous TBR of books!) began in 2005 and has grown since then. This year's festivities are currently on with the festival ending on the 15th of October and if you want to be beamed up into the sky - Berlin is where you need to be now!! Berlin is sure to be crowded right about now - the festival had 2.2 million visitors in 2015.
You can find amazing photos of the festival here.
The Berlin TV Tower - Festival of Lights 2009
By Michael F. Mehnert (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Kobe Luminarie, Japan: Started in December 1995 to commemorate the Great Hanshin earthquake, this annual festival has since served as a symbol of hope each year and lights up to brighten hearts, all while being green too (lights use biomass to stay lit!).  2016 saw over 3 million visitors to the festival.
CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

And if you need proof of the connection between winter and festivals of lights, here is one in the southern hemisphere, Vivid Sydney, that is celebrated in May/June every year!! This festival began in 2009 as a Smart Light festival and attracted over 2.3 million visitors this year.
The Sydney skyline during Vivid Sydney 2015By Robert Montgomery [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Balloon That Hoped, Rose (again) on a New Journey

For this week's prompt over at dVerse - write a quadrille with the word 'hope' used anyway you want to. My attempt also includes some of the previous quadrille words (and today's bing home page features a balloon, albeit descending, and surely to rise once again soon someday)

I hear Hope say
Dance the fear away.
Skip-twist and it’s but an echo
Still another
            lulls the storm to a drizzle; Now, let go!
           
Your dream that was once a whisper
Now sparks-shimmers,
giggles, grins, spills open free
rising in the spring breeze