June 19 – Happy Father’s Day

My father was 22 when I was born. It seems we were both too young to establish a good relationship. For a variety of causes and conditions, we never did.

Today’s poem is the latest attempt to paying my respects:

Yesterday

Yesterday was the anniversary of my father’s death; he died thirteen years ago. I’ve thought of him often this month but not yesterday. What about yesterday don’t I know?

My father was the last of eleven children; called Jack though his name was John. My father claimed he had a chip on his shoulder; seemed proud that he kept it on.

A boxer, a carpenter, a joker to the end, always with a twinkle in his eye. Absent from my life most of my life, but at least we said goodbye … at least we said goodbye.

Happy Father’s Day Dad. And Happy Father’s Day to all fathers: past, present and future.

High Coo – June 18 – Countering Hate Speech

Today is the International Day for Countering Hate Speech. The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to counter hate speech which is defined as “any kind of speech or writing that attacks or discriminates against a person or a group based on religion, ethnicity, nationality, race, color, descent, gender, or any other identity factor. Speech should not be a weapon for creating more mayhem in this volatile world.”

Today’s haiku respectfully reminds us:

Hate speech does not help;

it hurts ev’ry one. Instead

promote love and truth.

For more information on this day see: https://nationaltoday.com/international-day-for-countering-hate-speech/

For information on how to speak more truthfully and lovingly please refer to your faith tradition reminders. For one example you might consider the Metta (Loving-Kindness) Sutta at https://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/metta-sutta/ or the fine art rendition shown below.

Metta Sutta drawing by Dave Wood

https://fineartamerica.com/featured/metta-sutta-dave-wood.html

High Coo – June 17 – Eat Your Vegetables Day

Doctors recommend eating five (1/3 cup) portions of vegetables daily for good health maintenance. It’s said that onions are the most used vegetable worldwide. Do you have a favorite vegetable?

Today’s haiku is:

Eat Your Vegetables Day

“Eat your peas first so

everything else tastes better.”

But Mom, I like peas.

For more information on this healthy food promotion day see: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/fun/eat-your-vegetables-day#:~:text=Fun%20Holiday%3A%20Eat%20Your%20Vegetables%20Day%20Observances%20,%20%20Tue%20%206%20more%20rows%20

High Coo – June 16 – Bloomsday

As an Irish American, I’m intrigued by the allegation that Ulysses is the greatest book ever written in the English language.

Today is Bloomsday which celebrates the book, the author, and all of the wonderful quotes from this challenging, eccentric and lengthy book. Today’s haiku is composed from two of its popular quotes:

Bloomsday

“We can’t change the world

but we can change the subject …

shut your eyes and see!”

And here’s a couple of links that are well worth checking out:

https://www.yourtango.com/2020334585/quotes-from-ulysses-celebrate-bloomsday

High Coo – June 15 – Nature Photography Day

There’s a lot we can learn if we just slow down and pay attention. Sibling species are willing to share their secrets for a happy life if we’re interested.

Today is Nature Photography Day and above is an early morning picture from our front yard. Below is today’s haiku:

Turtle Wisdom

Nature has a way,

of showing what’s important:

let’s live and let live

Here’s a link for more information:

High Coo – June 14 – Pop Goes the Weasel Day

Nursery rhymes often contain messages for adults. Today’s feature seems especially appropriate as we watch global inflation and poverty rise. These times call for compassion, wisdom and perhaps, some light-heartedness.

Pop Goes the Weasel Day

There’s no need to sigh,

that’s the way the money goes:

POP goes the weasel.

Check out this link: https://nationaltoday.com/national-pop-goes-weasel-day/

High Coo – June 13 – Eat Flexitarian Day

Not everyone is ready to become a vegan immediately. Yet, it is possible to improve our diets and be more compassionate in our food choices now. Today is Eat Flexitarian Day and here is a haiku for your consideration:

Friends Not Food

A better future

for us and sibling species:

Flexitarian?

For more information, check out this link:

High Coo – June 12 – Trinity Sunday

Parents and children – where love can bloom

Today is Trinity Sunday. Whatever your faith or non-faith tradition, there’s wisdom in knowing we’re stronger as a supportive group than we are as individuals. Here’s today’s haiku:

Going As a River

Parents and offspring,

empowered by joyful love,

build community

For a more traditional religious perspective, you may also enjoy a sonnet by Malcolm Guite: https://malcolmguite.wordpress.com/2022/06/10/a-sonnet-for-trinity-sunday-9/

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High Coo – June 11 – National Say Hi Day

A small act of kindness can make a huge difference. Do you remember what Scout Finch did in the movie To Kill a Mockingbird? You can do that too! Here’s today’s haiku:

National Say Hi Day

Hey boo, yes, thank you,

no need to hide anymore

just smile and say hi

Check out these links for more information:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Kill_a_Mockingbird_(film)