Saturday, August 29, 2015

Multiplying cat dreams and the makings of an ultrarunner

Taste: peaches; Davenport Soft Peanut Brittle
Sight: The Hugo Award
Sound: utensil to plate; teacup to saucer
Smell: peaches; the women in workout wear who smell of plumeria
Touch: 2.8 miles around Green Lake; 5K 3 miles; 10K 6 miles 2x Green Lake; half marathon 13 miles 4x Green Lake; sweat stinging an eye; the heft of The Hugo Award
Extra: a cruel father; a resurrected frozen cat
Grateful for: movement; showing up; green shoes

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Three is for marriage, celebration or the birth of a female child

Taste: red curry
Sight: three crows perched on the rooftop
Sound: rainfall
Smell: cinnamon toast; an office supply store
Touch: a summer cold; sore leg muscles
Extra: a green trail up a mountain stair photographed at night as seen in early morning and a mansion covered in vines; "Sacken," a scary story of barbaric punishment by China Miéville; post-coital tristesse — sadness after sex, when you want to cry with compassion for the world
Grateful for: arriving anywhere safely

Saturday, August 8, 2015

She who loves vegetable vindaloo with huckleberry saffron rice

Taste: wild huckleberries; saffron rice; vindaloo; Deadbolt red
Sight: a blue moon, a full moon; the dog lies under the footstool; a hoary marmot, a pika, a Douglas squirrel, a chipmunk, a shrew; a marmot nibbling huckleberries; her beautiful blue sad eyes
Sound: head hits rock; tumbling, clacking rocks
Smell: warm pine dust at dusk
Touch: opening the doors painted green and blue
Extra: Nyx, the Greek goddess of night; Meng-p’o, Buddhist goddess of forgetfulness and amnesia; Ala, Odianai goddess of earth, morality, fertility and creativity;
S.T.A.R.S.: Smile, life is a great adventure. Transcend to triumph over the negative. Aspire to be the best. Resolve to be true to your heart. Success comes to those who never give up on their dreams. — Adriana Ocampo, planetary geologist and Science Program Manager at NASA
"examining each other with desperate attention,
an air of silky sexy tension roiling
like the fog that sank and lifted
bedazzling their sleek flanks,
their shaking antlers. The road
did not belong." — "Taconic at midnight," Marge Piercy
Grateful for: mythologies and wilderness

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

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