Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"Sometimes life feels very long. What all I have come through! And other times, it seems as if it has all gone by too fast, and still I haven't learned, and still I haven't done anything. I feel strangely new to the world. What has one been alive long enough to draw some conclusions, to say anything intelligent about it?

. . . .

I have a big realization at that time. Okay, there is the framing the shots and fashioning the sets. There is editing and makeup and lighting and props, and there is even writing. But the greatest challenge always lies in how one handles the actors."

- Bibhutibhushan Mallik's Final Storyborad

"Children are monsters, strange versions of ourselves, and we love them as fiercely as they grieve us with fear."

- On the Banks of Table River

- I am an Executioner, Love Stories by Rajesh Parameswaran

Sunday, March 23, 2014

"And though she never spoke of it, and no doubt seldom thought of it, she was a religious woman. That is to say that she conceived of life as a road down which one traveled, an easy enough road through a broad country, and that one's destination was there from the very beginning, a measured distance away, standing in the ordinary light like some plain house where one went in and was greeted by respectable people and was shown to a room where everything one had ever lost or put aside was gathered together, waiting.

. . . .

For why do our thoughts turn to some gesture of a hand, the fall of a sleeve, some corner of a room on a particular anonymous afternoon, even when we are asleep, and even when we are so old that our thoughts have abandoned other business? What are all these fragments for, if not to be knit up finally?"

- Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

Sunday, March 9, 2014

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02.26.13 (Wednesday night) - Another voluntary P report, this time on dinosaurs.

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02.26.13 (Wednesday morning) - Even more snow on the walk to school (but luckily, again, no cancellations).

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02.25.13 (Tuesday morning) - Snow on the walk to school (but luckily, no cancellations).

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02.24.13 (Monday night) - P spent all weekend writing a report (for fun) on Abraham Lincoln. And then we lost it (turns out Dan loved it so much he kept it upstairs in a drawer so it wouldn't be ruined). So P spent Monday night rewriting it, she's awesome like that.

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02.24.13 (Monday afternoon) - Grilled cheese cheers.

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02.23.14 (Sunday morning) - Walking to Mika's for brunch. Finally some warmth.

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02.21.14 (Friday afternoon) - Walking to Kelly's for happy hour.

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02.21.14 (Friday morning) - Crazy hair day. F wore 5 headbands at the same time (her "crazy" is a little tame), P did her own hair.

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02.20.14 (Thursday afternoon) - Picking F up from school (P has theater class).

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02.20.14 (Thursday morning) - It's a steal Dad's headset type of morning.

Monday, March 3, 2014

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02.19.13 (Wednesday afternoon) - Walking home.

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02.18.13 (Tuesday afternoon) - Warm snow.

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02.16.13 (Sunday afternoon) - Shrunken heads with Grandma.

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02.11.13 (Tuesday morning) - Not quite awake.

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02.07.13 (Friday afternoon, part II) - More Valentining.

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02.07.13 (Friday afternoon, part I) - Valentining.

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02.06.13 (Thursday) - Schoolwork.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

well, Grace she's gone, she's a half-written poem
she went out for cigarettes and never came home
and I swallowed the sun and screamed and wailed
straight down to the dirt so I could find her trail
spread out across the Great Divide

well, I just came to talk, Saint Valentine
I never pictured you living here with the rats and the vines
ain't that my old heart hanging out on your lines
you're all fucked up, Saint Valentine

now I circle the bars on the promenade
while the girls in the glass, they're just throwing me shade
and I'm saving my coins up for Jingling Jane
she's out plucking strings in the pouring rain

see I'm all crooked feet, Saint Valentine
I've circled this map till it caught on fire
now Grace she's left you just skin and bone
well, you hang up your hat, but you can't call it home
you've tried and you've tried, but you can't call it home
you're the loneliest one, Saint Valentine
you're the loneliest one, Saint Valentine
you're all fucked up, Saint Valentine

- Gregory Isakov, Saint Valentine

all of my heroes sit up straight
they stare at the ground
they radiate

me, I'm mumbling in the kitchen for the sun to pay up
lonely is a ring on a cold coffee cup
I'm some sick hound
digging for bones
if it weren't for second chances, we'd all be alone

my hands they were strangers lost in the night
they're waving around in the dusty light
I'm waiting in the wings while the trees undress
cupping my ear to hear the wind confess
I'm a ghost in the garden
scaring the crows
if it weren't for second chances, we'd all be alone

I'm running from nothing, no thoughts in my mind
oh my heart was all black
but I saw something shine
thought that part was yours, but it might just be mine
I could share it with you, if you gave me the time
I'm all bloody knuckles, longing for home
if it weren't for second chances, we'd all be alone

I'm a shot through the dark
I'm a black sinkhole
if it weren't for second chances, we'd all be alone

- Gregory Iskaov, Second Chances

you were a phonograph, i was a kid
i sat with an ear close, just listening
i was there when the rain tapped her way down you face
you were a miracle…i was just holdin your space

well time has a way of throwing it all in your face
the past, she is haunted, the future is laced
heartbreak, ya know, drives a big black car
swear i was in the back seat, just minding my own

and through the glass, the corn crows come like rain
they won’t stay, they won’t stay
for too long now

this could be all that we know..
of love and all.

well you were a dancer, i was a rag
the song in my head, well was all that i had
hope was a letter i never could send
love was a country we couldn’t defend.

and through the carnival we watch them go round and round
all we knew of home was just a sunset and some clowns

well you were a magazine, i was a plane jane
just walking the sidewalks all covered in rain
love to just get into one of your stories
just me and all of my plane jane glory

- Gregory Isakov, Big Black Car

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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01.31.14 (Friday morning, part II) - I love when she turns and smiles before she walking through the doors.

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01.31.14 (Friday morning, part I) - A cold walk to school. The kids always want to play on the ice.

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01.30.14 (Thursday afternoon) - T's puppet show.

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01.30.14 (Thursday morning) - Before school.

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01.27.14 (Monday) - School work (and fun work), mostly P's art, with F's fireworks on the bottom.

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01.26.14 (Sunday afternoon) - Flowers.