Friday, August 31, 2007
walking around town running various errands - my principle mission was asking various shops and establishments if I could put a poster for monday's 'peace show' up in their window. overall this mission was most successful - we almost had a 100% 'acceptance rate' - strangely the only place I went which refused my request was the local independently owned 'organic' or 'alternative' market - GO FIGURE!! I can't make it out, other than speculate that I didn't actually do the direct asking of 'the power that be.' the person who asked the person who made the decision was some random employee (read flunkie) I expect since this decision maker didn't actually see MY face, not to mention see my partner on this mission - the adorable ms. t's face (who at two is absolutely adorable and would have anyone agree to anything!) turned down the request probably thinking only 'who is bothering me, I'm having a bad day, screw them!' however disappointment aside, I do feel we did have a postering coup -- the storefront (which is a hair salon) right next to the area's armed forces recruiting center enthusiastically approved of our request. I take great pleasure thinking of our peace show poster being displayed in all of its non-violence glory in the window next to the region's main recruiting office for the military. yes, yes this is immensely satisfying. (unfortunately I did not have my camera with but I did snap a picture with my handy, dandy ever present cell phone.
the area's peace community is holding its sixth annual 'peace show' on monday - weatherwise the forecast is for a stellar day which has me hoping that we break last year's record breaking attendance record. we have a terrific line up of music and activities for children and adults all lined up. the event aims at showing how community building and positive and affirming connections work and make the world go round, aggression and war doesn't! if you are in cleveland on monday afternoon - september 3rd - mosey on down to the FREE stamp - I can guarantee you will have a good time and some serious fun!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
thanks keith for drawing my attention to the fact that we had a lunar eclipse this morning. had I been out in olympia with you guys at 3:30 PDT gazing at the moon and doing my moonshadow dance I would have seen it or not seen it!
And if I ever lose my hands, lose my plough, lose my land,
Oh if I ever lose my hands, Oh if.... I won't have to work no more.
And if I ever lose my eyes, if my colours all run dry,
Yes if I ever lose my eyes, Oh if.... I won't have to cry no more.
And if I ever lose my legs, I won't moan, and I won't beg,
Yes if I ever lose my legs, Oh if.... I won't have to walk no more.
And if I ever lose my mouth, all my teeth, north and south,
Yes if I ever lose my mouth, Oh if.... I won't have to talk...
Did it take long to find me? I asked the faithful light.
Did it take long to find me? And are you gonna stay the night?
Yusuf Islam (aka Steven Demetre Georgiou aka Cat Stevens)
moon names for the full moon in august: green corn moon, harvest moon, dog's day moon, dispute moon, and my favorite woman's moon (choctaw)
picture: moonshadow, august 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
"There's a dog inside all of us, waiting to be let out. This game is based on a computer called SUKA, built in 1975 by Russian scientist Mikhail Volkonsky and now housed in a
SUKA is powered by
Saturday, August 25, 2007
when we arrived at the festival a bit after 8 the weather was what it has been like the last few days - hot and humid - basically horrible. in fact, the weather was so bad on thursday I broke down and turned the a/c on in the studio. I had work to do and I was beginning to worry that stella, the studio cat, was going to fry. to think, I almost made it through an entire year without turning on the a/c . but, in self reflection, it is for the best that I turned the a/c on, just one more thing to get all self-righteous about. self-righteousness definitely one of my many shadow self issues. I'm trying to work on it - I swear!
I digress, back to the issue of 'summer is over' I believe we felt it happen! there we were sitting, sweating and sweltering but having a grand time. a gathering of friends in a throng of noisy, happy people. we were chattering away and with three of the group in bookgroup together our conversation mainly was about the upcoming bookgroup meeting and what books we each planned to suggest - isn't book talk the best? the food was fantastic greek fare (ah the calamari!), there was wonderful music, and thanks to p we even enjoyed a nip of ozo. then at exactly 9:14 we all felt summer leaving as a wonderful dry-COOL wind blew in! OPA!
pictures: top-girls headbands for sale; bottom-Loukoumades (or what we call yummy honey balls or 'fat pills' - fortunately only enough for 1 each in our little party!)
Thursday, August 23, 2007
picture: lakewood, ohio august 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
although it's been a while since I've had to deal with all the 'back to school' stuff, my psyche is ingrained with a seasonal calendar. in anticipation of september I revert back to my childhood mindset and start getting excited and psyched up for new things. I begin to make resolutions about improving my community involvements; getting new projects off the ground; improving my health habits (e.g., eat better, exercise more, and try to get more sleep) -- basically, I think "time to get serious and stop playing around so much."
speaking of getting serious, I suggest that its time (actually well past time) our country gets serious and starts getting down to business to fix the problems plaguing our country's infrastructure. here on the mouse I have a 'clicker' that shows how much the war in iraq costs. imagine if the money being spent on warfare and the occupation of iraq was redirected toward fixing some of the problems here within the united states!
two years ago the consequences of hurricane katrina were more dire than they should have been had the levees and other infrastructures been maintained. the recent tragic bridge collapse in minneapolis might be another tragedy perhaps what might be a series of catastrophic failures within the country if we don't start getting serious. the american society of civil engineers (asce) routinely monitor the country's infrastructure. what the asce has found is beyond depressing; it's not just the report on bridges that looks bad - in fact bridges seem to be the least of our problems considering their overall grade is a "C" - in the latest report there are ten categories of resources that receive grades of "D" - including: aviation, dams, energy, roads, schools, and transit. I heartily recommend checking it out.
picture: lorain avenue bridge as seen from the rocky river reservation. cleveland, august 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
last week I had finally made it to the cleveland institute of art to see the ansel adams exhibition - whew, even though it's been in town since may, to think I almost missed it (saturday was it's last day). I have always found a deep sense of the sacred in adams photographs of the natural world. who is not familiar with his iconic image of moon and half dome in yosemite and his images/landscapes of other wondrous places in the american west. however, before taking in this exhibition I never realized that adams was also a master with respect to portraiture.
in 1980 jimmy carter awarded adams with the presidential medal of freedom for "his efforts to preserve this country's wild and scenic areas, both on film and on earth." unfortunately our wild and scenic areas are continuing to be threated, in fact because of greed, the quest for fossil fuels, and global climate change, these places are at more at risk than they were back in 1980. I pray our wild and scenic places do not go the way of so many animal species - magnificent creatures now found only within the confines of zoos or preserves. will our wild places be found only in images hung of gallery walls?
although far from complete, I have found a great site for finding out information on current and future exhibitions of ansel adams photographs: ansel adams gallery
Monday, August 20, 2007
Peace is not the silence of cemeteries.
Peace is not the silent revolt of violent repression.
Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all.
Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity.
It is right and it is duty.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
picture: triskett rta station, cleveland august, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I just have to exclaim that this whole youtube thing is simply absolutely fabulous! last night after 'bath-time' w/ mademoiselle c and mr. s I went to the computer with the intention of finding the words to the ladybug picnic, which I had been singing to the kids, but couldn't get much past the singing out of the numbers. so I googled 'ladybug picnic' not only did I find the words to the song, but I also found several videos of the song! that of course to spending the next 30 minutes on youtube watching and singing sesame street songs. finallyl papa bear came to my house to take the kiddos home. okay question - is time spent w/ youtube as intellectually suspect as time spent before the 'idiot box'???
thanks dlp for the lead on the film morph!
pastor patrick didn't park a prius, pontiac, peugout, prelude, or porsche but rather a mercury, poo poo....
dontcha just love clever signs?
no idea what type of lily these are only that they are one of the most fragrant flowers about
boo hoo - no more pretzel mice as there's no more bavarian bakery in the hood
pictures: a few pictures from wandering about the hood on 15 august. lakewood, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
can't say that I'm surprised or saddened by the news of rove's impending departure. bush's approval ratings are at an all time low. the heat is on. time to get out of the fire.
some may say mr. rove's work is done. after all he:
1) orchestrated the largest scam in US history getting W (or dubya) into the presidency - not once but twice! I mean here is dubya, until rove got hold of him his claims to fame were: having george h. w. bush as a daddy; going AWOL with the national guard during the vietnam war; buying an oil company and bringing it to bankruptcy; and finding jesus (effectively clearing him of all youthful indiscretions' - e.g., alcoholism and suspected drug use)
2) is credited with being behind the lie that lead to the US invasion of iraq (weapons of mass destruction)
and then there are the little matters of mr. rove's role in the exposure of a cia operative, his involvement with the fiasco at the justice department, and having a hand in going from a situation where under the clinton administration the national debt was being curtailed to a political and economic environment in which we have both the steepest rise and biggest debt in history. I guess we can't really say these are accomplishments!
adiós karl, will you please take dubya and dick with you?
picture: praying mantis
Monday, August 13, 2007
on wednesday the group landed on the theme "american classics from the first half of the 20th century." the theme is defined this as books published in NORTH AMERICA between january 1, 1900 and december 31, 1959- furthermore all types of material will be considered fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry. I have been contemplating what I'd like to suggest so far I have 3 titles, but am definitely open to any creative suggestions. as of now I'm considering offering "shadows on the rock" by willa cather; "wise blood" by flannery o'connor; and "main street" by sinclair lewis - of these three books "wise blood" is the only book I've actually read, however I think that was about twenty years ago!
like so many great minds, I expect our group will have various notions as to what constitutes a classic. but perhaps italo calvino did say it best when he remarked that "A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say."
picture: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil mouse cups (thanks jane, they're the best as are you!)
Sunday, August 12, 2007
well just now I just popped over to absolute vanilla's blog. av posted a quiz which sets out to determine what type of chocolate one is. since I am a chocolate aficionado and just 30 minutes ago I finished off my entire stash of chocolate - 6 hershey's kisses and 3 dark chocolate mint rectangles I pilfered from somewhere (yeah, yeah, I know it's not chocolate from la maison du chocolat, but what is a poor girl from cleveland supposed to do?) I figured it would be appropriate to take the chocolate quiz.
turns out am 'dark chocolate' even before I read the description about what this means, the categorization pleases me no end. dark chocolate is my absolutely favorite type of chocolate (hint, hint!) thank god I didn't turn out to be white chocolate I abhor that wretched impostor. personally I don't know why it is called chocolate! the vile stuff doesn't have any cocoa in it...yeah it has cocoa butter but that's just fat! sorry I digress... and I'm really sorry if you took the quiz and found out you are 'white chocolate' I'm sure you are very sweet and I'm sure I'd like you, but really chocolate???
|You are Dark Chocolate|
You live your life with intensity, always going full force.
You push yourself (and others) to the limit... you want more than you can handle.
An extreme person, you challenge and inspire the world!
picture: butterfly and bee on milkweed ~ cleveland august 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
as previously mentioned on the mouse, one thing leads to another and bookgroup soon started talking about the gnome in the marvelous movie Amélie. which of course led me to think about my adventures with a toy giraffe during one of my trips to paris. initially I was taking the giraffe to give to my nephew. every year f gets a few giraffes as advertising gimicks from one of the vendors at work. while f and I were sitting in the airport bar waiting for our connecting flight I opened my backpack and noticed the giraffe. somehow that made us start talking about amélie and her gnome. of course being the 'queen of good ideas' I thought wow wouldn't be fun to take the giraffe around with us and take pictures of it with some of the sights. who knows maybe I could turn it into a children's book. before I gave the giraffe to adam, the giraffe saw the sights of paris. later we named the giraffe gustave in honor of gustave eiffel since from a certain angle the giraffe really looks like his most famous tower.
my sweet f was initially mortified that I kept pulling gustave from my bag to set up a photo. but as we know enthusiasm is contagious, it wasn't long before f and our friends alice & keith were all swept away with the project.
in anticipation of kermit's visit and in tribute to amélie's gnome I present a few pictures from gustave's travels. who knows maybe someone is in need of a little armchair travel and will enjoy the tour!
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.
thinking of the sax leads me think about jazz and the expression of red hot jazz. unfortunately this brings me back to the weather. okay, yes it's august - it's supposed to be hot, but really now there are limits - I'm sweltering, I'm sweating, I'm seriously reconsidering my resolve to make it through the year without turning on the window unit!
cole porter said it best it's too darn hot.... here I am right back to ms mamma's post with perhaps the reason that maybe she isn't getting enough sax these days. ;)
picture: sax player as seen from atop the centre pompidou. paris, october 2005
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
what a lovely surprise to come home and find that LM, my amazingly talented and inspirational friend-I've-never met down in the land of oz, has awarded me with a 'thoughtful blogger award' - thank you LM you have made my day (if not month!)
thanks to all my cyberbuds who sent warm birthday wishes to my dad. we had a wonderful family gathering. the slide show was a success, nary a dry eye was to be found - the mix of old photos and the accompanying soundtrack of lena horne (moon river), tony bennett (fly me to the moon), and louis armstrong (blueberry hill) did the trick!
I came home with a trunk load of old slides. if we get snowed in this winter I can start on the task of converting the cream of the crop to digital files (with global climate change one doesn't know what the winter will have in store - I'm expecting I'll be going off on a rant pretty soon about the whole climate change situation and the reluctance of the u.s.a to really get with the program). ms. mamma I love the idea of incorporating some of the old pictures into a family memory quilt. although I haven't yet gotten into doing anything with the photo transfer thing-y I have been intrigued with the process for a while.
by the way, in case you were wondering, heading to the moon is much easier than you might have imagined - turns out it's near beaver!
pictures: 'godspeed,' california, 1956; highway near pittsburgh august, 2007)
special thanks to ll for tweaking the picture of my folks - you are a master!
Thursday, August 2, 2007
over the last week I've been engaged in a family-based archeology project scrounging boxes of old family photos and picture albums in order to put together a little multi-media show for dad. it's been great fun, I even had the good fortune to run across a box of slides of photos my father took during the 1960s. fortunately when it comes to digital issues, I have a technologically knowledgeable daughter who knew exactly what we needed to do to incorporate the slides into the show. we could either job it out or do it ourselves. we elected to do it ourselves, or I should say I elected to have em do it; I would help by purchasing the appropriate scanner and picking out which slides to use. so while I've been busy at my house scanning old photos (on my conventional scanner), em was been busy at her house converting the slides into jpeg files. (by the way these scanners aren't too terribly expensive and what they can do is amazing -- not only can they convert slides but they can also do negatives! ah the world of possibilities for new projects!)
my dad was born on august 3. which according to The Secret Language of Birthdays is "the day of the dangerous quest." the description for people born on this day begins: "Those born on August 3 are attracted to danger in one form or another." well what can I say, once again this book hits the nail on the head! for twenty-eight years my dad was in the navy as an a aviator. in his early navy days he was a test pilot then he graduated to be one of those guys who take off and land on aircraft carriers -- darned dangerous activities if you ask me! what a gift we have been given - my father survived all the dangers he faced and doing quite well. in honor of my dad I'll end today's post with a quote from one of his favorite books, Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Don't believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and you'll see the way to fly.