Sandbox Notes: The Ears Have Eyes (or Peaches Rx)

 

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-As Christopher Walken may or may not have said, “I got a fever, and the only prescription… is more poetry.” Check out Poetry Rx from The Paris Review – your weekly dose of poetic medicine. .

-“He spilled many ears on the table. They were like dried peach halves. There is no other way to say this.” Carolyn Forché’s poem, “The Colonel,” still shocks me every time I read it, as if I’ve never encountered those ears listening through the floorboards before. Those ears, they always are listening to something new.

-Have you ever stared at an ear? Set a timer for 2 minutes – meditate with every curve and fold and lobe of this painting. Listen to what it has to say, and know that it is listening back.

-Watch The Crown. Just that…watch The Crown.

-Frank Zappa’s “Peaches en Regalia” has long been on my list of Songs to Put You In A Good Mood.

-Elizabeth Schmuhl’s fabulous new poetry collection, Premonitions, got me thinking: our bodies are much more similar to fruit than I had ever realized.

Power Walking by Aminatta Forna (Literary Hub): a powerful essay on a woman walking alone on city streets, confronted by and confronting the male gaze.

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Sandbox Notes: Twilight Boundaries at the Abyss

 

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-Do you ever walk into a room and immediately forget what you came there to do? This is called an event boundary. Thanks to the poet, April Ossmann, who first told me about this phenomenon.

-It took about 45 seconds for the atomic bomb to drop from its plane and fall onto the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Take 45 seconds today to think about everything you are grateful for. 

Joanna Macy and The Great Turning : Macy, an environmental activist, explains that it is time to shift from an Industrial Growth Society to a life-sustaining civilization.

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Sandbox Notes: “Darjeeling Abs – A National Movement”

 

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-The inspirational messages on every bag of Yogi Tea.

-Montpelier’s famous biscuit breakfast joint, Down Home Kitchen, used to be a used bookstore called Rivendell Books before it merged with neighboring bibliospot, Bear Pond Books. Hence, the new national movement: “From Book to Biscuit.”

Saint Lucia (my new obsession, my latest essay subject, and the patron saint of authors, blindness, cutlers, glaziers, laborers, martyrs, peasants, Perugia, Italy; saddlers, salesmen, stained glass workers, and writers): meet Sufjan Stevens.

-Has anyone seen Life in Squares: a BBC drama about the Bloomsbury Group? It’s on my to-watch list. Also, after listening to this recording of Virginia Woolf, I’ve decided she’s best suited to be the sole spokesperson for all future Darjeeling Abs informercials.

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Sandbox Notes: Extract the Abandoned Rice Cake

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Redstone

Redstone: Montpelier’s Mansion from Yesteryear (see floor plan and photos from inside here)

-Who knew that Mr. Monopoly’s real name is Rich Uncle Pennybags? This article notes that a number of people remember Mr. Monopoly wearing a monocle, confusing Pennybags with Planters’ mascot, Mr. Peanut. This is an example of a “false collective memory.” I  must confess I was one of those mistaken rememberers.

“The Gooey Details Behind a Glow Worm’s Starry Night Illusions” (New York Times)

Where does your blood go during the embalming process? and Here’s a look into all the people who handle us when we die. 

These jewel bugs died holding tightly onto hydrangea stems.

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Sandbox Notes: May We All Reincarnate into Craftsman Lobsters

 

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The Headless Women of Hollywood Project.

A woman attacked by police because she was cutting dandelions with a knife.

A rainbow in Montpelier.

Eiko Otake and her deliciously moving blanket (video).

Cherry blossoms and reincarnation. 

-(No, I did not really find a buried human heart still beating. Again, just read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. It will explain the current terrain of my brain).

 

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Sandbox Notes: Luna, The Moose, and the All-Seeing Birch

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The definition of lunula (which was the Dictionary.com Word of the Day on August 19, 2018)

Save the Sacred Albino Moose (this old story from 2013 was recently brought to my attention, thanks to The Front Gallery of Montpelier)

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. A must-read.

This is why bananas smell like nail polish. 

 

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