Monday, January 22, 2018

sh*thole | Donald Trump

In the clear words of Anderson Cooper -

Not racial. Not racially charged. Racist.

The sentiment the President expressed today is a racist sentiment.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

back to ordinary time

The holidays are now over. Epiphany marks our return to Ordinary Time beginning the Monday following the Sunday after January 6. In 2018 this falls on January 8.

The festival of the Epiphany - the word stems from the Greek verb epiphainen, “to shine upon”- or the manifestation of Christ as represented by the Magi commemorates this stellar event.

Color sketch of the Orion Nebula by Howard Banich

It signifies the end of my tropical holiday and imminent return to the freezing temperatures of the East Coast.

Here are some cosmic events to look forward to this January. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

byebye 2017, hello 2018

After an unusually warm tropical December the weather has finally cooled this January. 

Unfortunately it was brought on by the first tropical storm of 2018. 

Tropical Storm Bolaven, known in the Philippines as Tropical Depression Agaton, spanned two calendars - 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Formed near Palau on December 30, 2017, Typhoon Signal #1 is raised in Southern Negros Occidental now.

Be well. Stay safe. Enjoy this. 

Happy 2018 to all!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

five in one

This is what happens when you lose your internet and are forced to go offline for the holidays.

magazine print of original piece

For a hands on crafter like me - I take things apart and put them back together again in new and different ways.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

boast of quietness

Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1996), Jactancia de Quietud, from Luna de Enfrente, 1925

Christmas Comet Lovejoy

Writings of light assault the darkness, more prodigious than meteors.
Escrituras de luz embisten la sombra, más prodigiosas que meteoros.

The tall unknowable city takes over the countryside.
La alta ciudad inconocible arrecia sobre el campo.

Sure of my life and death, I observe the ambitious
Seguro de mi vida y de mi muerte, miro los ambiciosos

and would like to understand them.
y quisiera entenderlos.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

winter is coming

After an extended autumn our beautiful weather has turned. Leaves are scattering in the wind. Skies have turned leaden and gray.

Window Dancer

When days are shortened and dusk falls before 5:00 p.m. you know winter is on its way.

We truly have been blessed with a long and great fall season. Last year we only had a couple of weeks between a rainy summer and a sleety slushy winter.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Bonifacio Day 2017

On November 30 we celebrate Bonifacio Day in the Philippines. 

Andres Bonifacio was a hero and leader who spent his life fighting to uphold justice for his people.

Today we recall him in his poem, "Pag-Ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa" - love of country or better yet love of my homeland