Friday, December 13, 2019

A Hidden Life







Terrence Malick, one of my favorite directors, has a new film being released today "A Hidden Life."  It looks beautiful as most Malick movies do.

According to the youtube post:
"Based on real events, from visionary writer-director Terrence Malick, A HIDDEN LIFE is the story of an unsung hero, Franz J├Ągerst├Ątter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fani and children that keeps his spirit alive."



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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Soon and very soon.....



Cathedral of the Great Wide World



Took a day off  today to shovel, food-shop, cook, and
visit Headquarters - The Cathedral of the Great
Wide World. Only a couple other pilgrims
were there with me. The air was
brisk, but not painful - early
winter weather - could 
almost be mistaken
for late March -
but January
and 
February, 
the flaying months,
are coming soon
and very 
soon.



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Private Lives



The Private Lives of Dinnerware


The private lives of dinnerware


The Private Lives of Dinnerware


The Private Lives of Dinnerware


The Private Lives of Dinnerware




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Monday, December 2, 2019

Sunday, December 1, 2019

The Pale Man



The Pale Man - Pan’s Labyrinth




"You're going to a very dangerous place, so be careful.
The thing that slumbers there, it is not human."

~ The Faun warning Ofelia of the Pale Man


Pan's Labyrinth
Guillermo del Toro




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You Never Showed



You never showed  






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Jizo



Jizo



Jizo

Peabody Essex Museum




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Friday, November 29, 2019

Songs for Geezers - Follow Your Arrow






Follow Your Arrow - Kacey Musgraves


If you save yourself for marriage, you're a bore
If you don't save yourself for marriage, you're a whore-able person
If you won't have a drink, then you're a prude
But they'll call you a drunk as soon as you down the first one
If you can't lose the weight, then you're just fat
But if you lose too much, then you're on crack
You're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't
So you might as well just do whatever you want

So

Make lots of noise (hey)
And kiss lots of boys (yeah)
Or kiss lots of girls
If that's something you're into
When the straight and narrow
Gets a little too straight
Roll up the joint

Or don't

Just follow your arrow
Wherever it points, yeah
Follow your arrow
Wherever it points

If you don't go to church you'll go to hell (uuh)
If you're the first one on the front row
You're a self-righteous son of a
Can't win for losing
You'll just disappoint 'em
Just 'cause you can't beat 'em
Don't mean you should join 'em

So make lots of noise (hey)
Kiss lots of boys (yeah)
Or kiss lots of girls
If that's something you're into
When the straight and narrow
Gets a little too straight
Roll up the joint

Or don't

Just follow your arrow
Wherever it points, yeah
Follow your arrow
Wherever it points

Say what you feel (say what you feel)
Love who you love (love who you love)
'Cause you just get so many trips 'round the sun
Yeah, you only
Only live once

So make lots of noise (hey)
And kiss lots of boys (yeah)
Or kiss lots of girls
If that's what you're into
When the straight and narrow
Gets a little too straight
Roll up the joint

I would

And follow your arrow
Wherever it points, yeah
Follow your arrow
Wherever it points

~ Kacey Musgraves ~





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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Astonishment



Inchworm



Yesterday, in honor of Thanksgiving, the 
teacher at a meditation group I attend
encouraged us to develop a "gratitude"  practice
(as if maintaining a single sitting practice was not enough).
Sitting in the back row, eyes closed, listening, I
thought it might more to the point
to develop a practice of 
astonishment.

Astonishment at the comfy bubble that 
we 'meditation yogis' live in, and astonishment at
the thinness of conditions supporting our
perch at  the top of fortune's
ladder.




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Willful



Great again



I hear people say "I can't believe what is going on
in this country! I just can't believe it!"
I have no other response than this:
"You must be willfully ignorant
to be surprised at anything
afoot in the Empire - 
for how, tell me, 
how, can an enterprise
founded upon theft, genocide
and slavery end up in any other place
than the one we currently
find ourselves in?



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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

On the Occasion of Our Greatness, Once Again Achieved



Show's over - move along



What is the price of Experience? do men buy it for a song?
Or wisdom for a dance in the street? No, it is bought with the price
Of all that a man hath, his house, his wife, his children.
Wisdom is sold in the desolate market where none come to buy,
And in the wither'd field where the farmer plows for bread in vain.

It is an easy thing to triumph in the summer's sun
And in the vintage and to sing on the waggon loaded with corn.
It is an easy thing to talk of patience to the afflicted,
To speak the laws of prudence to the houseless wanderer,
To listen to the hungry raven's cry in wintry season
When the red blood is fill'd with wine and with the marrow of lambs.

It is an easy thing to laugh at wrathful elements,
To hear the dog howl at the wintry door, the ox in the slaughter house moan;
To see a god on every wind and a blessing on every blast;
To hear sounds of love in the thunder storm that destroys our enemies' house;
To rejoice in the blight that covers his field, and the sickness that cuts off his children,
While our olive and vine sing and laugh round our door, and our children bring fruits and flowers.

Then the groan and the dolor are quite forgotten, and the slave grinding at the mill,
And the captive in chains, and the poor in the prison, and the soldier in the field
When the shatter'd bone hath laid him groaning among the happier dead.

It is an easy thing to rejoice in the tents of prosperity:
Thus could I sing and thus rejoice: but it is not so with me.'

'Compel the poor to live upon a crust of bread, by soft mild arts.
Smile when they frown, frown when they smile; and when a man looks pale
With labour and abstinence, say he looks healthy and happy;
And when his children sicken, let them die; there are enough
Born, even too many, and our earth will be overrun
Without these arts. If you would make the poor live with temper,
With pomp give every crust of bread you give; with gracious cunning
Magnify small gifts; reduce the man to want a gift, and then give with pomp.
Say he smiles if you hear him sigh. If pale, say he is ruddy.
Preach temperance: say he is overgorg'd and drowns his wit
In strong drink, though you know that bread and water are all
He can afford. Flatter his wife, pity his children, till we can
Reduce all to our will, as spaniels are taught with art.'

~ William Blake 1797 ~




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Downtown Gloucester



Gloucester

Downtown Gloucester


Shot with Nikon D800 and Lensbaby Composer fitted
with Plastic Optic and the f5.6 ring

Post processing with Lightroom, Snapseed, Tangled F/X,
Brushstroke.




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Plastic Optic



Cape Ann museum


Walker Hancock's Angel
Cape Ann Museum

Shot with Nikon D800 & Lensbaby
Composer fitted with a Plastic Optic and
the f5.6 ring.

Post processing with Lightroom
Snapseed, and Hipstamatic



The plastic optic on the fully manual Lensbaby Composer gives a dream-like, soft focus look to objects. Its blur-field is pronounced which can make the object seem to materialize from nowhere. 




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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Howl



Marque


The thing I  find most entertaining and engaging about
food addiction is that that every day, I get to
interact with the very thing I use. If
I didn't, I'd die. So, there is no
"putting it down", no 
"putting the plug
in the jug."

There is only the daily, exhausting, practice of
witnessing the howling "want" and 
continuing to witness it until it 
howls itself out. 




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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Tenners



Pre-tenners


Pre-tenners


Pre Tenner


Tenner


Tenners are single decade rosaries. They have a ring at one end that you place over your finger. The ring is advanced to the next finger with each decade of the rosary that is prayed, enabling you to keep track of where you are in the prayer.

Tenners were very useful back in the bad old days in Ireland when Protestants decreed that it was illegal to pray the Catholic rosary in public. The tenner could be discreetly used in a pants or coat pocket.

My tenners are made of olive wood beads harvested and manufactured in Bethlehem. The beads are large and unvarnished which means that they’ll pick up a nice dark patina after being used a lot. Instead of a Penal Crucifix, I use chunky olive wood crosses, which have a great hand feel.



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Friday, November 22, 2019

Outsider




Outsider



One of the many gifts I received from my Father
was the gift of rejection. For decades
I chased after people and groups
of people that would ultimately
reject me. The selection
of people / groups
was not
conscious -
it was innate -
it just felt "right". 

It doesn't happen much at all
any more. I pay attention
to actions instead of
words and waste
far less energy
trying to
pry
open locked
doors

The gift remains though, always
ready to keep on giving.



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Kansas

Kansas



Debris Field



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Off Season



Salem Willows



Salem Willows Park

Salem Ma



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