by James K. Sayre
Whimsey: these days, it may indicate something fanciful, silly, eccentric, curious,odd or fantastic. This category of essays and comments may be a little difficult to fill in these days of political correctness and polarized politics, but I will present a few links to some of my more whimsical essays and to a couple of other other web sites.
Etymology or roots of whimsey: the notion of whimsey (or whimsy) seems to have been taken from whim-wham, which is a term was first used about five hundred years ago to describe a fanciful or ornamental piece of clothing, toy or plaything, depending on which dictionary one consults.
Links to some of my more whimsical essays:
Entertaining local day cats: if you have fenced in backyard, you may be able to entertain some of the local neighborhood cats in the daytime, hence the name, day cats. Daycats Another return to the pleasures of childhood.
Blowing bubbles and bubblestuff, or more properly, bubble stuff. Blowing bubbles: Bubblestuff Another return to the pleasures of childhood.
Some children's literature classics Some children's literature classics
Favorite Christmas Movies and favorite Christmas cartoons Favorite Christmas movies and cartoons
SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon: SpongeBob SquarePants
Big Cartoon Data Base: web site: Big Cartoon Data Base
The Hummingbird Lure Shirt Hummingbird Lure Shirt 1 January 2004.
Chickadees can be very demanding and very pointed in their comments and their looks. Chickadees can be very demanding and very pointed in their comments and their looks
The Birds' Teeter-totter The Birds' Teeter-totter
Why do birds hate Mercedes-Benz hubcaps when they are used as bird feeders? . Why do birds hate Mercedes-Benz hubcaps when they are used as bird feeders?
The Flicker is the North American Bird with the most folknames and names The Flicker is the North American Bird with the most folknames and names
Slugs: a brief overview: .Slugs: a brief overview
Bermuda Buttercups in the winter: .Bermuda Buttercups Bermuda Buttercups essay was published in the Garden section of the San Francisco Chronicle on 29January 2005.
The Katydid that hitchhiked through the Caldecott Tunnel .The Hitchhiking Katydid Published in the Home & Garden section of the San Francisco Chronicle on 21 August 2004.
The Early Girl tomato and the Late Girl tomato The Late Girl tomato 31 January 2004.
Rescuing Blue Gum Eucalyptus sprouts : Eucalyptus rescue
Blue Gum Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) first producing their sickle-shaped adult leaves after about two and a half years of growth. Blue Gum Eucalyptus adult leaves
Free stuff: some of us never tire of getting things free: Free stuff 17 April 2004
Dates: the real reason that Bush invaded Iraq: dates. Dates: the real reason that Bush invaded Iraq: dates 22 July 2003
Snug as a bug in a police state rug Snug as a bug in a police state rug 22 November 2002.
We Two Microsofts of Redmond are We Two Microsofts of Redmond are 19 May 2000
Lynx links Lynx Links
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