Tuesday, August 30, 2011
When one has an epic summer of epic travel....one usually ends up with epic tales of highs and lows, of wonderment and the unknown, of magic and sunburns.
And I do.
I have all of those.
I've had an epic summer of epic travel. The trouble is, I've done had it all... and now I don't know where to begin to try and sort out the stories, the tales, the shaggy dog notes,
to put it all right, from top to bottom, and to share the wealth.
Slowly, I guess. It'll all come together slowly.
And probably well out of order.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
There has been a change in national temperament that has affected decent citizens as well as criminals. The country’s mood has turned sour. Indeed, the flip side of Britons’ famed politeness is the sort of hooliganism that appears at soccer matches and in town centers on weekend nights — an unfocused hostility that is usually fueled by vast quantities of alcohol. Fears of anarchic urban mobs date from Shakespeare’s time, and Prime Minister David Cameron has summoned these old fears, describing the present conflagration as “senseless.”
Everyday, I hear more and more talk of how it's all just falling apart. We see it in the world of consumerism, wholesale and retail, the economy is taking a dive; or a slow, exceptionally deep, dive it seems with each shrinking sale. We see it with friends who get laid off on a monthly basis. We see it in the park, as more and more homeless come to sleep there with tents, dogs, cots and a weeks worth of food that they leave strewn behind. And it's this last kind of 'falling apart' or falling down on our life's expectations that really wears. The disregard for others, for life itself, is terribly heartbreaking. With nary the ability to stop it, or to make a wide-spread difference, it seems we are forced to watch society as a whole come to a place where it's every man for himself. David Cameron has it right: It is senseless. But where can you engage your senses when all around you is nonsensical malarkey? Unless you're lucky enough to be surrounded by a family and friends that encourage the positive treatment of others, or the defense of the natural world, or the idea that 'less is more'... where are you left to learn it? Reality shows, Wall Street, and the daily news don't leave you with much to go on. One would have to really want to see/have/ be in a better world and then pass that on to others in order to find sense of it all once again.
Do Lectures Trailer from The Do Lectures on Vimeo. (thanks to T for posting)
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
RK says I have a special way with dogs these days. But I just think it's hard to pass up cuteness this intense. This little character, in his half on/half off halter top, couldn't get enuf of the face squish scritch. And I was happy to oblige.