Monday, March 31, 2008

coming attractions

now that a month of list is dragging to a close, here's a list of my favorite holidays that next month in april.
  1. national poetry month

  2. national laboratory month

  3. national grilled cheese month.(yes, a grilled cheese made with an iron counts.)

Sunday, March 30, 2008


three things i didn't do today because i slept late.
  1. do my traditional dance to the dawn as the sun comes up.
  2. have huge last sunday in may waffle breakfast for all my friends.
  3. find the key to world peace.

Friday, March 28, 2008

fun facts - saturday

list of interersting tidbits about saturday.

  1. it's the only day in the western calendar that comes from roman mythology. (it's named after the planet staturn that was named after the roman god saturn.)

  2. for years, saturday morning was the time television stations devoted to childrens programming - specifically animated cartoon.

  3. there are over 10 song named "saturday" and an oodle more with saturday in the title.

  4. on a statuday in 1975, saturday night live first aired. (what a coincidence!)

excuses, excuses

three reasons why i have nothing to blog about today.
  1. nothing happened.
  2. i forgot.
  3. the dog ate my blog post.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

fun facts - bhutan

three interesting things about bhutan.
  1. it's the newest democracy!
  2. they write using tibetan script.
  3. they have a snazzy on line library.
  4. aside from gdp, they measure the gnh or gross national happiness.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

happy prince kohio day!

this hawai'ian holiday and king kamehameha day on june 11th are the only two holidays dedicated to royalty in the united states. say, aloha to my list of favorite hawai'ian words i can freely use in conversations. (with bonus definition and it's skillful use in a sentence!)
  1. mahalo - thanks - "mahalo for the snack!"
  2. puka - hole - "theres a puka in my shopping bag."
  3. pa'u - sarong - "everyone looks stunning in a pa'u."
  4. iki - small - "mahalo for telling me there is an iki puka in my pa'u."

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

eggciting snacks

Monday, March 24, 2008

what's that smell?

to answer the question "what have you been reading?" here's my list list of what i have read recently and what i want to read.
  1. the perfect scent by chanler burr about the creation of two perfumes. (read)
  2. the emperor of scent again, by chandler burr about perfume and luca turin's adventure to discover how the sense of smell works. (reading)
  3. perfumes: the guide by luca turin (will read - not published yet)

Sunday, March 23, 2008

peep peep peep!

Saturday, March 22, 2008


my list of 3 famous people born today only one of which is still alive.
  1. marcel marceau (1923)
  2. williams shatner (1931)
  3. chico marx (1887)

Friday, March 21, 2008

friday of goodness

it's world poetry day! here's a list of 3 subjects i'd like to see more poems about.
  1. muffins
  2. lawn flamingos
  3. me

bonus haiku:

not stuffy or long,
the simple haiky is oh
so accessible

Thursday, March 20, 2008

red sweater day

today would have been fred rogers' (of mr. rogers neighborhood fame) 80th birthday. in his honor people all over are celebrating sweater day today. here's my list of three things mr. rogers always did no his show.
  1. sing a song
  2. put on his sweater
  3. tell a story
have a beautiful day!

(yes that's me and mr. rogers' sweater at the smithsonian!)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


songs with 19 in the title from the later half of the 20th century.

  1. hey nineteen by steely dan
  2. nineteen forever by joe jackson
  3. 19th nervous breakdown by the rolling stones

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

tibetan trio

three films that will give you a background on tibet.

  1. tibet: a buddhist trilogy
  2. cry of the snowlion
  3. kundun
all these fine films are available at


Monday, March 17, 2008

show me the green

in honor of st. patrick's day, here's my list of my favorite green things.

  1. mint
  2. kermit the frog
  3. lime (key and persian)
  4. glitter
  5. tea leaves
  6. avocado
  7. basil
  8. green tara

Sunday, March 16, 2008

did and didn't

the list of things i accomplished today:
  1. slept late.
  2. meditated.
  3. shopped for groceries.
  4. blogged.
  5. changed the cat litter.
  6. took the trash out.
  7. played an energetic game of feather on a string with my cat.
the list of things i did not accomplish today:
  1. take a long walk.
  2. bake a tasty snack for this week.
  3. bring about world peace.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

beware of the middle of the month

the ides of march. despite the fame that the ides of march get after that unfortunate incident with julius caesar in 44 bc, every month has an ides. it's just a fancy schmancy way of saying the middle of the month.

todays list is what's happened on the ides of each month -

  1. 15 march - hp lovecraft dies in 1937
  2. 15 april - the founder of sikhism, guru nank dev is born in 1469
  3. 15 may - musician producer bian eno is born in 1949
  4. 15 june - arkansas (pronounced arkhansaw) becomes the 25 state in american in 1836.
  5. 15 july - st vladami the great day.
  6. 15 aug ust - cook, author and first tv culinary personality julia child is born in 1912;
  7. 15 september - sir alexander flemming notices a bacteria-eating mold (penicillin) growing in his laboratory.
  8. 15 october - nasa's galelei spaceprobe cruises withing 112 miles of io - one of jupiter's moons.
  9. 15 november - the national broadacsting corporarion radio network (or nbc as we know it today) starts wtih 24 stations in 1926.
  10. 15 december - walt disney dies in 1966 before his head is frozen.
  11. 15 january - the free wiki content, wikipedia, goes on line in 2001 and revolutionizes the way people get and share information.
  12. 15 february - creator of jeff and akbar cartoonist matt gorening is born in 1954.

Friday, March 14, 2008

pi day!

happy pi day my friends.
to celebrate i'm making two lists!
a list of pi facts
  1. if a pie's diameter is 1 a pies's circumference is pi (3.14).
  2. pi is the spelled out version of the greek letter π.
  3. pi is credited with being one of the most imporant mathamtical constant.
  4. to find the circumference of a pie multiple it's diameter by pi.
pies i have made in the past year that i have written pi somewhere on the crust or topping.
  1. pumpkin
  2. key lime
  3. lemon sour cream
  4. apple
  5. apple salt caramel
  6. green tea cream (not one of my better ideas)
  7. strawberry
  8. pecan
  9. pinach and feta

Thursday, March 13, 2008

lucky or unlucky 13

a little list of facts about 13
  1. triskadecaphobia is the fear of the number 13
  2. sikhs consider 13 a lucky number
  3. a rondeau is a poem with 13 lines.
  4. a bakers dozen has 13 items.
  5. the great seal of the united states there are 13 stars, 13 arrows and an olive branch with 13 leaves and 13 olives.
  6. 13 is the 6th smallest prime number (one of my favorites)
  7. you fans of the periodic table will know that 13 is aluminum's atomic number.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

hey cookie!

on this day in 1912 juliette gordon low founded the girl guides. their name changed to girl scouts and become famous for their annual cookie sales and the inspiring troop 1500. here' the list of girl scout cookies i purchased this year.
  1. thin mints
  2. samoas
  3. tagalongs

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

apple of my eye

in celebration of johnny appleseed day, here's the list of 11 apples i've eaten in the past 6 months.

  1. northen spy (they make the best pie!)
  2. gala
  3. braeburn
  4. jazz
  5. golden delicious
  6. pink lady
  7. rome
  8. fuji
  9. granny smith
  10. empire
  11. honey crisp

Monday, March 10, 2008

know your buddhas - chenrezig

beloved in tibet and with the tibetan people in exile he may well be the most popular buddha in the of our time. please welcome my good friend chenrezig, the buddha of compassion.

you'll recognize him by his white color, the doe skin casually draped around his shoulders and his impeccable ability to accessorize. in addition to a snazzy array of golden jewelry, chenrezig is never without a wish fulfilling jewel cradled between the palms of his hands. luckily, he has two other hands to hold a beautiful rare kamala flower and a crystal mala. i must admit the effect is stunning.

also known as avelokiteshvara, the buddha of compassion has devoted himself to hearing the prayers of all suffering sentient beings. his six syllable mantra (om mani padme hung) is known far beyond the borders of tibetan where you can see it carved into stones, painted on walls and heard on the lips of pilgrims everywhere. his holiness the dalai lama, is considered the living manifestation of chenrezig, but, everyone is welcome to manifest at little compassion whenever possible.

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1801, 1922, 1949

three things that happened on this day.
  1. 1801 - first census taken in great britain.
  2. 1922 - ghandi arrested
  3. 1949 - thousands of tibetans were massacred during the unsuccessful uprising against the 10 year of occupation of lhasa by the chinese.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

spring forward

daylight savings time begins and it's time to spring forward! i prefer a light free form spring tossing my hands in the air over my head and uttering a joyous and sincere "whee!" and i hit the to of the arc. still others prefer a little running head start before executing their spring. which ever you chooses, here are three things things you often hear on the day daylight savings time starts.
  1. i missed church.
  2. who's idea was this?
  3. finally the clock on my car says the right time!
three daylight saving's time facts:
  1. it was invented by william willet in 1907.
  2. hawai'i doesn't observe it.
  3. contrary to popularbelief daylight saving time does not save energy.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

8 women i love.

i'm celebrating the centenary of international woman's day with a list of 8 women i admire.

1. julie taymor (can she direct or what?!)
2. jetsum peme (that's the dalai lama's sister)
3. mother theresa (she certainly walked her talk)
4. yeshe tsogyel (she might have been born in the 8th century tibet, but, she still counts)
5. sister helen prejean (very few people know she has a good sense of humor.)
6. mother ammachi (compassion in action topped with a hug)
7. my mom
8. all the other women i don't have room to mention.

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Friday, March 07, 2008

prime objective

list of 7 people born today
  1. maurice ravel (french composer)
  2. tomáš masaryk (the first president of what used to be czechoslovakia
  3. gene shalit (american film critic and hair style trend setter)
  4. willard scott (amercan weather presenter)
  5. tammy fay baker (late televangelist and mascara aficionado)
  6. abigale and brittany hensel (american co-joined twins)
  7. tim condra
list of my 7 favorite prime numbers (in no particular order).
  1. 1999
  2. 13
  3. 101
  4. 33331
  5. 1299299
  6. 324
  7. 7

Thursday, March 06, 2008

your request is my list!

becky from montana has requested a list of soothing sounds. so, for her, i present "six soothing sounds" a list in one act.
  1. gentle spring rain
  2. my kitty-cat purring
  3. waves crashing into the beach (with option seabird accompaniment)
  4. a gurgling brook
  5. birds chirping at sunrise.
  6. the sound a slice of warm toast makes when you first bite into it.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

5 syllables

five five syllable lines (haiku starters?)
  1. i thought the door shut
  2. luxurious nap
  3. my old trilobite
  4. i would love some tea!
  5. exploding glitter
feel free to compose the rest to the haikus yourself!


Tuesday, March 04, 2008

four on four

four ways to say four
  1. quatre (en francais)
  2. čtyři (czeck)
  3. zhi (tibetan)
  4. cuatro (spanish)
four ways to say march (the month)
  1. mars (french, norwegian, icelandic, swedish)
  2. marec (slovak)
  3. marzo (spanish, italian)
  4. březen (czeck)

Monday, March 03, 2008

three for 3/3

four people with birthday's today
  1. rebecca schmitz
  2. john william pecen
  3. ira glass
  4. miranda richardson
three important historical events that occurred today.
  1. at&t was incorporated in 1885 in the state of new york.
  2. mathatma ghandi started his famous fast is 1939.
  3. the difficult to sing "star-spangle banner" was adopted as the the u.s. national anthem.
four country musicians with three word names. (two of which went to the same high school in dallas, texas)
  1. robert earl keene
  2. ray wylie hubbard
  3. michael martin murphey

Sunday, March 02, 2008

short listed

march 2nd in history (also know as texas independence day).

two in international events that occurred to day
  1. moldova and uzbetksatn joins the united nations in 1992
  2. vlladimír remek becomes the first czeck to go into space in 1976
two saint days that fall on march 2.
  1. st. chad's day (church of england)
  2. st jovinas day (catholic church)

Saturday, March 01, 2008

march list-o-mania!

eden over at nablopomo decided that the theme for march is lists. i love a list as much as the next prmate, so, i'm going to give it a go and post a list everyday this month.

today's installment:

a list of lists about march - four things about march

1. three things everyone knows about march:

  1. it's the third month in the western calendar.
  2. it's 31 days in length.
  3. it's named after mars.

2. three things you may not know about march:

  1. it's one of three single syllable months.
  2. it's named after the roman god of war, mars, not the planet.
  3. it's it's one of 7 months that's 31 days in length.

3. things that that make me wonder "how do even know these three things about march?"

  1. it comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.
  2. it's month flower is the daffodile
  3. it's month gem is the aquamarine.

4. three march 1st holidays.

  1. beer day (iceland)
  2. st. david's day (dydd gŵyl dewi sant as they say in wales)
  3. independence day (bosnia & heregovina)