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Cookbook experience

Apr. 27th, 2017 11:42 am
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Has anyone created a family cookbook? Or had other print-on-demand experience?
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Estonia, Jaan Kaplinski, All has been written about
Kõigest on kirjutatud, kõigest on lauldud.
Ja see, mis veel kirjutatakse-lauldakse,
loeb ikka vähem, kostab ikka nõrgemalt
läbi meretuule õunapuudes ja kuldnoka-
poegade näljase sädina pesakastides
luuletajate peade kohal. Mida kauem
elad, räägid ja kirjutad, seda selgemaks saab,
et elad saarel, mis on vana ja kulunud
ja selle saare all on teine saar,
lähemal tulele, lähemal ehk tõelegi,
kuid kaugemal sõnadest, mida meie siin
ütleme üksteisele ja Läänemere tuulde.

All has been written about, all has been sung about.
And what will still be written and sung about
means less and less, sounds ever weaker
through sea winds in apple trees and the hungry
chirping of starling babies in the nest boxes
above the heads of poets. The more you
live, speak and write, the clearer it becomes
that you live on an island that is old and outworn
and that beneath that island there is another,
closer to fire, maybe also closer to truth,
but more distant from words that we here
tell each other and the wind of the Baltic Sea.

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sing america

Apr. 26th, 2017 10:10 pm
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Sometimes you've just gotta throw up your hands and post some real classic Langston Hughes.

I, too )
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Sweden, Eva Ström, 'Dödssynder åtrår ni mig ännu?'

Dödssynder åtrår ni mig ännu?
Vrede vill du blomma i mig?
Vill du driva blodet till mina kinder
och få mitt hjärta att accelerera.
Avundets korta sting,
vill du träffa mig,
låta mig fåfängt få rasa
efter ett annat liv.
Jag vill känna högmodet och gå
med högmodets vadderade ncacke,
jag vill känna den beska älskogens söta sting i min kropp,
och vila en stund på smickrarnas ockersålda mattor.
Jag vill känna hur slugheten får min hjärna att arbeta
och hur omåttligheten griper tag i mig i ett vällustigt begär.
Dödssynder åtrår ni mig?
Kan ni ännu verka i mig?

Deadly Sins, Do You Still Want Me?

Deadly sins, do you still want me?
Wrath, do you want to bloom in me?
Want to drive blood into my cheek
and make my heart accelerate.
Envy, short sting
do you want to smack me,
churn in me—vain rampages
after my next lonely life.
I want to feel pride and run
with pride’s stiff neck,
I want to feel the bitter sweet sting of sex in my body
and rest in the moment on flattery’s shaggy carpet.
I want to feel how cunning works in my brain
and how excess grips me and touches me with desire.
Deadly sins, do you still want me?
Can you still work in me?

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My father-in-law

Apr. 26th, 2017 08:39 am
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My father-in-law passed away on Monday morning.

He was a kind man. Brilliant, playful, curious, funny, generous, loving — and kind. He loved to laugh and he loved to share, and his love for Amy shone out of him. He was so open to and enthusiastic about anything that made her happy — even if I hadn’t loved him for himself (and I did), I would have loved him for that.

I know he wanted to be remembered for who he was before the last few months of his life. The lively, silly, driven man who raced his small daughter down corridors (feinting the wrong way and giggling as she followed his misdirection), who trekked the world for charity, who took beautiful photographs, loved music, cooked and ate with gusto, and took great pleasure in so many things. But I’ll also remember how, at the end, he kept his kindness and kept his warmth. Every time we visited, I was struck again by how clearly he wanted Amy to feel welcome, to feel loved.

I was so lucky to have him in my life for the last few years. I'm far from the only one who'll be carrying him in my heart from now on.

There's Always a Wrinkle

Apr. 26th, 2017 03:06 am
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It appears that I'll have to look for an older version of Firefox to install and hope it doesn't do the same laptop crashing as what I currently have since it turns out that won't let me upload any of my photos to it in the version of Chrome I'm using, saying I need to upgrade, which I can't do since more recent versions of Chrome don't support my Windows XP. Argh. I'll have to surf around looking at a time when I can bring my laptop somewhere with a faster connection than I have at home.

While I'm doing that I need to do a factory reset of my iPhone, since Other and Documents & Data now somehow take up about 7 GB of the 12 GB of memory it has. I resent Apple so much for this being the only option for fixing it. When I did it in May 2016 it took over two hours (and 10 years off my life from anxiety) to do the reset and reload my backup.


I have nothing in my mind to write at the moment, and the white noise feel of that is uncomfortable.


I still really dislike the look of Dreamwidth. I also need to change the layout of my presence here because I can't stand how the comments look in it.


I am dying to meet up with some fen in real life, something I haven't done in years, not out of my not wanting to but possibly because I don't know if anyone local is fannish about any of the things I recently write! Is there anybody out there?


Damn, this was a mostly negative post. I really like the flowering trees--despite my massive allergies--I'm seeing locally these days.

the last Sámi book says

Apr. 26th, 2017 06:49 am
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Finland, Niilas Holmberg

Vuosttas sámegirjjis lohká
sápmelačča jurdda ii golgga
go leat seainnit ja moskkus oaivval
muhto vár’ alde jos livččii

buđđosan gavjjain
mo dat munges
fihttešin čorget

maŋimus sámegirjjis lohká
vári jurdda ii golgga
go leat seainnit ja moskkus oaivval
The first Sámi book says
thought is slow for a Sámi
when surrounded by walls and overcast
but imagine having a meeting
on a high hill

my understanding
has gathered dust
how could I know
how to clean it

the last Sámi book says
thought is slow for a high hill
when surrounded by walls and overcast

new spheres

Apr. 25th, 2017 08:43 pm
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Speaking of poets who are gay for God, here's a little of our good friend John Donne, for April 17:

I am a little world made cunningly )

go out into your heart

Apr. 25th, 2017 07:38 pm
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I borrowed K's copy of Rainer Maria Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God back in January, when I was upstate for her secret wedding. If I'm remembering correctly, the Rilke volume was one of the (many) books that K and D used to build an altar for their ceremony, which was a miracle of both structural and literary soundness (and also pretty special). Anyway, K told me to keep Rilke through poetry month, and I can't disappoint her, can I? There are a lot of really spectacular poems in this volume, but this one got me where I live.

You are not surprised at the force of the storm )

Bought a Pack for Backpacking.

Apr. 25th, 2017 06:06 pm
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Oh good, I needed some new madness. Being fair to me, it was a chance to buy a nice $200 backpacking pack for $40. (It’s second-hand but all the wear I saw was cosmetic. It just needs a bath and a few minutes with some strong twine and a needle.)

I got the idea because REI has this program where for $250 they take you backpacking for a weekend, and I looked at that and thought, I’m a cheap asshole but I bet between what I’ve already got and a $250 budget, I can almost completely kit myself out for an entire month of weekends of camping if I so desired. 

$210 to go. Fortunately I have most of the activewear I need, and since I’m only looking at overnighting right now, I won’t need cooking supplies just yet. And my stepdad’s giving me his sleeping bag, so there’s a chunk I won’t have to spend. 

The tent will almost certainly be the only other significant expense, and I can wait a while on that – I have several recon trips planned to the campground before I’ll even be overnighting it. If I get that far this summer, my weekends are filling at an alarming rate. 

But I have my backpack! Now I get to fill it. 

from Tumblr

Rain, Rain, And Also More Rain

Apr. 25th, 2017 12:41 pm
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Five inches in forty-eight hours, by the home weather station in the garden. (I love this thing SO MUCH. I cannot even tell you how much I love it.)

The rivers are all flooding, of course, but I'm on high ground, so it's just soggy. The thing of interest to me is how my growbag + water reservoir systems are holding up. All of them are as saturated as it is possible to be now and the tubs of water are overflowing. So far, they've done fine staying consistently moist during sunny days--now we see if they drown in the rain!

So far, most of them are holding up apparently fine. One bag, which is too shallow for the tub it's in, is definitely waterlogged (but that's one out of over a dozen, so not too shabby!) The two big chiapas-inspired growbag + barrel tubs are hard to tell, because the rain also pummeled a bunch of stuff flat, so I can't tell if the tomato starts are dying from drowning or just hammered down by hard rain. The peppers in the same tubs are okay. I guess we'll know in a day or two.

We close on Dogskull Patch next week. I am trying not to think about it for fear of jinxing everything and becoming a whimpering wreck.
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Austria, Erich Wolfgang Skwara, 'Springboard and coffin'


Du wachst auf, abrupt, außer Atem.
Hast geträumt von vielem das war und sein wird.
Erwartungen. Plänen. Das war dein Leben bisher
das wird morgen sein in einem Monat in einem Jahr.
Meist kommt es so wie wir glauben.
Nur selten stürzt alles zusammen nur selten bricht
das Unglück auf dich herein oder das Wunder.

Und die Summe des Ganzen die Zwischensumme
solange du lebst träumst erwachst ist das Leben.
Ist dein Leben mehr oder weniger wert
weil du dies und jenes gehabt getan unterlassen hast
es noch haben tun unterschlagen wirst
ist dein Leben nur Wachsein oder auch Schlaf
nur das Geleistete Erreichte Bestandene
oder im gleichen Maß das Versäumte Verfehlte
deine Konkurse deine Feigheit vor dem Augenblick?

Dieser Sprung aus dem Traum ins Grellwache
wund deine Brust deine Augen verklebt nur gut
daß du nichts sagen mußt in deinem Erwachen
keiner erwartet von dir eine Bergpredigt.
Du hättest keine Stimme in dir und keinen Glauben
erinnerst dich in dieser Minute – sie ist alles – an nichts.
Deine Menschen falls es die gab oder nicht gab sind dir fern
du hast sie nicht vergessen das nicht du siehst nur keinen
von deinen Menschen. Du zwingst deine Augen sich zu öffnen
der Himmel ist grau und gleich begehst du den alten Fehler
du beziehst seine Drohung seine Trauer auf dich. Du meinst
dir allein sei die Sonne entzogen dir allein stoße der Tag zu
nicht sanft selten Sanftes. Nein dein wildes Erwachen
eine Kollision ein Unfall – womit mit wem?
Sink zurück in dein Bett aber auch das kannst du nicht
es ist nicht dein Sarg dein Bett ist dein Sprungbrett
hinein in alles was weh tut was Lust bringt in dieser Folge.
Dein Bett nicht dein Sarg reib dir den Sand aus den Augen.
Werde wach gerade weil es dir schwer fällt.


You wake up, abruptly, breathlessly.
You dreamed of much that was and will be.
Expectations. Plans. That was your life so far
that will be tomorrow in a month in a year.
It mostly turns out the way we believe.
Only rarely does it all break down only rarely does
misfortune befall you or a miracle.

And the total of it all, the subtotal,
as long as you live, dream, wake up, is a life.
Is your life worth more or worth less
because you had, did, didn’t do this and that,
because you still have, still do, still forgo it?
Is your life only being awake or also being asleep?
Only what’s been accomplished, achieved, surmounted
or in equal measure what’s been missed, failed at,
your breakdowns, your cowardice in the face of the moment?

This leap out of the dream into dazzled waking,
your chest is sore, your eyelids glued shut, how lucky
that you must not speak in this your awakening,
no one expects from you a sermon on the mount.
There would be no voice within you.
You remember in this very minute – which is everything – strictly nothing.
Your fellow humans, whether they ever did exist or not, are far from you.
You haven’t forgotten them, no way, they are just not around,
your fellow humans. You force your eyes to open up:
the sky is gray and instantly you fall for the old mistake
to refer its threat, its mourning, to yourself. You think
the sun withdrew from you alone, the day befalls you alone,
not gently, gentleness is rare. No, your wild awakening
a collision, an accident – with what, with whom?
Sink back in your bed, but you can’t even do that
it is not your coffin your bed is your springboard
into all that brings pain, that brings pleasure, in that order.
Your bed, not your coffin, rub the sand from your eyes,
Wake up precisely because it’s hard for you.

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Apr. 24th, 2017 09:14 pm
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I reread this poem yesterday, while I was trying to plan out the rest of the month; I'd actually forgotten how totally gorgeous it is, and like...yeah. Okay. This one.

Monet Refuses the Operation )

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Apr. 24th, 2017 07:56 am
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Apr. 24th, 2017 03:42 am
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So I've been talking about how my computer had been shutting itself down once a night and the remote AVG tech thought it was an issue of the machine running too hot. I air-blasted its fan, adjusted its seating on the laptop cooler, and pondered buying a new computer. Nothing helped. This went on for about two weeks.

But then recently I realized that my machine always shut off while I was in or having trouble with Firefox. At one point I'd barely turned my computer on and only had Firefox running and it shut itself off.

So I decided to use Chrome instead of Firefox. Without using Firefox, I've been on for eight hours or more at a time the last three nights without a single shutdown.

Firefox isn't supporting Windows XP in its new updates, but I can use Chrome, which hasn't updated for over a year for the same reason, without this crap. Man, I miss my Firefox though. It's annoying how Chrome keeps blanking out and refreshing any tab I'm not currently in.

Convergence by C.J. Cherryh

Apr. 23rd, 2017 10:35 pm
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It's a nice visit with some of the characters but not much happens in Convergence aside from place setting for the next arc, especially disappointing considering Visitor's bombshell and all the possible internal and external drama "Bren returns to Mospheira for the first time in years declaring himself ambassador to the atevi as well as Mospheirans and telling them atevi demands" could have. Instead, spoilers )

Cajeiri is maturing nicely but so far his storyline isn't doing much for me from how low stakes it feels.

The Expanse 2.08 - 2.13

Apr. 23rd, 2017 04:03 pm
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[personal profile] alethia
I got behind on The Expanse, just as it was getting great. Which it is! Everyone should watch it!

The Expanse 2.08 Pyre )

The Expanse 2.09 The Weeping Somnambulist )

The Expanse 2.10 Cascade )

The Expanse 2.11 Here There Be Dragons )

The Expanse 2.12 The Monster and the Rocket )

The Expanse 2.13 Caliban's War )

And for book readers, does anyone know where we are in the series? I'm curious to know how fast they're going through the source material.


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