"Pongáio" was the name my Aunt Mona gave to a long, green, cool room where we gathered at her home —
replete with comfy chairs, a rocker, sewing machine, sewing goods, beautiful beads, shelves, books, bibelots, photographs, odds'n'ends, mementos of a life, treasures —
a gathering of all the useful & 'useless' things that so make life a pleasure.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Tears in the Rain

I've loved science fiction since a teenager.
When the Blade Runner movie, based on Philip K. Dick's 1968 "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", came out, I recognized that world from so many alternate futures I'd come across.
One scene in its touching, longing, beauty became part of my emotional make-up.

Aptly expressing the human condition, to which the android Roy Batty most ardently desired —and, in my view, in the end achieved it with this soliloquy— is one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking moments in cinema...

 "Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it?
  That's what it is to be a slave."

 "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe...
  Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
  I watched C-beams...
        glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
 All those...  moments
       will be lost...  in Time,
       like...  tears...  in the rain.

 Time...  to die."
                                              — "... The final form of the speech was improvised by Rutger Hauer, the actor who delivers it." from

Thursday, November 24, 2011


thanksgiving card

Today I spoke with/saw with Skype my family in the States, while they gathered and cooked for Thanksgiving dinner at my sister's house.

How wonderful are comp video calls?
One more blessing to give thanks for today.

There I was, albeit stuck in a propped up flat box, in the their midst sharing the holiday in New England!

Simultaneously, I'm sitting in my chair in the spring/near-summer of my hemisphere, roughly 7427.1 km (4615 miles)* away, as some crazy bird would fly.
And that's about a third, very roughly, of the Earth's diameter!
(This little bit of info to add to my collection of interesting but useless information.)



Monday, November 21, 2011

For Mothers and Lovers

From my newest passion, for all mothers and lovers, with a humorous twist...

Safe Travels (Don't Die)
                               — Lisa Hannigan, from album her Passenger
Please eat your greens
and don't sit close to screens,
your eyes are a means to an end.
And I would be sorry if, due to your hurry,
you were hit by a lorry my friend.

Like you always say,
Safe travels, don't die, don't die,
safe travels, don't die.

Don't walk on ice, no matter how nice,
how sturdy, enticing it seems.
Please cross at the lights
and don't start fires or fights and
don't dabble in heights on caffeine.

Like you always say
Safe travels, don't die, don't die,
safe travels, don't die.

Don't swallow bleach
out on Sandymount beach,
I'm not sure I'd reach you in time my boy.
Please don't bungee jump
or ignore a strange lump
and a gasoline pump's not a toy.

Like you always say
Safe travels, don't die, don't die,
safe travels, don't die.
                                   — Lyrics from her site

For sure I'm asking Santa for two cds!

Friday, November 18, 2011


I'm always amazed at Youtube...
All these songs that I've wanted for years to discover the what and the who about, I can now with a few jumbled words actually track them down.


Such a song is this: beautiful melody and voice - Leonard Cohen singing his composition Halleluia.

             — originally version, by Leonard Cohen

Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don't even know the name
But if I did, well really, what's it to you?
There's a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn't much
I couldn't feel, so I tried to touch
I've told the truth, I didn't come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah
The Halleluja part is especially apt for this moment: the process I've been working on since February has finally came to fruition after a loooooooot of ups&downs and work & prayer. Signed, sealed and delivered. Halleluja!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Paper, Music, Magic

Lisa Hannigan: a new face for me. Loving her music and videos,
... and fun!
(for the title add: "... and Some Paint!")

I have to thank Content in a Cottage for sending me Lisa Hannigan's way, as well always being a sure source of many pleasures: delightful snippets — pictures, sayings, ideas... and Webster and Piggy.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Auto Lurking

I haven't had the urge to blog for awhile now... but I have been coming here, lurking about my own blog for several days now.
This to catch up on my the doings of the people of my blog list (I guess that would be in newspeak my blog peeps).
Although not in a blogging mood, an executive blogging mood, I'm enjoying catching up with those who are cheerfully posting away. There some of my favorite bloggers who also seem to be having a time off ... a long while between posts for them also.

Today marks the second month since my surgery. I'm starting to feel human, slightly, again. Or maybe the term shoud be normal, whatever THAT is, as human can aptly describe the highly fragilised state I've been slogging through.
Post-op, even the excellent ones like mine, basically

So, 2 months and 14 kg returned to the Cosmos, or Gaia, or who/whatever needs it most at this moment.
I'm having more energy now, more mobility... so now I'm actually starting to get a happy feeling about it.
And fitting back into some of my old clothes. Yippee!