Friday, April 21, 2006

Friendly Friday

The mission of the FFMB is to be friendly.
seek the friendless
visit the friendless
invite the friendless to join us in our mission

So dear Friends of the Friendless Marching Band! We march again...

I asked Pearl of Humanyms for help with today's Friendly Friday. Pearl is one fine poet. She loves words so I asked her if she would do one of her "word chains" from the word, friend. Here it is:

friend, rend, rear-ender, rendered friendless, reindeer
friendly, more or less surrendered, entered white flag,
kerchief rag, wave haloooo, echoing canyon, chasm, ricola
folk tuba, long distance relationships spidering out to
tangental fruit, sinking willow root, boughs tangled,
detangled ooout, dark dread spot, guilt blot, invisible
clots of ought to, not, to and fro, spoken bubbles blown
over rooftiptops, small eave window, circle of face, waves
from streetside, inside the guest, block party dense,
condensed, trance music, smoke, tote, toke, jokes,
exploding laughter, far, near corners, quiet spots to talk,
walk, spilling downstairs, different stereo blares hip hop,
classical, clatteration of clarinet, mixed with jubilant
soliloquy, panoply of players, golden band of merry men,
makers of yahsayers on staff, epitaph, epithet, tete a
tetes, testing, testy, tasty connections, surprise drama
art improv everywhere, improving, approving, reproving,
removing, behooving motion, lotion for emotion, closer
folded oceans, text flotsam plucked from the sea.

I love the progression and variation in this word association, Pearl.

The featured friendless site is Raju Bathija at Anything Goes. I like this blog because:
  • I always find it interesting to read a blog from a different culture. Raju lives in India.
  • he writes gently and honestly with a quiet sense of humor
  • of his commentaries on the books he has read, news articles or cartoons he has found.
    • because of this quote, " I miss being myself. When I am at home, I am dutiful father to my children, good husband to my wife, at office an honest and sincere worker, in train reading newspapers/books and adopting other people's thoughts and thinkings. I do miss being myself. While I blog, I am being myself."

I also enjoyed Chris at Chris-Seas Corner. She is fun and also comes from a family of bloggers. Check her out.

Then visit Angel at Life is Good. In the beginning of her blogging, she wondered what she would be writing about, "I suppose as time goes on, it will become clearer what I am to write this is to play out. I think several issues will come up again and again just because of who I am. Parenting, educating, blessings, all come to mind quickly."

If anyone has problems leaving comments for one of the friendless sites, please leave them on my blog.

Thank you Pearl for helping me today. What a great job!

For those wondering how the band works:
To join the Friends of the Friendless Marching Band, leave a comment stating that you wish to join then choose any instrument you like. (ability isn't an issue for this cyber band) We have three piano players, a harpist, a theramin and french horn player plus a variety of more so you get the idea that any instrument is possible.
On Fridays, the band meets to visit the chosen friendless sites which I list. Then the band leaves friendly comments for our honored recipients. Let them know that you are from the FFMB.
Get to know other band members. There is sure to be someone you can connect with.
Nominate friendless sites. They can be bloggers you know or ones that you come across in your blog surfs. Think unique. These sites have less than 5 comments/post and be posting currently. Leave me a comment with their address or email me at Carol_ffmb at I will let you know whether they have met the friendless criteria.

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Mango Lane said...

Hi. I wasn`t able to leave comments for "Anything goes" or "Life is good". The first site was really fun to read. He tells a great story and I enjoyed the post on- how many (whatever) does it take to screw in a light bulb? As for the other blog it is obvious that she truly loves and honours her family. And she is a stay-at-home mom. Yay!

jane said...

Hi Carol, I visited Anything Goes & found it an interesting blog. I love that you do this every Friday.

Dave said...

Me too I popped in today.:-)

Poetry by Kai said...

hey carol,

Artpuppy872 said...

Dear Carol,
Thanks for the great blogs! I really liked the first blog because he always had something interesting to say and those questions and his answers were a lot of fun to read! The other two were also very fun to look at. Thanks again!

Sincerely, Artpuppy94

Kathy said...

Hi Carol and all,
Marching in to let your readers know that Chrissie of Chris-Seas Corner is away - visiting in Virginia where she lived for 10 years. She'll be home this Sunday night and will probably be thrilled to have been selected to join the fun at A Revision.
Meanwhile I hope everyone peeks in at her cute site. She does some really fun & amusing entries. So different than her mother's (me!) blog, or her aunt Colleen's. That's what is so cool, and what I think Carol points out each Friday; everyone has a different way to be creative and it's fun to see so many forms of expression.
I'll be checking out the other sites now.

Kathy said...

I hope it's okay to post a response to Angel over here, for it is yet another blogging site where I can't leave a comment unless I sign up for an account.

Hi Angel,
Kids are the best!
I've a funny story from my youngest who is now 23 (EEK!). When she was just barely 3, she stamped down her foot and let out a loud "damn it!" We never swear in our home, so I didn't know from where she heard it, nor did I ever learn. I did though say to her right after her outburst, that there were better ways to express anger. She looked at me so innocently and said, "but mommy, you don't undersand how mad I am right now!" I laughed and let it go, and never again did I hear her use that form of expression.

Poetry by Kai said...

thanks carol

Chrixean said...

i know I'm really late with my FFMB rounds. was really busy past days. will get to it now! :-)


Sorry was late for the FFMB but here is my friendless site report:
UziCue -

Carol said...

Thanks for participating, everyone!

Friday's Child, thanks for nominating a site but the address didn't work. Could you check it for me?

nobody girl said...

Hi Carol. Just made my rounds. Great sites this week!

Carol said...

Glad to see you in the march!

Jen said...

Ooh, this sounds interesting! I would like to do this, I love the idea of stopping by blogs that aren't getting comments. (I went MONTHS in the beginning where no one commented, it was sooooo awful!)

Goodness, can I play the recorder? I actually can play that and I enjoy it!

Carol said...

Welcome Jen!