Sunday, February 24, 2013

Supreme court orders light to slow down to the speed of sound

Satori dropped her spaghetti
Old milk truck, aluminum boat, motorcycle in a tree, bees rolling in crocus pollen, Ruth at the post office with 7 birthday cards to help celebrate 89 years young (doesn't look a day over 70), Ruth's purple scarf which used to belong to her mother & is only 14 years younger than she is, broken crockery, my hand's shadow petting the tree bark. So many photo opportunities. So many things flashing me that smile & saying, "I'm ready for my close-up!" So much beauty. Hurray for the Earth & all her denizens.

I read some more great books, one a novel by Laurie Frankel titled Goodbye for Now. It's set in Seattle (pay attention, Cathy) & made me laugh & cry & savor sentences & wish it wouldn't end. Yet, it was one of those books that satisfied when it ended. I've already returned it to the library, so I can't give you a pithy quote.

Also (just finished it last night) Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus, a Montanan. I found this book after picking up the "What would nature do?" winter 2013 copy of Yes! Magazine. Now I need a copy of the magazine to devour, chop up, collage. I might even sleep with it under my pillow, to see what hatches into my dreams.

Now to up the hysterical quotient. I attended a science lecture at UNCA a month or 2 ago & was treated to this quote by French feminist Luce Irigay.

“Is e=mc2 a sexed equation? Perhaps it is. Let us make the hypothesis that it is insofar as it privileges the speed of light over other speeds that are vitally necessary to us. What seems to me to indicate the possible sexed nature of the equation is not directly its uses by nuclear weapons, rather it is having privileged what goes the fastest."

I collapsed, laughing, onto the table. Good thing there was a table. Light oughta slow down a little, or maybe sound will feel bad.
 Blog alternative:

251. Read a cool magazine article & look up other work by the author.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Save the ducky! Break the lightbulb!

A couple weeks ago I checked this book out of the library & was astounded by the depth & breadth of practical knowledge. It is also laugh-out-loud funny. Only 168 pages long--including 4 pages of blurbs & a 7-page table of contents--So, You're a creative genius...{now what?} has no fat, except fat juicy wisdom. How & why did Carl King do it this way? I quote from a short section entitled kooky reduction of concepts: "...I like to keep things simple and fun. There's no need to write a page of bloated text when a bullet-point list of five ideas will do. I'm not here for an extended jam session. If you want to read a sentence again, you can just rewind your eyeballs." (& please read the last bit of that section as well, for more brilliance. In fact, please read this entire book, whether you're in a creative career or not. It will make you laugh. It will make you think. It may give you high-octane fuel & remind you how to draw your own roadmap.)

Yesterday was a delicious eyeball expedition. The ear canals & the tastebuds & the heart strings also were surprised & delighted. A Mardi Gras parade. A Rumi & Hafiz poetry reading (Hurray Daniel Ladinsky & thank you for The Purity of Desire.) Some pool at Aloft. My debut dinner at Blackbird restaurant. A walk in the rain to the Mardi Gras after-party at Pack's Tavern where I took pictures until the memory card was full & danced & was flooded with N'awlins energy. The day began with a visit to a kinda sorta church to hear some amazing music & drink coffee & devour a brilliant George Bernard Shaw quote (which was misattributed to Oscar Wilde).

"The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them."

I also wrote a haiku after they handed plastic flowers to visitors.

midwinter flowers
stop & smell the plastic
eternal bouquet

I give my friend Cathy Tenzo credit for inspiring haiku energy within me. She is writing a haiku (or 2) everyday this year. Check her out at


Blog alternative:
250. Write a haiku.