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Upper Rubber Boot prompt 20: travel
21: black and white
22: can't wait to see

I have fond memories of a morning I spent in Jacksonville almost three years ago. There were beautifully bedecked lions...

San Marco Square

...and a spice shop, where I purchased some presents, and the San Marco Bookstore, where I picked up three more gifts. (This was the road trip where I picked up Christmas stamps for that year's holiday mailing and then couldn't remember where I'd stashed them until January. This year I'm sticking with roses.) The store was having a Buy 1 Get 1 free sale, so I treated myself to Samuel Chamberlain's Bouquet de France (sixth printing August 1960), which includes both black-and-white photographs and line drawings:

Prompt 21 - black and white 21 - black and white28 - water

A painting I can't wait to see again (and unsuccessfully searched for online a few nights ago) is Irwin Hoffman's Portrait of Dorothea G. Hoffman, which hangs in the Boston Public Library's Fine Arts/Music Reading Room. It's a marvelous record of a beautiful woman, and it's been almost a decade since I last visited her (and the danger is, of course, that the painting may be rotated out by the time I next get myself to Suffolk County. Not too long ago, Cheekwood put back into a storage a painting I'd just started writing about but hadn't taken complete notes on, thinking it would be there the next time...). I keep my precious copy of the BPL reading room art list tucked inside a guidebook from Cambridge's Globe Corner store:

22 - can't wait to see

At the moment, though, I'm abandoning all my grand plans for the afternoon in favor of a nap. (Current rule of thumb: if I'm too tired to wash the dishes, I'm too tired to go out again. Plus there are mushroom bao to make...) I did sing in two services this morning, and I write about how the Gospel of Luke got me thinking about Jack Gilbert over at Vary the Line, which Mary is reviving, with contributions from me and Joanne at least once a month.
zirconium: sunflower core against the sky (sunflower sentinel)
The subject line is from Diane Ackerman's "I Praise My Destroyer," which also contains these lines:

it was grace to live
among the fruits of summer, to love by design,
and walk the startling Earth



cigarette machine
Cigarette machine, Jerusalem, 2009

Paper Hound Bookshop
Poetry machine, The Paper Hound Bookshop, Vancouver, 2013

every stationery store should have a sleepy doggie
Stationery shop, Wilmington (NC), 2012

fishing
Madison County Public Library, 2008

Paris
Paris, 2009
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from one side of the gate

August Moon day 8 prompt:
I sat outside and told my secrets to the moon. This was her reply: ....


The sun was high in the sky when I rose
and yet cannot melt
tiaras into bullets
or bullets into bedpans
or bedpans into spades

nor coax fresh fruit
from smothered seeds.

Who are you to despair
at stones not turned
and leaves no longer new

when you stand but a step
and a hinge-life away
from a sky with different answers?

from the other side of the gate

~pld


  • Both photos were taken earlier tonight.

  • I took a break between stanzas to walk some magazines around the corner. There is already the scent of burning leaves in the air.
  • zirconium: of blue bicycle in front of Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston (blue bicycle)
    August Moon Day 4 prompt: So I had a conversation with my shadow...

    IMG_0563

    ... where she asked me what kind of net
    I would want to knot
    cast
    cradle
    mend

    were time no object
    and money no limit

    men's spa/salon

    I said to her, I
    am both oil and water
    whip and trench
    slipper and shard
    caper and crutch

    Down the street

    I'll meet you at the corner
    where the wind
    has been whisking
    shreds of tealeaves
    past the lost screws
    of stray sunglasses.

    ~pld
    zirconium: of blue bicycle in front of Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston (blue bicycle rear)
    On the last day of June, I read some pages in Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times during lunch, and one with the phrase "Remember June's long days" caught my eye.

    It's titled "Try to Praise the Mutilated World," and you can read/hear it at http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/247934.


    May 2010 - trying to salvage a friend's photos after their drenching by Nashville's biggest flood:
    attempting to salvage photos

    November 2011 - Paris laundromat door:
    Paris laundromat door, 2011

    June 2015 - mushrooms in my front yard:
    mushrooms in my yard
    zirconium: tulip in my front yard, April 2014 (tulip)
    hello, tomato plant ...

    remaining indoors

    how you like it here
    inside my house
    with the lily and the peppers
    and long sips of water
    with occasional shots
    of tea and coffee

    so do I
    oh so do I




    Prompted by April Moon 15 Day 13
    zirconium: photo of squeezy Buddha on cell phone, next to a coffee mug (buddha and cocoa)
    sleet 023

    A reason to love being an adult: beginning a holiday with lasagna, salad, and half a glass of white wine.

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    This fall and winter, the sounds of a house being built across the street have filled many weekdays and most Saturdays. But not today:

    development across the street
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    ...the Titans were predictably ending their season with a whimper, and I had an errand that couldn't wait anyhow, so I picked up my camera and walked around the 'hood for a while:

    Sunday after Christmas

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    veggies are sometimes unnerving

    This Miyashige daikon radish kind of reminds me of my attempts at side plank the other day.

    hanging on

    Sep. 29th, 2014 09:51 am
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    in my kitchen
    In my kitchen this morning

    20 years!

    Sep. 23rd, 2014 01:38 am
    zirconium: tulip in my front yard, April 2014 (tulip)
    wedding
    Ann Arbor Juvenile Probate Court, 23 September 1994

    me and my sweetie

    Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, 29 August 2014
    zirconium: black pearl pepper plant at Cheekwood (black pearl pepper)
    At the moment, it is about 30 degrees F cooler than it felt three days ago. It's apparently what some of the flowers needed to emerge:

    my garden, Monday
    bachelor's button [ETA 7.3.2015: don't know what this was]

    my garden, Monday
    French marigold

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    my garden, Monday
    zirconium: snapshot of oysters enjoyed in Charleston (oysters)
    A week ago, the BYM and I walked eastward on Fort Street to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Along the way, there was a yoga studio... Read more... )
    Discovery Coffee
    zirconium: photo of squeezy Buddha on cell phone, next to a coffee mug (buddha and cocoa)
    Seen at Vancouver's Greenhorn Espresso Bar:
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    vancouver tuesday 006
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    ars longa, fungis omnis

    mushrooms sprout on the wheelbarrow
    as I sharpen
    another pencil
    zirconium: Photo of cat snoozing on motorcycle on a sunny day in Jersualem's Old City. (cat on moto)
    a slip on the tongue...

    This morning's fortune

    slivers of memory:
    grapefruit soda
    and mellow Malbecs

    Dreaming...

    time to step back
    a step away away from the wreck
    there being so much
    to learn about breathing
    before the next dive

    more moose

    Sep. 30th, 2013 07:34 pm
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    At YVR, my husband queued up for coffee and I headed to the washroom. I told him, "Meet you by the moose."

    When I found him again, he said, "You realize that at this airport, 'Meet me by the moose' is not exactly specific enough?" But he'd known which moose I meant:

    Vancouver airport

    (He also asked, "Why is the moose the only one anthropomorphized?")

    It was fun sitting by the fountain. Behind us, people studied it at length:

    Vancouver airport

    In front of us, various passersby petted the moose, the wolf, and the bear, and sometimes stopped for pictures. An older woman posed by the wolf, and then her partner slung an arm around the moose. A little girl snuggled herself into the bear as if he were a tree-cave, ready to shield her from the rain. (I didn't get that on camera, but here's a shot of the bear by himself.)

    Vancouver airport

    228 moons

    Sep. 24th, 2013 10:12 pm
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    The BYM at a moon festival on Sunday, pondering a riddle:

    man and lantern

    We celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary the next evening with beer and bbq at Dae Bak Bon Ga. Good times. :-)
    zirconium: of blue bicycle in front of Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston (blue bicycle)
    The BYM and I walked around a fair bit of downtown Vancouver yesterday. Our stops included:

  • JJ Bean: terrific chocolate croissants; a Happy Planet "Extreme Planet" juice -- I find the smiley face on the cap somewhat unnerving, but the beverage itself was fine, and it's kind of cool seeing bilingual labels everywhere); Sunday tabloids spread across the front bar; fun people-watching/story-concocting (the range included a couple of exceptionally tall, nerdish chaps; a middle-aged Asian social worker; fashionable executives (the latter African Canadian); hipsters; painters; a meter man; lots of students; an older man in shapeless shorts that were probably older than anyone currently playing for the Grizzlies; a young woman stalking by with a quart of milk; and at least two poodles with vests)


  • the Moon Festival at the Sun Yat-sen Garden. It was a low-key affair. I especially enjoyed the koi feeding, which involved a large gong and included a huge, orange 47-year-old fish named Madonna.


  • noshing and sipping at New Town (fried radish cake, oh YES), Bambo's, The Shop Vancouver, and Marutama


  • glimpses from the March for Reconciliation: a hip-hop choir; feathered cloaks and chaps; an orca mask; a sea of umbrellas

  • poking around The Paper Hound, a bookshop on Pender. Here's my sweetie in front of the science shelves:

    Paper Hound Bookshop

    more snapshots behind the cut )
  • zirconium: Photo of cat snoozing on motorcycle on a sunny day in Jersualem's Old City. (cat on moto)
    The New York Times posted an article today (to be run in tomorrow's print edition) titled "At Israeli Resort Town, Ignoring the Strife to Soak Up the Sea," by Isabel Kershner. I took a bus from Jerusalem to Eilat back in 2009:

    From Israel 2009 - set 4


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