September 1, 2014
Labor Day

First Monday of September, but no work.

Last weekend (unofficially) of summer and then:

back to work or school, cooler weather.

For me, always a student or teacher,

the real New Year’s Day. Without champagne.


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August 31, 2014


by John Updike

The sprinkler twirls.
The summer wanes.
The pavement wears
Popsicle stains.

The playground grass
Is worn to dust.
The weary swings
Creak, creak with rust.

The trees are bored
With being green.
Some people leave
The local scene

And go to seaside
And take off nearly
All their clothes.

"August" by John Updike, from A Child’s Calendar

August 31, 2014

2042 What does it mean to you?

I see a t-shirt that says “2042.”

(It’s the year that the white majority

in the United States will be outnumbered

by those Americans belonging to other races.)

I wonder what the wearer is saying.

We were the minority when we arrived.


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August 31, 2014
Did you take a summer vacation?

Did you take a summer vacation?


The 1983 film, National Lampoon’s Vacation, depicts a family vacation that has become less common in America over the past two generations.

Did you take a vacation this summer? I’m not talking about a long weekend but a real full week off and away. According to a post on Factually, if you are an American and you did, then you are part of the shrinking 56% that will in 2014.

In 1976, 80% of…

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August 30, 2014

set those kids free

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August 30, 2014
Late August

Birds pecking rapidly at the yellowing grass.

Squirrels harvesting acorns that tap all afternoon,

falling on the table, chairs and me,

staring at the setting sun. It hurts.

And every day I think about dying.


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August 30, 2014

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August 30, 2014
This LA building reveals a hidden personality due to Merten’s mark (Image courtesy of Jake Merten)

This LA building reveals a hidden personality due to Merten’s mark (Image courtesy of Jake Merten)

August 30, 2014
One Whose Name Was Writ in Water

One Whose Name Was Writ in Water

I almost wish that we were butterflies

and liv’d but three summer days – then,

fade far away, dissolve, and quite forget.

Touch has a memory. A waking dream?

I want a brighter word than bright.

There is nothing stable in the world.

[a found poem consisting of quotes from the poems of John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne and John Keats: A New Life]


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August 30, 2014
Walking With Keats


John Keats by William Hilton – Public Domain

In the summer of 1818,  poet John Keats went on a six-week walking tour through northern England, Scotland, and Ireland. Keats and his friend Charles Brown set off in June and walked 600 miles before sailing back to London.

Keats was not an outdoorsman and had spent his life in London never having been out of southern England. He was 22 and had never…

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August 29, 2014

Henry James said there were but four rules of life —
"Be kind Be kind Be kind Be kind."

August 29, 2014
The Carrington Event

Are solar superstorms in our future?

solar flare

We still see the effect of Superstorm Sandy here on the east coast of the United States, but not many people know about the two powerful solar storms that hit the Earth back in August 1859. These were superstorms of a very different kind.

When the geomagnetic disturbances from the solar activity reached Earth:

  • Telegraph systems all over Europe and North America failed. Some telegraph operators…

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August 29, 2014

Dorothee Golz - classical paintings in modern settings

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August 29, 2014

A slow Friday at work means office safari time

by Mike & Ben

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August 29, 2014
"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." - Albert Einstein

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." - Albert Einstein

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