14 January 2018

12 January 2018

11 January 2018

i'm locked in tight, i'm out of range . . .

People are crazy and times are strange
I'm locked in tight, I'm out of range
I used to care, but things have changed
. . . .
I've been walking forty miles of bad road
If the bible is right, the world will explode
I've been trying to get as far away from myself as I can
Some things are too hot to touch
The human mind can only stand so much
You can't win with a losing hand

it's all about the dog

there's a lot of the neighborhood at various times of night and day that i would never see were it not for the mutt
dog threw up next to my desk, but then he ate it all back up --- "as a dog returns to his folly, so a fool returns to his folly" ---- proverbs 26:11


09 January 2018

back at the river . . .

it's been over a month since dog and i have been to the river --- our little loop upriver this afternoon felt good 

the winter garden

the anthurium and the euphorbia milii never stop blooming, and the left-over balcony geranium won't either, although it looks purty scraggly this time of year --- the dendrobium and space-alien oncidiums bloom two or three times a year and are going at it now -- waiting in the wings is a store-bought amaryllis and the zygopetalum --- one can never have too many indoor blossoms in the winter

el gato is a spot of color of a different sort

08 January 2018

Templo Mayor

Unlike Teotihuacan, the so-called Templo Mayor, which was at the heart of the Sacred Precinct in Tenochtitlan. was ruined during the Spanish conquest. Construction work in the 1970s led to federal acquisition and clearing of the site --- serious archaeological investigation began in 1978. The presentation today shows aspects of five different construction campaigns beginning in the thirteenth century. Much of the Sacred Precinct remains un-excavated under the Catedral, Zocalo, and surrounding areas. Archaeology is ongoing, and among the discoveries were the remains of an ancient tree surrounded by a low stone wall, which was purty awesome.


I really don't have a "bucket list," but if I did, Teotihuacán would be near the top. Standing at the top of the Pyramid of the Sun and looking down the Avenue of the Dead from the Pyramid of the Moon, the scale of it all is overwhelming. Our half day there was not nearly enough, and we were only able to see half of the part of the city that has been excavated and restored --- gotta go back.
Although the ceremonial buildings along the Avenue of the Dead were burned 1,500 years ago, the site was never entirely abandoned --- archaeological investigation, restoration, and reconstruction have been ongoing since the late nineteenth century>

One of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, it also has hundreds of thousands of visitors each year

the dogs were not strays

01 January 2018

annus horribilis

The last year has been among the worst years of my life, and the heart attack on xmas eve only proves that point. Yes, I was able to travel a lot, if not to exotic locations (DC, Boston, Cincinnati and southern Ohio, Philadelphia, and New Orleans, with Mexico City coming up in a couple of days), but the tragedy of Trumpistan has been a near soul-crushing experience for those of us who care about what humans are doing to the environment, who care about protection of animal rights and endangered species, who care about helping immigrants and all of those many less fortunate than ourselves, who care about publicly supported scientific research, arts, education, and humanity in general. From eight years of thoughtful, intelligent, moral, and graceful leadership in the White House and a progressive administration that attempted to improve the lives of everyone, here and around the world, we have been jerked 180° in almost every aspect of our national life by a a deeply ignorant, amoral, racist bully who colluded with Russia to get elected, stoked white resentment in a changing world, and then proved the Republican party to be as craven, hypocritical, and mendacious as we've always suspected.

Virtually every Federal agency is being gutted, most notably the State Department and the EPA, public lands are being plundered, and rules and regulations protecting consumers, workers, and animals are tossed out by the hundreds, much of it in an apparently mindless effort to undo anything Obama's name on it. They have so far failed to repeal Obamacare, although not for lack of trying, but have succeeded in passing tax "reform" that, in the middle of a booming economy, is nothing but a massive transfer of wealth to the rich, mostly white, 1% at the top, mortgaging future generations in the process and setting the stage for Republican assaults on Social Security and Medicare sooner rather than later.

Worst of all, ignorant right-wing ideologues are getting life-time appointments to Federal courts, unless they are so bad they just totally embarrass themselves. The barriers between church and state are strained, and freedom of the press and the rest of the First Amendment are under assault. The "shining city on a hill" is being over-run by barbarians and religious fanatics while the plutocrats plunder public resources and America cedes any leadership role in the international community.

Meanwhile, polls and what not continue to show that most Trump voters would do it all over again, and indeed applaud the lies, racism, and "make america great again" bullshit. That translates to a little over a third of the American people. Caught in a the conspiracy-ridden bubble of Fox "news," Hannity, Limbaugh, and the rest, they are in an alternate universe of facts, complacent, willfully ignorant, and cluelessly enjoying their white privilege. I can't help them and have quit trying --- it's simply not worth the effort to go round and round with their ignorance and racism any longer. I can only try to minimize their direct presence in my life.

Let go or be dragged.