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Suburban Sprawl Increases the Risk of Future Pandemics — THE DIRT

By Michael Grove, ASLA The export of American culture is one of the most influential forces in our interconnected world. From Dakar to Delhi, American pop music, movies, and artery-clogging cuisine is ubiquitous. However, one of the most damaging exports is the American suburb. When the 20th century model for housing the swelling populations of […]… Continue reading Suburban Sprawl Increases the Risk of Future Pandemics — THE DIRT

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Doodads — the yard — taken 5/23/20

With the current heat wave, things have moved along even more since these were taken 3 days ago!  My tomatoes are anxious to get outside but I'm waiting until 6/1 to take a chance. There is a chipmunk turf war going on here under the bird feeders.  Unless that's love?  There is an awful lot… Continue reading Doodads — the yard — taken 5/23/20

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dVerse — A room with potential and The Sunday Muse

Adequate dimensions for its purpose, Wall-to-wall closet, and two night stands; Glass door open, breaths deep, fresh Beige, squared with art, tolerant voyeurs Goldilocks bed, a drawer full of toys Blue books, cremes, and oils Vervain, rose, jasmine mists and smokes A stage set for dreams, awake, asleep A corner box where green has no… Continue reading dVerse — A room with potential and The Sunday Muse

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dVerse — Meet Piet — Go Pac Go

The Pac-Man (and Ms. Pac-Man) game grid is a simple style, one of the first digital games that came out that had a sit down console. I remember back in the 1980s, the fitness club I belonged to had one of them in the juice bar/lounge area. The grid-like design of this piece reminds me… Continue reading dVerse — Meet Piet — Go Pac Go

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #136 — The Circus of Right

Reena, I have taken your poem apart and did a statement and response with it. Would I care to be right? If life was not finite Life is infinite. So is death. It's an eternally revolving door. If I’d the luxury of eternity to let it be naturally proved that I’ve always been right… When… Continue reading Reena’s Exploration Challenge #136 — The Circus of Right

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Light of Day #6 — Message from Dr. Clarissa Pinkola-Estes

Kerfe Roig's artwork and poem is so inspirational to me.  When she mentioned the Sacred Heart in the poem, it reminded me of a lecture series, "Mother Night," by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola-Estes.  I went to youtube to try to find the section on it (from disc 1, selection #11,) which I did not find.  What… Continue reading Light of Day #6 — Message from Dr. Clarissa Pinkola-Estes

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#SLS — “Stop Stop Stop,” by The Hollies

Jim Adams is the directing host of Song Lyric Sunday.  Jim says: This week we have the termination prompts of End/Finish/Over/Stop... Here are the “rules”: • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.… Continue reading #SLS — “Stop Stop Stop,” by The Hollies

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Haikai Challenge #140 (5/21/20): Memorial Day

Breeze sways spattered poppies long after the sniper is gone -- dark falls on a corpse. * Ravaged meat in a box: Special Delivery. Worms finish what maggots started. * He watches her kneel in the wet grass at his grave, crying for herself in her long black veil. * Three nights she dreams of… Continue reading Haikai Challenge #140 (5/21/20): Memorial Day

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Light of Day #5 — Interview/Music Elvis Costello and Sting

Another one of those randomly happened across things that brought joy to me.  The whole video is more than 30 minutes, but even watching the first 10 minutes will do it.  Now that I know this series exists, I need to try to get both seasons.  Cmon library, please open (when the time is right,… Continue reading Light of Day #5 — Interview/Music Elvis Costello and Sting

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#MM Saturday Mix — Only $5!

My roomie in college's combination of impulsiveness and kind-heartedness, in retrospect, led to the worst and best days of my life. The day we walked down to the convenience store and saw the cutest little red-headed girl sitting on the curb with a rattling, scratching box, Mimi couldn't resist the tiny mutt pup for “only… Continue reading #MM Saturday Mix — Only $5!