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Showing posts from April, 2008

An explosion of color is a sacramental moment

Trees arc up and ex-
plode in colors of
white, magenta, and
green. Fuzzy red ma-
ple buds stretch out like
fingers too long curled
in winter; yellow
birch catkins aren't
ashamed to obey gra-
vity. Magnoli-
a petals undress
and leave a mess un-

Soon, the co-
lored conflagration
will occur below
our necks. And the trees
only crown green.

1st drafts shouldn't be published!
2nd draft 4-30

A question of fairness

In a moment of distraction this weekend while attending the generally enjoyable Festival of Faith and Writing at Calvin College, I wondered about sexual or gender equity. My question is this: if society were to truly value and honor some positions that are intrinsic to women, namely mother and wife, would women (some of the complainers anyway)be less clamoring to become say, priests or police officers, or any position typically seen as "man's work." Yes, one could argue everything in the past was seen as man's work, that isn't what I mean. I'm thinking of positions TODAY that when thought of one almost always conceives a man performing the position. Just a question.

The best show on television defines me

Eels sighting

Last Saturday, Hillbilly Holmes and I saw our third Eels show at Detroit's Majestic Theatre. The first, back in 05, the "With Strings Tour" has to be in my top 10 of best concerts ever. Then the "No Strings Attached Tour" in 06(?) was good, noisy, entertaining, but nowhere near the level of brilliance as the first show we saw. This latest incarnation was stripped down even more. Just E and The Chet, no bass player again, playing piano, pump organ, drums, guitar, pedal steel, mandolin, and percussion. Usually concerts so stripped down are about as entertaining as plywood. Eels can pull it off. What's really fascinating is the different versions of songs played. For instance, "Flyswatter" a noisy, creepy rocker from the "Daisies" album was rocked with only piano and drums. With a gimmicky, but nonetheless entertaining switch by E and The Chet on their two instruments the originally short song was lengthened by about 4-5 minutes.

Steve Irwin is dead but his legacy continues

Sarasota Jungle Gardens--Sarasota, FL 28 March. After trekking through miles of wetlands the Martin children defeated some, but were eventually conquered by Alligator mississippiensis. They shall be missed.