Saturday, March 29, 2008

Lights off for Earth Hour This Evening

In cities that acknowledge Earth Hour, like Sydney, Australia, the night sky will be more visible for awhile. There was an effort to organize nights without streetlights and nights without electric lights for the happiness this would bring. This was called Candle Night. Somehow I want to listen on the radio across the Time Zones as though it were New Years Eve, in this perhaps I miss the meaning. When I studied Swedish they called it Levande Ljus, using candles not electricity during morning.

Friday, March 28, 2008


Thick snow today which became rain with snow flurries -

Thursday, March 27, 2008

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other. Attributed to Neibuhr, but more probably 18c. German.
Click for The Prayer of St. Francis

Some Snow Scenes

Here are one or two snow scenes - today there was snow on the ground.

But these snow scenes are from January 2007. Today's snow was a little on the ground.

Harry Martinson's "March Evening"

Friends, You Drank Some Darkness is a book of translations of poems by Harry Martinson, Gunnar Ekelof and Thomas Transtromer, a work by Robert Bly that I still enjoy reading. A few pages after the Husmodern article about T.S. Eliot and the Nobel Prize, in 1949 Harry Martinson is featured and so is a selection from his novel. In 1974 Harry Martinson won the Nobel Prize. The article is titled after the selection, which means "The Beard", a chapter from THE ROAD. (The discussion about the beard regards holding men with full beards suspect because they could be concealing their identities.)

SKÄGGET av Harry Martinson

Mildhet, underfundig humör, ömhet mot allt levande präglar Harry Martinsons nya book "Vägen till Klockrike" (Bonniers). Till sitt språkrör gör han luffaren, därför att luffaren sådan han framställer honom är ödmjuk och en som inte vill anpassa sig efter det nutida livets mHarry Mekanisering och industrialisering. I en Veckans bekännelse för Husmodern har Harry Martinson tidigare kritiserat storstadens självtagna rätt att bestämma allt; "storstaden är till nittio procent tvångsmiljö" - Den lilla novell ur "Vägen till Klockrike" som Harry Martinson här ger Husmodern, visar ocksa romantikern hos honom.

Mild, understanding temperament with warmth towards all life imprints Harry Martinson's new book, THE ROAD (English title). For his narrator he creates the tramp so that the tramp as he portrays him will be humble and one who does not wish to adapt himself to the new times' mechanization and industrialization . In one issue's interview for Husmodern Harry Martinson earlier criticized the big city's self-held right to define all. "The big city is ninety-percent coerced smile" - This little novell (part) from THE ROAD which he has given to Husmodern shows also the romanticist in him.

In southern Sweden last weekend there was snow for the early Easter weekend. Today there was snow on the ground, after eleven only some lawns where houses had kept off the early sun did some lace-like snow remain. This poem is a favorite of mine, by Harrry Martinson from the Robert Bly book, Friends, You Drank Some Darkness:


Vårvinterafton och tö.

Pojkarna ha tänt en snölykta.

För den som for förbi i rasslande kvällståget

skall den stå som ett rött minne i tidernas grå,

ropande, ropande ur risiga skogar i tö.

Och aldrig kom resanden hem,

men i lykta och stund låg hans liv.


Winterspring, nightfall, thawing.

Boys have lit a candle in a snowball house.

For the man in the evening train that rattles past,

it is a red memory surrounded by gray time,

calling, calling, out of stark woods just waking up.

And the man who was traveling never got home,

his life stayed behind, held by that lantern and that hour.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A Year of Blogs at Spice Drawer Mouse

Tomorrow will be a year of blogs at Spice Drawer Mouse, so I will feature a photo of Maud, the mouse I had as a pet in 1985-86.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Glass Balls Fish Move Around

After the tree lecture on March 20, in the conservatory blown glass pieces.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Now there are small leaves all over the lilac bush where I see it whenever I walk.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Hillary Clinton at the Fieldhouse in February

These photos are from the rally at the University of Puget Sound Field House just before the Democratic Caucus last month. I went to the caucus. In these pictures Hillary Clinton gives a speech.