April 17, 2012
this is the the kind of natural happening that i look forward to in spring; what a thrill to witness nature in action. there is so much happening all around us in the natural world, we just have to be open to it.
i have been reading the earth moved;on the remarkable achievements of earthworms by amy stewart. i’m sure it’s only going to add to my admiration of the earthworm ( yes, it’s true, i generally kiss all earthworms i come in contact with). ms. stewart is one of my favorite authors having also written another one of my favorite books concerning the natural world; wicked plants; the weed that killed lincoln’s mother & other botanical atrocities. the follow up to that is her latest book and is also next on my reading list; wicked bugs; the louse that conquered napoleon’s army & other diabolical insects.
it’s a beautiful day today and i should be getting my nose out of books and to work outside now that the strong winds have subsided.
i hope that the weather is beautiful wherever you are in the world.
June 23, 2010
summer has arrived! i’ve had some wonderful adventures to begin one of my most favorite seasons; seeing new places and making new friends. the garden is planted and even though it’s been difficult to tend to it (due to an abundance of rain), things are going well.
i’ve read a wonderful story that i think would appeal to all ages: The Curious Snowflake by james struck. it’s available in the amazon kindle store for an extremely reasonable price. the good news is that you don’t have to own a kindle to purchase it. there is also a link to The Curious Snowflake blog listed in my blogroll. take a look for instant inspiration.
a change of scenery is just what i needed to revive and inspire me.
what revives and inspires you?
ps happy birthday dad
February 28, 2010
i have a big crush on roald amundsun. i guess you could say i have a thing for rogue polar explorers from the late 19th, early 20th century; especially if they are of scandinavian decent. i’ve just finished watching a series from masterpiece theatre; the last place on earth, made in 1985 (available on dvd through netflix). it’s based on the book by roland huntford by the same title. it tells the story of amundsun and robert falcon scott‘s antarctic expeditions as they race to be the first to reach the south pole (circa 1911).
as scott and amundsun race to the pole, their story unfolds into a tale of adventure and misfortune. amundsun and his team of 3 men plus their invaluable dogs and skiis did it with superhuman strength and will. scott (who was an officer in the british navy) with his team of military men and scientists, siberian ponies, mechincal sleds, giant ego and arrogance, perished on the ice barrier with the 4 men who went with him to the pole. reaching the pole a month after amundsun, scott’s expedition was miserable and was a series of one disaster after another.
in the end, amundsun is made to be the bad guy and scott is hailed as a hero. amundsun is portrayed as a simpleton by the british and humiliated to the point that he flees england during a lecture/book tour, calling the british ‘ignorant’. he goes to america continuing to work toward repaying his debts and to raise funds to finish his work in the north. while there, he visits an old friend and fellow arctic explorer frederick cook. cook is behind bars for some kind of fraud\ scandle involing texas oil. he brings his good friend a book; scott’s last journey.
that is my kind of man.
i was born in the wrong century!
just a note about the photo published in this post:
i first published this photo titled sunset silhouette in the winter of 2009. it has proved to be the most popular photo on the blog according to my stats. i took this when the temperature had dipped below zero. in subzero temps, colors appear much more vivid.
all i got to do is to love you
all i got to be is, be happy
all it’s got to take is some warmth to make it
blow away, blow away, blow away. ~ george harrison
June 18, 2009
i suppose i should also mention that i’m reading poe a life cut short by peter ackroyd. it’s well written and compelling, yet, it’s another source of bleakness and despair for me. is it possible that, if edgar allan poe had not lived a life of poverty, addiction, and complicated relationships, his true genius as a writer and poet might not have been realized?
December 12, 2008
“He was a great voluble bum, and a bum who didn’t drink, he was an idealistic hobo and said “That’s all there is to it, that’s what I like to do, I’d rather hop freights around the country and cook my food out of tin cans over wood fires, than be rich and have a home or work…….”
from The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac ch.16 p.89