Posts

Showing posts from 2007

Cover me with snow

To the best Christmas ever in existence.
I'd never want to be anywhere else; to spend it with anyone else.

"Cheers."

"To Okayama" and then some.


"...burry me deep..."



From Ruins to Orchids

Image
Fingers twisted, gripping suitcase handles branded by international tickets
Standing on train platforms, Glass tap, tap, tapping From Ruins to Orchids
Second guessing time, "When? Where?" Staring at mounted clocks scared
of the thought that seconds just might decide to be less than 'one Okayama, two'.
Heads turned, "Who's that American girl?" Overly cheerful voices streaming over intercoms
Eyes meeting at moments where lonely crossroads are left proclaiming that
Everything Starts Where it Ends, thrown into new challenges better suited
Mocking all the machine people, lost in translation, passing by, emotionless
Pungent patterns past the raspy voiced vendors asking to try takoyaki or yakitori
Telling stories of families milling rice patties, making it, always thankful.
Suspended in time, words slicing by like scissors, my everything waiting
For that moment mine will walk up and make it all make sense, cradled
Riding home in Shinkansen cars abated 4 months, stable; in…

The Search for the Anti-Aging Diet

If we can increase the longevity of mutant earthworm, then can we increase it in humans?

New studies suggest healthy eating may add years to your life.

By Peter Jaret, EatingWell.com

Secrets of Long Life From Around the World

For years scientists have been trekking the globe in search of communities of people rumored to live unusually long and healthy lives, trying to pinpoint their age-defying secrets. In the last few decades, they’ve come up with a handful of promising candidates. For example, research suggests that olive oil (see below) has helped the Greeks beat heart disease. For native Inuits of Alaska, diets containing extraordinary amounts of fish provide cardiovascular protection. The secret of longevity on the San Blas islands, off the coast of Panama, may be the most unexpected—and welcome—of all: chocolate, which happily turns out to be a rich source of compounds that help keep blood vessels healthy.

But some of the most compelling findings on longevity and diet comes from …

Break these clocks

A kiss can stop a heart... (muted)



... it can stop time too.

Write It Down

Inspired by a wonderful video.

These places traveled, spaces.
Riding trains and faking smiles
Overpasses passing on
those classic movie lines
in black and white
Write it down.

Pressed on displaced lives
and overriding words spilling
out of oblivious mouths
unaware, lapse of rhythmic
lyrical passions, repeated
Loud speakers screaming
Monolithic changes not involving you
Wash it down.

Monotonous minds fused
on rewind, buttons stuck with
black and white moods
Leaving you hooked on replay
Fucked. Hit play.
Start again
Wait.

Mispoken distances
Displacement in places foreign
Shores overseas mournings can't
Pay your fares in blood
Like soldiers kept
In lonesome distance
Level 4
Patience.

So write it down and wash it out
This permanent ink
Won't reflect the
Lonesome we're feeding
And everyday is anything, but
Valentine's Day
Fuck it.

But moist eyelashes dry
And furrowed brows are
eventually caught smiling
And hardlines defy battlefields
Headlining traveled rail lines
Adding to places loved
Defiant.

Lodged in throats, no…

Beppu - The Story of Two

"How modern life in Japan has found harmonious ways of dancing with traditions."

One of the main aspects that resound most clearly to be about Japan is how it is full of so many wonderful and intriguing contradictions. It is a place that holds its history in high esteem, with practices and ideas still interwoven today as they were hundreds of years ago. Japan is a nurturer, a mother, with important principles of preservation. Inversely, Japan is a warrior, with an immense need for efficiency and utilities that can carry them far through the global market through remarkable advancements in technology. Japan has mastered the art of utilizing these two concepts to work together in creating some of the most technologically efficient forms of preservation in the world. Like fuel efficient cars, efficient recycling systems, the Shinkansen bullet train, and light switches that are interlinked with the insertion of your hotel key to preserve electricity, just to mention a few.

A Day in the Park

I took some time yesterday to go to a place that is near and dear to my heart. It was Sunday, September 2, 2007, a gorgeous day with perfect weather. Not too hot, not cool, beautiful blue sky and a calm breeze to take care of the rest. I wasn't the only one out enjoying it by any means. In fact, just about everybody in Yellow Springs was out walking the streets or enjoying lunch, or partaking in afternoon chitchat about what exciting events shall occur the eve of a holiday off. It's always exciting to have a day off, though I myself have struggled with so much free time. Gratefully though, it has given me two opportunites to visit my cherished rock wall, and my now special haven, sacred even, sharred with someone who shares my entire world.

I arrived to the park, driving through winding curves to a destination far at the hilt of a place that seems so simple and plain. You would never have thought a park like this holds so many special and enchanting treasures. To someday be exp…

Daily Intimidation in the Life of a Woman

I've been struggling here lately with the reality of being a woman in a very 'man's world'. Almost everyday I am made to feel belittled, insecure, uncomfortable. I've built a fairly simple defense system I think... a simple smirk, maybe a shake of the head, then carry on about my business. What more can I do? I can't say any of the things that are really bobbing around in my head because it would only add more fuel to the fire. Like an instance a couple weeks ago when I tried to fend off some overly inebriated shithead who suddenly thought he had all the right to talk to me the way he so chose. The more I stood up for myself, the more I was harassed. Inevitably, all I really could do was walk away, which is what I guess I should have done in the first place. It's funny though; my friends rarely stand up for me, even in situations like this, because maybe they think I won't let them? Maybe they think I'm already saying all the right things a…

Come Hell or High Water

Slow down; breathe. Time almost means nothing in instances like this, that is except when you have a flight to catch.

Never in my life have I had something so special. Never in my life has someone given me so much in such a short period of time, or given me these things that are so much more meaningful than anything I have ever had the privledge of receiving. Things such as words tucked away in pages safe and sound, paralleling all that I ever felt constantly tugging at my heartstrings. A prolonged and emotional good bye in a light that seemed more like the beginning. A ticket to Tokyo. Yoyogi. A perfect dinner complete with proposals of "expectations" so young, that have already made me feel more alive than ever before. The mysteries of the delaying rain. A parcel delivering genuine everythings. A wholesome heart that holds me close with delicate care. A mind that amazes and intrigues me every imaginable moment. And now... a suprise ticket to............... me. I've neve…

"Time And Confusion"

woah oh, yeah-ah
woah oh, yeah-ah
woah oh

live for today
we'll dream tomorrow
we've got big plans in sight
we'll take this city and by nightfall...
the bright lights are calling

everything is going our way
everything is just as we've planned
this is our future (from what we've heard)
and i've still got your hand

and it feels like we could last forever
and i'm not doing this alone

[Chorus]
when memories fade
we've got each other
when time and confusion collide
singin' i hold it all when i hold you
when friends walk other ways
we've got each other
i hold it all when i hold
i hold it all when i hold you

woah oh, yeah-ah
woah oh, yeah-ah
woah oh

we fell on hard times
this isn't the ideal
we're miles from home
doing the best that we can (best that we can)

i won't do this without you
i won't do this without you
so take heart...
'cause you know that you have mine

and it feels like we could last forever
and i'm not doing to do this alone

[Chorus]

[Bridge:]
its not ab…

"Hey There Delilah"

Hey there Delilah
What's it like in New York City?
I'm a thousand miles away
But girl tonight you look so pretty
Yes you do
Times Square can't shine as bright as you
I swear it's true

Hey there Delilah
Don't you worry about the distance
I'm right there if you get lonely
Give this song another listen
Close your eyes
Listen to my voice it's my disguise
I'm by your side

Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
What you do to me

Hey there Delilah
I know times are getting hard
But just believe me girl
Someday I'll pay the bills with this guitar
We'll have it good
We'll have the life we knew we would
My word is good

Hey there Delilah
I've got so much left to say
If every simple song I wrote to you
Would take your breath away
I'd write it all
Even more in love with me you'd fall
We'd have it all

Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it's what you do to me
Oh it&…

Impulsiveness is a Curse

So I have this friend who changes her mind about what she wants to do with her life just about every month or so. When we were younger, our only goal was to lean on each other for support, what was mine was hers and vice versa, that we had to like each other's boyfriends, and that nothing could stand in the way between our friendship. Well, we both "grew up," moved away from each other, in and out of chaotic times in our life, never able to establish steady plans to get together and reminisce about old times. Eventually, everything was rekindled -- we were going to school together, taking mutual classes, leaders of the same clubs, traveling the world. Our new mission: to save the world... together (though the idea really wasn't all that new). We talked about the Peace Corp and getting plopped somewhere in Africa living in some tattered hut living off strange porage and bugs, and eventually coming home worn and ragged; skin and bones.

That was about a year ago. Since …

Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress

So 9 months later... seems to be the trend with myself and blogging. I always start all these random blogs to keep in touch with people I meet along the way and often time relations fade and I'm left with these empty skeletons of words floating about. Doesn't do much for my insecurity. I have a hard time accepting what I am writing at times, because I know that in a couple months I'll look back on how I felt and feel completely different about the situation. I like to call myself conditional... living day to day, with the world entirely wrapped around my heart. I can't admit that it's a good thing, especially when things go wrong, but I suppose if you cross my path at any particular moment you know I'm always true.

Someone made some comment to me today about appreciating life and the people in it. That it's really sad how no one ever works hard to maintain relations and that you only take time to work hard to savor something when your world is falling apart…