Friday, August 31, 2012

gone, gonna rise again

The life of the spirit prepares the dynamic power for daily life, and, on its side, daily life encourages thought by means of ordinary work.

Maria Montessori (31 august 1870-1952), educator & philosopher 

okay, so much for getting back into the blogging groove - well, at least it hasn't been weeks or months since i last posted here on the mouse.  even though i've been pretty regular over on my other blog, the lakewood daily snap, i fear my posts and pictures haven't been very inspired this summer. oh well.  it is what it is.  

i can't believe today is the last day of august.  not considering the weather it has been a very pleasant summer .   last weekend i went off on one more wee road trip to attend a wedding in northeastern pennsylvania.

unlike the wedding of my nephew we attended this spring in florida, this wedding was very traditional.  even though it was traditional it too was a beautiful and moving. 

on the way to the wedding which took place in mcadoo, a small town located in northeastern pennsylvania.  i took a detour to a little town south of pittsburgh in order to visit the final resting place of andy warhol.  earlier this month npr featured a story about andy's grave as part of this summer's dead stop series.  

andy's birthday was august 6th, i think because it wasn't too long ago there were plenty of gifts decorating his grave.  of course, i left a little token of my respect,  however, it wasn't a can of campbell's soup or a coke bottle,instead i left two little figurines - a cat (in case you didn't know andy was cat lover extraordinaire) and the other a mouse (of course!)

the visit to the cemetery where andy is buried was the second dead stop i made this summer to visit notable dead people.  on my midwest roadtrip in july i visited a cemetery in chicago where many activists and labor leaders are buried.

on the back of emma goldman's grave it appears that graffiti is the gift that folks like to leave - not really my style, so i just left my little tokens of respect - a rose and a piece of bread, on the front face.

unfortunately i forgot to bring anything for lucy or the others buried in forest home cemetery.

while i was in mcadoo, i stopped at the cemetery where many of my pennsylania people are buried. here's a snap of the grave of my beloved paternal grandparents - next to grandpap and grandmam rest uncle joe and aunt eleanore.  i miss them all

the hot weather we had during most of the summer will be coming back today - it is expected to reach 90 degrees today here on the north coast.  i hope this will be the last hurrah for hot days.

see you in september!

happy labor day - and while you are enjoying the last long weekend of summer don't forget to give thanks to the unions and for all they have done to help make the world a better place. 

si kahn performing his song gone gonna rise again - a moving homage to his grandfather and a lovely melodic reminder to give praise to our roots. the song appears on the si's 1994 album in my heart it is a folk standard and has and has been covered by many others including john mccutcheon and the gordons.

High on the ridge above the farm I think of my people that have gone on.
Like a tree that grows in the mountain ground
The storms of life have cut them down
But the new wood springs from roots in the ground
from gone, gonna rise again, by si kahn

Friday, August 17, 2012

phenomenal cat

Une maison sans chat, c'est la vie sans soleil.

a house without a cat is a life without sun.  i don't know if julia child was the first to coin this expression but i have to agree!

continuing the celebration of julia child's 100th birthday, i wish to give a shout out on two books that are recent additions to the casa mouse library. both books celebrate child's love of cats, which is apparently is becoming the newest sub-industry in julia child mania.

the first is  julia's cats: julia child's life in the company of cats by patricia barey and therese burson.  julia's cats was released earlier this month.  the book chronicles julia's lifelong passion for cooking and cats and is filled with the most wonderful archival photographs of the cats that shared julia's long and luscious life.

the other book is aimed at children minette's feast by susanna reich and illustrated by amy bates.   this is too is a fairly new addition to the bibliography of books on julia child and cats, it came out in may 2012.  although geared toward children minette's feast is purr-fect for any cat and word-loving person.

the books opens with this delightful introduction:

Minette Mimosa McWilliams Child was a very lucky cat, perhaps the luckiest cat in all of Paris.

Day and night she could hear the bells of Sainte-Clotilde tolling the hour.

And day and night she could smell the delicious smells of mayonnaise, hollandaise, cassoulets, cheese soufflés, and duck pâtés wafting from the pots and pans of her owner, Julia Child.

But life has not always been like this for Minette.

Oh no, not at all.

and so the story begins of julia and minette.

before we move on to today's song, one more photo - it has been eons since bingo appeared on the mouse (well truth be told it's been eons since anything new has appeared on the mouse).  this snap was taken a couple days ago bingo is holding 'piggy' one of the kittens born to one of the feral cats than live here on avenue c which recently had a litter of kittens.  many of the cat loving neighbors are working on trying to tame the kittens and one of these days we'll be successful in capturing the mama cat and taking her in to get spayed.  so far we haven't had much luck with the process and the one time mama cat was successfully captured and brought in she was already pregnant - despite nursing the litter born right before this summer's brood.

the kink's lyrical and fanciful song phenomenal cat, which can be found on their 1968 album the kinks are the village green preservation society.   accompanying the song is an amusing montage of cat photos which was created by some youtube contributor named backwardsiris.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

keep on cooking

Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it. 
Julia Child (15 August 1912 - 13 August 2004) chef, author,  bon vivant

Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.
Julia Child

oh my, it has been well over a month since i posted on mouse medicine!  poor neglected mouse! it appears that ever since summer started i've been on an unplanned hiatus from the blogosphere - not only have i been absent in terms of posting here on the mouse, but i have also been horrible in terms of visiting my bloggyhood friends and neighbors.

i'm sorry!

i miss sharing my random snaps of the world around me, and i miss the regular mind mining  i engage in to come up with the typical quote and song for the day.

i could offer 1000 excuses of why i've been a negligent blogger.  but then who cares  - suffice to say life got in the way.

the last month as been full or the passions of summer.

i even satisfied my passion for travel a bit.  in mid july i took an spontaneous a road trip through parts of the midwest.  as soon as i heard about a billy bragg concert which was part of billy's woody guthrie centennial celebration in madison wisconsin i thought "why not?".   on the way to madison i stopped in chicago and visited a friend i haven't seen in seven years [although in my mind i thought it was only 5]. after the madison stop i made another pit stop in chicago to cross an item off my bucket list (visit emma goldman's grave and the haymarket martyrs memorial).  then i swung through the northern part of indiana where i had the wonderful privilege of meeting a few friends from the bloggysphere (hi tom and michael)  and the  world of fb (hi cheryl, and terry) - all friends i've never met, but have known.....such a era we live in!

after indiana i jogged north to meet up with alice - a friend i met the old fashioned way - face-to-face on our very first day of college orientation thirty-nine years ago!   we met at alice's mother's home near the shore of lake michigan to attend what looks like might be becoming an annual summer pilgrimage - the krasl art fair.

after michigan, i've been back in cleveland and my summer continues to be filled with other summer  passions  - such as festivals, food, music, and friends  - often all at the same time....and work.

now the challenge is after such a long bloggy break can i get back into the rhythm?

well, i'll give it a go - after all my photo stash grows daily and i like having an outlet where i can share some of my favorite images of what i encounter as i wander through our world.

today's photos were taken a few years ago when i visited the julia child's kitchen which was once on display at the smithsonian museum in washington, d.c.  now it can be viewed through the virtual reality of cyberspace. 

in case anyone missed the date by julia's name after the first quote - today is the centennial of julia's birth!  2012 - a year with a summer with the 100th birthday's of two of my lifelong heros and cultural icons - woody guthrie on july 14th and julia child on august 15!

 this just in: in celebration of julia's 100th birthday a wonderful remixed mashup of julia on cooking for the pbs digital studios (by melodysheep)