Krazy A to Z Challenge 2017 – “N”

Neruda

One of my favorite poems by Pablo Neruda.

If you’d like to read more of his works you can find them here. Enjoy

 

Sonnet LXV

Matilde, where are you? Down here I noticed,
under my necktie and just above my heart,
a certain pang of grief between the ribs,
you were gone that quickly.

I needed the light of your energy,
I looked around, devouring hope.
I watched the void without you that is like a house,
nothing left but tragic windows.

Out of sheer taciturnity the ceiling listens
to the fall of the ancient leafless rain,
to feathers, to whatever the night imprisoned;
so I wait for you like a lonely house
till you will see me again and live in me.
Till then my windows ache.

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Krazy A to Z Challenge 2017 – “M”

Maggie

I have a red guitar. It sits in the corner of my room. Right now it must be feeling pretty lonely, since I haven’t paid it much attention in the last few weeks. When I got the red guitar, I named it Maggie. The name just came to me and it stuck. Maggie must be mad at me. She must be wondering why I’m ignoring her. It’s not you, Maggie, it’s me. You are a wonderful, beautiful guitar who deserves better. I can do better.

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Krazy A to Z Challenge 2017 – “L”

Lycan

According to urban dictionary: “commonly mistaken as a werewolf, the Lycan is a more advanced species that, unlike the werewolf, can for the most part control their transformations. A werewolf can only change under the full moon, and cannot control that. The same can be said for lycans, however they are also able to transform at any given time, whether under a full moon or not, should the need arise.” The movie series “Underworld” is about the centuries-old battle between vampires and lycans. It is one of my favorite movie sagas, however the most recent installment was released last year, and I had no idea. Underworld: Blood Wars is the fifth episode in the story, and stars Kate Beckinsale. Check it out if you have the time…

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Krazy A to Z Challenge 2017 – “K”

Kubla Khan

In my first two years of college, I was an undeclared English major. I must’ve taken dozens of literature and writing courses before I came to the realization that in order to have a fruitful career, I’d have to choose something more concrete to study. And so, a Computer Science major was born.

Freshman year, I took a British Lit course during which we studied the poetry and essays of many greats. A lot of it stuck with me including the following excerpt from a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

“In Xanadu did Kubla Khan

A stately pleasure-dome decree:

Where Alph, the sacred river, ran

Through caverns measureless to man

Down to a sunless sea.”

I’ve always loved the first line of that poem for some reason. The full version can be found here. Check it out…no term papers required!

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Krazy A to Z Challenge 2017 – “J”

Justice

If I’ve been hurt, is it fair that I, in turn, hurt another person? I ask the question not because I find joy in the sadness of others but maybe because I’d be looking for a way to heal. Knowing myself, I feel certain I would much prefer to mend my own broken heart by making sure I never cause anyone else the pain that I went through. I’d choose to learn and grow from my experience rather than seek justice in the form of vengeance.

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Krazy A to Z Challenge 2017 – “I”

Ingenious Igloos

Last year, Guinness worlds Records confirmed the largest dome igloo in existence. It is in Zermatt, Switzerland and measures 10.5 m tall, with a diameter of 12.9 m (42 ft. 4 in). The structure consists of over 1400 blocks of snow.

Here are 8 krazy facts about igloos:

1. Igloo comes from the Inuit Indian word for home.

2. Snow igloos are constructed with large blocks of dry, hard snow that lean inward to form a dome.

3. Snow and ice work as insulators to trap body heat in the igloo so the people inside act as a furnace by providing their own heat.

4. Even with outside temperatures of minus 50 degrees, the temperature inside an igloo can reach a comfortable 60 degrees.

5. The igloo entrance is usually dug below ground level and is only wide enough for one person to enter at a time, though some igloos are large enough on the inside to hold 20 adults.

6. The snow begins to melt slightly on the inside of the igloo after a few days when occupied. During the times when it’s unoccupied, the melted snow freezes. The gradual thawing and freezing turn the structure to ice, making it stronger and warmer on the inside.

7. The igloo, if correctly built, will support the weight of a person standing on the roof.

8. A proper igloo can withstand hurricane force winds

All in all I’d say the igloo is an ingenious method for building a strong, protective shelter, and you can check out some “cool” igloo pictures here.

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Krazy A to Z Challenge 2017 – “G”

George

Next month I am going to a little town called George, WA, home to the outdoor festival grounds known as The Gorge. It is about 2 ½ hours outside of Seattle, so of course a visit to Seattle had to be part of the whole excursion. Now, most people who know me know I have a great affinity for the West Coast, especially Washington state. The last time I was in Seattle, I got the opportunity to introduce it to my best friend. I talked about it so much before we got there, I was sure I’d built up her expectations too high, but she loved it. Now, we are headed back and extremely excited for the Sasquatch! Music Festival and our date to see Twenty One Pilots in concert. If you’ve never seen pictures of The Gorge check it out here, and you’ll see why we can’t help but feel this is going to be an epic trip.

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Krazy A to Z Challenge 2017 – “F”

Freedom

In 1984 the musical  duo Wham! released the song Freedom and it went to the top of the UK singles chart. Similarly it reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in September 1985. It’s a great song and one of my favorite ‘80’s hits, but what’s interesting about it is in 1990 George Michael released the song Freedom ’90 as a solo artist. He had to call it that so it wouldn’t be confused with the original.

The chorus to the original is,

“I don’t want your freedom
I don’t want to play around
I don’t want nobody baby
Part time love just brings me down
I don’t want your freedom
Girl, all I want is you”

While the 1990 version goes like this,

“All we have to do now
Is take these lies and make them true somehow
All we have to see
Is that I don’t belong to you
And you don’t belong to me yea yea
Freedom
Freedom
Freedom
You’ve gotta give for what you take”

They’re similar yet different, but suffice to say I guess he really liked writing about freedom. I think I can understand why.

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Krazy A to Z Challenge 2017 – “E”

Everlasting

Often, I can’t tell whether I’m on the edge of greatness or insanity. There’s a fine line between the two. I’m reminded of one of my favorite movies “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, during which the main character gives the children in the movie an “Everlasting Gobstopper”. According to the description, “you can put [one] in your mouth and you can suck it and suck it and suck it and it will never get any smaller”. Is this brilliant or krazy? It speaks to our desire that good things last forever and it also violates the laws of the universe by never changing. Since people inherently fear change, this is the perfect product. But is it feasible? And how can it be tested? Considering people do not last forever, no one will ever know if the everlasting gobstopper really lives up to its name. It doesn’t matter though. The important part is giving people something to believe in, something to feed their dreams and imaginations. In fact, the whole movie is just that – a world of wonder and enchantment and also, impossibilities. But we ignore the impossible parts because after all, who wouldn’t want to believe (even if just for a moment) that the impossible is possible.

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