Sunday, November 16, 2008

by the light of day

The following information is provided for
Hopedale, St Bernard Parish, Louisiana
(longitude W 89.1°, latitude N 29.1°):
 Saturday 14 February 2009
Central Standard Time
Begin civil twilight 6:12 a.m.
Sunrise 6:36 a.m.
Sun transit 12:11 p.m.
Sunset 5:46 p.m.
End civil twilight 6:10 p.m.
Moonrise on preceding day 10:14 p.m.
Moon transit 3:52 a.m.
Moonset 9:24 a.m.
Moonrise 11:14 p.m.
Moonset on following day 10:00 a.m.
Phase of the Moon on 14 February:
waning gibbous with 71% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Last quarter Moon on 16 February 2009 at 3:38 p.m. Central Standard Time.


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Monday, October 27, 2008

the journey of a letter (two)

27 October 2008
Dear Peter,

I know that you are very very tired now. Maybe too tired to read, so you & Sally are together and she is reading this aloud to you. You know how much I love you two, my dear friends, and I wish I could be there right now to spend time with you – to be present, with compassion and love, to keep you company & to be together. You are always in my heart Peter. That may sound corny but it is true! Maybe because I live so far away I always carry this lifetime of experiences, moments, memories with me – so for us it is folk mass (long ago), catching up in the driveway, sitting at the kitchen table, walking our dogs, the hole in the hedge between our houses --- the little moments, the Big moments. I kept the wrapper from the Stollen cake you brought me last Christmas – here – wrapping your letter- because it makes me smile – you make me smile Peter! Thank you for being my friend – I cherish our friendship always.

I found something recently while walking the dog at Half Moon Bay – the beach we walked when you came to visit – yes in August I was walking and when I came up from the beach I stopped with the dog to take my shoe off & dump the sand out. When I leaned on the fence post to stabilize myself, I saw this stone cross inside the fence post – someone left it there. I don’t always know why I find things but I CAN recognize their significance – things stick out to me and sometimes they really do STICK OUT, as in this case! I thought you might like to have it now you know the story and how it reminds me of you, of us, of our walk there – our day together. The stone – I forget what kind it is – it as a nice feel to it and a little weight, feels good in the hand, if you hold it.

I have enclosed some photos from my Florida walk in April – when I jumped out of a plane & walked 24 miles by myself in the dark on the Canaveral National Seashore. It was grueling, exhausting, difficult, and at the same time, enlightening. When I was really really tired and maybe a bit concerned about being washed away to sea or stopping and not getting up all by myself, I found a letter on the small strip of beach, at my feet while walking, it was tied to a balloon and the wind carried it hundreds of miles then it washed up on the shore at my feet, and I found it in the dark! It made me so happy to know there was communication from a stranger, that this synchronicity happened. I was so tired I could not break the plastic string to open the letter while I was walking in the night but I tied the balloon to my backpack and it knocked around keeping my company. Also, the moon was near full and cast my shadow ahead of me in the sand as I walked. I could now see the shadow of the balloon cast in front of me as well – it really cheered me up and I didn’t feel so alone on my exhausting journey.

I hope this letter cheers you up like the one I found on the beach – and like the balloon I may not be in your direct line of sight but you know I’m with you wherever your journey takes you.

I love you very much Peter – I know you know that!

I will be home Friday ----


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Friday, October 03, 2008

find the river

Find The River

Hey now, little speedyhead,
The read on the speedometer says
You have to go to task in the city
Where people drown and people serve
Don't be shy. Your just deserve
Is only just light years to go

Me, my thoughts are flower strewn
Ocean storm, bayberry moon
I have got to leave to find my way
Watch the road and memorize
This life that pass before my eyes
Nothing is going my way

The ocean is the river's goal,
A need to leave the water knows
We're closer now than light years to go

I have got to find the river,
Bergamot and vetiver
Run through my head and fall away
Leave the road and memorize
This life that pass before my eyes
Nothing is going my way

There's no one left to take the lead,
But I tell you and you can see
We're closer now than light years to go
Pick up here and chase the ride
The river empties to the tide
Fall into the ocean

The river to the ocean goes,
A fortune for the undertow
None of this is going my way
There is nothing left to throw
Of ginger, lemon, indigo,
Coriander stem and rows of hay
Strength and courage overrides
The privileged and weary eyes
Of river poet search naivete
Pick up here and chase the ride
The river empties to the tide
All of this is coming your way

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

the element of water

the element of WATER

represents the soul & the emotions

metaphysical principle it reflect is LOVE


Autumn Equinox


planets: Neptune, Pluto


negative polarity (-)

metal: Silver

Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio

color: blue

feminine force of nature

tarot: suit of cups


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Sunday, September 14, 2008

walk on the wild side

This weekend i watch two films i find set in New Orleans: Pretty Baby (1978) and Walk on the Wild Side (1962). Both, it turns out, are about prostitutes and brothels.

when i read my horoscope for the week this morning, i am a bit surprised to find familiar words phrases references. i suppose i shouldn't be, but i am.

GEMINI May 20-June 19
Though Mars, Venus and Mercury cavort in your play pen, your fun quotient isn't as high as you'd like it to be. Are family demands conflicting with career gains? The threat of meltdown highlights a need to reach out and touch someone. While lunar beams illuminate a walk on the wild side, try to avoid that old deer frozen in the headlights thing.

i check, look it up anyway -- full moon is tomorrow, monday night


Monday, September 08, 2008

revelry :: only by the night

the Kings of Leon are keeping me company. a few weeks till they arrive to play The Warfield, looking forward to the live energy, swimming in that. soundtrack for the river is heavy on Kings, and the new release: Only By The Night. they kind of haunt me. hypnotic. over and over i listen.

R E V E L R Y kings of leon

what a night for a dance, you know i'm a dancing machine
with the fire in my bones and the sweet taste of kerosene
i get lost in the night so high i don't wanna come down
to face the loss of the good thing that i have found
woo hoo hoooo
woo hoo hoooo

in the dark of the night i could hear you callin' my name
with the hardest of hearts, i still feel full of pain
so i drink and i smoke and i ask you if your ever around
even though it was me who drove us right in the ground
see the time we shared it was precious to me
but all the while i was dreamin' of revelry

gonna run baby run like a stream down a mountainside
with the wind on my back i won't ever even bat an eye
just know it was you all along who had ahold of my heart
but the demon and me were the best friends from the start
so the time we shared it was precious to me
all the while i was dreamin' of revelry
dreamin' of revelry

and i told myself oh the way you go, it rained so hard it felt like snow
everything came atumbling down on me
in the back of the woods it was darker than night
palest of the old moonlight
everything just felt so [empty]
dreamin' of revelry
dreamin' of revelry
dreamin' of revelry
dreamin' of revelry

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