bus stop

Submitted by la miller on 10 April, 2009 - 23:41

Portland posed in her Easter finest today. I took the bus and the yellow line max.

Many things to [http://www.flickr.com/photos/pollyannamedia/|photograph].


Submitted by la miller on 10 April, 2009 - 13:06

I spaced posting last night. So, here's what I had in mind; I took this photo somewhere after Tacoma heading north. Yeah, I shopped it a little. It was shot through a train window.

did i mention it's spring?

Submitted by la miller on 8 April, 2009 - 15:50

The [w:Japanese Flowering Cherry] trees are peaking. My camera and I have yet to connect with their delicate beauty. It seems they are a favorite of poets, artists and Buddhists. I just read in Buddhadharma magazine Zen teacher [w:Jan Chozen Bays] invoking them in a discussion on death:

Cherry blossoms in Japan are appreciated for their transient quality. The poignancy of the briefness of their bloom and their falling is what is beautiful. The very fading of the beauty we want to hold on to is the beauty.

Maybe I'll let another year go by without photographing them. Why try to capture that which is impermanent? I suppose, though, that that is what we are always trying to do.


Submitted by la miller on 8 April, 2009 - 01:42

I've been taking the train to Seattle once a month for the past year. The ride is great--lovely view, no wifi, not many distractions. I credit the train ride for kick starting last summer's novel reading binge. Sometimes the train runs late. Sometimes it's crowded. But it still is the best way go.


Submitted by la miller on 7 April, 2009 - 02:52

Headache, pressure around the eyes, plugged ears, sore throat, aching teeth, blurry vision, fatigue, brain fog.... I might just have a sinus infection. Springtime allergies and too much booze over the weekend seem to be making everything worse. I haven't been on antibiotics in over six years. I think I'm ready for them now.


Submitted by la miller on 6 April, 2009 - 02:59

I watched some [w:curling] last night in Seattle. It's a rather comical combination of graceful gliding, manic sweeping and a good deal of standing around. It's a game a woman or man can play competitively well into her or his sunset years -- finesse and strategy being more important than strength and speed. It's also a sport that you can watch while drinking cocktails. ... Not a bad night out I'd say.


Submitted by la miller on 4 April, 2009 - 19:14

Worked in the gardening today. We planted some starts and some seeds: beans, peas, cucumbers, zucchinis, corn, beets, onions, lettuce, spinach, cilantro, dill, wildflowers and probably other stuff I'm forgetting. It felt nice to get dirt under my fingernails.


Submitted by la miller on 3 April, 2009 - 13:24

I missed posting yesterday due to travel, visiting friends, and finally having a lovely cocktail at [http://zigzagseattle.com/|Zig Zag Cafe] in Seattle. Murray is a visionary. He made me a Coin Toss to go with the Spanish coffee crème brûlée. Delicious. It seems the [http://query.nytimes.com/search/sitesearch?query=Zig+Zag+Cafe+seattle&submit.x=0&submit.y=0&submit=sub|NYT] would agree.

tae lea!

Submitted by la miller on 3 April, 2009 - 13:09

Madison activist, food critic and distinguished social provocateur Lea Zeldin died April 2, 2009. John Nichols wrote a thoughtful [http://www.madison.com/tct/mad/topstories/445634|obituary] for Lea. He knew her well. And I'm sure he, like many, many other Madisonians are feeling her loss.

I met Lea not long after moving to Madison. A woman of integrity and courage, I learned a lot from her. I haven't personally known many women as outspoken as Lea nor have I had known many elders as tirelessly committed to peace and justice. Sure, there were times when she drove you absolutely nuts, wasting your time. But the contrarian in me secretly loved her for it, and I more than once ended up questioning whether it really had been time wasted.

I will remember Lea for her energy to go out and report a story well into her late-70s. Although she never quite mastered the use of the iRiver for recording, she certainly tried to get it right. I'll remember her making risotto and telling stories of Italy. I'll remember her at the socialist potlucks, on-air at WORT and hanging around wherever there was free food. I'll remember her lending me a travel book on Tunisia and Libya, and since she'd visited both, she had recommendations on where to go. I'll remember her challenging me on my ideas about privilege. And so much more.

Thanks, Lea, for walking this earth, working to make it a better place and inspiring us with your dedication.

everyday blog

Submitted by la miller on 1 April, 2009 - 23:04

It's time to revive this nearly dormant site. To that end, I will post something everyday for the month of April.

I've been splitting my time between reading up on the finance industry, plowing my way through a thick pile of periodicals, and watching [w:Dr. Who].

Two articles I recommend:

  • "Infinite Debt: How Unlimited Interest Rates Destroyed the Economy," by Thomas Geoghegan, Harper's April 2009
  • "[http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200905/imf-advice|The Quiet Coup]," Simon Johnson, The Atlantic, May 2008

While Geoghegen, a labor lawyer, makes a few arguments in his piece that I don't feel are fully supported, I think he's really on to something linking the current financial crisis to the repeal of usury laws in the late 70s and earlier 80s. Johnson, former IMF chief economist, observes how the finance industry has "captured" our government. Read together, these articles illustrate the negative impact experienced by manufacturing and the US economy resulting from the ascension of the finance industry.

I'm gonna keep this short. So, that's it for now.