Rumours Of Glory

Music

signal_0304104304940_16x9_620x350-from-cbclast week i featured tiny desk–this week, the signal, with songs such as bing and ruth’s and then it rained.

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saltwater-daughteror saltwater daughter by lydia mainville.

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cirrus-by-bonoboor cirrus by bonobo.

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nickel-creekheard this on a newgrass stream, but it sounds more celtic.

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bc-rumours-of-glory-1981my earworm–bruce cockburn’s song rumours of glory, which is also the title of his memoirs–i’ll read it next.

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baker-evansChet Baker and Bill Evans.

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Doc_Watson-from-wpDoc Watson, Shady Grove.

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Tuesday, 2015 May 19

Milkweed_Asclepias_syriaca_Plant_2000px-from-wc‘Research should be conducted as to what species are prevalent in your area, and what plants [butterflies] prefer to nectar on. Depending on your zone, some butterfly attracting plants include: sunflowers, marigolds, poppies, cosmos, salvias, asters, coreopsis, daisies, verbenas, milkweed (pictured–especially for the Monarch butterfly, whose caterpillars feed solely on this plant), and the butterfly bush (also called buddleia)’.

Wednesday, 2015 May 20

basil-and-spaghetti-squash-bakelooking up basil recipes, such as tomato basil spaghetti squash bake.

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Thursday, 2015 May 21

nature-by-design

Eric Higgs dedicates his book, Nature By Design, to ‘the Society for Ecological Restoration, an organization in which activists rub shoulders with scientists, theory meets action, and hope overtakes despair.’ He observes that ‘restoration is coming to serve as a new metaphor for our relations with natural things.’ But, he wonders, is restoration threatening to displace preservation and conservation? Furthermore, is ‘our confidence about restoration exaggerated?’

Blue and red doors (256704837)i got up early and found this poem waiting by the door for fresh air.

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vanier1-by-?-from-van-sunVanier writes, ‘It is always good for individuals, communities and indeed nations, to remember that their present situation is a result of the thousands of gestures of love or hate that came before. This obliges us to remember that the community of tomorrow is being born of our fidelity to the present. We discover that we are at the same time very insignificant and very important because each of our actions is preparing the humanity of tomorrow’.

The_Social_Animal_(David_Brooks_book)

Erica was troubled. She knew that her husband Harold ‘would never be an earthshaking titan like Mr. Make-Believe. But he was humble and good and curious. And with his disparate curiosities and research frenzies, he was engaged in the most important search, the search to find meaning in his life. People like that are worth staying close to. In any case, he was hers. Over the course of many years they had become intertwined,… and the answer to any malaise was going deeper into it’.

 Friday, 2015 May 22

gardening-from-wpAnother poem by Marge Piercy, this one nominally about gardening.

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Richard-Rohr_home-view-from-cacRichard Rohr writes, ‘It is ironic that you must go to the edge to find the center. But that is what the prophets, hermits, and mystics invariably know. Only there were they able to live in a way that was not grasping at the superficial or protecting the surface of things, but falling into the core and center of their own souls and their own experiences.’ don’t we carry edges and centres with us always, no matter where we go?

crossroads-from-noacheinthesoulUsually, David Suzuki’s posts are solely informational. But once in a while, you can take action. He writes, We ‘are at a crossroads [about the nature of our villages, towns, and cities.]. One path leads to continued low-density, sprawling urban expansion, with endless pavement, long commutes and traffic jams, and the high social and ecological costs of wasteful forms of urban design. The other path ends sprawl by creating compact, higher-density communities with mid-rise housing and access to public transit, bike paths and walking trails, surrounded by precious farmland and green spaces like Ontario’s renowned greenbelt. What kind of cities do you want?’

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people-vs-oil-selfie-500px-from-savethearctic.orgTaylor, Candace, Victor, Micheal, Robert, and Audrey, the first all-Indigenous delegation to sail with Greenpeace, write, ‘Arctic oil coming down the West Coast and expanded tar sands operations … equal increased supertanker traffic. Greenpeace Canada and First Nations allies oppose both’.

Saturday, 2015 May 23

Ifs2‘Though the term [‘the butterfly effect‘, ie, chaos theory] dates back to 1972, the concept actually predates [Edward] Lorenz’s discovery. Science fiction writers had been playing around with the idea [where]… the hero goes back in time and makes some seemingly insignificant choice that ends up changing the course of history.’

The_Social_Animal_(David_Brooks_book)today, i broke my glasses; i finished the social animal while susan did highway cleanup with the field naturalists, then took oscar to the vet. bj here. here’s an example of brooks’ acerbic wit: ‘it is a law of human nature that the more you concentrate [wealthy men over seventy] in one happy pack, the more each of them will resemble donald trump.’ p.363.
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Sunday, 2015 May 24

cedar-waxwingCedar waxwing (tx, sh).

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plant-from-wp

reading about wheelchairs. susan sometimes buys organic plants in compostable containers. watched harlots, housewives, and heroines (housewives) and passionate eye (last call at the oasis).

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Monday, 2015 May 25

pugapoo puppys to dentist. looking for dietary wheat bran alternatives, such as lignin? reading about wheelchairs and pugapoos. played scrabble. watched the agenda (reforming islam? part 1).

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Richard-Rohr_home-view-from-cacRohr: ‘Reality is always in process, and fully participatory; it is love itself, and not a mere Platonic world, an abstract idea, or a static, impersonal principle.’

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