Tag Archives: perseverance

High Coo – Nov 14 – Happy B’day Fanny Mendelssohn

Fanny Mendelssohn, sketched in 1829 by her husband, Wilhelm Hensel

Fanny Mendelssohn (14 November 1805 – 14 May 1847) was a German composer and pianist of the early Romantic era who was also known, after her marriage, as Fanny Hensel (as well as Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel). Her compositions include a piano trio, a piano quartet, an orchestral overture, four cantatas, more than 125 pieces for the piano, and over 250 lieder, most of which went unpublished in her lifetime….Due to her family’s reservations, and to social conventions of the time about the roles of women, six of her songs were published under her brother’s name in his Opus 8 and 9 collections.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanny_Mendelssohn

How sad that patriarchy feels threatened by the creativity and talent of their sisters. How fortunate that the United Nations has been celebrating international girls and women’s events to correct the inequities of the past.

Today’s homage haiku: Happy Birthday Fanny Mendelssohn

Due honor withheld

until later in life – we’re

grateful you played on

Fanny Hensel, 1842, by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim

High Coo – Oct 2 – Happy Birthday Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi b. Oct 2, 1869 – d. Jan 30, 1948

Known as the “Father of the Nation” of India, Mohandas Gandhi was also called Mahatma (Great Soul) or Bapu (Papa). Gandhi’s birthday, 2 October, is celebrated in India as a national holiday, and worldwide as the International Day of Nonviolence.

“Gandhi grew up in a Hindu and Jain religious atmosphere … which were his primary influences, but he was also influenced by his personal reflections and literature of Hindu Bhakti saints, Advaita Vedanta, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, and thinkers such as Tolstoy, Ruskin and Thoreau… At age 57 he declared himself to be Advaitist Hindu in his religious persuasion but added that he supported Dvaitist viewpoints and religious pluralism.” (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahatma_Gandhi)

Time magazine named The 14th Dalai LamaLech WałęsaMartin Luther King Jr.Cesar ChavezAung San Suu KyiBenigno Aquino Jr.Desmond Tutu, and Nelson Mandela as Children of Gandhi and his spiritual heirs to nonviolence.” (See “The Children of Gandhi” (excerpt). Time. 31 December 1999.)

One of his most famous sayings is “Be the change you want to see in the world.” (See https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/5810891.Mahatma_Gandhi)

Today’s humble haiku response: Happy Birthday Mahatma Gandhi

Complicated man

demonstrating persistence –

truth will overcome

“God is truth. The way to truth lies through ahimsa (nonviolence)” – Sabarmati, 13 March 1927

High Coo – Sept 25 – Remember Your Ancestors

Hiram J. Cole 1845 – 1913 Ontario, CA

Family lore suggested my first great grandfather Cole had emigrated from Ireland to Canada. After a personal genealogy study, I surprisingly discovered three great grandfathers had been born in Canada, their five predecessors came from New York before my oldest known six great grandfathers were born in Holland. So far, the oldest records go back to 1450.

Yesterday was Ancestors’ Day in Cambodia which is a far distance from North America or Europe but why quibble. I’m choosing to recognize my ancestors today because my eighth great-grandfather, Jacob, was born on 9/25/1639 in New Amsterdam. Note: New Amsterdam was founded by the Dutch in 1624 and was renamed New York by the English in 1664. My grandfather would have been 25-years old when New York was established. He went on to live another 55 years and died at the age of 80 in 1719.

Here is today’s haiku: Remember Your Ancestors

It’s a miracle

or crazy coincidence –

grateful for my life

Trees bowing to the river by Patrick J. Cole

High Coo – Sept 12 – Happy Birthday H.L. Mencken

Henry Louis Mencken (b. 9/12/1880)

“Famed for his rapier wit as much as his ill-temperament, Henry Louis (H.L.) Mencken rose to national prominence as a journalist and correspondent for the Baltimore Sun.” See https://allthatsinteresting.com/hl-mencken-quotes

Two of my favorite Mencken quotes are: “After all is said and done … a lot more is said than done.” and “When somebody says it’s not about the money, it’s about the money.”

Today’s haiku: Happy Birthday H.L. Mencken

Cynical somedays

fortunately, do not last.

Persevere, my friend.

Note: today is also National Day of Encouragement. I wonder what Mencken would have said about this. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Day_of_Encouragement

this and photo above by George Karger / Getty Images

High Coo – September 5 – Happy Labor Day


Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States.” See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_Day

Today’s haiku: Happy Labor Day

Sometimes short and sweet

sometimes much more challenging:

our labors of love

For a beautiful perspective on work, play and love please check out Sister Mary Lou Kownacki’s blog: Old Monk’s Journal https://www.monasteriesoftheheart.org/old-monks-journal/journal-entry-256 which contains this quote from Brother David Steindl-Rast:

“too easily we are inclined to imagine that God created this world for a purpose. We are so caught up in purpose that we would feel more comfortable if God shared our preoccupation with work. But God plays.”


High Coo – August 30 – National Grief Awareness Day


There are many ways people cope with loss. Today we raise awareness on the sources of and resources for dealing with grief.

A lot has been learned about grief and it is not as simple or as sequential as once thought. For more information on this see https://nationaltoday.com/national-grief-awareness-day/

Here is today’s haiku: National Grief Awareness Day

Grief complications:

do not rush or minimize

self-care importance


High Coo – August 24 – William Wilberforce Day

William Wilberforce
by Karl Anton Hickel, c. 1794

William Wilberforce was born on this day in 1759. He was a British politician and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. It took him over forty years to accomplish this objective but his perseverance and ability to compromise ultimately led to success.

In addition, “Wilberforce was convinced of the importance of religion, morality and education. He championed causes and campaigns such as … the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Wilberforce)

Here’s today’s haiku: Happy Birthday William Wilberforce

Persistence pays off.

Small victories multiply

when you are focused.

A statue of William Wilberforce outside Wilberforce House, his birthplace in Hull, England.

High Coo – July 30 – National Father-in-Law Day


I was fortunate to have been accepted as a son-in-law by two men. Both attended the wedding ceremonies that conferred my legal status with their daughter. Both co-signed significant bank loans to support major investments that financial institutions would not approve without their signatures. Both were avid anglers who taught me how to fish in their favorite lakes. Both were golfers who smiled as I hacked my way on their favorite courses.

Both mean more to me than I can express today. I am grateful for their time in my life.

Today’s haiku: Father-in-Law Day

Here’s to the men that

show up and support their child

and their chosen spouse.

For more information on this national holiday see: https://nationaltoday.com/national-father-in-law-day/

Are they tears of joy, laughter or sorrow?

Too Stubborn to Die

“It’s the journey and not the destination,” so the ancient nomads say. If every step brought new grief, wouldn’t you wander away?

Don’t be seduced, don’t fall in that rut of Who and How and What. Stop forgetting the Where and When; it’s always Here and Now and then:

Take your next step, your next move, your next breath … for you only live when you won’t settle for death.”

Tangoed Up & Blue, p.49

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