CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

August 2, 2008

BRAMBLES (Brief RAMBLES) 1-8 August 1, 2008


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS
BRAMBLES (Brief RAMBLES) 1-8  August 1, 2008

BUGS AND OTHER PESTS
BUG-A-PALOOZA!
DO YOU DREAM ABOUT BUGS?…what it means

BUGS AND OTHER PESTS

     I’ve been watching with interest as a piece posted on the Beanery Online Literary Magazine (BOLM)  grabbed hold and swooped to the most popular post in three weeks, overtaking other posts having a history up to seven months. At the same time, another post on this site, my site, paralleled that rise, although with less speed. It rose to be the second most popular post over a slightly longer period.
     It seemed strange to me, making me wonder WHY?
     I noted that both posts had a common subject: bugs. The BOLM post was about lightning bugs (OF FIREFLIES AND LIGHTNING BUGS). The CC post was about black flies (BLACK FLIES AND OTHER INSECTS: Then and Now). Had I known that bugs were going to be so popular, I would have written on them much sooner, and I would have requested my writers do the same thing.
     So here goes. 
     It was reported in an Associated Press article on July 26 (published in the Tribune-Review) that pests were joining in the flood-plagued state of Texas. The insects included stinging fire ants and tarantulas.
     I don’t know much about stinging ants (except to stay clear of them) but I have experienced tarantulas. The latter are hairy spiders that can grow to the size of a dinner plate. They deliver stinging, painful, but non-deadly, bites.
     While in high school, I had what was somewhat of a boy friend, Stan, who attended a different high school. He lived in a different part of Buffalo, New York than I did, over the Mom and Pop store his parents owned. And he raised tarantulas in the basement.
     He liked the furry critters (is an insect a critter?). But the customers didn’t. Occasionally one of Stan’s pets would escape, and the store would close until the runaway was discovered and apprehended.
     Stan used the insects for a science project, and competed in the city’s high school science fair. Unfortunately, I placed higher than he did (my topic was research on the Harding-Passey melanoma, which was accomplished with other critters—white mice).
     Both the competition and my high school prom were in the spring. I had invited him to the prom before knowing that my project placed better than his. I wouldn’t tell him because I knew his ego would be deflated if he knew.
     I was right. He learned this piece of information after the prom, and was angry with me. It was several years later before he called me up and asked me out.
     So I add more bug stories—rather brief rambles—to those of the lightning bug and black flies. Do you think this post will zoom to the top of the list too, since it is about an INSECT? Time will tell.
     Meanwhile, the author of OF FIREFLIES AND LIGHTNING BUGS,  a nine-year old, has beaten out all the other contributors to the site in terms of BOLM hits. I hope you offer her a comment  and congratulations.

BUG-A-PALOOZA!

     The July 6 Tribune-Review children’s activity page was titled “Bug-A-Palooza!” Its lessons included bug camouflage—stick bugs that grow up to twenty inches in length and look like twigs; and thorn bugs that look like thorns, even facing the same direction to improve their camouflage as thorns—and bug distastefulness—like the monarch butterflies that munch on milkweed, so that when predators taste them they go “yuch” and avoid using them for a meal again.
     The activity page included a word search, a maze and a kid scoo-doku.
     It also included a two-week bug watch. Readers were directed to record how many bugs he spotted each day. Actually, it was a math exercise—if the reader saw two bugs the first day, four the second day, eight the next day, etc., how many days would it take to spot 100 bugs a day?
     It might be an interesting exercise to document how many different types of bugs you see each day for a week. Have fun! Let me know if you do this exercise even for one day.

DO YOU DREAM ABOUT BUGS?…what it means

     If you dream about bugs, perhaps you are worried about something, since they symbolize your anxieties and/or fears. It might also imply a strong emotional tie/involvement in an activity/interest/hobby. Alternatively, it may represent your sexual thoughts.
     Insects in your dreams symbolize minor obstacles you must overcome. Alternatively, insects are said to be symbolic of precision, alertness, and sensitivity. Perhaps you need to organize your thoughts and sort out your values.
     Hmmm…perhaps I should be dreaming about insects and bugs…
    To dream about particular bugs/insects is to be more specific. Spiders, for example, indicate that you feel like an outsider in some situations…or symbolize feminine power…or they refer to a powerful force protecting you against your own self-destructive behavior. Killing the spider symbolizes misfortune and general bad luck, while a web-spinning spider signifies that you will be rewarded for your hard work. Dreams of being bitten by a spider represent conflict with your mother or another dominant female in your life—the dream may be a metaphor for a devouring mother or the feminine power to possess and entrap.
     Dragonflies symbolize change—and/or that something in your life may not appear as it seems. To dreaming that you are eating a dragonfly suggests that you are consumed by some sort of passion, even at the risk of offending or hurting someone’s feelings.
     And who dreams about the lowly cockroach? Doing so signifies your need for renewal, rejuvenation and self-cleansing of your psychological, emotional, or spiritual being.
     I wonder if the choice of a cockroach for my alter ego indicates that I have a need to reevaluate major aspects of my life. (Read about my character, Cochran Cornell the Cantankerous Cockroach, as he introduces himself—HI! I’M COCHRAN! NICE TO MEET Y’ALL!—and writes posts: DEAR A’NONNIEMOUSE FROM COCHRAN (COCKROACH)& WHAT IF YOU HAVE A BUG IN YOUR EAR…? & ARCHIE & MEHITIBLE.  
     I also wonder what it means if a spider drops down from on high onto my printer as I compose these posts—as a little reddish-black spider just did!
     To read more about dreamthemes of bugs and insects, click on http://www.dreammoods.com/dreamthemes/bugs.htm

 ADDITIONAL READING:

SHALIMAR

TO MATTIE

IMAGINATIVE, ORIGINAL, PURE, PROFOUND POEMS by CHILDREN

KEEPING PEACE IN SOUTH AFRICA Part 1 

BRAMBLES (Brief RAMBLES) 1-5 June 15, 2008

BEAR STORIES ACROSS THE NATION

 

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