Thursday Doors

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

A few more photos from my trip. These are from MESTA, a fourteenth century village on the small island of Chios, in Greece with a population of about 430 people. You can read more about it here in an article in a Greek newspaper. And here from the tourist office.

I guess this is one of the labyrinth I was reading about in a description
This one has seen some life.
I think I was more in love with the knobs than the door…couldn’t tell what the material was on that.
Some work was being done here.
I really like this one!

Still trying to figure out what was going on up there with that lamp.

This is for Thursday Doors over at No Facilities with Dan. To participate or see other doors go here.



A passing-

without warning

this unexpected loss –

an early december

This was read at the eulogy today. I am not sure if this belonged to the person who read it or if it was borrowed. In any case, it was fitting:-

“laugh when you can

cry when you must

apologize when you should and change the sphere of life if you will

dream big

take risks

study life’s plays feverishly

make the play

score the goal

volunteer your time

mend broken hearts

fall down but get up and learn from your mistakes

live life on purpose for a purpose and with purpose each and every day”

2/07/1958 – 10/31/2022




such eye catchers –

colorful autumn leaves stir thoughts

of earths renewal



For Ronovan Writes Haiku where the prompt words are Catcher & Thought. To participate or just read go here

Thursday Doors – Nuruosmaniye Mosque, Istanbul

This is the Nuruosmaniye Mosque (Turkish: Nuruosmaniye Camii) is an 18th century Ottoman mosque located near the entrance of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. It is regarded as one of the finest examples of an Ottoman Baroque style mosque. To read more on the history go here.

We didn’t go inside this particular mosque as the focus was the bazaar on this particular outing. The local people were going in for prayers. A very busy area with this being near the entrance to the Grand Bazaar. Yup! There were people everywhere!

The following was in the courtyard of the mosque. A wooden kiosk, very detailed.

For Thursday Doors with Dan over at No Facilities. To just look, or participate go here



Haibun Monday – Talking Soup

When I was growing up, each day of the week had its own menu. Sunday was beef, wednesday was stewed (red) peas, friday was fish and saturday was soup day.

The different types of soup sounds a little nuts, but they were good. There was beef, cow cod (don’t ask), fish head, cow foot, goat head, red peas, split peas and chicken soup. Red peas soup was my favorite.

That thing was a meal. My mom would let us ‘help’ by passing the vegetables which were carrots, celery, turnips, yellow yam, potatoes, and dumplings. We all wanted to help make the dumplings. A soup without dumplings was just not a good soup in our house. Then, of course, there were the spices – salt, scallions, thyme, garlic and pimento seeds (Allspice).

These soups brought a healing touch to every part of our insides. You could smell it from everywhere! It was fuel, it was filling, it was love.

through this autumn gray

memory from childhood wafts in –

soup day, saturday



For dVerse Poets Pub where the prompt is “soup”. The host for Haibun Monday today is Mish. To participate or just read go here

Thursday Doors – Chios

These were taken on my most recent escape, part of which was to the village of Pirgi ( pop.755) on the tiny island of Chios, Greece (pop. 54,000). A short boat ride across from Turkey. The write up from the tourist office reads as follows:

“The graphical medieval village Pirgi, the biggest and most well known of Chios, is situated around 25 km’s southwest by the city of Chios. It is the most important mastic village, especially known as the painted village because of its ksista, the geometrical decorations found on the buildings of a peculiar style that can be found only to this village. Due to it’s unique characteristics the village has been declared as preserved status at it’s total…”

For Thursday Doors with Dan over at No Facilities. To look or participate go here

Info on Pirgi from Chios tourist office. You can read the full writeup here, it’s a quick read.

To read more about Chios go here



Moons of Autumn – Troiku

hidden agenda,

a full moon’s

rising tides

a full moon’s

signaling of the harvest –

a rice drying moon

hidden agenda

of migrating moon light –

lighting the way

rising tides

under falling leaves moon –

change is coming

Who knew the moons of October had so many different names:

Rice Drying Moon, Migrating Moon & Falling Leaves Moon.

This is a Troiku based on an older poem of mine.

The Troiku is a form created by Chèvrefeuille at