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Thursday, July 17, 2008

This time it worked the first time!

A new slide show at AC: http://www.associatedcontent.com/slideshow/5555/the_face_of_the_wild_dragonflies_.html?cat=58 Anything in particular you'd like to see--chances are, I have something in the collection for you... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A Day at the Zoo...grrrrrrr...

When I go to the zoo, I get really irritated. Is it the people who drag unwilling toddlers up and down the trails, expecting them to be delighted with all the animals? Toddlers don't know this is a thrill--every cat and dog is an exciting critter, they don't need lions and elephants. And they don't... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Yay...! (sort of...)

The pictures have appeared, though it is hardly the sort of slideshow I intended. The photos are sharing each page with so much other stuff, it just isn't all that aesthetically pleasing. Still, I would love you to visit and tell me what you think of it. This should take you there:... Sign in to see full entry.

Greenfields, I spoke too loose in your blog...

Regarding the tribal mud paintings of dinosaurs. My daughter in the East posted a photo of a bas relief from the temples of Cambodia--not Angkor Wat, but in the same neighborhood--that was made ~1190 AD. It is clearly, unmistakeably a stegosaurus, with the wide bony back plates. Well, 18th century... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Did it again... I think.. Hey, you clever ones with computer stuff...Help!

It took me a few hours to load the pictures, to arrange them and credit and caption them... then Associated Content told me congratulations, I've published my first slide show. And gave me this link: http://www.associatedcontent.com/slideshow/5421/the_sally_garden.html If you can go there and figure... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 11, 2008

It is Tolkien Time again...

This time the challenge was to write a poem about Nimrodel. In The Lord of the Rings, there is a tale told in a poem about the elf-maid Nimrodel beside whose waterfall the Fellowship rests for a while. She and her lover wandered in Middle-earth, then parted, meaning to reunite at the sailing of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

This poem has come up in conversation here twice lately

so here it is in its entirety, a message apt when it was written on the eve of World War II and now, too. September 1, 1939 by W. H. Auden I sit in one of the dives On Fifty-second Street Uncertain and afraid As the clever hopes expire Of a low dishonest decade: Waves of anger and fear Circulate... Sign in to see full entry.

A change of pace...

I was running through some old files, and thought this might appeal... LOTHLORIEN: A Tribute to Tolkien The leaves shine like gold in the long light of autumn, adrift upon the last breath of summer, sailing, like kites cut free, taking their own sweet time to come at last to rest... Years and... Sign in to see full entry.

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.

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