Thursday, December 09, 2010
Also, the semester is over! You can read my final research paper for my history of the body class here. The footnotes for google docs are in roman numerals. sorry.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Men clearly have issues.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
I'm not quite sure I fully comprehend what happened last night. My housemate Jared, who pretty much lived with Jonsi and Sigur Ros in Iceland while studying there for a semester, invited Leigh and I to meet Jonsi at his concert in St. Louis. We went there, met Jonsi before the show, hung out with him and the band, enjoyed the show, wow what a show!, and then afterwards drank, danced, and partied with them. Just us. We didn't get home until 7:30 AM. Not to brag, but Jonsi flipped out over my magic tricks and even kissed me goodnight. What!? I was so impressed with him and his partner Alex (also in the band). They are both vegan raw-foodists, beautiful, nutty, totally human, no super ego or anything..it was amazing. We also got to meet their opening act: a three women folk vocal group Mountain Man. Turns out one of them loves Ken Wilber, zen, and Gempo Roshi's Big Mind Process...we had a lot to talk about.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
And here is one of my contemporaries utilizing formal elements of stage magic in a completely new pictorial way. Hats off. Great ambient glitch music too.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Cat, Leigh, Wylie, and I spent an afternoon picking chestnuts at a local farm.
Every Thursday we have sitting meditation and vegi potluck at our house. It's so wonderful.
Eli and Raphael visited from out of town. Heaven on earth.
And here is Taka, Ishita, and Leigh at the Indian Puja we attended Saturday. Taka is an exchange student from Japan I've been acculturating (a favorite hobby of mine), taking him to the haunted houses downtown, queer dance parties, mexican restaurants, etc. After watching Shortbus at my house he said "My worldview has now been changed." I asked him how and he answered, "Because I could empathize with the gay and queer characters in the movie, I feel they are no different from me."
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
"Ahhhhhmen. Each of these artists move beauty into space like fingers making mudras."
I miss you!
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
And I've almost finished this one. Can you see the feathers and tadpoles?
I went to Yuba City, California this weekend to meet some new family. I got to explore "the smallest mountain range in the world," the Sutter Buttes, with my nephew, father, and uncle. It was golden.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I just learned that in June Colorado joined the 13 other states in legalizing medical Marijuana and decriminalizing possession of up to an ounce! Wow.
And last week the conservative republican openly gay federal judge Vaugh Walker overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban “Proposition 8”!
"Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite-sex couples are superior to same-sex couples," the judge wrote in a 136-page ruling that laid out in precise detail why the ban does not pass constitutional muster.
"Because Proposition 8 disadvantages gays and lesbians without any rational justification, Proposition 8 violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment."
California may soon join Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Washington, D.C. in allowing same sex marriage.
The upward drift towards legalizing marijuana and gay marriage is happening! Finally.
Friday, August 06, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Here are a few commissions I worked on till the last day. They aren't finished, but what can I do?--Sell them as is and pray for the best.
What beautiful, glowing, friendly people! I took these Kansans all over my town. It was a hot, sunny day. Ikku Shrine with the 1000 year-old camphor totoro trees,
the river and holy tree with Tasuku,
I finished my teaching work, gave my goodbye speech at some of the schools about the Japanese proverb "Ten People, Ten Colors," cried in front of all the kids, thanked them for teaching me, took lots of pictures and got presents and flowers....
Here is Peter at the tree. What a great tree.
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