Tuesday, 2014 May 27
• db came by. we caught up after winter’s hiatus and played some chess.
• played scrabble with km and her mom. chatted with nk. later, sue and i watched the agenda (north ontario) and discussed home renovations.
Reading/listening to ‘A Supermarket in California‘ by Allen Ginsberg
‘What thoughts I have of you tonight Walt Whitman, for I walked down the sidestreets under the trees with a headache self-conscious looking at the full moon….’ (more)
Ginsberg died years ago. Maya Angelou died today.
‘Phenomenal Woman‘ by Maya Angelou
‘Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies…’ (more—tx, sh and cm)
• sue had dental done.
she fixed the lamp.
the habs lost.
Consider Jean Vanier: ‘Self-service is the worst of inventions. There we are, all with our own tray, own little bottle of wine, own little sachets of sugar, salt and pepper. It’s terrible to assume that everyone is going to eat and drink a standard quantity, and do it alone into the bargain. How much more human to have a nice big bottle from which everyone can pour as much as they want, and one nice big dish so that everyone can make sure that the others have what they need. Then meals are no longer a solitary and egotistical business but a time when each person shares and loves.’
David Suzuki writes: ‘Because we enjoy relatively pure air, clean water and healthy food systems, Canadians sometimes take the environment for granted…. Some see climate change as a distant threat, if they see it as a threat at all. But the scientific evidence is overwhelming: climate change is here, and unless we curb behaviours that contribute to it, it will get worse, putting our food, air, water and security at risk. A recent White House report confirms the findings of this year’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment report, and concludes global warming is a clear and present danger to the U.S.’ (more…)
• working on a poem about arne næss, founder of deep ecology, chaining himself to the mardalsfossen waterfalls to protest its development. the protest didn’t stop its development. the water falls only during the summer tourist season. else, it’s channelled through turbines.
York prof Mark Winfield writes, ‘With the 2014 election platforms of all four major parties now published, those looking for inspiration and new ideas around the environmental and economic challenges facing Ontario are likely to be disappointed. The colour of this election is definitely not green – a greyish-brown might be more appropriate.’ (more…) (tx, sh)
One of the issues is where does Ontario get its power from? The Ontario Clean Air Alliance (publishers of No Nukes News) wants your help to ‘make nukes an election issue. Vote for clean low-cost water power from Quebec.’ (more…) Aaahhh, water and turbines…. (tx, sh)
Talking about clean air, Canadians must ‘make moves to cut its carbon emissions before it’s too late, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu told reporters in Fort McMurray. “Only those who don’t want to listen, only those who want to be blind can’t see that we are sitting on a powderkeg,” he said Friday. “If we don’t do something urgently, quickly, we won’t have a world.” ‘ (more…) (tx, sh)
Saturday, 2014 May 31
‘He’s just a bird, true, but he flies about 20,000 miles a year, bucking headwinds, and dodging storms – a death-defying trip he has been making for at least 21 years.’ (good read, more…) (tx, sh and km)
About Yeats’ poem ‘Easter, 1916‘, Ange Mlinko writes, ‘Time is deep, he seems to say: take the long view. A true poem, like life itself, is not a political cause—even a just one. To make it so is to be “enchanted to a stone” and fix it in one moment. In the end, “Easter, 1916” is less of a political poem than an elegy. We read it because it is, in the strange way poems are, alive. And by naming, it animates the dead in turn.’
• watched the sunset, through the trees, above the suburban roofs. ‘making contact’ (below) is my earworm. later, i turned off the light, rolled outside, took a look at the stars. caught a glimpse of the way things are.
A blast from the past. My favourite song of theirs. Probably their biggest hit. The one we heard this morning that started this whole thing off. (for sh, who perhaps missed some of the best new wave stuff; though watching and listening to ‘peter pumpkinhead’, maybe i did too.)
My earworm, from Get Up, Stand Up:
‘You see, most people think great God will come from the sky
Take away everything and make everybody feel high
But if you know what life is worth, you would look for yours on earth’
• sue and oscar are back! in t-o, sue went to a great coffee shop. according to this how-to video of theirs, ‘steeping and filtering is the best and easiest way to brew coffee at home,’ .