Thursday, January 11, 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018

GONNA OCCUPY MY MIND

(from Kim Anderson of the blog Art In Red Wagons)
Last Night at the Golden Globes, Oprah Winfrey made an inspiring 9 minute speech, and though I didn't watch those awards it came to me from a blog I follow
The link will take you to another site
After watching, click back arrow to return here.
We are alive at one of the most destabilizing times in our National and International communities, and for many in our personal close to home lives. But I believe that the cumulative counter forces of truth and reason will prevail even if it might be too late to reverse climate change or restore our overburdened planet. It's never too late to step into the sphere of human consciousness to vote with every action and thought for what we most desire. It's never too late to be kind, to forgive and carry on, to stand firmly on the side of the abused and oppressed or to expose and resist tyranny.
https://youtu.be/L5rcrsCVbXw
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On January the 20th I will be celebrating my Seventy Fifth year and if I'm well enough, I'll be standing on the steps of the New York City Public library with Activists, Poets and Writers who stand for much of what is also in my heart.
It begins 5:30—6:30pm
476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
"One year after our inaugural Writers Resist event, PEN America joins dozens of artists, arts organizations, and advocacy groups staging public events on Art Action Day. We'll host a sundown reading on the steps of the New York Public Library featuring literary texts that radically reimagine community and mutual aid in the face of xenophobia, hatred, and threats to our sense of truth. Our exciting and growing lineup so far includes André Aciman, Tina Chang, Álvaro Enrigue, Justin Vivian Bond, George Emilio Sanchez, Anne Waldman, and others reading from the work of Gloria Anzaldúa, James Baldwin, Joy Harjo, and many more. Join us as we assemble to energize our community action and coalition building for the year ahead."

I was there last year as well and blogged about it included is a full video of the event
Here
https://mscomfortzone.blogspot.com/2017/01/writers-resist.html 
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

GRACE FOREST MAESTAS

2016
"August" This cloth lived here for awhile on loan a year or so ago, Then went back to it's maker, Grace Forest in New Mexico. Today it was returned to me as a gift.
~*~

Hand written letter
12. 16. 2017
"The drive took hours - Straight through, stopping only for gas. Smooth, arriving here, pulling the horse trailer up, then the Doe boat - positioning them, making a passage way out and into the gates with cattle prod. They F L O W E D out, into this Forest ---as if it were completely foreordained.    Tay runs FREE.   Tazmeena is spending her days just inside the travel trailer...so far.
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12.17. 2017
Today is a week!  We are still figuring out, heat, running water.  There are leaks, drained batteries, etc. but we make headway.
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More--there are walks down into the forest with goats and Tay, kids and us. A whirl of Intention.This place is so Beyond Beauty Full. A real Forest. beauty-full and Full of Love. I am SO glad we had the courage. Blog it if you can and Love to all there. Peace Be."
~*~

One Musical Favorite of Hers 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-16VK4dwuI

Her Last Blog Post

Mailing Address
Grace Maestas
P.O. Box 968
Oroville, California  95965


Oroville California
Oroville is positioned off of Highway 70 and is in close proximity to Highway 99, which connects Butte County with Interstate 5, which travels the length of California. Oroville is approximately 65 miles north of Sacramento, the California State Capitol. Oroville is a good 2.5 hours from the San Francisco Bay Area and Reno.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oroville,_California  

Monday, January 1, 2018

DAYS GONE BY

Sung by Dougie MacLean, "Auld Lang Syne" is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song. It is well known in many countries, especially (but far from exclusively) in the English-speaking world; its traditional use being to celebrate the start of the New Year at the stroke of midnight.

English translation
(The phrase ‘Auld Lang Syne’ itself means ‘old long ago’,which can be translated as ‘‘days gone by’)

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

CHORUS

And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.
~*~ 

HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS

Saturday, December 30, 2017

MIRACLES

Posted last year, I've altered the title to post again. It's a film worth seeing with a message even more relevant today.

George McWhirter Fotheringay, while vigorously asserting the impossibility of miracles, suddenly discovers that he can perform them.
 After being thrown out of a bar for what is thought to be a trick, he tests his powers and eventually sends a policeman to Hades by accident. Worried, he sends the police officer to San Francisco, and seeks advice from the local clergyman, Mr Maydig. Maydig, after having Fotheringay's powers demonstrated to him, quickly planning for reform of the world by means of miracle, but eventually Fotheringay orders a miracle which, due to clumsy wording, backfires. What follows is a miraculous H.G/ Wells fantasy classic.

(1 hour and 15 Minutes-Watch full screen)
HAPPY NEW YEAR
~*~

Note
the last four minutes was left off but a click will get you to it at the end of thisvideo

"The Man Who Could Work Miracles"
A British fantasy–comedy short story by H. G. Wells first published in 1898 in The Illustrated London News

H.G. Wells

Thursday, December 28, 2017

FRIGID CITY

Prewar, floor to ceiling iron heat pipes tap-tap hot air rising from basement to sixth floor in this hundred-plus year old building and throughout the apartment I've occupied since 1969.

A cadmium-battery driven clock click-clacks as it's second hand crosses a brown spotted cow and an English sheep, then a hefty pig in a meadow printed on it's face marked "The Kent, Greenwood, London", unaware of the irony of hanging on a plaster and lathe wall in Manhattan instead of the butcher shoppe it was designed to advertise.

Grey daylight has broken through the dark. We are in between Christmas and the New Year. Many tenants are away for the week and it's not as noisy in my neighborhood either. Discarded fir trees have begun appearing curbside. Bitter Winter has set in with a seriousness that weather is good at. No snow here but plenty elsewhere.

Orders to pick up homeless multitudes and 'escort' them to shelters most would rather avoid have been issued from the official chambers of our City Government. I have slept in two hour stretches through the night in a warm bed, returning to it often today as I will soon again.

https://youtu.be/4YrfLnlrquo
 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

TELL ME A STORY

Greetings from rainy Manhattan
 Fine weather for holiday tales read by their authors.
Here are three brilliant ones.

1.
"A Childs Christmas In Wales"
by Dylan Thomas
(21 minutes audio only) 
The crackle of the record sounds quite like a fireplace

2.
"The Loudest Voice"
by Grace Paley
(13 minutes audio only)
If you have never heard or read Grace Paley or if you have, here she is reincarnate for thirteen and a half minutes of sheer delight with this priceless Christmas story to add to your holiday regulars.

3.
"The Ice Bear"
by Jackie Morris
(10 minutes with images)