OT ~ Welcome to Saturday!

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The heart knows first.

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

My favorite poets
never met
They lived in different countries
and different ages
surrounded by ordinariness
by good people and bad
they lived modestly
like an apple in an orchard
They loved clouds
they lifted their heads
a great armada
of light and shade
sailed above them
a film was playing
that still hasn’t ended
Moments of bitterness
passed swiftly
likewise moments of joy
Sometimes they knew
what the world was
and wrote hard words
on soft paper
Sometimes they knew nothing
and were like children
on a school playground
when the first drop
of warm rain
descend

~ Adam Zagajewski, My Favorite Poets

Overnight, very
Whitely, discreetly,
Very quietly

Our toes, our noses
Take hold on the loam,
Acquire the air.

Nobody sees us,
Stops us, betrays us;
The small grains make room.

Soft fists insist on
Heaving the needles,
The leafy bedding,

Even the paving.
Our hammers, our rams,
Earless and eyeless,

Perfectly voiceless,
Widen the crannies,
Shoulder through holes. We

Diet on water,
On crumbs of shadow,
Bland-mannered, asking

Little or nothing.
So many of us!
So many of us!

We are shelves, we are
Tables, we are meek,
We are edible,

Nudgers and shovers
In spite of ourselves.
Our kind multiplies:

We shall by morning
Inherit the earth.
Our foot's in the door.

~ Sylvia Plath, Mushrooms

Don't bogart the bowl.

Scorched wooden incense burners unearthed at an ancient burial ground in the mountains of western China contain the oldest clear evidence of cannabis smoking yet found, archaeologists say.

Residues of high potency cannabis found in the burners, and on charred pebbles placed inside them, suggest that funeral rites at the 2,500-year-old Jirzankal cemetery in the Pamir mountains may have been rather hazy affairs. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jun/12/earliest-known-signs-of-...

Art today: Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists ~ Minneapolis Institute of Art

Washing the negative away; it's a gorgeous day in the mountains, cool, green and blue.

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adding content over coffee, good morning.

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I'm so sorry about the alligators. I wish I knew an alligator wrangler to recommend. I hope you get them sorted.

Here's wishing all of us an alligator-free weekend and week to come.

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@HenryAWallace
Afraid i inherited them. Estate law is insane, period.

Good to see you and hope you've a splendid weekend.

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@smiley7

Maybe one of this site's lawyers can help steer you in the right direction?

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Out to water the garden now. Thanks for the lovely poetry!

All the best to all this weekend. Thanks Smiley!

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Marilyn

"Make dirt, not war." eyo

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An extra for you. I enjoyed discovering these musicians, New Age Piano, featured today.

@mhagle

Happy day and gardening.

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@smiley7

Delightful! Thanks!

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Marilyn

"Make dirt, not war." eyo

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Beautiful lush green day here.
Bustin' ass creating positive. Overcome the negative suck. Challenges worth confronting. Building a small bowl of hope. To share with friends and strangers. Bucking the brain drain.

All the better!

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Listen to your higher mind.

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@QMS
Yep, negatives follow the least line of resistance, all too common; especially burdensome in group think.

"No negative waves."

Rock on in the lush green.

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Pleasant trade day morning. I bought two fiddles with bows and cases today for $30. Sometimes it is unbelievable what you find. The trader bought out a storage unit that missed payments, and just wanted rid of it all.

Had a guest fiddler last night and a good session. I was tried when I got home.

I'm still on the well house project. Putting on the siding today.

Here's a fellow with the well house blues...

I hope I don't suffer from the well house blues!

Have a good one!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout
Great deal. New strings and play on. Wonderful tune; stay hydrated as you work.

Perfect mountain day, tourists and summer-home Florida folks up to enjoy.

Have a fabulous and fruitful day.

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detachment helps, but, as always, dunno. Great art, reminds me of Huichol bead work, but I think that is the wrong subspecies of "Robin" (actually a thrush). I don't see peyotl anywhere either.

Farmers' market today, make dough for tonight's pizza crust and refresh starter this am in order to make dough for bread to rise overnight and bake mañana later this evening. Finally cool enough to bake pizza today, yay! Beyond that, just yard work and such, and start pre-packing for eom camping trip in case I get stuck with jury duty Monday and have to pack our gear in many tiny sessions at night.

Have a great weekend and thanks for the OT.

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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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Kauyumari, Blue Dear

Four principal deities: the trinity of Corn, Blue Deer and Peyote, and the Eagle, all descended from their Sun God, "Tao Jreeku".

Probably related to Yaqui; don't recall if Castaneda wrote of them?

Been out to purchase green onions, corn and peaches and stopped for coffee with the old townsmen which i do occasionally; most of them see me as strange although several are close friends.

Happy day and baking.

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@smiley7
in the title, but it had nothing to do with the real Yaqui. The Huichol representation of Peyotl is as shown on this little guy:
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I regrow green onions to the extent that I rarely buy any. I leae abut 1/2" of the root end, put it n a shot glass or small glass bowl in the windowsill, and when it gets a deent green tail growing I replant to some hanging planters I have like these:
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or else similar ones on the ground out by the patio.

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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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@enhydra lutris

Have you ever tried to do celery that way? Saw it on a video.

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Marilyn

"Make dirt, not war." eyo

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@mhagle
leggy and on the thin side. IIrc, it's pretty thirsty.

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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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has walked on at the age of 96."

In a career spanning more than 60 years, Zeffirelli was staggeringly prolific and equally celebrated as a director of films, theatre and opera. Several of his stage productions became successes on screen – most notably a vibrant version of Romeo and Juliet which starred a young Judi Dench at the Old Vic in London and led to an Oscar-winning box-office smash in the late 1960s.
Franco Zeffirelli – a life in pictures

Shakespeare inspired other hit movies for Zeffirelli: The Taming of the Shrew with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Hamlet with Mel Gibson and Glenn Close, and a film of Verdi’s Otello with Plácido Domingo. His lavish opera productions brought sensational performances by Joan Sutherland and Maria Callas; 25 years after the latter’s death he directed a biopic, Callas Forever, starring Fanny Ardant. His filmed operas reached large TV audiences and he was celebrated as a great populariser.

Zeffirelli believed he had inherited his passion for music from his grandfather, a conductor. He was born on 12 February 1923 and raised in Florence, the illegitimate son of a fashion designer, Alaide Garosi Cipriani, and wool merchant Ottorino Corsi, both of whom were married to other people. He was named by his mother after a line about zeffiretti (breezes) in a Mozart aria. Cipriani, whose career was damaged by the scandal, died when her son was six and he was taken in by his aunt.

His passion for theatre was sparked as a child during holidays spent in Tuscany where he saw performances by travelling players. “I’ve never believed anything at the theatre as much as the fantasies those storytellers brought us,” he wrote in his autobiography.https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/jun/15/franco-zeffirelli-revered-...

Thank you and RIP.

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Isn't that alone a miracle?

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@mimi

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and y'all...

So happy it's not sunny. Hot or cool. Not much in between. I'll take cool. Wade in the water. Don't let those gators getcha down. Have the best one you can...

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@magiamma
enjoyed reading about Beyond Coal campaign on Thursday, Go Sierra and Mary Ann.

Eating a peach and chilling in the cool breeze as i write. Nap time.

Have a wonderful California weekend.

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@smiley7
Thanks for the vignette. Keep em coming.

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Just returning from a car show along the Clackamas River. Such beautiful old automobiles, and equally old and beautiful owners primping and polishing their prized possesions.
The car culture. Hanging on to an era doomed to disappear to the back pages of history.
I will miss the motorhead life.
But, whats this! An electric car. There it is. In between a 60' Studebaker Lark and a 58' Edsel, sits a brand new Nissan Leaf with custom wheeels and a grand paint job and a car club plaque. And a Sierra Club decal in the back window. Wow. Looks so purdy.
So there's hope still.
An "Electric Motorhead" I'll become. Yay! All is not lost.
Thanks for the OT.

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@earthling1
on my way home. Took about 1/2 hour to grok the fine old lines, the smooth transitions from head lights to engine cowls, flared fenders, fold down platforms on the back, even rumble seats. I'm not a real motor head, but do appreciate beauty whenever I can see it.
Little details like swing out windshields, a dashboard from a futuristic spaceship, stick shift coming all the way up above the hood. Man, there was some style.
Closest I ever got to that was my 63 dodge d-100. Took me all over the continent. I'm living in a future that no longer values the craft of utilitarian beauty. Kinda miss it.

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@earthling1
Miss the little Honda Insight i had for a little. Loved to drive fast, in my youth, especially. Above i mentioned having coffee at the locals restaurant with the old men, Smile
guess what the old men drive to show off: rich ones have convertible BMW's, one a fifty-five corvette and the others, far less affluent, have American cars like Camaros with oversized chrome wheels. How true ... Route 66 and moon-shine drivers slip at last into the abyss.

Drive-in restaurants and movies; sweet and simple.

Cheers for your good post and happy weekend to you.

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Any sentimentalists in the mood for a little vicarious heartbreak could find their way over to postsecret.org . you'll get all you can accommodate.

Saw Chet play this, eons ago, on a Saturday evening on Father's Day weekend, at a live performance of Prairie Home Companion.

Most folks don't know this song is about the songwriter's father:

Didn't know this one, but came across it while searching for something else:

It's my understanding that, long after this was written, the songwriter's religious conversion created a rift between father and son, a rift that was never repaired. That may just be celebrity gossip, I don't know.

No performer in modern popular music has so publicly, and repeatedly, used his art to share his daddy issues, as has Bruce Springsteen. Anyone who knows much about him understands that this was inevitable -- that the daddy issues were among the main drivers of Springsteen's ambition and his quest.

And of course, this one, which I posted not long ago:

Whaddaya got?

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01, a Boeing 757 (AA Flight 77) flew into the Pentagon.
If you can't accept these indisputable facts, I can't fake an interest in your opinions about anything else.

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there mid-day so i was already in a music frame of mind and your good music adds to wonderful feelings.

Magic and special thoughts back at you.

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