The National Park Service's Instagram account. Quirky captions, cute animals, and stunning scenery—what more could you want? The Dawn Wall documentary on Netflix. It's on par with Free Solo (a November 2018 favorite) but different. I'm still wondering how two absolutely stellar climbing documentaries came out in the same autumn about the same mountain rock … Continue reading March 2019 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?
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
I met him in a Rite Aid parking lot in Durango, Colorado. He was wearing a purple shirt with the small insignia of “Kansas State” in the middle of the chest right below the buttons. He had a round, white wrinkled face and a balding blonde head. He hunted bullfrogs for fun. His name was … Continue reading Kenny
Free Solo. Alex Honnold's free solo ascent of El Capitan is one of the greatest athletic accomplishments in human history. This New York Times opinion piece sums it up pretty well. Below Deck, a reality TV show on Bravo (so u kno it's juicy) about the crew that works on super yachts. Season 3 is … Continue reading November 2018 Favorites
What of those things that move me? Like the defiant panache of Hamilton A precocious intellect, no doubt Brought back to life by that fastidious historian And that fearsomely fantastic composer What of those things that move me? Like direct orders from Anis Mojgani To shake the dust and Rock the fuck out What of … Continue reading What of those things that move me?