Haiku for COVID times

A neighbor invited many to offer some haiku for the times of the COVID-19 virus.

Here are some of mine.

Infectious laugh.
A lovely gliding boat ride.
One cough. Birds scatter!

Shining summertime.
Boats glide across the water.
But first, healthy masks.

Boat parties sound fun!
One bad, sudden cough erupts!
Long swim to dry shore.

Springtime flowers bloom.
The birds are happy this year.
Don’t they watch the news?

I choose healthy food,
Solid news sources, good friends.
Why carry ill will?

Extra time at home.
Time for those resolutions?
Maybe tomorrow.

Quarantine Haiku?
Westerners as Asian bards?
Let’s write limericks!

New word for the year
Look ma! I can spell.

Cheap seats on airplanes?
Cruise ship discounts? Low rent inns?
Don’t pay in advance.

Eager shoppers beg.
Long-haired, long-nailed patrons plea.
Now? Are we there yet?

Fast reopening.
The early bird gets the bug.
I’m no canary.

Point right, left, East, West.
Blaming fingers miss the mark.
Focus on the bug.

Five, seven, five beats.
Are Haiku our heart’s rhythm?
Or just stutter poems?

Think outside the box.
Boundaries separate us.
We’re in the same boat.

Free ride on the lake?
Best to take a solo ride.
Not for me. No thanks.


Words that rhyme with Ness

In case you’ve found yourself looking for words that rhyme with ness, consider using Rhymezone, or take a look at this list:

1 syllable:
‘s, -less, -ness, bess, besse, bless, bress, bresse, cesse, ches, chess, cress, desse, dress, es, ess, esse, fess, fesse, fress, gess, gesse, ghess, gless, gress, guess, hess, hesse, jess, kess, kless, kness, kress, kresse, lecce, les, less, lesse, mess, messe, nes, nesse, pesce, pless, press, press’, presse, ques, ress, s, s., SNES (as many people pronounce it), stress, tess, thess, tress, vess, wes, wess, yes

2 syllables:
abscess, access, accresce, address, adpress, adresse, aggress, almesse, altesse, amess, assess, attests, cabesse, caress, cheese press, compress, concresce, confess, contests, de-access, depress, digests, digress, distress, drop press, duchesse, egress, ellesse, etess, excess, express, express’, finesse, fluoresce, forbess, frondesce, full dress, goldress, headdress, impress, ines, ingress, in esse, jeunesse, kermesse, kubes, l’express, land cress, largesse, ls, lutece, lyness, marsh cress, misguess, noblesse, obsess, oppress, outguess, payless, porpesse, portesse, possess, prepress, process, profess, progress, protests, punch press, recess, redress, regress, repress, requests, rock cress, siese, simplesse, spring cress, stone cress, success, suppress, the press, transgress, ts, tumesce, undress, unless, word stress, SNES (at least the way I pronounce it…)

3 syllables:
abs, acquiesce, belle isle cress, bitter cress, bouncing bess, c. b. s., catholicness, cbs, ccs, coalesce, cocktail dress, contactless, convalesce, cps, deliquesce, dinner dress, disk access, dispossess, diving dress, downy chess, dss, e. d. s., faithfulness, g. p. s., garden cress, garlic press, gps, h. h. s., i. n. s., i. r. s., intumesce, inverness, irs, lcs, letterpress, lyonnesse, meadow cress, more or less, morning dress, nonetheless, o. a. s., oas, overdress, p. b. s., plant process, printing press, public press, purple cress, reassess, recrudesce, refenes, reinvests, repossess, rocket cress, room access, scs, sentence stress, sms, sos, standing press, street address, t. b. s., tower cress, u. s. s., unkindness, uss, watercress, wedding dress, winter cress, with success

4 syllables:
abts, adss, body process, carbon process, civilian dress, cmos, durable press, hces, human process, hydraulic press, incline bench press, indian cress, japanese chess, name and address, nevertheless, officer’s mess, permanent press, printing process, return address, rotary press, solvay process, stds, tcas, transverse process, work in progress, ws

5 syllables:
american cress, bessemer process, bodily process, common garden cress, common watercress, computer address, cyanide process, damsel in distress, early winter cress, fractional process, freedom of the press, garden pepper cress, linguistic process, memory access, military press, mountain watercress, organic process, right to due process, service of process, surreptitiousness, unconscious process, yellow watercress

6 syllables:
alveolar process, economic process, metabolic process

7 syllables:
american watercress, basic cognitive process, geological process, higher cognitive process, mathematical process, pathological process, valedictory address

8 syllables:
psychoanalytic process, representational process


Old enough to have used a typewriter, to know what a Magic Margin was and how to use it, and that’s about all you need to know.

typewriter magic margin courtesy Theen Moy under a Creative Commons License

Fast Facts Online-Search Strategies for Finding Business Information

Fast Facts Online – Search Strategies for Finding Business Information
Author: Dan Ness, Jr
Publisher: Dow-Jones Irwin
Publication Date: 1986
Available on Amazon

This book is a guide to using the Internet for research written and published years before Google was a verb, and before most people knew about the Internet. Winner of a Computer Press Association award.

In the early 80’s, I had produced several successful seminars as a volunteer for the ACM – Association for Computing Machinery. I saw how my interest in libraries, knowledge, teaching, and technology could come together into a possible business idea. I could help many people learn about how to access online information. It seemed to me the first adopters would be business types, as they would have the time, money, and incentives.

I mentioned this to a respected friend of mine. He pointed out that I would need to produce seminar materials. So, he went on, I may as well have them published by an established publisher. This would bring the benefits of having the materials produced professionally, being more legitimate, and that might even produce a little income. I was convinced.

I sought out publishers who were established in either in business trade or technology fields. Most of the technology publishers in those days were fairly small or focused on very narrow technical topics. Many of the business trade publishers, though, were eager to jump on the technology bandwagon.

I requested the catalogs of several publishers I had identified after visits to local libraries and bookshops. Then, I wrote a query letter with an outline of the book, and sent it to 2 or 3 publishers that seemed most likely. Within a week, an acquisitions editor at one of them called me on the phone. He caught me a bit off-guard with his one question “How much would you like as an advance?” We quickly settled on a number, a contract arrived, and before I knew it, my elation to turned 180 degrees from joy – because I now had a deadline!

It took me nearly a year to write the book. By the time I was done, I no longer was interested in producing seminars. However, during the time I was writing the book, several magazine editors had gotten wind of the project and hired me to write many articles on the growing field of online research.

Shortly after the book came out, I learned that it had been nominated for an award by the Computer Press Association. I was surprised and honored, as I knew this was a singular group of the best technology writers of the time. We only learned about the nomination a week before the New York event, and it’s one business lunch I wish I had attended.

The book went on to be on the Dow Jones-Irwin catalog for years, and was most popular with research libraries such as those at Stanford, Harvard, and corporate libraries such as Apple.