Full Circle – Carpe Diem #3

“Called ”Full Circle” … the goal is to write haiku with the twelve (12) words given. It’s a kind of word-whirl and you have to use the words given in the clock-wise direction. So every word has to come in the line of it’s place on the clock e.g. mirror you have to use for line one (1) and leaves for line two (2) and so on.”
I will give you twelve (12) words (for every ”hour”) one word. The goal is to write haiku using the words as given in the clock wise way.

Here are the 12 (twelve) words:

1. mirror
2. leaves
3. rain
4. butterfly
5. chrysanthemum
6. breeze
7. stars
8. clouds
9. ocean
10. daisies
11. cow shed
12. secret

The mirror reflects

the leaves falling from the trees

in the lashing rainP1030041


Butterfly wings perch

amid the chrysanthemum

fanning in the breeze


Stars glimmer above

Uninterrupted by clouds

the ocean shimmersIMG_0149


Daisies grow taller

Around the broken cow shed

What secrets lie there?P1040256


To see more Full Circle Haiku or to join in the fun check out this post.

Holstee Manifesto

Mama Cormier:

I love this message and the fact that the entire video features cyclists resonates with me. Enjoy!

Originally posted on 61 Musings:

Sometimes it’s just a good idea to stop, take a deep breath, and remember what’s important in your life.  In case you haven’t thought about that in a long time, here is the Holstee Manifesto to spark your thinking.


In case words aren’t your thing, here is a video presentation to lift your spirits.

May you live a long and happy life, filled with creativity, passion and adventure!

Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another.  Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.

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Signs That Summer’s Coming to an End

….other than the cool temperatures

This morning on our walk we wore long pants and sweaters even though the sun shone brightly. I noticed that the leaves are starting to change, flowers are beginning to whither and seed pods and burrs are everywhere. I took a few photos of the changes. Enjoy!

International Dot Day – Sept 15th

yes you heard correctly, there really is a day to celebrate the dot

Peter Reynolds ‘The Dot’

Every year in September I start my art program by reading Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot. This year I discovered that there was a special day to celebrate the dot and it came about because of the book.

I’m not teaching as many art classes as I have in the past but all four of them started the year with painting circles and dots. We also looked at Wassily Kandinsky’s painting that featured a series of concentric circles. My kindergarten class made wonderful circles with oil pastels and watercolours. I will post examples of their work next week. Their teacher put them up in the hallway in time for our Meet the Teacher night this week. They were a big hit.

All of my grade 2 and grade 3 classes created dots using watercolour, marker, pastels and collage. The grade three class finished their dots in time to put them on a large tree in the hall. This week they started to make their own Kandinsky tree that they will be able to take home after they’ve been on display for awhile.