About Don Royster

Don Royster has spent many lifetimes accumulating adventures from a multitude of galaxies. Some of his magic carpet rides have taken him to Japan, the Phillippines, and Texas. Gifted with an insatiable curiosity, a love for creativity and a strange sense of humor, he has been a student, and still is, of everything from A to Zen and back again. Along the way he has written poems, stories and novels about his many adventures and travels. His latest adventure is the blog, Uncle Bardie's Stories & Such.

haiku for the day: the adventure

This one came to me as I watched the movie, “Barefoot in the Park”. It’s a romantic comedy about a newly-wed couple, played by Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. After their wedding at the courthouse, they spend six days in a five-star hotel. Then Redford goes off to work while Jane goes to the new apartment that neither has seen. It’s amazing what climbing six stories of stairs can do to a relationship.

relationships they
are magical one moment
the next who’s to know

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Signs

Chester was a believer in signs. He lived his life by them. He believed it was the gods’ way of speaking to him.

He always came to a full stop at a stop sign. He followed the directions of a turn sign if he was in its lane. He might be in the wrong lane. The sign might take him out of his way if he made the turn. Still he followed the directions. Signs were his life.

He followed a sign as to what career path he would follow. He had once wanted to be an artist. His mother and a sign nixed that. First his mother suggested his best course in life was the law. That had been seconded by the sign of a law book he almost tripped over getting to class. Later he sat down in the library and read the tome. He understood all the whereforths and howevers.

He picked the woman who became his wife because of a sign. In the grocery store where he shopped, he spotted Marge. She stood in front of a large sign. Above her head, it said, “This one is for you.” It didn’t matter that he saw a large can of beer below the words when she walked away. The gods were telling Chester this woman was to be his wife.

Passing by a car lot one day, he noticed a large billboard. On it was a woman pointing downward. She pointed to a red Chevy below the billboard. Even though he hated red and drove only Fords, Chester got the message. It was not his job to reason why. It was his job to follow orders. So he bought the red Chevy.

Two days later, Chester began to question the gods’ judgment. Things were not making sense. First it was the breaks. They went and rammed into a stop sign. The sign was not harmed at all. But the car had a big dent. He got the car fixed. Then the passenger door fell off. He got that fixed. After that, the front windshield cracked. The insurance covered that. When he finally decided he had enough, he took the vehicle back to the dealer.

The dealer took the car off Chester’s hands. But he demanded a price for his generosity. Chester gladly paid it. As he walked out of the dealer’s office, he saw the woman on the billboard pointing down toward a blue Cadillac. Since he loved blue and had always wanted a Cadillac, he knew that he was back on the good side of the gods. He walked right back into the office and took the car off the dealer’s hands. As he drove the Caddy off the lot, a puff of smoke came out of the tail pipe.

An associate of the dealer watched Chester and the Caddy. Then he turned to the dealer and asked, “What’s the deal with parking cars under that big sign?”

The dealer smiled. “That’s where I park the lemons.”

The associate shook his head.

“What?” the dealer asked. “You’ve never heard the saying, ‘When life gives you a lemon, make lemonade.’ That woman is my lemonade maker.”

haiku for the day: morning light

We get caught up in all the busy work. We have chores that just have to be done. The dishes need washing. The laundry needs doing. The cats need feeding. The kids need to go to ballet or boxing class. There’s shopping to do. There’s meetings to go to. And this is when we are not at our jobs. We are busy people. And we are so stressed out our relationships suffer. Our health suffers. If we could just slow down for thirty minutes to enjoy. To just enjoy. 

a spoon reflecting
morning light through the window
a cup of mint tea

Uncle Bardie’s Spotlight Song: Blue and Green

Once a week on Friday, Uncle Bardie celebrates the creativity in others by shining a Spotlight on a movie, a song or a creator. This week’s Spotlight Song is Van Morrison’s “Blue and Green”

Van Morrison has composed some amazing songs over the years, including “Crazy Love” and “Tupelo Honey”.

This one is such simple lyric, yet it stands out because nobody ever thought of it. That is, until Van Morrison was inspired to compose it. It is like Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”. It’s one of those songs that feels like it’s always been.

It takes a lyricist with a lot of moxie to personalize colors the way he has with this song. After listening to this one, I never think of colors the way I did before. Colors are living breathing things.

haiku for the day: dreamer

We have a fifteen-year-old cat. Her name is Princess. She is an indoor/outdoor cat. She always comes and goes as she wishes. These days she isn’t as active as she used to be. She has acquired a bit of arthritis. So she doesn’t move around as much as she used. But she still makes the rounds of what she considers her territory. And she still has the ability to stand up for her rights. But mostly she sleeps.

when a cat grows old,
dreams of running and jumping
days of younger cat