Saturday, July 19, 2014

Look out; Re: Lee; Destruction of a city; Beet juice; Last word

looking out
over Waukesha


to tell all from our vantage
which means largely from our piece of a 360 degree pie
that is limited up here from a radius pointing to the northwest.

But we have infinite communication
and reproduction tools at hand
thanks to our benefactors
and they know who they are.

Workers install fresh window boxes today
7-18 at the soon to open 'Irish Clark' hotel and restaurant
right across from the Odd Fellows



Here's to Lee!

A good son well-jobbed
a good job well done
Raccoon News salutes 
a great son done
it's temporary;
enjoy rest of summer, then

Regarding Lee's eye-opening Japan trip
of recent date:

Lee advises that he did this composite quick vimeo
to give a taste of Japan adventures
in a kid-friendly form
to share it too with his kindergarten students
at Harlem Village Academies
where he teaches.

Lee had a two week teaching seminar
and then spent a week of solo sight-seeing
while there.

(The last frames of the vimeo are of him being back 
with his room-mates in New York
having American cuisine.)



Walter Brueggemann in his book REALITY, GRIEF, HOPE likens what happened
in Old Testament times - the destruction of Jerusalem - to the leveling of Hiroshima
at the conclusion of WW II and America's fallout to this day over the catastrophe
of 9-11.

It is, Brueggemann contends, a time for renunciation and a fresh start.  (Recommended reading.)

Having completed Brueggemann's book I ordered and am presently reading
Robert Jay Lifton's WITNESS TO AN EXTREME CENTURY.  (Also recommended.)
Brueggemann footnoted Lifton's book in his own work.

Lee visits the A-bomb monument at Ground Zero in Hiroshima. Japan.


BEET(non-'beatle') JUICE

Our shipment of Swiss Beet juice
at the moment beats my Swiss Army Knife
in thrill presence.

A full box of the stuff arrived via Amazon
this week.  This RED fluid is supposed to be
a great health tonic, good for regulating 
blood pressure, too.

I note early on that it is a great and powerful natural dye.
It tastes delicious, a flavor you don't get
from an opened can of beets.
I promise Dee I will finish the case of it.

BIOTTA  (brand)


a cartoon I liked:


Last word

Kindness to Animals

Little children, never give
Pain to things that feel and live:
Let the gentle robin come
For the crumbs you save at home,—
As his meat you throw along
He'll repay you with a song;

Never hurt the timid hare
Peeping from her green grass lair,
Let her come and sport and play
On the lawn at close of day;

The little lark goes soaring high.
To the bright windows of the sky,
Singing as if 'twere always spring,
And fluttering on an untired wing,—

Oh! let him sing his happy song,
Nor do these gentle creatures wrong.

"Kindness to Animals" by Anonymous.