I got the idea for monthly favorites from YouTube "influencers". They post their favorite things at the end of each month, which are typically products like makeup, workout gear, snacks, tech, and clothing. Their monthly favorites are usually things. While my monthly favorites sometimes include products I enjoy, I make a conscious effort to include … Continue reading Why do you post your monthly favorites?
I don't do this blog for attention. I don't do it to "create content". I don't do it for likes, I don't do it for views, I don't do it for followers. My doing of this blog, my writing, is not necessarily going to solve anything. It's not driven by logic. No creative pursuit is … Continue reading Why do you do this blog?
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World By Peter Wohlleben 251 pages, Greystone Books Ltd., Vancouver/Berkeley 2016 Originally published in Germany in 2015 as Das geheime Leben der Bäume A conversation in the 2009 film Avatar distills a central theme about two conflicting relationships towards nature. In the … Continue reading The Secret Life of Trees
Pottery. I took my first pottery class in January and fell in love!! Here is my first achievement—a geometrically-painted cup! I have happily continued classes and been mesmerized by potters on YouTube. This old interview between Elizabeth Gilbert and Marie Forleo. This old interview between Cheryl Strayed and Marie Forleo. The New York Times Op-Doc … Continue reading February 2019 Favorites
A Response to the (Opinion) Article: “How We Destroy Lives Today” by David Brooks, The New York Times David Brooks is right: political polarization is no longer about the issues. It’s about rushing to judgments “powered by crude prejudice and social stereotyping” and expounding on those judgments with a megaphone on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. … Continue reading More Than a Moment
O velvet patch of lustrous green Royal carpet of the forest Lush bedding of the water bears You are a demure vision Of subtlety and grace. O verdant, understated pride Community in miniature. Your concept of time Trounces the meagerness of humans'! Awash in moisture: A turgid, vibrant felt. Devoid of water: A lesson in … Continue reading Ode to Moss
On the metro, me and you. Two eggs in a traincar carton. I read my book, you watch your video. You lean over, still watching. I lean over, still reading. We meet halfway, and connect with a temple kiss. ◊
Lizzo's new song "Juice". Bump it at max level. The stories of promising millennials (who are probably psychopaths) disgraced by committing fraud à la Billy McFarland and Elizabeth Holmes. OK—they aren't my favorites per se, but the level of deception and delusion followed by a deservedly swift downfall makes for a stunning, whirlwind plot. I … Continue reading January 2019 Favorites
To do this, You need silence. A peaceful place to think. Only through silence Your words bubble to the surface. Deep attention to the craft With the assistance of silence And you've got the makings Of a masterpiece. ◊
Here we are Just intelligent primates Packed on a high-speed moving train Like a carton of eggs. ◊