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  1. @dughlas helped me remember walks on the beach. My thanks to him…

    In the drawer

    sand dollars and seashells

    live in a small painted wooden box,

    souvenirs of long afternoon walks at low tide

    when the sea sang soft to the sand bar

    of full moons and rhythms

    without rest. 

  2. Happy Canada Day! 

    1. Reader1810

      Reader1810

      Thanks, Parker. :) 

  3. It’s been months

    since I went anywhere,

    so I’m excited to hit the road 

    along a route I can drive with my eyes shut tight;

    yet I need to keep them wide open

    to watch the world and see

    how it’s changed. 

    1. dughlas

      dughlas

      Cherish the journey.

    2. Parker Owens

      Parker Owens

      The deep woods

      sigh soft from the northwest,

      and the yellowthroat taunts in its shrub;

      hidden on the forest floor, ovenbirds proclaim

      their availability and turf,

      while the green field ripples

      in the sun. 

       

  4. Just finished writing another magnum opus... my Calculus Exam! 
     

    My beta readers told me it wasn’t very original; most of the material was derivative.

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    2. CassieQ

      CassieQ

      I love it when I understand a math joke.  Mostly.  Maybe.  :P

    3. jamessavik

      jamessavik

      Wit is integral to any humor.

    4. Parker Owens

      Parker Owens

      I’m told my humor has its limits...

  5. So glad to see the sun... 

    the late snow has vanished!

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    1. jamessavik

      jamessavik

      Still, a bone chilling 60 degrees F here in the south. (that's 15.5 C) Burrr.

    2. Parker Owens

      Parker Owens

      Beats 24F here yesterday...

    3. ancientrichard

      ancientrichard

      :kiss:

      In the English Midlands 15.5 C is called 'mild'

      When I started school that was the recommended temperature for classrooms. I remember overhearing a conversation between teachers worried that the temperature was only 43F, people still used the F scale in those days. We were told to put on our overcoats !

  6. I wish everyone a Happy Easter! 

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    2. Aditus

      Aditus

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      Found one  for you! Happy Easter!

    3. chris191070
    4. dughlas

      dughlas

      Thank you and a Happy Easter to you.

  7. I shall be eating Pizza at exactly 1:59 today. Happy Pi Day!

  8. What I do between grading homework papers...

     

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    1. Sweetlion

      Sweetlion

      Drawing stylized sperm cells placed in hyperbolic functions??

       

       

      Spoiler

      😜

       

    2. Parker Owens

      Parker Owens

      I don’t suppose you’d believe it’s just an implicit trigonometric inequality?

    3. Parker Owens
  9. Whoever heard of calendulas blooming in December? In the north country? Never. Yet they’re blooming in my herb garden. 

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    2. WolfM

      WolfM

      2020. The year that makes no sense.

    3. Parker Owens

      Parker Owens

      This year has been amazingly strange.

    4. ancientrichard

      ancientrichard

      A frost recently finished off my begonias, but many other flowers are still flourishing, even some strawberry plants are flowering.

  10. Trees falling on wires

    lets November’s chill indoors

    to play with darkness.

     

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    2. Parker Owens

      Parker Owens

      Oh, my abominable spelling. Sheesh. Sorry about that. 

    3. northie

      northie

      How many people didn't notice?  *raises hand*  🖐️ :lol:

    4. Valkyrie

      Valkyrie

      I noticed, but blamed it on typing in the dark :gikkle:  

  11. Tonight I am making Atholl Brose, a honey liqueur with whiskey...

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    2. Parker Owens

      Parker Owens

      It smells divine in the kitchen. All bottled now...

    3. ancientrichard

      ancientrichard

      May we have the recipe ?

    4. dughlas

      dughlas

      Is it similiar to Drambuie?

  12. A sea of end-of-season marigolds. 

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    2. dughlas

      dughlas

      They are lovely. I am fond of marigolds.  

    3. northie

      northie

      And still with buds as well. 

    4. HanselMuffin

      HanselMuffin

      Wow I haven't seen marigolds in a while..I love their rich colors. ❤️

  13. There is still a ton of Swiss Chard in the garden. Does anyone have any good Chard recipes? 

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    2. Parker Owens

      Parker Owens

      @mollyhousemouse I like Chard done that way, too. I’ve also finished it with a bit of vinegar and perhaps a bit of natural sweetening. 

    3. drpaladin

      drpaladin

      Balsamic vinegar would be good.

    4. Parker Owens

      Parker Owens

      @drpaladin I also tried a flavored vinegar made locally: blackberry-ginger

  14. Yesterday, I beheld the shy, elusive Bittern. 

    1. dughlas

      dughlas

      And did the shy, elusive Bittern behold you or were you more stealthy than a cat? I am joyfilled by your fortune.

    2. Headstall

      Headstall

      Congrats. I have not been so fortunate.

      American Bittern Identification, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

    3. Zombie

      Zombie

      Wow! Even to hear one would be fantastic. I love that part of the world especially around Sheringham and there are nearby bird reserves but watery reed beds are not the easiest places for twitching! :P

      EDIT Mistakenly I‘ve always associated this bird with East Anglia but checking wiki shows it’s widespread across Eurasia, the Americas and the Antipodes.
      Also, I’ve always thought it looked like a heron and, sure enough, wiki confirms this. 
      Interestingly the same name seems to be used worldwide and we can thank William The Conqueror for this because the name comes from Old French which was brought to Britain after the famous defeat of 1066 and was the language of the ruling elite for centuries and all across the later Angevin Empire (English did not become the official language until medieval times). 

  15.  

    I woke

    to woeful news,
    the loss of an icon
    and sheet anchor in the current
    wild storms;
    may she
    repose in her well deserved peace,
    while we wrestle on earth
    to bring about
    justice. 
    1. Headstall

      Headstall

      The political hand rubbing at her passing makes me ill. 

  16. One week of in-person school is now done. So far, so good. 

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    2. dughlas

      dughlas

      Two of our local districts have had to close for this upcoming week because of active cases. One is the district where I live.

    3. Daddydavek

      Daddydavek

      Our local school district is trying to get the K thru 2nd graders back in school as remote learning is not going well for them... so they are hoping by October 1st or sooner rather than November 1st as previously planned.  But plans are subject to the vagaries of the pandemic....

    4. Lyssa

      Lyssa

      We are working for five weeks back in the classroom now. With very strict hygienic rules. And it seems to work out. Nevertheless, it is exhausting for all of us (teachers and students). No more group working, no more partner working, our beautiful school yard, which reminds more on a park is parted in different sectors, so the students of the same grade can play together and don't mix with other grades. Students can't walk alone through the school anymore, we have to bring them everywhere and of course wearing masks on every step. All hallways are one way streets. It seems like we are permanently walking from A to B with at least 20 to 40 kids in line. And we wash hands and hands and hands and disinfect them.... and clean the classroom every two hours, in case the housekeeping team couldn't come. The windows are open for aring all the time and we got the order to dress warm if the cold season comes and let the windows open. Yay for wearing ski jackets in the classromm. Sometimes I wonder, how we actually master to really teach as well. Surprisingly the kids learn well. I guess, they are happy to be in school again no matter what.

  17. Instant Pot sesame chicken:  a poem unto itself...

    1. jamessavik

      jamessavik

      Instant pot wasn't wut I thought. 😕

  18. So, I'm thinking of breaking my own rule - the one that says I shouldn't begin posting a story until it's done. Perhaps that's what I need to get my brain working again on finishing it up.

    1. Carlos Hazday

      Carlos Hazday

      Whatever it takes, bubba. I've considered the same thing. Desperate times call for innovative action.

    2. Valkyrie

      Valkyrie

      We'll read it, whenever you choose to start posting.  

    3. Timothy M.

      Timothy M.

      Sounds daring ;)

  19. There are about a thousand reasons I can think of not to mow the lawn...

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    1. Headstall

      Headstall

      Lawns are kind of ridiculous when meadows are so much more interesting, yet I mow mine religiously. :) 

    2. northie

      northie

      I love daisies. Such a simple flower.

    3. dughlas

      dughlas

      If I could I would allow bits of my lawn to become meadow.

  20. An experimental poem went up today. You can see what you think... https://gayauthors.org/story/parker-owens/disasters-delights-and-other-detours/70

     

    1. northie

      northie

      'Experimental'?  *heads off...*  :heart:

  21. Why is it that 30% chance of precipitation means a 100% probability that it will rain during the 30% of the day that I can spend in the garden?

    1. dughlas

      dughlas

      Come a dry spell this summer you'll likely want it to rain regardless of convenience.

    2. jamessavik

      jamessavik

      It's things like this that give stats & probability a bad reputation.

  22. The warblers are back! Can hummingbirds be far behind?

  23. A new week of poems is now posted. For the strong of stomach, you can read them here.

    https://gayauthors.org/story/parker-owens/idylls-of-isolation-napowrimo-2020/3

  24. Distance Teaching has meant a bunch of new technological challenges. I’m still getting used to all this. 

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    2. dughlas

      dughlas

      Wait! If we're all in the same boat does that negate social distancing?  

    3. jamessavik

      jamessavik

      As I hear a Doctor say this morning: We are all in this together: shoulder to shoulder... 6 feet apart.

    4. Lyssa

      Lyssa

      Hugs!

      I had my virtuell class romm set up working, then... the internet was gone all Tuesday in my part of Berlin city. 🙃  At least I tried my best.

  25. School is closed. I’m now moved to online teaching. I want my students back.

    1. Kitt

      Kitt

      Me too. I can't even teach online. Horseback riding is definitely a hands on thing.

    2. Lyssa

      Lyssa

      Me too! My kids are so little, but at least we try online teaching. And we planted on Monday together "I think of you" flowers to watch them grow for every kid to take home. *sigh*

    3. ancientrichard
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