Archive for June 22nd, 2011

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Hanging on the Telephone

June 22, 2011

Quilted Labyrinth by Barbara Shapel

Labyrinth I pattern available here Barbara Shapel Contemporary Fiber Artist

Planetarium
by Adrienne Rich

A woman in the shape of a monster
a monster in the shape of a woman
the skies are full of them

a woman ‘in the snow
among the Clocks and instruments
or measuring the ground with poles’

in her 98 years to discover
8 comets

she whom the moon ruled
like us
levitating into the night sky
riding the polished lenses

Galaxies of women, there
doing penance for impetuousness
ribs chilled
in those spaces of the mind

An eye,

‘virile, precise and absolutely certain’
from the mad webs of Uranusborg

encountering the NOVA

every impulse of light exploding

from the core
as life flies out of us

Tycho whispering at last
‘Let me not seem to have lived in vain’

What we see, we see
and seeing is changing

the light that shrivels a mountain
and leaves a man alive

Heartbeat of the pulsar
heart sweating through my body

The radio impulse
pouring in from Taurus

I am bombarded yet I stand

I have been standing all my life in the
direct path of a battery of signals
the most accurately transmitted most
untranslatable language in the universe
I am a galactic cloud so deep
so invo-luted that a light wave could take 15
years to travel through me
And has taken
I am an instrument in the shape
of a woman trying to translate pulsations
into images for the relief of the body
and the reconstruction of the mind.

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Of Cloth and Comfort

June 22, 2011
Circles of My Mind

Textile Artist (aka Quilter): Sue Dennis

Quilts, like diaries, are an accumulation of bits and pieces of the maker’s life, a repository of ideas, hopes and feelings

 ~ Roderick Kiracofe

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A Pinot Noir of the Soul

June 22, 2011
Deep Wine Red 100% sheeps wool

Image Source: D. Lee Woolee’s Rabbitry and Yarns

Red, red wine
Goes to my head
Makes me forget that I
Still need you so

Red, red wine
It’s up to you
All I can do, I’ve done
memories won’t go
memories won’t go

I have sworn everytime
Thoughts of you would leave my head
I was wrong now I find
Just one thing makes me forget

Red, red wine
Stay close to me

Don’t let me be alone It’s tearin’ apart
My blue, blue heart

I have sworn everytime
Thoughts of you would leave my head
I was wrong now I find
Just one thing makes me forget

Red, red wine
Stay close to me
Don’t let me be alone
It’s tearin’ apart
My blue, blue heart

I have sworn everytime
Thoughts of you would leave my head
I was wrong now I find
Just one thing makes me forget

Red, red wine
Stay close to me
Don’t let me be alone
It’s tearin’ apart
My blue, blue heart
~ Red Red Wine lyrics by Neil Diamond

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I’ve Got The Yes! We Have No Bananas Blues

June 22, 2011

The Evolution of Ripening Bananas

Image Sourced From: Proto-Knowledge

Queensland banana-growers have been severely affected by a string of bad weather which has led to an extreme shortage of bananas and astronomical prices between $14-$20 per kilo this Winter.

It all started with Cyclone Larry in 2006 which destroyed 80-90% of  Australia’s banana crops. The growers are barely recovered when the floods earlier this year and Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi in February ripped a new one in the banana industry.

Strict quarantine laws control the import of bananas from the Philipines or India which means we don’t import bananas at all.

I am seriously jonesing for some bananas.  A decadent three-banana split with ice-cream, whipped cream, chocolate topping, and nuts.  Lots of nuts.

The good news is that we have a glut of locally-grown navel oranges, dropping prices to less than $2 a kilogram.  There’s only so many oranges one can eat though.

Seriously, sliding into 2012 with no bananas in Australia?  I don’t remember signing up for this!!