Annie’s Mailbox, 24 April 2013:Dear Annie: I am appalled by the way people dress. We dress so casually that women do not take pride in being women, and men are losing their dignity. I believe in equality, but do women have to dress like men? And everyone wears jeans with everything. We look…
Reblogged for “The revolution will be wearing some fucking slacks.”
I don’t want to be Theo. I desperately don’t want to be Theo. But as the molecules of Boylston Street’s pavement waft through New England tonight, I can’t help but feel that we’re all being asked to turn into some version of him.
A world of peace doesn’t exist if people don’t DO anything. He lists the options of response and rejects them all, but doesn’t offer or even try to imagine any new solution other than “peace.” I understand feeling fear if you feel fear and if that makes sense to you, but not trying to think around or to think up a way to change the culture of violence we live in doesn’t make any of this go away. Peace doesn’t happen via fear, just like it doesn’t happen via keeping calm and carrying on. Peace demands positive action, which starts when we imagine a world that might be more liveable and how to make it so.
by Marie Howe
I have begun,
when I’m weary and can’t decide an answer to a bewildering question
to ask my dead friends for their opinion
and the answer is often immediate and clear.
Should I take the job? Move to the city? Should I try to conceive a child
in my middle age?
They stand in unison shaking their heads and smiling—whatever leads
to joy, they always answer,
to more life and less worry. I look into the vase where Billy’s ashes were —
it’s green in there, a green vase,
and I ask Billy if I should return the difficult phone call, and he says, yes.
Billy’s already gone through the frightening door,
whatever he says I’ll do.
THE WORLD’S LARGEST CEREAL PLANT
QUAKER OATS COMPANY
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
This famous plant occupies some 20 buildings and covers an area of 15 acres and is the world’s largest cereal plant. The capacity of the seven towering Grain Elevators is nearly 10,000,000 bushels. This is one of the outstanding sights in Cedar Rapids which is known as “The Cereal Capital of the World.
I was just talking about the weird cereal smell in Cedar Rapids this weekend.