Tanka : boots


give me all your best
no lies, don’t be a-messin’
something you call love
keep playing, we’ll be burning
these boots were made for falling

tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Mandibelle16 challenged us to create something using Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Were Made For Walking.  I loved that song as a teenager — still love it.  The whole tough chick story is cool.  But I am also a romantic  so this is the sequel because she found “a brand new box of matches.”

Okay, I was going to show you Nancy’s 1966 video that Mandibelle16 shared on MLMM but I came across this one and couldn’t resist because I love cats.  It’s a fun one.

Ok, I can’t resist.  I found another one Puss in Boots doing the same song, different take.  I love this one because I happen to think Antonio Banderas is hot, hot, hot! Just a little bitty crush, you understand.


Music Challenge #23: “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” by Nancy Sinatra
Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie

Feline Friday
Comedy Plus

Second Life photo by M. LaFreniere, avatar Kayla Woodrunner
I took this pic a couple years ago before I learned how to change the lighting setup, focal lenses and even time of day so there is a flatness to the image.  The windmill, truck and hen coop has good shadows/textures because 8f8, the creator, is really top-notch at texturing and his stuff looks really good no matter how you muck up the lighting.

Little Seahorse by Mellow Design Lab



Tanka : amorous affections


feeling amorous?
is your affections for real?
love me, sick or old?
you are thinking about it?
bye??? we’ll always have Paris?

tanka by M. Nakazato LaFreniere


February 22 : Amorous Affections
February Writing Prompts
Putting my Feet in the Dirt

OpenLink Night #214
dVerse Poets Pub

second life photo by M. Nakazato LaFreniere, avatar Kayla Woodrunner
(no, that’s not me.  That elf with the flu was made by Remarkable Oblivion and is from his Santa’s Workshop series.  I do have a grandma avatar though among many others.)

Little Seahorse by Mellow Design Lab

Senryu : sleeping like a clam


clammed up in my quilt
alarm tears me from my shell
autumn dreams depart

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Chèvrefeuille challenged us to revise a classical haiku by Basho on the Ise Shima Wedding Rocks.

hamaguri no
futami ni wakare
yuku aki zo
a clam
torn from its shell
departing autumn
Ise Futamigaura , 1858, by Utagawa Hiroshige aka Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858). Ando Hiroshige is famous for The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō

As I could not revise it — it is hard to revise haiku as it’s boiled down to it’s essence as it is — I went on a slightly different road, pulling words from the original as prompts: clam, tear, shell, autumn, depart.

Using these words, I created a senryu.  I was remembering when living in Japan, I had decided to take a sunrise photo of a different set of Wedding Rocks between Oita and Miyazaki. The alarm had rang before dawn of course.  Leaving my warm futon, shivering in the pre-dawn cold, I got dressed and went on my way.  I ended up making a New Year’s card with it.

I wrote a longer post about the Kamiura Rocks on Senryu: dawn.


February 21st 2018, Revise It
Heeding Haiku With Chèvrefeuille
Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie


List of texts: #125
Author #1. Matsuo Bashô (松尾芭蕉)
Era: Yamato
Classical Japanese Database

Second life photo by M. LaFreniere, avatar Kayla Woodrunner
Kamiura Rocks photo by M. LaFreniere

North Blue by Mellow Design Lab
leaf and twig by Mellow Design Lab

©2018 M. Nakazato LaFreniere, all rights reserved




Senryu : ice music


people pray for cold
keep constant minus 5 C
least the concert melts

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Playing on ice instruments has it’s hazards.  Primarily the heat from the audience can melt them, changing their tonality.   As it is, they have to retune after each song as the instruments melt a little with the heat of playing. So concerts are either outdoors or in special ice igloo concert halls made to ventilate the heat upward and outward away from the musicians.

This one is a Wall Street Journal video.  In this video, Americans Charlie Sexton, Phoebe Hunt (violin), Michael Blair, Troy Campbell, and Lindsey Verril team up with Danish Anders Bo Eriksen and local Luleå Swede talents Olle Nyman and Rebecka Digervall.

The Austin, Texas musicians had traveled to Sweden to participate in a City of Songs project culminating in two sold out concerts in the Ice Music Concert Hall. They were introduced to their first ice instruments and for a week practiced playing them before appearing in public.

Housed for a week together the Danish Eriksen, Swedes Nyman and Digervall along with the Texans collaborated together writing songs and playing the instruments. They were documented by an Lulea and Austin film crew.  When Sexton’s ice guitar broke the day before the concert, he took up the ice cello.  You can see Rebecka Digervall singing vocals while playing an ice guitar.

The ideal temperature to play was 23F (-5C) which the Texans were not used to.  Verrill said “The landscape is quite alien to me. It is like visiting another planet”. (Lulea Story Magazine, p29).  Lulea Story said that that temperature is quite pleasant for the audience. (p39)  Being in Arizona, I think that’s one tough audience.  Every year Lulea Swedes must build their ice concert hall anew when winter returns.


Dylan guitarist to take Ice Music stage in Sweden, The Local SE, February 26, 2015

In Sweden, Musicians Play Hot Licks on Ice Instruments:Concerts feature violins, cellos and other instruments made of ice; exploding guitar
by Anna Molin and Miguel Bustillo, Wall Street Journal, March 11, 2015

Cool World Premier for City of Songs, Lulea Story Magazine, p. 28-29, 38-39

Daily prompt, Daily Post

I put up a few more videos at Igloo Concerts, Playing Instruments including videos with more explanations. Ice instruments seem to be a Scandnavian thing as there is a video with Norwegians too.

Senryu : tea


sit still a moment
good friends share the zen of tea
quiet your mind’s noise

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

Sometimes slowing down allows something special to happen.

Strawberry & Cream Pockets

Today Tammy and I met near Prep & Pastries to go geocaching.  I thought P&P Continue reading Senryu : tea

Senryu : kissing booth


A nickel a kiss
green monster gnashes his teeth
I think I will pass

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere





February 18: Forest Green
Color your World Challenge

second life photo by M. LaFreniere, avatar Kayla Woodrunner

Just_Believe by Mellow Designs Lab
Heartful Monday by  Mellow Designs Lab
Both fonts are in a package of 147 fonts.


Senryu : widget


What is a widget?
It is a thing-a-ma-jig
huh.  throws my hands up

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

One of the Wordcamp workshops  talked about the next version of WordPress called Gutenberg.  Luckily they said the themes will still work in the new WordPress 5.0.  Themes built for Gutenberg will have more functionalities, though. One of the cool things is that we will have richer page formatting abilities built in– for example, tables and columns.  Right now, we can get tables and columns with either using a widget, doing html directly, or css scripting. Widgets, shortcodes, CSS scripting and menus will eventually be replaced by something called Native Blocks to make things easier and more consistent.

If you want to be one of the beta testers for WordPress Gutenberg, right now they are running three usability tests and would like people to check it out and report on it.  Just go to Gutenberg Testing on WordPress.org.  The test involves a Gutenberg editor plug-in that you download and add.

In the header of WordPress.org, you can download the WordPress software directly to your hard drive and test the plug-in that way, not on your up-and-running blog.  One criteria is you need to know how to do a screen recording.  They just want an accounting of which test you ran and if there were any problems — they don’t want suggestions for fixes because right now they are collecting data on any glitches.  Suggestions is a different phase.

I am thinking of checking it out as I’m curious about what might be the upcoming changes.  If they mentioned a timeline on release, I didn’t hear it.