Mukesh Kapila was the head of the UN mission in Darfur. He did a painful interview with CBC this week, describing some of his experiences in Darfur, and watching helplessly as the UN failed, *again* to act.
alternate link: http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/features/2013/05/16/mukesh-kapila/
I got this old relic stuck in my brain this week. No idea why.
Love After Love
The time will come
Kim Rosen, authour of Saved by a Poem, recited this in an interview I heard recently.
i always look forward to seeing the first robin every year. it's one of those signs that winter is nearly finished.
we seem to be having our spring thaw now, and i had been hoping they would be back soon.
today was the day. i saw one this morning!
A transplanted Senegalese, now living in Montreal. I'll have to see him if he ever plays Toronto.
Just before X-mass, my shrink referred me to a sleep lab for a sleep study.
I had it done in the middle of January. It was kinda interesting: they hooked me up to a polysomnograph, which is like a fancy polygraph, with about 24 electrodes attached, and bands around my chest and abdomen. As well, there was an infrared camera, so they could see my position.
I was surprised that I was even able to sleep with all that gear attached. As it turned out, I nodded off after 30 minutes and slept all through the night.
I got my results a few days ago. I have a moderate case of sleep apnea. Overall, it's at the low end of the scale, but much higher when I'm dreaming or on my back.
So, this is one of the big reasons I've been so tired and dopey. Now I know that it wasn't entirely from the depression or from the meds.
The doctor has given me a presc
It looks really awkward, uncomfortable, and inconvenient in the pictures online. I wasn't looking forward to using one. However, it's not as bad as it looks, and I'm getting used to it.
After four nights with the machine, still not completely used to it, and even with the default settings, I'm feeling a huge improvement over the way I felt even a week ago. I'm looking forward to the results after it's been set up specifically for me.
i usual play q/a online here. i'm gonna start posting the frequent answers here, just to save repeating myself
An awesome episode of CBC Radio's Ideas. Three wonderful speakers from Moses Znaimer's Ideacity conference, each offering his or her perspective on the search for meaning. Safe for most audiences, though some might consider it heresy.
Do yourself a favour and put this on your mp3 pla
I forget who they all are, and I don't always know why....
I keep hearing this on the CBC...old Gospel tune
Advice To Myself
Leave the dishes.
Let the celery rot in the bottom drawer of the refrigerator
and an earthen scum harden on the kitchen floor.
Leave the black crumbs in the bottom of the toaster.
Throw the cracked bowl out and don't patch the cup.
Don't patch anything. Don't mend. Buy safety pins.
Don't even sew on a button.
Let the wind have its way, then the earth
that invades as dust and then the dead
foaming up in gray rolls underneath the couch.
Talk to them. Tell them they are welcome.
Don't keep all the pieces of the puzzles
or the doll's tiny shoes in pairs, don't worry
who uses whose toothbrush or if anything
matches, at all.
Except one word to another. Or a thought.
Pursue the authentic-decide first
what is authentic,
then go after it with all your heart.
Your heart, that place
you don't even think of cleaning out.
That closet stuffed with savage mementos.
Don't sort the paper clips from screws from saved baby teeth
or worry if we're all eating cereal for dinner
again. Don't answer the telephone, ever,
or weep over anything at all that breaks.
Pink molds will grow within those sealed cartons
in the refrigerator. Accept new forms of life
and talk to the dead
who drift in though the screened windows, who collect
patiently on the tops of food jars and books.
Recycle the mail, don't read it, don't read anything
except what destroys
the insulation between yourself and your experience
or what pulls down or what strikes at or what shatters
this ruse you call necessity.
-- Louise Erdrich
the california sound went out of style after 1980, but this was a big favourite of mine at one point
Billy Bragg did a killer version, too...maybe i'll post that later
For years, there has been a little single-cup coffeemaker gathering dust in my office. I bought it, then never used it. I brought it home recently and bought a tin of name-brand coffee. I have loved every cup. I love to smell it brewing, and every cup has tasted so good! So glad I finally smartened up.
This was on the radio this morning.
One woman's stark, raw and brutal account of being single and pregnant in the 1960s. Sounds fairly typical. Thrown out by her family, then forced to give up the baby for adoption. Painful to hear, even after all this time.
Previous PostsMarty Robbins -- white sport coat and a pink carnation, posted May 18th, 2013
Against a Tide of Evil -- Mukesh Kapila on the Darfur genocide, posted May 17th, 2013
Long Tall Glasses/I can Dance -- Leo Sayer, posted May 3rd, 2013
rock and roll badboy -- Rumble, Link Wray, posted April 25th, 2013
You will love again the stranger who was your self., posted March 19th, 2013
the first robin of the spring, posted March 13th, 2013
video: Man of Constant Sorrow -- Elage Diouf, posted February 19th, 2013
my new diagnosis: sleep apnea, posted February 10th, 2013
Spirit in the Dark, Aretha (at the Filmore), posted January 21st, 2013
F.A.Q., posted January 11th, 2013, 3 comments
are they laughing at us or with us?, posted December 2nd, 2012
Seeking Faith, posted September 15th, 2012
Hank Williams -- Lost Highway, posted September 1st, 2012
People Keep Blocking me!, posted August 17th, 2012
Elvis: Peace in the Valley, posted August 11th, 2012
Louise Erdrich "Advice To Myself", posted July 28th, 2012
more music, posted July 22nd, 2012
vonda sheppard: walk away renee, posted July 20th, 2012
Wake up and smell the coffee! Sometimes, it's the little things., posted July 15th, 2012
Motherhood, Interrupted, posted July 5th, 2012
a story about what we used to do with mentally retarded people, posted July 2nd, 2012
maybe you can't go back...looking for a comfy new church, posted July 2nd, 2012
Be Thou my Vision, Van Morrison ... one of the oldest surviving hymns, posted June 20th, 2012
Every 40-50 years, the Beach Boys record something new and good., posted June 20th, 2012
I love Patti Smith, posted June 17th, 2012
Oasis as a cover band., posted May 26th, 2012
So I just joined a gym, posted December 19th, 2011
What if Someone Needs Help Online?, posted November 21st, 2011
Playing on EP, posted October 29th, 2011
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