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12 déc 12 12:12 - 12 12 12 12:12

I just couldn't resist making a post with all the 12s in the timestamp. It's the last day like this for another 88 years. Peace on earth, good will to all beings. :)

7 déc 12 13:15 - Renaissance in concert

Renaissance - Sight & Sound concert (BBC 1977)
Annie Haslam is so cool. :) British progressive rock of the 1970s is the sonic essence of my wayward youth and the strongest of genres for my personal nostalgic feelings. I remain unashamedly a fan. 
At one Renaissance concert in America, an enthusiastic fan cheered, "Go get 'em, Annie!" Annie had a little fun with that: looking from side to side, she said, "Go get what? What do you want me to get?" My sister was there and thought that was hilarious.
The compositions of Renaissance were the equals of anything by Yes and Genesis. The differences being that Yes had a hyper-flamboyant keyboardist in Rick Wakeman and a hyper-virtuosic guitarist in Steve Howe; Genesis had a hyper-creative and theatrical frontman in Peter Gabriel. There was nothing hyper about Renaissance. They just made good music (and languished in obscurity).
On "Can You Hear Me?" the guitarist is shown using his thumb to assist his other fingers in fretting chords on his 12-string. That's supposed to be a no-no on guitar. But some do it anyway (don't ask me how I know this, or I'll have to incriminate myself...). To be fair, the 12-string guitar's neck is so wide, I can't blame anyone for resorting to their thumb, because it's much easier for one's thumb to reach the bass E string. This is also one of the rare bands that has a lead bass instead of lead guitar.

25 sep 12 18:44 - The Sa-Ri-Ga song

You know the degrees of the scale in Carnatic music? Sa, Ri, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Ni, Sa. It's easy to remember them:

Sa: a tool, a cutting tool
Ri: it means to do again
Ga: a fish, a long thin fish
Ma: she's married to your pa
Pa: he's married to your ma
Dha: an Irish name for Pa
Ni: a joint within your leg
Which will bring us back to Sa, Sa, Sa, Sa....

(With apologies to Oscar Hammerstein II)



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19 juin 12 10:59 - Oeconomia et qualitas osculatae sunt (Economy and quality have kissed)

I get as happy with cornmeal mush as I do with ice cream

as happy with gallo pinto as with organic rainforest dark chocolate

                                                —if they're cooked right

as happy with peppermint tea as with Cabernet Sauvignon

                                                —if it's steeped long enough

as happy with a simple cotton thrift-store dress as with an haute couture creation

                                                —if it fits me well

as happy with a humble apartment as with a mansion

                                                —if it's a loving home

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18 juin 12 18:10 - American Indian cuisine menu

Indian Givers Series vol. 5

Hey Grandma! What's for dinner?
  • Tomato & chile red-bean succotash
  • Wild rice with summer squash and dried blueberries
  • Shawnee cakes herbed with ramps
  • Sapan (plain cornmeal mush)
  • and for dessert: fresh blueberries.

All vegetarian too. No joke.

5 avr 12 09:13 - Here's the story of Rutherford Hayes

Here's the story of Rutherford Hayes
Lucy & RuthyWho ended our Reconstruction phase.

Hayes was Ohio's favorite son
Who took an election he never won.

The dirty election of Seventy-Six
Was fixed with many political tricks.

His wife was nicknamed Lemonade Lucy
'Cause her White House was never boozy.

Hayes reformed the civil service
Which made his enemies rather nervous.

So that's our nineteenth president
Who made big changes in government.

20 jan 12 11:51 - found poetry

Derived by taking all 257 of the subject tags I've used in this journal since I created it almost 6 years ago, then sorting them according to frequency of use from the most used to the least used. The new ordering produced some interesting word strings that seem to grow their own syntax:

lesbian
writing
feminism
poetry
queer
women
womanhood
goddess
politics

family
muslim women
resistance

ancestor
languages
witchcraft

job
violence against women
writer's block

alienation
healing
purple 
religion

femme
pennsylvania
style

gender 
bitch

health
recipe

arab women
feminism friday

india
movie
prayer

virginia
africa 
art

central asia
dream
equality for all

sicily
arabic

dc 
indian

water
beauty
body
coming out
girl me

uncanny
animal

sex
shamanism
trans feminism
ural-altaic

america
archaeology

dark moon
goth
grrrl
guitar

mutant
pagan
race
satire

neolithic
numerology
parody

reality check
science

class struggle
death
evolution
geek

kabbalah
literature
men

nature
sacred sex
self-esteem

solstice
supernatural 
tarot

french
friendship

gallae
gynaeceum

imperialism
intrigue
irony

paleolithic
philology

red 
sacred 
spiral
st. louis

human rights
inspiration
intelligence

phrygian
plant 
priestess

20 jan 12 11:14 - Writer's Block: State of the Union

Who do you think would make a great U.S. president?

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Alice Walker

12 oct 11 15:20 - Jennie and Nellie and Occupy Wall Street

Indian Givers series vol. 4

Jennie Bobb of the Lenni Lenape nation (also known as the Delawares) has now had her picture used for a poster promoting a campaign of resistance. The slogan "Occupy Wall Street" now reads "Take Back Wall Street: Occupied Since 1625." The Lenni Lenape were the indigenous people of New York City.



Her image was cropped from her portrait taken with her daughter, Nellie Longhat, in Oklahoma in 1915. This picture is from the Library of Congress collection.



Since we know her name and her daughter's name, and the time and place when they lived, do we feel quite the same to see her picture used to stand in for all Lenni Lenape people as we would for a completely anonymous subject? Do we see her more as an autonomous individual than an interchangeably generic iconic Indian image? Would she have supported Occupy Wall Street, if she were around today? We have no way to know. What about her descendants? Somehow I doubt anyone has contacted them for permission.

4 oct 11 12:18 - hit/yell

Between 35 and 50 years ago:
First my dad hit me and yelled at me.

29–30 years ago:
Then my first spouse hit me and yelled at me.

25–2 years ago:
Then my second spouse hit me and yelled at me.

Today:
No more. I am so done with that shit.
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