ꖢꔷ ꔷ i can build a house ꔷ ꔷꖢ

ꔷ ꖢ ꔷ

i can build a house

with the East wall looking to the future

the South made up of  the present

the West nothing but the past

the North facing infinite possibilities

and above a sky full of  stars

but it’s not a home

without you

ꔷ ꖢ ꔷ

ꕐ ꔷꖢꔷ ꖪ

ꔷ ꕐ ꔷꖢꔷ ꖪ ꔷ

“A House Is Not A Home”    Ella Fitzgerald

originally posted  21 February 2013

artwork ~   “Houses at Falaise in the Fog”   Claude Monet
{ public domain }

*in certain divinatory practices the directions represent time phases:

North = Infinite Possibility (no-time)
South = Present – Now
West = Past
East = Future

this was prompted by ~

Words Count With Mama Zen    at   imaginary garden with real toads
prompt:   build a house in 48 words or less

thank you,  Mama Zen!

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celebrate Earth Day ~ Tuesday 22 April 2014

celebrate  Earth  Day

Tuesday  22  April  2014


if  you can’t do it Tuesday, do something this weekend

Have fun doing Earth Day activities with your kids

Fun Earth Day Activity Ideas ~

  • Check out  www.earthday.org.
  • Google search  Earth Day 2014 activities and the name of  your town/city/state  to find out what’s going on where you live.
  • There are fantastic suggestions for activities to do with your kids for Earth Day { and the weekend before }  from  About.Com Green Living   HERE   and   HERE.  there are too many great ideas for me to list.
  • Go Meatless for a day!  Combine Meatless Monday  Tuesday with Earth Day for a healthy and environmental one-two punch!
  • Plant a tree — visit the   Arbor Day Foundation  site for more info.  { ARBOR DAY IS  APRIL 25, 2014  but your state or country may celebrate on a different date   find out more HERE }  or just plant a tree!
  • If you have kids,  print out a calendar and draw a green star for each day that you do an activity that helps the earth!
  • Get your green thumb dirty and start a garden.  Learn more at sites like  Garden Web.   Even one pot with herbs inside by a window, or a container garden on your balcony.
  • While you’re at it,  start a compost pile too!   See  HowToCompost.Org  to start,  plus  8 crazy things  &   more things   you can compost  and  The Huffington Post  “Cheat Sheet”  guide for how to start composting .
  • Turn trash into treasure!  Refurbish an old sofa,  chair or even a garment.  Get crafty and creative,  and you just might produce a work of art.  Get some ideas here at RealSimple.com ~  101 New Uses for Everyday Things.   Pinterest  is a great resource for Do-It-Yourself  ideas.
  • Park your car.  Spend the day walking or biking to the places you need to go.  If you’re heading somewhere that’s a bit far,  try public transportation!
  • Green Spring Clean.  Swap your bulbs for energy efficient CFL’s,  clean your house with eco alternative products,  upcycle and or donate unwanted clothing and household items,  etc.  Use great environmentally safe and super effective cleaners of all types from lemons to vinegar to baking soda at Real Simple  HERE.
  • Cook up a local,  organic meal  and serve up some organic cocktails!  Toast Mother Earth and yourself,  too.
  • Go on a picnic  ~ See  The Nature Conservancy.

⋆ ⋆ Thanks to the Huffington Post for many of  these ideas PLUS MORE ~ click on their links below for  LOTS of  great ideas.
Huffington Post:  Slideshow of  fun activities for kids  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/19/earth-day-activities-for-kids_n_1435718.html#s882725&title=1_Take_A
Huffington Post:  Earth Day activities for kids  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/19/earth-day-activities-for-kids_n_1435718.html#s882495&title=2_Make_EarthFriendly
Huffington Post:  ways to help the Earth in how we shop and cook  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/danielle-nierenberg/earth-day-13-things-every_b_3112746.html
Huffington Post:  great ideas for Earth Day and every day   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/earth-day-2013





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encore presentation: useful websites for poets & writers & bloggers ~ (inter)national poetry month April 2014

(inter)national poetry month
April 2014

encore  presentation

useful sites
for poets & writers & bloggers

do you ever find yourself  needing a definition or a synonym?  or you want the lyrics to a song?  how about searching for images which you can use in a post?  sometimes i  want to research a certain type of  flower or a fairy tale.  maybe you have a question about how to do something on your blog.  the sites i  go to for these things & more are the types of sites i  have listed in this post.  i would love for  you  to leave a comment to let us know what other sites you use.

below are some of  the sites i have found to be the most useful:
{  in  alphabetical  order }

{ either click on the site name
or copy & paste the URL into your browser }




BLOGGER.com ~  this is the  “help”  site for blogspot.com blogs
http://support.google.com/blogger/?hl=en }

HOW TO MAKE MY BLOG. COM ~  tips & tools for bloggers
{  http://www.howtomakemyblog.com/  }

PROBLOGGER  ~  tips & tools for bloggers
http://www.problogger.net/  }

WORDPRESS.COM  ~  this is the  “help”  site for  wordpress.com blogs
{  http://en.support.wordpress.com/  }

WORDPRESS.ORG   ~  extra help for wordpress.com blogs
{  http://wordpress.org/  }

WORDPRESS.ORG  ~  FREE PLUGINS DIRECTORY  for wordpress.com blogs
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/  }


Dictionary.com ~  dictionary  &  thesaurus
{  http://dictionary.reference.com/  }

Merriam-Webster  ~  dictionary  &  thesaurus
http://www.merriam-webster.com/  }

The Free Dictionary  ~  dictionary,  thesaurus  &  encyclopedia
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/  }

Webster’s  ~  dictionary  &  thesaurus
http://www.webster-dictionary.org/  }

Wiktionary  ~  dictionary  &  thesaurus
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Main_Page  }


glitter effects for fonts and photos
{ http://glitterboo.com/  }

glowing text with animation options
http://glowtxt.com/  }

gothic fonts
http://pookatoo.com/  }

Shape  collages
{  http://www.shapecollage.com/  }

special  characters  &  fonts  available  in  Windows ~
click on  START,  either go into  ALL PROGRAMS  or  enter into the  SEARCH box ~

tilt-shift photograph effects
http://tiltshiftmaker.com/  }


clip art  free use of  a wide selection of  clip art  for  non-commercial use
http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/index.htm  }

deviantArt  {look for “some rights reserved” }
http://www.deviantart.com/ }

flickr.com/creative commons { look for  “some rights reserved” ~ click on that and it will show you which type of  creative commons license }
http://www.flickr.com/cr  eativecommons/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/  }

google.com  IMAGES   { look for  “some rights reserved” }
{  http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi  }

ImageChef  Word Mosaic   { make them yourself }
{ http://www.imagechef.com/ic/word_mosaic/ }

http://publicdomainpictures.net }

twitpic.com photographs { look for  “some rights reserved” }
http://twitpic.com/  }

we heart it.com   { look for  “some rights reserved” }
http://weheartit.com/  }

Wikimedia Commons  IMAGES ~  especially artwork
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Images  }

Wikipedia.org   ARTS
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Arts  }

{ http://www.wikipaintings.org/ }

Yahoo.com  IMAGES
http://images.search.yahoo.com/images  }

ARTWORK  (ie:  PAINTINGS)  in the United States are considered to be in the  PUBLIC  DOMAIN  SEVENTY YEARS AFTER THE ARTIST’S DEATH


About.com ~  classic literature,  including poetry
{ http://classiclit.about.com/ }

Glossary of  Poetic Terms
{ http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072405228/student_view0/poetic_glossary.html }

goodreads.com ~  poetry
http://www.goodreads.com/genres/poetry }

Martha Stewart  ~   recipes,  crafts  and “good things”
http://www.marthastewart.com/  }

mental_floss  ~  trivia,  facts,  miscellaneous information
{  http://www.mentalfloss.com/  }

PoemHunter.com  ~   find poets,  poems,  song lyrics,  quotations  and more
http://www.poemhunter.com/  }

Poetry Glossary at Poets.org
{ http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/17105 }

Wikimedia Commons  ~   free to use media -  images,  sounds,  video
{  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page  }

Wikipedia.org  ~  online  “encyclopedia”
this is where i go to research artists or fairy tales or poets or poetry forms etc.
{  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page  }

Wikisource  ~   Library
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Main_Page   }

POETRY  FORM   Resources  ~

dVerse ~ Poets Pub
{  http://dversepoets.com/category/formforall/  }

imaginary garden with real toads
{  http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/search/label/format%20challenge  }

my heart’s love songs  ~  poetry forms
{  http://myheartslovesongs.com/2014/04/04/encore-presentation-poetry-forms-international-poetry-month-april-2014/  }

http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/197  }

The Teacher’s Guide
http://www.theteachersguide.com/poetrymonth.htm  }

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poetry_form#Forms  }


looking for a quote or  wanting to know who said  it?    search options by quote or author

brainyquote.com ~
{ http://www.brainyquote.com/ }

goodreads.com  ~  popular quotes
{ http://www.goodreads.com/quotes }

Wikiquote.org ~
{ http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Main_Page }


{  http://www.bing.com/#  }

Bing  Images
{  http://www.bing.com/images?FORM=Z9LH  }

{  https://www.google.com/   }

Google  Images
{  https://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi   }

Google ~  tips for narrowing your search
http://thewritesisters.blogspot.com/2009/06/sunday-sharing-narrowing-your-search.html  }

{  http://www.yahoo.com/  }

Yahoo  Images
http://images.search.yahoo.com/images  }

Search  the  deep  web ~  tips and tools for  more extensive searches
{  http://www.online-college-blog.com/features/100-useful-tips-and-tools-to-research-the-deep-web/   }


Facebook    this is the  “help”  site for  Facebook
{  http://www.facebook.com/help/?ref=pf  }

Pinterest ~   this is the  “help”  site for  Pinterest
{  http://pinterest.com/about/help/  }

Twitter  ~   this is the  “help”  site for  Twitter
{  https://support.twitter.com/  }

i have only mentioned the most popular sites  ~  go  HERE    for  a  comprehensive list
{  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites  }


search by  artist  or  song title  { there are often discrepancies in the lyrics }

A – Z  Lyrics Universe
{  http://www.azlyrics.com/  }

http://www.allthelyrics.com/ }

http://www.lyrics.com/  }

{  http://www.songlyrics.com/  }

YouTube.com  ~   music  videos
http://www.youtube.com/  }


Fear of  Writing  ~  writing tips
http://fearofwriting.com/blog/  }

How to write a memo  ~  writing tips
{  http://jennifaye.wordpress.com/  }

RHYMEZONE.COM  ~  find  rhymes,  definitions,  synonyms,  antonyms,  homophones  &  more
http://rhymezone.com/  }

VersePerfect FREE  software program from  Softonic.com  ~
the program gives you phrases,  proper nouns and common rhymes for the words you need;  famous quotes that help you finish your poem with speed.  it has the Hyperbolic Thesaurus,  which is a kind of semantic chart;  online dictionaries,  thesaurus suggestions and Wikipedia files are just a click away.  (not all the rhymes suggested are phonetically okay)
{ i have downloaded the program but have not yet used it. }
{  http://verseperfect.en.softonic.com/  }

write to done
{  http://writetodone.com/  }

writing prompt sites  ~  a list of  sites i put together in one post  (sorry ~ links have not been updated yet for 2014)
http://myheartslovesongs.com/2013/04/22/international-poetry-month-april-2013-encore-presentation-places-to-play/  }





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encore presentation: come with me to Xanadu ~ (inter)national poetry month April 2014

(inter)national poetry month
April 2014

encore  presentation

come with me to Xanadu

please come with me to Xanadu in the poem  “Kubla Khan”  by  Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  it is said that he dreamed of  Xanadu,  that he dreamt the entire poem which is featured below.  click  HERE  if  you wish to learn more about the poet and the poem.  {having been written in 1816, it is now in the public domain.}

shall we go to Xanadu? ……..




Kubla Khan

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.

So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And here were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
and here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

 But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!

And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced:
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher’s flail:
And ‘mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean:

And ‘mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!

The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves;
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!

A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid,
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight ‘twould win me,
That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!

And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.


you knew i had to do it…..

“Xanadu”   Olivia Newton John



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°Ꮬ •Ꮼ• Ꮬ° oh, doubt not my love!


° Ꮼ °

oh,  doubt not my love!

no breath can i  take
without the scent of  you
intoxicating me

no sight can i  see
that i  do not wish
to share with you

no food can i  taste
near so sweet
as your kisses

no touch can i  feel
that makes me tremble
the way your fingertips do

no words can i  hear
more precious
than your pledge of  love

my love for you grows
with each beat of  my heart
my heart
which now belongs to you,  my Love

°Ꮬ •Ꮼ• Ꮬ°

Ꮬ •Ꮼ• Ꮬ



“I Swear”   All 4 One

dedicated to the one i  love  ~  i swear by the moon and stars,  baby

artwork ~   “Flower”   Alphonse Mucha
{ public domain }

NaPoWriMo,  or National Poetry Writing Month,  is an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.

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