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16
May
17

The Tao of Writingbolt

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Every now and then, I get a moment of divine inspiration, a little nudge to create something special.  [Some call it “awen.”]  Today, it pushed me to make something like this.

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These are what I’d say are the five points to my being which have formed over time.  A decade or so ago, they may have been different.  I barely knew astrology before I was twenty-eight.  But, I wanted to craft something that centered and represented me.  It forms a sort of tree or Asian calligraphy character.

ART:  Associated with the heart, the core, the earth.  Like a tree, like earth is the base of certain philosophical images, art is at the root (though I’d prefer to place it at the top, reaching for the sky with no limit for potential.  I relate art to therapy (and occasionally dabble in art therapy as a psychology tool).  It’s nursing for the heart, for the soul.  It’s the life force that fuels/inspires most other actions/expressions/output.  It can be connected to martial arts (and yoga), as well.  Though it takes up the least room in the picture, it’s the biggest component.

AEROBICS:  Associated with the wind/breath (though it burns food and woe up like fire).  I didn’t think much of exercise as a kid.  But, as an adult, I see how it fits into the picture.  It used to be the trials of gym class.  Now, it’s a means of relieving stress and subconsciously improving my general well-being.  It’s the physical that balances the mental, emotional and digestive.  And, sometimes it brings that divine inspiration.  Generally, I am a hiker who likes to go “adventuring,” exploring foreign lands of interest, trusting my gut (even though my compass isn’t the best).  I’m not as interested in touring buildings as I am in ruins and relics found in natural setting.  I have equal passions for forests and beaches (but not much love for pollen, bugs or intense heat/sunshine).

ASTROLOGY:  Associated with the mind, a cloud, the sky/stars.  By far, this is no bigger than aerobics/exercise and Ayurveda/nutrition in my life.  But, it has been a key note in my ceaseless pursuit of philosophy and understanding.  It’s a good icebreaker in social/dating situations.  I’m no expert.  But then, we all are continuous students, in a way.  And, strangely, it has benefited me in tasks of memory and creative projects aplenty.

AYURVEDA:  Associated with fire, the combustible (like food), a source of energy and potential problems if not properly attended/balanced.  It’s the most recent point of the figure, something I came across after reading an article in a magazine while returning home on a flight; I later picked up a book on self-therapy which included a good portion about Ayurvedic medicine and nutrition.  And, while I’m quick to reject and slow to accept new philosophies, this one kinda made sense.  It just slipped into place, partly because it did NOT support the common medicine practices of taking pills for your ills.  It was strangely comforting.  A good fire can keep you warm; and the more I read, the more I felt warm inside.

AWEN:  And, at the center of it all, is what may be behind it all, divine inspiration, a gift from above, a complex puzzle box slowly unfolding or coming together to make greater sense.  [Note how two of the hands seem to be giving each other a “fist bump.”  I thought that was a nice, totally coincidental (at first) touch.]

If anyone has any input or questions about the image, feel free to share.  No need to be nervous.  I’d be willing to help you create your own “tao” image, as well, if interested.

And, as I state at the bottom, I didn’t get a clear understanding of the word “tao” from my dictionaries, but it sounded good.  😀  If you can think of a better term for this concept, I’d be glad to hear it.

15
May
17

Carmen-Sandiego-inspired! New and Old Lyrics to an Old PBS Delight

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So, about two weeks ago, SNL (Saturday Night Live) featured a Carmen-Sandiego-inspired mini-skit about a certain dubious political character.  It struck my funny bone so hard that I “geeked out,” reminiscing about the 90s and what was once a darn good PBS game show for kids (and geographically-challenged adults).  Not only did the show feature a mental challenge (and, for some contestants, a physical one); it also introduced a musical group known as Rockapella which, I think, sparked a serious a cappella movement (when they weren’t injecting humorous bits that may have flown over the heads of kids).

[I also heard about other projects through the grapevine.  There was some blurb about an adult Carmen movie?  Not sure I want to hear more about that.  And, there might be some kind of new Carmen Sandiego project, possibly a web series with Gina Rodriguez attached.  If it is a revitalization of that old PBS game show or the decent yet reasonably goofy cartoon series, maybe the creators would appreciate/respect my new lyrics.  Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.  😀 ]

So inspired was I, watching some episodes anew and inspired online videos, that I couldn’t help crafting a whole new set of lyrics to the show’s theme song!  I have left some bits in parentheses because I wasn’t sure how they fit.  [Input appreciated.]

AND (hearing myself sound like Lynn Thigpen as she described prize packages), some simple Carmen Sandiego calling cards.

Check ’em out and tell me whatchya think.  [I’ll also post my version of the original Rockapella lyrics.]

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My own lyrics to add/fit in:

(first verse)

She got the cops on the run while Roman with the Coliseum.
‘Left them…on a walkabout as she strolled down to Sydney.
‘Dropped a Rio Grande in Vegas and then ran out of De Janeiro.
Tell me…

(Chorus/Hook)

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?
Whoa-oh, where can she be?

(second verse)

Say ciao to your leaning tower; kiss your Taj Mahal Mumbai.
(You) Can’t slow her down when she’s on…one of her crime sprees.
Teaching you a history lesson is the Big Apple of her aye-aye.
Tell me…

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

(slow traveling section, IE Nashville to Norway, etc.)

She snatched the Red Square from Moscow, the Triangle from Bermuda,
While drawing circles ’round the pyramids of (Egypt and) Peru!

(scat sections)

Now, tell me where!
(softer second voice: …is Carmen Sandiego?)
Tell me where!
(softer second voice: …is Carmen Sandiego?)

Hire a henchman or two…!
To drop another clue!
That’s what you…didgeridoo…!
When Crimenet is after you!

(third verse)

She can bank on New Guinea, run off with Old Milwaukee,
Tear up Main Street and…shut down L.A.
What you’re left with is…right where it should be.
Tell me…

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

(fourth verse)

She grabbed Java, Indonesia, had tea with the Queen,
Scarfed some waffles in Brussels…topped with whipped cream,
Before she pilfered Parma and some vanilla bean.
Tell me…

Where in the world i-I-i-Is Carmen Sandiego?!

(scat)

Where in the wor-orld!
(softer second voice: …is Carmen Sandiego?)
Where in the wor-orld!
(softer second voice: …is Carmen Sandiego?)
Where in the world! Where in the world! Where in the world!
(softer second voice: …is Carmen Sandiego?)

Until next crime, detectives.

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And, lastly, the original Rockapella lyrics from the PBS game show.  [Pardon my variation of contractions, etc., if that bothers you.]

Well, she sneaks around the world from Kiev to Carolina;
She’s a sticky-fingered filcher from Berlin down to Belize.
She will take you for a ride on a slow boat to China.
Tell me…

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?
Tell me where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?
Whoa-oh, tell me where in the world can she be?

Steal their Seoul in South Korea;
Make Antarctica cry “uncle.”
From the Red Sea to Greenland, they’ll be…singing the blues.
Well, they never Arkansas her steal the Mekong from the jungle.
Tell me…

She goes from Nashville to Norway, Bonaire to Zimbabwe,
Chicago to Czech and Slovakia and back!

Well, she will ransack Pakistan and run a scam in Scandinavia.
Then she will stick ’em up down under and go…pick-pocket Perth.
She put the “miss” in misdemeanor when she stole the beans from Lima.
Tell me…

Botswana to Thailand, Milan via Amsterdam,
Mali to Bali, Ohio, OaHU!…….

The warrant!…The warrant…The warrant!…

Ooooh, the chaaase…ooh-woo-woo-woooo, the chaaase…

Monday through Friday at five!

Well, she glides around the globe,
And she will flim-flam every nation.
She’s a double-dealing diva with a taste for thievery.
Her itinerary’s loaded with moving violations.
Tell me…

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? (x5)
Watch your back!

 

22
Apr
17

Happy Birthday, Shirley MacLaine!

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Shirley, can I be serious?  I’m not sure…when you’re always smiling like you do.  [And, don’t call me Shirley.]

I’ve said so much about this gal already.  What more can I say?  She’s a delight to just about every sense (or so I imagine).  She’s…quite simply (and yet more complex than I may ever know) a unique and precious spark of life, a reason to smile for no good reason and the occasional naughty one.  Yet, for even the slightest dip in the naughty pool, she can bring you right back to the heavenly gates with some sort of glowing innocence.  If I never get to meet her in person, I feel I’ve already met her on another plane.  And, though I am sure to cry buckets when she’s “gone,” I suspect I’ll see her, again, somewhere, somehow.

Happy birthday, Shirley.

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**posted two days in advance because I have yet to have much luck with the scheduling feature.

 

08
Apr
17

Happy Birthday, Daisy Ridley!

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I don’t want to monkey around and forget to post this notice.  I don’t know where I will be Monday.  So, I am putting these up tonight.  I picked out some of the better photos I could find.  [There were a number of sad fashion choices or forces (outfits possibly forced upon her for frothy magazine tabloids/interviews) through which I filtered.]

She wouldn’t cross my mind if not for Star Wars’ 7th chapter.  But, I anticipate learning more about her in the years to come.  As astrology goes, she and I make a very good match.  And, if she or someone who knows her finds this, I’d gladly take the chance to speak with her.  Ya know, if the opportunity Aries–er, arises.

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30
Mar
17

I Miss You, Chocolate House

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What iIiIiIs Easter fun without you?! What iIiIiIs?! I don’t know anymoOoOre!

 

And, what…what will tomorrow bring? In a world…where you don’t exist?
What…what will I eat on holidays? Well, I know…I know what is missed.
Love bring you back where you belooong. Where my spirit flies…on whipped-cream-mountain highs. Love bring you back where you belooong. Where the chocolate flows. Where the clear favorite goes. [My mouth…is where I was going with that one.]

 

We used to have something special, you and I.
You were the sugar daddy to my childhood dreams.
You were countless flavors of whipped cream magic wrapped up in a thin layer of heavenly sweet milk or dark chocolate.
You were Easter morning surprises in a colorful basket lined with plastic grass.
You were the company that kindly answered the first formal letter I ever composed with an awesome care package.
You were the legalized pot of gold shop my family visited annually to keep everyone happy at an otherwise gloomy time of year.
You were the McDonald’s of desserts without a line of mascots; fast food that brought great pleasure and always put a smile on my face. [Well, maybe not those maple cream eggs…or the fruit and nut ones. Those were kinda gross.]
You were bigger than minty “shamrock” milkshakes.
You were bigger than Cadbury…to me.

And now, you’re gone?

I mean, you’ve been gone a few years now. But, I still get withdrawal pains. And, every time I see a picture of you or hear your name…? Every time I see one of your lesser competitors? I ache. I weep just a little. I have to stop myself before I break down and cry. Because you were just that big to me.

So, I’m sending out this love letter, hoping it serves me…us well. Please, come back to my area. Or, if you could…if you would…please send me another glorious care package with the glossy cards featuring all the products you produce and the cases of whipped cream eggs I like, particularly the mint, chocolate and vanilla ones.

Thank you.

If I never see you, again, I’ll at least have the memory…albeit a painful one when I have to think about how it all went away.

Come back.

[Fingers touching the screen.]

*Sigh*

13
Feb
17

The Taylor Alison Swiftword Dictionary

A playful use of Taylor, Alison and/or Swift in combination with ordinary words, creating an original vocabulary just for her.  [IE Spendswift instead of spendthrift, + an original definition.]

For your reading pleasure, a taste of Grey Poupon–er, Luigi Boccherini’s string quintet minuet.

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A

Air Swift, n, her personal airplane transportation

alison et lumiere, n, an outdoor stage performance bursting with colorful, dramatic lighting, music and a slice of local history

alisonance, n, the moment when her voice hits just the right note to ensnare your heart

alisonata, n, a solo performance with or without one instrument in her hands

alisong, n, one track of her voice on a cassette, record or CD

alisongstress, n, the pressure she puts upon herself to be superhuman and generate favorable business

C

chairswift, 1. n, her seat on the board of any business she runs
2. n, a different side of her seen only when she’s off her feet

E

ex-tay specs, n, the sunglasses worn by her former suitors to mask their feelings about her (when confronted/asked after the breakup)

F

forkswift, interj, a word used to vent anger and/or frustration when everything seems to be going wrong, accepting the possibility of even greater punishment (not taboo)

H

hide-n-swift, n, a preferred flirting technique involving discreet movement, a safe hiding place, quick hands and compelling facial expressions
Moving toward the hedge maze, she drew him to her side with a little hide-n-swift.

R

red-letter tay, n, a lasting image of her at her best or worst captured in a frequently reproduced photograph

S

scratch-n-swift, 1. n, a “bedroom technique” that’s for her to know and you to find out
2. n, a rare rap album made by her which does not sell as well as other albums but is still worth a good laugh
3. adj, enticing enough to grab her attention and instill a need for action
The article about her was so scratch-n-swift that she contacted the author immediately.

spendswift, adj, how she shops while avoiding unwanted attention
She was so spendswift that no one even caught a glimpse of her leaving the store.

swiftoff, n, the moment or time when she eagerly wishes to cast off her professional and/or family restraints and be as uninhibited as possible

swift store, n, a shop that specifically sells products she approves and makes part of her daily life
You’ll see her step out of a cab or building, wearing items from a swift store.

swift ticket, 1. n, a piece of thick paper or thin cardboard needed to attend one of her concerts
2. n, a key or token granted to an admirer which gives him or her special access (partial or full) to her life outside the spotlight

swiftwood, n, a souvenir left with or without intent by her, found by a deserving fan/friend

T

tay bag, n, what she loads with the essentials for her day before strapping it over her shoulder

tay bed, n, where she likes to take catnaps

taybreak, n, what she takes when she needs some personal time and/or space

taycake, n, a palm-size treat given to those she likes when the mood strikes; it goes nicely with a cup of hot tay–er, tea

tay camp, n, where she meets with everyone involved in putting on one of her concerts

taycare, n, what she requires after a tiring or stressful day

tay ceremony, n, her idea of the perfect wedding

tay check, 1. n, a personal inspection of her wardrobe, skin condition, hair, etc.
2. n, what she collects after every performance from the stage or theater that hosted her

tay chi, n, a preferred calming technique which prevents her from ever appearing anything other than aloof or charming in public
Note: This does not stop her from appearing crazy/insane, lustful or dangerous on film (IE in music videos).

taycough, n, the first sign she is not feeling well

tay cozy, n, a sweater, jacket or robe that provides ample comfort and warmth without lacking style

taycup, n, her preferred beverage vessel

tay day, n, a day spontaneously chosen to deal with and recover from emergencies; during this time, no one is permitted to speak with her unless she requires their assistance

tay dirt, 1. n, what she scrubs off her skin every time she showers or takes a bath
2. n, a plot of soil chosen for mud wrestling

taydream, n, a fantasy about her experienced by one of her many admirers

tay fever, n, a sudden and lingering rush of heat felt by those who are attracted to her

taylback, n, the reserved position she intentionally takes while walking or running a few steps behind a companion, usually in response to snooping cameras or to avoid an oncoming threat

taylblazer or taylor-blazer, n, a unique and eyecatching fashion, cosmetic, hair or otherwise aesthetic statement made by her

taylbored, adj, no longer interested in what you have to offer

taylisman or taliswift, n, presented by her to a deserving fan/friend, this token of appreciation is said to share a bit of the magic she embodies

taylender, n, her preferred technique for ending a relationship, romantic or otherwise

taylgate or taylorgate, n, her most intimate barrier to aspiring lovers

taylight, n, the alluring, almost supernatural light or glow she casts in motion

taylight-saving time, n, the period every night during which she sleeps to replenish her taylight

tay lily, n, a special variety of lily grown just for her; it grows tall, graceful and white–just like her–before shaking off its petals

tayload, n, the sum of favors, presents and/or treats bestowed upon a beloved admirer in a single visit or mail day

tayloft, n, where she keeps her tay bed

taylorberries, n pl, her lush lips when painted red (as she often does)

Taylor Maid, proper n, any person in the service of cleaning up after her concerts and/or personal appearances

taylor-made, 1. adj, crafted by her
2. adj, emotionally or mentally affected by her, usually after spending time in her company
After their last date, her boyfriend was taylor-made, neither able to focus on his work nor socialize with anyone else until the effect expired.
3. adj, locked in her sights, soon to be visited by her
The moment the movie hunk walked by her, he was taylor-made.
4. adj, made seemingly perfect for her
The dress complemented her so well; it was taylor-made.

taylspin, 1. n, a brief relationship which ends with the ex feeling dizzy and unsure about what went wrong
2. n, a story told by her in the form of a song, usually about a relationship, either one that she wishes to have or one that ended quickly and left her suitor feeling dizzy and unsure about what went wrong

Tay-Master-General, proper n, a title she prefers a lover to use when she is feeling exceptionally bossy

Tay of Atonement, proper n, the side of her that walks the long road to forgiveness, struggling to apologize after appearing as the Tay of Judgement

Tay of Judgement, proper n, the side of her that is critical of others

Tay of Pigs, proper n, her nickname when she foregoes any prescribed diet and indulges herself

Tay of Reckoning, proper n, the businesswoman side of her that tackles the financial paperwork which goes with her job, usually on a specific day of reckoning

tay of the land, n, the side of her that is closest to nature, usually when she is resting barefoot on the ground

taypan, n, a breed of snake bred specifically to suit her astrological nature, not to be confused with the Australian taipan; also known as the Taylorus Panpetrus, Petra Pan and Sagittarius Earth Serpent

tay party, n, a relatively quiet gathering of a few close friends known for inside jokes and intimate discussion

taypot, n, a pinnacle of happiness one may instill in her
He went home feeling lucky that night after hitting the taypot.

tay sculpture, n, a favored massage delivered only by the most trusted masseuse or masseur

tay shift, n, a swift and/or sharp change in mood

taystack, n, a pile of books and/or scripts she aspires to read

tayzer or taylor beams, n pl, the invisible heat rays that stem from her slender eyes, capable of hypnotizing, paralyzing and/or crippling those who make eye contact.
Note: The shape of her eyes provide a wide, sweeping range of motion like a quality security camera.

tayzuli, n, the particular pigment and configuration of her blue eyes

trailtaylor, n, a person who lingers on her trail or follows her on tour

W

weightswifter, n, a food, technique, exercise or manmade product that helps maintain her tall, lean appearance
When the man complimented her appearance, she said it was all thanks to her weightswifter.

 

13
Feb
17

Be Swift! The Day of Valentines Is Nigh!–er, Near!

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So, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  And, many of the good cards have already been plucked from their slots on those multi-layered display stands or shelving units.  But, fear not, there are a few gems left.  And, as a special bonus for the procrastinators, a collection of Taylor Swift notes for love/infatuation, loss/rejection of affection and words of caution to those you wish to protect or keep at a distance.

[Why Taylor Swift?  Well, it just so happens her birthday is Dec. 13th.  So, I thought why not whip these out on Feb. 13th?  I came upon this image of a biker babe who just happened to look a lot like her, too.  And, that’s what motivated me to create these.  Truth be told, whoever designed this biker babe went a little overboard with thinning her waistline.  That rib cage is dangerously depleted.  So, it’s not like I expect or think of Taylor or any woman so thin/emaciated.  I was merely drawn to the face and hair and came up with some clever use of the motorcycle.]

Warm Feelings

Cold Feelings

Cautionary Feelings/Advice

A few I just threw in because song lyrics came to mind when I pondered the image.  One is a Taylor Swift lyric.

And, a couple from a previous collection that fit this one.

**As an added bonus and/or special treat to Taylor (Alison) Swift and her fans, I have cooked up an amusing dictionary which I will be posting soon.  Look for it.**

 




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