Wednesday, December 19, 2007


the power of the flame
the incense smoke and
the secrets
of the
night on skin


moon in scorpio
we ascend
into our deep dark flowing waters
in tune, in tune
time of the subconscious
the cycles again!


the energy is different here
in the midst of the forest
out of the pine and cedar grove
away from the field:
abandoned vine-covered house

with snow
grey sky
green brownblack forest
i sit quietly on a fallen tree
an intense pink hat
on my head

Monday, December 10, 2007

Thursday, December 06, 2007


i want to knit sweaters
when i retire
i want to ride my bike nowhere
and photograph nothing
read everything
and brew great beer
drink green tea
and do yoga on the beach
under the full moon
of course

Mater Connexion

today a woman i didn't know
recognized me
thought i was my Mom
praised her as a wonderful woman
all the kids thought of fondly
i felt so proud
and grateful for her kind words
she said it was my smile
and positive attitude
she said we resemble our mothers
as we grow
and that other people have said
the same
of her

Monday, December 03, 2007

The Usual Suspects.....

The pumpkin, the woodstove, the poet.....
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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Pledging Peace for this holiday season.....

Join me in this pledge with Code Pink for Peace many years has this been a dream/wish for so many of us? Decades...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

new woodstove.....dream.....

i walk into the living room and recoil in horror, then spring into action as best i can, the woodstove is's off of the hearth, the front glass in tiny shards all over the floor, wood and embers are burning on the carpet...i'm trying my best to get it all under control, even through my anger at the fact that i know my father has done this, caused this dangerous situation...i'm frightened at what a serious blaze this could have caused in the house had i not caught it in the dreams progresses, i realize the fire could have spread to my jobsite as well...i am talking to people and showing them the mess, and still cleaning up...

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Can You Guess Who This Quote Is From?

In today's Washington Post, there is an article titled "Putin Accuses U.S. of Interference". Contained therein is the most amazing quote! Try & guess: "I am particularly troubled by the use of force by law enforcement authorities to stop these peaceful activities and to prevent some journalists and human rights activists from covering them..." Wait, it doesn't stop there!!! : "The freedoms of expression, assembly and press, as well as due process, are fundamental to any democratic society..."

Great stuff, right? Did you guess? No, it's Pres. George W. Bush...Unbelievable, I know. What blatant hypocrisy. Read The End of America by Naomi Wolf for perfect examples of Bush's administration doing just the above, and more...
Summer's passing...
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I was Zappa for Halloween this year.
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stress night.....

Get in bed to read, make it for about an hour, then out like the proverbial light. Exhausted. Sleep for three hours then awake, groggy, and into instant stress alert. What could I find to worry about? Oh, everything! And then some! No more sleep for me for about two hours, then into the land of stressed-out dreams. Somebody is driving a pick-up truck up into my yard and then trough my yard, and all around my property...i holler to Chuck "look at this crazy person", as i'm getting even more angry, i see that this truck-driving guy has climbed up one of the oak trees, and is sawing it down! the tree falls directly onto my car! I'm really pissed now! The guy comes up to the house to "talk" and wants to negotiate a payment plan for fixing my car, i am livid...he's acting so cocksure i want to punch him...(i wake myself up crying)...

Movie viewing extravaganza, up-to-date...

Boys Don't Cry (dir. Kimberly Pierce), 1999
The Way of the Gun (dir. Christopher McQuarrie), 2000
The Departed (dir. Martin Scorcese), 2006
The Pursuit of Happyness (dir. Gabriele Muccino). 2006
A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, 2006
The Proposition
Broken Flowers
Half Nelson
Mothman Prophecies
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Man of the Year
The Salton Sea
The Squid & the Whale
The Fountain
The Mission, 1986
American Splendour, 2003
The Long Good Friday, 1979
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, 2007
Mulholland Falls
Good Will Hunting (Dir. Gus Van Sant), 1997
Hildago (Joe Johnston), 2004
Fast-Food Nation (Richard Linklater), 2006
The Constant Gardener (Fernando Meirrelles), 2005
Awakenings (Penny Marshall), 1990
Smokin' Aces (Joe Carnahan), 2006
The Astronaut's Wife (Rand Ravich), 1999
The Simpson's Movie, 2007
Four Rooms
Garden State (Zach Braff), 2004
Bridge to Terabithia
House of Flying Daggers
Suicide Kings
The Ice Storm
Before Night Falls (Julian Schnable), 2000
We Are Marshall (McG), 2006
No End In Sight (Charles Ferguson), 2007
Seraphim Falls (David Von Ancken), 2006
Lonely Hearts (Todd Robinson), 2006
Letters From Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood), 2006

Monday, November 26, 2007

It's all about the food, fool.....

Keeping within the great tradition of un-read blogs everywhere (except for Twisty's "I Blame the Patriarchy"), I now present for you what I've been cooking:
Butternut Squash Soup
Sweet Potato & Apple casserole
Raspberry Cheesecake
Pumpkin Pie

I worked Thanksgiving Day, so this has all taken place on Sat. and today, my days off from work. Rhiannon & I took a fabulous hike today as well. We set a bruising pace, no mere mortal could have kept up with us, the Trail Queens!!! Next culinary project: preparing the humongous pumpkin I acquired by slightly duplicitous means.

Reading Update.....

Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Spook Country by William Gibson
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Our American King by David Lozell Martin
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
The Unraveling of the Bush Presidency by Howard Zinn
The End of America by Naomi Wolf

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Day Of Many Wandas.....

I have left "Coldstone Creamery". Behind in the dust, as a matter of fact. I am once again in the grocery store world, and loving it. I am using my brain and my brawn, my charm and my sense of humor. It's a beautiful thing. I have seen so many people that I know, both as past customers and as past co-workers, that I really feel a sense of Home at this job. I have also gotten quite a few new "fans" in my customer base this week. I'm so happy! I feel like I am really DOING something, and being appreciated for it.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Wow, this is what I've read since my last "What I've Been Reading".....

Palestine Peace Not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter
It Can Happen Here by Joe Conason
Blinded By The Right by David Brock
At the Center of the Storm by George Tenet
You Can't Catch Death by Ianthe Brautigan
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
A Power That Governments Cannot Suppress by Howard Zinn
Belle Ruin by Martha Grimes
The Tokyo-Montana Express by Richard Brautigan (re-read)
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, 1997
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien
Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone by J.K.Rowling, 1997

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Why Do I Have To Go To Work Today?

Liz cannot understand how it is possible that i am not awake
and yet functioning
while she cannot function when she is
i don't know the formula for this,
but i do know that the time
for morning has come far too often of late
without any readiness
on my part
regardless of quantity
of sleep...
a fog
a lassitude
a sorrow,
i find i am excited by life,
but enamored by

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Ms Ethel Does Fleetwood Mac.....

"Tell me lies, tell me sheet metal lies....."

Friday, June 08, 2007

Rose & Chamomile shampoo.....

"Your hair smells good. It smells like 'Fruit Loops'."

Thursday, April 12, 2007

The last 5 Books I've Read.....

  • Failed States by Noam Chomsky...without a doubt this is my favorite Chomsky book yet...he managed a biting sarcastic wit throughout, while delivering the facts in a most direct manner...informational and eye-opening...highly recommended!...modern day governmental abuses? imagine that!
  • The New Nuclear Danger by Dr. Helen Caldicott...while this information is "older", this book still delivers a punch that most people probably don't realize is still relevant, most likely even more so...nuclear is most definitely NOT the "new green"...well written as always by Dr. Caldicott...
  • Hubris by Michael Isikoff & David Corn...I found this an interesting read, in a different style than I've read some of the same subject twists and facts, very compelling...the Bush (W) administration never ceases to amaze me with it's horror and corruption!
  • Force of Reason by Oriana Fallaci...This book is about Islam in the world, and how that religion impacts our world, past & present...Ms. Fallaci fascinating as always...her style emotional and sensational, she's persecuted for this...I found the book itself quite interesting and enlightening, but the speech/afterword was a dissapointment...I thought it boring and had to feel that it layed blame on many people who would not be her enemies at all!
  • Shadowplay by Tad Williams...I was one of the people who read the first book, Shadowmarch, in it's online format, when Tad wrote two chapters a month for us subscribers. So I truly couldn't wait for this second book. And oh, yes, it did not dissappoint. My copy had a lot of editing problems, but oh only complaint really, is that I read it too fast, and now must wait ???? for the next book??? One of my all-time favorite fantasy writers, and an all-around great guy, too. I met him at a "Barnes & Noble" in Reston, VA during one of his speaking tours.

The Last 5 Movies I've Viewed.....

  • Clerks II...Hilarious and annoying at the same time. I so dig Jay & Silent Bob...Only funny if you have seen the first Clerks movie...
  • Marie Antoinette...Way to go, Sofia Copeland!! What a beautiful, visual treat. And what a vastly different and interesting take on a historical subject...
  • John Q...One of the few times that I have enjoyed a Denzel Washington performance so much...jerks your emotions, but it's great...
  • The Insider...this was good, but not great because of a couple of unreal premises, fine acting...
  • Babel...Wow...interesting all the way favorite aspect being Japanese Deaf culture...

My darling, I shall miss you...

Oh, Kurt Vonnegut.

Monday, April 09, 2007

The Post Office, 1993...

Max, "Mom..."
Me, "Yes, son?"
Max, "Mom, do you douche?"
Me, "No, son. Mommy has a self-cleaning oven."

Thursday, March 29, 2007

dream segment (a couple of weeks old)...

I am riding in a car with my father, who is driving...he is driving on the incorrect side of the road, I tell him this and then calmly suggest that he pull over so that I may drive...he agrees to this, saying that he is tired...I get behind the wheel and take us toward our destination which was one of the places he worked when I was a child: Purceville, or the newspaper in The I am turning left onto a road, and he is no longer in the car, I am talking with a woman on my cell phone about him, I am telling her about the driving mishap...she knows him, and I drive this road I realize that I am very near her office, I pull into the parking lot, and go inside to introduce myself to her...we chat a bit, then I go on...

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Amazing Visual Morning...

Driving to work this morning the sky was just amazing. I, of course, did not have my camera with me. Nor could I turn around and go get it! I was running late. The early morning sky was full of altocumulus clouds densely packed. The sun's rays were beaming out under each clump of cloud. Shining a small sundog at each puff. Luckily, I was on a road which did not have much traffic, so I could look as I slowly drove along. Beautiful beyond measure.

Monday, March 19, 2007

I give it a "10"...

And then some...Modest Mouse's new song "Dashboard" has to be one of the most dance-able songs ever!!! My hips get loose each time i hear it...yeah!!!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Here is my 1976 Gitane bicycle. I rode it to Nova Scotia and back when I graduated from high school. For a long time I didn't own a car, just rode my bike everywhere. It was originally bright yellow. One time I painted it silver, then red. I retired it in 1992. Recently, I've kept it in the front yard as an art installation. Many miles.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

flow recall...

pen to paper this line of
brain-blood to heart
my ambit of words to thoughts
sparks behind my eyes

wet snow...

this coffee is perfect and
the window is fogged
i remember
i dreamed
of a red fox crossing the yard