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An Introduction to Haiku - What is haiku?

Posted on January 14, 2020 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

What is haiku?

Haiku is a form of poetry that originated in Japan. It focuses on a brief moment in time, and a sense of enlightenment. A traditional* haiku is composed of seventeen syllables in three short lines. The first line contains five syllables, the second line seven syllables, and the third line five syllables. A haiku is usually written in the present tense, with a pause at the end of the first or second li...

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Halloweensie Contest 2019

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (1)


“Everyone deserves a chance to fly” 

Witch’s Brew

Corine Timmer (100 words)

Witch’s Brew

“What’s wrong?” Rat shrieked.

“I’m dying!” Witch groaned. “I added snakeroot instead of snail saliva.”

“Where’s your Potions Bible?” Rat sputtered....

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Daddy Long Legs (Book Review)

Posted on March 24, 2019 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (1494)

There are not many bookstores in the Algarve and those that exist have a limited English section. So I tend to read children’s picture books in Portuguese. While shopping this morning a bright yellow cover grabbed my attention. Papa das pernas longas ( Daddy Long Legs). Yellow always works well. Here is my review in English.

When Matthew’s father’s car has trouble starting, Matthew thinks they may never get to kindergarten. Worse still, what if they get the...

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Naviar Records Haiku Music Challenge

Posted on January 27, 2019 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (4)

When I read the Haiku Foundation’s post about The Haiku Music Challenge, I was intrigued. As a result of my curiosity I decided to give it a go myself. The GarageBand app on my computer had been idle for some years. Last week I composed my first creation. This is my second one. There’s much to learn, but it’s SUCH FUN. Madhuri Pillai’s haiku inspired me to participate again in the Naviar Records Haiku Music Challenge. Here is her wonderful haiku:...

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