Saturday, April 2, 2016

It’s True to Wrestling Is Real 
A dreamer shares his view of reality 
Pro wrestling shares its view of reality 


It’s True (English sonnet) 

I find myself high up upon this cloud
Enjoying my distortions of what’s true
Surprising what a wished for kiss can do
To free imagination from a shroud
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From here I’ll see that sunshine make it through
To cast a warming smile upon the crowd
And share the Joys to which a kiss avowed
To share the Joys which only dreamers knew
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It’s true that we can float amid the sky
It’s true our wishes really turn to gold
It’s true that we can shape reality
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So when you spot some cloud that’s drifting by
And feel a kiss that makes a smile unfold
That man upon that passing cloud was me 


Here is another English sonnet. A point of interest, in this particular sonnet, is the "conflict" stanza (the first triplet). There is no conflict or anything bad there. In fact there stanza seems to shout out a positive message. "Shout out" is a clue to what's going on. The rest of the sonnet is fairly tranquil, in its flow. By using the words "It's true" to lead off every sentence, we have created a conflict in mood. 

In our poem we have a lover who dreamed of a, wished for a kiss. (Yes, I''m a sucker for a kiss.) With that kiss, our hero enters a new view of reality. From here the poem takes us in many directions, at once. Have we ever wanted something that we thought out of reach? Once we attain it, the next out of reach thing becomes easier or we go after something more challenging. But we're only talking about a kiss. Have we ever been blessed with a kiss from that someone special? For as long as it lasts even after the real kiss), anything is possible (provided we are still conscious). Even for that kiss, it's surprising what we can do. I don't know about the rest of us, but me, after I'm successful in achieving my goal (in this case a kiss) I feel lighter, euphoric, like singing, like sharing my joy with the rest of the world. There is so much meaning in a kiss. Life is wonderful. Whether that great job, that perfect garden, acing that next endeavor, a wish come true, a dream realized or that kiss. Enjoy. 


Need some more motivation: Louis Armstrong  "A Kiss to Build a Dream On" 

Nothing challenges reality quite like pro wrestling 


Professional wrestling (pro wrestling) originated as a popular form of entertainment in 19th-century Europe and later as a sideshow exhibition in North American traveling carnivals and vaudeville halls. Though we all find pro wrestling entertaining (at least I do) some of us think it is all a put on, while some of us believe it to be real. A new controversy has arisen. It has been rumored one cannot say, "fake crap" three times while watching a pro wrestling match on TV. 
Don't believe the rumor? Well, try it at your own risk. "Wrestling Is Real (with Dolph Ziggler)" 

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Now a soft kiss 
Aye, by that kiss, 
I vow an endless bliss. 
John Keats

Friday, April 1, 2016

His Dream Come True to Carpool Ticket Surprise 
A lover must learn the laws of a dream 
A couple must learn the laws of the road 


His Dream Come True (round) 

For him she was his dream come true
The world of beauty she’d renew
And always smiling at his side
This was the paradise he knew
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To spare these two so starry eyed
All other worries would subside
Or did the couple have such glow
That problems sought a place to hide
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Their love was tried one wouldn’t know
Just hidden scars they didn’t show
Or was there something else at play
To help them see what wasn’t so
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As time does flow to end their day
This couple only heightened play
By living dreams one more refrain
To keep reality at bay
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They hid away from daily strain
Imagined beauty now masks pain
They could not see the other’s flaws
Nor where hid problems still remain
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Once gentle rain renewed their cause
Now hides the sight which breaks his laws
And takes her on a rendezvous
And for this dream a gentle pause


Here is an example of a round. In a round there should be a connection that ties the parts a poem together, along with the meaning of the poem. I have used the third line, which is a lead in to the rhymes of the following stanza, The ending should lead back to the beginning of the poem. If we take note, this poem does this. In effect a round has no beginning or end. Here we start with a lover, which soon becomes a couple. Then we have a taste of magic. The couple returns to just him. To add to the riddle, this is a round. 

It is easy for me to tell others to live their dreams. In fact, I went to school to be a music teacher. When I was shown the bleakness of the profession's future, I turned to entertainment. For various reasons this did not work out. I followed various other opportunities that came my way. None of them panned out. I never dreamed that I would land a "dream job" at a major oil company or that I would be so heavily involved in charity endeavors. I like to say, "I lived a life others only dream of." (In truth, as my listening skills improved, others feel about themselves the same as me.) 
My dreams. Once I got rid of my wicked stepfather, who haunted me in dreams, I had no more recurring dreams (that I can remember). My dream girls were Arlene and latter Amor. Most of my dreams were replays of things I've done. In effect my life is a dream. 
It is easy for me to tell others to live their dreams. But as I learned to listen, I saw that others were living dream in a way similar to me. Remember, I wanted to be a teacher. In a way that dream came true. We can all see, if we give ourselves a try. If we believe in ourselves. We know what we need to be happy. Life is a dream and we are the dreamers. Enjoy.

Need some more motivation: Barbra Streisand "Evergreen" 

From love's highway to a carpool highway 


Carpooling first became prominent in the United States as a fuel rationing tactic during World War II. Meet Mrs. Wiigginton. Her husband is a deputy sheriff for Orange County. Mrs. Wigginton was driving in the carpool lane when no other than her husband pulled her over. Seeing no one else in the car, Officer. Wigginton was going to ticket his wife. 
Find out why he didn't. "Carpool Ticket Surprise" 

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All men dream, but not equally. 
Those who dream by night in the dusty 
recesses of their minds, wake in the day 
to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers 
of the day are dangerous men, for they 
may act on their dreams with open eyes, 
to make them possible. 
T. E. Lawrence

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Tattered Window to Your Favorite Teen Drama 
From a room filled with gloom 
To a room crashing with laughter 


Tattered Window (English sonnet) 

She searches for a reason for the day
There through a tattered window of her room
A lifetime of rejection sewed her gloom
Her fashion formed through heartaches and dismay
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And darkness gladly takes her to its tomb
With promises of lies to ease her way
To please and tease then seize a soul astray
Soft sighs disguise the perils which there loom
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And for a while deception felt so grand
The mask of sadness consumed youthful years
There through a tattered window came a cry
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She searches through her room to understand
And what she found would fill her eyes with tears
A strange new star was dawning in the sky 


Back into the world of the English sonnet. I tried to paint as gloomy a picture as I could. Notice line three, in the second stanza. It contains a sequence of rhyme which act as a redundancy. Our heroin is so surrounded by darkness that the sight of a star, whatever its meaning, refreshes her. 

I believe in the morning. In a hope that eventually shines through. I, and I'm sure we, have faced many dark situations. Confusion and gloom seems to permeate everything, Then comes a morning and the refreshing sunrise. I have lost the love of my life and currently face a very bleak future. Yet, I have been blessed in meeting my new wife, Amor, who protects me from any  gloom. As far as my future, there is something, a light, a feeling: fear not. Just go with it. What I am suggesting is that; It's not over till it's over. I am from the school that believe life is a roller coaster. It has its ups and its downs, Even when the ride is over, there is that comfortable cruise to the finish. It hardly makes sense to say, "remember this", when we are experiencing life's highs and lows. As wondrous as the human species is, we can only process so much. But in those times when we are not overloaded make life's hope, life's morning sunshine a part of us. And enjoy. 


Here is a strange song. Although it is sad, it has a touch of hope: 
Adrian von Ziegler "For A Lost Love" 

What's everyone laughing about - Let's find out 


Did you know that school dances are dying out? TeenSafe puts the blame on social media, with 95% of American teens online. Along with social media, teenager deal with many more challenges. Studio C has set it up for us to folloe four high school students as they deal with four minutes of life's challenges. Keep in mind, these are teens and four minutes.for them, has no meaning. 
Spoiler alert for parents of teenagers - before calling a repairman: this is all a sketch. "Your Favorite Teen Drama - Studio C" 


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Teenagers want to be able to fight for what's right - but 
finding out what's right is now 90 percent of the battle. 
Maggie Stiefvater


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Friday Night Affair to Best Volleyball Blocks Ever 
A hero of men falls 
A hero of volleyball is raised 


The Friday Night Affair (Italian sonnet) 

Our sentries now well stationed with keen view
The hour nears this refuge we defend
Brave toast to courage with one lasting brew
We legends of tomorrow now transcend
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What tales of glory will remain at dawn
To prove that we as men together stood
Upon this ground our spirits’ cause was drawn
We heroes drank of life all that we could
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We hear their army as they clamor near
The bleakness for our future fills their shouts
Our doors cannot hold back their wake of fear
Men turned to hens are taken by their doubts
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So clear I hear familiar voice from home
Reminding me of what awaited there
Next came the slapping round about my dome
Thus ends another Friday night affair 

No one ever said a sonnet has to be serious. In this sonnet I tried to be mysterious and misleading.as long as possible before the clarity of the situation comes out. If we haven't quite figured it all out: Our wives crashed the guys' bar. Don't look for any word play. I used all my energy in the cover up. 

This sonnet is a tribute to that Friday night. At Chevron we coworkers were very close. On Fridays, after work, my department would go to our favorite bar. The week gave us plenty to laugh at and drink to. I got too drunk to know what was brewing at the home front. One Friday night my wife, Arlene, busts through the bar's door and shouts, "MARTIN, YOU BETTER COME HOME! RIGHT NOW!" Here's where the legend gets better. On the following Monday, at work, I became the brunt of oh so many jokes, The guy whose wife dragged him out of the bar. It was clear "who wore the pants" in my family. I have a good sense of humor, so I laughed along. My boss, Ted, spent day after day asking me, how I could let my wife embarrass me in front of my friends and coworkers. I don't know how long it was till other things took over Martin's wife drug him out of the bar. 
Hold on, the story gets better. Remember my boss, Ted? He was a member of my Masonic Lodge. At a dinner, in his honor, he brought up the story of now long ago, of a man (me) who was drug out of a bar by his wife. The tale was as funny as every word from Ted's mouth. Arlene and I were in tears, laughing. Ted's wife heard the story and said, "sounds like the time I had to drag you (Ted) out of that bar." Her words brought down the house. (I finally got Ted's joke of way back then.)
So guys, if your wife drags you out of a bar. remember this: enjoy. 


To go along with these bar jokes: Marlene Dietrich "The Boys in the Backroom" 

As one hero falls another is raised 


Volleyball was created on February 9, 1895, in Holyoke, Massachusetts; by a YMCA physical education director, William G. Morgan. Except for those bikini clad girls at the summer beaches, this spot doesn't get the attention it deserves. Studio C's very own Scott Sterling is a big star in the college volleyball circuit. His biggest  attribute is his unchallengable skills as a defensive player. He may go down in history as the Best Blocker Ever. 
Seeing is believing as Yale takes on the University of North Carolina. "Best Volleyball Blocks Ever with Scott Sterling". 

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In the sweetness of friendship 
let there be laughter, and sharing 
of pleasures. For in the dew of little things 
the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. 
Khalil Gibran

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Memories Of Ever to The LEGO® Batman Movie Teaser 
Where a lover keeps his memories 
Meanwhile batman lets his memories loose 


Memories Of Ever (poem)

In my pillow yearning burning turning
Another moment dream I spent with you
Another star which made a wish come true
Has placed a lover’s hope into my view
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Still my heart is racing pacing tracing
Each precious word your luscious lips did share
Each precious motion which you granted air
Now for all time a part of me is there
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Tomorrow’s sun may kiss a brand new day
With pleasures treasures measures of its own
What glories will you bless to all we’ve known
Let’s leave it to our longing sighs to say
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To my pillow telling dwelling swelling
A splendor which my soul does now revere
A splendor all my senses hold so dear
The memories of ever held right here


A touch of Word Wizardry, here. Notice that last word of the first lines of each stanza (except for the third) doesn't follow the normal rhyme scheme flow. Instead, the rhyme is echoed on that line (i.e. "...yearning burning turning). In the conflict stanza (the third stanza) this word pattern is hidden in the second line. One little extra about this poem. It is unclear if the ending is happy or sad or something else. 

Memories. Let's look at our treasures for a bit. Arlene was a picture freak. Thank goodness. I have black and white photos that go back to our first romps in the park. Looking at them, I am touched with a feeling of melancholy for the times that are no longer there. They are no longer there. Were they truly so beautiful? There was our wedding day. A moment like no other, Was it really so perfect? Then there are the love letters, the preserved flowers, the trophies, the souvenirs and the list goes on and on and on. Now take my examples and move them into our lives. Strange that we are all different, yet we can relate, in our own way to each other. How many of us have memories so grand that they return to us in dreams? And don't we just love when someone says, "Remember when we..."? There is a touch of sweat sadness to it all. Then there is the added seasoning we enhance our memories with. A little gleam that makes what "really" happened more "real". True? There is one great thing about our memories. We did it! Even more amazing, more unbelievable, those memories, like rich soil, have found their way to many other memories. See it. believe it. And as we face tomorrows, make many other beautiful memories and enjoy. 


And while we enjoy, let's enjoy: Solaris Navis "Blissful Memories" 

From the romantic side of memories to a more comical side 


The legendary character Batman was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. Since then many big stars have portrayed Gotham's Dark Knight. Stars like Lewis G Wilson, Robert Lowrey, Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Will Arnett. Now Warner Brothers has signed a contract for 2017's Batman. 
As the the studio is busy filming, what it hope will be a box office bonanza, the new star has managed to put out some teasers for his fans. "The LEGO® Batman Movie Teaser - Wayne Manor" 


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Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, 
and freighted with the memories 
and the dreams of Time. 
H. P. Lovecraft

Monday, March 28, 2016

Sweet Blessing to How To Bake Cookies Like A Toddler 
First enter into the sweetness of a lover's blessings 
Then enter into the sweetness of cookies made by a toddler 


Sweet Blessing (English sonnet) 

Sweet blessing of the morning’s gentle dawn
Bright blossom of the glories of the day
Please teach this heart the proper words to say
So dreams and lovers’ themes may carry on
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The winds of wonder wait to whirl away
To blissful stream where promised hope is drawn
Bright beauty which this world now waits upon
Sweet answer which a wish has sent my way
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What use the empty scent which once I knew
Mere timeless gloom which oft would end with rain
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How meaningless the moments I passed through
Just endless strains toward means I can’t explain
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Now blessed am I to hold this kiss of you
And every dawn the bliss of your refrain 


Another example of the English sonnet form. If you read yesterday's edition, the English sonnet followed this rhyme scheme: ABBA, BAAB, CDE, CDE. The English sonnet here uses this rhyme scheme: ABBA, BAAB, CD, CD, CD. Here again we have a lover exploring is blessings. The poem starts off with the glories of the day. Then, as we enter into the couplets,  we get a clue of how things use to be. We (and the recipient of the poem) find out the reason for the change, as the sonnet reaches its conclusion. 

I know it isn't just me. Life is full of challenges. I'm from the school that carries around heavy rocks because it feels so good when I put them down. In other words, I put myself into big stress circumstances. My life partner is very important to me. I know it isn't just me. With my wife by my side, things don't seem so bad. I don't know why, but simply seeing her reassures me there is an answer to anything. We can do it. It is possible. Just seeing her. Imagine a kiss. A touch. A faithful ear. A soft shoulder to ease the weight of the world. I know it isn't just me. In my current situation, I am given to depression. But depression doesn't stand a chance in the face or thought of my wife. Therein lies another wonder.  It's not just her physical presence, it is knowing that my wife will be there that fills me with power, with confidence, with comfort. And wondrous still, I don't know how, but I am filled with the certainty, that I fill my wife with similar blessings. For me it is my wife. For other individual it could be a myriad of others. Life can be wonderful, especially with the hands of that someone special nearby. So enjoy. 


To keep the romance going, here's: Koru "I Believe" 

From the sweetness of love to the sweetness of cookies and more 


According to The Daily Meal. the best cookie in America, in 2015, is the chocolate cloud cookies baked in the Red Hook district of Brooklyn, New York. I don't know about that. My favorite cookies are my mom's vanilla cookies. Comedian and proud father La Guardia Cross might have us both beat, when it comes to sweet cookies. 
It's not simply the ingredients that make cookies so sweat  in the Cross house. Find out more. "How to Bake Easter Cookies Like A Toddler" 


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In the harshest place on Earth, ... love finds a way.
Morgan Freeman

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Gem Of Precious Promises to World's Best Magic Trick? 
A person is raised by love's magic spell 
People fall victim to prankster's magic trick 


Gem Of Precious Promises (English sonnet) 

What is this gem which echoes morning’s light
And seasons every scent both far any wide
Enchantment wonder splendor wouldn’t subside
As long as ever holds this gift in sight
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Such streams of beauty has this heaven’s guide
One ponders pleasures fantasies ignite
What world of dreams is waiting there in sight
What magic is there waiting to be tried
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Are eyes oft blinded playing trick on me
Has my imagination crafted mist
Is sleep now granting fairy tales come true
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Still there is glow as bright as all can be
My heart and soul feels call they can’t resist
For gem of precious promises is you 


When one thinks of sonnets, one tends to turn to Shakespearean sonnet. This style, or English sonnets were popular forms too. I guess they didn't quite have the staying power as their Shakespearean cousins. In this sonnet a lover questions reality in the form of a precious "gem". The word "what" leads him into the conflict triplet, before the final resolution. 

Here is something to celebrate. Have we ever stopped to wonder if that someone special in our life is really all we make of them? I know, except for writing this, I don't. My wife is beautiful. But is she really? Or has love changed my perspective? I'm sure, we have all heard of people who love someone so much that their sense of reality is distorted. Have we ever tried to tell a teenager, the object of their affection was no good? Not only can love distort our vision, it can make us more forgiving or add things that may not be there. Yet my wife is beautiful. I look at pictures of our courting days and it seems that she has gotten better looking. Can anyone else relate, or am I just getting old? Here is one thing more to ponder. Have we ever noticed that couples really in love seem to glow? Could it be that our feelings toward a person makes them so much more? And while we lose ourselves in this wonder, enjoy. 


Here is a dance to dream to: Leona Lewis "The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face" 

We move from the magic of love to the magic of laughter 


The most dangerous trick in magic is the Bullet Catch. This effect, in which a marked bullet is fired at the performer who catches it between his teeth, has killed twelve magicians and wounded many more. The magic trick by the folks at The Chaizy Channel has little to do with magic. Unless we consider making us laugh magic What makes this the "World's Best Magic Trick" at all, is the fact that they successfully tricked anyone to participate.  
"Now you see it." Now you laugh. "WORLD'S BEST MAGIC TRICK" 

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The beauty of a woman must be seen 
from in her eyes, because that is the doorway 
to her heart, the place where love resides. 
Audrey Hepburn