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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Helping Hands

January 11th, 2016 I showed up for jury duty call at the Williamson County Courthouse.  One judge in Missouri had said jury duty and paying taxes were the two primary ways the average citizens participates in our democracy.  Many think voting is the ultimate but that is really decided by an electoral college.  Sure, our votes can elect the electors for our state but still the president and vice-president are not elected by direct vote.

But this post is not about a civics lesson.  It is about what some would call the happenstance of life.  For me as a person of faith, I think of it as having a really good friend looking out for me.  And my listening.  I do not 'seek' only Christian medical personnel.  I just have faith that if I seek a person in a given field, what is needed will be in my path.  The latest surgery is a good case in point.

By chance I was the last person to be selected for jury duty.  All sorts of other folks were on the jury, too.  There were several delays as parts of the case were in objections that required review out of jury earshot.  So we 12 folks sat in a small jury room getting to know each other.  On person even brought a game for us to while away the minutes that led to hours.

My left knee just went into fits of pain for two days of the jury time.  One of the other jurors was a physical therapist at a local hospital.  I kept intending to ask her about different doctors.  The case settled and we were dismissed.  I had not gotten the information from her.  As I walked to my car she stopped to let me pass.  Quickly I asked her for the name of the best surgeon.  She gave me the name.  That was on Wednesday, January 13.  By Monday, January 25, I was on the gurney being wheeled into the operating room.

Today I am home healing faster that I would ever have expected.  Turns out all involved said I have the 'best' of surgeons.  I am thankful for all the helping hands of medical personnel,  people willing to share and a Creator that has our best interests at heart if we just trust what is in our paths.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

hot springs

Carpe Diem #903 hot springs

View of Hot Springs from the mountain tower in winter. Hot Springs National Park (color)
Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA
tucked in hills
hot springs bath house row
warms the souls

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

healing springs
wrapped in a fragrant mist
gush from earth's depths

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Baker Hotel remains, Mineral Wells, TX. ©  Janice Adcock 2015
The curative power of water to soak in or to drink is not new.  Ancient Native American artifacts can be found around the sites of the wells.  Boquillas Hot Springs has crude tubs carved into rocks long ago by the Native Americans.  The world wide use of hot springs can be traced back tens of thousands of years.

passing fad
empty ruins holding watch
spirit waters flow

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 


Kangetsu (cold moon)

Carpe Diem #902 Kangetsu (cold moon)

the cold moon
silver sliver in the dark
of a winter sky

from the cold moon
howling winter winds

star filled sky
surrounds the stone cold moon
jewelers dreams

the cold moon
reflecting in the old pond
hibernating frog

this cold moon
silhouetting Mt. Fuji
in the distant sky

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 


Friday, January 22, 2016


Carpe Diem #901 fields

snow blowing
©  Janice Adcock, March, 2007, In The Great Plains
across endless fields
Great Plains whiteout

in the blinding snow
a single cow

deep within the snowbank
barbed wire

cold night duty
the lone wolf howling
sends chills

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on 


Thursday, January 21, 2016

a trip along memory lane

Carpe Diem Special #193 Revise That Haiku ... a trip along memory lane

Logo of Carpe Diem's Revise That Haiku
Assignment is to revise the following haiku:

Daibutsu no katahada no yuki toki ni keri

the snow has melted
on one shoulder
of the Great Buddha

© Shiki

sun on brown grass
patch of snow hides in shadow
of the cherry tree

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

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daikan (great cold)

Carpe Diem #900 Daikan (Great cold)

freezing brass monkey
draw near the roaring fire
too late!

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

forest sounds
quelled in the great cold
sap explodes

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

frozen falls
shimmering in the morning cold
resting till the thaw

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Ten Tanka Techniques

Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #66 Teika's Ten Tanka Techniques by Jane Reichhold

Teika's Ten Tanka Techniques by Jane Reichhold
1. Mystery and depth - yūgentei, the image evoking ineffable loneliness
2. Appropriate statement - koto shikarubeki
3. Elegant beauty - urawashiki tei, characterised by harmony, balance, and beauty of cadence
4. Conviction of feeling - ushintei
5. Lofty style - taketakaki tei, a method of achieving grandeur and elevation 
6. Visual description - miru tei
7. Clever treatment - omoshiroki tei, a witty or ingenious treatment of a conventional topic 
8. Novel treatment - hitofushi aru tei, Using an unusual or original poetic conception 
9. Exquisite detail - komayaka naru tei
10. Demon-quelling - onihishigitei (or kiratsu no tei), characterised by strong or even vulgar diction and terms 

# 1

veiled in sorrow

the widowed mother
seeking solace
listening bass tones calling
from the distant river edge

# 2

waters from the sky
flowing between canyon walls
traveling with ease
over fallen rock faces
looking for a new home

# ? 3 ?

chiffon windows
filtering the daylight hours
through a sieve
leaving only the starlight
for another night ...

# 4

dismissive mouths
spitting hollow words
worthless use
of hallowed oxygen
climate change is real

# 5
splendor at dusk
rising from the valley floor
Mt Fugi is crowned
by the radiance from
Ra's fiery charriot

# 6
the last room
down the long hallway
smells of burning oil
sunlight spills across the floor
pooling on the prayer rug

# 7
waiting in line
the sheep nudging closer
to the shepherd
gripping the woolen neck
snips yielding sheared beauty

# 8
sage of old opines
nothing new under the sun
star grazers hope
search the heavens afar
for a new sun

# 9
golden threads
woven to tell her story
jewel encrusted words
displayed for all to see
who can read?


# 10
rattling sabers
sun glinting on blade edges
saints spilled blood
mingled with horse dung
making music for the king

There are my ten.  Mark them up and help me learn.

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on