December 15th, 2008

orchid - tiny

Good Morning!




I was going to say the sky is confused today, as it has offered clarity, clouds, and hail this morning, and then, I thought why can't I view this state of change as exhilarating and when I see a range of motion in my mind also greet it with excitement and joy of novelty, instead of asking for focus and decisiveness.   Mind clears when required. 

A woman in my book group works for the county in social services.  They have appointments for twenty people a day which has been adequate until the last month.   You can't make an appointment ahead,  so you come on that day.  Now there are fifty people needing appointments each day and they are lining up earlier and earlier to get one of the twenty slots.  They line up at seven with their children.  It was hailing this morning at seven.   We are a society of vast wealth.  How can this happen here?

The poem comes my way this morning.  I think we need a deepening exchange at the nuclear level of compassion and care.


The Conjugation of the Paramecium

by Muriel Rukeyser



This has nothing
to do with
propagating

The species
is continued
as so many are
(among the smaller creatures)
by fission

(and this species
is very small
next in order to
the amoeba, the beginning one)

The paramecium
achieves, then,
immortality
by dividing

But when
the paramecium
desires renewal
strength another joy
this is what
the paramecium does:

The paramecium
lies down beside
another paramecium

Slowly inexplicably
the exchange
takes place
in which
some bits
of the nucleus of each
are exchanged

for some bits
of the nucleus
of the other

This is called
the conjugation of the paramecium.

"The Conjugation of the Paramecium" by Muriel Rukeyser, from The Speed of Darkness. © W. W. Norton, 1968. 





hot air balloon

People are funny!



Editorial Notebook

Pondering the Ultimate Sky Box

 
Published: December 15, 2008

Leaving no merchandising stone unturned, Major League Baseball has authorized the use of team logos on a line of funeral caskets for people who want to carry their fandom unto eternity. Models for the Yankees (replete with interior pinstripes) and the Mets (with handles of mixed Dodger blue and Giant orange) went on sale at the Branch Funeral Home in Smithtown, Long Island.



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nutcracker suite

Note your posture -



This is my "depressed stance."  When you're depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand.  The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you'll start to feel better.  If you're going to get any joy out of being depressed, you've got to stand like this.


- Charlie Brown




blue jellyfish

Looking for excitement?

http://www.science.tv/watch/9311ef5b5c3003946c48/Paramecium-caudatum-in-conjugation



I post the poem again to make the connection more clear! :)


The Conjugation of the Paramecium

by Muriel Rukeyser



This has nothing
to do with
propagating

The species
is continued
as so many are
(among the smaller creatures)
by fission

(and this species
is very small
next in order to
the amoeba, the beginning one)

The paramecium
achieves, then,
immortality
by dividing

But when
the paramecium
desires renewal
strength another joy
this is what
the paramecium does:

The paramecium
lies down beside
another paramecium

Slowly inexplicably
the exchange
takes place
in which
some bits
of the nucleus of each
are exchanged

for some bits
of the nucleus
of the other

This is called
the conjugation of the paramecium.


"The Conjugation of the Paramecium" by Muriel Rukeyser, from The Speed of Darkness. © W. W. Norton, 1968.


space - Hubble - Saturn

Imagination!!




I enjoyed a full and exhausting day. I look at this icon picture of Saturn. I am in love with the Hubble Advent Calendar, with the advances of this world in which I live.

It is so incredibly rich.

I dine on life.



"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

-- Albert Einstein


In case you haven't checked it out, visit: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/12/hubble_space_telescope_advent.html?s_campaign15

There's a marvelous new photo each day. Savor what you see, our tax dollars in return.