the fall equinox


orange is the color-pumkin the scent- leaves are the motif-linguists amass

Today marks the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, the first day of fall and the point in which the Sun is directly above the equator and the hours of day and night are nearly equal. It occurs at precisely 9:31 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time. In the Southern Hemisphere, today marks the vernal equinox, the first day of spring.
As poet Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt wrote: “It is the summer’s great last heat, / It is the fall’s first chill: they meet.”

It’s the anniversary of the Norman Conquest of 1066. It was this week that William the Conqueror of Normandy first arrived on British soil. The French-speaking Normans eventually defeated Old English-speaking Saxons at the Battle of Hastings on October 14, 1066 — which had a larger and more pronounced effect on the development of the English language than any other event in history.

Norman French replaced the Germanic-based Anglo-Saxon as the official, administrative, and ceremonial language, and Anglo-Saxon was demoted to everyday, common use. The sturdy English cow, calf, and sheep on the hoof became French once they were on the plate: beef (from boeuf), veal (veel), and mutton (mouton). The word vellum, for a type of parchment made of calfskin, also comes from the French word for calf. In all, some 10,000 French words were adopted into the English language, and within the course of a few centuries, English went from being a strictly Germanic language to one infused with a large Latinate vocabulary, which came via French.

The Normans of course also imposed their ideas and practices of governing on their conquered English subjects, and our vocabulary still reflects a huge number of French-based words. Government is a word of French origin that came in during Middle English. The Old French word is governer from Latin “to steer” or “to rule.”

For many years, English-speaking subjects took allegiance to the royal crown. Allegiance is a distinctly Anglo-Norman word — it’s a variation of the Old French ligeance, from a Latin word describing foreign serfs who were allowed to settle on Roman land and till the soil.
Subject, no surprise, was a word introduced by the Norman invaders, and when it first came into Middle English from Old French (sujet, “brought under”), the word meant “a person owing obedience.”

Yet the conquered English subjects continued to swear allegiance to the king. The French-speaking Norman leader of the invaders, William the Conqueror, actually tried in his middle age to learn to speak English, the tongue of his newly conquered subjects. But from the invasion, English gained several synonyms of French origin that meant, essentially, kinglike or kingly. These include royal, regal, and sovereign. Royalty developed in the late Middle Ages to include a sense of “right to ownership” over minerals, which in the mid-1800s began to also apply to payment given by a mineral harvester to the person who owned the land from which the mineral came. Later, royalties applied to the sales of copyrighted materials.

From the Norman Conquest came the Anglo-Norman French word corune, from Old French coroner, ultimately from Greek for “circle, ring.” It formed the basis not only of the kingly crown, but also of corolla — the inner ring of petals in a flower — and corollary, coronary, coronation, and coroner — who in Norman times, as an officer of the crown, was appointed to investigate any seemingly unnatural deaths of members of the ruling class.

Words from the Anglo-Norman legal system also form the primary basis for the vocabulary of our modern legal system. A defendant is summoned to court, from the Old French cort, from the Latin word for yard. If it’s a civil affair, one might hope that all people “present at court” (the original meaning of courtier) will be courteous, which originally meant “having manners fit for a royal court.” A complaint is filed by the plaintiff, from the Old French word plaintive — a “lamentation” — which is itself derived from a Latin word, planctus, meaning “beating of the breast.”



in the kitchen the orange tulips came in Spring, 2020


the pandemic too



empty shelves



faith, hope and love…in good measure!


Definition #334 Crayola Explosion

Glue crayons and melt with a hair dryer on canvas

                                          Glue crayons and melt with a hair dryer on canvas

red orange yellow

green blue indigo violet

rainbow spectrum dance

Day One: Definition #241 rainbow arches

rainbow arches

rainbow arches




Definition #120 Orange

Birthday Flowers from my daughter Move from orange roses to orange tiger lilies in one week

Birthday Flowers from my daughter
Move from orange roses to orange tiger lilies
in one week

citrus freshness winks

sprouts its fragrant fireworks far

astral stars rejoice!

Ecphrastic Fibonacci

Fibonacci created the math Jeanne created the colors

Fibonacci created the math
Jeanne created the colors

Ekphrastic (also spelled ecphrastic) Poetry is defined as “poetry that imitates, describes, critiques, dramatizes, reflects upon, or otherwise responds to a work of nonliterary art, especially the visual.”

John Drury in The Poetry Dictionary

Copper, bronze, golden metals
Glitter, shine and shimmer;
Swirl you from a pulsing center
Orange, turquoise, glimmer.

Curves beguile, diamonds wild,
Vast blue rivers float;
Tiny turning gems roll out
Sunflower seeds round tote.

Riddle#36 Orange

Owen Easter Eggs


Which is the fungus from Halloween?
Which is the fun guy from Easter morn?

Which has the yolk as yellow as corn?
Which has the shape of sweet candy-corn?

Which has the sun’s glow orange and warm?
Which has the ruffles that fan out when born?

These are the riddles all orange and bright
Sunny and funny and scary a sight!


Etihad 777 flight

Southwest, orange, red and blue
breaks the sound barrier of my ears.
Sings and jokes; stretches, bends
small details ’til they’re snug; no fears!

Breaks the sound barrier of my ears:
flies above 30,000 feet of clouds:
hums its path ‘bove westward planes below.

Sings and jokes; stretches, bends
in cabin’s curves: accommodate each soul:
infants, old, and broken boned.

Small details ’til they’re snug: no fears!
the weather’s fair; the night sky drops its skirts
on sleepy tired folks who land and find their rest.

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