February 2014 archive

Feb 27

The older I get, the less and less I understand this world.

Today, I read this poem for the first time and it touched a nerve deep inside of me. I have lost friends to untimely death and that loss is always hard to bear, but the friend who has stopped contact is most puzzling and that hurts more. *** To My Oldest Friend, Whose Silence Is …

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Feb 23

Ice Fishing

It was a mild February day about 40 years ago when I experienced my first dose of frost-bite. I had a plan to go ice fishing that day, but never had a chance to get set up. I was dragging my sled with gear and bait out to an area where I had much success …

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Feb 20

Gonzo Journalism

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” Hunter Stockton Thompson It was early in his adult life that Thompson realized he was not good at much of anything, so he took to writing. Hunter S. Thompson shared his genius with the world through what is now known as “Gonzo Journalism”. His most famous …

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Feb 18

…there’s a price for being free.

LOST SAILOR Lyrics written by John Barlow Music by Bob Weir Compass card is spinning Helm is swingin’ to and fro Ooh where’s the dog star Ooh where’s the moon You’re lost sailor You’ve been too long at sea Some days the gales are howling Some days the sea is still as glass Ooh reef …

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Feb 17


In late winter I can relate to this poem by 20th Century American poet, John Berryman. His style was part of the confessional school of poetry. I have enjoyed some of Berryman’s poems, though I am reluctant to dig deeper into his work knowing that he, like his father, took his own life. The scars …

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Feb 13

This Winter…

This winter started early and is hanging on as we enter the middle of February. Since around Thanksgiving ( the holiday that comes just about a month before the official start of “winter”) the northeast part of the U.S. has been experiencing a hard winter. It is now approaching the long, hard winter stage. Though …

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Feb 08

Alan Watts Blues

  Alan Watts Blues (listen here or in China follow this link**) * Well, I’m taking some time with my quiet friend Well, I’m takin’ some time on my own Well, I’m makin’ some plans for my getaway There’ll be blue skies shining up above When I’m cloud hidden, cloud hidden, whereabouts unknown Well, I’ve …

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Feb 07

Socrates, Father of Western Philososphy.

“Until philosophers are kings, or the kings and princes of the world have the spirit and power of philosophy, and political greatness and wisdom meet in one, and those commoner natures who pursue either to the exclusion of the other are compelled to stand aside, cities will never have rest from their evils, — …

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Feb 06

Frozen Garden

The latest storm blew through my part of the country and left behind almost a foot of snow covered with a 1 inch layer of ice. The roads are treacherous and the temperature remains bitter cold. Of course, bitter cold seems less bitter after a month of extremely bitter cold…it’s all relative, I guess. Each …

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Feb 03

The Guggenheim Museum in NYC

In 1953, Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to design the Solomon Guggenheim Museum. Wright was invited to put on an exhibition dedicated to his concept of the Usonian House. It was titled; 60 Years of Living Architecture — The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright. By that time, Wright was well recognized world-wide and highly acclaimed …

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