Just A Note: Cookies and Net Neutrality- December 19, 2017


yesterday I was looking at my dashboard and saw a voice I hadn’t seen before under settings (I’ve been off-line for a while 🙂 ).  I thought that that was a good fight to fight but one of my readers sent me an e-mail stating:

I tried going to your site – through my email, but I couldn’t get in. Two things, one a cookie policy popped up. I’m not a fan of cookies. I hadn’t seen that before at your place. And two, the ‘Net Neutrality’ wouldn’t let me in unless I chose ‘The Make It Stop’ button to make the ‘yep still loading’ message go away. If they were going to ask for a donation… well I don’t make any donations online.

One: more or less a year ago the European Parliament voted that all websites which have cookies must declare them – our posts on Blogger, Tumbler, Twitter, WordPress etc. (including probably Facebook and who knows what) all distribute cookies.  It may be an exercise in the obvious, but people must know that you are giving them cookies with your poetry ect. (and I think my reader didn’t realize this).  If the banner isn’t on your site you can be blocked and/or fined.  That’s why you see the cookie policy notice on mine and other people’s blogs.  If you create your own site from scratch, you can probably avoid distributing cookies .. you probably won’t because if for no other reason you’ll want to know how many people drop by your site.

Two: about the Neutrality button, it is not a request for a donation … it’s to demonstrate of what could happen if the FCC repeals the Net Neutrality rules thus favouring big business, in the sense that loading times for our little sites could become very long. I live in Europe, but we all know that even the rest of the world is affected by what happens in the States and this would be a very bad change indeed for us all.

Below is the voice in  “Settings” on your dashboard “Fight For Neutrality” .   BTW I myself haven’t seen the effects of the protest button and hope there is no inconvenience for people who wish to stop and comment …. if so please let me know

In the meantime, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Fight for Net Neutrality

The FCC wants to repeal Net Neutrality rules. Without net neutrality, big cable and telecom companies will be able to divide the Internet into fast and slow lanes. What would the Internet look like without Net Neutrality? Find out by enabling this banner on your site: it shows your support for Net Neutrality by displaying a message on the bottom of your site, and “slowing down” some of your posts. Learn more about Net Neutrality


Protest Enabled?

Just a Note – January 3, 2016


Hello World!

So, yesterday this blog celebrated its third anniversary and I look back over the three years since I began blogging seriously reflecting on what I want to do when I grow up.

Since the day I opened this blog, I also opened four other blogs, two on WordPress and two on Blogger, well actually one of the blogs on Blogger opened in 2009 but I only began writing on it in 2014, so I consider it new.  I’ve been concentrating all my work here over the past months but I think that I will begin to transfer some of my work over to them and will put links on my widgets to get to them more easily.

Their names are: Through the Eye of Bastet : It is dedicated to my photographic experiments.  This year I will be buying myself a new camera and will begin to do photographic blogs again.  The second is Walking with Sekhmet, this will be the blog that I will use for short stories and other prose works, except for haibun.  My historical Blogger site is called Bastet’s Waka Library.  I Blogged there from June 2014 until February 2, 2015 writing only haiku and waka mostly in response to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai and Haiku Horizon prompts and am considering returning there in the future for these posts.  The last blog is called On the Empty Road, and it is empty, basically because I have to log into another account to write there.

Now diversifying means that I’ll have to do some planning and changing. Some might have noticed that last year I began to put up pages on the header of this blog.  That is because I’m slowly removing all the older posts, editing them and then archiving them as category pages.  This is Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library and therefore, all my blogging work will be available here (except haiku) even if one has to wade through it on pages.  This is a huge job though because I’ve been writing anywhere from two to six or seven posts a day for three years.  So it’ll be a slow go.  With every post I put to a page it will disappear from the main blog.

I will also be publishing this year.  Now this isn’t a resolution, it’s a necessity. The whole point of blogging in the beginning was to leave something behind to remember me by, mostly for my family, now for the friends who may wish to remember me once I’m gone.  Death struck very close to home, as many of you know and that event has pressed upon my mind that anything can happen at any moment.  I’ve been fearful of publishing, it’s not easy for me to learn all the programs and things I need to know to get the job done but as my friend Elena would say we have to overcome our fear to be the best person we can be (my liberal translation).  So, I’ll have to study up on how to get those programs to work best for me.  Already, thanks to Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, I published a thirty page book of waka (Japanese poetry)  the lay-out work was done by my son whom I sure will help out, but I know he has a lot on his plate and will need to go this more or less alone.

I discovered over the years that I’m a haiku/waka poet.  I can and do write other poetic forms and I can and do write prose.  One of the forms I love is haiga (haiku with a drawing or photograph) … so in February to celebrate my 64th birthday I will hold a month of haiga and invite those interested in joining me in this month-long celebration to do so.  I will hold it here but will also post on Through the Eye of Bastet since that is my photography blog.

Ok … this is my game plan for the next few months of 2016.  I’m actually a terrible organizer so this is enough to begin with and maybe actually too much, we’ll see.

I’d like to thank all you who follow this post for your enthusiastic support.  You’ve kept me going through thick and then, though you might not have realized it.  One of my most faithful readers is a man called Harbin 77 who has passed by every day for the last three years … a special thanks goes to him.




Just A Note – October 20, 2015

Bus Station

Hello World!

I’ve got my bags packed once again and I’ll be off to the bus station in about an hour, as I’m sure you know if you read my last few posts.  I’m off to my son’s graduation in Padua, tomorrow he will be a Master of Medieval-Modern History, and I’m really so very proud of him.

This has meant though that I’ve not had the time to read any posts whether through the two features I’m participating regularly in (OctPoWriMo – and CDHK), the reader, or through my e-mail notifications.  Please excuse me for my silence.

I will be home on Friday and will be back reading, linking and participating with you all. Though I’m not sure I’ll be able to make up these lost days.  Know that you are all in my heart and thoughts and enjoy your fantastic work!

Have a great week!  Georgia (Bastet)

Just a Note – July 17, 2015

Hello folks,

yesterday I read a post written by POSTCARDS From PANACHE. Follow the link to read it.

Some people may not have understood the gist of the post as Dell, very courteously I though, talked about “technical issues” etc. when speaking of linking with the Link apps.

The point in my opinion is well taken. People (including myself) put up prompts and then add a link app in order to facilitate readers to read other participants work.  It shouldn’t be obligatory, but alas sometimes it is.  Often you’ll read when doing a prompt that you’re expected to read other people’s posts – and that seems like a reasonable request … until you have to spend hours writing comments for those posts that don’t have the convenient “like” or whatever.  Then there’s the problem of the CAPTCHA on the Blogger Blogs, (when you make a comment it has to decide if you’re a robot or not – understandable security but a hassle for who wants to comment the post) and  the error messages that pop up and make you have to go back over the whole reply and redo it …. not to speak of perhaps having to read, like or comment perhaps as many as 50 writers for one prompt … when it starts to become frenetic, one asks oneself … why.

I’ve no problem at all understanding Dell’s “technical issues” as these same issues have been becoming more and more intolerable to me over the past few months. I’m very happy to read and sometimes comment other people’s work.  It’s interesting to see new approaches to writing etc.  However, being limited to the time I have for writing, I really can’t keep the pace especially for those blogs that require me to open new blogs, email services, social network pages or whatever other bits of “technical issues” in order to comment their work.

So, from my point of view, I think that Dell’s idea to write for prompts putting in the link to where the prompt came from is perhaps a fine way to get around some of the hassle … personally, I’m writing this to say, I will be participating in those prompts that I enjoy which do not require me to read everybody else’s work, I will put up the proper link to guide my readers to the prompt page where they might participate if they desire to do so and won’t feel obliged any longer to go through the whole list of writers and will no longer bother with those posts that are too laborious to comment on.

Have a nice day … Bastet

Just a Note … May 14, 2015



I’ve been back home since Tuesday evening and though I thought that I’d be back to normal in a jiffy, this hasn’t been the case.  Of course there was the normal unpacking and re-organizing to do, who would have imagined that the washing machine would go on the blink!  Finishing the second load of washing (still two to go) the pump didn’t pump out the water and I found myself fighting an impromptu waterfall.

opening the washer
instant Niagara falls
in the laundry-room

I spent most of the afternoon yesterday trying to write a couple of prompts for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai .. and I was not exactly sure what the host wanted … so I read the one line for each day in the monthly schedule to try to figure out which haiku by Basho I was to use and went searching in Google.  That takes a lot more time then inventing your own prompt like on Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie … but I had more or less two prompts ready last night … the only thing missing was the link app, which I resolved this morning thanks to Jen who told me to go and register for my very own blue frog (come to think about it, I already had a blue frog registration … ah the beauty of panic).

searching out Basho
through a cyber-maze
in late spring

The research was interesting though and I learnt a lot about Basho’s famous 1689 journey as well as some interesting points on haiku technique, so I’m very pleased about the experience.  I also came across some great on-line books and found a couple of well written doc and pdf files that I downloaded.  The only real hang-up was that I’d wanted to use a YouTube video for one of the posts and discovered that I didn’t know how to do that with Blogger yesterday (though I’m sure I did just that on my Blogger page!) … and I really had no time to bother with it, so I left out the video.

learning and writing
some frilly complications
get left behind

Reading the prompt on CDHK this morning, I discovered that I should post the May 15th prompt on CDHK today … for this evening to be exact.  Yikes!  But that’s a special, I said to myself,  am I supposed to write the special … seems I am, so I did a little research and came up with the poet and the ku .. whoosh!  But ladies and gentlemen, the job is done and scheduled!

post the fourteenth
for the fifteenth is wise
a Buson special

Of course, as we know, today is Thursday … and that means that I have my English Conversation Group this evening and I had no reading or videos for the group.  Presto fatto as the Italians say … I took part of the material I used for the CDHK post, Basho’s 1689 trip and created a six page travelogue – the first part of the piece I dedicated to Basho’s 156 day trip and the second part is about the Appalachian Trail and Bill Bryson’s book “A Walk in the Woods”.

chatting in English
about summer travelling
with Bryson and Basho

Now … although I should read and comment my fellow bloggers as well as post a few things that I’ve neglected (and won’t post) and I should get my photos edited from the San Giorgio trip I just came back from but I’m flat-out.  I have to go to the laundromat and who feels like doing that either.  And to think, there are some people who think that writing is a lazy person’s pass-time.

all things will be done
that are destined to be done
nothing else

Ciao for now,  Bastet


Frog Trial … January 11, 2013 – haiku


This was an experimental post to see if the “Mr. Linky” code worked on my home blog since I’m having difficulties using it on the Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie blog … it doesn’t … I find it interesting that someone liked the post 😉

 blue frogs or green
better using a ping I think
than link apps

Basho’s frog leaped
going plop into the pond
no splash with link apps

© G.s.k. ‘15

Morning Haiku and Waka – January 9, 2015

cortilea chorus of dogs
sound in “cacophonia”
this early morning
roof tops frosted white
reflect the morning sun

morning stress
wondering about a man
Mr. Linky

bells mark the hour
my morning is nearly gone

dawn over the netted fench
poetry and worms

© G.s.k. ‘15

Stavros of Minsk – Fornyrðislag – September 27, 2014

Silver Cesar Santos 26

Cesar Santos

Stavros of Minsk

In slumber slipping – one dark autumn night,
Downwards nigh the rose arbour I walked.

Ardent lovers dreamily a-waltzing – in angst stopped stunned as I entered,
Yet the dulcimer player wailed on with his dismal sonata.

Desolation surrounded the dark arbour – ghostly spectators seemed to be watching,
Awaiting some signal – from some ghastly invisible source.

The sonata waxed louder – my head was soon spinning,
When a spider-like web, wound round my nude shoulders.

Silky gossamer threads wound round me – with a will of their own.
I realized suddenly with a shudder, that I reeled not alone.

Regal and sombre there stood – a ghostly shroud of dismal darkness.
Darting and dancing around me, as he appraised my soul avidly.

Not dithering sulkily in sordid reflections – I sought out his name,
A-vowing to relieve myself of this shroud of destruction.

Answering in sepulchre tones – my shadowy companion advised me saying:
Know now my name humble slave – I’m the prince of darkness, Stavros of Minsk!

Light shot through the shadowy arbour – a superior voice shattered the scene:
“That’s thoroughly absurd – there’s no such name as Stavros from Minsk!”

The ghastly shimmering shadows – cracked and shattered then at once receded!
And there I lay in my creased bed-clothes – cowled by the shout of sovereign reality.

(C) G.s.k. ’14


This is my imperfect attempt to write a Fornyrðislag … you say looking perplexed, what is a Fornyrðislag:

Fornyrðislag (“fort near this lahg”) is an alliterative verse form that was used in ancient German, Norse, and Anglo-Saxon poetry. Today it is sometimes still used in Iceland.
Fornyrðislag is composed of lines with four or more syllables each. The lines are divided into half-lines (A and B) with a heavy pause (or caesura) between the half-lines. Each half-line has two stressed syllables, or lifts. The first lift in half-line B alliterates (repeats consonant sounds) with one (or both) lifts in half-line A. (The second lift in B does not need to alliterate with the lifts in A.) Alliteration in one line connects with alliteration somewhere in the next line to create line-pairs. Lines are grouped into stanzas which are anywhere from 2 to 8 lines long. Syllable count varies, but lines should be fairly dense.
Enjambment helps keep the lines from becoming “sing-songy”. Kennings (like “foe-cleaver” and “orc-chopper”) are common.

For further reading: Formal Features of Jónas Hallgrímsson’s Poetry or Arnaut & Karkur’s ultimate on-line prosody resource

I’ve seen this form used a few times by Jen at Blog it or Lose it!  I thought I’d give it a try, as I’ll try anything at least once.  I’m not sure that I’ve followed all the rules, I get lost when I read words like enjambment  … but here it is in all its enfamy or glory … based on a dream gone astray.  I’m also adding this to Mindlovesmisery’s September 16 Photo Challenge … this lovely photo has been haunting me for days and it seemed well-suited for the poem!

Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie – September 20, 2014

Hello World!

This morning I wrote and published my Saturday Shadorma prompt on Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie.  The thumbnail there is from today’s post … I don’t know how many of you have been round to try the Mindlovemisery’s prompts, so I thought I’d do a short intro.

So, you haven’t been to Mindlovesmisery’s Menagerie yet … you don’t know what it is?

It’s a great prompt blog … at the service of all you writers of poems and prose! We’re very easy-going .. you aren’t required to write prose for a prose prompt for example … an epic poem or a limerick is fine if that’s what tickles your muse.  You might say we’re muse friendly  😉  If you prefer to use your own photography for a fairy tale .. no problem.  We’re there to inspire and we know that inspiration cannot be chained!

Each day there is a new prompt … Monday‘s posts are one of my favorites … that’s Wordle day and alas, I’m a Wordle addict!  Then there are Yve’s photo challenges on Tuesday … they just draw you in … hard to resist.  Anmol  writes the weekly Heeding Haiku with HA on Wednesday – Oloriel does the Tale Weaver’s Prompt on Thursday and  Anja on Friday does the Fairy Tale Prompt.  As I said on Saturday I do the Shadorma (and other poetical forms) posts and then on Sunday,  Yves wraps up the week with another photo prompt … and what a great end to a week of prompts it is!

Here’s the Link to Mindlovemisery’s Home page … have fun visiting!

For those who know the site … what do you think of our new dress?  Lovely isn’t it!

Ciao, Bastet.

An Ode to Bloggers Gone … September 12, 2014

An Ode to Bloggers Gone

Where went the bloggers
When their muse dried up,
And their papers written
Now memories,
Dry as a desert rose …

There’s no word no news,
Only a blank page where once
We read brilliant words.

Did they fall into vanilla skies
Or drown in green autumn wine …
Perhaps like moles
They’ve hidden in holes …
With a gin stain
To define their souls.

I know not where these bloggers went …
Perhaps to Gehenna
or Dante’s Paradise …
But as long as rivers flow
And the sun and moon still set,
There’s hope that yet
We’ll read their moving odes.

(c) G.s.k. ’14

Wordled for Red Wolf Poems

The worlde words and their creators:  Hannah: green, Laura: wine, Jules: bloggers, Christopher: papers, Irene: vanilla Marilyn: gin, Barbara: moles, Purpleinportland: stain –
from poetry written for Barbara’s last Thursday prompt for Red Wolf Poems.