21 August 2015

Fragment Friday - The Hiatus Edition

  The Dynamic Duo, leashed.
Life on the Periphery is going off the grid for a brief hiatus to enjoy the end of summer. Meanwhile, enjoy some Corgi pics to tide you over. 

Baby Max enjoying the couch.

Baby Merlin doubling as a fox.

Action Max with Stick of Doom
Merlin explains physics.
Max explains hedgehog destuffing.
Max and Merlin compete in synchronized fetching.

14 August 2015

Fragment Friday - The Vegetable Edition

Garden with bonus Bruno and fence patrolling Corgis.

Cabbage is related to broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts, it descends from a wild field cabbage. It was likely domesticated somewhere in Europe before 1000 BC, although savoys were not developed until the 16th century. Ancient Greeks and Romans ate cabbage. Sauerkraut was used by Northern European sailors to prevent scurvy during long ship voyages.

The tomato is botanically a berry fruit although it is considered a vegetable for culinary purposes.
Tomatoes originated in the South American Andes and its use as a food originated in Mexico, and spread throughout the world following the Spanish colonization of the Americas. The recorded history of tomatoes in Italy dates back to 31 October 1548. The earliest reference to tomatoes being grown in North America is from 1710.

Carrots are root vegetables, usually orange in colour, though purple, red, white, and yellow varieties exist.The most commonly eaten part of a carrot is a taproot, although the greens are sometimes eaten as well. The word carrot was first recorded in English around 1530. Carrot seeds have been found in Switzerland and Southern Germany dating to 2000–3000 BC.
Carrots are 88% water, 4.7% sugar, 2.6% protein, 1% ash, and 0.2% fat.

Cucumber is a widely cultivated plant in the gourd family, and originated in India but now grows on most continents  The cucumber is listed among the foods of ancient Ur, and the legend of Gilgamesh describes people eating cucumbers. Cucumbers grown to eat fresh are called slicing cucumbers. They are mainly eaten in the unripe green form, since the ripe yellow form normally becomes bitter and sour. Cucumbers can be pickled for flavor and longer shelf-life.

Lettuce is an annual plant of the daisy family Asteraceae. Lettuce was first cultivated by the ancient Egyptians who turned it from a weed, whose seeds were used to produce oil, into a food plant grown for its succulent leaves. Lettuce flowers more quickly in hot temperatures. The domestication of lettuce over the centuries has resulted in several changes through selective breeding.
Types of lettuce - Leaf, Romaine/Cos, Iceberg/Crisphead, Butterhead – Also known as Boston or Bibb lettuce, Summercrisp, Stem, Oilseed.

Now, go make yourself a salad!

*All information gleaned from Wikipedia.

07 August 2015

Fragment Friday - The Flashback Edition

Since it's that time of year, when watery hose monsters emerge from their winter sleep, I thought I would repost a video of Merlin chasing his nemesis, the Water from the Green Hose. No Corgis, hoses or gardens were harmed in the making of this video.  

In other news, the Editors of Gyroscope review were interviewed by Six Questions For... blog. Want to know what we look for in a poetry submission, or what gets our goat? It's all there, in glorious black and white. Head on over and check it out. 

Did you know today was "Homemade Pie and International Beer Day?"  Didn't think so, you've got some catching up to do!  Apple pie for me, and a Sapporo.  How about you?

And if you're too late on the pie and beer, tomorrow is "Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night". You know you want to. How else are you going to get rid of 27 pounds of green squash? I love zucchini bread, but I'm only willing to eat so much of it. Share the love. Your neighbors will thank you for it. Or chuck tomatoes at your head. 

Flashback Merlin with Bonus Basketball.

31 July 2015

Fragment Friday - The Fellowship Edition

"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows follow behind you."
Maori Proverb
I bet you were thinking this post is going to be about Hobbits and Elves and all things Tolkien. Not this time, although those are subjects I can certainly expound upon. Nope, this post is all about the
Wyoming Arts Council Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry. I am one of this year's recipients, along with Kathleen Smith and Carol Deering. I am thrilled to be a recipient, and am actively looking for conferences or workshops to attend next year. Have any suggestions? Let me know in comments.

Here is the announcement from the Wyoming Arts Council:

The Wyoming Arts Council is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s creative writing fellowships in poetry. They are Constance Brewer and Kathleen Smith of Gillette and Carol Deering of Riverton.

They each will receive a $3,000 award plus a $500 stipend to travel to Casper to read their work on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Casper College Literary Conference in Casper. They will read with California poet Rebecca Foust, who served as judge for this year’s fellowships.

Fellowship honorable mentions go to Cara Rodriguez of Casper and Leah Schlachter of Jackson.

Constance Brewer’s poetry has appeared in Dark Matter Literary Journal, The Linnet’s Wings, Nassau Review, American Tanka, the Wyoming Fence Lines Anthology from the Wyoming Arts Council and in the New Poets of the American West anthology, among other places. She is an editor for Gyroscope Review magazine. When not writing, Brewer spends time with “a small but vocal herd of Welsh Corgis.”

Kathleen Smith is a member of WyoPoets and Bear Lodge Writers and a past board member of Wyoming Writers, Inc. She says this about her writing life: “Living close to nature encourages the inspiration to record a way of life on my Wyoming ranch. I love where I live. Wide-open spaces shape my point of view as do the spring rains that feed fragile soils and winter snows that protect the hibernating earth. As a woman, I stand in the West while leaving footprints and legacy for future generations.”

Carol Deering received a Wyoming Arts Council poetry fellowship in 1999. She has received a writing residency at Devils Tower, through a National Park Service residency competition juried by Bear Lodge Writers. Her chapbook, To Taste the Wind, was a 2011 finalist with Flying Trout Press. Her poems have recently appeared in Prairie Wolf Press Review, The Provo Canyon Review, I-70 Review, and the WyoPoets chapbook, Weather Watch: Poems from Wyoming. She also has poems in Ring of Fire: Writers of the Yellowstone Region, edited by Bill Hoagland, from Rocky Mountain Press. In June 2015, Carol won first place in the Wyoming Writers, Inc., contest in the free-verse category.

This is the 30th year for the creative writing fellowships sponsored by the Wyoming Arts Council. Next year’s category will be creative nonfiction. Applications will be available online in spring 2016.

The Corgis were happy for me, too.  Here is Merlin, looking mighty pleased.

"Congratulations, Mom. Now throw the ball."

Max - "Kibble for everyone!"

24 July 2015

Fragment Friday - The Mapping Edition

There's a whole lot of empty going on...

1.  I have a minor obsession with maps. I've had it as long as I can remember, from spinning the globe in second grade to playing GeoGuessr this morning. Beachball round, or flat and crinkly, there's something about the shapes and boundaries that is a seductive siren call.

2.  The world has changed since I was studying countries and Gross National Products back in 6th grade. I'm going to have to re-memorize Africa. Countries that used to be there, aren't, given way to new names and unfamiliar outlines. And it's not your grandmothers USSR anymore. How about you, do you feel old and obsolete when it comes to the world?

3.  I love Google maps and would marry them if I could. 

4.  Remember, you never have to fold Internet Maps... Long ago and far away, when I was a young Second Lieutenant with a map and a compass, I could fold a map with the best of them, only reveling that which we would traverse in a day. Everything stuffed in the side pockets of my car today is folded backwards and upside down. Which brings me to another point----

5.  I'm developing quite the love for my GPS device also. Insta-maps, what's not to like? My little car icon merrily following a purple path to its final destination. The quasi-British voice that navigates me through downtown Denver with nary a hitch. (Although she gets a 'tone' when I ignore her directions and turn another way).  If only they could get James Earl Jones to do the navigate voice, it would be perfect. Any fans of GPS out there?