Sunday, 29 May 2011
to the woods
we're heading up to the old manse to see the bears, deer, and wild turkeys. and mousies yes.
meanwhile we enter a new phase of parenting, toddler-care. during the beast's first year we were horrified by sleep-training advice. these days we cringe when we see parents trying to tame their two-year-olds. these young beasts are wild, yes, and they are meant to be. see further william blake's songs of innocence and experience, or anything written by melanie klein or margaret mahler. we hear over and over again about this bizarre thing called the "time out", some kind of pseudo-liberal discipline idea, that one would make one's child basically sit in the corner. really that's what it is. strange days indeed. let the beasts run wild we say!
meanwhile also we took our beast to the dentist the other day and the dentist said "does she still drink from a bottle?" i said "no, she's breastfeeding" and he said "you have to stop that." i was like hello, are you a dentist or a mother or a pediatrician or a lactation consultant? actually i just nodded because i've heard this so many times. let the beast nurse we say!
meanwhile meanwhile, the beast is busy learning the names of the british kings. she likes king john and harry 6 the crazy baby, but dicky is by far her favorite. that's richard the lionhearted to you.
and unbelievable, but the duncan book will come into print in the spring. we're in the final heave of production. looking over some grant applications for the books from 2000 and 2001 we saw the funny reviewer comments from our NEH application. we were denied funding because "the author does not have a PhD and is an adjunct professor." (well these days the author is a gardener.) and another "the author fails to provide a 'theoretical optic' for the work." put on your theory glasses. right on.
speaking of gardening, we just got the go-ahead to do a rooftop vegetable garden at one of our gigs. does anyone know of nyc initiatives funding or tax-rebating co-op buildings for urban gardening, rain water conservation or composting?
peace out people. and eat the mulberries. they are coming.
Sunday, 15 May 2011
How odd it is to think of Israel surrounded by angry Palestinians in exile all looming at the borders. We think of Dr. Freud's line about not understanding why anyone would establish a country in the middle of unfriendly neighbors, but these are not just unfriendly neighbors; these are displaced persons. Let us say Power to the Palestinians.
Meanwhile, a recipe for ice cream. It has been perfected:
1 1/2 cups cream
1/2 cup maple syrup
juice of one lemon
1 tbsp corn starch
2 egg yolks
blend, blend, blend, and then put into a plastic container and duct-tape it shut. put the plastic container into a bigger plastic container and pack it with rock salt (or course sea salt or kosher salt) and ice cubes. shake it for fifteen minutes, and throw it in the freezer. voila, ice cream, and you don't need to buy a fancy ice cream maker.
Monday, 2 May 2011
here there's only gloom with this morning's news of americans partying, singing god bless america, whooping it up over osama bin laden's death. celebrating death? the blood lust of "civilization". civilization? what civilization? as for us, we don't want to watch the news or leave the house or answer the phone. blow someone's brains out and have a blast. think that the world is a better place? american forces are at war on three fronts spilling blood every day. be a wrathful deity. devour your young. take an eye for an eye. go for it USA.
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
on the H. D. Book
here's a piece we wrote on the H. D. Book.
I need an intern
We're back from St. Louis where it was warm and bright and Bea had a great time romping through the parks with new kid friends Hazel and Clyde and new chicken friends Sally and Daisy.
And now, we're trying to organize our files, books, writing projects, so we're looking for an intern. Location is Sunnyside, Queens. One morning or afternoon a week would be great. We have not a lot of funds but we can provide lunch, books, and/or poetry tutorials. Please contact us at email@example.com if you're interested.
Saturday, 9 April 2011
We're going to st. louis to give a reading. we'll be hanging out with our peops devin, andrea, hazel, and clyde. meanwhile, evan has printed a chapbook for us. this is a collector's edition (100 copies only). get it now or get it not at all. These are newish poems from the last couple years:
we'll be back very soon with news of this and that. the cherry blossoms have almost opened on the oshinko cherry tree of 39th place (matilda of flanders, the partner of william the conqueror who is the japanese pagoda tree on the east side of the street).
by the way, a news flash about william the conqueror: his corpse exploded at his funeral as the bishops were trying to stuff his bloated highness into his coffin.
also on an unrelated note, evan reports that dylan's in china. peace out.
Friday, 25 March 2011
We were away from the blog...
Top Ten Reasons We Were Away From The Blog For Two Weeks
1. Another alien abduction experience.
2. Lots of yogurt and raisins to clean up off the floor.
3. Another root canal.
4. High on Vicodin.
5.Tsunami-proofing the apartment.
6. Too tired and high to come up with Ten Reasons we were away from the blog.
Here's our new Simple Living weekly dinner menu:
Sunday: Roast Chicken
Monday: Chicken Soup and Pie
Tuesday: Giant Salad Night
Thursday: World Cultures Day
As for everything else, here is everything else: it's cold in Sunnyside, but the violets are surviving in the gardens of Sunnyside Gardens. The Beast can now say "New York City" and is also a very good dancer and knows her Norman kings (really). We're learning some Welsh songs to prepare for a visit from Grandma and Grandpa of Wales. Meanwhile, we despise the Obama team for going to Libya. Have we not enough wars? And not closing Guantanamo. And not abolishing the Death Penalty. We told you so before the election. Everyone was like He's great. He's different. He sucks.
Tomorrow we'll be on a panel discussion at Poets House down town NYC re: RD's The HD Book. 2 pm.
And we'll be back here next week with more news on this and that.
Peace out peops.
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Apple IPhone Brain Tumors
This is from the iPhone manual. (Place the phone across the room and shout into it through a bull horn for maximum safety.)(And drag it behind you on a leash rather than carrying it in your pocket.)
For optimal mobile device performance and to be sure that human
exposure to RF energy does not exceed the FCC, IC, and European Union
guidelines, always follow these instructions and precautions: When on a
call using the built-in audio receiver in iPhone, hold iPhone with the dock
connector pointed down toward your shoulder to increase separation
from the antenna. When using iPhone near your body for voice calls
or for wireless data transmission over a cellular network, keep iPhone
at least 15 mm (5/8 inch) away from the body, and only use carrying cases,
belt clips, or holders that do not have metal parts and that maintain at
least 15 mm (5/8 inch) separation between iPhone and the body.
iPhone is designed and manufactured to comply with the limits for
exposure to RF energy set by the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) of the United States, Industry Canada (IC) of Canada, and regulating
entities of Japan, the European Union, and other countries. The exposure
standard employs a unit of measurement known as the specific
absorption rate, or SAR. The SAR limit applicable to iPhone set by the
FCC is 1.6 watts per kilogram (W/kg), 1.6 W/kg by Industry Canada,
and 2.0 W/kg by the Council of the European Union. Tests for SAR are
conducted using standard operating positions (i.e., at the ear and worn
on the body) specified by these agencies, with iPhone transmitting
at its highest certified power level in all tested frequency bands.
Although SAR is determined at the highest certified power level in each
frequency band, the actual SAR level of iPhone while in operation can
be well below the maximum value because iPhone adjusts its cellular
transmitting power based in part on proximity to the wireless network.
In general, the closer you are to a cellular base station, the lower the
cellular transmitting power level.
iPhone’s SAR measurement may exceed the FCC exposure guidelines for
body-worn operation if positioned less than 15 mm (5/8 inch) from the
body (e.g., when carrying iPhone in your pocket).
Monday, 7 March 2011
teeth and how they got that way
we've heard that a woman loses one tooth for every kid. we're now onto about four teeth, the lastest one under a new super-expensive bridge. oy vey! they're going to try to drill a root canal through that fancy porcelain.
meanwhile, we've been grooving on simplicity here. we focus on two activities a day (and one of them can be "rest"). today is pie and play. apple pie is where it's at.
tomorrow we'll be looking at flowers. we've got daffodils on the kitchen table in honor of the beast's welsh heritage.
and it's spring in sunnyside. the crocuses are coming up and gardening season begins. we're growing a lot of herby things for our local garden jobs— red texas hummingbird sage, blue lobelia, purple anise hyssop, and yellow calendula.
meanwhile, here's our schedule for the week:
monday— pie and play
tuesday— flowers and a jog
wednesday— french and knitting
thursday— play and rest
friday— swimming and pizza
saturday— maybe the zoo
sunday— family breakfast out
shouts out to our peops whit, evan, zoe, mapes, sian, aunt m, the connecticut otter, the brit boys, and all the rest of the crew. peace.
Monday, 28 February 2011
from the NYTimes
Soccer Fans Ruffled After Player Kicks Owl
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Soccer fans are crying fowl over kicking an owl. In fact, they're crying a lot worse.
Panama defender Luis Moreno is facing sanctions after he kicked an injured owl that landed on the field during a game Sunday when his Colombian club Deportivo Pereira was playing Atletico Junior.
The owl is a mascot for Atletico Junior and was being treated Monday at a veterinary clinic in Barranquilla. The bird is expected to recover from a slight fracture of its right leg.
The owl had landed injured near the corner of the field when Moreno walked over and kicked it about three yards. Atletico Junior fans shouted "murder, murder."
Moreno said he did not know the bird was a good-luck charm for the other team.
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