Monthly Archives: May 2011

Blue Bee Blues

Presented on a minuten pin, this little blue bee’s even smaller than you’d think. I have a thing for Osmia, truly I do. I like the whole family. Never met a Megachilid that didn’t make my heart go pit-a-pat. They’re … Continue reading

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Remembering Conflicts On Memorial Day

The New York Times, our gray lady of perpetual sorrows, each day features a mini-history lesson on its editorial page. Today’s Memorial Day factoid is: ”On May 30, 1958, unidentified soldiers killed in World War II and the Korean conflict … Continue reading

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The Toughest Kid at Hooverville School (1941)

Flint, Michigan 1941 We lived in a hooverville when I was a kid … but maybe I should qualify that. If by hooverville you’re thinking of a shantytown made up of tin and cardboard or tree branches and loose sticks, … Continue reading

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HOW TO LISTEN TO A POEM

1. Give it your divided attention. One part of your mind should be free to wander about the room, bum around town. The best poems, anyway, are departures to somewhere else. 2. If you suspect the poem is not telling … Continue reading

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The Man Who Cried Pussy (1963)

Jack was a marvelous liar. But he probably couldn’t help it. As my grandfather said about another man, ”He’d rather climb a tree to tell a lie than face you and tell the truth.” It seemed to be compulsive lying, … Continue reading

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Fukushima #5

My friend Denis Chericone, pianist and composer, wrote this musical meditation the week of the Japan tsunami. Give it a listen. You’ll be glad you did.

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One Morning Gregor Samsa Awoke…

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Is The Kid Ready For University?

If you had it to do over, and if you could afford it, where would you try for? www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/2010-2011/top-200.html My alma mater is #15, but I would try for #4— the weather is better and it’s not far from San … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Pal!

There’s this guy I know, it’s his birthday. He’s been places. He’s seen things. He has a life worth celebrating. I figured I’d do it up for him, to the extent that the internet can accommodate. But that wasn’t enough, … Continue reading

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1-900-U-GONERS

 

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The Eye of An Artist

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Picnic at Bug Stump, a small yet delicious feast…

My friend Pat Volk recent put his RISD degree project up on teh intrawebs for us all to enjoy. It is charming. And this, my friends, was made by hand, with none of yer newfangled computers to help: Picnic at … Continue reading

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Have a Koch and a Smile!

The ever-lovable Billy Bragg had this up on his facebook page. It made me smile and I thought I would share it here: Koch Bros – It’s the Evil Thing

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Documentary about a modern-day maiko trainee

Becoming a Geisha – BBC This beautiful BBC documentary tells the story of Yukina, a modern-day 15 year-old girl training to become a maiko. While it is fascinating to view the training and daily life of maiko/geisha through a window … Continue reading

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Bobby and Marilyn (1961)

My friend Bill Smith is having some sort of nervous breakdown. I would say he is manic-depressive, except he’s never depressed. He’s always up and running, alert and full of self-confidence. I’ve known him for two years and he hasn’t … Continue reading

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Big Nurse (1966)

Mitch, one of the two night orderlies, or nurses’ aides, here on ward 5 catches up with me at the patients’ coffee bar in the day room. I’ve been over at the gym, shooting hoops. “Flint,” he says, “want to … Continue reading

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Being In Jail (1967)

My daughter wants to go to jail. In fact she’s determined to do so. We argued about it this morning. She’s in her room now, in a blue funk, listening to the Rolling Stones latest album. “There’s no way I’m … Continue reading

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If You’re a Sucker for Ascots,

Saw this on bb. They saw it on Neatorama. It sure is swell and it sure needed a mention here on kitTENTACLES: Etsy tentacled wonderfulness!

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Li’l Lil

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Too Much Masterpiece Theater?

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Don’t Make Your Enemy A Martyr

As the federale general says in ”Viva Zapata” after the death of Emiliano: “Sometimes a dead man can be a terrible enemy.”

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Do You Have An Eating Disorder?

Sorry, I can’t help you. If eating too much for your own good is serious enough to be classified as an Eating Disorder, then you need more help than any diet I can offer. Although you might take a moment … Continue reading

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Not Your Usual Historical Marker

Bloody Island One-fourth mile south is the island of Bo-No-Po-Ti (old island) now Bloody Island. It was a place for native gatherings until May 18, 1880. On that day a regiment of dragoons of the U.S. Cavalry, commanded by Captain … Continue reading

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‘The Canoe says Canada’

It was a gorgeous spring day today; so husband, little girl and myself decided to explore the neighbourhood a bit. Having moved at the beginning of April, we discovered that we were a mere few blocks from Ottawa’s Museum of … Continue reading

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