Perhaps the World Ends Here – Joy Harjo, 1951

The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live. The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on. We chase chickens or dogs away from it. Babies teethe at the corners. They scrape their knees…

Mt Umunhum (Resting Place of the hummingbirds)

For many years I have wondered about “The Cube” a five-story concrete radar tower visible from most places in the South Bay. The Cube sits on top of Mount Umunhum (Mt. Um) and the views are breathtaking. The light faded quickly so pictures of The Cube were not very clear but tomorrow I will return…

Samm Farai Monro (Comrade Fatso)

NDEIPI GENGA! Ndeipi genga, ari sei sei marunnings! Mahwani, rega tirove maone one But maone one often become matwo two And we end up leaving the club kuma to two ’Cause we’re a nation of drinkers Brown bottles become blinkers Patrons where once there were thinkers Thinking where the money for the next drink is…

Narrative Fallacies

The narrative fallacy addresses our limited ability to look at sequences of facts without weaving an explanation into them, or, equivalently, forcing a logical link, an arrow of relationship upon them. Explanations bind facts together. They make them all the more easily remembered; they help them make more sense. Where this propensity can go wrong…

The day of the dead – An exhibit

I will leave it to seasoned anthropologists to discuss the politics of exhibiting a culture in the western institution of museums. My thoughts were that it may be interesting to  juxtapose Equinox’s authentic experiences in Mexico with those of an exhibit viewer in California.  

The Moon

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass” -Anton Chekov

The Scream -Edvard Munch

“He looks like he has his shoes on too tight…”  Art critics in my class made me laugh out loud today 🙂

San Francisco Fog

On my way to dinner, I found myself staring at an alien landscape.  Here is the view from my pause in SF traffic.

Henry W. Longfellow (1807 – 1882)

The Ladder of St. Augustine  Saint Augustine! well hast thou said, That of our vices we can frame A ladder, if we will but tread Beneath our feet each deed of shame! All common things, each day’s events, That with the hour begin and end, Our pleasures and our discontents, Are rounds by which we may ascend. The low desire, the base design, That makes another’s virtues less; The revel of the ruddy wine, And all occasions of excess; The longing for ignoble things; The strife for triumph more than truth; The hardening of the heart, that brings Irreverence for the dreams of youth; All thoughts of ill; all evil deeds, That have their root in thoughts of ill; Whatever hinders or impedes The action of the nobler will;– All these must first be trampled down Beneath our feet, if we would gain In the bright fields of fair renown The right of eminent domain. We have not wings, we cannot soar; But we have feet to scale and climb By slow degrees, by more and more, The cloudy summits of our time. The mighty pyramids of stone That wedge-like cleave the desert airs, When nearer seen, and better known, Are but gigantic flights of stairs. The distant mountains, that uprear Their solid bastions to the skies, Are crossed by pathways, that appear As we to higher levels rise. The heights by great men reached and kept Were not attained by sudden flight, But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upward in the night. Standing on what too long we bore With shoulders bent and downcast eyes, We may discern–unseen before– A path to higher destinies. Nor deem the irrevocable Past, As wholly wasted, wholly vain, If, rising on its wrecks, at last To something nobler we attain.

A honey bee…

Monday morning was quite eventful as our class had an unannounced visitor, an elegant but terribly poisonous Black widow spider. I am sorry to say the spider was promptly destroyed (school policy states I can’t keep poisonous spiders as class pets, I checked with the Principal). I tried to destroy it in the most humane way with…