WEEKLY QUOTA … “A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.” – Alexander Solzhenisten.
POLITICAL VIOLENCE … With partisan rhetoric heating up under the rowdy Tea Party movement and now a shooting of a recently re-elected Arizona Dem leader and the killing of some of her entourage – including a federal judge and a 9-year-old child - the recent discovery of skull & crossbones posters nailed up in the Blanding area warning members of the environmental group Great Old Broads to stay out of San Juan County, Utah, are not being taken lightly … The attempted assassination of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of citizens attending her rally has shocked the nation. But when she appeared in a Sarah Palin campaign ad in the crosshairs, could the message have been any clearer? As comedian Frank Conniff tweeted: “Hey, Sarah Palin, hows that hatey, killy, reloady, crosshairsy thing working out for ya?” … The war is coming home.
ENERGY PIG … Okay, TNCC has done the math. If we want to point fingers, it’s the large McMansions in the mountain village that carry the largest loads – buildings that use obscene amounts of local energy for second-homers who only spend a few weeks here, if at all … But that knowledge shouldn’t deter the rest of us from paying attention to the energy we’re using. I’ve been trying to. And it’s disappointing … As I explained a few weeks ago, I heat three buildings on my property, and that means a hefty winter power bill. Last October I was burning up 38 kilowatt hours a day. This October I got it down to 24 kWh per day. So, by being frugal with the use of the electric heater in the house and by having fires whenever I was home, I was hoping to make November a significantly lowered payout. Wrong! … Last November I averaged 66 kWh per day. All my hard work and this November I averaged 61 kWh per day. Hardly a satisfactory reduction … Clearly, getting control of my porcine energy habits is going to take a lot more hard work.
SHROOMFEST31 … The Telluride Institute is proud to announce that mycohistorian David Rose, who has a regular column in Fungi magazine, will be one of our guest faculty for this year’s 31st Annual Telluride Mushroom Festival, Aug. 18-21 … Shroomfest will be moving this summer’s main presentations to the Palm Theatre in the west end of town, but will keep its central venues in Elks Park and at the Wilkinson Library for related events … Rose’s main talk will be titled: Let Us Now Praise Famous Psychonauts – a history of mental travelers from Quincey to McKenna. He may also lead a smaller discussion group at Wilkinson Library during the weekend.
THE WORD LOVE … Once a year my poet buddy Kirk Lumpkin of the Bay Area sends around a holiday broadside that he’s made. It’s a poem married with some imagery and colored paper that welcomes the new year for me. Here’s his broadside for 2011 … “Starting with L that lifts the tongue to roof of the mouth. Then the whole circle of O open wide for all to enter. Then V the sign of the victory that is peace. And at the end the E of envy and enemy is silent.”
ROOSTER CROW… Nutrition is one of the scientific studies that continually unveils new surprises. Remember how for years we’ve been warned to stay away from eggs, especially the yolks – those harbingers of high cholesterol levels? Wrong … Mike Logghe of Española sends word that research supporting the health bennies of eggs is piling up. And several studies have come out to that effect, including a recent one in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that found no link in healthy people between eggs and either heart attack or stroke … Hurray, the bad egg myth debunked … Now if I only could hold the bacon.
THE TALKING GOURD
Gorio & I under a blanket
On his own brought out pillows
Chattering on the trampoline
Sun & star Best buds
Awaiting the intermittent
elucidation of the floating
world & saw the eclipse
swallow the moon
Gypsy clouds slyly
hiding & then unshelling
a rare celestial