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"Modern man's belief that he is the only intelligent species has not been good for him."

posted 17 June 2004

singing in the car

grass 24
grass 24: in the Willamette River, near Corvallis -- June 2004: photo by Sienna
i have been obsessed with my latest playground, thankyouViggo.com so that when i do get some free time, or when i feel creative, i end up there instead of here -- another 2 weeks without an update! but it's summer & it's hot again at last & really the free time goes with the pups to the river, which is as it should be * i won't get into all the behind the scenes things i've been doing with my not enough hours in a day, but i've expanded my world in a wonderful new way & the possibilities are so open i can hardly sleep from it all *
& as for thanking Viggo, i keep finding new reasons * last time i wrote lamenting the fact that i had not bought 45301 before it went out of print & whaddaya know? one afternoon i'm on Amazon looking for some other link & somehow, beyond hope as Tolkien might say, i notice that there are a couple of copies of 45301 there that Pilar's selling (there's one as i write, the last of the second batch & i wouldn't be surprised if it's gone before i post this page -- next copy's going for 183 bucks! rumour is it's coming back so don't pay that, no matter how obsessed you are!) * do i stop & consider my bank account? the fact that i'm moving next month? no fricken way! i buy the book before even allowing another thought to occur & i still can't believe my luck * i feel like writing a note to say thank you, Pilar (not the first one i've thought of writing either -- let's face it, Viggo's got some briliance but he doesn't make those gorgeous books by himself) * i prolly will *
i could also thank him/her/somebody at Perceval for sending me to a lovely exhibit of photographs by Anne Fishbein taken over a decade of yearly visits to Yaroslavl, Russia (also a Perceval book) * as i wandered through the little circle, soaking in 18 or so photographs of people captured in extraordinarily ordinary moments, i found myself laughing out loud not once, not twice, but maybe 4 or 5 times -- not because they were funny but so... candid * after seeing how small but wonderful blue sky gallery is i really wish i had gone up for the opening * i would certainly have been able to speak to her if i'd had the guts/words for it * i'll have to settle for the books, later, when i'm feeling richer * if i lived in Portland i'd volunteer at blue sky in a flash & if you do i highly recommend it *
o, & my title today? i was singing in the car on the way home from Portland last night, blissed out to the cheesy wonderful (i mean, nadando en tu sudor? ...vivid) lyrics of Chayanne (golly i have a lot of guilty pleasures! one of the joys of being alone, i guess), catching words i hadn't understood before, catching mistakes i'd made over years of listening to the same songs that made me laugh out loud again *

making lists: about this page

last updated 10 January 2004
the stunning movie The Pillow Book is the inspiration for this ever-evolving page of lists * there are lots of links mixed in on my lists -- if i could find a good link on any item, i included it * some links go straight to Amazon.com or the IMDb but watch that bottom status bar because there are some other great links hidden in there * if you're interested in a little history, follow the story behind this page on the one that came before it, otherwise, click on for more rambling words and lists of beloved things -- is that an oxymoron?
the lists below may look the same but they change every time i update the page * not all of them every time, but all of them over time * as it's a new year i'm going to give them another thorough going over, keep my mind moving on to new obsessions, even though i don't completely let go of the old ones *
the 2 spots at top i'll keep -- they're always changing & besides, they please me (i'm the only audience for these pages for all i know, so why not?) * my horrorscope: i'm a woo-woo type, part pagan, so why not revel in it? & the hotties in the movies: what's life without some tasty crushes? i try to keep the list short, but when i really fall for somebody it's usually because of a generous genuine nature & then i never want to take him&her off my list * like Viggo, like Salma * i saw the elvin Cate Blanchett on Inside the Actors Studio & wow... she said "It has to be a generous act" about really giving herself to a performance emotionally, going all out as she does * the generosity of creative expression is one of my favorite concepts, the one i've begun the last 2 years with (see Viggo for last year, & Brezsny for this) * see, it's all connected *

my horrorscope this week
(for the week of 17 June 2004):
Current human life expectancy is already at 78 years, and it's steadily increasing. So if you're 30 years old, you can expect to be alive for at least another 48 years, and probably longer. If you're 22 you could easily be here for another 60 revolutions of the Earth around the sun, and if you're 45, you've got a minimum of 33. So what are you going to do with all that precious, spacious time? I encourage you to let your brainstorms flow freely in the coming week. Is there another career or two you might want to pursue? A far-flung locale where you'd like to live for a while? An adventure that may take a long time to get ready for? Have fun visualizing the enormous magic you could accomplish little by little in the next three decades.

angel cards i just drew:
patience    gratitude    play

how am i doing?
almost 50 years, hunh? good! i'm gonna need it...
my favorite onscreen crushes:
the boys
Viggo *
Billy Boyd *
Philip Seymour Hoffman *
Ryan Gosling *
Colin Firth *
George Clooney (i hate to love him, but i'm big enough to admit i do) *
& the girls

the best movies i've seen lately:

movies i want to see next:

what music is playing:

what i am reading:
red 40: Bonnie -- June 2004: photo by Sienna
red 40: Bonnie

birds at my feeders this week:
my answers to those questions he always asks on Inside the Actors Studio are as follows (today):
my most favorite word is creative *
my least favorite word is money *
what turns me on is not having enough hours in a day *
what turns me off is not having enough hours in a day *
a sound i love is splashing *
a sound i hate is glass breaking *
my favorite curse word is fokker *
a profession other than my own that i would love to try is editor *
a profession i would hate to try is kennel owner *
if i end up at the pearly gates & there is a god to greet me, i would want her to say, "you can relax now, you're among friends" *

ways that Pippin is like the hobbit:
* he's always concerned about second breakfast
* he has big hairy feet
* he seldom wears shoes (he has been known to wear a slipper on his nose)
* he's a total fool (but an honest fool)
* he's got a goofy loveable face
* he's intensely loyal but also makes new friends everywhere he goes
* he likes to go walking, but home is best of all
* his speech is very rustic
* he squeals like a girl (just like Billy/Pippin did in FotR when the firecracker went off in his hand)

ways that Pippin is not like the hobbit:
* he doesn't really smoke too much, Pip
* he doesn't like beer either
* he swims like he was bred for it (funny, that)
* he'll never be able to have 13 babies (in fairness, that was Sam -- as far as i've read Pippin only had the one he named Faramir)
* he's missing his Merry
* he makes a lot of noise walking through the woods
* he doesn't sing (well, not exactly)

grafitti wall 9, Corvallis -- June 2004: photo by Sienna
graffiti wall 9
5:36 pm: treetops by the Willamette River -- photo by Sienna, June 2004
5:36 pm
treetops by the Willamette River

my favorite dream this month (my mom's dream this time):
"I dreamed I was working on some project with you and Viggo. We were all working on our own but together. It was good to see you and tho' none of us spoke I eventually thought, well, this is the great Viggo (not from Lord of the Rings but from your guidance dreams, etc.) and I should formally meet him. So I introduced myself and we shook hands or had some contact and it was all very low-key, with no one being any more important than anyone else. We were all casual, in dress and attitude and behavior. My first thought on waking was I had to tell you about my Viggo dream. He looked just like he did in the movie, which is the only place I've seen him. Tho' I'm pretty clueless at present about interpretation it seemed important that in some way your guidance dream character and your sort of inspiration and role model appeared in my dream at a time when I'm looking to my dreams and inner voice for guidance and direction."


leftie leaf 7 -- June 2004, photo by Sienna
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