New York, New York

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Barracudasauroides panxianensis MHNT Chine Skullmy mother had many sayings, such as ‘going to hell in a handbasket’. recently i encountered another: ‘doomy but not gloomy’. however, whether you perceive the world going to hell in a handbasket or things as doomy depends on whether your specs are grey or rose-coloured or wherever on the spectrum. sure, there are some terrible things happening–don’t want to sugarcoat that–but they have for centuries. some things aren’t rosy, but it hardly sounds like doom. A Rock cut Seated Buddha Statue at Bojjannakonda, Visakhapatnam Districtstill, whatever the future holds, even if the world is going to hell in handbasket, it doesn’t help to be gloomy about it. actually, even in the face of adversity, people can be incredibly generous. also, i may be overly focused on the near future. maybe i should strive for a buddhist attitude, like be here now. but in the far-distant future, given that we regularly refer to fossils millions of years old, what’ll be *our* fossil record?

Music

Empire state building taken with an LG ChocolateSongs about New York City. (No, not that one. Not Sinatra (who’s not from New York) singing about the city that never sleeps.) Last week, I featured Simon & Garfunkel. I just watched a video of fellow New Yorkers The Manhattan Transfer (Boy From New York City). I knew there was a reason I don’t listen to The Manhattan Transfer much.
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I prefer this: Simon & Garfunkel’s The Only Living Boy In New York.1740 Broadway Building in New York City

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Manhattan-01Or this: Billy Joel’s New York State Of Mind. (Joel’s also from New York.) Know any others?

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Billie Holiday 0001 originalApril 7th was the birthday of Billie Holiday (1915-1959, not from New York though). One of her most famous songs, Strange Fruit (about lynched bodies hanging from a tree), ‘became a staple of her live act. It was always her last song, and right beforehand, the club would stop serving, quiet everyone, and put a spotlight on Holiday. Her performance of Strange Fruit became a sensation, and the record became her biggest seller. In 1999, Time magazine named Strange Fruit the “song of the century.” ‘

Elias Gottlob Haussmann [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsJS Bach (definitely not from New York–you can tell by his accent), The 3rd Brandenburg Concerto, one of my favourites.

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GlennGould-TorontoBach’s French Suite No. 5, one of Cady’s favourites, here played by Glenn Gould. (tx, cm)

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Weather Report 19810611 shinjuku fn23Weather Report wrote Birdland, their biggest hit. Birdland is a famed jazz club in New York. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.

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Manhattan TransferThe Manhattan Transfer, Birdland. While Weather Report is not from New York, The Manhattan Transfer is. The Manhattan Transfer got a Grammy for their version. Weather Report and The Manhattan Transfer once did Birdland together.

Tuesday, 2015 April 7

American bison k5680-1watched a park for all seasons (grasslands), the agenda (our brains and ourselves), and how to build a planet (constructing the cosmos).

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Mexico Monarch ButterfliesMonarch larvae appear to feed exclusively on milkweeds in the genus Asclepias and several other genera of viny milkweeds in North America…. Habitat destruction has reduced their range and numbers.’

monarchs-from-monarchwatch.orgGardening for butterflies and pollinators has become an increasingly popular and sophisticated activity over the last 15 years.’ See the article for a list of plants attractive to butterflies and pollinators.

Onage monarch butterfly danaus plexippusIf you already are an experienced gardener and want to expand your knowledge of plants and provide a more productive habitat for native pollinators, you might consider adding native plants to your garden…. There are flowers that predominantly attract hummingbirds, swallowtail butterflies and some large moths, while others attract numerous bee species and yet others attract butterflies, moths and even flies and beetles [again, see the article for a list]. If your garden contains a good mix of such plants, it can be a lively and very interesting place indeed (and don’t worry about the bees they will be too busy collecting nectar and pollen to sting).’

Wednesday, 2015 April 8

Wild Lily Blooming along Dog Lake Trail at Kootenay National Parksusan read to me about the wood lily.

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Thursday, 2015 April 9

W.B. Yeats (6435353487)read the etymologies of ‘fraught‘ and ‘fright‘. (‘fraught’ and ‘fright’ have different origins.) watched a doc about yeats (pictured). played scrabble.
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shells1-from-cnet

From CNET: ‘If you’ve ever collected seashells on the beach, you’ll have gathered up all kinds–some patterned and shiny, some white and dull, stripped of all colour, pattern and gloss by the tumble of waves rolling the shell across the sand…. [Ancient] shells in visible light (top), [their colours restored in] UV light (middle) and with colours reversed (bottom)’. (tx, nm via cm)
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Friday, 2015 April 10

Canada_Goose-from-wc‘It’s hard to believe but at one point the Canada goose came close to extinction. But thanks to Jack Miner [1865-1944] … this bird was saved! National Wildlife Week was proclaimed by Parliament in 1947, and every year it falls during the week of April 10, Jack Miner’s birthday.’ (tx, sh)

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national sibling day–our kids: chloe, cady, wes (karen too); my siblings: peggy, christopher. (tx, cm)

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Saturday, 2015 April 11

nixneonicsLots in my inbox, including one about Ontario’s proposed restrictions on neonicotinoids (neonics) and another about Ontario using hydro (instead of a costly and problematic rebuild at the Darlington nuclear power station). Oh, and one about carbon pricing in Canada.

Cattails in the Evergladeswatched docs about the everglades and the irish landscape.

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Sunday, 2015 April 12

Macrotermes bellicosus minor soldierbeauty day! outside prepping the garden. scrabble. when darkened, watched the secret of savannah online.

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Monday, 2015 April 13

tonto-from-iamalaser.comrainy afternoon. read about the TONTO synthesizer. in the evening, watched meet the romans (streetlife).

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