Sunday, December 18, 2005

Usually, it takes a crisis and deep distress for us to look honestly at ourselves and notice who we've become. ... via wood s lot

posted at 8:16 PM

sufficient proof that i have visited at least (and in fact only) one movie theater in the year 2005 ... i don't know about me ... i used to see many movies in movie theaters every year ... but it's not like i'm watching all that many at home on tv or dvd either ... i watch movies in pieces .. the bits of them i find on cable for twenty or thirty minutes in between doing other things ... which i guess means i don't really watch movies ... at all ... and yet ... some still matter ... and the idea of film still matters ... anyway ... i'm glad i saw this one on the big screen ... & you should too ... if it's the kind of movie you think you might like ... & if it is, then you probably will

posted at 7:37 PM


Saturday, December 17, 2005

r.i.p. john spencer

posted at 7:22 PM

off to the movies with jay today

posted at 7:21 PM


Friday, December 16, 2005

Every dollar Australians spend on new clothes as gifts consumes 20 litres (four gallons) of water and requires 3.4 square metres (37 sq feet) of land in the manufacturing process

posted at 4:00 PM


Thursday, December 15, 2005

madgeneral: Shooting in the Refuge

posted at 11:56 AM

All Things Counter: A Poem for Wendell Berry

posted at 11:53 AM


Wednesday, December 14, 2005

sometimes a person wakes up remembering everything he has ever done wrong ... he wasn't dreaming about it ... but when he starts the day he's thinking about it all ... and his eyes just won't wake up ...

the seniors are working on their ballads right now ... i've got four guys in the far corner & three of them have guitars ... lots of random strumming then a tuneful blast ... doing john betjeman's "death in leamington" ... begins she died in the upstairs bedroom .. and these four girls right here by me are working on ogden nash's "the tale of custard the dragon" ... begins belinda lived in a little white house, with a little black kitten and a little gray mouse ... so ... we've got a range ... two absent today ... i wonder if this singing project has scared them off ... it certainly would have scared me into absence back when i was in high school ... but it also would never have happened ... a simple thing like students singing in english class just didn't happen in 1967 ... at least not in all-boys jchs ... did it anywhere?

posted at 9:03 AM


Tuesday, December 13, 2005

and i just finished saying how the little drummer boy is my least favorite canonical christmas song ... pa rumm pa pum pumm ... de gustibus ... and now here it is again ... parumm ... but it always ... eventually stops

posted at 12:42 PM

last week of the quarter ... kind of ... delirious

posted at 8:02 AM


Monday, December 12, 2005

Early Child Ballads

posted at 9:54 PM

Happy Birthday, Josh!! (o captain ... my captain)

posted at 8:07 PM

from Thomas Merton ...

Discovering the contemplative life is a new self-discovery.  One might say it is the flowering of a deeper identity on an entirely different plane from a mere psychological discovery, a paradoxical new identity that is found only in loss of self.  To find one's self by losing one's self: that is part of 'contemplation.'  Remember the Gospel, 'He who would save his life must lose it'? (Matthew 16:25)

from Seeds edited by Robert Inchausti. Boston & London: Shambhala Publications, 2002. Originally published in Contemplation in a World of Action (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1971.

posted at 8:05 PM


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