davidbrucehaiku: be a work of art






Color my hair orange

Always wanted to be black

With streaks of yellow


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”don’t regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression.”

Art of Quotation

Here is my advice as we begin the century that will lead to 2081. First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs. Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify.

And don’t regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression.

Gerard K. O’Neill, physicist

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Weather conditions – Eugenia

Go Dog Go Café



gelid, icy

sparkling, dazzling, blinding

cold, powdery, frozen, polar

chilling, soaking, drizzling

gentle, mild



arctic, fleece

freezing, sledding, skating

shiver, wind chill, hoodie, jacket

warming, flowering, mornings

humid, sunshine


© Franci Eugenia Hoffman

A gander at me –
I enjoyed a dedicated career in the insurance industry for over 20 years being rewarded both professionally and personally. Now it’s time for me to follow my dreams by doing things I enjoy…spending time with family, learning, sharing, traveling, writing poetry and encouraging others to pursue their goals. My writing and creative endeavors can be found at my blogs, Eugi’s Causerie (And so it goes…) and PoetryPalette (Poetry, a seasonal state of mind), where I have gathered a following of kindred souls who share my passion for writing. I have authored Seasoned Delights, A Haiku Collection and Mama, me and Mother Nature. I am also a published author on

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Music Recommendation: The Dead Rocks — “Surf Explosão”


Song: “Surf Explosão” on the album BRAZILIAN TSUNAMI

Artist: The Dead Rocks

Record Company: Reverb Brasil

Artist Location: Brazil

Info: This is a collection of 63 surf instrumentals from 63 different Brazilian surf bands.

“Recording the current moment of the surf music scene in Brazil is the main purpose of Brazilian Tsunami, a collection produced by the labels Orleone Records and Reverb Brasil, in a cooperative way with the 63 bands […].” — Google Translate

Price: $15 (USD) for 63-track DIGITAL album; you cannot buy songs individually

Genre: Brazilian Surf and Garage Music





David Bruce: The Coolest People in the Arts — Work


• Tarina Tarantino creates fashionable jewelry and is the head of her own company. Her hair is also fashionable: hot pink. She says, “I got married with pink hair. I had two babies with pink hair. And I’ll be an old lady with pink hair.” To make her particular color of hot pink, her hair stylist mixes four shades of colors. Why hot pink? She explains that she “wanted to experience a way of living through color.” Once, a woman in a coffee shop said to her, “You must have a very tolerant boss to allow you to come to work with pink hair.” Ms. Tarantino replied, “Actually, my boss has the same color hair.” As the head of her company, she has to manage a staff of design assistants and factory workers. One young employee was unhappy with her performance review, so she asked Ms. Tarantino to speak to her mother. Ms. Tarantino replied, “Your mother doesn’t work here.” Her office and manufacturing facility is called the Sparkle Factory, and in 2011 it moved to another building on which the graffiti artist Banksy had received permission to paint an exterior wall. He painted a picture of a girl on a swing — the word “Parking” had been turned into “Park.” Ms. Tarantino got her big break when actress Cameron Diaz wore a Tarantino bracelet to the 2002 Oscars. These days, Ms. Tarantino believes, movie stars all have consultants who tell them what to wear. These days, she says, her own big break “would never happen.”

• Like many writers, Carl Sandburg had a great wealth of experience from his childhood and his many jobs to draw upon for inspiration. As a young boy, he was arrested for skinny-dipping in a neighborhood pond. His parents thought that the arrest was silly; they had seen Carl naked when he was born, and they saw him naked whenever he took a bath in a laundry tub. Young Carl once got a summer job washing bottles from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in a bottling works. (This was before modern child-labor laws.) He was allowed to drink as much soda pop as he wanted, and he drank so much that he got diarrhea and lost his job. For a while, he rode the rails as a hobo. One night he and four other hoboes tried to sleep in an empty boxcar, but it was so cold that they gave up and walked to a jail where a kind sheriff let them sleep on the floor of a cell. When Carl attended college, he had a job as a firefighter. His professors knew that whenever the town’s fire whistle blew, Carl had to leave class and fight a fire.

• As a beginning cartoonist, Ted Rall wanted people to see his art. After meeting graffiti artist Keith Haring, he thought, “Hehas the approach.” What is the approach? Instead of working to please editors, who are pleased by generic work, simply get your art in front of the people. Therefore, Ted took his cartoons, went to the bank he hated working at, and ran off 700 copies very early in the morning on the bank’s Xerox machine. Then he and his girlfriend walked through Broadway, Harlem, and Times Square and pasted the cartoons wherever they could. The walk and pasting took four hours and covered seven miles. He put his PO address on the cartoons and got fan mail — and he got letters from editors who wrote, “I was visiting New York. I saw your cartoon on the wall and ripped it down. I was wondering if you’d mind if we ran your cartoons.” Ted quit the bank job he hated and became a professional cartoonist.


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