Sunday, January 02, 2005
Magazine: starring Ernie Pook's Comeek by Lynda Barry
is lynda's birthday... why do i not visit this site more often...
lynda barry is some kind of minor goddess... of the comix variety...
Saturday, January 01, 2005
funny... i had my palm... well... whole
hand... read the other night... but can't seem to remember anything
that was said... though at the time i noted to myself that it
was all pretty accurate... and a nice way to be able to tell people
what you think about them... she kept saying something like o...
yr on yr very best behavior tonight... and i was...
Picks: THE BEST OF 2004: Great Books for Children and Young Adults
...In an age when I feel such anxiety
about the wisdom of our leaders and the long-term sustainability
of the planet we all call home, I am so thankful to the authors
and publishers of children's and Young Adult books. For the words
in those books will help bring wisdom, tolerance, and understanding
to the teens and tweens who will be tomorrow's leaders.
my eyes are not really blue as that picture
down there shows... something untoward happened in the processing...
i just filled out an information
sheet for the event of my sudden and eventual expiration... seems
so many carmelites have passed on lately that the front office
is trying to get a grip on the whole process... asked for the
name of a local carmelite who knows me and my papers and possessions
well enough to handle their disposition... i'm not sure there
is one... who would ever understand and appreciate where this
or that book... pot... stone... must/should go? who'd ever care
about these ancient notebooks? bundles of letters... from back
in the day when people actually sent them...
they also asked for a picture... i know they don't
have any of me... so i send a copy of my most recent school picture...
which is pretty bad but not completely bad... if you stare at
it long enough... but it won't be bearded... will i be... then?
so i did just that... listened to the
penderecki... and thought about fragile life and the brutalities...
then put on the morrison... do you know it... astral weeks
timeless melancholy truth and hope in the tune...
i will jump into the semester exams right now...
and am considering a beard again... hoping
much peace and love and energy for the great work of our new year
Friday, December 31, 2004
i've been listening to artie shaw (1910-2004)
all day... the excellent "last recordings" from 1954...
i've been counting the last posts of quarter two... i've been
reading sonnet papers... one set to go... then tomorrow i jump
into the semester exams... and we'll see what we see...
this evening i'll "celebrate"
the passing of this muchly rotten old year with a careful listen
to penderecki's "threnody to the victims of hiroshima"...
chased by... what... astral weeks?
may yr own new year be full of grace...
Thursday, December 30, 2004
PARK PARAKEETS (Myiopsitta monachus)
mostly to Argentina and Brazil, one finds it strange how birds
accustomed to a more temperate environment could survive the harsh,
blustery winters of Chicago, especially next to Lake Michigan.
According to research done at the University of Chicago parakeets
were first spotted in Hyde Park in 1973.
park monk parakeets
estimates, Hyde Park's monk parakeet population has grown to about
200, with 80 nests perched on power transformers and in the trees
of Parrot Park and of Washington Park. He predicts they will be
flying all over the continental United States within the next
two decades. So far-in at least six other states, including New
York and Florida- they have inexplicably chosen parklands, suburban
lawns, and backyards with birdfeeders over croplands. 'I previously
thought the monk parakeets should be controlled because an introduced
species is almost always bad for its new environment,' Pruett-Jones
says. 'But now I believe they are sufficiently benign in the habitats
where they now occur. They're not a pest, and they don't compete
with a native species.'
just back from 24 hours visiting friends
in hyde park... building steam for the final assault on quarter/semester
grades... st. thomas the apostle church is just wonderful... gorgeous
even... i didn't have my camera with me... but i will... one day
soon i hope...
a stroll down 57th street earned us a couple or three hours in
powell's bookstore...where i netted:
chart by j. ashbery (noonday)
to do: a
book of alphabets and birthdays by g. stein (green integer)
bestiary or the parade of orpheus by g. apollinaire
changing works: visions of a lost
agriculture by d. harper (chicago)
world by k. koch (knopf)
a-z by m. hussey (oxford)
for a rattling low price... now... the time to read them will
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
well it's settled... 5:25 appears to
be the time... now i just need to figure the traffic this time
of day... but there's no figuring... if i'm out of here by 5...
well... things will happen somehow... sooner or later... and it's
not way too cold for dom to be perched out by the curb at o'hare...i
but now the details page is offering
an 8:57pm arrival... if that is correct... the evening is blown...
dom and i were sposed to visit a party tonight... o well... hang
Airlines - Flight Summary
Operated as UNITED FOR TED
Tue, Dec 28
Actual: 8:44 PM
Tue, Dec 28
Estimated: 5:25 PM
Baggage claim: 14
huh?... sure... the plane is IN FLIGHT... but it
departs at 8:44pm and arrives at 5:25pm... this makes perfect
New York Times > International > Americas > The Food
Chain | Survival of the Biggest: Supermarket Giants Crush Central
(free registration required)...Across
Latin America, supermarket chains partly or wholly owned by global
corporate goliaths like Ahold, Wal-Mart and Carrefour have revolutionized
food distribution in the short span of a decade and have now begun
to transform food growing, too.
megastores are popular with customers for their lower prices,
choice and convenience. But their sudden appearance has brought
unanticipated and daunting challenges to millions of struggling,
The stark danger
is that increasing numbers of them will go bust and join streams
of desperate migrants to America and the urban slums of their
own countries. Their declining fortunes, economists and agronomists
fear, could worsen inequality in a region where the gap between
rich and poor already yawns cavernously and the concentration
of land in the hands of an elite has historically fueled cycles
of rebellion and violent repression.
Monday, December 27, 2004
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