Lightly Child, Lightly.

This is how you live when you have a cold heart.
As I do: in shadows, trailing over cool rock,
under the great maple trees.

The sun hardly touches me.
Sometimes I see it in early spring, rising very far away.
Then leaves grow over it, completely hiding it. I feel it
glinting through the leaves, erratic,
like someone hitting the side of a glass with a metal spoon.

Living things don’t all require
light in the same degree. Some of us
make our own light: a silver leaf
like a path no one can use, a shallow
lake of silver in the darkness under the great maples.

But you know this already.
You and the others who think
you live for truth and, by extension, love
all that is cold.

Louise Glück, from “Lamium” in Poems 1962-2012


Notes:

  • Glück won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1993 for her collection The Wild Iris. Glück is the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award (Triumph of Achilles), the Academy of American Poet’s Prize (Firstborn), as well as numerous Guggenheim fellowships.
  • Portrait of Louise Glück by neh.gov.  Poem via misguided ghosts
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”

Forecast: 94° F. (Feels like…Hot)


Wiebke Rauers, a freelance illustrator from Berlin working on character designs, children’s books, and magazines. Find her on Facebook here.

Everything I touch, is born.


Notes:

Before Air-Conditioning*

Later on, in the Depression thirties, the summers seemed even hotter. Out West, it was the time of the red sun and the dust storms, when whole desiccated farms blew away and sent the Okies, whom Steinbeck immortalized, out on their desperate treks toward the Pacific. My father had a small coat factory on Thirty-ninth Street then, with about a dozen men working sewing machines. Just to watch them handling thick woollen winter coats in that heat was, for me, a torture. The cutters were on piecework, paid by the number of seams they finished, so their lunch break was short—fifteen or twenty minutes. They brought their own food: bunches of radishes, a tomato perhaps, cucumbers, and a jar of thick sour cream, which went into a bowl they kept under the machines. A small loaf of pumpernickel also materialized, which they tore apart and used as a spoon to scoop up the cream and vegetables.

~ Arthur Miller, Before Air-Conditioning (The New Yorker, June 22, 1998)


Notes:

  • *Inspired by temperature now in Dallas, TX: 103° F and Rising!
  • Photo: Radishes by El Oso Botas. “Madrid-based, Guatemala-born and raised, photographer, food stylist, chef and digital content creator. I’ve had a keen interest in art, colours, and shapes since I was a child.” More photographs here.

Saturday Morning

Got up on a cool morning. Leaned out a window.
No cloud, no wind. Air that flowers held
for awhile. Some dove somewhere …

Let the bucket of memory down into the well,
bring it up. Cool, cool minutes. No one
stirring, no plans. Just being there.
This is what the whole thing is about.

William Stafford, from “Just Thinking” in Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems of William Stafford


Notes: Poem – Thank you Whiskey River. Photo Credit: Strandgut and Kulturmuscheln. Related Posts: William Stafford.

Today’s Forecast

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Source: Birthe Piontek via This Isn’t Happiness.  Piontek is a fine art photographer based in Vancouver BC, Canada.  Originally from Germany, she moved to Canada in 2005 after receiving her MFA from the University of Essen in Communication Design and Photography.

Saturday Afternoon

Brenda Ann Kenneally, photography,miami

Brenda Ann Kenneally portraits of vintage Miami 1992-1995. (Source: Time.com)

Why?

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Not exactly sure.


Source: Bizarbazar

 

5:00 p.m. Bell: Fly (Home)

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Source: Find “Swallow” and other treasures at Eclecticity

Human. Roll it.

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Source: themetapicture (Thank you Susan)

 

Our Future


Go Green

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Mexico: 1
Netherlands: 0
56.01 min.

(Update @ 2:06PM: I jinxed it…D*MN IT!)


Source: Hungarian

5:00 PM Bell: Get Shades On. Get Home.

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Source: Animated Gifs

How to master deceleration into the weekend

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Decelerate.
Tap brakes. Slide on black ice under full control.
Never break eye contact.
Wag tail throughout.
Ensure ear flaps are fully synchronized.
Pièce de résistance?
Right eye blink in finish.


Source: Your Eyes Blaze out


T.G.I.F.: Come Fly With Me


This video has gone viral with 3,000,000 views in less than a week.  It hit broadcast news last night.  One word: Cool.

“If you’ve ever marveled at the flight of an eagle and wondered about the perspective the majestic raptor enjoys, watch the video and wonder no more. The incredible footage was captured, via eagle-cam, over the famous Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) glacier in the French Alps near Chamonix. Watch closely as the bald eagle soars above the hillside fringes of the glacial valley, and as it pumps its wings (at the 25-second mark), to gain more height and/or speed, and as it glides past people on the verdant slope.” (Source: Grindtv.com)

 


T.G.I.F.: Stay Cool

Mr. Spock, Star Trek


Source

T.G.I.F.: May it go as quickly and efficiently

water balloons gif


Source: Thank you fantasmaglorious.  Couldn’t stop watching. Boyo, what is with your fixation with water balloons?

T.G.I.F.: Flying into the weekend

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Source: Black and White Gifs

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Ball. (Many of them and fast…)

Ball from Everynone on Vimeo.


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