yesterday was my favorite day of the week for crosswords
sunday paper delivered at home
weekend puzzle inside
waiting to challenge me
my personal process may include
a tiny bit (iota) of cursing (*&@^) at times
until that ‘aha’ (eureka moment) arrives.
word of the day:
part of speech: noun
origin: american english, mid 1970s
definition: a person who enjoys or is skilled at crosswords.
example in a sentence:
“my mother, the cruciverbalist, still receives the daily newspaper so she can solve the crossword with her pen.”
“just got excited at a crossword clue that was ‘cheese lovers’ and was like ooh,
there’s a name for people like me it turns out it was: mice.“
one of my fav films
these are my people.
happy april fools’ day, a day meant to celebrate the fool in all of us.
“to the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution.”
‘Friends Who Share Balloons’
“peace is not merely the absence of warfare,
any more than true health is simply the absence of a disease.
nor is peace simply a quiet state of equilibrium –
impossible to achieve in an evolving system.
though refraining from harm is an essential first step,
lasting peace is created by actively redressing harm done.
peace is a creative process of joining i and thou into a co-creative we.
it requires authentic communication, empathic listening, and wildly creative solutions.”
image credit: willowdayflowerproject by gina – Leaves, Twigs, Iris, Geraniums, Lilacs, Delphiniums, Hydrangeas, Marigolds all got together and became “Friends who share balloons.”
going through my piles of stuff
i found this page
from exactly 13 years ago
when I solved my first
nyt sunday crossword puzzle
all on my own
all spaces filled
I was so happy
this was a personal goal
I had worked on many puzzles
and finally began to learn
the styles of the editors/writers
what spaces, clues, word play, patterns, punctuation, puns, word roots,
capital letters, italics, other languages, irony, humor, sarcasm all meant
I like to work in ink
not crossing out clues
not in any order
do as much as I can
walk away once or twice
then it somehow all falls into place
sometimes I master it
sometimes it masters me
now every sunday
I eagerly grab my newspaper from outside the door
and the challenge begins once again.
I attribute it all to sheer will and bit of magic.
‘our whole life is solving puzzles.’
part of the lake house crew of friends
to create a solution
involving the installation of a new dock
2 sets of waders
4 people with different ideas
in the end
“the shape and solutions of the future
rely totally on the collective effort of people working together.
we are all an integral part of the web of life.”
jacque fresco, – Life Future People Together
kinders always find more than one way.
“even the straightest path has two directions.”
-paul macauley, into everywhere
one of these is not like the others….
‘the firefighter plan ahead and use less steps approach’
to getting winter clothes on
quickly and with less chaos
it must be humbly admitted,
does not consist in creating out of void,
but out of chaos.”
an attempted escape
this time from a speakeasy
wits/skills/trials and errors
right brains/left brains
big, big challenges
big, big fun.
“the doors of wisdom are never shut.”
when their quesadilla is too hot to eat
leave it to the little ones
to think out of the box.
one holds the quesadilla pieces,
while the other rides the rowing machine
to move the fan to cool the food.
for every two minutes on the rowing machine
riding fast to cool the food
you can eat one triangle and call it even.
‘creating problems is easy. we do it all the time. finding solutions, ones that last and produce good results, requires guts and care.’
Cuba offers rum to pay off $276m Czech debt
Cuban rum is a popular tipple in the Czech Republic. Cuba has come up with an unusual way to repay its multimillion dollar debt to the Czech Republic – bottles of its famous rum, officials in Prague say.
The Czech finance ministry said Havana had raised this possibility during recent negotiations on the issue.
Cuba owes the Czech authorities $276m (£222m), and if the offer is accepted the Czechs would have enough Cuban rum for more than a century. However, Prague said it preferred to get at least some of the money in cash.
Havana’s debt dates back from the Cold War era – when Cuba and what was at the time Czechoslovakia were part of the communist bloc. Cuba now does not have much money but it does have lots of rum – hence this unusual proposal, says the BBC’s Rob Cameron in Prague.
The Czech finance ministry said repayment was possible either with rum or pharmaceutical drugs. But Cuban drugs lack EU certification, so repayment with a more traditional medicine – popular in the Czech Republic – may be easier to arrange, our correspondent adds.
“the best solutions are often simple, yet unexpected.”
credits:bbc news, reuters,