25 Dec 2012, 5:24pm

Quiet as a Light

I’m resolving to pay more attention, allow myself more cherishing, make more time for people (while seeing the comedy in the saying so, while everyone is in solitary time of naps or reading. But there’s a season…)

To a year full of nothing but time. Make yourself a good one.

[Wordless Wednesday]

Quote: “Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.”
- Gladys B. Stern
[via Swiss Miss]

20 Dec 2012, 10:04am
General Thirteen Thursday

Lucky 13

Luck is made. It is not entirely in, nor entirely out of, one’s control. For this 13 Thursday what luck have I made?

  1. Seth Godin pointed out “Who you hang out with determines what you dream about and what you collide with.” Lucky by any definition: Some heartening friends who are happier to be with me not more irritated to have me around.
  2. Physical space is mental space. I now have 3x more on one desk.
  3. Also the office floor does not crunch when walked on. Goodbye plastic spoons interred in newspapers. Bye-bye newspapers.
  4. The sofa no longer needs to be a surrogate office and the paper creep is back on shelves, or otherwise contained.
  5. Hard copy edits have been fished out from junk mail accumulation, insoles, 1987 hockey cards that categorically fit in no where. (Enough about the cleaning break yet?)
  6. Know anyone who wants Panini hockey cards? If they are worth their weight in gold they’d net $4240.80. One is even gold-foil(!)
  7. To pay attention and to Give a Little Love creates better feedback cycles. [Lovely song video]
  8. Shirk overresponsibilty. What you create creates echoes. Which is too much to bear the responsibility for a grump funk day where proportionality is a very long word for everything means blame.
  9. But luckily enough it blows over. Even.t.u.ally.
  10. Until then there is the simple gladness of Netflix and seeing The Nanny. It is over the top. I’m getting oddly attached. Do you remember the show?
  11. And Roy Rogers. I did a project on Dale and Roy for music class in, oh, maybe grade 5 or 6 on them. The teacher said her parents might know them but they were long before her time. It closes a loop to see the show. I’d only heard them. Possibly on 8-track.
  12. One indie bookstore, Beechwood Books got a reprieve from closing.Someone’s stepping in to save After Stonewall as well. (But Collected Works is still set to close on the 24).
  13. “What is your particular kind of resilience and on what is it based? What is it that encourages us to get up and keep getting up in the morning, given the sadness of being mortal?” 12 or 20 with Yasuko Thanh

Quote: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.” – Mister Rogers

19 Dec 2012, 11:07pm

I’ve Come to Wreath-ilize

Christmas – in under a week. Have a merry one!


Quote: “”Although none of the rules for becoming more alive is valid, it is healthy to keep on formulating them.” ~ Susan Sontag

15 Dec 2012, 2:56pm


My quote of the post will relate to how long it’s been since I last posted. I’ve been having a good run of deep edits. I’ve done enough to know that I’m narrowing in on a book. Beyond that there’s preparing for Christmas. For the first time mom is coming to us. She’ll probably even let us cook. She came one thanksgiving bringing a roast pan of bird and all the vegetables cooked for the then 45-minute drive. Can I digress before I even start?

sad jester not so sad
Rod holding his horse. Or rather the previously abdicated king of Tree’s horse.

This was a party for the planned succession of Tree Reading Series Directorship; there was a roast and Play-time.

Here’s a a video version. As you can gather, much merriment.

In other types of tree news,

herb bread
We have our Christmas tree up, decorated with ribbons from past gifts, cards, walnuts, pine cones, wooden cranberries, starched lace snowflakes, paper stars and paper chains.

In other Christmas events, the A B Series Christmas party with bill bissett, Glenn Nuotio and bandmates Michel Delage and Justin D.
Bill Bisset and band
Here’s a snippet of bill bissett reading.

In other news, I’m thinking cookies.

10 days and counting…

Quote: “During the time we keep a man waiting, he reflects on our shortcomings.” ~ French Proverb

6 Dec 2012, 5:13pm
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Reading Radar

The purpose of the 13 Thursday meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday.


  1. Vispo meets the Paris Review
  2. Gary’s Imaginary Dinner Party: I’d invite the three of them when they were old women, full of power, memories, and wisdom. And, I think, sense of occasion and a kind of deep and complex joy.

    Could I invite a car? Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. For the kids. Really. And a unicorn.

  3. Bhagavad Gita and U.S. Congress meet “Your right is to action alone;/Never to its fruits at any time.”
  4. The class with 36,000 students
  5. The lessons of Napster and Udacity: may the best person teach
  6. Places for Writers list a call from Niagara for deranged chapbooks. Befuzzles the mind what would qualify.
  7. PC067080
  8. Found in Naomi Beth Wakan’s text, lodged in my photocopier: Eli, my husband gave Eli’s gifts to me. don’t. likely to offer a paper flowering branch of lichen fallen from a log. exquisite. watched the actress audrey. had wish I should ed out loud, book sleep, mention this, tells of ch–
  9. Shauna on accepting change: who passes along Jessica Valenti’s: “we don’t need everyone to like us, we need a few people to love us.”
  10. Why we don’t live in extended family longhouses? “The larger kinship groupings (clan, sippe, kindred) that had played an important role in Anglo-Saxon England and early medieval France and Germany had lost their powers of protection and supervision, along with the need for such powers. Their functions had been taken over by the new police and judicial agencies.” ~ Frances and Joseph Gies, p.106-107, Life in a Medieval Village
  11. Half done is started. 90% done is with half remaining to do. And I’m not going to make it
  12. My brain, or is that body, is full of lead weights today. There’s no way I–

This about Our rivers is just to depressing to contemplate.

Quote: “A pessimist is one who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.” ~ Oscar Wilde

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