Tuesday, April 16, 2019

TRAVELING

Gone North without Internet for a Week Friends
 
While Manhattan Church Bells toll for Resurrection
 and
Candy Eggs abound

Lilies will Bloom
They toil not we are told. 
Seems like a good plan.
~*~

Thursday, April 11, 2019

SAVING the WORLD

One Plant at a Time
Cuttings sent to me as a gift from Deanna Cohen
Portulacaria-afra
"This carbon sponge can sequester more than 4 tons of carbon dioxide per year per hectare planted, making it more effective than the Amazon rainforest at sucking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. The unassuming-looking bush with its round, succulent leaves is especially good at photosynthesis (making plant food from sunlight), which produces a byproduct we desperately need: oxygen."
(read the whole article)
https://www.getaway.co.za/travel/nature-and-conservation/sa-wonder-plant-removes-more-carbon-dioxide-than-amazon/?fbclid=IwAR3XkQtpZDrX6CoDlNu0475mhx62Bi9K2cbtuJ5KRW6HvOwegWnPL0PsL74 

A SERIOUS SURVIVOR
In the wilds of South Africa, large plants do survive the winter frosts by growing dense enough to provide their own natural cover. Drought-tolerant and fire-resistant, it will endure desert sun and heat once established, which the jade plant will not. Cuttings root very easily in most potting media.

CUTTINGS
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutting_(plant)

ROOTING
Have Begun

six plants in three pots 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portulacaria_afra

Stage Two
ready as soon as holes are drilled

Stage Three
Give away to Gardens
~*~

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

SCENES and ART PROJECTS

SATURDAY
Irony on 14th Street
Very likely a most useful placement.
East Village balcony Party
You climb out your window and call it a patio.

SUNDAY
('Physician heal Thyself')

Sunday Brunch
Persian Cucumbers
Easy to make and delicious to Eat
Marinated in Rice Vinegar with Stevia

 Cucumbers and cream cheese on Toast
a favorite of mine.
~*~

MONDAY
English Plane Tree Bark
East 21st Street
Manhattan NY

Such beautiful patterns

 ~*~

"Rose Petals and Yogi Wisdom"
Returned from Australia

Temporary Placement at the end of Entrance Hall

Gifts from Mo

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~*~

TUESDAY
Came and Went while I wrapped packages and wrote cards ready for posting this week. I'm still finishing photo card projects, some promises way overdue. Center column top-Dad as a Telephone lineman in the late Thirties, Middle-Jude Hills jelly bean cloth framed without glass, Bottom At the Zendo (ten due). Left Column top-My shadow on two iron Rabbits in Massachusetts, Bottom-"Bruno" (friends dog). Right Column Top Edward Gorey image, Bottom-The printing on the back of a Zendo friends 'Rakasu.
~*~

Saturday, April 6, 2019

DRAT and HOORAY

Turning the Page
April

An Angolan Giraffe from Northern Nambia, Africa- compliments of the World Wildlife Fund. Gone are the Blue Footed Booby couple who accompanied me through March. She/He adorns the April page of the calendar that hangs right in back of my laptop.
(I have three different calendars)

Tuesday
5:56 a.m.
Another shivering Morning
Heat Repaired Again
More sleep
Then
Monthly Bill Paying preparation
Lunch
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Mid-Afternoon
Met a Friend for AMC Theaters Tuesday $5 Movie Deal
"Dumbo"
Tim Burton
"It’s a tale of misfits, with Dumbo as the ultimate outsider, fighting not to belong to but escape from a society that dismisses them as freaks. Burton didn’t need Hollywood glitz and so-called human interest to get that point across. Only when the film moves past the audience pandering, does Dumbo cut loose and soar."
https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-reviews/dumbo-review-tim-burton-disney-808075/ 
We laughed, cried, held our breath and gasped
It was an absolute therapeutic experience
~*~

Wednesday
Seemed to Evaporate
It happens


Thursday
Five neighborhood errands Done in only three hours,
AND
The battered orchid sprouted a new leaf from it's center!
It started out beautifully when I rescued it
 
Then
It deteriorated and leaves split.
Consulted a site and followed protocol:
Knock all the old soil off, cut dead roots,

Hydrate for a week so far and may re-pot soon

SITE

https://youtu.be/3q5DQ_PwFdw

Friday Rain

For the Earth
Portucaria-afra Cuttings
Deanna Cohen had cuttings that successfully rooted and so she generously sent me some from the source
It is capable of either C3 or CAM carbon fixation, depending on factors such as the season and the age of the leaves.
 
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portulacaria_afra

ALSO
Penguins Bearing Gifts from Deb Lacativa

AND
Turns out I was pushing the wrong buttons
The clock works just fine.
Ha!

~*~

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

REMEMBER

Some of you may have seen some of these offerings at Face book.
Kindly have another look

Pastel Work
1988
Madame. Raymonde' colette was a fixture on the first floor front when I first moved here. I have photographs of her leaning out her front window to the sun, reading "Hollywood Babylon". Originally from France, she lived in those rooms with her sister until her sister died (before my time). She and I became good friends. I used to do her banking once a month and run errands when she needed something. Just about now she would be cooking a lamb roast, it's aroma drifting up to my Third floor apartment.
~*~


Sta-cation
Hudson River Park
Manhattan NY
Saturday 3.30.2019
7p.m.

7:10
7:15

7:30

"In the morning, bowing to all;
In the evening, bowing to all.
Respecting others is my only duty--
Hail to the Never-despising Bodhisattva."


-Taigu Ryokan-
 (fragment of full poem)
~*~



April has Arrived
 
"have you forgotten me
or lost the path here?
i wait for you
all day, every day
but you do not appear."


-Taigu Ryokan-


Bright Monday
I met no fools along the way, but
forgot to look in the mirror
 

Evening at the Zendo
Five new friends, the joyous return of a member who was very ill after surgery for many, many weeks and this startling Orchid
 
"My legacy --
What will it be?
Flowers in spring,
The cuckoo in summer,
And the crimson maples
Of autumn..."

-Taigu Ryokan-
~*~
   

Friday, March 29, 2019

Two Offerings about INTERCONNECTIVITY

1.
Listening
Get Comfortable dear friend, sit in a favorite chair,
perhaps with a cup of tea.

Here is an Interview worth Hearing:
 
~*~



2.
The Singularity
by Marie Howe
(after Stephen Hawking)

Do you sometimes want to wake up to the singularity
we once were?

so compact nobody
needed a bed, or food or money —

nobody hiding in the school bathroom
or home alone

pulling open the drawer
where the pills are kept.

For every atom belonging to me as good
Belongs to you. Remember?

There was no Nature. No
them. No tests

to determine if the elephant
grieves her calf or if

the coral reef feels pain. Trashed
oceans don’t speak English or Farsi or French;

would that we could wake up to what we were
— when we were ocean and before that

to when sky was earth, and animal was energy, and rock was
liquid and stars were space and space was not

at all — nothing

before we came to believe humans were so important
before this awful loneliness.

Can molecules recall it?
what once was? before anything happened?

No I, no We, no one. No was
No verb no noun
only a tiny tiny dot brimming with

is is is is is

All everything home



VIDEO
(7 minutes)
The Singularity Recorded Live
I was there.
https://vimeo.com/271161318
~*~


Sources

https://www.brainpickings.org/2018/05/22/singularity-marie-howe-stephen-hawking/

Lucinda Herring speaks with Joanna Harcourt-Smith
https://futureprimitive.org/2019/03/reimagining-death/
With Gratitude to Grace Forest Maestas 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

POETRY - PHOTOGRAPHY - HISTORY

"Winter Cracked Open"
-Wendy Videlock-

Winter cracked open;
there lay spring,
soft colored thing.
Take me, she said,
swallow me whole.

And summer did.

Summer burst open,
there was autumn,
audacious thing.
Watch me, she said.
Just watch me fall.
And winter did.
~*~


Success
Update on search for Camera card for the old reliable Pentax 500: B&H Photo at 34th Street on 9th Avenue is HUGE and has everything you might ever want in the media department + wonderful service in the person of 'BRENT" who not only found the card I need (bought two), but voluntarily tightened up the camera, replacing two tiny lost screws AND took the time to bring me a stool to rest upon while he went in the back for his search.
A really nice Guy. He suggested that, as I suspected, the problems that developed in my settings were likely that the CVS print machines automatically reset my code to accommodate theirs...so, although CVS printing is cheap and fast, I may have to resort to a better source in future. He passed me a place he recommends.
~*~


March
Womens History Month

"Womens Movement 1960-1970"

https://youtu.be/Bug6EyIb_AE


Gloria Steinem
2012 Interview

https://www.youtube.com/embed/icx9KAnDJ48?fbclid=IwAR0xJPPBOAQFRY2uE2vja7RVng9HfLQXiO1N-uhjC1SUmXjB97iADoMnlLI


LINK
Wendy Videlock Books
https://wendyvidelock.com/
Blog
http://nutshell-wendy.blogspot.com/