Living It

I thought this was an interesting story and wanted to share.  Click on the photo above to read the article.

Three Things I’d Like You to Know

One: We have talked briefly about fasting on this blog, but never in depth. This February 24th, I am going to participate in a Thirty-Hour-Famine. This amounts more to a hunger strike than a fast, which implies a more spiritual journey. I will be going thirty hours without food in order to raise money for […]

Poetry Post: The Buried Life

Just back from a tremendous week in the Caribbean. By way of a Poetry Post, here’s a review of a new book on T. S. Eliot that seems relevant and interesting. The idea of “the buried life” seems central to Eliot–perhaps, in some ways, to all of us in the Hollow Men. –Shotts Books of […]

Recommended: Pan’s Labyrinth

Though there are more scenes of graphic violence than I would have liked I highly recommend this movie. I didn’t see a better movie in 2006 and I don’t expect to see a better movie in 2007. I’m looking forward to Netflixing Guillermo del Toro’s other work as well.

Two Album Music Thursday

Camera Obscura | Let’s Get Out Of This Country 01 Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken 02 Tears For Affairs 03 Come Back Margaret 04 Dory Previn 05 The False Contender 06 Let’s Get Out Of This Country 07 Country Mile 08 If Looks Could Kill 09 I Need All The Friends I Can Get […]

Like, Not Love, Music Thursday

It’s not that I won’t love these songs someday…it’s just that I’ve only met them within the last week, day, or hour.  How can I say those words without more history between us?  I’m taking love back, right now. 01 Cloud Cult | “Chemicals Collide” 02 Cloud Cult | “Outside of Your Skin” 03 Malajube | […]

Poetry Post

Here’s an appropriate first poem to start the New Year. It starts with a muzak-version of Dylan and ends on a Dear Abby letter, and in between gets at our present moment. –Shotts Hard Rain After I heard “It’s a Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” played softly by an accordion quartet through the ceiling speakers at […]

Earl Grey Cookies

Here is the recipe you have all been pining for: Earl Grey Tea Cookies (makes 6 dozen) 2 c. all purpose flour 1/2 c. granulated sugar 2 T. Earl Grey tea leaves (or two tea bags) 1/2 t. salt 1 t. pure vanilla extract 1 c. unsalted butter, cut into pieces Heat oven to 375 […]


I’m trying to cover all my thanks in one blow. So — thanks J.E. for the gift of the gear. Right now we have it by our side door. Not the best place, but we’ll look for a better place. I also want to apologize for missing your call. I just checked my message yesterday. […]

Without Much Fanfare Music Thursday

Makers | Rocky Votolato 01 White Daisy Passing 02 Portland Is Leaving 03 The Night’s Disguise 04 She Was Only In It For The Rain 05 Uppers Aren’t Necessary 06 Wait Out The Days 07 Streetlights 08 Tennessee Train Tracks 09 Goldfield 10 Tinfoil Hats 11 Where We Left Off 12 Makers

Rapatronic Wednesday

From Damn Interesting (one of my favorite ways of wasting time on the internet). I saw this for the first time two months ago and the images have set up shop in the same part of my brain that houses the 500 kV video I posted last month. I find these images sublime and hypnotic […]

I Like Lentils

Liz and I have trouble taking the time to feed ourselves properly — especially for supper. But tonight we had one of our favorite meals. This recipe is very good and very simple. Lentil Soup 16 oz. (2 1/2 cups) dry lentils 8 c. water 4 stalks celery, sliced 5 carrots, sliced 1/4 c. parsley, […]

Mental Health Monday

OK, so here is my first post in a while- a two-parter. I have recently been thinking in systems theories, particularly as they partain to groups like ours. How closely does life imitate art, I ponder. In a system, each part of that system serves a function and hopefully the whole of the system is […]