Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Legend Lives On

John Lennon was wise beyond his years and gifted with a great talent in writing songs about life in general and about a better world. John was very committed to peace and love. In addition he wrote about relationship angst as well as his own personal struggles. He took his inspiration from many places such as in the case of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Many people don't realize, but this is not a song about an acid trip. This is a song inspired by his son Julian's drawing "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." This was a little girl classmate of Julian's who was depicted in front of a starry sky, hence the diamonds in the sky. John Lennon also took poetic license in his references to the Alice in Wonderland story and the imagery he took from there.

Another beautiful song of his was Imagine. This song was and is relevant to me as I'm sure it is to many people. We all can relate to these lyrics that jump out, "living for today, living life in peace, imagine no religion [and] no possessions, imagine all the people, sharing all the world, and the world will live as one." The most poignant in my mind relate to living for today, peace, no possessions, and the world living as one. Living for today is so good and so necessary. It is in essence living for now. He also has an excellent point relating to religion. If people would spend more time relating with God as One as we are meant to be, then I think that indeed we might have a better world.

For me the most poignant songs that will live on into antiquity are All You Need is Love, Give Peace a Chance, and of course, Imagine (my very favorite of all.) It still blows my mind, perhaps a little like John felt when he was writing these wonderful lyrics. I would love to explore all these lyrics, but perhaps that is a topic for another day. So I bid you adieu, and once again remember that...  all you really need is Love. :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

An Ambush of Tigers

Aloha from Tara (the author of this blog)!  I am very pleased to be able to impart to you, my listeners, something that I feel might be interesting to many of you.  I have many times desired to know the specific names of groups of animals.  I start this list off with geese because it seems that most people know what a gaggle of geese is, however, listen on...I'll continue with the list of animals that I have found in my research. 

-a colony of bats and a colony of beavers
-a hive, swarm, bike, or drift of bees
-a fleet, flight, flock, parcel, pod, or volery of birds
-a gang, herd or OBSTINACY of buffalo
-a swarm or rabble of butterflies
-a clutter, clowder, litter, or kindle of cats
-a flock, brood, clutch, or peep of chickens
-a bed of clams
-a murder or muster of crow
-a badelynge, brace, bunch, flock, paddling, raft or team of duck
-a herd or parade of elephants
-a draft, run, school, or shoal of fish
-an army or knot of frogs
-a herd, corps, tower, or group of giraffe
-a horde of hamsters
-a down, husk, or warren of hare
-a pride of lions
-a labor of moles
-a troop or cartload of monkeys
-a horde or mischief of mice
-a parliament of owls
-a rookery of penguins
-a bevy, covey, or drift of quail
-a crash of rhinoceros
-a school or shiver of sharks
-a surfeit of skunks
-a dray of squirrels
-an ambush or streak of tigers
-a knot of toads
-a rafter of turkeys
-a bale of turtles
-a gam, grind, herd, pod or school of whales
-a herd or crossing of zebras

And finally, I thought it would be prudent to mention the shiver of sharks due to the fact that it seems that perhaps the author of this list was thinking in terms of people being able to memorize it well.  Thusly, the shiver of sharks, the ambush of tigers, and the crash of rhinoceros are good examples of the kinds of groups of animals that seem reasonably easy to remember.