Wednesday, August 24, 2011

WeekWord: Conundrum (plus some new art on cards)

The conundrum of who we shall be. (See below) (Click images to view larger).

Greetings, Weekworders! I am hosting the WeekWord,


and I am sorry I was delayed posting about it, because I had my granddaughter Monday and doctor and dentist appointments etc yesterday.

Please leave your links below if you want to play along and IMPORTANT: Please let me know if you would like to host the WeekWord next week.

Here is what Merriam Webster says about Conundrum:

Definition of CONUNDRUM
: a riddle whose answer is or involves a pun
a : a question or problem having only a conjectural answerb : an intricate and difficult problem

Examples of CONUNDRUM

  1. conundrum of how an ancient people were able to build such massive structures without the benefit of today's knowledge and technology>
  2. … giving parents a wealth of educational options sometimes presents a familiar inner-city conundrum: What if all your choices are bad ones? —Katherine Boo,New Yorker, 9 Apr. 2001

When I decided to pick it as the WeekWord, I was thinking of a difficult puzzle that had no easy solution, such the second example given above. I had never heard of the first definition and want to find an example of it.

here's one from here:


Why is an author like a Chinaman?

Because his tale (tail) comes out of his head.

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Here are conundrums of a more serious nature facing us today:

Who are we going to be?

  1. The Environment: Are we going to save the world or let big industry destroy it?Literally? Our children? Our grandchildren? Will we kill our progeny with our greed?
  2. War and Peace: Are we going to kill innocent children and people so that the war machine can prosper? How can we do something no society has ever succeeded in doing: create real peace before it's too late?

You can see by my illustration of the bloodthirsty wolf above how much faith I have in us to solve these real, serious, and maybe final problems we face. I don't have any answers, I'm sorry to say. :-(

and here are my new hand-decorated cards:

I finally got another set of the Sakura Gelly Roll Pens I ordered a while back, and since they were new to me, I was eager to try them, but since I don't have a mole, I decided to make cards. These are cards with envelopes, Strathmore Drawing cards, my first time trying them, too.

The Chrysanthemums will be for Ballookey's pocket--I think it is Ballookey's book I get next, and the mandala, which is called, "What if all of Creation were in the hands of an unsteady Goddess?" is for Hennie Mavis. The shown colors aren't quite right. Close, but no cigar.

I guess I too am busy looking the other way.

I wrote a new poem that relates to conundrum, in a sort of oblique but definite way. You can see it here.


John said...

What a great word and a great post, great art work Mary.

Count me in for the weekword.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Thanks, John! :-D I'll be looking forward to see what you post!!!

sowandsew said...

I'm in - and happy to host next week, too.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

thanks, sowandsew!!! I'll be looking forward to your post.

creatingmisericordia said...

I'm in, late but in!

merrytait said...

YAY! I haven't done my post yet, or been around, I am sorry to say. I have been too busy. I will post your links!

Biomouse said...

Oh your cards are delightfully colorful! I had a really hard time with conundrum this week I think because I was thinking exactly of these big picture questions about the world around me and starting to get agitated because I know the answers are terrible. Thank you for hosting and hopefully my post wasn't too far off the mark to count :)