Saturday, July 31, 2010


just looked up opinionated. hmm, who knew all the words associated with this particular word were so unfavorable (at least in the dictionary i consulted). anyway, i have taken a mental health break and will return in customary form in a day or so. i have added a new mantra to my usual string:
silence is the best answer to the stupid.

there seems to be no shortage of stupid people and they are ever so willing to pontificate and offer their unsolicited opinions.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


silence is the best answer to the stupid. anonymous

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


in the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth. Mahatma Gandhi

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

let us...

let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, July 26, 2010


five great enemies to peace inhabit with us: avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride. if those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace. Francesco Petrarch

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Daniel Schorr...

Daniel Schorr
(august 31, 1916 - july 23, 2010)
daniel schorr, a reporter and commentator, died yesterday at the age of 93. my adolescence was informed by daniel schorr; his voice of calm authority, reason and incisive reporting helped to form my political and world views.

schorr's desire to follow his own advise, "to take a risk for a principle you believe in, even if it brings you up against your bosses', made him a man to be admired and emulated. daniel schorr was as bill moyers put it, "a model of integrity".
may his mission be accomplished

Friday, July 23, 2010


our minds still think in terms of 'we' and 'they'... but the world is one body. we must recognize that the others are also part of humanity, and that 'my' future depends on 'your' future. we may find some comfort in the notion of independence, but in reality we are all interdependent. H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

Thursday, July 22, 2010


of late, not feeling so hopeful about the USa. in fact, it's downright scary and getting more surreal by the day. from sb1070, the arizona immigration bill going into effect tomorrow, the incessant fanning of racial hatred, bigotry, and the accompanying small mindedness, bp's continuous lying and manipulation of the gulf of mexico oil spill, the catastrophic impact the oil spill is having and will have, the blind disregard by some decision makers for poor and struggling people, the two endless wars and the insatiable greed and lust for money and power...

a friend just called and we were talking current events and their impact on us. AH cautioned me, "you've got to get out of the tent". in other words, stop watching the circus but it's so hard to stop looking because it's panoramic.
may peace prevail

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

la paix...

may peace prevail

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


last night we went to see leonardo dicaprio's latest film, "inception". i wanted to like it... the film being about dreams and dreams within dreams. the premise of lucid group dreaming and creating dream architecture were a huge draw. BUT... the dreams of this film were more nightmare or cauchemar (as the french say) and destroying my favorite city (paris) didn't help endear the film.

won't go so far as to say "hated it" but if i was rating for netflix it would receive 2 gold stars out of a possible 5. for me there was no emotional or spiritual depth just a lot of shot 'em up action and special effects; not very interesting after a point. who cared about the tug of "reality" vs "dream", you just wanted the infernal gun barrage to end.

just found out that christopher nolan director of "dark knight" was also the director of "inception". hmm, that's a thumbs down for two of his films.

Monday, July 19, 2010


why do we love the sea? it is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think. Robert Henri

Sunday, July 18, 2010


all things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else. Lord Buddha

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Three things cannot be hidden long, the sun, the moon and the truth. Lord Buddha

Friday, July 16, 2010

carpe diem...

carpe diem ... seize the day. john keats

i have been thinking a lot about a woman who lives in our small hamlet. the last time i talked with her was in the parking lot of the grocery store. she was one week shy of retiring from a job which she had held for the last 52 years. while nervous about the prospect of retiring, she was also excited. she mentioned the idea of starting a new business which entailed cemetery headstone cleaning. while the business idea sounded a little odd, i was sure there was a need for it and she would be successful.

quite often when we pass one of our local cemeteries, i have wondered whether she got her business off the ground. this past thursday, i thought of it again and driving to have lunch at a deli in town, i thought i saw barbara pass us in her convertible. at lunch, bp was reading the local newspaper, while i, sitting across from her, was practicing my upside down reading.

bp exclaimed that barbara had written an article for the paper. the fleeting thought went through my head, "it looks like the obituary page". bp started reading the article aloud and stopped in shock. in fact, barbara andrade died june 27th. she died almost six months to the day of her retirement.

i really liked barbara. she was a kind, pleasant woman with a ready smile. she will be missed.
may her missions be accomplished


(internet photo)
after 85 days and with estimates of the leaked oil ranging from 93.5 million to 184.3 million gallons, the gulf of mexico oil spill has been capped. we're told it is temporary but i'm applauding and hoping that the cap will hold. the cutoff is part of bp's "well integrity" test which may last 48 hours after which siphoning of the oil may continue. meaning, they'll open the taps and let the oil flow. until then, no killing liquid gushing out.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


yesterday we passed a field of sunflowers and farm stand after farm stand offered bouquets of the flowers for sale. love the french word for sunflower, tournesol; turning towards the sun.

sunflowers can be considered the ultimate sun worshipers. at sunrise, most of their faces are turned towards the east but over the course of a day the flowers (which are actually heads) follow the sun from east to west; returning to their eastward orientation at night. when the bud stage ends, the stem stiffens, blooming begins and the flowers lose their heliotropic capacity. typically the stems become frozen in an eastward position leaving them always facing the rising sun.

pictured above is an unopened sunflower.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


there are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm. Willa Cather

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

la paix...

may peace prevail

Monday, July 12, 2010


right now, with this heat and humidity, a cruise to nowhere would be appreciated.

forgiveness does not erase the memory of the offense. it expunges the bitterness associated with it. Babatunde Kolawole

Sunday, July 11, 2010


yesterday was image day. last night was able to satisfy my steig larsson withdrawal by watching the 2 hour and 20 minute film adaptation of "the girl with the dragon tattoo". glad i read the book first. the film was my introduction to instant viewing from netflix. i'm hooked!!

later i watched TCM which was featuring films shot in monument valley. the early show was "sergeant rutledge", a john ford film. i came in on the middle of the film but it wasn't hard to figure out. it was the story of a black soldier, buffalo soldier, accused of the rape and murder of a young white woman and shooting her father, his senior officer, after he is discovered. the film was alternatively sentimental, melodramatic and poignant. noting the 1960 release date, i realized it was also a courageous project to make. it was made and released during the "early" days of the civil rights movement and the still standing jim crow and segregation laws; a time in some places where a black man could (or would) be lynched if accused of these crimes. oh, by the way, sergeant rutledge was innocent!

afterwards tried to watch a john wayne film. but he, along with ronald reagan are two of my least favorite actors. never liked either of them and even as a child had to be absolutely DESPERATE for images to watch them on tv. despite wayne, i tried to stick with the film. some of the costumes were nice, i coveted the bandanas and monument valley was a fantastic backdrop.

then i went to bed and was an action hero in my dreams.

Saturday, July 10, 2010


The universe that we inhabit and our shared perception of it are the results of a common karma. Likewise, the places that we will experience in future rebirths will be the outcome of the karma that we share with the other beings living there. The actions of each of us, human or nonhuman, have contributed to the world in which we live. We all have a common responsibility for our world and are connected with everything in it. H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

Friday, July 9, 2010


yesterday started reading "just kids" by patti smith. though her struggles don't resonate with me, her tone of friendship and love lost, does. the feeling of decay from the smith book combined with a bad restaurant meal and the summer heat produced anxious and grey colored dreams. i seemed to be searching for some unknown something or merely waiting.

i woke thinking about a once close friend and the change in our friendship. have watched, rather passively, the transformation of a once "tight" relationship to a "let's get together sometime" connection. was feeling a bit gloomy when the mail arrived, bringing a postcard from one of my former high school classmates.

this is A's second correspondence. a card arrived shortly after i returned from my class reunion; i read it and remember thinking, "how sweet". at the class dinner when A and i exchanged contact info, she warned, she "didn't use the internet but wrote letters instead". true to her word, she has written.

in the last year or so i have reconnected with people not seen for many, many years and at times it's very humbling. on a number of occasions have been told how i impacted someone's life and how s/he, from time to time, sent well wishes into the ether; hoping i received them.

this is the case with A. we have known each other since the 7th grade and i remember being in a few classes with her but don't remember ever really having conversations. i was thoroughly surprised when she said, "i always liked you. you were a character and i liked that. my second granddaughter reminds me of you, so i call her my little character."

ah, the ironies of life... everything MUST change and transform, perhaps friendships most of all.

may peace prevail on earth and in me

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn't more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it. Sylvia Boorstein

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

la paix...

true peace is found in this moment. acceptance is the first step to inner calm.
may peace prevail on earth

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

boycott bp...

all of the gulf coast states have now been affected by the gulf of mexico oil spill. this is the 78th day of this horrific disaster. bp, with the help of the u.s. coast guard, is controlling media access to the spill areas. lies and more lies are being disseminated.

BP brands to boycott include BP, Castrol, Arco, Aral, am/pm, Amoco, Wild Bean Cafe, Deutsche gegen ARAL Vereinigten.

Monday, July 5, 2010


(photo: tim knight)
we have an abundance of crows living around us and for the last couple of days they have been more vocal than usual. this morning i awoke to the insistent cawing of one perched on the roof directly outside our bedroom window. mr (or ms) crow's serenade sounded more like barking than anything else and after five minutes of this intrusive noise i barked back telling it to scram.

i love to watch crows in flight, their beautiful wings gliding in the currents. have been more attentive to crows for the last couple of months since i learned a little more about them from our neighbor who rescues injured birds and maintains an aviary. they could teach humans a few things.

i won't get into the subspecies, of which there are four but the eastern crows are the largest subspecies and are the ones who live around me. crows, considered highly intelligent, are one of the few birds seen to modify and use tools and are monitored as a bioindicator for west nile virus. they are certainly not an endangered group because according to estimates there are around 31,000,000 crows, of all subspecies, living in the u.s.

crows are, as we know, omnivorous and will feed on almost anything. the american crows are monogamous cooperative breeding birds which means that various individuals in a murder (group) will help raise young that are not their own. some do this at the expense of their own reproduction. offsprings from a previous nesting season usually remain with the family to assist in rearing new nestlings. since crows don't reach breeding age for at least two years most don't leave the nest to breed for four to five years. (crows have been known to live up to 17 years in the wild and 30 in captivity.)

the eastern crow is the archetypal "crow" of north america and has entered vernacular speech and popular culture. though i know the expression "eating crow" to mean suffering embarrassment just found out that it originated because literally crows were used as famine food. hmm... while theoretically edible they have little meat and could carry parasites that can infect humans. so my pesky crow neighbors don't have to worry about being eaten off.

must be feeding time, the cawing symphony has begun again.

Sunday, July 4, 2010


the issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite. Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, July 3, 2010

lazy saturday...

serena!!!! serena williams has once again won the women's singles at wimbledon.

yesterday received the last book in the steig larrson's trilogy, "the girl who kicked the hornet's nest" and i'm half way through it. so sorry that larrson died before he could reap the rewards of his labor.
may peace prevail

Friday, July 2, 2010

one year...

today marks the one year anniversary of orient view.

time is the most undefinable yet paradoxical of things; the past is gone, the future is not come, and the present becomes the past even while we attempt to define it, and, like the flash of lightning, at once exists and expires. Charles Caleb Colton

Thursday, July 1, 2010


absolutely astonished that we've arrived once again at the seventh month of yet another year!! amazing how the days are tumbling by. seems like every time i notice it's 11:11 (either am or pm) on one clock or 00:00 on another (it's a 24 hour clock). regardless, there are moments when i imagine i'm on a merry-go-round, spinning round and round, passing the same points again and again.

life's just a merry-go-round. come on up. you might get a brass ring. Mae West