OT ~ Welcome to Saturday!




Sit-a-while
on swinging porch
where tin-dippers and
sweet water
in cool touches
meet lips
from hand dug wells.

Good morning good people,

Simple

told in norms from long ago

skipping depths as flat rocks go

changes

in recipes; apple butters, cooked in spicy genes

simmering like southern greens

noticed most in ebbing tides

lucid, luscious, ample limes

Look, and beauty pauses...

picking blackberries on high

sweet blood running from thorny pricks

deer so near wanting space

under the apple tree

fishes rising to the mates

an old iron gate

rusty

remembering all the footsteps passing by

humble in its charge

and in its swing

simple.







Art ~ Diego Rivera

“A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.” ~ Lewis Mumford



Have a splendid day, everyone!

The porch is yours...

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@The Aspie Corner
greeting trump in London.

These come to mind: Sinclair Lewis, It Can’t Happen Here, Keeper of the Flame starring Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and on and on, great writers illuminating the perils of fascism.

I read recently that George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism are selling like hotcakes. Good!

Oh, and good morning, Aspie, hoping you've a wonderful day!

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Arrow's picture

Nice poem. Always appreciated!
Lazy Saturday for me as usual.
Still on the mend. Doc likes the progress... Smile
Have a great day all!

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I want a Pony!

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@Arrow that you're not yet fully well. All the best.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

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@Arrow
to known healing is working its magic; sure takes patience at times.

i imagine you are aching to get on the road again; me too, i dream about traveling more.

been a mixed-metaphor week here, five whitecoat visits and rehab for the shoulder interspersed with gorgeous mountain cool: picked blackberries one afternoon and my arms and legs look like i played with a den full of puppies with sharp teeth and claws, scratches all over and one day i surprised a large doe as she was eating the early apples--she grunted and snorted at me to stay away, we shared the apples as she moved a short distance uphill, returning as i moved away; a special conversation we had; caught 6 fish for eating yesterday, yummy tonight.

All-in-all a good simple week. Glad you liked the poem as i guess the question is why in middle-ages do most seemingly move away from childhood's magic only to return closer to walking on...many answers to ponder; thankfully not all lose creativity as they matriculate; thank the spirits for all the artists breathing beauty and leading us to see.

Thank you for reading, my friend, sending healing vibes and hugs!

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my week to cook starts tomorrow. So far I have two meals planned, maybe 3. Ah well. The sun is coming up but it is slightly foggy & there is no dawn chorus yet.

Anybody remember how the scheduler works? I always do my OT at 3:00:00 am, but dunno if that is est or local or what. I think I'm gonna find out the hard way rsn. Heh.

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@enhydra lutris
central time.

Splurged on a half pound of large East Coast shrimp on sale this week and made an old favorite i learned from a French chef, it's simple so i'll share:

Basic ingredients: large shrimp with heads on, unsalted butter, a lemon, a pasta, most any pasta will work, the chef used a mixture of spinach and Tuscan fettuccine for color mostly; a grated hard cheese, Pecorino Romano or Asiago or what one has on hand.

Begin by softly sauteing one-half a large onion, add a half cup of chopped celery if you wish in olive oil, i often do a dash of hot pepper flakes or your favorite fresh hot pepper, not to much...careful not to burn; next, add chopped garlic to taste and simmer while you bring pasta water to boil with a pinch of salt.

Make a side salad during this cooking.

3 minutes before the pasta is aldente, add one-half stick of butter, lemon zest and the juice of half lemon to saute adding the shrimp with shells and heads on last, watch the color of the shrimp so as not to overcook bout a minute on each side.

Drain the pasta.

add a dash of dry white wine to saute and for a summer taste add a fresh herb, basil, cilantro, whatever you desire, sometime i add fresh tasty tomatoes, a handful chopped.

Taste the reducing liquid and adjust by adding more butter or lemon, wine or herbs; blend in the pasta and let it meld while you sip a glass of wine.

Toss pasta in center of plate arranging the shrimp around with one on top; grind pepper and add grated cheese to heart's desire; squeeze the remaining lemon juice over the serving.

Have napkins ready as you peal the shrimp and suck the sweet juices from the heads.

The chef's oysters and champagne was to die for, too. Wink

Bon Appétit!; have a great weekend and thanks for reading!

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@smiley7
up something for 9:00, aimed at a noon est rollout, and it went up at around 9;20 or so.

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@enhydra lutris
thanks for the tip; playing country music this afternoon thanks to you and just cracked a beer to go with it, anyways, i was about to post the sight out my window: billowing white clouds rising up over the ridge sculpting two huge humans bodies perfectly formed, faces, detail and all; following each other, one of those oh wow moments.

Cheers el to a great evening!

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Mark Janus quits state job for conservative think tank gig after landmark ruling
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/janus-afscme-illinois-policy-institute...

On the bright side:

https://www.facebook.com/seiu775/

Here is another linked story about how he benefited from the Union he didn't want to support which is a glimpse for those whom don't belong to Unions what belonging to a Union can do.

http://labornotes.org/2018/05/i-work-mark-janus-heres-how-he-benefits-st...

Unions ain't perfect but I'm grateful I am a member of a Union.

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Peace out. Let's be radicals together on twitter. I'm at @Beddy63.

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@WIProgressive
and Actor's Equity saved me multiple times, before aids wiped out the fund as they were self-insured.

Thanks for the links, will view later; i miss our c99er's union series, must remind myself to ask Johnny where she went.

Give my regards to Milwaukee and the great lake and hoping you've a wonderful day!

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Peace out. Let's be radicals together on twitter. I'm at @Beddy63.

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It's interesting how specfic
patterns persist over time. I suppose cultures will always trump neoliberal fantasies. Even when the capitalists bomb it back to Aleppo, the culture will rise intact.

More Mexico City:

mexico10.jpg

mexico1.jpg

This really is a photograph:
mexico6.jpg

mexico5.jpg

mexico8.jpg

mexico9.jpg

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@enhydra lutris

Memory, the Heart

Father was right!

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@Pluto's Republic

My aunt and uncle who lived across the field were educators and second parents to us . . . had a large book called "Indians." It had probably that scene, but many horrific images of injustices committed against native peoples. It imprinted on my young mind and I have that book now.

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Marilyn

Let's save the planet for our kids. Tree Hugger to the end.

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@mhagle

I didn't know what I was seeing at the time, but years later it began to haunt me. Now I struggle with what was done. What we did. Americans cannot seem to come to terms with the privilege that genocide gave them. They want to believe that this continent belongs to them because they were the better people. They will not redress it, and this has cast a shadow across our inner landscape. We refuse to care for the land and protect it, shepherding it into the future for the next generation. Because we have no indigenous connection to the land, we are reckless and belligerent about our constitutional right to ruin it. We've become increasingly isolated, psychologically. It is disturbing that we are so easily frightened and unmoored, economically and intellectually. That's one thing that makes us very different from China or Russia, civilizations that walk on the bones of their ancestors. We are modern migrants, and that matters a great deal. The people we call migrants are the indigenous Americans. Diego Rivera's mural (which is quite a bit larger than pictured here) tells and foretells this story.

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@Pluto's Republic
Indeed, tracing the patterns in all things including civilazations can mesmerise.

Your question reminded me of this Guardian review i bookmarked for later, haven't read the book, you may have, anyways, an interesting look and read...

"The BBC Reith Lectures in 1967 were given by Edmund Leach, a Cambridge social anthropologist. “Men have become like gods,” Leach began. “Isn’t it about time that we understood our divinity? Science offers us total mastery over our environment and over our destiny, yet instead of rejoicing we feel deeply afraid.” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/aug/28/ideology-liberal-d...

A groundbreaking book by historian Yuval Harari claims that artificial intelligence and genetic enhancements will usher in a world of inequality and powerful elites. How real is the threat?

"One measure of Harari’s achievement is that one has to look a long way back – to 1934, in fact, the year when Lewis Mumford’s Technics and Civilization was published – for a book with comparable ambition and scope. Not bad going for a young historian."

Thanks again for inserting the magical pieces, one day i hope to sit and indulge in person, on the bucket list.

Always a pleasure to see you, old friend; hoping you've a marvelous day and week!

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@smiley7

And the reminder of those authors. I know those books but I would get so much more from them now that I can go deeper and make more connections. When I saw the mural I was drawn in. I have unfinished business in Mexico City.

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Having a pretty good day despite the attack of the foot stabbers. Smile

Thanks for the poetry, always fun to read other people's thoughts and emotions. Speaking of which, I've got a new Logos up. Heracles. And I know, it's hard to not accidentally type the wrong spelling on that one. Smile

So, looks like the Right wing has claimed a scalp in the ongoing "Which Pervert are we going to Bust Today?" outrage. This time it claimed James Gunn, for some bad jokes before he was famous. Of course, the accusers claim that he must be held to the same standards as Roseanne... so another bigwig who spoke up about politics is laid low by the mob. (Disney fired him.) Of course, THIS time it's the centrists screaming that it was JUST a joke, and that it's unfair to fire him for that. Which makes me laugh my ass off, because anybody who couldn't see this one coming a mile off wasn't paying attention. I mean seriously, this was a guy who made a video game that... oh hell with it, I'll just link to the trailer. It was only a matter of time before the sex-negative crusaders went after him.

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but will catch up! Looking forward to them.

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@mhagle It's been a fun bunch of pieces, and I'm looking at around 29 minutes so far. (Assuming actors who aren't OVERLY obsessed with doing bits of business on every line, and who don't insist on adding pauses when the line breaks and Capitalization CLEARLY show where you're supposed to pause...) Smile Sorry, sorry, Shakespeare fan complaint about some actors who think they know better than the playwright...

Right now only a couple more till the Third act is complete.

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Don't know if it will fly, but will be fun to try. Smile

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@mhagle I absolutely envision music being a part of the final piece, and I do plan to have a Chorus part between the various Logos. Not written yet, but working on it.

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@detroitmechworks
organic apple cider vinegar with the mother, i normally purchase the Bragg brand, but any with the mother will do. i suggest morning and night until you have relief, then i normally taper down to just a swallow a morning, supposedly good for many things.

i feel your pain, it's awful!

Thanks for reading the poem, i'll go over and read your latest; as i've wrote, a series i really enjoy.

Your morning vid surprises in many ways and forgive me for going here; but i've read that youth are sexually attracted to the game animated characters, must admit that's a reach for me to get my head around; but to each his own, that makes everyday interesting as well.

Hoping you've a marvelous day as i send some healing vibes for those feet and legs!

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@smiley7 Tara Strong is a lot of fun, if a bit of a centrist Democrat. A lot of VA's really want to make a difference and are actually voting on a strike right now against the various Streaming services. (They don't pay scale or residuals.)

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Glad to hear you are picking blackberries and catching fish. Smile

This week I am freezing peaches all week. Hard work, but a wonderful thing since the last time we had a peach crop was 2012. I don't spray pesticides on them, so miraculously there are few worms.

Also . . . geoengineering today . . . yay!!! That means those wispy clouds were in the sky this morning and let me work outside a couple hours longer. This is a hot week in Texas. No geoengineering until today. My thermometer in the sun has been between 115 and 120 this week.

My estimation is that TPTB thought . . . "Well, OK . . . it is July. We can slack off on the geoengineering for a bit because this is Texas. It is supposed to be hot." But then when it was getting to 120, they panicked now saying, "It is not supposed to be this frickin' hot! We had better tone it down a bit." So they decided to give us cloud cover this morning.

I am just going with it. Picking peaches, figs, Armenian cucumbers, butternut squash. And replanting all sorts of things. Up high in the trees, there are gobs of wild mustang grapes. I discovered that my high tree picking tool I use for peaches will reach the grapes too . . . so grape jelly is the plan.

I am becoming increasingly under the opinion that we need to start screaming, "They are geoengineering to fool us about the climate crisis. But now we need geoengineering along with our reduction of fossil fuels to survive."

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@mhagle
congrats on your bountiful garden. Red grapes and musgadines grow in NC. Mom and i used to trespass in the day to pick them, even though grandpa had a trellis on cedar poles you could walk under. Love em.

Planning to make apple butter, juice, maybe dry some for fried pies and freeze as much as i've space for as they are abundant and free for the hiking. Smile

friend gave me some blackberry preserves she'd just made Thursday. When winter come, pancakes with blackberries and maple syrup are hard to beat.

Hear, hear to screaming, sharing the news...much work to turn this tide at hand; one by one, it can be done.

Thanks for your good comments today as the pleasure is mine to see you. Have a great one!

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It is beautiful country. My dad's youngest sister Jeanie (a nurse), who just turned 90 yesterday, married a doctor, Dr. Bill Hiott, and moved to York, SC. Six cousins. They are all advocates for peace, uplifting the poor, etc.

That part of the U.S. is the most beautiful IMO.

Have a fabulous weekend. Smile

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