Saturday, March 14, 2015

Or more precisely, 149,597,871 kilometers = 92,955,807 miles

Taste: golden beet, blood orange, ginger; beet, apple, grape
Sight: the surface of Venus from the Venera 13 lander, March 1, 1982; flowering purple heather, flowering pale blue rosemary; rosy
Sound: albedo; windchimes
Touch: a backpack weighted with three beets, two golden beets, four carrots, and two Fuji apples
Smell: washed children, scrubbed and soaped families
Extra: Makemake, Sedna, Quaoar, Haumea, Eris; one astronomical unit (AU), the distance between Earth and sun, 150 million kilometers or 93 million miles, 8 light-minutes
"In my scientific life, most of the discoveries come as the result of seeing something for the first time."—Mike Brown, author of How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming
Grateful for: Perfect Day #2
Awake with husband
Walk dog
Drive to the park
Breakfast out at a new place
Drink Golden Sunshine
Riverwalk
Taste sampler of ciders
Enjoy feeling of discovery
Lake walk
Walk hand in hand until a feeling of bliss surfaces
Fill belly with baked vegetables
Watch the sunset and people walking
Return home and rest

Sunday, March 8, 2015

32,052 steps, 15.4 miles, 20 flights of stairs & 6:02 p.m. sunset

Taste: oregano; ginger; flights of cider pomegranate, raspberry, blackberry, pear
Sight: runners, bikers, walkers — a city of movement blossoming in sunshine, the first warm springlike day; tiny goblets of carefully fermented fruit in lined up in the light in shades of honey and rose
Sound: birdsong, "Bunny!"
Touch: a bristle of beard; walking hand in hand
Smell: jasmine, honeysuckle
Extra:
"May the birds, the soulful birds, the flying birds, the immortal birds remind us at every moment that although we are in the finite we are of the Infinite."— Sri Chinmoy  
"At every moment
We need cheerfulness
To surmount
All our problems."
— Sri Chinmoy 
Grateful for: strolling in sympatico

Saturday, March 7, 2015

The horned myth of plants, planets and heroic motivations

Taste: blood orange
Sight: a pig capsule; a Pacific Rose apple; the bald eagle glides still in the breeze while the three seagulls gather and pester
Sound: "I want to learn to drive a tractor, so git you one.";
My heart is enormous lake
Black with potion
I am blind
Drowning in this ocean
"Black Lake," Vulnicura, Björk
Touch: squinting in sunlight
Smell: a flowering rosemary bush
Extra: I have always wanted to live many lives: so the choices are 1) write novels 2) foster a belief in reincarnation.; Do what you love and do what is needed.; When the alarm clock is a language with horns.; reading Vice by Ai, The American Woman in the Chinese Hat by Carole Maso and The Encantadas by Herman Melville at Burning Man
Grateful for: planets, and the naming of them after creation myths—planetology becomes mythology

Monday, March 2, 2015

Be easygoing, be flexible, be adaptable and try something new

Taste: chocolate peanut butter pie
Sight: North Cascades Grizzly Bear; blue sky, cherry blossoms, white star magnolia, tulip tree magnolia, white camellia
Sound: Björk, Vulnicura: Atom Dance, "I am dancing towards transformation."; Family, "There is a swarm of sound/Around our heads"; Quicksand,
"When she's broken, she is whole
And when she's whole, she's broken

Our mother's philosophy
It feels like quicksand
And if she sinks
I'm going down with her"
Touch: light wind in the low 50s
Smell: hyacinth
Extra:
"After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world." - Philip Pullman 
"Who rides so late in the night and the wind? It is the writer's grief. It is the wild March wind." — Pale Fire, Nabokov 
Grateful for: the onset of spring

Monday, February 23, 2015

White crested tigers, bears, lions and small puffs of dogs

Taste: boiled Cameo apple, boiled banana, boiled Yukon Gold potatoes; watery foods
Sight: red, pink and orange waves rolling, an ocean at sunrise: the waves crested and fluffy as the manes of white lions
Sound: the dogs know the snap of the laptop closing
Touch: a finger swipe on smooth screen
Smell: honey skin
Extra: The Blink Comparator - a machine used by Clyde Tombaugh to examine the discovery images of Pluto
Grateful for: time; dreams; favorite places, favorite meals; time to read; time to dream; gifts of time with a loved one

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Experimental dinner and an unusually perfect Valentine's Day

Taste:
A delightful experimental dinner
artichoke
lemon-herbed bean pate
micro greens
radish
pommelo and cara cara orange
seared fennel
watercress
pomegranate and beet in a spiced orange blossom dressing
roasted leek sauce and asparagus
blood orange coulis
hazelnut cheesecake
Sight: huge raviolis and asparagus on plate; fine fog misty morning; a crying woman on crutches
Sound: 80s hits playlist; velcro
Touch: a soft tissue
Smell: teriyaki; roasted honey; a burnt wound
Extra: a large warehouse, teaching automechanics and looking up
Grateful for: breath; sleep;
A perfect day
Up early writing with a silver pot of coffee
Dogs and cat close at hand helping
Read a good book
Visit to a farm sanctuary
Tasted a new wine and chocolate
Out of doors in the sun and blue sky
Took Trooper for a walk
Nap
Quality time with husband
Dinner out dancing
Said hello to friends

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Fanciful thought: one might ride a ferry from Porec to Venice

Taste: Sangiovese, sanguis Jovis, the blood of the Roman God Jove/Jupiter, grapes grown in Italy Tuscany, Campania, Umbria, Apennines
Sight: greebling; the steam rises up; the cranes along the port; a wire fenced in walking trail
Sound: crunch; wheeze
Touch: cat's paw
Smell: something burning-an open wound
Grateful for: breath
Extra:
"Resistance and change often begin in art and very often in our art: the art of words." — Ursula K. Le Guin, 4:34
Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014.

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