Phoneography: Close up of Elderly Leaves

Oh No Summers Over!

Oh No Summers Over!

Who is that masked...?

Who is that masked…?



They’re All Dressed up for Carnival A Little Early?
Up close these elderly zucchini leaves became otherworldly beings with a little Capture + magic. Maybe I’ve gone over the top with the captions but, after all,  whimsy is one of this blog’s prime directive.

Before they leave
it seemed the right thing to do,
to put on make up
show off maybe dance around
which leafs are apt to do
when the sun
spends less time
showing off his fancy
footwork in the sky.

What do you think, did it work?

The Whole garden

The Whole garden

Great Minds Presented in connection with Lens and Pens Macro Challenge which this week also, looks at autumn leaves.

View other entries for this week’s challenge: Macro



Weekly Photo Challenge Frayed: Dancing Corn Maiden Keeps Summer Alive

Corn Tassels

Corn Tassels

When I saw the Weekly Photo Challenge was Fray I immediately thought of tasselled and frayed ends of corn silk which is abundant this time of year,a symbol of the end of gift of summer which is quickly coming to and. I had no images of them. Doing errands today I came upon this single stalk red of corn planted in a patch of land next to a parking lot off College Ave in Berkeley. The owner came out while I was there and said she didn’t plant it. So it is a volunteer or the work of a gorilla gardener. Only IN Berkeley!!
What fraud ends wrap around and keep summer alive a little long for you?

Parking stip corn

Parking stip corn

A Charm For New Hips

I want to be dancing like this by June

I want to be dancing like this by June

Right now I am a very cocked lady,

my gate is all splayee.

When I walk I can’t go a mile or a block,

before my hips do lock.

Doctor G. hear this plea from my lips:

Please give new hips!

And make it quite soon

I want to be dancing

by June.

4/3/14 Carol Carlisle

Third Times the Charm

the third day of NaPoWriMo, I challenge you to write a charm – a simple rhyming poem, in the style of a recipe-slash-nursery rhyme. It could be a charm against warts, or against traffic tickets. It could be a charm to bring love, or to bring free pizzas from your local radio station.  I Asking for new hips.


I have been waiting a long time for my hip replacement a Charm is just the medicine I need to get me dancing by June!

It is all about positivity and intention and rhyming helps 🙂




A Country Girl Celebrates International Woman’s Day

I Am a Country Girl

I AM a Country Girl even if I look like a California Hippy.

The Carolina Chocolate Drop’s Rhiannon Gibbens vision of “down home country life” almost matches the world I grew up with in 1950’s & ’60 Oklahoma, except hers has a mixing of races which I never saw. Perhaps a growing honoring and celebrating woman has helped change the world since I was “A Country Girl” The shameful behaviors of our past are being slowly replaced be connection and recognition of one an others humanity. Or more to the point dancing together! The lady making biscuits in the video looks like my grandmother back then or maybe me now.

What do you think?

How has your experiences changed since child hood?

Daily Post Shame

Why We are Dancing Around with Batman

San Francisco Turns into Gotham City

I bet you can at least run around to this! Who remembers watching Batman in the 60’s?

Now here’s your chance to dance with Batman and some of his most notorious villains

Some of you mentioned you can’t always see the videos so here is the press release about Batman Day: ( I’ve been under the weather so I won’t be there). I bet there will be YouTube Videos.

      Miles’ Wish To Be Batkid

Come join us for a fun-filled day of everything Bat as a young crime-fighter captures villains and saves the day on November 15th!

Miles may only be 5 years old but he is fighting a very adult battle, one that we hope he will win. Miles has leukemia. He is a bright, positive, little boy who finds inspiration in super-heroes. When we interviewed Miles for a wish, he surprised even his parents: Miles wants to be Batkid!

On November 15th, Miles will get his wish! The day will begin with a breaking news story. San Francisco’s Police Chief will ask if anyone knows the whereabouts of Batkid. The city needs his help to fight crime and capture villains! Our little Batkid, along with adult Batman, will be ready to answer the call!

After rescuing a damsel-in-distress from the Hyde Street cable-car tracks in Nob Hill, then capturing the Riddler in the act of robbing a downtown vault, Batkid will enjoy lunch at the Burger Bar, near Union Square. After lunch, he will get a special message from the Police Chief and go to the window where he will look down and see a huge crowd of volunteers jumping up and down pleading for Batkid’s help. Why? The villainous Penguin has just kidnapped a famous San Francisco mascot (Lou Seal)! The batmobile will be visible on Union Square, (a convertible offering a view of the crime in progress), and the chase will be on!

After apprehending the Penguin, Batkid will make a final stop at City Hall where the Mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee, along with the Police Chief, will congratulate him on his daring feats of justice and present him with a key to the city. We hope to have a huge crowd of volunteers and donors there to cheer him on and thank our Batkid!

Dance Around Friday with Vivaldi

You are invited to join in the dance to welcome the change of season!

Autumn danceer

Dances welcomes the change of season.

Here’s music to swirl your skirt or jump into a pile of leave to. Until I stumbled upon Vivaldi, I wasn’t sure I could find danceable music to get us ready for the Fall Equinox coming September 22 at 4 in the morning.  This is a longer piece then I usually give you, perhaps you might put it on and do your house work, rake some leaves or, heaven forbid, work up a sweat dancing! Or, oh yes, comment one Dance around  Friday 😉

In yesterday’s post I wrote that the fiddler knows the tune, this one certainly does, and she is beautiful to watch.

Music Notes from YouTube oddly in English and Spanish.

Uploaded on Apr 21, 2009

Autumn “Allegro-Adagio Molto” (The Four Seasons); from The National Botanical Gardens of Wales; Julia Fischer en el violin; acompañada de “Academy of St Martin in the Fields”; del Maestro Antonio Lucio Vivaldi.

My Autumn Blessing For You

We search for balance as days grow shorter

for a moment all is equal and we take a breath.

The Sun crosses the Equator

there is no turning back,

the darkness and the death of winter draws near.

Until that time, dance in the Autumn sun!


Dance Around Friday the 13th with Creedence

Square Dancing

Let’s Square Dancing to Creedence!

The irony is not lost on me: yesterday I publish a post all about positivity followed by today’s with” Bad Moon Rising”.  That’s why I’ve included the happy square dancers. Just imagine them dancing to Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Now for some more silliness to antidote Friday the 13th:

My Connection to CCR: 1.John and Tom Fogarty went to El Cerrito High School which is the next town North of our home in Albany, CA  One friend even claims CCR rehearsed in a cabin on their property. 2. Our daughter took guitar in high school with a guy who was in a band with Tom. Boy howdy, did he tell the kids all about it every day, but he was a good teacher. 3. A while back my husband helped repair the Chinese market this album cover was photographed in front of.  I hope you are laughing and dancing around it’ll increases the endorphins 😀 😀 😀

PS: I can’t help think of the folks on the Jersey Shore and Colorado when I hear the line “there’s a hurricane a blowin'” Once we get up our energy dancing, we all can pass on some of love to these poor folks, or whoever you thinks needs it.

Happy and Safe Weekend and One and All!,


Waltz Around Friday With Bears

Put On Your Coat and Grab A Partner!

Shall we dance

…this hangs prominently in my kitchen…

Anne of Gun Smoke and Knitting sent me Uncle Walter Dancing with Bears. During our big  Rim Fire I said something about how we need to listen to Smoky the Bear…She suggest we could also listen to Uncle Walter.

Get The kids and Grand kids it’s a fun campy Irish drinking song, so I’m told. Am I the only person on the planet who hasn’t heard of Uncle Walter?

Now that it’s stuck in your head all weekend, thank Anne!

Get Up And Buck Dance With Emmylou!

Dance Around Friday Presents Chair Buck Dancing* with Joan Baez and Emmylou Harris!

Benefit Concert in San Jose, CA for the Downtown Streets Team July 27, 2013.

Are Emmylou’s sued boots magic? Where can I get a pair? How does the story of Puss and Boots go? Puss gets magic boots and can do all manner of feats of strength, then looses them, only later to find out the magic was in him.

So let’s have some corn bread, move our feet, tap our toes and shake our tambourine!

Oh look I found the history of buck dancing!

  *Buck Dancing

by Bruce E. Baker, 2006

See also: Clogging; Step Dancing.

Sheet music for "The Shuffling Coon" described as a "buck and wing dance," by John Rastus Topp,1897. Image from the Duke University Libraries Digital Collections. Sheet music for “The Shuffling Coon” described as a “buck and wing dance,” by John Rastus Topp,1897. Image from the Duke University Libraries Digital Collections. Buck dancing is a folk dance that originated among African Americans during the era of slavery. It was largely associated with the North Carolina Piedmont and, later, with the blues. The original buck dance, or “buck and wing,” referred to a specific step performed by solo dancers, usually men; today the term encompasses a broad variety of improvisational dance steps.

In contemporary usage, “buck dancing” often refers to a variety of solo step dancing to fiddle-based music done by dancers primarily in the Southern Appalachians. Among North Carolinians, buck dancing is differentiated from clogging and flatfooting by the use of steps higher off the floor, a straight and relatively immobile torso, and emphasis on steps that put the dancer on his or her toes rather than heels.

Dance Around Friday with Brazilian Icons Then and Now!

Strange 1964 Girl From Iponima. Watch for the snow in the background.

I was a freshman in college when this was made.I tried so hard to get my curly hair this straight and smooth back then. How old where you in 1964?

As we were looking for Brazilian music with our current student and she turned us on to very popular Maria Gadu’. Here she is singing a song about sea and surf and the Ocean Goddess Yemaja