Thursday, August 14, 2014

this weariness

the legacy of slavery in these united states 
is a formidable samskara to clear
but it can be done 
"What were the protesters in Ferguson actually protesting on Sunday night? More than the death of an innocent black man, they were protesting the very disposability of the Black Body. The disposition of ‘ontological death’, meaning what constitutes a ‘full person’ (by any interpretation) is not recognized in the black population of America by the prevailing social institutions. So little significance does the Black Body hold that the media would rather talk about broken windows and burned out corner stores than the death of a living, breathing, human being...
...It must be contextualized in a long and ongoing lineage of violence against the Black Body..."
--from Justice for Mike Brown via A SWIMMER IN THE OCEAN

Monday, July 28, 2014

bee dancer : bee queen

give bees a chance

digging bliss is a garden blog i check out regularly by garden lady angela pratt. angela lives in the sacred city, and once upon a time i too kept a garden in sunset climate zone 8 (i've spent the last year digging around in sunset climate zone 20 with pretty good results). anyhow, dear reader, am sharing some rather important info by way of angela about the bees and a wonderful artist named nora wildgen! nora is helping the bees and she is helping us help the bees as well. mosey on over to learn more.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

crop top pop quiz

The Time of the Tummy by Shivani Vora
New York Times / 5.9.14

“The 5-foot, 115-pound Ms. Williams, for example, spends more than two hours most days of the week exercising in stomach-centric classes like Ab Attack...running and dancing. Her day begins and ends with 100 crunches...”

Answer one of the following questions based on the preceding passage:
  • What if Ms. Williams was not busy perfecting her slavish devotion to stomach slimness and the crop top trend, but rather focused her energies on reducing her carbon footprint* by riding a bike to work? May is National Bike Month, btw.
  • What if Ms. Williams began and ended each one of her days with a mind / body / and / soul free from colonizing forces that are anything but benevolent? 
  • What if Ms. Williams spent 2 hours most days of the week internalizing the belief that she is perfect by design?
catnippers who make reference to Lena Dunham’s nudity project (e.g. Girls), apple shaming, and does this catalog make me look fat? will get all the extra credit points.

 *nothing says grace and elegance like a small carbon footprint.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

or so says joseph strauss

The Redwoods
by Joseph Strauss


Here, sown by the Creator's hand.
In serried ranks, the Redwoods stand:
No other clime is honored so,
No other lands their glory know.

The greatest of Earth's living forms,
Tall conquerors that laugh at storms;
Their challenge still unanswered rings,
Through fifty centuries of kings.

growing is forever : a poem by kallie markle

Monday, April 07, 2014

a word to you from gary snyder

For The Children
by Gary Snyder

The rising hills, the slopes,
of statistics
lie before us.
the steep climb
of everything, going up,
up, as we all
go down.

In the next century
or the one beyond that,
they say,
are valleys, pastures,
we can meet there in peace
if we make it.

To climb these coming crests
one word to you, to
you and your children:

stay together
learn the flowers
go light

Sunday, March 30, 2014

poop spelled backwards is still poop.

The stretch of sidewalk that wraps itself around my home has been littered with an ever-impressive array of poop. Some are nicely mounded and easy to retrieve. Still, some poops suggest that an owner dragged his or her leashed best friend down the street mid-action: a trail of turds, like a charming line of Hershey’s kisses delicately dropped in a row.

Dog poo can be a useful gopher deterrent, but basically I think we can all agree that poo stinks.

Perhaps there is a heavy magnetic field on this particular street, and dogs feel energetically compelled to release here; that’s cool. Just be a good neighbor and pick it up. Poo karma is like gum karma. If you spit out your gum in a place where people are likely to step on it, you will likely step in gum yourself. If you leave poo where people are likely to step on it, new poo will find you.