Thursday, March 23, 2017


This Was Our White House
Dec 27, 2016
The Final Concert
Hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
Love and Happiness
(82 minutes)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Dragged the old gals bones down three flights and around several blocks
Spring is thawing though the temperature is frigid
 A trip to the market for cream of rice and the makings for beef stew
 To ProHealth for soluble electrolytes with Vitamin C
Sunlight improves everything.
Then, after dropping the packages off, I got a haircut!
A month of neglect cut away.
Exhausted three hour nap.
Many doctors appointments scheduled for the rest of March.--Looking forward to April

Remember When nights at the White House were like this?

or this

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

LIFE AT "SICK' + Middle of the night ADDENDUM

Sick bed with "Ted"
This morning the fever subsided and I spent an hour or more on the phone between three different offices.  My GP downtown (clinic I've used for decades) set an appointment for full physical the 31st, trying also to get her to refer me to the radiology at Phillips who won't give me an appointment to look at the leg without one, and found that all the paperwork from Dr. Eng never reached them so called Dr. Eng and hopefully that will be done..It's daunting but I'm sure most folks dealing with the Medical machine know.  The rest of the day sleep, drinking lots of water and chamomile tea

Tiny Television
(uncovered for company, sometimes without sound)
 Roseanne as Comfort Food

Too foggy for reading, even for listening to audio books.
Kept falling asleep.
Milk and rice with yogurt lunch.
Supper--chicken soup mostly broth, and another hot pack.
So goes March for me

Can't sleep so tried Albinoni's Adagios but then got up to post this.
Maybe sleep now


A series of unfortunate physical ailments began Last July 2016 and I won't detail them here (see Link). In any case the gastrointestinal condition seemed manageable with just diet an occasional Rx.  Then a vicious skin rash all over my face came to join the list of discomforts early March but the Appointment with the dermatologist is not till the 24th, then a violent flare up of the original gastro symptoms and a new medication, which after two weeks was not improving the situation.  Next, a series of self administered tests were accomplished over the 17th, 18th and 19th, delivered to the doctor on the 20th for lab results due in 7-10 days.  The Doctor returns on the 25th meanwhile, exhaustion.  Lastly my left leg is aching from a deep vein problem and I'm looking for a clinic that will do the tests which can include--computed tomography (CT or CAT scan; a special technique that uses a computer to combine many X-ray images into a detailed image of an area body that is 100 times more clear than a regular X-ray,  magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), ultrasound studies of leg veins or the arteries of the head and neck, angiograms or venograms, an ultrasound of the heart (echocardiogram, and electrocardiograms (ECGs).  In our current health care system here in the city there's no one place to manage care but many different places.

I'm feeling pretty lousy and a little scared since I hardly have any neighbors left and no friends close by.  Will keep any one interested updated.  Meanwhile I don't know how much time I'll be spending here for a while. I'm in a blurry fog.


Monday, March 20, 2017


At the Zendo looking out.

Peter Matthiessen

Illness isolates me somewhat as Winter often does too. Saturday there were snow flurries, starting as big fat far between flakes, Then a lot, then nothing.
(one flake shows here)
Meanwhile, in correspondence with a friend today we spoke of how loving friends, even afar, are "Salve to the spirit"--but when I asked google the origin of the phrase it gave me "slave" references (?), so I asked about "Balm of Gilead" instead: 
"a rare perfume used medicinally, that was mentioned in the Bible, and named for the region of Gilead where it was produced. The expression stems from William Tyndale's language in the King James Bible of 1611, and has come to signify a universal cure in figurative speech. The tree or shrub producing the balm is commonly identified as Commiphora gileadensis. Some botanical scholars have concluded hat the actual source was a Terebinth tree in the genus Pistacia."  An African spiritual is where I first heard it as sung by Paul Robeson on a scratchy old seventy eight one snowed-in Winter up in Massachusetts where I spent a few weeks alone with Jean Scanlon. Here she is in 1982 with "Lulu" at her side.
 We shared many warm evenings in the seventies sitting in front of the pot bellied stove talking of her life and mine and listening to music, balm to one another then.

Paul Robeson
Peter Matthiessen

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


March 14
Two Back Alley Views

March 15
Headlines in my Email
(from the National Resource Defense Council and Sierra Club)
"He just directed the EPA to start dismantling critical clean car standards." " Big Oil's getting paid back big-time today."

(from National Public Radio)
U.S. District Court Judge Derrick K. Watson has issued a nationwide temporary restraining order, preventing President Trump's revised travel ban from taking effect at midnight Wednesday.

"Twenty-four million more uninsured Americans in 10 years under the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with Trumpcare, according to a report just released by the independent Congressional Budget Office."

(from the New York Times)
"Huge sections of the Great Barrier Reef, stretching across hundreds of miles of its most pristine northern sector, were recently found to be dead, killed last year by overheated seawater."

The Ides
The Ides of March (Latin: Idus Martiae, Late Latin: Idus Martii) is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to March 15. It was marked by several religious observances and became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. The death of Caesar made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history, as one of the events that marked the transition from the historical period known as the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.

by William Stafford
Our father owned a star,
and by its light
we lived in father’s house
and slept at night.

The tragedy of life,
like death and war,
were faces looking in
at our front door.

But finally all came in,
from near and far:
you can’t believe in locks
and own a star.


Great Barrier Reef Article

More poems by Willian=m Stafford

Saturday, March 11, 2017


March 10th 2017
Tibet House USA
22 West 15th Street

Entrance Mural
The Gallery
This exhibition features sacred tangka artworks created by internationally acclaimed master artist and tangka painter Karsang Lama from the Dharmapala Thangka Center of Kathmandu in Nepal.
Tibetan sacred paintings are unframed and can be rolled up, often depict Buddhist deities.
 In this show, both peaceful and wrathful deities from the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions will be on display.
 The role of wrathful iconography is to provide protection for religious practitioners as well as sacred Tibetan Buddhist sites.
 Guests discussing the Tangka
"The Wheel of Life"
 Dolls and Animals
On permanent display
The Shop
Stocks Books, CDs, Videos, cards, Incense, Jewelry and other items
Sonam is always helpful and knowledgeable
 Beautiful Guest
Orchid in the Shrine Room
(Shrine Room)
 Executive Director, Ganden Thurman talking to guests
 Beautiful Guest
 Beautiful Persons 3 and 4

March 10th 1959
Several thousand Tibetans surrounded the Dalai Lama's palace to prevent him from leaving or being removed. The huge crowd had gathered in response to a rumor that the Chinese communists were planning to arrest the Dalai Lama when he went to a cultural performance at the People's Liberation Army's headquarters. This marked the beginning of the uprising in Lhasa