Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

Listen, I am not into the zombie culture but many of my friends are. In fact, just today, I got a text message from a friend reminding me about the Zombie Apocalypse game at noon. Oh, yay. I got so excited. (not)

George A. Romero is right on when he said:

“I expect a zombie to show up on ‘Sesame Street’ soon, teaching kids to count.”

Well, maybe I should keep an open mind about the zombie culture since many people around me seem to be gearing up for the apocalypse. Thankfully, an unknown writer had sense enough to enlighten those looking for a suitable marriage partner: “Before you marry someone, ask yourself, ‘Will they be a good killing partner during the zombie apocalypse?’”

Right. This is so, so very important.

sign...zombies beware

How does the zombie culture grab you?

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Soriya

photo source: David Williamson

Soriya, a gifted music teacher, begins to play. Graceful fingers brush gently across the strings. Everyone turns to listen. The harp sounding like instrument tames the crowd in the Killing Fields Museum room. A dark hair, robust eight-year-old boy notices tears flowing down Soriya‘s face. He runs over and whispers, “Why do you cry, mama?”

music flows within
harmony centers the heart
draws us together

The crowd applause her soothing performance. Soriya brushes the tears away, smiles at her son and replies, “For so many reasons, dear. Sometimes they are happiness tears like that of a tourist finding entertainment with a revival of cultural music. Other times my broken heart weeps over the tragic Cambodian genocide. Three million people obliterated from the face of the earth in three years and the rest of the world, for the most part, remained clueless. I cry for them. Our people. I also play music to honor the lost of your grandfather and two uncles.”

regimes fail townsmen
leaders despise eyeglasses
shoot between the eyes

Inspiration: Ligo Haibun Challenge| Photo Prompt

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Spooky Celebration…Eat, Drink and be Scary!

“Witch and ghost make merry on this last of dear October’s days.” ~Unknown

the Halloween witch

now is my time to make merry…eeeeeEEE

If you find yourself suffering from any sort of hang ups…

skeleton hanging

h-e-l-p

Then your only hope is to remove your eyeballs; stash it in some beetle juice,

The eyeballs swimming.

Er, anyone seen my contacts?!?

Head on over for a drink or two…

the halloween bar

“Eat, drink and be scary.” ~unknown

skeleton hang

I’m too busy to talk….tied up…sorry…

“Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world. ~William Shakespeare

Remember one thing when caught in a fright…

the scary face

Are you SCREAMING???

In the dark…
No one around except the screeching sounds…
Don’t lose your head

beauty without her head

Dang, I’ve got such a headache tonight…

Just stay calm as calm can be and remember these words by an unknown writer:

“On Hallowe’en the thing you must do
Is pretend that nothing can frighten you
And if somethin’ scares you and you want to run
Just let on like it’s Hallowe’en fun.”

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 Trick or Treat?

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This post combines two weekly bloggers this week:

 Island Traveler’s Weekly Image Of Life: Celebration  and Ailsa’s Where’s my backpack? Travel theme: Spooky 

*All photographs taken with iPhone and edited with InstaEffect app

Below features more creative contributors to both Celebration and Spooky themes: Enjoy!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban–Calm before the storm!

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Hoards of shoppers arriving any minute now…

 

Slice me a bit of urban calm before the arrival of insatiable urban shoppers’ aggressive take over.

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Thank you.

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What is your ultimate urban shopping  dream?

(Mine? Shoes and books, of course!)

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Join up every week with the Weekly Photo Challenge: This week’s theme>Urban.

 

Just Because Syria Weeps…

Just because

sister, Syria, weeps, over her people brutally fighting
and words, my words are not able to express strong enough,
the grief that screams across the universe
the loss of over 400 children and many other nameless faces too
growing once like beautiful flowers, now gone,
without a trace

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flowers for you
just because

Just because

sister, Syria, you are distant and distraught,
our broken hearts lay on the ground
by this tortuous ordeal, this very sad state of affairs
Oh, sister, where have all your beautiful flowers gone
And how long before we learn
To lay aside our differences
And leave love to blossom instead

Just because

Syria weeps…

 

 

 

SUNDAY POST :Famous Movies– On Tradition with the Fiddler on the Roof

In the famous movie, Fiddler on the Roof, the main character, Tevye delightfully takes us through his meager lifestyle as a poor Jewish milkman and humorously lets us know that:

Fiddler on the Roof (film)

Fiddler on the Roof (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Traditions, traditions. Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as… as… as a fiddler on the roof!”

For Tevye, his three unmarried daughters decide to challenge the traditional Matchmaker as a way to find a suitable husband. The Matchmaker is the town gossip and you must see the movie on the ‘matches’ Tevye’s daughters would end up with if tradition has its way.

(*If you have not seen this movie, it is a great classic film for a summer movie night with the family.)

In defining tradition:

  • It is the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.
  • A long-established custom or belief that has been passed on in this way.

Definitely, some traditions are keepers such as:

My personal traditions that I could break with:

Finally, my favorite lesson from Tevye on tradition:

“Because of our traditions, we have kept our balance for many, many years. Here in Anatevka, we have traditions for everything: how to how to eat, how to sleep, how to wear clothes. For instance, we always keep our heads covered, and always wear a little prayer-shawl. This shows our constant devotion to God. You may ask, how did this tradition start? I’ll tell you. I don’t know.

But it’s a tradition. And because of our traditions, every one of us knows who he is, and what God expects him to do. ”

Do you agree traditions are a good way to let us know who we are?

What traditions are you passing on and ones you breaking out of?