Sunday, June 11, 2006
another reading of wb's A Place on Earth
... part 1 of
aplit summer reading ... & motivated by Old Jack to get my hands
in some dirt i dug around in one of our front walk plots & dropped
in the remainder of nasturtium seeds ... there's some plastic
sheeting in there & i'm too lazy to rip it all out ... sliced
it up good though ... so ... we'll see what grows ...
Saturday, June 10, 2006
reminds me what a very good year 1986
was for music ... or maybe it's just that i've got lots of memories
tied up in those tunes
Friday, June 09, 2006
Thursday, June 08, 2006
doe & faun
stuck in the yard between the priory and the school ... until
the lights go down ... then they slip away from us ...
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
to read joseph duemer'sReading & Writing
more often ...not only has he just discovered ray
johnson and how to draw a bunny
... but he has just clued
me in to a new leonard cohen (produced/written) album blue
... so ... remember
... conversations with myself
... a real good thing
watch: on the walk & elsewhere ... o the usual rabbits & squirrels
... chipmunks, finches, redwings, robins ... some coyote reports
but no sightings ... and a wonderful dearth of skunks lately ...
and then there are the deer ...
i'm just a little spooked by reports from downstate of deer attacking
people ... but two days ago dom & i were in the back range of
our trail & came across a deer right in the path ... as we approached
it just stood & stared ... when we clapped it jumped high like
an arch into the field but didn't keep going ... stood, stared
& moved back to the road ... so we retreated ... and then this
morning two deer at a different spot but right on the path ...
they also were quite reluctant to give ground ...
then there's the big rose bush in the garden ...
munched & munched ...
nice lunch & conversation with the kaisers ... good talk about
L49 & other stuff ...
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
that here on silly 6.6.06 i should find myself reading jack welch's
chapter in The Carmelite Way
on "Visions and Voices"
wherein he considers the nature of such in the experience and
writing of john of the cross and teresa of avila ... he notes
this from teresa's Life
was once in an oratory and he [the devil] appeared to me in an
abominable form at my left side. Because he spoke to me, I looked
particularly at his mouth--which was frightening. It seemed that
a great flame, all bright without shadow, came forth from his
body. He told me in a terrifying way that I had really freed myself
from his hands but that he would catch me with them again. I was
struck with great fear and blessed myself as best I could; he
disappeared, but returned right away. This happened to me twice.
I didn't know what to do. There was some holy water there, and
I threw it in that direction; he never returned again.
jack goes on to say of teresa
... She learned that the
real demonic is found in our own attachments to what is contrary
to God and God's will. The devils are powerful, she learned, only
when we are being a devil to ourselves, when we are in contradiction
with ourselves. But those who embrace the cross and serve God
have nothing to fear. She concluded, "I don't understand
these fears, 'The devil! The devil!', when we can say 'God!' 'God!',
and make the devil tremble." As a matter of fact, those who
feared the devil frightened her more than did the devil.
a pretty good book ... The
Carmelite Way: An Ancient Path for Today's Pilgrim
Paulist Press ...
Monday, June 05, 2006
the thirtieth year of my teaching life ... after a morning of
fiddling around over grades ... pulling posters off the walls
... even the bob posters ... even the bob posters ... shuffling
most evidence of me out of sight ... dancing my computer cart
down to room 605 ... it's done ...
still got to wrestle some books out of the way tomorrow ... but
it's done ... and along with a bit of relief and that tiny thought
of freedom with all these unscheduled days of june, july and a
bit of august stretched out before me ... along with all that
... there's mostly the shock of the empty space waiting for something
someone ... no plans have been made ...
but if once upon a time you'd told me i'd be some
day marking thirty years of teaching ... i'd a laughed ... real
loud ... & obnoxiously ... sort of reminds me of that gary snyder
poem ... 'hay
for the horses'
... except for teaching being much more fun
than bucking hay (i imagine) ...
now i'm guessing that most of this empty space will be filled
with getting ready for year thirty-one ... yeah ...that seems
a most likely development
later this year, Wal-Mart plans to roll out a complete selection
of organic foods - food certified by the U.S.D.A. to have been
grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers - in its nearly
4,000 stores. Just as significant, the company says it will price
all this organic food at an eye-poppingly tiny premium over its
already-cheap conventional food: the organic Cocoa Puffs and Oreos
will cost only 10 percent more than the conventional kind.& michael
pollan inspects the news
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