"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.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cinema Paradiso

I had the soundtrack on cd, but it mysteriously evaporated from my shelves many years ago.

Saturday, July 21, 2012


As Neal Donald Walsch tells us: “Always remember: Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” If we’re profoundly uncomfortable, we’re in exactly the right place. And here’s the metaphysics: the fastest, most enduring way to become a master of our own “stuff,” is to carry it with us through the meat grinder. We are guaranteed to lay it down somewhere on the journey. The quickest way to learn empathy and compassion is to face our own fears, climb across the debris of our mistakes, coming to the self-forgiveness required to regain our balance as a conscious human. And yes, the shortest route to growth is to endure the pruning away of what is no longer useful. That is not easy to do, but it’s required, as Anaïs Nin reminded us when she said, “And the day came when the risk to stay tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
— Judith Gayle, Notes from the Dog Days

Good Morning!

Coffee art via, via

Friday, July 20, 2012


Love books!
Would love to have these stairs and library!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cancer New Moon

New Moons represent a new cycle, and if you’re involved in a self-awareness or growth endeavor that fits this basic description, the next few days provide a space to go deeper into self-understanding. The message of this event seems to be: emotional healing arrives with self-forgiveness, as well as the personal choice to alter a negative cycle. When you heal, you also take yourself out of the “pass it forward” game that so often attends matters of abuse, and start spreading the positive vibes of self-acceptance.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Eivør Pálsdóttir

Eivør Pálsdóttir, from the Faroe Islands

Loose translation of the lyrics (added 17.05.2017)


  Spellbound I am, I am
  The wizard has enchanted me, enchanted me
  Spellbound deep in my soul, in my soul
  In my heart burns a sizzling bonfire, a sizzling bonfire

  Spellbound I am, I am
  The wizard has enchanted me, enchanted me
  Spellbound in my heart's root, my heart's root
  My eyes gaze spellbound to where the wizard stood"
Sources, in Commentscay252   Eli Chilli

Perhaps joik, of the Saami people?

Here in a newer official version with lyrics... and more serene, if that be the word.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


(from a Fb page... forgot to write which one!)
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I do always try to put the source and/or photo credit when I can... something that's geting harder with the multipliation of image sites. Having no luck with trying to find the origin of the photo above (google: "llama pink cottage llama in front thatched roof" ), BUT... I did find this!

from 4 feet 2 mouths: Cozy Cafayate (by Carmen)
Just no braided thatch! wink 2

Monday, July 16, 2012


Gustav Klimt
Mother and Child (detail from The Three Ages of Woman), c.1905

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Far Island

Chris Duff Isle of Lewis
"Blackhouses of old - the traditional homes of Lewis crofters"

From Chris Duff's blog Northern Reaches.

Friday, July 13, 2012

X-FLARE! Big sunspot AR1520 unleashed an X1.4-class solar flare on July 12th. Because the sunspot is directly facing Earth, everything about the blast was geoeffective. For one thing, it hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) directly toward our planet. According to a forecast track prepared by analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab, the CME will hit Earth on July 14th around 10:20 UT (+/- 7 hours) and could spark strong geomagnetic storms. Sky watchers should be alert for auroras this weekend. Geomagnetic storm alerts: text, voice.
The explosion also strobed Earth with a pulse of extreme UV radiation, shown here in a movie recorded by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory:
The UV pulse partially ionized Earth's upper atmosphere, disturbing the normal propagation of radio signals around the planet. Monitoring stations in Norway, Ireland and Italy recorded the sudden ionospheric disturbance.
Finally, solar protons accelerated by the blast are swarming around Earth. The radiation storm, in progress, ranks "S1" on NOAA space weather scales, which means it poses no serious threat to satellites or astronauts. This could change if the storm continues to intensify. Stay tuned.



Tuesday, July 10, 2012



for Son¹, in Paris

Friday, July 06, 2012

Ah, that boson!

Whether "God "or "God-d___" particle, an amazing moment and a beautiful mandala!
Ah, the God Particle. There are two important things to consider here. Remember this search resulted in the propagation of ultra-paranoid conspiracy theories that the activation of the Large Hadron Collider would somehow manufacture mini black holes and the Earth split apart or be devoured. The point being: another theory of fear-based projection bites the dust. Second, there is no religious implication to the naming of this enigmatic subatomic thingamabob. The actual name comes from a proposed title for a book by Leon Lederman, who suggested the particle should be called the “god damn particle” because no one can find the gd thing. Publishers rejected his offensive title and soon thereafter, the media grabbed onto the God Particle label and ran with it. Physicists, including Higgs - a devout atheist - despise the moniker. So as physicists search for the how and why of the Big Bang, no surge in religious enthusiasm should be construed to be accompanying this discovery nor for any of the subsequent revelations. After all, the fact that the big bang took place whatever conjectured millions, billions, trillions of years ago remains inconvenient to the Biblical assessments of the age of Creation.
     — Philip Sedgwic, Celestial Cattywumpus ~ 5 July 2012 newsletter

An image of what is likely the Higgs boson, or God particle, evidenced by electron decay inside the Large Hadron Collider's ATLAS experiment, observed in May 2012 

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Sun Flaring

"ALMOST X-FLARE: Big sunspot AR1515 erupted on July 2nd at 10:52 UT, producing an M5.6-class solar flare that almost crossed the threshold into X-territory. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the extreme ultraviolet flash:
A pulse of x-rays and UV radiation from the flare illuminated Earth's upper atmosphere, producing waves of ionization over Europe. Such waves alter the propagation of low-frequency radio transmissions. In Lofoten, Norway, Rob Stammes recorded the ionospheric disturbance using a 60 kHz receiver: data.
The eruption also hurled a CME into space, but not directly toward Earth. The south-traveling cloud could deliver a glancing blow to our planet's magnetosphere on July 4th or 5th. Stay tuned for updates. [SDO movie]"

solar flare M5.6 2012.07.02
click on image to download

Monday, July 02, 2012

Green Green Garden

Pretty cool!
And, if we put some wheels on, it can be turned to get sun on all the sides.

Greengreen garden