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May 31, 2005

Pliny the Younger

Pliny_the_younger_pic_1"Example is the surest method of instruction."

-- Pliny the Younger (courtesy of Erika L.)

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May 28, 2005

Louis Gerstner, Jr. on Culture

Gerstne0_1"I came to see, in my time at IBM, that culture isn't just one aspect of the game -- it is the game."

-- Louis Gerstner, Jr., in Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?

I've just started reading this book, but it was the above quote on the back jacket that got me to buy it.  I'm seeing this more and more to be true.

Brush-with-greatness p.s.: Lou's daughter once helped me pick out a necktie.

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May 27, 2005

Norah Elizabeth Morris, 1998-2005

RALEIGH - Norah Elizabeth Morris, age 6, died Sunday in an automobile accident. She was born on June 23, 1998, at Duke University Medical Center. She was a first grader at St. Timothy’s School in Raleigh. She loved singing, horses, dancing, skiing, and playing the piano.

She is survived by her loving parents, Arthur and Cynthia Morris, of Raleigh; her sisters, Meghan and Therice; her grandparents, Theresa and Robert Hockenberger, of Raleigh and Sherman and Hollie Morris, of Asheville; her aunts and uncles, Beverly and David Hockenberger, of Raleigh, and MargEva and Stephen Cole, of Durham; her cousins, Evan and Kaitlyn Hockenberger, of Raleigh, and Eleanor and Nathaniel Cole, of Durham.

--- please hold in the Light the soul and family of Norah, all friends of mine.

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May 26, 2005

The Green Room Shuffle


Another pic from the Green Room, Durham.

This is the shuffleboard table, also known as the big long wood thing where people frustrate their friends by knocking off their weights.  Yes, that's what they're called, which is something I found out by researching shuffleboard tables on the web.  I also discovered that "real" shuffleboard play is done with a waxed or siliconed surface, but all the boards I've ever played on just use sand which makes for a more joyfully irregular experience. 

By bar tradition, playing cards are typically used to pull up sand from the trough for tossing onto the table.  On this occasion, though, Jonathan (pictured above, about to lose.  Or maybe win, I can't remember) used and left one of his business cards from Hamden-Sydney College.  He wondered if any of his former students from Science & Math (across the street) would ever come in, play shuffleboard, and find his card, and say "hey!"  Somehow I doubt it.  But at least we had something to move the sand around.

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May 25, 2005

Kaudie on Candy

"Mint Jerky"

-- Kaudie Mc

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May 24, 2005

Daily Dose of Imagery

In case you're not a regular visitor at Daily Dose of Imagery, I urge you to visit this one photograph. You may need to scroll down to see the whole photo.  I've worked with homeless people for many years, but this image still moved me.

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May 23, 2005

Natalie and Emiliano -- May 21, 2005

Fatherandbride600_2If their marriage is like the weather of their wedding day, everything is going to be perfect.  Perfect, perfect, perfect.

Natalie and Emiliano married this weekend -- in the garden of Natalie's parents, Jim and Florence, who lived with my Indonesian grandparents for most of 1961.

A few people to notice in the photo include the string quartet and the trumpet player on the balcony outside Jim and Florence's bedroom.

Also to notice, the Rev. Louly Fowler Hay, aunt of the bride.  My mom thought that the Rev. Hay gave one of the most stirring and joyful wedding sermons she had ever heard.  Quite something for a minister ordained at age 62, years after her daughters thought of her as "the shy woman who could hardly stand making announcements for the church women's guild."

God bless, indeed.  And such good wishes to Natalie and Emliano.

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May 20, 2005

More Burch Ave. Neighborhood


This house is on S. Buchanan Blvd. in the Burch Ave. neighborhood.  Click to increase square footage.

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May 18, 2005

Burch Avenue Neighborhood, Durham

Gattisandburch600_1<- Click pic to embiggen.  Click here for the -> aerial pic.

The Burch Ave. neighborhood is an interesting part of Durham, sandwiched between the historically dangerous West End neighborhood and the Durham freeway.  The neighborhood officially includes the Durham Community Land Trustees headquarters, Ingold Tire*, Immaculate Conception Church and the upcoming Emily Krzyzewski Center for Family Life.  Across the street in the West End are the Durham Food Co-Op, Madd Waxx records, and the Al-Razzaq Muslim center.

One of the things I like about Burch Ave. is that everyone I know who's ever lived there is really neat -- whether they live in a rental home on Burch Ave. proper, or in the huge University Apartments.  Banjo players, world-traveling biologists, chefs, atheist guitar-players, Francophone academics, potters, philosophy grad students and a whole mess of peace demonstrators -- you'll find them at Burch Ave.  And a few pretty porches, too.


*They have intereseting conversations there.  Click it and see.  And coming soon -- more on Durham neighborhoods.

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May 17, 2005

Embiggening with Jebediah Springfield

Jebediah"A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man."

-- Jebediah Springfield, Simpsons 3F14*

*n.b. not the same as John 3:16

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May 16, 2005

Have a Seat, Jerry


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I'm not usually a fan of ultraclean furniture design, but this chair had just enough texture to make it appealing.  I took this shot on a 9th floor balcony at the Grand Mayan resort in Nuevo Vallarta, MX.  Also from this balcony, I have a lovely shot (not included here) of the sky and my mom's index finger, which was pointing at the monster-sized pool, below, which was my actual intended subject.

This pic reminds me of warm January days on the coast of Mexico, where I wouldn't mind going back next winter.  The folks have plans for the Philippines, but for my peso I'd take south-of-the-border over across-the-ocean.  Either way, I'll get plenty of fresh fish.

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May 13, 2005

Liggett & Myers, Durham Amtrak -- Back a Little

A bigger version of the Wednesday scene, just in case anyone was going "huhn? where was that taken from?"


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May 12, 2005

Yrchik-Shoemaker on Conjunctions

When I was an undergrad, I had a few brief visits with Kent Yrchik-Shoemaker at psych services.  One of his things that I never forgot:

"When you want to say but, try saying and."

Examples from way back when:  "I like this class and it's harder than I can handle."  "I have a crush on Suzanne and I don't have the guts to tell her."  The "and" approach recognizes that more than one thing is true at the same time.  Things are often a mixed bag, and we don't have to think of so many things as either/or.

I think often think of the but/and change, especially when I'm dealing with conflicts.  Lately I've been struggling with a few things: neighbors, work, my approach to life in general.  And I catch myself saying things like, "She's a useful member of the homeowners association board but she's a pain in the ass."  Or "I like my work but I haven't figured out how to do it efficiently."  Or "I'm usually happy but often I'm frustrated."  And and and.  It goes on (and) on.


(1) Image yoinked from the very interesting paratype.com.

(2) Did you know that the ampersand is a "ligature combination of the letters e and t"?  That, of course, spells "et", Latin for "and".  For more on how that got named "ampersand," see here at english-dictionary.us.

(3) the Latin for "but" is "sed."  I don't know of any ligature combinations for that word.  If you find one, let me konw.

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May 11, 2005

Liggett & Myers; Durham Amtrak


Durham Amtrak parking lot mural, taken from the Liggett & Myers factory across the track.

On Monday I went to Raleigh via public transport, on a trip to pick up my new vehicle.

Public transport is no easy task around these parts, but after 2-3/4 hours, $22, and three rides on bus, train, and taxi, I made it to the corner of New Bern Ave. and I-440.  If I had been more patient, I could have taken the bus for the last leg (Raleigh Amtrak to New Bern Ave.) for cheap, but it would have cost another hour.

As for the train ride:  $4 is pretty cheap for getting from downtown Durham to downtown Raleigh if you don't mind the slowness.  Among our delays: track work shut down the railroad between the Cary and Raleigh stations, which meant that they had to stop the train, send someone out to stop traffic, then re-start the train at five street crossings.  But who was I to complain about difficulties with technology.  Earlier in the day I tried to shove eight quarters into the electronic ticket slot on the TTA bus.

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May 10, 2005

Marriage, by William Carlos Williams


So different, this man
And this woman:
A stream flowing
In a field.

-- William Carlos Williams

Peace and blessings to Flannery and Reilly, married this Saturday.  And to David and Jean, the same.

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May 09, 2005

Perfect Weather for Mother's Day


Leodyne, Mom, Dad, and Kaudie -- in the Five Oaks courtyard.

I suspect we were the first party to ever use the wooded half-acre courtyard for a sit down meal (with accordion recital) catered by the most excellent China Palace

Party gifts for the ladies included Mary Kay travel mirrors plucked out of a recent neighborhood spring cleaning pile.

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May 05, 2005

C.D. Wright

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Maybe you have to be from there to hear it sing:
    Give me your water weeds, your nipples,
    your shoehorns and four-year letter jackets,
    the molded leftovers from the singed pot.
    Now let me see your underside, white as fishes.
    I lower my gaze against your clitoral light.

-- C.D. Wright

Anyone know what her first two initials stand for?  For that puzzle and many more, go here.

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May 04, 2005

Julie Fashion

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Happy birthday to friend Julie!  (A week in advance, egads.)

I think we took this photo nine years ago, part of a series done with with no flash but only faith in incandescent lighting and steady hands.

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May 02, 2005

Hugh Prather on His Problem

1314691My problem is I analyze life instead of living it.

-- Hugh Prather in Notes to Myself


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Where Are We Going?


Peripherally related:

"And when are we going to get there? Real soon!"

I'm overdue for a dose of Buckaroo Banzai.  Now where did I put that overthruster?

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