yarra

yarra

/ˈjarə/
adjective
Australian
informal
Mad; crazy.

Origin
1940s: from the name of a psychiatric hospital at Yarra Bend, Victoria.

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I’ve never been to Yarra Bend in Australia. I’m often close to going ’round the bend, from doing these yarra daily words!

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Cycles

In morning’s early hours
Ideas bloom like flowers
Many efforts spurt and jerk,
But, on occasion, some good work.

Afternoons are quiet.
After the morning’s riot.
Ideas still percolate
But without a hectic spate.

Lunch is very often followed
By a nap after food is swallowed.
Then later in the day.
The mind’s again at play.

At the evening’s approach
I state without reproach
The lids of eyes conspire
To make me soon retire.

Then reading just a bit
As I lie instead of sit.
In comfort, bed’s my home
As through my dreams I roam.

Creativity

Creativity is a self-filling pitcher. No matter how often we pour our ideas onto the page, the blog, the fediverse, new ones or, at least, provoking variations fill the temporary void.

As a corollary, avoiding the step of pouring out the ideas can have the effect of merely bottling and capping the output, trapping the creative process itself.

Moral: Don’t hold it in. Pour your ideas freely. Who cares if nobody else cares! And there’s a chance someone will make something useful in the end!

Gratitude

Mornings are generally brighter
Than the preceding night.
Structure somewhat tighter
Than a dream state, right?

Enhanced experience of day
Interactive time with others.
No absurd overlays in play
With online sisters and brothers.

I’m reaching out with thanks
To those of you out there
Who build my day with planks
Nailed solid and cut square.

apophenia

apophenia

/a-pə-ˈfē-nē-ə/
noun
the tendency to perceive a connection or meaningful pattern between unrelated or random things (such as objects or ideas)

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The cat licked it’s front paws, one after the other. The dog slobbered as it chewed the rawhide “bone”. Dad smiled around his pipe stem. Brother Joey was engrossed in his comic book. Mom glared at each of them. Was this a case of normal-family apophenia as perceived by sister Sally?

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Focus

Original, unique.
It’s something we might seek.
Trying to be our very best.
But I’ll again be different by next week

I can’t be an insider.
Tight focus not my chore.
More and ever wider
Breadth, not depth. Explore!

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suffrage

suffrage

/ˈsʌfrɪdʒ/
noun
mass noun The right to vote in political elections.

Origin
The modern sense of ‘right to vote’ was originally US (dating from the late 18th century).

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The phrase “universal suffrage” has the implication that we humans would be allowed to vote on any planet, not just our poorly maintained sphere.

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argonaut

argonaut

/ˈɑːɡ(ə)nɔːt/
noun
A small floating octopus, the female of which has webbed sail-like arms and secretes a thin coiled papery shell in which the eggs are laid.
Genus Argonauta, order Octopoda
Also called paper nautilus

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Here Jason was in his ignorance, thinking argonauts were some group of adventurous sailors out of ancient Greece. Instead he finds they are little octopus critters with a shell. [Wasn’t there even a movie?]

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