Saturday, August 1, 2015

Happy Premonition of a Horse-Sized, Blue-Merle, Rough Collie

Taste: sangria
Sight: the fine lines around our eyes, our crystal skin, our fragile faces, our large eyes
Sound: frustrated rattling; "Hey, girls!"
Smell: phlox
Touch: a key stuck jammed in a lock
Extra: having my long hair cut as an astronaut and Revlon do makeup; a hoodoo aka tent rock, fairy chimney, earth pyramid — a tall, thin spire of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badland; badlands — dry terrain where softer sedimentary rocks and clay-rich soils have been extensively eroded by wind and water; spying on your neighbors for the neighborhood watch
Grateful for: closeness, the health and happiness of friends, when we come together, peppermint oil, summer

Saturday, July 25, 2015

In her plutonion of noctural thunder, a chthonic nymph inhales

Taste: brown rice and butter; ripe and unripe strawberries
Sight: bared teeth; Pluto’s Norgay Montes named for Tenzing Norgay, one of the first two humans to summit Everest — animated flyover of Pluto's icy mountain and plains — NASA
Sound: last gasps of breath
Smell: sourdough
Touch: a warm overripe plum, street fruit; silky Sophie's fur - stroking the cat's rounded head
Extra: grönsaksbullar — a Swedish vegan meatball;
nucivorous — the eating of nuts;
ploutonion — a sanctuary;
Summanus — the Roman god of nocturnal thunder;
Melinoë —chthonic nymph, bringer of nightmares and madness;
mephitic air — noxious gases carbon dioxide and nitrogen;
"The gift is in growing to care, to connect, to cooperate. Everything we learn aims to make us feel strong in ourselves, connected to all living." — Marge Piercy, Woman on the Edge of Time 
Grateful for: words and meanings

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Soaring to great altitudes on practical ethics and peppermint

Taste: peppermint
Sight: a curl of silver chest hairs
Sound: laughter
Smell: lighter fluid; pipe tobacco
Touch: the bony spine of the geriatric cat
Extra: the boundary between the Earth's atmosphere and outer space — the Kármán line —100 kilometres (62 miles) above sea level;
"A minimally acceptable ethical life involves using a substantial part of one’s spare resources to make the world a better place." — Peter Singer, Boston Review, "The Logic of Effective Altruism"
; stained glass window—amethyst, peridot, turquoise, amber; the three things that caused Dad's death—smoking, pesticides, meat and dairy
Grateful for: dreams, laughter and peppermint

Friday, July 3, 2015

Spellbinding planets in the summertime sky speak of poetry

Taste: cucumber
Sight: pink light over the day at the end of the street; Mount Baker appears in the blue summer haze; Jupiter and Venus conjunction in the light night sky
Sound: Apollo 11 takes Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins for the first manned lunar landing — Go! by Public Service Broadcasting - NASA's complete transcript unlocking and descent
Smell: grilling barbecue sauce
Touch: bloated gut; a summer breeze
Extra: fovea — tissue in the back of the eye - our central sharpest vision
Grateful for: spellbinding planets and the United States as poetry — preface to Leaves of Grass by American poet Walt Whitman

Monday, June 29, 2015

Storm clouds gather, sky rumbles. Dark space. Light, after rain.

Taste: coffee black
Sight: a sleeping dog; the view from New Horizons’ telescopic Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI)
Sound: Public Service Broadcasting: The Race for Space, Sputnik, Gagarin, Valentina, Go!; thunder
Smell: baking pizza dough
Touch: his arm, firm and smooth
Extra: "And then sometimes, there are days like this when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt." — U.S. President Barack Obama;
"I remember the first time that I looked towards a horizon. I saw the blackness of space, and then the bright blue Earth. And then I noticed right along the horizon it looked as if someone had just take a royal blue crayon and just traced along Earth's horizon. And then I realized that that blue lines, that really thing royal blue line, was Earth's atmosphere, and that was all there was of it. And it's so clear from that perspective how fragile our existence is. It makes you appreciate how important it is to take care of that atmosphere." — Sally Ride, quoted in "Sally Ride, America's First Woman in Space" by Lynn Sherr
  Grateful for: Earth's atmosphere

Saturday, June 27, 2015

In a celebratory mood with Sally Ride

Taste: teriyaki tofu, white rice
Sight: sunlit red rose; bathing blackbird; rainbows at The White House, Niagara Falls, Disneyworld, The Empire State Building, The World Trade Center
Sound: IAMX, "Happiness"
Smell: lighter fluid
Touch: 80 degrees with wind
Extra: personal record 12:34, 3200m, May 14, 1987; 5:47.25,1600m, April 30, 1987; 2:19.19, 800m, May 2, 1987; patriotism
Grateful for: the Affordable Care Act, marriage equality, living in these United States

Friday, June 19, 2015

Take a day just for you, a Valentine rose. Stop and remember.

Taste: corn grits
Sight: Sunjammer Solar Sail; the fat woman chews; he touches her face, kisses her lips; a shiny black Corvette Stingray
Sound: Medic One sirens; a clacking cane
Smell: waffle cone
Touch: matted and sleek fur
"There were times he saw, when not knowing was the biggest truth, and you had to stay with that." — The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce
"He saw that people would make the decisions they wished to make, and some of them would hurt both themselves and others, and some would pass unnoticed, while others would bring joy."— The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce 
Grateful for: novelists, poets and nonfiction writers; my job