Monday, April 22, 2019

Sorry for another Bummer

Fareed Zakaria interviews Bill McKibben on GPS (Global Public Square) - McKibben warned us 30 years ago when The End of Nature was published. His new book is  Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to play itself out. He says that climate change is coming on faster and harder than we thought it could back then and how human society has done pretty much nothing about it and that's largely due to the efforts of the fossil fuel industry and those who profit from it. He said the bright point is how well the engineers have done in making the solutions available, not that we can stop it now, but maybe could slow it down, reduce the impact, and save civilization. Good luck to us all. Now back to the issues of actual interest.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Now the Youtube link works for birthday song for Rita featured yesterday

A recitation for Rita with drums by Clay and background vocals by Lucia, our grandchild born to Rita and Clay last summer. They're visiting us now here in Sanur. Page for the song on Defuser Music dot com and here's the YouTube Video.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Happy Birthday Rita!

A recitation for Rita with drums by Clay and background vocals by Lucia, our grandchild born to Rita and Clay last summer. They're visiting us now here in Sanur. Page for the song on Defuser Music dot com and here's the YouTube Video.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Krisna Floop at Mano Beach House

We're going to tomorrow to hear our young friend Krisna play tomorrow as Krisna Floop wherein he plays guitar, sings, blows on flute-like instrument, operates loops and sound enhancements with his feet. I've seen him do this before. He pulls it off very well, most cool sounds. He has other ways to perform. We want Rita, mother of Lucia, mate of Clay, to hear and see that so we're going all the way over to Seminyak an hour away to enjoy the beach and waves there till time for his concert at six pm with a nice sunset I'm sure. He's playing at Mano Beach House. Check out their glam web page. Not our normal sort of haunt.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Bonnie's Ashes Site

Dear friend Bonnie died suddenly of a stroke in a gym here in Sanur last January. She and her husband Phil have come here from Michigan for a few months every Northern Hemisphere winter.  Met him at that same gym where I often play tennis. I was in a Vipassana retreat. Katrinka was immediately with Phil helping out. Did Bonnie's hair for the funeral. Bonnie's ashes were spread at sea with rose petals scattered with them. Someone took a photo from the boat and this artist rendered it into a painting. He obviously isn't thinking about the actual subject of his art. Or maybe he is. Funerals and cremations with processions of the whole neighborhood and gatherings to support those left behind are one of the most obvious things that happen here.

And below are Phil and Bonnie. We will miss her, a really sweet person. - dc

Friday, April 12, 2019

How Big Business Is Hedging Against the Apocalypse

From the NY Times - It's all about short term profit with little or no concern for the environment or the welfare of sentient beings, but the contribution of less destructive stuff is growing. One passage that stuck with me is an investment firm whose founder says the only smart investment is in the non carbon realm because either we go that way or civilization collapses and takes with it the investment world. - thanks Gregory

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Tabasco Jam

Katrinka and Rita are off to see this group tonight and leaving baby Lucia in my clutches. Kim, the female vocalist on guitar is a midwife and nurse, actually like Katrinka's doctor. She's been her forty years or so. They played at our wedding here four years ago. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019


A week from tomorrow, Indonesia where we've lived for over five years now votes. Al Jaz takes a look. 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Our first grandchlld

Rita and Lucia, 9 months old, are here to visit for a month. Wonderful house guests.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

In Utero

Knew Stephen Colgan in 1987 when I was head cook at the SFZC City Center kitchen. He and past wife experience Elin were good friends and she had a room for a while in a place near the ZC where he had a room too. He posted this poem on Facebook. Wow. - dc
In Utero
by Stephen Colgan

when my mother slept
I would stay awake for a while
as the wombspace settled
the swirling yellows and pinks
slowly turned to
peaceful blues and grays

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Carlo Rovelli

On time etc

I love reading popularized stuff on physics, have since I was a teenager. Not saying I understand or remember any of it much. Breaking up assumptions about phenomena is always healthy, though they tend to quickly regroup. One thing I always think when I read of such matters, is how glad I am that I have been blessed with influences of a greater depth, subtlety, profundity, wonder.