Tuesday, May 31, 2011
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I hit 180lbs on the scales this weekend. That's a month of added calories, extra carbs, no cardio and failure sets.. Next week begins a cutting phase hopefully to see how much of the weight is actually new lean muscle buried under the fat gained along the way.
Yesterday was Memorial day and most folks spent it at the beach, barbecuing , rioting or a combination of all three. I spent my day gardening thinking of all the past yards and barbecues I attended with friends and family.. Most of the folks I spent them with are indeed gone and would require a visit to a cemetery as Memorial day dictates to actually "visit" them, or more specifically their remains. I prefer to think of them which in some cases I do so daily remembering those who helped raise me or got me over and saw me through. More than anything else I wish I could say thank you. I'd like to revisit but the last act or Our Town has always frightened me so.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
It was one of my high school English teachers, Mr. Millman, who first introduced me to Willa Cather. Her story Paul's Case was in the Norton Anthology we were studying that year. Reading it set a slow incendiary burn into my psyche. It was the perfect combination of a "misunderstood" teenager stumbling upon one of the great literary gems done in the man against environment theme. It helped to build and solidify the bonfire of attitude(platitude, in hindsight) that colored my teenage angst. I re-read it almost weekly for a year or so, ensuring that whenever the gloom was breaking I could bring it right back.
"Paul's Case", Water color by Yan Nascimbene
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
July 1940. Berrien County, Michigan. "Migrant woman from Arkansas in roadside camp of cherry pickers."
35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
“I am what the librarians have made me with a little assistance from a professor of Greek and a few poets” - Bernard Keble Sandwell
"We need librarians more than we ever did. What we don't need are mere clerks who guard dead paper. Librarians are too important to be a dwindling voice in our culture. For the right librarian, this is the chance of a lifetime."
- Seth Godin
Feb. 1, 1941. "Brooklyn Public Library (Ingersoll Memorial), Prospect Park Plaza. Librarian's desk, sharp view." 5x7 acetate by Samuel Gottscho via: SHORPY.
If someone suggested the idea of public libraries now, they’d be considered insane. If you said you were going to take a little bit of money from every taxpayer, buy a whole load of books and music and games, stick them on a shelf and tell everyone, ‘These are yours to borrow and all you’ve got to do is bring them back,’ they’d be laughed out of government.Peter Collins, The Secret Life of Libraries
Sunday, May 15, 2011
1946 - 2011
1946 - 2011
I know it makes me a nerd, growing up I was a BIG fan of the old Doctor who series(and currently of the new one) and my absolute favorite companion was Sarah Jane smith. Alas I just found out she passed away.