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Just peace: my 2017 in review

Keeping in tune with positive thinking, I will review the past year of my life. (I have not come to any summary of the political world of 2017 yet.) In sum, it was a time of successful growth and more new experiences.

The biggest thing, of course, was packing up my life in Korea, moving to Canada and creating a new home. That was a major transition; hence, the theme of my blog in 2017, which started out, by the way, on my 60th birthday.  Well prepared and optimistic, I made a smooth transition.

Eye of the Optimist-Screaming City (poem)

Vancouver is among many communities across Canada experiencing an opioid crisis at present. Illicit hard drugs and pharmaceutical drugs contain opioid substances that are fatal in small doses, and many users including addicts of prescribed pharmaceuticals and illegal drugs are succumbing to killers such as fentynol, either accidentally or with knowledge that their ingested substance contains it. Bodies are dropping and expiring throughout the population and in many urban centres. This situation has reached such a crisis that the number of deaths due to such drugs has skyrocketed.

Transition-Recollections (poem)

(recollections of my life in Korea)

Recollections: 152 memes of Korean experience

Coast
Boast

Zoom
Tomb
Broom

Cap
Flap
Rap
Snap

Disrupt
Corrupt
Price upped
World cupped
Group supped

Jubilation
Exploitation
Congregation
Meditation
Much libation
Examination

Pride
Ride
Lied
Chide
Died
Hide
Vied

Term
Germ
Firm
Squirm
Derm
Perm
Sperm
Worm

Beat
Cheat
Meet
Street
Feat
Heat
Treat
Fleet
Cleat

Eye
Buy
Try
Fly
Spy
Die
Rye
Sky
Why
Fry

Hot
Bought 
Taught
Lot
Sot
Fought
Knot
Got
Snot
Rot
Yacht

Witch
Bitch
Stitch
Hitch
Itch
Snitch
Kitch
Titch
Rich
Ditch
Glitch
Sandwich

Dream
Scheme
Meme

Transition-Hanguk memories (poem)

(more memories of life in South Korea)

Hanguk Street Jamboree

Hawkers howl
So do cats
Bongos prowl
So do rats
Scooters roar
Up and down roads
Hagglers score
Bearing big loads
On rough cobblestone
Drunkards trip
Ears stuck to hand phone
Chatterers quip
Jays scream
From above
Crows stream
Scare off dove

City beat
Piggy meat
Plying drink
Sewage stink
Coffee shop cackle
Plastic wrap crackle
Signs gaudy
Clients bawdy
Bread that goes, "pop!"
Buses that don't stop
Rice and corn puffs
Restaurant buffs
Music too loud
Impatient crowd

Transitions-Departure (poem)

Departure Jigae

I'm leaving it all behind

Shiny ties
Averted eyes
Customary lies
Macho guys

Lurching bus
Market fuss

Taxi racing
Progress outpacing
Production replacing
Economy unlacing

Plenty of spice
Too much white rice
Haggle for a price
Life can be a slice
Yet abundance not suffice

Traffic comes and goes
Promise forgets then knows
Beautiful rose
Edited nose
Absurdly painted toes

Manic exuberance
Drunken fool dance
Label pants
Furtive glance
Cornucopia of chance
Classroom adherance
English class trance

Fem style exaggerated

Eye of the Optimist-The Illusion of Boredom (poem)

The Illusion of Boredom
 
Hundreds of billions of galaxies
A hundred billion in ours
And you say you’re bored?
The means you may lack
But you could imagine
If you let loose your power
Into the universe
To fly and explore,
If only via the mind
The power that the universe provides
That created your home, your life
You could at least read about it
To get better informed
See pictures
And maybe a spark of excitement
Will ignite out of your smoldering soul
The life deep within you
See what it took
For you to be here?

Eye of the Optimist-Change (poem)

Change
 
Change is what happens;
Something always happens.
Things move and, therefore,
Are transformed.
We can’t help it.
We can’t always make it happen, either,
Though sometimes we can.
We may not notice it,
Though right before our eyes.
It may be insidious.
Else, it may be humungous and obvious,
Volcanic or stormy,
If not stealthily velvet or
Murky, like deceit.
While, at times, we are astonished,
Thrilled yet scared, and shaken by change,
We may feel false peace, for
We may not notice the movement,
The way we don’t feel the spinning of the Earth

Eye of the Optimist-Free Writing

The value of free writing may be more than just loosening up the mind and shaking out some images and ideas so that you have a clearer idea of what to write and how to say it. It may help you become more creative. It may help enhance your understanding of you and your situation.

I've copied a blog entry from the Writing Forward website. This is a blog by Melissa Donavon and posted last September.

Creative Writing Practices: Free Writing
Posted by Melissa Donovan on September 24, 2015 ·

Eye of the Optimist-the character of negativity

You may be thinking that I have taken an unwarranted dark turn away from optimism if you have been reading my blogs lately. Not so. I think it is worthwhile to understand well what human negative thinking is, essentially, and where it can and does lead. We need to know what it is not, and how thinking positively is to oppose and be part of a larger opposition to anti-social and anti-life tendencies. If you do, then appreciating that positive thinking is not just a personal project of brightening up individual lives, or merely a benevolent health project for the sick.

Eye of the Optimist-short story (Housecleaning)

Housecleaning

She rounds the corner tentatively and surveys the scene that seems to have become frozen in time: two of her brothers sit, mouths open while her mother lays on the couch clutching a paperback romance novel, oblivious to all else. It is scary to her, the daughter. There ought to be talk, movement, a glance or some sign of life.

Sometimes the existence in this place feels like the shadows where death lies taut waiting to snatch them. It might just shut down. Their bodies might dissipate and turn into some vapor to float out and be absorbed by the pollution of decay and dust of the winds of time.
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