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