Loosely Speaking

Thursday, July 10, 2008

How did we get to this point?

TAPS asked this, in her comment in the previous post. It's the essential question, if we are ever to turn it around, make a return to the world where most people are respectful to one another, live with a regard for health, and value things of real substance. I think the initial turn-around started... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

It isn't just that we over-eat...

Our attitudes about food are a secondary problem: the first problem is the national attitude about indulgence. As if the best thing we can do for those we care about, including ourselves, is indulge the most childish of impulses and desires. We are a nation of dysfunctional children, our deepest... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

National obsession, national insanity

TAPS wrote today about our cultural/national obsession with eating. We eat because we want to. We might eat sometimes because we are hungry, but more often it is because we are bored, or lonely or suffering from some other kind of emotional hunger. There is great gratification in eating: flavors and... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Against the Pane

I had not thought to love again with that dizzy daffy joy of joining at the heart and hand and sometimes hip-- I had believed I beat that beast, that hunger, that despair and disappointment when connection fails. I did believe that I no longer cared: Immunity attained, myself now proof against the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 6, 2008


I was thinking about this, and then Shelly blogged about it... One, long,long ago, when I was in college--that's how long!--I was really sick with the flu, and lived alone then, so was in bed for about 3 or 4 days without company. In those few days I had the radio on a lot, and suddenly (and just... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

It's Canada Day!

There is an illusion that Canada is somehow like the little sister--or maybe more like the dowdy older sister of brash, vivacious, agressive USA! Like the sisters in Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen) Maybe it is not that far from the mark, considering how much the older sister actually has on the... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Paleolithic Tregizmo

A friend of mine recently posted a poem on the theme of a stone age hunt, that made reference to the exigencies of winter. I was stirred by his imagery to carry on the story... Wind rises, the sun is pale; Leaves go brilliant and finally pall; Wise creatures burrow deep seeking the peace and safety... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Smartasses everywhere!

A friend sent me this a few moments ago... After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a "gripe sheet," which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Housekeeping by accident

All I wanted was to get some frames out of the way. I've been saling on the weekends... garage saling! It's a great source for really nice frames for photos. Many aren't suitable, but there are a few very nice ones for a couple of dollars or less... Also, frame shops and stores with frame... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Do you know mushrooms?

I never ever eat a mushroom I am not 100% sure of... and these, that have been popping up in my yard, I am not sure of. I am hoping someone in Blogitland can give me some clues to name these. I posted photos of a mystery mushroom which I thought might be amanita over in Davy's blog,... Sign in to see full entry.

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