Girl and I worked on writing Halloween haikus today (part of the homeschooling and all).  Hers reads:


Halloween darkness
Boo! Ghosts and witches, Bats fly
Ooo! and vampires

Mine reads:

Halloween Theft

Dressed as a gypsy
Nasty boys stole her candy
I gave her my gum

True story.

A handful of hours after Haiku Time, we headed out for recess.  During our walk, I took photos.  Here is one, with accompanying haiku:

Stairway to Heaven

If you build a mosque
Eventually it falls
This is what remains



By Jocelyn

There's this game put out by the American Girl company called "300 Wishes"--I really like playing it because then I get to marvel, "Wow, it's like I'm a real live American girl who has 300 wishes, and that doesn't suck, especially compared to being a dead one with none."


  1. I, of course, read "gun".
    Then read it again to be sure.
    My version is best

    Damned if I can get rid of that extra syllable in the second line

    – Jazz

  2. Which one has the extra syllable for you, Ms. Jazz? I realized today how often syllable count ties into personal accent; turns out my hubs and I pronounce "Eventually" with the same number of syllables (5)–but I can see many folks finding it has 4.

  3. Yeah, I just went back and counted syllables in all three middle lines. All 7's. But I think Jazz means her own haiku answer.

    (Word verification is "repent"!!)

  4. Your page is great still,
    I read on without self will.
    Happy Halloween.

    xo d

    p.s. – I found out while living abroad that people in other countries don't appreciate mischief night.

  5. My daughter couldn't find pumpkins for Halloween or that holiday on the third Thursday in November that no one in any other country celebrates….we seem to think that holiday is universal for some reason….so-any jack-o-lanterns for you?

    Very impressive photo and haiku poems! Your daughter's is very good. Okay, so are you, and Jazz, and secret agent, and diane. I won't even try.

  6. Now to try Haiku
    Learned a new word "Brill" from Jim Awestruck by that pic

    Fascinated and entertained (as usual) by your blog, Jocelyn!


  7. I love that last photo. It's gorgeous! I just left a comment at your other site and forgot to say: I can't wait to read all about it!

  8. Excellent! My mind is too addled to come up with a haiku of my own, so I'll just say those are impressive, as is that fabulous photo! 🙂

  9. Home-schooled haiku in Turkey? This is your life, Jocelyn! Like everyone else, I am floored by that last photo. Amazing light.

  10. @ haphazardlife.You could get rid of "Then" or "it", or change "to be sure" to "to check"

    ( I need to get a life!)

    Jocelyn What a great pic!

    Ghosts are on the loose
    Witches and goblins and spooks
    Oo a oo a oo!

  11. Hi Jocelyn,

    Any friend of Deborah's must be an interesting person at least. So I came to take a look.
    What I find is the above i.p., a very interesting blog and some funny ideas.

    Blame Deborah if this comment irritates you.

  12. Slowly, slowly, slowly catching up & was going to save comments for the latest, but this photo is beyond words…

    Love the haikus and Paco's video from earlier. Also, if you keep getting caught in the rain all the time, you must either invest in a poncho or give up running altogether. I mean, that's twice, by my count, that you've been ambushed by lightning without a cave (or a monastery). Not a comfortable statistic (nor for you–duh). We need you around for more of this!!!

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