Monday, May 22, 2017

The Ball Game: The Historic Aspect

Many Mesoamerican societies played a ball game that held great significance, no just as a sport but as a ritualistic way of setting disputes. The Maya inherited this game from their predecessors the Olmecs, and they considered it so important that they built ball courts in all but the smallest towns.

Players were divided into two teams, and the game involved hitting a large, heavy rubber ball across the court and into high hoops. To play, they wore a loincloth with a thick padded belt to protect the waist and hips. They also wore padding on their forearms and knees, at the sides of the body, to protect themselves from injury when diving to the ground. Players also wore large headdresses and decorative chest ornaments.

To the Maya, the game represented the struggle between the forces of life and death, and the losers were often decapitated.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Boring Book

There's a book I keep on my bedside table
for when I can't sleep. It never fails,
half page and I'm gone. My friend
who wrote this book should be pleased.
Not everyone can sit by his reader
like a father singing to a fearful child,
and summon the moon for her
and turn her pillow soft as the sea.

 (Lola Haskins. 92017) - New Letters, Vol. 83, Nos. 2 & 3, p.125)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Common South Florida Lizards

Florida is a home to at least
thirty species of lizards.

Common little brown wood lizard of South Florida.
Lizards often loose their tails,
but they have the ability to regrow them easily.

Cuban anole poisonous lizard 
"Study of Lizards"
Photographer: Ida Tomshinsky (South Florida, 2017) 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Little Lamb

Here is a little Lamb -
Its fleece is white as snow,
And everywhere we go
This Lamb remains us
Of winter's winds and cold.
The May rolls on,
And summer is near
Like this little Lamb so dear.

Lyrics, photo, and articraft: Tomshinsky, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Grace and Glory of Homemade

Spring's bold and brilliant gems:
newest fashion accessories' hotspots in pictures.
Welcome to the Centre of Attention!

Tropical oasis lounging iconic fashion entertainment
with endless possibilities

Distinguished couture headpieces and other artifacts

Floral rubelite with gold on green emeralds

Signature chapeau

From accents to retro twists and master pieces
Prices upon request.
Craft and Photography by Ida Tomshinsky, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Our Library

Our small-room library with shelves and books
Says, “Welcome to Our Library!”
And far more magical than it looks
There is fairy like databases of vary
Books, eBooks, hundreds of thousands of books.
The Library without reader
Looks very bitter:
Library staff saving a soul,
Defending from the black hole.
Hateful, fearful
Struggling and grinding -
Use education
For Liberation!
Office, home, work, library,
Learning, reading, typing:
Cautious, ambitious,
Then comes success:
Building the habit of study and growing
Researching till reach the knowing,
Because everybody can search for a dolphin or elf,
By learning the best and be themselves.
Please encourage students with wit
Telling them not to quit!
Ida Tomshinsky@2016

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Arrival of Spring

The arrival of spring makes
Everything sing.
Shining sun brings on a thawing.
Trees have the spring zing,
And green leaves are outstanding.
Colorful flowers wood ring,
Bees sting,
Welcoming rains’ ping-ding.
The birds are busy to wing and sing –
Children outside play and swing.
All together wellspring, wellspring!
(Tomshinsky, 2017)
Photo (Tomshinsky, 2017)