June 3rd, 2004

little review

Poem for Thursday

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Poem by request for faramir_boromir, to whom I owe thanks for reminding me of it; I think "Diving Into the Wreck" is the only Rich poem I've ever posted here. At one point Rich's critical essays put me off her poetry; the extent to which she chooses to distance herself not only from patriarchy but from individual men, and the way she defines gender itself, has really bothered me at times, especially since like me she is the mother of sons.

boxer_ferret linked to this Cal Poly BlackBoard online course on Patrick O'Brian being taught this summer! I will be traveling too many weeks to have any real hope of making a go of it, but I know a lot of people who might be interested.

The Mid-Atlantic Cicada Database Project is requesting that you report your bugs! We went and told them about the white-eyed cicada and stuck around to read about which broods are in greatest evidence where. I know all you other buggy people will be fascinated. *g* Today I walked my younger son to school alone since the older one is on a field trip; it was a very long walk due to the number of cicada rescue missions he initiated. I know some of you all think I am a total weirdo over this, but if I have managed to instill in my kids the idea that even every insect life is precious, despite the fact that they play violent video games, I am really ridiculously pleased about it.

Am going to a lunchtime concert with apaulled, perkypaduan and hopefully vertigo66 and her little one; if you work near Gaithersburg and can get to the stage at noon, come say hi to us and hear a really wonderful local folk singer!
little review

I Reach For You By My Side And Soar

Had a lovely afternoon under the sun listening to Lisa Moscatiello and Dave Chappell with apaulled, perkypaduan (with whom I got California Tortilla before the show, woo hoo), vertigo66, the latter's son and at least 100 kids from local day care centers. It was not Lisa's finest performance -- few of her songs can be clapped along to, and some have lyrics that make them difficult with an audience of four-and-unders -- but she and Dave were game and let one little girl come up on stage to teach them "the cicada song" (because as if the children were not distraction enough, there were hundreds of the buggers singing all around, plus trains going by right behind the band shell every half hour or so). They did "Revolution Earth" and three Dylan songs and "Biloxi" and Lisa's "Second Avenue" and some blues. Collapse )

Later I came home and took my younger son to his violin lesson. My gifted child forgot his violin. And his music book. Even though I reminded him twice. I should have checked to make sure that they were actually in the van. While he was having his lesson on a borrowed, too-large violin, I sat in the music store that is attached to the studio and read The Surgeon's Mate. I laughed so hard I thought they were going to ask me to leave. It was the part where the Ariel is sailing past Elsinore, and Jack says that he was once in a production of Hamlet, and Stephen asks Collapse )

Tomorrow I get to see perkypaduan and vertigo66 again, along with gblvr and a friend of hers whom I know from a decade ago in Voyager fandom...and we all get to see HP:POA! Am trying to decide whether it is close enough now that I can get excited.

I am posting this only because she was my answer and I suspect she will snort about it, when her usual partner in crime tells her about it since I haven't seen her around here in ages! Collapse )