these are the timesdirty beloved



Eric Pankey
The Reconstruction of the Fictive Space
Poetry Daily July 13 2003


...the sole worn through, the skin
Bruised red and calloused, uncut toenails curved
And veined like an old ivory. No one spoke.
Police stood at attention by a stretcher.
After an empty moment, suddenly
Bent over as if taken by a cramp,
I sobbed out loud and, on my uniform,
Vomited up my lunch—over the tie,
The polished buttons and insignia,
The little strips of color and the green
Eisenhower jacket with its Eagle patch,
The taut pants in a crease, the glistening jump-boots—
Vomiting and still sobbing, like a child
Awakened in the night, and sick...
Edgar Bowers

Photograph of Edgar Bowers standing behind the bombed remains of Hitler’s house in Obersalzburg.

The Pop–Up Mother Goose
Harold B. Lentz

Picturing Childhood, Illustrated Children's Books from University of California Collections, 1550–1990


Above Deep waters
Hans Hoffmann

Do-Ho Suh
Venice Biennale 2001
ABC (AU) The Space

Through Your Eyes
Walker Art Center

Carolina and Kosinde
Brigitte Carnochan

Cindy Sherman
Serpentine Gallery, London UK

'During the Second World War, I was in Japan listening to a radio programme on which kamikaze pilots, before leaving, were allowed to say something to their parents or family. And they all said, "Mummy, I'm going now and I wish you a long life". It was just the most horrific thing that I've heard, and I'll never forget that. I'll never forget that. What an incredibly cruel thing to do to any human being. I think that changed my whole idea about war. I was a young girl so I really didn't know what war was, except that it's very frightening. And every night I had to go into a shelter when the B-52s came overhead. There was nothing noble about the war. I mean, there was propaganda in both countries, I'm sure, saying, "It's a noble war, we have to do it". But when you get down to those pilots, then you know it's cruel and totally wasteful.'

Yoko Ono
Turning points:public figures reveal what shook their world
Independent (UK) 09 July 2003


Walt Whitman in Camden
Thomas Eakins
Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University

detail of Avalokitesvara Sand Mandala
The Gaden Jangtse 2002-04 North America Tour

Guardian of Avalokitesvara with Lotus

Brother Anthony
text of the day:
Tue, 8 July
The Spirit of the Lord fills the world: it holds all things together and knows every word said.
Ws 1:1-15


Brothel maids or prostitutes (detail)

PhotoGuide Japan

Ono no Komachi, whose life is shrouded in mystery, is believed to have been active in the tenth century. She is a legendary figure, a woman of great beauty and passion, who has been dramatized in many genres.
The poem in this scroll reads:

Wretched that I am-
A floating water weed
Broken from its roots -
If a stream should beckon,
I would follow it, I think.

The Poetess Ono no Komachi
Suzuki Kiitsu
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University

Colonel-Engineer Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova (1937- ) was a Soviet cosmonaut and the first woman in space. She was on the Vostok 5 mission which launched on June 16, 1963, and orbited the Earth 48 times. The flight lasted 2.95 days. The spacecraft was recovered on June 19, 1963, in the Soviet Union.

The 88 Constellations
Zoom Astronomy
Zoom School
Enchanted Learning

...And I am near, oh nearer than you've known.
You cannot shut me in a fairy book.
It was my step you heard, mine and my creatures',
Soft at your heel. And if you lean and look
Long in your mirror...

The Witch
Sara Henderson Hay
Verse Daily
Homo erectus may have cooked tubers


Standort: Hamburg-Hauptbahnhof in der Wandelhalle, 1.

"Love your country, but never trust its government." - Robert A. Heinlein.
Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter: Eskimo Pi
A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
The "huddle" in football was formed due a deaf football player who used sign language to communicate and his team didn't want the opposition to see the signals he used and in turn huddled around him.
Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy.
The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.
A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
scientific refutation 1.
unscientific refutation 2.
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
The 3 most valuable brand names on earth: MARLBORO, COCA-COLA, and BUDWEISER, in that order.

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