Written for Vintage Point:

This week we focus on maturity. What is the value-added as years go by?  You don’t have to be “old” or “elderly” to respond to this prompt. You have more years under your belt today than every before. So share your thoughts in your poem/s and

  • please submit your poem/s by pasting them into the comments section and not by sharing a link
  • please submit poems only, no photos, illustrations, essays, stories, or other pros

As I have aged…

As I have aged I have learned so many things… 

I remember wondering how my nightgown made real sparks in the dark of a summer night. 

I remember wondering how berries knew to grow on the same bushes every year. 

I remember wondering how I would ever live without my parents, even if I got married. 

I remember wondering how anyone could afford to buy a car. 

I remember wondering how my mail could get to another country in a few days. 

As I have aged I have learned to love things… 

Being a mother 

Being a giver, not a taker 

Being a friend 

Being kind 

Being smart 

Being happy 

Being thankful. 

As I have aged I have learned to hate things…. 

Losing loved ones  

Lives ending 




Aging is all about learning.  

Friday fictioneers

From Rochelle Wisoff-Fields at InLinkz:

FF - Third Age - 200415

Becky stood on the balcony of her city apartment and looked out over the city she loved. From her balcony she could see the city skyline and the cross upon the church’s steeple. She loved living in the city, with the hustle and bustle every day. When she decided to rent the apartment her parents warned her she would not be happy with all the noise and lights. Nights wouldn’t be dark like in the country. Food wouldn’t be fresh out of the garden each morning like in the country. There would be no peace and quiet like in the country.

Becky couldn’t understand but she felt more like the city mouse rather than the country mouse. She was happy, that’s all that mattered.

REVERE – Your Daily Word Prompt – #YDWordPrompt April 15, 2020

An ode to first responders: a Chanso Poem

When I think of all the revere  
I feel for the first responders  
I also think of family  
About whom do I now ponder. 
Heroes in life are really  
the same people who care the most 
I think of them ideally 
and would be proud to be their host. 

Tell all those folks who work hardest 
to hold up their heads very high 
Send them a present or gift card 
there’s something I’m sure they would buy. 

If you no longer have money 
to give to them right from the bank 
Show them the sky that is sunny 
and give them a most sincere thank. 

When all this horror surpasses 
and we are free from any pain 
no need for rose colored glasses 
They’ve helped us live free once again. 

Say “Hi” as you pass on the street  
Give a firm nod, bow at their feet. 

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

How insect colours evolved, new research

I do not like bugs and am an arachnophobic, but this video is spectacular. I think only 2 spiders too!

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 2017 video is called Amazingly Colourful Insects and Snails 🐞.

From Yale-NUS College in Singapore:

Fossil record analysis hints at evolutionary origins of insects’ structural colors

April 14, 2020

Researchers from Yale-NUS College in Singapore and University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland have analysed preserved scales from wing cases of two fossil weevils from the Late Pleistocene era (approx. 13,000 years ago) to better understand the origin of light-scattering nanostructures present in present-day insects.

The researchers, led by Yale-NUS Assistant Professor of Science (Life Sciences) Vinod Kumar Saranathan and UCC paleobiologists Drs Luke McDonald and Maria McNamara, found that the wing cases of the fossil weevils contained preserved photonic ‘diamonds’, one of the many types of crystal-like nanoscopic structure that interacts with light to produce some of the brightest and purest colours in nature.

The outer coverings of many insects comprise repeating units arranged in a crystalline formation that…

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VULNERABILITY – Wednesday Challenge

Written for GC and SueW:

We are all vulnerable

No one is safe at home anymore 
yet they say don’t leave the house. 
Shopping is done only when needed 
COVID is worse than the louse.  

Wash both your hands and your knuckles 
for anything that you might touch 
makes you vulnerable for the disease 
that has hurt our world so much.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Three Things Challenge #206


Matt’s love

Matt was a man who liked to dine  
on cheap champagne and cheese  
He wanted a wife who he could love  
who also wanted to please.  
He searched and searched hi and low  
but never found a good sign.  
He polished his teeth and combed his hair  
he always wanted to shine.  
There once was a lady who he had met  
who hadn’t had much love before  
they fell in love and so they bought  
satin sheets to lay on the floor. 

They bought a house and bought a car 
they thought they’d finally get rich 
but hopes and dreams pop just as fast 
as a car driving into a ditch. 

So now they lay side by side 
in a grave built for couples of two 
but no one knows about their love 
so, there’s no one who really feels blue.  

©2020 CBialczak Poetry

Blogging A to Z April Challenge: M 04/15/2020

Math all around the home

Have you ever wondered how you can help your child excel in math? The best way is practice and exposure.

There will always be books on learning at home and one of the most common practices is to tell parents to do things like cook with their children to teach math. That is a good strategy but not the only and not necessarily the best for your child.

Strategies for learning math at home:

  1. Cooking; Cooking is a great way to teach kids to count. It is also a good way to teach that a teaspoon is smaller than a tablespoon or a cup is smaller than a pint. I don’t disagree with any of this but one point that many parents don’t think of, as I admit I never did when my kids are little, is to show how three of those little scoops equals one of the bigger scoops (1/3 times 3 = 1). This can emphasize measurement, multiplication, fractions, and other areas that use any of these facts.
  2. Go through your cabinets! Did you ever notice that some cans are 12 ounces while others are 14.5? As adults who shop for the foods their families like, a lot of times we look for the package and don’t pay attention to the exact measurement in the packaging. Show your children this! Have them take cans out of the pantry. Sort them by units in each can. Sort them by size of the actual can. Turn the cans around and read the labels! There are percentages, measurements, and a lot of other information on the backs of cans.
  3. Have children keep track of what they drink. Do they know how many ounces are in a cup? Do they know how many ounces there are in their favorite cup? If they drink 5 cups of water in their favorite cup, how many ounces is that? This emphasizes addition, multiplication, measurement, statistics, and graphing.
  4. How many steps is it from the bedroom to the bathroom? What about the bedroom to the kitchen? How many steps in your staircase? How tall is the door to the bathroom? Is it the same as the front door of the house? What about the door on the cabinets? Obviously, the cabinet doors are smaller but by how much? These are all activities that reinforce math skills.
  5. Measure family members. Who is tallest? Who is smallest? This is comparing values! This also emphasizes ways to measure. No yardstick or anything else to measure? Well, what else can you use? A shoelace? Thinking about unconventional ways of measurement is a great critical thinking skill.

I hope I have given you some good ideas for math in the home. No need to buy anything special, no special equipment required. Be creative! With a pencil and paper, students can learn to log information, compare statistics, and make predictions! Math can be a lot of fun!