A Pen, Guin and Me Selfie

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Meet my new furiends Pen and Guin. We were all set to go to the annual Penguin Plunge event on New Years Day this year and then found out it got cancelled. Apparently on New Years Eve day, a boat with a wooden hull had sprung a leak and started sinking. The skipper decided to head for shallower waters so it wouldn’t sink very deep. Unfortunately that was the boat launch at Rocky Point Park here in Port Moody where hundreds of humans gather to take a traditional dip in the frigid sea water to start the new year.

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New Years Day 2015 Penguin Plunge, Rocky Point Park boat launch, Port Moody, BC

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New Years Day 2016, Rocky Point boat launch, Port Moody, BC (photo: Sheila Leavitt)

 
We were all very disappointed, and instead of spending a very beautiful but cold and somewhat foggy day on the water with the other silly humans wearing silly penguin hats, we spent most of the day in our land home, doing nothing. We could have gone to another Penguin Plunge event that was scheduled a couple of hours later in another community about twenty minutes away by boat, but Minstrel has recently developed a mysterious electrical problem and unless the generator is running, we have no power coming into the boat. The generator is louder inside the boat than out, and that was the last thing we needed to hear after a late night of “ringing in” the new year.

Pen and Guin usually stay outside the house in their light-up hot air balloon during the Christmas season, but before they left to go back to their home at the south pole, I took advantage of a rare indoor moment to get a selfie with them. They’ll be back again next December.

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My True Blue Selfie

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True blue
True blood
Blood stains
Blood on hands
Hands over fists
Hands holding weapons
Weapons of destruction
Weapons in secret
Secret locations
Secret agents
Agents of doom
Agents of injustice
Injustice is served
Injustice is hard
Hard reality
Hard hit
Hit hard
Hit a target
Target practice
Target the innocent
Innocent lives lost
Innocent not guilty
Guilty of what
Guilty for being human
Human kind
Human race
Race of life
Race to end
End the madness
End the hatred
Hatred does not cease hatred
Hatred is ceased by love
Love thyself
Love heals wounds
Wounds that run deep
Wounds of war
War torn
War is hell
Hell on earth
Hell of a time
Time to change
Time is of the essence
Essence of trust
Essence to let
Let go of fear
Let us pray
Pray for peace
Pray for Paris
Paris…
Peace…

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Poetry 101 Day 9: As temperatures begin to drop in the Northern Hemisphere, let’s focus our attention today on “cold,” and whatever that word evokes in you. Write a poem that will send chills down our spines (literally or not). Our form was to be a concrete poem but I changed it to a Blitz Poem, a poetry form created by Robert Keim. This form of poetry is a stream of short phrases and images with repetition and rapid flow. There should be no punctuation. When reading a BLITZ, it is read very quickly, pausing only to breathe. Find out more about it at Shadow Poetry. The device is anaphora/epistrophe which coincidentally is part of this form by design. Anaphora simply means the repetition of the same word (or cluster of words) at the beginning of multiple lines of verse in the same poem. Epistrophe is its counterpart: the repeated words appear at the end of lines. Like most simple devices, though, the trick is in deploying them to their full effect. Repetition lends emphasis to words, adds weight, and leaves a deeper imprint in your readers’ memories.

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Wordless Wednesday: Remembrance

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Photo of meow and my humans, taken by my furiend Tank’s human, Sharee Bourke.


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Port Moody Power & Sail Squadron Remembrance Day 2014 – Belcarra Park Dock, Belcarra, BC


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Happy Halloween, Twenty Fifteen

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Halloween Boat Cat
Yup, Floating On A Ghost Ship
Has Risen Again

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This photo was of me sitting on top of the settee cushion at window level on our boat Minstrel as we were leaving our marina, but the background scene in the window was of an ugly oil refinery, so we were very pleased with how a little cropping and a couple of photo effect apps totally blotted that aspect out. First we uploaded the iphone photo into PHO.TO and selected the Realistic Photomontage-> Catoptromancy effect. It needed a bit of a frame finish so then we uploaded it Pixlr.com and applied the Wave effect and Tiny Frame.

And I couldn’t resist a quick Halloween Haiku to go with it. Happy Halloween 2015!!

A shout out in honour of Penelope, The Cat From Hell who designed this pumpkin for me last year!
Thanks again Nellie!

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My Picasso Face

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What is a face, really?
more like a tribal mask
colors, lines, patterns and shapes
angular, off balance and distorted
the face of the new art
combine several points of view
and overlap them
small, tilted planes,
set in a shallow space
geometric such as a
square, circle, or triangle
cut up and glued back together
asymmetrical balance by contrast
repetition of a pattern,
a pattern of repetition
freehand drawn off center
everything where it belongs,
there is no abstract art
we all know that art is not truth
art is a lie that makes us realize truth
others have seen what is and asked why
I do not seek
I find
an imaginative, creative essence of something
Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot,
others transform a yellow spot into the sun
warm, cool, intense
and it’s always in your face.

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My human always comments that my face is like a Picasso face, so what’s a more appropriate subject for this found poem of some quotes by Pablo Picasso, mixed in with instructions she found on how to draw your own Picasso face.


Poetry 101 Day 6: Before we learn how to read words, we learn, intuitively, to read faces. In today’s poem, take a single face or a multitude of them as your point of departure. It doesn’t even have to be a real-life, flesh-and-blood face you’re writing about. A found poem is composed of words and letters you’ve collected — randomly or not — from other sources, whether printed, handwritten, or digital, and then (re)arranged into something meaningful. Today’s device: chiasmus. At its simplest, a chiasmus is essentially a reversal, an inverted crossing.Chiasmus is effective in poems because it’s a form of repetition — and by now we all now how crucial repetition is for poetry.

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Magic Monday – Mobile Photography Editing & Processing

The magic of instant effect generators takes a ho-hum or flawed photo and transforms it into something unexpected and unusual. What I like about these types of apps is that at each tap of your pad (or human finger), effects, overlays and borders randomly apply themselves. Instantly. Right on your phone. Meowee, over 2 million possible combinations can make it a real challenge to like just one. So for Sally’s Mobile Photography Challenge this week, we used the same photo with two different outcomes. There are several apps that do this but the one we’ve been using is called Pixlr-o-matic, and is free to download to your iPhone, and probably Android too but we don’t use them to know fur shore. Hipstamatic is another as is Snapseed.

iphoneartoriginalI must have tapped about a hundred times until I decided on the looks I liked best for this photo. You can also makes minor tweaks to change any element of the combo. This ho-hum photo is of meow sitting on the stern rail where the prawn puller gets attached. I was trying to give the humans a hint. Turns out i didn’t have to try too hard; they managed to haul up almost 500 of them overall this cruise. Behind me is doggy-doo island in Squirrel Cove on Cortes Island that the humans took me to play on. As my nickname for it implied you had to be careful where you stepped and that didn’t impress meow much, and I just wanted to go back to Minstrel. The camera focused more on the island than meow so I’m a little blurry. A little insta-magic editing made the save.

In the first photo, the effect is called “Greg“. All the effects have people’s names and they are supposed to set the mood of the photo. The overlay is called “Rain“. It was actually was raining that day. Thirdly the frame is called “Sloppy“. The result? Kind of a pop artish look don’t you think?

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For the next photo, a few more taps and we have the “Lucas” effect, “Morning” overlay, and “Sand” frame. Seems to give it a bit of a washed out retro feel.

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So many looks, so little time. What phone photo editing apps are you using?

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Big-Eyed Selfie

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Big eyed,
On something you
Have spied.

A sound,
Your attention
Has found.

Hurry,
A pose, take the
Selfie!

The Musette, created by Emily Romano is a poem that consists of three verses of three lines each. The first lines have two syllables; the second lines have four syllables, and the third lines have two syllables. The rhyme scheme is a/b/a for the first verse; c/d/c for the second verse, and e/f/e for the third verse. The title should reflect the poem’s content

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Caturday Art – Cartoon Meow

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Meowee, is that meow?! I really like this new cartoon look. When human mom took this photo on her iPhone 5, I was affectionately brushing up against human dad’s legs because he was peeling some prawns and I was hoping to get some. She then edited it with the Photo Lab app and applied the Fancy Filter: Cartoon effect, and cropped it.  I think we’ll experiment with this one, or something similar, a bit more. A cartoon comic strip in my future? That could be fun.

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