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On Island Winters

Thursday, December 29th, 2005

Alchera Project, Project 40, Option 2. Write a poem about winter from your perspective. Consider all of the normal winter things like Christmas, Hanukah, snowflakes, scarves, so on and so forth. But also consider any traditions you might have during this time of year. The poem should be written in 5-line stanzas with no more than 5 stanzas total and no less than three.

Where I live, the temperature declines
And everyone around me feels the chill
And winter parkas make appearance new
With locals shivering, feeling icy chills
As the mercury below 70 falls.

The alabaster sands in Waikiki,
Warm and sumptuous, must take the place
Of snow that like a blanket lies on ground.
The days grow short and sunset comes too soon
And everywhere the holidays take hold.

But is it truly winter when the air
Is soft and smooth and warm without the bite
Of winter frost? On islands tropical,
Are we less worthy of the Christmas cheer?
Must our Christmas be so sparkling white?

Not so, say I, for foliage all around
Are greener still than any Christmas tree
And last much longer, than th’ ephemeral twig
Which sheds its needles much too soon, and then
Is turned to mulch, and then is seen no more.


Thursday, August 25th, 2005

Alchera Project, Project 36, Option 2. Do a little bit of research on the year you were born–find out things like inventions, popular movies and entertainers, important events, et cetera–and write a poem dedicated to your birth and include things you learned about your year of birth.

Nixon visits China red,
Munich games, Israelis dead,
Argentines choose Juan Peron,
Airports are a gun-free zone.

Fischer dominates in chess,
Vietnam’s an awful mess,
U.S. troops are pulling back,
On Kitty Hawk fight white and black.

Agnes’ fury hits the beach
Feminists extend their reach,
Wallace falls at point-blank range,
All in all, a year of change.

Nixon tops McGovern’s vote,
Setting stage for old Deep Throat.
Crazy world is tossed and torn.
In this tumult, I was born.

(thanks to Wikipedia)

Digital Downloads – Delightful or Depraved?

Tuesday, July 5th, 2005

Alchera Project, Project 34, Option 5. A lot is changing in the music industry. We can now buy our music digitally, store it on a small device and carry it with us wherever we go…Write about this change, about how it’s effected you, how you’ve responded, what you support and don’t support, et cetera.

Laurie couldn’t have come up with this topic at a more opportune time, now that the Supreme Court’s decision against Grokster has become news.

Personally, I think the digital music revolution has brought great benefits. However, I can’t say that I endorse the way that it’s being used. I’m probably swimming against the tide on this, but I cannot condone the culture of copyright infringement that has resulted from it. Plus, I don’t utilize the new technology to the extent that others have, owing in large part to the legal questions that still surround it.

You Know You’ve Lived In Hawaii Too Long…

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

Alchera Project, Project 33, Option 4.

Home truly is where the heart is, and my home is on a group of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I know I’ve lived in Hawaii way too long…here’s why…in no particular order…

“Gear Up!”

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

Alchera Project, Project 33, Option 6.


And afterward the teacher said to his student, “Sigh…well, let that be a lesson to you next time we take off. When I say ‘gear up,’ that’s not what I meant.”

But Where’s The Wizard?

Monday, April 4th, 2005

Alchera Project, Project 32, Option 6.


…And Glenda the good witch said to Dorothy, who was dressed all in blue and wearing her ruby slippers, “Now click your heels three times, and say to yourself, ‘There’s no place like home…'”