Haiku-San, Vineyard, #Haiku #Sunday #HaikuSan via @PatFurstenberg

Vineyard, a Sunday Haiku: Haiku-San

Rusty leaves; no grapes,

Summer’s heat trapped inside them.

Vineyard’s bouquet gift.

~

You can read more haiku on my blog here or in my new book of poetry, As Good AS Gold.

As typical with Furstenberg’s writing, the creativity and vivid imagery poured into this collection is outstanding.” (Dandelion Inspired)

beautiful Haiku at the end of the book will make you settle down with a loving sigh” (Review This Reviews). As Good As Gold is also available in Large Print, colorful pictures, a dyslexia friendly edition: get it on Amazon UK, Amazon US 

I chose the name Haiku-San as it derives from Haiku, meaning unusual verse in Japanese (hai=unusual, ku=verse, strophe) and San, the honorific Japanese title when speaking about people. San is also the phonetic transcription of the first syllable of the English word Sunday, Sun-day hence Haiku-San, a Sunday feature on Alluring Creations involving Haiku I write.

Text and Haiku-San © Patricia Furstenberg.

(Image courtesy Charl van Rooy, Unsplash)

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24 Great Experiences To Share With Your Dad This Father’s Day or Birthday #FathersDay #Birthday #MensDay #Dad #parenting #experience #family via @PatFurstenberg

This Father’s Day, choose to spend time with your dad rather than giving him an expensive gift. Shared experiences are much more effective in improving or maintaining positive relationships than material gifts, a study shows, because experiences are “more emotionally evocative”.

Shared experiences have the added value of strong reactions, be it excitement or awe, an adrenaline rush or the bliss of relaxation. So, create some memories to last you a lifetime.


24 Great Experiences and Cool Activities To Share With Your Dad

  1. Cook a meal with your dad, or make him a meal or simply a cup of coffee or tea.
  2. Invite him over and braai together.
  3. Sit down and talk to your dad. Go and have a beer together.
  4. Go and have a haircut with your dad.
  5. Find a live performance to take your dad to and enjoy it together: a live band, a play at the theatre or a stand-up comedy event.
  6. Take him to the park or out to the countryside and enjoy a walk together.
  7. Watch a sports game on TV.
  8. Take your dad to a live sports game.
  9. Go fishing.
  10. Test drive a new car together.
  11. Enjoy an ice-cream with your dad and this time you be the one to buy it.
  12. Write your dad a thank you note or a letter instead of just sending him a text.
  13. Do some gardening with your dad.
  14. Take him on a picnic.
  15. Go and fly a kite together.
  16. Take your dad hiking.
  17. Go and cycle with your dad, or play a game of tennis or any other game you both enjoy.
  18. Play frisbee on the beachor at your local park.
  19. Go camping with your dad for the weekend.
  20. Play a game of putt-putt.
  21. Take a ride with your dad in a steam train.
  22. Take your dad sightseeing in the city.
  23. Go with him to the zoo or a bird park.
  24. Take your dad to a flea market or a Sunday food market and enjoy the experience together.

Father’s Day History

The modern traditions of Father’s Day are easily traceable to the beginning of the 20th century in the United States. The Americans pinpoint the origin of Father’s Day to June 19 1910 in Washington, when Sonora Smart Dodd, while attending a church service in honour of Mother’s Day, decided to honour her father, a Civil War veteran who raised his six children alone after the premature death of his wife.

Of course, the idea could have been sparked by a church service that took place two years earlier, when a congregation from West Virginia honoured 361 men killed in a mine explosion. But it wasn’t until 1966, when the 36th president of the U.S., Lyndon B Johnson, signed an executive order that the third Sunday in June became the official day on which to celebrate Father’s Day. In 1972, President Richard Nixon recognised it officially as a U.S. national holiday.

Catholics have celebrated their fathers since the Middle Ages. Western Christianity has honoured fathers since the 10th century on March 19, the Day of St Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and legal father of Jesus Christ. It was the Spanish and the Portuguese who brought this celebration to Latin America.

Father’s Day Traditions Around the World

In Germany, Father’s Day is celebrated on Ascension Day (the Thursday 40 days after Easter) and it is also called Gentlemen’s Day, Herrentag. Men over the age of 18 go hiking in groups, pulling a small wagon filled with wine or beer and lots of food. The tradition is probably rooted in 18th-century Christian traditions, when men would be seated in a wooden cart and carried to the central plaza of the village where the father with the largest family would win a prize.

Greece celebrates all fathers on this special day, including those who are divorced. Professor Dr Nicolas Spitalas created the International Movement of Dads. His association, SYGAPA (Men’s and Father’s Dignity), is the biggest movement of this kind in the world with 35,000 members.

In Thailand,it is tradition to give fathers and grandfathers a canna flower as a gift. It is considered a symbol of manhood.

In Mexico, during Father’s Day, Dia del Padre, fathers often participate in a 21km race.

In Japan, fathers receive origami presents made by their children.

In France, Father’s Day, La Fête des Pères, was introduced by a lighter manufacturer in 1949. A national committee would decide which dads deserved the reward, a “Flaminaire” lighter, the most.

(Initially posted on the Huffigton Post SA, 17 June 2018)

A father seen through his child’s eyes:

At 2 – dad can pull silly faces

at 5 – dad can lift me on his shoulders

at 10 – dad can swim the furthest into the ocean

at 20 – dad can buy me red boots

at 30 – dad can cry at my wedding

at 35 – dad is the funniest grandad

at 40 – dad can share amazing memories

at 50 – I wonder what were my father’s dreams?

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Haiku-San, Father

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Music Monday, The Greatest Show from The Greatest Showman via @PatFurstenberg #GreatestShowman #ZacEfron #musical #pop #musicmonday

Music Monday, “The Greatest Show” from “The Greatest Showman” via @PatFurstenberg #GreatestShowman #ZacEfron #musical #pop #musicmonday

“The Greatest Show” is a truly inspirational song about recognizing one’s true passions, ceasing any false pretends and showing your true self and what makes yourself tick. Following one’s dreams takes courage as you never know where it might lead you, but it most definitely is empowering and intoxicating.

“The Greatest Show” is powerfully performed by Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Keala Settle, Zendaya, and The Greatest Showman Ensemble in the beginning and ending of “The Greatest Showman”.

[Hugh Jackman:]
(Whoa) colossal we come these renegades in the ring
(Whoa) where the lost get found and we crown them the circus kings

[Ensemble and Hugh Jackman:]
Don’t fight it, it’s coming for you, running at ya
It’s only this moment, don’t care what comes after
It’s blinding, outshining anything that you know
Just surrender ’cause you’re calling and you wanna go

Where it’s covered in all the colored lights
Where the runaways are running the night
Impossible comes true, intoxicating you
Oh, this is the greatest show
We light it up, we won’t come down
And the sun can’t stop us now
Watching it come true, it’s taking over you
Oh, this is the greatest show

[Hugh Jackman and Keala Settle:]
It’s everything you ever want
It’s everything you ever need
And it’s here right in front of you
This is where you wanna be (this is where you wanna be)
It’s everything you ever want
It’s everything you ever need
And it’s here right in front of you
This is where you wanna be
This is where you wanna be

[Ensemble, Zac Efron, Keala Settle, Zendaya and Hugh Jackman:]
Where it’s covered in all the colored lights
Where the runaways are running the night
Impossible comes true, it’s taking over you
Oh, this is the greatest show

We light it up, we won’t come down
And the sun can’t stop us now
Watching it come true, it’s taking over you

[Zac Efron:]
This is the greatest show
[Ensemble:]
Where it’s covered in all the colored lights
Where the runaways are running the night
Impossible comes true, it’s taking over you
Oh, this is the greatest show
We light it up, we won’t come down
And the walls can’t stop us now
I’m watching it come true, it’s taking over you
Oh, this is the greatest show

[Zac Efron and Zendaya:]
‘Cause everything you want is right in front of you
And you see the impossible is coming true
And the walls can’t stop us (now) now, yeah

This is the greatest show (oh!)
This is the greatest show ”

“The Greatest Show” lyrics are property and copyright of their owners. “The Greatest Show” lyrics provided for educational purposes and personal use only.

Single from The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Music composed by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You can pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I thoroughly enjoyed this blog feature on Mischenko’s lovely blog, ReadRantRockandroll .

More Music Monday posts:

Music Monday: Halloween Special 🎃 Toploader – Dancing in the Moonlight

Music Monday 🌍 Toto – Africa, soft-rock, jazz-fusion

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Red Poppy Haiku via @PatFurstenberg #Remembrance2018 #LestWeForget #ThankYou100 #RemembranceDay2018 #ArmisticeDay100

Red Poppy Haiku via @PatFurstenberg Remembrance Day 2018 #LestWeForget #ThankYou100 #ArmisticeDay100

They went with a song,

Buried their dreams in green grass.

Red poppy in hand.

~

God Bless all of our soldiers.

Armistice Day is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I. Armistice Day took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. A formal peace agreement was only reached when the Treaty of Versailles was signed the following year.

~

You can read more haiku on my website here.

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Haiku-San, Autumn, #Haiku #Sunday #HaikuSan via @PatFurstenberg

Autumn, a Sunday Haiku: Haiku-San

Painting leaf by leaf

Oh, autumn, you wash your brush

In each lake I see.

~

You can read more haiku on my blog here or in my new book of poetry, As Good AS Gold.

As typical with Furstenberg’s writing, the creativity and vivid imagery poured into this collection is outstanding.” (Dandelion Inspired)

beautiful Haiku at the end of the book will make you settle down with a loving sigh” (Review This Reviews). As Good As Gold is also available in Large Print, colorful pictures, a dyslexia friendly edition: get it on Amazon UK, Amazon US 

I chose the name Haiku-San as it derives from Haiku, meaning unusual verse in Japanese (hai=unusual, ku=verse, strophe) and San, the honorific Japanese title when speaking about people. San is also the phonetic transcription of the first syllable of the English word Sunday, Sun-day hence Haiku-San, a Sunday feature on Alluring Creations involving Haiku I write.

Text and Haiku-San © Patricia Furstenberg.

(Image courtesy Ricardo Gomez Angel, Unsplash)

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Umbrage Haiku via @PatFurstenberg #haiku #umbrage #Umbridge #HarryPotter #hp #game

Umbrage Haiku

Trees’ cool, deep umbrage

Guards winding, secret trails. Run-

Dolores Umbridge.

~

I found it interesting that umbrage has another meaning, besides “a feeling of pique or resentment at some often fancied slight or insult”. Umbrage also means shade, shadow, shady branches – how beautiful – as well as hint, suspicion.

It was the shady meaning of umbrage that sparked this haiku.

You can enjoy more haiku on this page of my website or in my new book of poetry and haiku, As Good AS Gold:

“I have a confession to make. I’m not much of a dog lover. I’m more a cat person so I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy As Good As Gold, celebrating dogs. I needn’t have worried. I thoroughly enjoyed this charming collection of verse and as a result of reading it I think I understand dogs so much better.” @Lindahill50Hill, Book Reviewer

There is something truly magical about this wonderful collection. Having read each poem, I love how every word celebrates our canine companions from the tip of their wet noses to the wag of their tails.” (Susan Day, Editor and Author)

As Good As Gold is also available as an e-book, paperback and in Large Print, colorful pictures, a dyslexia friendly edition: get it on Amazon UK, Amazon US 

Text and Haiku © Patricia Furstenberg.

(Image courtesy Lucie Hošová, free on Unsplash)

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Music Monday 🌍 Toto – Africa, soft-rock, jazz-fusion via @PatFurstenberg, #musicmonday #rock #fusion #jazz #marimba #Africa

Music Monday 🌍 Toto – Africa, soft-rock, jazz-fusion via @PatFurstenberg, #musicmonday #rock #fusion #jazz #marimba #Africa

This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You can pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I thoroughly enjoyed this blog feature on Mischenko’s lovely blog, ReadRantRockandroll .

Toto’s Africa is a wonderful song describing the African’s love for their continent.  The use of local instruments such a marimbas and drums with their constant rhythm adds to the feeling of belonging. You have to witness the long, dry months of African winter and its effect on people’s and animal’s lives to grasp the true meaning of

“I bless the rains down in Africa.”

Enjoy!

“I hear the drums echoing tonight
But she hears only whispers of some quiet conversation
She’s coming in twelve-thirty flight
Her moonlit wings reflect the stars that guide me toward salvation

I stopped an old man along the way
Hoping to find some old forgotten words or ancient melodies
He turned to me as if to say,
“Hurry, boy, it’s waiting there for you.”

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

The wild dogs cry out in the night
As they grow restless longing for some solitary company
I know that I must do what’s right
Sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti

I seek to cure what’s deep inside
Frightened of this thing that I’ve become

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had

“Hurry, boy, she’s waiting there for you.”

It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
I bless the rains down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had”

“Africa” lyrics are property and copyright of their owners. “Dancing In The Moonlight” lyrics provided for educational purposes and personal use only.

Artist, Producer: Toto

Single: Toto IV

Recorded: October 18, 1981

Genre: Soft rock, Jazz fusion

Label: Columbia

Songwriters: David Paich, Jeff Porcaro

Do you have a song that conjures to you a country or an area?
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Haiku-San, Grey Clouds, #Haiku #Sunday #HaikuSan via @PatFurstenberg

Grey Clouds, a Sunday Haiku: Haiku-San

Covered with a lid,

Trapped energy, no escape.

Gray clouds hang over.

~~~~~

Read more Haiku in my new book of poetry and haiku, As Good AS Gold:

My little girl loves dogs so she really enjoyed listening to the poems as they really were lots of fun and designed to make you smile.” (Rae Reads)

I’d recommend As Good as Gold to fans of poetry and books about dogs in general. It’s a great read for people of all ages.” (Book reviews by Jasmine)

As Good As Gold is also available in Large Print, colorful pictures, a dyslexia friendly edition: get it on Amazon UK, Amazon US 

I chose the name Haiku-San as it derives from Haiku, meaning unusual verse in Japanese (hai=unusual, ku=verse, strophe) and San, the honorific Japanese title when speaking about people. San is also the phonetic transcription of the first syllable of the English word Sunday, Sun-day hence Haiku-San, a Sunday feature on Alluring Creations involving Haiku I write.

Text and Haiku-San © Patricia Furstenberg.

(Image courtesy Vidar NordliMathisen, free on Unsplash)

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Trick or Treat Night 🎃, Halloween Haiku via @PatFurstenberg #haiku #halloween

War, candy galore,

Ghosts, witches, zombies. Knock-knock.

It’s trick or treat night.

~

Happy Halloween!🎃

More haiku for you:

Bones Celebration

Arachnophobic

Haunted Halloween

Enjoy more haiku in my new book of poetry and haiku, As Good AS Gold:

What I really liked about the book is that it is seen through the eyes of a dog but there isn’t an attempt to make every poem sentimental about it being man’s best friend.” (5*, Peter, Amazon TOP 1000 Reviewer)

I thoroughly enjoyed As Good As Gold. The photographs of the dogs that accompany the poems are adorable, and striking. They add another depth to the words, which I thought was beautiful.” (Jessica, 5* Amazon review)

As Good As Gold is also available in e-book, paperback and Large Print, colorful pictures, a dyslexia friendly edition: get it on Amazon UK, Amazon US 

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Pumpkin, Halloween Haiku via @PatFurstenberg #haiku #halloween

Fleshy, toothless glow

White bones with rusty hook carved

Pumpkin Halloween.

~

More haiku for you:

Arachnophobic

Haunted Halloween

I am Life

Read more Haiku in my new book of poetry and haiku, As Good AS Gold:

There is something truly magical about this wonderful collection. Having read each poem, I love how every word celebrates our canine companions from the tip of their wet noses to the wag of their tails.” (Susan Day, Editor and Author)

A fantastic read whether you’re child or adult” (5* Amazon Review)

As Good As Gold is also available as an e-book, paperback and in Large Print, colorful pictures, a dyslexia friendly edition: get it on Amazon UK, Amazon US 

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