When I was in high school, we rescued a baby crow. He would glide overhead when I was out jogging, cawking encouragement, or would rest on my shoulder. He would hang upside down from gutters and peck at windows to wake his people up on weekend mornings. If you held up a coin or sparkly object, and called “Shiny” he would delicately pluck the shiny object from your fingers and take it to his nest. I left for college and my folks moved away; but I always remember our neighborhood friend, and hope that the new neighbors indulged his passion for companionship and shiny trinkets as much as we did.
National Haiku Writing Month is rapidly drawing to a close! Today’s prompt was school play. I loved being on stage in my growing up years; and whether assigned a part or not, we all took a hand in the stage crew activities. Imagine my surprise when my son was not a fan of being on stage, whether it was a school play or a church play. He did, however, discover a certain gift for building sets, working lights and sound, and guiding up-and-coming new stage crew members as part of the production crew for the summertime youth performance group, Creative Theater Experience.
Today’s prompt was casserole which inspired nothing until the phrase “build a better casserole” popped out me while desultorily skimming an article in the Chicago Tribune defending the humble casserole. Add a layer of snarkiness to the noodles and cheese, and voila! Enjoy.
Today’s NaHaiWriMo prompt was “coin toss” which led me first to Wikipedia whereupon it was revealed that the early English reference to a coin toss was cross and pile.
Other pieces of trivia included Freud’s use of the coin toss to help patients make a difficult decision, and a Danish poet’s tip that a coin spinning in the air provides sudden clarity.
This, of course, led me to pondering the U.K.’s continuing Brexit dilemma and the potential for a coin-toss decision making process. A coin toss, at least in American politics, has been used to make some consequential decisions any number of times.
Of course, con men know that coin tosses can be rigged, and scientists have exposed dynamical bias in a supposedly random toss and tumble game.
What’s a country to do when every decision is fraught with peril, or at least with the potential for fraud? How to cherry-pick the best option? Or the least painful? Don’t fear — there’s an app for that.
Which brings us to my final word on the subject:
This daily NaHaiWriMo prompt also nicely ties in with Frank Tassone’s #Haikai Challenge # 73: Presidents.
Most of us are familiar with gargoyles, today’s NaHaiWriMo prompt. We are perhaps less familiar with the “non-functional” gargoyles that don’t serve as waterspouts to protect masonry. Known as chimeras or grotesques, they were meant to serve as a visible reminder of the narrow path between good and evil. In Somerset, U.K., these critters are referred to as hunky punks. Hunky punks spawned (pun intended) an interesting youth art festival in Langport. For those not wanting to travel across the Pond, how about a self-guided tour in the Upper West Side of NY?