This Week at Gatewood: April 19-April 25, 2015

Spring Greens 2 by P.L. Miller

Photo © 2015 by P.L. Miller. Used by permission of the artist.

by Frasier MacKenzie

Hello all! We’ve had quite an interesting week here – in the Chinese proverb sense of “interesting”! We certainly celebrated Earth Day, Dr. Nicholas’ birthday, and Arbor Day in style.

There have been high winds for this area, with several days of warnings from the National Weather Service. One day earlier in the week, this resulted in the dish blowing off the roof of Gatewood HQ (depriving us of Internet service for a day and a half). Not a big deal – many other folks have problems far worse than that every day. Service was restored the next afternoon by a very friendly and efficient technician. Hats off to – well, I was told I’m not allowed to disclose the name of the company or the technician; I imagine it’s probably against some rule for a cable or satellite technician to provide excellent service. Still, it happens occasionally, and we certainly appreciated it!

Yesterday a neighbor who chose to disregard the wind warnings burned some brush in his field, and the flames got out of control. A chunk of burning stuff blew over our parking area and landed on a pallet of mulch bags, starting a small fire. Fortunately, the fire department was already on the way by the time Mazie started barking about the flames out back, so the neighbor’s fire was contained before it spread any further. Rob’s handy kitchen fire extinguisher took care of our fire here. The neighbor was cited for burning without a permit and given a stern talking-to by the fire chief, though I doubt he’ll have to pay a fine.

Here are our features for the week of April 19-25:

Monday:Full Moon Over Earth,” photography by NASA

Tuesday:Baby Buffalo,” poetry by Geoff Hauser

Wednesday:12 Things I’ve Learned in 12 Years of Being a Cat,” by Dr. Nicholas

Friday:What is Life?,” photography by P.L. Miller and quote from Crowfoot

Remember, our Friday photo can be downloaded for free as a meditation card for your phone, tablet or computer. Share, print, ponder… enjoy!

Here are some favorite memes posted by our Special Assistant Dr Nicholas this week:

If you liked these, you’ll want to follow @docnicholas on Twitter for silliness, cat photos, tidbits about writing, and of course, daily updates on Journal posts.

That’s it for the Gatewood Weekend Wrap-Up for April 19-25. Enjoy the weekend, and try not to set the world on fire. Visit us again soon, won’t you?

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Google Plus
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Delicious
  • Digg
  • Add to favorites
  • Print

Baby Buffalo

buffalo

by Geoff Hauser

 

The Higgenbottom twins had a baby buffalo;

They asked me if I’d watch it while they practiced for their show.

We sat upon the stairs, baby buffalo and I.

(I was a bit surprised a buffalo could climb so high!)

 

The boy played piano and his sister played the flute;

They sang and danced around – it was really quite a hoot!

They played “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and some Gershwin tunes as well.

The buffalo and I agreed that it was pretty swell.

 

The baby buffalo suggested we could get an ice cream;

He said that riding in a car had always been his dream.

I wasn’t sure that he could fit into my car’s small seat,

So we contrived to get one from the Higgenbottom fleet.

 

We went to all the drive-throughs, ate ice cream ’til we were sick,

And then we ran around the park and played go-fetch-a-stick.

We ate a giant snow-cone and some cotton candy too,

Biscotti, nuts, and hot dogs from a food truck near the zoo.

 

The hour was late, I pointed out, we’d better get home now.

The twins would wonder where we’d been – their mom would have a cow!

We had a great adventure seeing sights and playing hookey,

And when we got home baby buffalo tossed up his cookies.

 

 

© Copyright 2015 by Geoff Hauser.

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Google Plus
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Delicious
  • Digg
  • Add to favorites
  • Print

This Week at Gatewood: Weekend Wrap-Up for March 8-14

antique camera newspaper

Photo via MorgueFile.

by K.C. Collins

Here’s your Weekend Wrap-Up for the week of March 8-14, 2015:

Monday:Lucky Fellows – Fungi Experts” by H. Koppdelaney

Tuesday:The Polar Bear Prince” by Geoff Hauser

Wednesday:Liber Tzaddi: Initiation, Balance, and the Eternal Companion” by D.V. Gray

Thursday:Three Things Thursday 2015/03/12” by Doc Nicholas

Friday:Walk the Path” by P.L. Miller

As always, we invite you to follow @docnicholas on Twitter to be updated on our daily posts. That’s it for the Weekend Wrap-Up for the week of March 8-14. Have a great week!

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Google Plus
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Delicious
  • Digg
  • Add to favorites
  • Print

The Polar Bear Prince

Polar Bear Drawing

Polar Bear Drawing by Rebeccarawrr. Licensed CC BY 4.0.

by Geoff Hauser

I have a rescued polar bear.
I got him from a friend.
She saved him from some walruses
Who bullied him no end.

His fur was pink and purple;
They’d painted him, you see,
Because they were so jealous
Of his royal pedigree.

He had a royal letter
In case of spots of bother;
It said he was the bastard son
Of some old queen’s dead father.

I do not know genetics.
My history I’ve forgotten,
But if my bear’s a polar prince,
I’m certain something’s rotten.

He doesn’t seem so princely
When he leaves fur in my tub.
(To get that pink and purple off,
We really had to scrub!)

He’s not aristocratic.
He scratches, snores, and farts,
And when I take him to the pub,
He’s very good at darts.

His tastes are rather simple:
He likes reruns of Dallas,
The only crown I’ve seen him wear
Is one from Burger Palace.

I really do not care about
My polar friend’s bloodline;
As long as he’ll poo in the loo,
I think we’ll do just fine.

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Google Plus
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Delicious
  • Digg
  • Add to favorites
  • Print

This Week at Gatewood: Weekend Wrap-Up for February 9-14

file0001431213452

Photo courtesy of MorgueFile.com.

by K.C. Collins

Here’s your Weekend Wrap-Up for the week of February 9-14, 2015:

Monday: “9 States of Consciousness” by Eduardo Rodriguez Calzado

Tuesday: “The Monkey-Man’s Dilemma” by Geoff Hauser

Wednesday: “Some Thoughts on Love, Sex, and Relationships” by “Queen Z”

Thursday: “Three Things Thursday” by Rob Colfax

Friday: “Solitude” by P.L. Miller

Saturday: Saturday Concert Series #14: Randy Newman

Throughout the week, our Special Assistant @docnicholas posted a number of memes to his Twitter timeline. Here are our favorites:

We made a slight change in coding this week in an effort to make the links more visible in each piece. We’re also trying out a new puzzle feature (below); you should have the option to work them onsite or print out as you like.

As always, we invite you to follow @docnicholas on Twitter to be updated on our daily posts. That’s it for the Weekend Wrap-Up for the week of February 9-14. Have a great week!

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Google Plus
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Delicious
  • Digg
  • Add to favorites
  • Print

The Monkey-Man’s Dilemma

monkeymanbw

by Geoff Hauser

Would you live among the savages
If it meant you could be free?
Would you sunbathe in a mud bath?
Would you sleep up in a tree?

Would you give away your money
To the children of the world?
Would you donate your computer
To a school of gifted squirrels?

Do you find it much appealing
Sitting in a suit and tie
Dozing off in the divorce court
While your wife is telling lies?

I have heard of Eastern mystics
Meditating in the rain
And I’ve often thought Thoreau
Might have made it rather plain

I would grow a tail to swing by
I would munch on nuts and leaves
And I wonder if a holy monk
Can laugh like chimpanzees?

© Copyright 2001 by Geoff Hauser. Republished 2003, 2004, 2011, 2015.

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Google Plus
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Delicious
  • Digg
  • Add to favorites
  • Print

The Fascination of What’s Foreign

Imaginations of a Rocket

by Geoff Hauser

Miranda dines on candlesticks
and things she catches in the air
like bats and bugs and aeroplanes
and hot balloon rides from the fair.
A she-goat though she is, I guess,
(to eat such things) I must confess:
I’m smitten by her appetite
and hope to take her home one night.

She wears a dress of cod filets;
it has a somewhat pungent air
with hearts embroidered on the sleeves
and starfish that adorn her hair.
Miranda’s mother should be proud–
she surely stands out from the crowd.
I’d like to ask her out for tea…
perhaps someday she’ll notice me.

Miranda went away last night;
she caused a spectacle and stir,
ascending in a bright green light,
in all her glorious fish and furs.
I once admired her from afar
and now she flies among the stars.
My broken heart and I adjourn
to contemplate our lessons learned.

© Copyright 2002 by Geoff Hauser. Republished 2003, 2004, 2011, 2014.

Share and Enjoy

  • Facebook
  • Google Plus
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Delicious
  • Digg
  • Add to favorites
  • Print
error: This is copyrighted content, and may not be used without permission.