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  • Books. I…. | Kalilily Time
    s an escape a way not to think about the things I really don t want to think about You know what I mean female infanticide in India the GOP debates You know what I mean The book I just finished was on digital audio and I just couldn t stop listening to it until I was finished Everything about it was unique the format the characters the premise the language The Night Circus The author is incredibly talented on a number of fronts I was particularly fascinated by her Flax Golden Tales Be sure to take a look The Night Circus was nominated for a Golden Tentacle Award which ts awarded annually to the debut novel that best fits the criteria of progressive intelligent and entertaining The book must be the author s first published work of novel length fiction in any genre Take a look at the other nominees if you are into progressive intelligent and entertaining reading Of course I download almost all the books I read from my library s digital catalog I was surprised to see that they even had The Night Circus Usually I wind up with a mystery or suspense which is what

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  • Books | Kalilily Time
    s kind of late for that I can t wait to get out and garden My son who is still job hunting has been motivated to publish his late father s novels which have been sitting on old 5 inch floppy discs in WordPerfect They are available via Amazon Kindle and he has put up a website to promote them www myrlnbooks com The Wheel turns The wheels turn Spring Sunshine Energy Hope Posted in blogging books family food gardening health myrln not Another Pleasant Valley Sunday Posted on August 26 2012 by Elaine Actually it s a laid back Pioneer Valley Sunday All I did all day was some knitting while I listened to an audio version of the second book of the Hunger Game series Catching Fire I love the fact that I can download audio books free from the library but I don t like the fact that I have to hurry and finish listening before the allotted time I just don t understand since it s downloaded why an audio book can t be available to any number of borrowers at the same time and for as long as they need to finish the book My grandson is out in the back yard reading an oversized Calvin and Hobbes book of cartoons his mom is out there reading some book about home schooling on her Kindle his dad is nearby reading an actual book borrowed from the library a biography of Frank Zappa My grandson takes a break from reading every once in a while to resume his imaginary globe trotting journey that is based in a camp he has set up next to his fort in the yard complete with globe desk drafting tools and assorted mute companions where he devises maps and plans his adventures He has amused himself all day out there with only occasional bouts of participation by the rest of us in his continuing saga At some point I unplug myself from my audio book and listen as my grandson reads aloud to us something from Calvin and Hobbes that he thinks is funny My daughter shares a passage from the book she is reading about how important it is for kids to have time for imaginative unstructured play I think about our neighbor s young son whose days are taken up with competitive sports school karate Pokemon and video games A basically nice kid an ordinary kid he is almost devoid of any flights of fancy or curiosity about the world around him Ours is not a typical or ordinary family and our quirkiness extends way out to the west coast where my imaginative untypical son still struggles to find a job I think about what the world will be like when my grandson is ready to participate fully in this society to find work that is meaningful and satisfying Hopefully the Hunger Games is not prophetic although if the Republicans had their way it might come awfully close For now we are thankful for what we have And we hope for a future where curiosity imagination playfulness and mutual support and cooperation across age levels are valued a lot more than they are today Posted in books crafts creativity education family family fun knitting learning Books I Posted on January 17 2012 by Elaine One for my ears and one for my eyes That s how I do books usually two at once Maybe it s an escape a way not to think about the things I really don t want to think about You know what I mean female infanticide in India the GOP debates You know what I mean The book I just finished was on digital audio and I just couldn t stop listening to it until I was finished Everything about it was unique the format the characters the premise the language The Night Circus The author is incredibly talented on a number of fronts I was particularly fascinated by her Flax Golden Tales Be sure to take a look The Night Circus was nominated for a Golden Tentacle Award which ts awarded annually to the debut novel that best fits the criteria of progressive intelligent and entertaining The book must be the author s first published work of novel length fiction in any genre Take a look at the other nominees if you are into progressive intelligent and entertaining reading Of course I download almost all the books I read from my library s digital catalog I was surprised to see that they even had The Night Circus Usually I wind up with a mystery or suspense which is what s on my mp3 player now Not on the level of The Night Circus but it keeps me from thinking about the things I don t want to think about You know what I mean malnourished people malnourished animals malnourished dreams Posted in animals and pets books creativity culture dreams politics strange world minding the mortal Posted on November 20 2011 by Elaine Thinking about it Annoyed by it Just not yet destroyed by it There were times during that icy week without heat that I could imagine just slipping into a frozen sleep and not waking up There were times during the week or so after floundering in a mix of aches and fever and stuffed sinuses and peppery throat unable to rest or eat or think that I could imagine dosing myself into a cloudy sleep and not waking up Discomforts for the young can become depressing struggles for elders And if it s more than just discomfort if it is indeed mortality beleaguering your cells as it is for my first hospice patient with whom I sat for several hours today how do you wrap your mind around that When I got home from that visit I found an email letting me know that I have three poems accepted for an online poetry site the new version of which will be

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  • Strange World | Kalilily Time
    overlap But usually their perceptions of reality are just too different I read somewhere recently something that explained that science is a way of knowing and knowledge evolves as evidence is uncovered religion is a way of believing and faith belief does not evolve There are many individuals who somehow can blend the two in a way that brings them both comfort and enlightenment Deepak Chopra one of them recently wrote the following in his piece in the Huffington Post We often hear that humankind is on the verge of a major change in our perception of reality a paradigm shift as it is called But there s no necessity for the new paradigm to break into laboratories and smash all the test tubes The brightest prospect is for an expanded science one that takes consciousness into account This is actually unfolding all around us Even 10 years ago a scientist who took consciousness seriously risked career suicide He was likely to be rebuked with a common Physics slogan Shut up and calculate In other words stop this foolish speculation and go back to what we trust mathematics But there is no getting around the bald fact that every human experience occurs in consciousness including mathematics If there is a reality beyond our awareness by definition we will never know it One branch of science after another starting with the quantum revolution in physics a century ago has been faced with mysteries that force it to consider consciousness How does the brain produce thought Why do genes respond when we interact or have experiences Is biology a quantum phenomenon Happily there are now sizable conferences on these once unthinkable topics To be honest I find the rantings of atheists more exciting and challenging then the writings of paradigm shift philosophers But that s just me Like Walt Whitman I m just one big contradiction Because in truth I don t get why we all can t say this is where I m coming from but and hey whatever works for you is fine Of course that all has to be in the context of some overarching values such as first do no harm and treat others the way that you want to be treated and hey you never know but you have to keep looking I just don t get what s so hard about that Of course proselytizing is what sells books makes money strokes egos and earns notoriety And there are lots of people who get off on that And everyone needs to earn a living Finally maybe it s just that I m getting old and am tired of the debate and feel that if you lead a life that is responsible to others and to the planet what difference does it make what you believe on a religious or unreligious level And so when I read something like the following written by much maligned scientist Bruce Lipton in the Huffington Post I an inclined to hope his is right Humans evolved as the most powerful force in supporting Nature s vitality However we have misused that power and are now paying the price for our destructive behavior The crises we face present us with the greatest opportunity in human history conscious evolution Through consciousness our minds have the power to change our planet and ourselves It is time we heed the wisdom of the ancient indigenous people and channel our consciousness and spirit to tend the Garden and not destroy it The story of human life on Earth is yet to be determined Our evolution depends on whether we are willing to make changes in our individual and collective beliefs and behaviors and whether we are able to make these changes in time The good news is that biology and evolution are on our side Evolution like heaven is not a destination but a practice But I m still a fan of PZ Meyers and Rebecca Watson because while people like Lipton and Chopra are pulling at one end of the envelope those other two and pushing at the other Do I contradict myself Very well then I contradict myself I am large I contain multitudes Walt Whitman Posted in creativity culture non belief personal idiocies religion science strange world not quite Kansas Posted on June 3 2011 by Elaine The dark sky made it obvious that a storm was brewing the other day as I sat on the front steps waiting for my daughter and grandson to drive back from Holeyoke where he had a vision therapy appointment I went inside and put on the weather channel just to find out how bad the storm was going to be TORNADO WARNING Huh A tornado in western Massachusetts And it seemed to be developing just behind the path along which my daughter would be driving Route 5 and I91 I called her I m almost home she says when I tell her there s a tornado warning and I hear the stunned silence at the other end of the phone I m almost home she says again I go back to the television where the live sky cam on top of a local tv station in Springfield is showing the gathering clouds and slowly forming funnel In a few minutes my family is home unloading groceries I am glued to my television as I watch the funnel sweep through the city and cross the Connecticut River less than 5 miles from our home and across the highway that my daughter had traveled on not that long ago It s been three days since we ve been able to watch tv or flick on a light switch to see where we re going in the dark But we have flashlights and batteries and a gas stove and a public library in the next town with power and wifi And that s where I am now charging my dead cell phone and catching up with email on my

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  • Seducing Spring | Kalilily Time
    have a hearty vine that I can keep rooting from cuttings And then I can hang the vines in a basket outside my window If I keep rooting the cuttings I can hang a basket indoors all year I need something to plan toward look forward to something other than the solitude of a long cold winter Views All kitchens should have windows double wide Windexed clear if not into

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  • Gardening | Kalilily Time
    in kinship flesh of the planet with my own flesh a ritual of compost a litany of manure My garden s a chapel but a meadow gone wild in grass and flower is a cathedral How you seethe with little quick ones vole field mouse shrew and mole in their thousands rabbit and woodchuck In you rest the jewels of the genes wrapped in seed Power warps because it involves joy in domination also because it means forgetting how we too starve break like a corn stalk in the wind how we die like the spinach of drought how what slays the vole slays us Because you can die of overwork because you can die of the fire that melts rock because you can die of the poison that kills the beetle and the slug we must come again to worship you on our knees the common living dirt Posted in animals and pets family family fun gardening metaphors poetry writing Tagged Marge Piercy The Belmont Goats This need for seeds Posted on March 26 2014 by Elaine This need for seeds is in all of us We rub the world for inspiration watch for a sign a word a hope to plant like seeds winter sown reaching for warmth for light for the sweet fruits of need Posted in creativity gardening metaphors poetry spring waits Posted on March 19 2014 by Elaine spring crouches in shadow waiting to pounce at a moment s notice as the last frost slinks defeated from the shameles sun Posted in fantasies gardening metaphors photography poetry writing just like in the bible Posted on June 16 2013 by Elaine Well almost Aaron stuck a stick in the ground and it flowered I stuck a willow branch in the ground and it s budding The branch is from our Japanese willow tree It will be a bush rather than a tree but otherwise will look the same I wonder if Aaron s rod was really a thick willow branch which roots very easily and buds quickly Willow trees are part of my Polish heritage they grow all along fences and stables and wayside shrines throughout old Poland I have a collection of translated prose and poetry from 1945 called Wayside Willow It is a first edition signed by the editor and all of the contributors The dust jacket is missing although the flyleaf portion is stuck inside like a bookmark It was a gift to my Dad who was very active and well known in the downstate New York Polish community It comes with me wherever I go I have to admit that I have never read through the entire publication Maybe today Father s Day is a good time to do that The willow has a rich mythology some of it controversial The above link says that I am a willow person Willow people i e those born in March are beautiful but full of melancholy are attractive and very empathic they like anything

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  • Photography | Kalilily Time
    their craft sharing it with like minded bloggers and keeping their muses alive and well Each week it offers an image as a writing prompt Mag 212 My Bed by Tracey Emin Depression It descends without warming squatting on your chest like the demon it is the weight of its message holding mind hostage the detritus of being rising like a moat around the bed where you lay beleaguered by fear Posted in depression Magpie Tales metaphors photography poetry spring waits Posted on March 19 2014 by Elaine spring crouches in shadow waiting to pounce at a moment s notice as the last frost slinks defeated from the shameles sun Posted in fantasies gardening metaphors photography poetry writing almost the best time of the year Posted on May 18 2013 by Elaine The best time will be summer when the vines are loaded with tomatoes and beans and peas and hopefully the couple of exotic edibles the seeds of which I planted in March and the seedlings of which I planted today peach mango melon and cucamelon With my bum knees precluding any dancing or even minor walking gardening seems to be the best exercise for me and I along with the rest of the family worked up a good sweat today they tilling and enriching the garden soil and planting some seeds I tinkering with the little shade garden plots and tending my seedlings The little orange birdhouse upper right of photo below that my daughter made last year from scrap pieces of wood in the cellar has just been taken over by a pair of Carolina Wrens The Northeast is a marvel filled place to live this time of year the readied vegetable garden behind the bank of glorious spring blooms basil parsley sage dill garlic scapes seem to be doing well some tomato seedlings are iffy but I haven t given up on them the little shade garden by my little porch is overrun with Creeping Jenny but that s just fine because I keep moving some to other parts of the yard that are bare the prettiest part of the yard is always the Japanese maple and the Buddha statue I took the photos with my new LG Optimus G Pro from AT T I figured I d treat myself with the money I m saving by not having to buy cat food and litter any more and also not having the expense of dance exercise classes because of my bum knees One door closes another door opens Posted in animals and pets family family fun food gardening photography Tagged suburban food garden NaPoWriMo 8 Posted on April 8 2013 by Elaine Glory of the Snow like annual offerings to the godly roots of our grand old oak in thanks for surviving another Northeast winter Posted in NaProWriMo photography poetry Tagged NaProWriMo life reaches Posted on March 9 2012 by Elaine Some 25 years ago a friend gave me a clipping from her Wandering Jew plant

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  • Aging | Kalilily Time - Part 2
    infection that no amount of nasal irrigation allergy nose spray and other non presription treatments affected So back to an ENT another CT scan and a diagnosis of scar tissue blockage on one side and a re deviated septum on the other Three rounds of three different antibiotics prednisone and cortisone nose spray didn t do a thing Surgery again done three days ago Packing and splint antibiotics and Vicodin I got the packing and splint out today and I have no doubt that surgery was the right thing to do The scar tissue blockage had caused puss to back up high into my sinus cavities And there it remained stuck until the surgeon cleaned it out and removed the scar tissue While he was in there he fixed the deviated septum on the other side They totally sedate you for the surgery so that was a piece of cake These three post surgical days however were something I had to make up my mind to grin and bear Well not really grin it was very uncomfortable No bending down or lifting anything up No nose blowing No hair washing You just have to stay at home and do nothing Even reading is hard because your eyes keep tearing up I slept in my recliner blitzed out on Vicodin Last night even that magical drug didn t make it possible to sleep so I spent the night looking through old photo albums and removing the pictures that I want to scan in to keep for posterity I had to distract myself from the fact that I could only breathe through my mouth my throat was getting sore and my head hurt After he removed the packing today the ENT vacuumed out what was left in my sinuses even the ones high up over the eye That wasn t fun even though he sprayed lidocaine in first It s going to take me a few days to catch up on some sleep and even longer than that to get my digestive system back on track after the antibiotics Do I think it was worth it Being able to breathe freely and not feel sick all of the time from the sinus infection is definitely worth it Hell yes Posted in aging blogging health spring Tagged deviated septum sinus surgery when I was 20 Posted on March 30 2014 by Elaine I am looking through my pages of poetry some written when I was in grade school but I ll spare you those I wrote this when I had just turned twenty and was home from college during a part of the summer It s not great poetry but it s a great thought I think when I am old I will not care for rock n roll slopping and jazz bongos drums beat poetry and Kafka Kerouac Jake Trussell and lifeguards with sea burnished hair and convertibles but now I am young and I know that all of these will one day be the cushions on the couch of memories on which I will repose when I am old The Slop was a dance from the fifties I had to google Jake Trussell and I still don t remember why he was important to me back then But I still like rock n roll And convertibles And I m still known to ogle lifeguards Posted in aging dance elder wisdom fantasies men music nostalgia poetry Tagged 1950s Jake Trussell Change Happens Posted on March 25 2014 by Elaine Today in her blog Time Goes By my blogger friend Ronni Bennett posted about Making Friends in Old Age that prompted me to leave her a comment which I share here Until recently I always considered myself an extrovert never had any trouble meeting new people and making friends I joined groups and often even facilitated them I had no problem walking into a room where I knew no one and striking up a conversation with a stranger But I ve changed life changed me I guess Bad knees keep me from doing the dancing I always loved to do and I no longer like to drive at night After living with and taking care of my mother until she passed away I moved in with my daughter and family 90 miles from where I used to live That was about five years ago Even though I ve joined some groups I haven t clicked with anyone as a friend even though they and I have made some effort And I have decided that it s not a problem I thoroughly enjoy doing the things that I love to do and while it would be nice to share my interests in person with some others it s no longer necessary the way it used to be Of course I have family right on the other side of my door if I feel lonely and we spend as much time together as I want or need I also periodically visit with a group of close women friends where I used to live and we keep in touch online as well And yes over the years online I have made new virtual friends and also connected with old friends from my past lives I have gotten back to writing poetry which is a solitary endeavor and I play around with designing and making the kinds of knitwear that stores don t sell and I like to wear If Spring ever shows its lovely face I will garden I watch shows via Netflix that no one I know watches like Crossing Lines and Miss Fisher s Murder Mysteries It is said that happiness is not having what you want it s wanting what you have At my college reunion an old friend asked me if I am happy What I told him was that I was content I want what I have so I suppose I am happy I am certainly happy that I have two

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  • my delightful writing circle | Kalilily Time
    officially trained to lead a group But we follow the suggested prompt write respond method and it is working very well for us I think So today the folks each brought in an object for someone else to use as a prompt I chose a pair of very worn women s shoes from the turn of 19th century I had posted it here but removed it because I am submitting

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