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PICK PIC OF THE WEEK … THE STRETCH!

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THE S…T…R…E…T…C…H!

Sometimes, a little girl’s short arms and a giraffe’s long neck and tongue  are just not meant to meet. This photo is begging you to click on it for an enlarged view. Note, the girl in the foreground is not holding the leaf for the giraffe who has already cleaned off all the lower branches on the trees.

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DAILY CALENDAR CHALLENGE #111 – APRIL 21

#1 THE ORIGAMI CALENDAR – SUNDAY EARTH DAY WARMUP

DSC06611 As I noted yesterday, I decided to do my origami salute to Earth Day by featuring two of the most important things to recognize on the earth.

KIDS AND FLOWERS

For flowers I created another version of the pin wheel using a special sheet of floral folding paper. And today representing kids, I’m featuring the newest little boy in the family … my new five-month old great-nephew Luke.DSC06627

I really do have a parcel of photogenic little folk to pose for my camera. Notice I’m getting the peace sign.

#2 THE MENSA PUZZLE CALENDAR – COMMON BONDSDSC06615b

I’ll let you ponder that one for a while.

And here’s the answer to Saturday’s Judo Math …

N is the original number of participating judo studios,

So 14N = 21(N-3) or there was 9 original studios.

#3 THE PAGE-A-DAY PUZZLE CALENDAR  – PHONETIC WORDPLAYDSC06610

And the answers are …

TUAT and THGUO

DAILY CALENDAR CHALLENGE #110 – APRIL 20

#1 THE ORIGAMI CALENDAR CHALLENGE – SATURDAY EARTH DAY WARMUP

DSC06611  Well, this weekend’s calendar anticipates the arrival of another EARTH DAY. I’m all for Earth Day, but it really does do much in an origami way this weekend. So I’ve decided to do my origami salute to Earth Day by featuring two of the most important things to recognize on the earth.

KIDS AND FLOWERS

For flowers I decided to do another version of the pin wheel using a sheet of floral folding paper I’ve been saving for a special day. For kids I’m featuring with the most charming little girl on the face of the earth for Saturday … my great-niece Nichole who just celebrated her first birthday. Yes, another Aries. who really does rule.DSC06628

#2 THE MENSA PUZZLE CALENDAR – SATURDAY YOGA MATHDSC06615a

Do the math if you’re so inclined. I don’t do math on weekends … and just to let you know that a lack of math is not a family trait, my nephew is still in Lagos teaching math to high school kids.

#3 THE PAGE-A-DAY PUZZLE – PHONETIC WORDPLAYDSC06610Your option, you can work it Saturday or Sunday, but I won’t give the answer until Sunday.

IT’S A VERY, VERY, MAD WORLD!

kidsI was not in a very good mood today. I woke up to the news of 20 kindergarten kids being massacred in Newtown, CT, and all I could think of was my 5-year old great-nephew Jake. One of his greatest thrills is going to kindergarten and learning how to spell phonetically. And I can even (occasionally) figure out the words he’s trying to spell. Kindergarten was always a safe haven for kids … until today when the world went mad again!

GUNS! What is this insane obsession that people have about owning guns? Especially guns that can shoot 100 bullets at a clip? Sure, roll out the old second amendment routine again. A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. That amendment was written over 200-years ago when a gun could only shoot one bullet at a time, and that was only if the gun worked when you pulled the trigger.pistol-english-flintlock-52326a

And when exactly have we last needed a well-regulated militia for the security of a free state?

In the last election the NRA spent millions to buy politicians who were running for office. Wouldn’t that money be better spent buying books and school supplies for kids in kindergarten? No, the mighty gun cabal must have their freedoms to hunt and kill. I’ve got nothing against hunting, but when was the last time someone needed an automatic assault weapon to shoot a rabbit, or squirrel, or duck or even a deer?

No, we live in a very, very mad world!

Today, I sat down in the front of the TV and actually cried. I haven’t cried since my mother died, but I couldn’t help it. Unfortunately, Mlle. Renee couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. She snuggled as close as possible to my legs, and kept looking up to me in a sad way.

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How do you explain a very, very mad world to a very innocent dog, or a kid in kindergarten?

PICK PIC OF THE WEEK … HELPING HANDS

SOMETIMES ONE PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS!