Saturday Night Jazz Haiku

March 8, 2018 § Leave a comment

“Let’s dance.” I asked her

Knowing full well the answer.

No harm in trying.


Surprise! She said, “Yes.”

We stumble to the dance floor

Got to Love playing.


Later she told me

Like a refugee come home

Right away, she knew!


Saturdays we go

To talk, hear jazz and slow dance

Till sleep brings us home.


* In case you’re wondering, that is Juliette Binoche dancing with Johnny Depp in image #3. And the song “Got to Love” is a title track from Laila Biali’s latest jazz album.  “Let’s Dance,” “Refugee,” and “We Go” are also song titles from the album found in the haikus.


Autumn Run

February 1, 2018 § Leave a comment

Under the fall sky

Running, I forget myself

Spinning like a leaf.

Happy New Year! 2018

January 1, 2018 § Leave a comment

Eagle Haiku

May 9, 2017 § Leave a comment

Thoughts meandering

Lazy eagle in the sky

Caught in an updraft

Heron Moon Haiku

January 8, 2017 § Leave a comment


Wings taking to air

Silhouettes in pale moonlight

Freedom leaves no trace

Moonlight Haiku

December 27, 2016 § Leave a comment


Blue shadow on white

Each step an ice adventure

On this moonlit eve

Visions of St Nick in Action

December 24, 2016 § Leave a comment


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!


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.


Santa’s Workshop

Visions of old Santa

Fill each Sleepy Head, —

Dolls and elves and engines

And sailboats painted red.


St. Nick and his Reindeer

Who can that be coming?

Reindeer and a sleigh

Dashing over roof-tops!

St. Nick is on his way!


St. Nick’s Visit

Children dream and hope

For Christmas trees and fun,

Candy and surprises

And gifts for everyone.


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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