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# 1 photo: Tiffany Stained Glass Window
For Annie Kane 1926
One of tryptic:
Alpha: Angel of the Nativity


# 2 photo: The small intimate chapel to the left of the main altar
inside St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, Bar Harbor, ME

Last week, I went to St. Saviours Episcopal Church in
Bar Harbor, primarily to hear Chimesmaster Ilia Karp play
St. Saviour’s bells church bells.
I planned enough time to walk thru the church
and take time looking at the stained glass windows.
Joan, myself and often Ralph with us,
over the years spent many occasions at the church
for various programs.
The window that I have here is the one that started me
down memory lane about the times at the church with Joan.
It is near the front door and amazing. Another particular
space was the small chapel where Joan and I had attended,
I believe it was Morning Prayer, during a workshop.
The feeling of intimacy and the Holy Spirit is what I recall now.
Carillon bells
heard over the village
Amazing Grace
memories stirred
sentimental journey
written June 13, 2018 // Joan died April 13, 2018
TPOS prompt: June 29 tanka prose
TPOS prompt: February 4 2013 memory/experience

# 1 photo: Tiffany Stained Glass Window
For Annie Kane 1926
One of tryptic:
Alpha: Angel of the Nativity
# 2 photo: The small intimate chapel to the left of the main altar
inside St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, Bar Harbor, ME






prompt: Happy Hands \(^^)/
what you say to get a good photo
think happy happy
together for always
smiles light the world
day spent in idyllic setting
smiles for life is wonderful




Kathabella Wilson prompt

“happy hands” or whatever you say to get the picture…


(Somehow I had the idea, one day, to say “happy hands”!

This is what happens!

All the different personalities,

exuberant and sweet,

humorous and jubilant…’

come into play.

This was a wonderful celebation

the Friday Poets themselves put together

at our home for Kathabela’s birthday…

this is the finale photo. I said –“happy hands”

and look what happened.

What do you say when you want tp take a photo

that shows the personalities and spirit of a group…

and what do YOU think of “happy hands”??)




Kathabela Wilson wrote for the prompt:

We all know that life is challenging, changeable full of the unexpected and difficult. 

How do we deal with this? 

We’ve seen animals adapting to loss, and incapacity,

 and we all have such examples in our own lives and those we love. 

What are the ways of coping, confronting the natural and unnatural forces of life, 

the mishaps and the tragedies?

What have you observed,

 felt, what tangible examples

 of dealing with life’s challenges 

can you express in your tanka? 

How have you done this yourself? 

Sometimes we can help each other,

 but ultimately it is our own task and 

we are prey to the weaknesses of chemistry, 

environment and life itself.



MY RESPONSE: (I am 70 as I write this)


my mind says 

I’m in my twenties…

body says, “you wish’

mind says ok forty

body says get a walker



I find it is true … what “elderly” people

told me when I worked in a nursing facility.

If they didn’t have what ever problem required

them to be in a nursing facility,

they felt usually in their 30’s mentally.

At 70, I find it difficult to believe that I cannot

do, have the stamina to do what I did when I was

in my twenties, thirties, even older.  


photo from the Peeps photo site


Wednesday June 11, 2014 prompt: the details of celebration 

(traditions made by you or others) from Takayama, Japan

(my response tanka at the end in blue)


(Walking into the immense exhibition hall

of intricately carved wooden “floats”

in Takayama the variety and beauty

of human celebration gleamed

amidst glass reflections of amazing detail.


When they are in action,

twice a year the floats

are pulled across the red bridges of Takayama

and through the streets with traditional music

and is a great and beloved spectacle. 


Many have large marionettes

 as part of their carvings,

 one float takes eight puppeteers 

to enact the traditional gestures. 


There are in all of our personal histories, 

detailed traditions that are dear and intricate, 

and many that we ourselves create, 

and repeat, 

more private, personal, 

but with the same kind of powerful significance 

that grows with repetition, 

and becomes more intricate. 


When we were in the giant glass exhibition hall 

I was reminded of my tradition of saving broken things, 

my clear jars filled with colorful wonders, 

the collection growing more intricate

 (and humorous- it even contains my two small red cameras 

that stopped working with their lenses stuck out on our last trip to Japan! )


The clear glass viewing jars 

seem opposite and miniature 

and yet in tune with 

the glorious spectacle before us. 


Also the celebration of friends 

about to happen tonight, 

came happily to my imagination. 


During the visit in Hakone, 

where we travel today, 

some traditional meeting details 

will be enacted for sure. 


Mariko Kitakuboand I 

will one of the days where our “twin dresses” 

(costumes of celebration) 

we bought together on Catalina Island. 

I have the kimono she gave me in my suitcase… 

and there are other happy gestures 

that are details of our play. 


Kris Kondo will also join us, 

and I will wear the fantastic earrings 

she made as part of my costume. 

All the details and objects of association 

become like family treasures, 

cherished and brought out 

especially for the occasions of our meetings. 


What detailed traditional objects and ceremonies 

have you created yourself,

simple or elaborate,

that have strong associations,

meanings of the heart for you?


Also family traditions

that are unique to place and personal creation?


How do they open in meaning and power in your tanka?)


Kathabela Wilson's photo.
Kathabela Wilson's photo.



visiting “the sisters”
swimming and yummy cook out
cheers for S’mores 
santa’s, pumpkins, goblins chicks 

peeps and chocolate sublime
note: “the sisters” are my 3 sister in-laws
and I fondly call them “the sisters” when
referring to them together

(cKathabela Wilson  ..May 23 prompt: reuniting with old friends (Yiwei Huang, Shanghai, 2014)
Friday May 23, 2014 prompt: reuniting with an old friend on a journey
by Kathabela Wilson
(One of the highlights of this trip happened already!
It was to meet with Yiwei Huang.
Yiwei, a young mathematician ….
home from Singapore 
where he was getting his Phd 
was assigned 3 years ago 
to show us his home city of Nanjing 
and to lead us up Yellow Mountain. 
Our glorious adventures 
and our poetic collaborations 
joined our hearts, 
and he has translated hundreds 
of your tanka written for Tong Zhang 
and performed them a year ago 
for her by visiting with a power point. 
Now he is beginnng more translations 
of your newer tanka on her art. 
He is here for the conference 
and the joyous nature of the reunion is evident.
 What have been your reunions on your journey? 
We also have already had the joy 
of reuniting with Johannes Siemons, 
who was our host two years ago in Tuscany 
where we lived with him for a week
 in the 14th century stone house 
he restored there in the small village in Caprio. 
We have traveled many times with him, 
our ideal traveling companion 
and to be together is a joy and inspiration. 
How have reunions on your journey
been important to your life and art,
how do they sing in your tanka?
#1 Tanka reply:
journey reunions
not always what one wishes
exciting phone call
travel for hours ~ and then ~
still don’t enjoy her company
* Note:
Maine is a long state…I live
mid-way on the Downeast Coast
and after a days work, traveled
3 hours to meet someone in Porland
I hadn’t seen in many years ~ thinking
maybe we both have changed with age.
Then i just left and went home
~ but at least I tried, and now I know.



#2  Tanka reply:
phone call out of blue
good grief ~ half hour away
have RV will travel
will we recognize each other
he looks like his dad ~ I like mine !
I was a teen, he in his twenties
when we last were in the same place.
Our fathers were brothers.
We spent two wonderful days,
my cousin and his wife,
my husband, adult daughter and
her chidren,
reminiscing about times we spent
together and learning about each
other and our families.

sign on table at China Hill, Ellsworth, Maine, USA.  (c) 2014 Saradunn
bright come hither signs 
tempting signs sprout like weeds

drool starting words.
homemade equals “real butter”
calories eak out the sides


inspiration note:
Dom DeLuise,
long ago on
“Hollywood Squares”
was asked
“how many calories
in a Snickers candy bar? ”
Dom: “none”…pause
“if you break it in half
he pantomimed
and shook the invisible candy bar
“pouring” the calories out 
For Tanka Poets on Site/facebook
photo May 2014 Kathabela Wilson

photo (c) 2014 Saradunn


My inspiration:
sign with display at the local
Middle School. I did not have
permission to photograph the
art work.

second grade students
intrigued by imaginary creatures
illusion spells belief
1,  The Chimera was, 
according to Greek mythology,
a monstrous fire-breathing creature 
of Lycia in Asia Minor, 
composed of the parts of three animals
 — a lion, a snake and a goat
2.  illusion



written for facebook page.

NaHaiWriMo facebook site encourages

other than the standard 5-7-5 haiku forms.

It is a place to  have fun, play creatively,

experiment, try something new, practice

writing haiku daily.




The Sochi Olympics have me curious about some of the older sports
I watched,  just because, and newer sports I don’t understand.
 Too much information and so little time to learn about the sport of curling.
I have watched curling and thought I understood it, but realized that what ever
information I thought I knew was not enough to enjoy watching the Sochi 
I decided to make myself some notes from various sources on www. mostly 
wikipedia and HowStuffWorks.  
I decided I would post it in case there was someone else that was curious about
the sport of curling.  
This is how I make my notes to myself…in color, various type size and
with no rhyme or reason…just impulse as I type. 
Curling continued:  My notes from wikipedia, 
More complete information can be obtained there if you are 
better informed or understand the game better than I do at this point.
I got too confused trying to read more than one source at this point.
I’m into the part of curling that is most complex to me…
actually playing and scoring.
I also saw on the coverage in Sochi, part of the “fun” of the teams is the
most outrageous uniforms…bright colors and modern abstract art patterns.

Curling sheet

The playing surface or curling sheet is defined by the World Curling Federation Rules of Curling. .

The sheet is an area of ice, carefully prepared to be as flat and level as possible, 146 to 150 feet  in length.

by 14.5 to 16.5 feet in width.  Multiple games may be played simultaneously.

A target, the house consists of three concentric rings formed by painting or laying colored vinyl sheets

under the ice and are usually distinguished by colour. 

These rings are defined by their diameters as the four-foot, eight-foot and 12-foot rings. 

The rings are merely a visual aid for aiming and judging which stone is closer to the centre; 

they do not affect scoring but a stone must at least touch the outer ring or it does not score.


Each house is centered on the intersection of the center line, drawn lengthwise down the center of the sheet and one of the tee lines, drawn 16 feet (4.9 m) from, and parallel to, each backboard. 

These lines divide the houses into quarters.

The centre of each house, at the intersection of the centre line and the tee line, is known as the button


Two hog lines, are drawn 37 feet (11 m) from, and parallel to, each backboard.

The hacks are fixed 12 feet behind each button; a hack gives the thrower something to push against when making the throw. On indoor rinks, there are usually two fixed hacks, rubber-lined holes, one on each side of the centre line, with the inside edge no more than 3 inches (76 mm) from the centre line and the front edge on the hack line. A single moveable hack may also be used.


A curling sheet, with dimensions – CL: Centreline • HOL: Hogline • TL: Teeline • BL: Backline • HA: Hackline with Hacks • FGZ: Free Guard Zone


The ice may be natural but is usually frozen by a refrigeration plant.

 Most curling clubs have an ice maker whose main job is to care for the ice. It is common for each sheet of ice to have multiple sensors embedded in order to monitor surface temperature.

The delivery is the 

process of sliding a stone down the sheet.

The skip, or the captain of the team, will usually determine the various tactics to be used such as

taking-out, blocking or tapping another stone.

  • The weight of the stone is its velocity, which depends on the leg drive of the delivery rather than the arm.
  • The turn, handle, or curl is the rotation of the stone, which gives it a curved trajectory.
  • The line is the direction of the throw ignoring the effect of the turn.
This has gotten already too complex for me, but with my notes on the computer screen, maybe
I’ll understand.
The thrower throws from the hack. 
Another player, usually the skip, is stationed behind the button 
to determine the tactics, weightturn and line
and the other two may sweep in front of the stone to influence the trajectory.
The stone must be released before its front edge crosses the near hog line 
and it must clear the far hog line or else be removed from play (hogged).
The “eye on the hog” sensor in the stone will indicate whether the stone has been legally thrown or not.
The lights on the stone handle will either light up green, indicating that the stone has been legally thrown, or red.
The last rock in an end is called the “hammer.”

The winner is the team having the highest number of accumulated points at the completion of ten ends


Points are scored at the conclusion of each of these ends as follows

  • when each team has thrown its eight stones, 
  • the team with the stone closest to the button wins that end; 
  • the winning team is then awarded one point for each of its own 

                       stones lying closer to the button than the opponent’s  

  • Only stones that are in the house are considered in the scoring. 
  • A stone is in the house if it lies within the 12-foot (3.7 m) zone 
  • or any portion of its edge lies over the edge of the ring. 

Since the bottom of the stone is rounded

a stone just barely in the house will not have any actual contact with the ring, 

which will pass under the rounded edge of the stone, but it still counts. 

This type of stone is known as a biter.

Curling is a game of strategy, tactics and skill. 
And this is where i have decided to stop my lesson for myself for this Olympics.
Catch you again sometime as I tried to keep up with the world
around me.
Getting old isn’t for sissy’s or for those who stop wanting to know
about the world around them.  Curiosity and learning is ageless.
I have typed my notes from wikipedia on this section.  
I have tried to be accurate in my typing…
refer to for added details and for the reference sources.  


Salt Lake City 2002-Curling-A curling stone

The Sochi Olympics have me curious about some of the older sports
I watched,  just because, and newer sports I don’t understand.
Curling and skeleton are two older sports that fascinate me but I realize
I don’t know much about.
Too much information and so little time to learn about the sport of curling.
I have watched curling and thought I understood it, but realized that what ever
information I thought I knew was not enough to enjoy watching the Sochi 
I decided to make myself some notes from various sources on www. mostly 
wikipedia and HowStuffWorks.  
I decided I would post it in case there was someone else that was curious about
the sport of curling.  
This is how I make my notes to myself…in color, various type size and
with no rhyme or reason…just impulse as I type. 
( My other unusual favorite Olympic sport is The Skeleton…
mainly because I can’t image why someone would do it and fascinated by the danger
of it.  It is not as complicated as Curling…
it’s more in my mind…why and WoW ! )

The word curling first appears in print in 1620 in Perth,

 in the preface and the verses of a poem by Henry Adamson.

The game was (and still is, in Scotland and Scottish-settled regions like southern New Zealand)

Is also known as “the roaring game” because of the 
sound the stones make while traveling over the pebble
(droplets of water applied to the playing surface). 
The verbal noun curling is formed from the verb curl, which describes the motion of the stone.
In the early history of curling, the playing stones (or rocks)
were simply flat-bottomed river stones 
that were sometimes notched or shaped;
the thrower, unlike those of today,
had little control over the stone,
and relied more on luck than on skill and strategy. 
because of the variance and inconsistency
 found in the size of river stones,
the velocity of so-called ‘curls’ varied hugely.
It is recorded that in DarvelEast Ayrshire, the weavers relaxed by playing curling matches.
The stones they used were the heavy stone weights from the weavers’ “warp beams,” 
fitted with a detachable handle for the purpose.
Many a wife would keep her husband’s brass curling stone handle on the mantelpiece,
brightly polished until the next time it was needed.
File:Curlingsheet flip.svg
A key part of the preparation of the playing surface is the spraying
of water droplets onto the ice, which form pebble on freezing.
The pebbled ice surface resembles an orange peel,
and the stone moves on top of the pebbled ice
As the stone moves over the pebble, any rotation of the stone
causes it to curl to the inside or outside.
The amount of curl (commonly referred to as the feet of curl
can change during a game as the pebble wears; the ice maker must monitor this
and be prepared to scrape and re-pebble the surface prior to each game.
The curling stone (also sometimes called a rock in North America) is made of granite
 … .weight between 38 and 44 pounds.
…  maximum circumference of 36 inches
…  a minimum height of 4.5 inches
The granite for the stones comes from two sources: Ailsa Craig,
 an island off the Ayrshire coast of Scotland and the Trefor Granite Quarry in Wales.
Ailsa Craig is the traditional source and produces two types of granite,
Blue Hone and Ailsa Craig Common Green.
Blue Hone has very low water absorption,
 which prevents the action of repeatedly freezing water from eroding the stone.
Ailsa Craig Common Green is a lesser quality granite than Blue Hone.
In the past,
most curling stones were made from Blue Hone
but the island is now a wildlife reserve
and the quarry is restricted by environmental conditions that exclude blasting.
The last “harvest” of Ailsa Craig granite 
by Kays took place in 2013, after a hiatus of 11 years;
 2,000 tons were harvested,
sufficient to fill anticipated orders through at least 2020.
Trefor granite comes in shades of pink, blue and grey. The quarry supplies
curling stone granite exclusively to the Canadian,
The  only part of the stone in contact with the ice is the running surface,
a narrow, flat annulus or ring, 0.25 to 0.50 inches
wide and about 5 inches (130 mm) in diameter
The sides of the stone bulge convex down to the ring
and the inside of the ring is hollowed concave to clear the ice.
A handle is attached by a bolt running vertically through a hole
in the centre of the stone.’
The  handle allows the stone to be gripped and rotated upon release
on properly prepared ice 
the rotation will bend (curl) the path of the stone in the direction
in which the front edge of the stone is turning, 
especially as the stone slows.
Handles are coloured to identify each team;
two popular colours in major tournaments being red and yellow.
In competition, an electronic handle known as the eye on the hog 
may be fitted to detect hog line violations, the game’s most frequent cause of controversy.
The curling broom, or brush, is used to sweep the ice surface in the path of the stone,
 and is also often used as a balancing aid during delivery of the stone.
Prior to the 1950s, most curling brooms were made of corn strands
and were similar to household brooms of the day
Modern curling brush handles are usually
hollow tubes made of fiberglass or carbon fiber
instead of a solid length of wooden dowel.
These hollow tube handles are lighter and stronger than wooden handles,
allowing faster sweeping
and also enabling more downward force to be applied
to the broom head with reduced shaft flex.

Curling shoes are similar to ordinary athletic shoes except that they have dissimilar soles;

the slider shoe is designed for the off foot (or sliding foot) and the non-sliding shoe for the hack foot.

The slider shoe is designed to slide and typically has a Teflon sole.

 It is worn by the thrower during delivery from the hack and by sweepers 

or the skip to glide down the ice when sweeping or otherwise traveling down the sheet quickly


The non-sliding shoe, or hack foot shoe, is worn by the thrower on the hack foot

during delivery and is designed to grip. 

It may have a normal athletic shoe sole or a special layer of rubbery material applied 

to the sole of a thickness to match the sliding shoe.

The toe of the hack foot shoe may also have a rubberised coating on the top surface

or a flap that hangs over the toe to reduce wear on the top of the shoe

as it drags on the ice behind the thrower.

Other equipment include:

  • Curling pants, made to be stretchy to accommodate the curling delivery.
  • stopwatch to time the stones while sweeping to get a feel of the speed of the stone.
  • Stopwatches can be attached either to clothing or the broom itself.
  • Curling gloves and mittens, to keep the hands warm and improve grip on the broom.
More to follow…this is the most I can absorb at one time…
before the curling begins, hope to learn the rest !


2/1/2014 5:30:00 PM