The Contrast

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i like quiet places. always have. guess partly cuz i grew up in the country, not the city. when i was able-bodied i preferred marshes to fast-water when canoeing. now i like graveyards. there’s one near here, with shady trees towering over headstones. it’s not some morbid thing in me. i’m not fascinated by ghouls. i just like peace and quiet. there *is* a grade school nearby (called ‘huron park’) and sometimes i hear the kids (must be recess), but i like the contrast between noisy kids and quiet dead–quiet in this world at least. also nearby are suburbs, and sometimes i hear lawnmowers. working on *that* contrast. i also like the historical aspect. you know, dates on gravestones. and there are freshly planted flowers. not on the site of someone who just died, for i checked out a freshly gardened gravesite, expecting a recent death. this guy’s been dead for years! and his is not the only gardened plot. but eventually, the older the grave the fewer the flowers. history and gardening. flowers today, headstones forever.

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American jazz musician and composer Miles Davis (1926 - 1991) playing the trumpet. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

Human Song:

Jazz24.org’s top one hundred tracks.

#72. Miles Davis, Milestones.

chickadeeBird Song: Chickadee.

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humpback_whale1Whale Song: Humpback (with narration by David Attenborough).

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mr bachMr. Bach Comes To Call, Prelude In C.

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jean carignan-ekl_266_1_frontJean Carignan, Lord Gordon’s Reel.

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St.-Hildegard-of-BingenHildegard Von Bingen, Heaven And Earth.

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elvis costelloElvis Costello And The Attractions, Pump It Up (tx, sh).

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frazeyFrazey Ford, September Fields (tx, hp).

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focus-hocus-pocus-singerFocus, Hocus Pocus (tx, tk).

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Mendelssohn-Felix-12Mendelssohn, Hora Est–Te Deum–Ave Maria.

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Be-Good-Tanyas-nt05The Be Good Tanyas, The Junkie Song.

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Monday, 2016 June 6

irish elkwatched the agenda (cultural evolution, a cure for food allergies, ten questions about australia) and extinct (the irish elk).

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Tuesday, 2016 June 7

Archives of American Art - Arshile Gorky - 3044Arshile Gorky (1904-1948).

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Margaret TrudeauNewly married in 1971 and revamping the menu at 24 Sussex, Margaret Trudeau writes, ‘I was a foodie before the term was invented…. I baked bread and cooked international cuisine. I served raw vegetables at state receptions (which raised eyebrows). I raised the alarm on cigarette smoke and fought the use of pesticides. These stands are now seen as progressive and are taken for granted; they weren’t then.’ Changing My Mind, 71.

Soviet-cosmonauts1they were cleaning the roaster at grounded coffee; nevertheless, we got our coffees. watched cosmonauts (1945-1966).

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Wednesday, 2016 June 8

majestic-nature-wallpaper-1680x1050tried watching The Best Of Majestic Nature, but without narration it was just pretty pictures (like this one), so we switched to something more factual: the agenda (shedding light on dark stuff, delving ever deeper into space, the brain prize).

AVT_Louise-Erdrich_447It’s the birthday of writer Louise Erdritch, who said, ‘The point of books is to have way too many but to always feel you never have enough, or the right one at the right moment.’

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Thursday, 2016 June 9

Guerrilla-knitting-in-sheungwan-has-escalated.-From-railing-covers-its-now-an-entire-phonebox-payphoThe Wordlady explores uses of ‘guerrilla’ (not ‘gorilla’), such as guerrilla knitting, which is ‘street art consisting of colourful knitted or crocheted items and motifs attached to public objects and monuments; the action of decorating objects or monuments in this way; cf. yarn bombing.’
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community_gardens-from-usask-cachloe cleaned her room and found my birthday present, the upside of down. reading the svg filter and why it is awesome. pretty humbling. pulled weeds at the community gardens. pretty humbling
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Friday, 2016 June 10

the upside of downThe rise and fall of Rome ‘hinted that–in the sweep of time–all our striving and building and all our passion about issues of the day are almost wholly inconsequential; that when viewed across thousands of years, even our most prodigious achievements will seem ephemeral…. Most sensible adults avoid such thoughts.’ The Upside Of Down, 5.

Keewatin 01susan took adrian and mary to the ss keewatin in the morning, rhonda to the king’s wharf theatre in the evening, and vivian somewhere else in the afternoon. i worked on art off and on thruout the day.

Saturday, 2016 June 11

the upside of down‘To help us recognize the signs and prepare for breakdown is a central purpose of this book…. If breakdown is to have an upside–and I fervently believe it can–we have to work to develop a wide range of scenarios…. You can join me in this conversation at www.theupsideofdown.com.’ The Upside Of Down, 21.
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DSC 6304 1 72 - Sparrow Commencing Flightwatched earth: a new wild (water) and the nature of things (songbirds sos).

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Sunday, 2016 June 12

the upside of down‘Indeed, [when you think about it,] in any complex society, those of us who aren’t farmers are essentially parasites on those who grow the sources of energy–the grain, vegetables, fruit, and meat–that keep our bodies running.’–The Upside Of Down, 32.

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alastair greecewatched birth of europe (collision) and treasures of ancient greece (the age of heroes).

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