Tuesday, August 8, 2017

I recently read, Without You There Is No Us, by Suki Kim.

Suki chronicles her time as an undercover journalist, while also working as a teacher, in North Korea.  She teaches at PUST, Pyongyang University of Science and Technology.  There, she teaches English to young adult males.

Through the book, Suki draws us into her universe where communication with the world outside the schoolyard walls is severely hampered.  She speaks of a sense of exhaustion that comes from being "on guard" throughout much of her waking hours.  

She describes the students as a few decades delayed in their knowledge of world events and pop culture.  For example, they know of Michael Jordan but not LeBron James.  They know the Beatles, but they have never read Harry Potter.  
It is very hard to picture that these scenes occur in 2011.

Class topics must be approved and private discussions are strictly monitored.
Rare field trips off campus are supervised and often are a charade performed by local townspeople.  The bus rides for long stretches, 90 miles, without passing another car.  

Along these routes, Suki notices young children occasionally sitting along the roadside.  
She realizes, these roads are their front porches.  
These roads are their town squares.  

I recommend the read.  

Monday, July 31, 2017

my precious

all that is gold does not glitter
not all that wander are lost

the road goes ever on and on 
down from the door where it began
now far ahead the road has gone,
and i must follow, if i can
pursuing it with eager feet,
until it joins some larger way
where many paths 
    and errands meet.
and whither then?  

cannot say

JRR tolkien

Sunday, July 16, 2017

what's brewing

batch #1: watermelon + hint of basil 
more fun to brew or create labels?

kombucha = fermented tea

Tidbits from Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life:

diamonds sparkle because light moves more slowly through them
everything with mass has a gravitational force: so New Zealand is pulling us right now, 
it is just that that its force is weak
rise in Earth's temperatures ->melting ice->oceans rise
but also because hot water takes up more space than cold water
it's not so much heat rises, but that cold (denser) sinks
heat something->atoms move faster

just as it's been peaking over 100*, conditions are right to try a little home brewing

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

in dependence

independence, in dependence.
no one wants to be dependent, and yet.

styling, an art form unto itself: http://amymerrick.com
as healers, to what degree are we complicit in what the healed do?
are we responsible for only our moment in the assembly line, 
or can we be naive about the end product, what the healed hands will be used for?

"If it does not all combine to convey some general view of life, it is not education at all" 
- g.k. chesterton

the tipping point of dew a metaphor for incarnation
black tea on a rainy evening

Sunday, June 25, 2017

sitting with it


letter of St. Ignatius

little prince

sun. Sunday.  longest day of the year this week.  becoming accountable to silence.  reading on the body and psychosomatic illness.  need to finish Lord of the Rings before it is due in two days.  feeling the release of silence.  easing into the in between and now.  striving to choose meaning over entertainment.  wondering how best to keep knowledge contained.  therapy as kinesthetic learning: the only way to go is through.  

have not yet been outside.  first or second: encounter elves.
considering fermentation.  
auguste rodin: patience is also a form of action.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

rainy art

rain evening
impatient art
no run
ate the last Klondike
and opened a bag of chips instead
circa 40 minutes 
not waiting for it to dry
spilling ink on my desk and computer
worth it

Sunday, April 9, 2017


"There is no desire that returns so inevitably and 
so often to human nature as the desire to be made new." 
- Caryll Houselander