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Fear Not O Muse! On This Thanksgiving Day   Leave a comment

HDR Image by kenne

Fear not O Muse! truly new ways and days receive, surround you,
I candidly confess a queer, queer race, of novel fashion,
And yet the same old human race, the same within, without,
Faces and hearts the same, feelings the same, yearning the same,
The same old love, beauty, and use the same.

— Walt Whitman

Cartoon du Jour   Leave a comment

The Promise of Next Thanksgiving — by David Fitzsimmons (Arizona Daily Star)

Thanksgiving — Photo-Artistry   2 comments

Decorations (1 of 1) art-2-72.jpgThanksgiving — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Thanksgiving with kin

Years of working at fitting in

But do I belong?

— kenne

Posted November 27, 2019 by kenneturner in Information, Photo-Artistry, Poetry, Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Rose   Leave a comment

Rose_2015 05 06_0650-art blogThanksgiving Rose — Computer Art by kenne

My Thanksgiving rose
It is yours if you want it
A gift of my love.

— kenne

Posted November 24, 2017 by kenneturner in Art, Computer Art, Information, Photoshop, Poetry

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TucsonTucson Basin — Computer Painting by kenne

Wishing everyone a super Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the time together.

— kenne

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.

— William Blake

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.”   1 comment

joy-and-kenne-20160124_170222-art-blogComputer Art by kenne

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart.”
– Jean Baptiste Massieu

These are the days of the endless summer
These are the days, the time is now
There is no past, there’s only future
There’s only here, there’s only now

Oh, your smiling face, your gracious presence
Oh, the fires of spring are kindling bright
Oh the radiant heart and the song of glory
They’re crying freedom in the night

These are the days by the sparkling river
His timely grace and our treasured find
This is the love of the one magician
Turned the water into wine

These are days of the endless dancing
And the long walks on the summer night
These are the days of the true romancing
When I’m holding you oh so tight

These are the days by the sparkling river
And His timely grace and the treasured find
This is the love of the one great magician
Turned the water into wine

These are the days now that we must savor
And we must enjoy as we can
These are the days that will last forever
You got to hold them in your heart

These are the days
These are the days
These are the days
These are the days
These are the days

These Are the Days, by Van Morrison

 These Are the Days Video

The gift is to the giver . . .   2 comments

Decorations (1 of 1) art blogThanksgiving Still Life — Photo-Artistry by kenne


Whoever you are! motion and reflection are especially for you,

The divine ship sails the divine sea for you.

Whoever you are! you are he or she for whom the earth is solid and liquid,
You are he or she for whom the sun and moon hang in the sky,
For none more than you are the present and the past,
For none more than you is immortality.

Each man to himself and each woman to herself, is the word of the
past and present, and the true word of immortality;
No one can acquire for another–not one,
Not one can grow for another–not one.

The song is to the singer, and comes back most to him,
The teaching is to the teacher, and comes back most to him,
The murder is to the murderer, and comes back most to him,
The theft is to the thief, and comes back most to him,
The love is to the lover, and comes back most to him,
The gift is to the giver, and comes back most to him–it cannot fail,
The oration is to the orator, the acting is to the actor and actress
not to the audience,
And no man understands any greatness or goodness but his own, or
the indication of his own.

— from “A Song of the Rolling Earth” by Walt Whitman

Thanksgiving Cigar   1 comment

Thanksgiving 2012 Oceanside“Thanksgiving Cigar” — Image by kenne


the table is clean

we are stuffed with food and drink

a cigar moment

— kenne

Agave Stalk — Over Twelve Feet Since Thanksgiving   5 comments

Desert Museum-9854 agave stalk blog framedThis Agave Stalk Has Grown Over Twelve Feet Since Thanksgiving.
The Power of Tequila! — Image by kenne

Agave [Cactus]
by Carol Hamilton

You don’t squeeze tequila
from a pumped up, rubbery leaf.
Nothing is easy in Mexico,
and everything takes time,
patience, muscle. Hacking
and digging and hacking
and a deep pit and fire
and time and time and time.
I lose time, forget it at
the other end of the tequila,
but left to me, that cactus
would still be standing there
on the [Sonora] Desert

This poem can be found in the book, AGAVE

“If you like tequila,
you will love the art,
songs, poems, stories,
and recipes in

Since moving to Tucson and becoming a Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalist, I know agaves are not cacti, and I live in the Sonoran Desert, not the Sonora Desert. However, since poets like to take poetic license, I will give Carol a pass on this one.


The Dirt People   3 comments

The Saturday after Thanksgiving we left Pala and returned to Tucson. Our normal route has been to head west to I-15, then east on I-8. This time we decided to take an alternate route parallel to I-8 through the mountains to the desert into Imperial Valley. Before reaching El Centro, in the valley and near the Salton Sea, we begin to see dust in the distance.Thanksgiving 2013-9015 blogSignage told us that our route was taking us through Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA). You could see RVs, with their flag poles up, in all directions. Ocotillo Wells is open for off-highway exploration and recreation, which in another life I would have loved to have experienced in my dirt-bike twenties.

Thanksgiving 2013-9017 blogAs we headed east early in the morning, (about 8:00 am) the were just a few off-road vehicles out in the desert leaving behind a lot of dust, which would be a multiple of what the day would bring once hundreds of vehicles hit the dirt. 

Thanksgiving 2013-9018 blogOnce we were on I-8 and near Yuma, Arizona, we once again saw off-road vehicles, this time on the Algodones DunesThe dunes are 45 miles long by 6 miles wide, extending along a northwest-southeast line that correlates to the prevailing northerly and westerly wind directions. Where I-8 crosses the Algodones Dunes, the frontage roads provide an easy access for off-road vehicles.

Thanksgiving 2013-9019 blogAt least there’s not a lot of dust stirred-up by the many vehicles on the sand.

Thanksgiving 2013-9020 blogWe stopped at a rest area to take a few photos of kids of all ages.

Thanksgiving 2013-9022 blogImages by kenne


Children play in dirt
We stay connected to dirt
Always washing hands.

I had a dirt bike
When I was in my twenties
Fate was on my side.

Now I hike in dirt
Staying bonded to nature
Not destroying it.

— kenne

Capturing The Moment — A Lonesome Gardenia   4 comments

Thanksgiving 2013-9001 Gardenia Framed blogLonesome Gardenia — Image by kenne

The day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday,
A day many families go shopping together,
Not Joy’s family — it’s off to the casino!

A family thing, but not my thing,
Being an “in the margins guy” —
I’m at the casino, but I’m not.

On this day after Thanksgiving
The rains came, lots of rain,
As we drove to Pala Casino.

By the time we arrived,
The rain had stopped —
now hoping for sunshine.

But, the clouds stayed behind,
Limiting the poolside scenery —
What’s a guy to do?

I could still Capture the moment —
Flowers, there are always flowers
In southern California.

Flowers enrich the casino landscape,
Including gardenia shrubs
Hedged along the spa walls.

Looking around, I could find only one 
Gardenia blossom, a lonesome gardenia —
We had something in common.

— kenne

The Holiday Season — A Time For Being And Becoming   1 comment

christmas22003-12-24-04-happy-holidays-blogImage by kenne

At this annual time of transition between calendar years, it is a time of reflecting and acting. A time of year for celebrating from Thanksgiving through the new year. It is the Holiday Season!

It is a time of year for considering “this and that,” (my grandmother’s words when I would ask, “What are you doing, Grandma?”) reflecting over 2013, it is a time to “ing” out the year.

. . . ing 2013

Wondering in search of this and that

Reflecting on my past

Investing in the future

Creating more out of less

Giving without motive

Being a teacher

Becoming by being my teacher


Thanksgiving Talk With Doomsday Just Around The Corner   2 comments

Source: The New Yorker

Large family gatherings such as Thanksgiving, brings together people with different persuasions, ideologies, and beliefs. At our gathering this year, Thanksgiving took on a special meaning for those who believe in the December 21, 2012 doomsday prophecies. This cartoon is for those who believe the world will end December 21st, and especially those who think everything needs to be privatized.  These doomsday prophecies (Cults and Mind Control) are good for business!


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