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Passion! December 26, 2007

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I ask you: Is there anything more passionate than a Virtuosic Flamenco Guitarist?

Well, yes Runt. Yes there is.

But here we sit in different cities with our pants on, so for tonight The Flamenco Virtuoso Javier Conde will have to do:

Note: Please “click” the picture. The “play arrow” isn’t working!

By the way, the “play arrow” on this video is giving an error message, but if you click on the picture you’ll get the vid.

What’s that you say? You were hoping to see The Lady do the dance which goes with this music?

Well it just so happens that you’re in luck. Much luck.

Here’s a beautifully filmed segment of Anita La Maltesa dancing to the able guitar of Ramon Ruiz. Keep a cold damp cloth handy. And ladies, our sensuous Anita is joined by an Iberian God toward the end, so hang in there.

Buenos Nochez, Amigos.

Inside Looking Out December 26, 2007

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I found this little moth staring wistfully out my kitchen window.

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She was beautifully positioned with her wings nearly parallel to the sun’s warm rays, revealing wonderful details of her amazing structure.

It’s beautiful out there, Little One. But trust me – you’re better off in here where it’s warm!

The Aftermath December 26, 2007

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Christmas this year seemed to have a food theme – which is VERY cool. Because in this house, food gets appreciated!

There were pistachios (my favorite nuts!) and hot sauces and chocolate covered raspberries and cherries. And there was a variety of freshly canned sauces and relishes and veggies from Miz Lumena and Frau B’s Autumn harvest!

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And that card is from Heifer International. Elder Progeny made a donation in my name to help buy a goat for a poor family in a third-world country. Heifer International’s livestock recipients are taught how to turn their granted animals into continuously productive resources, and must agree to breed and distribute their little goats, cows, sheep, rabbits and chickens to help other families attain food and an income stream.

I think that’s very cool – a lot like the kinds of micro-loans which are helping women and their families worldwide.

And we did a good job of keeping the waste down this year. We had a couple of small gift bags from years past (which bags will be put away for next year,) A little bit of recyclable cardboard and tissue paper and some small things wrapped in used paper bags. Excluding food wrapper trash and recyclables, our addition to the land-fill was exactly this:

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It’s a little over a square foot of wrapping paper, which I have since taken to the dump. In my jeans pocket.

In the afternoon the Girls made it over to their Mom’s for yet another Christmas Dinner that Couldn’t Be Beat (sorry Arlo!)

In the evening I took Miz Lu and Frau B up on a kind invitation to share some Champagne and oysters around a crackling wood stove.

I mean, how cool is that??

Thanks, Ladies!

And So This Is Christmas! December 25, 2007

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Just some good thoughts to get your day off to a good start:

Peace!

A Simple Season December 24, 2007

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THEY SAY IT’S A GIFT to be simple.

But it isn’t easy. There are pressures, expectations.

Sometimes we can’t meet those expectations, though. Can’t rise to the occasion. Can’t cough it up. Can’t really see how putting it on a credit card will lead to anything good.

Two days ago I let go of the idea of buying a nice fluffy tree from the Boy Scouts. I would have loved to have helped them. Maybe next year.

So I took a ride up into the High Country where the firs and spruces grow, and I found a sweet little tree.

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And like my ancestors before me, I said a prayer of thanks as I took it from its home and brought it to mine.

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Then my gurrrls got busy with the Magic of the Season

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And there it stands, fancy on the inside. And we like it like that, my girls and I.

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Tomorrow morning we’ll sit around the tree and open our cards and a couple of things my brother got us, and we’ll talk about the things we already have which we’re grateful for. Like each other. Like our health. Like our community of friends.

And I’m going to tell them how much I appreciate having you folks in my life. Because, my friends, you are important to me. Cousin Phydeaux, Fran, Lisa, Jen, and so many more. I shouldn’t name any, because in doing so I’m doing the rest of you a disservice.

But please, all of you, know that I’m a better person for having you in my life.

Merry Christmas.

Namaste.

Dinner With The TCRs December 24, 2007

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I have the rare pleasure of my daughters’ company tonight. They’re both off at college, but both here tonight for Christmas Eve Dinner.

So I went the extra mile with a nice dinner tonight, a pork tenderloin stuffed with pesto, pine nuts and roasted red peppers, served with roasted potatoes and garnet yams.

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It was tasty, and we all enjoyed each other’s company.

Apropos of The Season December 24, 2007

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I just read an elucidating post by Karen over at Beautiful Day Rule. She linked to a short video called “The Story Of Stuff,” which does an excellent job of describing our current dysfunctional system of production/consumption/disposal and its ramifications to our planet and our children’s futures. I’m not linking to it directly, but rather suggesting that you stop by Karen’s place for the link and let her know that you appreciate her efforts in spreading the word.

The gist of the video, in case you don’t go (but why wouldn’t you?) is that we’re being “played” in a corporate Ponzi scheme which can’t do anything but collapse in the not-too-distant future, taking all of our futures with it. The video has a rather more hopeful tone to it than that, thanks to the excellent energy of host Annie Leonard, Activist Extraordinaire and plain-talking Good Folk.

But I’m taking a bit of a harder line here, because I’ve been trying really hard to be a protector of our environment for too many decades, and I see the vast majority of Americans not really giving a shit about the Earth, and being completely oblivious to their part in the environmental holocaust which our American Life-style is fomenting.

The sad truth is that as a small group of individuals we can do everything in our powers to cut back on our consumption and reduce our waste stream, but the huge majority of our toxic by-products never pass through our hands. They’re produced in the manufacturing of our Great American Lifestyle, stock-piled in mountains of toxic mine tailings, dissolved in billions of gallons of industrial waste-water, billowed from tens of thousands of smokestacks scattered around our planet.

In this, the most consumptive of seasons, it behooves us to examine critically the messages being peddled to us, and those we pass on to our children. What does it take to be happy? What do we need to be satisfied? Who really pays for our conspicuous over-consumption?

I try to keep it simple, to reduce my environmentally consumptive footprint. My personal trash output is ridiculously small by American standards. Yet I know I could do more, and I’m always searching for ways to move in that direction.

The solution lies well beyond me, and indeed well beyond us. It lies in a redefinition of The Good Life which takes into account sustainability, a well-worn concept which hasn’t taken hold in our most consumptive of societies because there’s so much easy money to be made in dismissing it.

So in the next few days, as you survey the bounty of things which you’ve brought into your homes and the volume of largely unrecyclable trash which you’ve hauled to the curb or carted to your local transfer station, I’m asking you to ask yourself how much of that was necessary, what of those things did you really need, and do you really, really¬† have to do it again next year.

Deck The Malls! December 23, 2007

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It’s that time, Folks: Buy it or don’t! No more lolly-gagging around in your PJs as you surf the Blog-o-sphere for entertaining diversions and intellectual stimulation.

It’s time to GET OUT THERE AND SHOP!

Not as a want-to, but as a have-to. It’s your Patriotic Duty As An American. The Corporacrats Uncle Sam demands it.

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The sad truth is that, despite my irreverent guffawing about it, there is indeed a War On Christmas. And it isn’t just about short-sheeting the creche where Jesus of Nazareth was born or excluding religious references from our publicly-funded celebrations of The Season. It’s also about denying the much older traditions from which the Judeo-Christian celebration of The Season sprung, the Solstice celebrations, the holding holy of a Tipping Point in the natural cycle of the world, the recognition of the precisely balanced, delicate relationship between All Things Natural.

This war is for your wallets and your minds. Fuck your hearts. You don’t need to feel anything other than a base, lustful craving for All Things Material.

And if you’re so out-of-the-loop as to not care about such things, for Gawd’s sake, think of the children! How will they feel when they go back to school wearing this past Summer’s cool shoes, when all the really cool kids have pitched those barely-worn relics and donned Next Year’s Cool Shoes? What are they going to say to the little shits who got a whole new next-generation whatever-the-fuck they play games on these days is, and your kids just got new games to put into the monstrosity they talked you into last Christmas?

Well, the awful reality is that by the time you read this, there may not be time to redeem yourself. You may be stuck handing out some pathetic version of the New American Dream, and your kids will just have to pitch an ineffectual tantrum and slam some doors and cry on the phone ’till they’re ready to let it go and suck it in and go to school in Last Month’s Shoes.

But take heart, Parents of the World. ‘Cause you’re not dead yet. There’s still time, though not much.

There’s only 366 shopping days left ’till next Christmas.

Dinner With TCR December 22, 2007

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Tonight, with shrimp from the freezer:

Curry-Rubbed Scallops and Shrimp with Stir-Fried Veggies over Red Chilli Linguini:

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Gotta love those rigid hunkers in the back of the Ice-Box!

Images From MY Day December 22, 2007

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It has been a typical gray New England December day, but with a bit more snow than we’ve been having the last few years. The cattle are mostly gathered in barnyards, and the downed fences no longer seem to matter.

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Their winter homes must seem to them like castles on the moors of our silent farm-scapes.

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A glint of sunlight at twilight reminds us that the Gray Days are numbered, finite, necessary for the rejuvenation of our lives.

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Namaste.