Monday, September 26, 2005

Fun with Fungi



Sigh.  I attempted to download a couple of photos that I took of fungi.  Puff-balls and something orange.  Loaded them somewhere strange.  Reloaded the puffball photos, the others will re-load later, maybe.    Anyway puff-balls are wondrous strange things.  White and the size of a basketball when full grown, they appear in fields this time of year. One day -- not, next day, boom! Puff-balls are good for two things, eating or kicking.  Eating, they are meaty and not dissimilar to the white moonlight mushrooms that you buy in a store, only much much bigger.  I make Puffball parmigiana, like the eggplant version. But between us, kicking them to see how far they will go is a whole lot more fun.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Dancing with the Stars

OMG!!  I am sooooo!  gonna have to learn to ballroom dance!  I have spent the day watching "Dancing With the Stars"  !!!!  Heaven!

Does that unbelievably handsome John O'Hurley have a brother I wonder?

Reclaiming the Gift of Fire

We have squandered the gift of Prometheus, by electric light we work, play and live. With the availability of easy light and heat, mankind is loosing the crucial cooperative effort required to build and maintain fire. From caring for old embers to be used to light the wood gathered to warm the next cold night, humans of the past understood that Gods may dispense gifts, but it is up to us to maintain the life sustaining essentials for the group. I believe that we need a Hercules to again release Prometheus so that he can help us to reclaim fire.

As it happens, I know him. Not THE Hercules, but a man that with innate wisdom, has been keeping the art of cooperative fire building alive for his circle. Late summer he gathers friends, they gather fallen timber and in a sacred ceremony build and light a bonfire to provide heat, a means of cooking and a place to gather safe from the chill of the night. I don't know that the ceremony was created or continued for exactly that purpose, yet that purpose is what struck me when I heard of it.

We have been hit by a terrible disaster in the destruction of New Orleans and many of our fellow citizens are still in great need. Shelter has been provided, food and water dispensed many many are working together to assist the displaced and start the rebuilding. But for terrible moments, days, it seemed as if too many of us stood in the dark waiting for the Gods to dispense gifts.  For the next time, and there will be one, we need to remember that survival of the group depends largely upon the action of the group providing safety and shelter while waiting for the Gods to provide.



Friday, September 16, 2005

Morning Fog - Hocking Hills


Three photos above were taken betwixt trucks one morning this week.  Southern Ohio, hills, sunrise and fog.  Beautiful!  The fog forms around the river and moves around sometimes so thick that I can barely see anything then thinner to reveal just the tops of the hills.  Eventually, the fields and trees come into view, often to be hidden again by the fog. To me it is as if nature understands that the beauty of a September sunrise is too much to take in all at once, so she sends fog to ease the eyes into the sight.

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

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Sunday, September 4, 2005

Buddy Can You Spare A Dime?

With the price of groceries rising and the cost of gas headed to the stars I imagine that a lot of folk would like to help the hurricane victims, but can't write a big check right now.  Right now is when the need is and right now there is something that can be done.  Spare change adds up, as anyone that has started a change jar knows. Coinstar machines can take spare change and turn it into a donation to the Red Cross.  Just a thought.