Ezra stalks the dunes. Marion Bay. August 2013. I'll stop for Death, I reckon. Because I could not stop for Death , Emily Dickenson Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me; The carriage held but just ourselves And Immortality. We slowly drove, he knew no haste, And I had put away My labor, and my leisure too, For his civility. We passed the school, where children strove At recess, in the ring; We passed the fields of gazing grain, We passed the setting sun. Or rather, he passed us; The dews grew quivering and chill, For only gossamer my gown, My tippet only tulle. We paused before a house that seemed A swelling of the ground; The roof was scarcely visible, The cornice but a mound. Since then 'tis centuries, and yet each Feels shorter than the day I first surmised the horses' heads Were toward eternity.
Breakfast! The kitchen bench, Geilston Bay. August 2103. The Things They Carried , Tim O'Brien: a loose collection of vignettes centreing on a platoon of American soldiers in the Vietnam War. Some people really do hate this book, others love it. Count me with the latter. Harrowing. A . A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People From Being a Burthen to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick , Jonathan Swift: Political satire at its best. There is a reason that this is considered part of the canon. A .
A very cold river. Northwest Bay River, near Margate. July 2013. This must be upwards to three thousand questions answered thus far... Today, The Weird Question Meme, Part One Do you wear slippers? I did start doing so this Winter. They are quite nifty ones. How many pictures are in your living room? Four photos, two prints and a whole bunch of kid's paintings. Do you ever watch Brady Bunch reruns? No. I did as a young 'un though. Are you allergic to anything? Peanuts, almonds, pine nuts, pistachios and penicillin. Also, dogs and horses. When was the last time you called in sick? About six weeks ago I had a day or two at home with the flu. Have you ever been in a car accident? How funny you ask. I was in one just the other day... What is your favourite snack food? Pretzels. Or berries. Have you ever seen a tornado? No. I have seen a bunch of squid though. If you won a million dollars, what would you buy first? Heated pool and sauna.
Gull. Flowerpot Point, Blackmans Bay. July 2013. As you know, the Internet is a wonderful place filled with the rich and varied treasures of the world holds (and RSS feeds.) The following are some things that I've had a look at in the last week. I call this: a Compendium of Click-throughs for Monday Morning... Lessons on feminism. New book finds U.S. conduct during the Vietnam War to be much worse than previously understood, where My Lai was “an operation, not an aberration.” The Strange Sexual Quirk of Filipino Seafarers. 25 Hilariously Inaccurate Knock-Off Toys. Political power, said Mao, “grows out of the barrel of a gun.” His fondness for bloodshed should not blind us to the accuracy of his observation… Why Violence Works. Vote Compass is an educational tool developed by a non-profit group of political scientists and hosted by the ABC. Answer a short series of questions to discover how you fit in the Australian political landscape. Election FactCheck is
Starfish. Flowerpot Point, Blackmans Bay. July 2013. A horrible Sunday Top Five today: Five Words That Fit Most Appropriately Into The Sentence "Martin Clunes' Extraordinarilly [...BLANK...] Head"! Abominable Unpleasant Beastly Abominable Grotesque