Moonlight Haiku

December 27, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Blue shadow on white

Each step an ice adventure

On this moonlit eve

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Visions of St Nick in Action

December 24, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Merry Christmas, everyone!

Above is the cover of a diorama Christmas book published in 1950 by Phillips Publishers, Inc. The editor is Louise Dyer Harris. The actual book opens so that the front and back cover can be joined, leaving the images inside open as dioramas.  Of course, they appear here in 2 dimensions, so you will have to imagine the three layers the images open up as.

The book is now 66 years old and shows the effect of time. I photo shopped them to remove some of the imperfections and added an old frame effect to help make their presentation more pleasing.

This book decorated my family home when I was growing up and is one of my favorite Christmas time memories. I hope you enjoy this nostalgic look at the past. It is a far cry from today’s 3D printers, now being used to make Christmas decorations!

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Santa’s Castle at the North Pole

Children dream at Christmas

Of Teddy Bears that talk

And wake them from their sleeping

To take a magic walk.

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Santa’s Workshop

Visions of old Santa

Fill each Sleepy Head, —

Dolls and elves and engines

And sailboats painted red.

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St. Nick and his Reindeer

Who can that be coming?

Reindeer and a sleigh

Dashing over roof-tops!

St. Nick is on his way!

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St. Nick’s Visit

Children dream and hope

For Christmas trees and fun,

Candy and surprises

And gifts for everyone.

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Tired Santa Back Home

They dream of good old Santa,

A talking Teddy Bear,

Till, waking up, it Christmas!

It’s Christmas everywhere!

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Winter Solstice Haiku

December 22, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Evening’s dark lingers

In the sky, stars and planets

Winter in full bloom.

Bamboo Haiku

December 1, 2016 § Leave a comment

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When a bamboo cracks

Not everyone who hears it

Realizes the way

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