23-Z by Beverly

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We have now come to the end of Round 23 – Z marks the finale of this round.

Z can be many things – the zip in your step, the zoo for animals, the beauty of zinnias, winning a lottery with 6 zeroes.

But Z also stands for the Zodiac. Through time astrologers have predicted futures, based on the position of stars, sun and moon. Who hasn’t read their horoscope from time to time. We may scoff, but many believe strongly in having their horoscope read.

The zodiac is made up of 4 elements, with 3 signs for each:

Water – Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces

Fire – Aries, Leo and Sagittarius

Earth – Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn

Air – Gemini, Libra and Aquarius

I am sure most of us know our signs and maybe even what traits are associated with them.

I am a Capricorn. Here is an art tag with that sign that I created:

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Check here to learn more about the history of the zodiac or about the signs.

 

23-Y by M e l o d y

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For 23-Y

First of all:
A very merry Christmas to all of you!
From the bottom of my heart I wish you well and hope that your Christmas will be the most beautiful one, heartwarming one, you’ve ever had so far! That all your dreams will be fullfilled!!! 

Three animals names start with Y but from two of them I don’t have any photographs.
The Yorkshire Terrier is one and the other is the Yellow-Eyed Pinguin… which I never have seen in the zoo’s I visit and have visited so far.
The third animal who’s name starts with an Y is the Yak…
And in a Dutch Zoo you can find them. Specificly in Ouwenhand Zoo in Rhenen. about 2 hours drive from where I live and which I have visited 2 times last week, first on Monday and second on Friday.
I don’t normaly do that but there was a misunderstanding between the people who accompanied me both times so we did not want to make to much fuss about it and also don’t miss out on 2 special visits so we went both times.
My album from Monday can/may be watched HERE
and my album from Friday can/may be watched here.
They are both very different from eachother!
The album from Monday shows my photographs in daylight.
The album from Friday shows photographs made in the evening, in the dark… due to a Chinese exhibition with lots and lots of little lights, so enormously beautiful to see!!

 

 

 

Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-wednes-day / – week!
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫

 

Photo-Challenge started by Mrs. Nesbitt on august 5th 2007.
Since 12th January 2018 at ABC-Wednesday  23-Y ~ December 25th, 2018

23-X by Roger

x-letterWhen it comes to the letter X, we need to eXplain, ABCW is not an eXacting bunch. We eXpect that finding eXact X words is eXtremely difficult, because so few eXist, though if you know your Latin, Chinese or Mexican references, you may fare a bit better.

In any case, we have long been willing to make an eXception this week – anything that starts with the X sound, or has the X look, would be an eXcellent addition. We won’t eXclude you, because we don’t want to tamp down your eXuberance, or make you so eXhausted that you run for the eXits, uttering an eXpletive! We want you to eXcel, and stay on this eXcursion! Please eXamine previous X weeks to see how this works.

For those who celebrate it, Merry Xmas, which, as I have noted quite a while ago, eXperts have said eXemplifies the word Christmas!

 

 

23-W by Beverly

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This week at ABC Wednesday, W is the letter of focus.

W is for Window.
We all look through windows of our homes expecting to see our neighbourhood, our yard or maybe even someone walking by – something familiar. Windows though can provide an unfamiliar view when we are travelling.

Books as well can be windows on the world around us, offering us views we are familiar with, or more and more, views which we are unfamiliar with.

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Dr. Rudine Sims-Bishop stresses the lack of diversity in children’s books:

“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created and recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books. (1990, p. ix)”

Too often, children fail to see themselves in books. As Felicity LuHill says:

“When it’s good, reading can be both a window and a mirror. In this way, diverse children’s books are windows and mirrors. They allow us to see new things about others and ourselves. The trouble occurs when texts for early readers provide only one view, and it’s a mirror for only a select few.”

Chad Everett makes this point:

“Viewing literature through a lens of windows and mirrors helps us understand that, in addition to texts being stories to be enjoyed, they are powerful tools of social justice.”

 

We all need diverse books. In this fractured world where it is often “them vs us”, where racism and hate are growing, now more than ever we need windows that show our diverse world and mirrors that reflect our uniqueness.
Throw open the window. Look at the world in wonder and acceptance. We need diversity, we need tolerance.

 

Check out the following, which look at the need for diversity in books, especially for children:

Shannon Hitchcock

Why We Need Diverse Books

Ted Talk by Grace Lin

 

 

23-V by Melody

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For 23-V

The last 5 letters of Round 23 are on… time flies… in 5 weeks Round 24 will start, on the first Sunday in the New Year to be exact. 
If you would become part of the team… if you would like to design the new logo… just let us know… We are looking forward to the new round ofcourse and to all your entries. Hope you will stay part of this wonderful meme. 

First the Vulture… which we call “Gier” overhere in The Netherlands.
They are not present in the animalcollection of my hometown zoo but other zoo’s in The Netherlands do have them. This specific one lives in Dierenpark Amersfoort, about 1 & half hour drive from where I live. This photo was taken on july 21rst, the other photo’s of that day can/may be watched HERE

 

My second choice for the animal who’s name starts with a V is the Vampire Bat.
Just a week ago, sunday the 25th, I went to a German Zoo with 2 couples friends, to celebrate my birthday. There we saw those Bats… almost all of my pictures were wrong but one was quit acceptable… so that one I will share with you here:  The other foto’s of that day can/may be watched HERE

 

Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-wednes-day / – week!
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫

 

Photo-Challenge started by Mrs. Nesbitt on august 5th 2007.
Since 12th January 2018 at ABC-Wednesday  23-V ~ December 4th, 2018

23-U by Roger

United NationsI was somehow inspired to note all the countries that start with U that have been in the United Nations. The ones in italics are no longer alphabetically qualified, but the ones in bold are.

1945:
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic – On 24 August 1991, it changed its name to Ukraine.

Union of South Africa – In 1961, it changed its name to South Africa.

Union of Soviet Socialist Republics – In a letter dated 24 December 1991, Boris Yeltsin, the President of the Russian Federation, informed the Secretary-General that the membership of the Soviet Union in the Security Council and all other United Nations organs was being continued by the Russian Federation with the support of the 11 member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

United Kingdom

United States

Uruguay

1958
Egypt and Syria were original Members of the United Nations from 24 October 1945. Following a plebiscite on 21 February 1958, the United Arab Republic was established by a union of Egypt and Syria and continued as a single Member.
On 13 October 1961, Syria, having resumed its status as an independent State, resumed its separate membership in the United Nations.
On 2 September 1971, the United Arab Republic changed its name to the Arab Republic of Egypt.

1960
Upper Volta – In 1984, Upper Volta informed the United Nations that it had changed its name to Burkina Faso.

1962
Uganda

1964
Tanganyika was a Member of the United Nations from 14 December 1961 and Zanzibar was a Member from 16 December 1963. Following the ratification on 26 April 1964 of Articles of Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar, the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar continued as a single Member, changing its name to the United Republic of Tanzania on 1 November 1964.

1971
United Arab Emirates

I find this exercise interesting because it notes the changing nature of the world, such as the decolonization of Africa, and the breakup of the Soviet Union.

Whether or not your country starts with U, or whether it’s ever changed its name, ABC Wednesday’s mission has NOT changed. We welcome the participation of people from around the globe.

 

 

23-T by Beverly

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What an appropriate week for ABC Wednesday – as T gets centre stage.

So – T is for  Thanksgiving and of course, turkey:

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the U.S!

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A perfect turkey for this special day – on Thursday, created by my young granddaughter.

In Canada, we celebrated Thanksgiving in October. There are some differences in our two celebrations. Check here to see how.

 

T is also for thanks. 

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Having an attitude of gratitude is so important. So many health benefits have been shown to take place when we give thanks, when we are giving, when we keep a gratitude journal and record what we are thankful for.

The blog “Newly Creative” is hosting  21 Days of Practising Gratitude. Do check it out here.

 

23-S by Melody

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Do you know we’re running to the last part of this round? Including this S, 8 to go still… time does fly, doesn’t it? In just a couple of weeks Round 24 will start… how about that? Maybe a little earlie on both counts but I already want to thank you for your loyal participation and visits with comments and also I already want to invite you to stay on, or join if you’re new, to our meme! 
We love to may greet you and look at that what goes through your mind thinking of the letter wich turn it is.
By the way… writing this I come to think of it that I need to come up with a new logo and such… or is there someone amongst you who would love to design one?
If so, please let me know! 

Back to the present…

For 23-S

I’ve chosen 2 animals wich I like very much! Although I prefer birds above all, I really can not name, to be honest, 1 animal that is my nr.1 favorite. Besides birds…. these two are very special and delicate, gorgeous to look at, ‘just’ 2 of the wonderful species that live on our planet, 2 of so many.

These two animals I photographed in a Zoo, at a little 3 hours drive from where I live, from the north-east part of The Netherlands to the south-west part of it, Rotterdam to be precise. Blijdorp as it is called. I visit it twice a year but these two photo’s are from januari 2017, the other photo’s of that visit can be watched HERE 

The most mesmarising creature of the sea to me: The Seahorse… in Dutch we call them “Zeepaardje” unlike many other animals this animals name is liturally translated.

Secondly… the Serval, a very beautiful and rare feline. In Dutch we don’t have another name for it, we call it Serval also.

 

 

Have a splendid, ♥-warming ABC-wednes-day / – week!
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫

 

Photo-Challenge started by Mrs. Nesbitt on august 5th 2007.
Since 12th January 2018 at ABC-Wednesday  23-S ~ November 13th, 2018

23 R- by Roger

Hi, my name is Roger and I am a blogger. I guess I really must identify myself as such because I have been doing it, EVERY DAY, since May 2, 2005.

I used to blog at http://rogerowengreen.blogspot.com/. In fact, that blog is still there. I’ve bumped up a bunch of links I was following back in 2010-2012; some are dead, but some, impressively, are still functional.

And once you get below the links, the blog from 2005- May 2, 2010 (and some random later posts) is all there.

Then I got my blog with my name on it. Well, it’s https://www.rogerogreen.com, because rogergreen.com was taken.

Oh, the duck. That’s me, as rendered by Raoul Vezina. It was used in a couple comic books. Unfortunately, Raul died from an asthma attack at the age of 35 back in 1983.

When I needed an avatar for social media, it was the only real choice.

As some of you know, I was the person who ran ABC Wednesday for Rounds 11-20, after Mrs. Desise Nesbitt, the originator of this enterprise.

And now, Melody is in charge. I’ve agreed to stay around assisting her, at least through Round 25. In that role, I try to visit each of your posts. It might take a few days, but I make the effort.

This whole thing is SO much better when each you visit folks, optimally sites you hadn’t seen before.

 

 

23-Q by Beverly

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Another week and another letter. The letter this week is Q – a letter that can be a challenge.

I chose quill – which most know as the sharp barbed hair on a porcupine or a hedgehog. It is a defense mechanism that is often a painful reminder to dogs especially, who get too close and curious, to a porcupine.

Many years ago, I took a quill basketry course – to create a small  cedar basket, using dyed quills to decorate it with. I chose the trillium for the lid, which is Ontario’s official flower.

It was a definite challenge to create the basket and took a week of work to make it. But using the quills was fun and not as difficult as I thought it would be. I was proud of the result.

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Quill can also mean a writing instrument. Originally a feather’s tip was sharpened and dipped in ink. Now, a pen may be inserted in the hollow shaft of the feather. We used one at our wedding.

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Here is my art tag for this week:

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