…..'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'…..

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Menoxtra - a little bit on the side... plus a bit extra extra extra

Have been beavering away at planning for the big trip; in terms of the blogs. Have loaded up TAKE blog right to the end of the year already; have calendared and time-tabled for the teaching bloggy... and this one is a work in progress. It left me feeling a wee bit lacking in inspiration as to what to present you today - then Grandma's prompt arrived - so have run with that!!!

How low can you go?
Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words.
This week's bonus word is ZIT


Picksie got her pet-name due to her persistent fiddling with the zit on her cheek; a trait her toddler had inherited.
(127 chrx)

“Oh Vanda, zat iz zo interesting… izit a ferry alt tree, zen?”
(62 chrx)

“Nix, Picksie; zits tree iz neizer alt nor yoong; who iz to voice da age of da Tree of Life?”
(93 chrx)

As am using this post to fill in for the whole of Monday, am adding a tale outwith the rulings of the meme.

The mother and her daughter small
Stood and listened in a state of thrall
As her brother’s partner’s wife
Told the tale of the Tree of Life
Legend held  it long in tongue
Language of ancients now rarely sung
But Vanda was a child of that line
Which held the sayings strict and fine
Narrating now the story of the tree
How it was it set their people free
From the bondage of an earthly life
And thus spake the brother’s partner’s wife
“Zits tree iz an ageless thing
About it now pleaze let me zing
Itz hiztory iz beyond all knowing
Throughout time itz zap iz flowing
Ztanding watch o’er all who care
To take zome time to ztand and ztare
And call upon itz wizdom deep
Which from itz bark-bound flesch does zeep
No beginning and no ending
Da Tree of Life iz foreffer ztanding
A zacred place for us to zhelter
When our world zeems helter-zkelter
OOnter itz branches long and ztrong
We find succour when life turnz wrong
Alwayz take a moment, Picksie Scheez
(you’ll forgive my anxious pleaz?)
When you and Minipick wander by
Remember why it gave the gift to cry
In zis way we can relieve ourzelves
Of the daily angsts and yearly illz
It iz a muzzer and a fadther to uz all
Forget not, then, upon itz rootz to call.”

(c) Yamini Ali MacLean


  1. Picksie and and her minime, Minipick, enthralled by the knowledge of Vanda. You must have autocorrect disabled, to see your words through what could be the Red Sea.

    1. Hari OM
      ...hehehe It IS good to have you back Joanne! No, the auto correct did it's thing but I just kept insisting... then when it gets into Blogger, frankly my dear it just doezn't...... &*> Yxx

  2. Love that bark-bound flesh! You have pretty much every kind of offering this week. Delightful.

  3. Hello, the temp in London and Sydney were the same yesterday we are in winter and they are in summer, it was on our news must have been a slow day.

    1. Hari OM
      ...and trust me... Scotland beats even that! Yxx

  4. Offerings for everyone! Wow, posts for the rest of the year? Is that even possible?

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

    1. Hari OM
      hehehehehe - funny you should ask... once you have reached 50 posts in a day, there comes up a box like the anti-spammer thingo and demands that you tick that you are not a robot..... if you insist on continuing to post, at the 70th hit, there is the box to tick PLUS a picture game with instructions. Really slows the progress, that... but yeah. It's possible. &*>

  5. I is shocked and stunned...My posts are done in about 2 minutes in a panic every morning and yours are done for the rest of the year!!!!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

    1. Hari OM
      Only for TAKE... the others are just at 'thinktank' level just now... but day by day!!! don't fret - remember that Aatmaavarajanam is my 'work' (unpaid, but nevertheless....) and TAKE and MENO just tag along for the ride &*> Yxx

  6. I bow my head... you have prepared so much posts... wow!!!! I mostly get this "uuuuh today was x or y" and then I have to tickle the keyboard with mach2...and if I prepare a post I don't like it after I wrote it and the same mad thing starts at the last minute again ... I'm crazy...

    1. Hari OM
      Trust me Easy - it ain't easy!!! There are days when it resembles more as you describe... Yxx

  7. I usually keep several on the go, just inspirational clips for a rainy day! You are well-organized!


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