23 December 2006

a little of this, a little of that - part deux

note: this post has disappeared twice now, through the course of the day. divine intervention of some sort? luckily i started saving drafts after the second go-round. i shall try one last time, omitting what i think may be the culprit...


it has been a Very Bonky Sort Of Day around these parts. bebe has Bonked his head on the following things once, sometimes twice already and we have only been up for 4 hours!
*the futon - back and side
*the table
*the piano
*his doll (?!)
Big Sad Bottom Stuck Out Lip and tears ensue. not even the mention of a poop sandwich brings a giggle. i hope that he is having his nap now because it is nap time and hasn't been knocked out due to concussion. i also hope that this doesn't mean that he's inherited his mama's uncanny knack for Clumsiness.


sad sad news came via the telephone last eve. my friend hammond was found dead on wednesday. he had been dead for a week. they are doing an autopsy, but don't think that fowl play was involved.

i met hammond a few years before i officially moved into the neighborhood, at the neighborhood coffee house that you could find me in most everyday of the week. i would go there to write and read and, of course, drink coffee. one day, my friend jessica and i were talking about her upcoming journey to chiapas, mexico to assist with building houses and providing support for the indigenous people that live there. the talk naturally turned to the zapatistas. hammond came over to our table and introduced himself, saying that he needed writers for a publication that he was doing and had overheard our conversation. every time he would see me after that, he'd ask if i'd written an article for him yet. soon, we were sharing a table most everyday, engaging in conversation that went from here to there and there to here. we rarely agreed on anything that had to do with politics or economics, but it was always always always respectful. the years went by, that coffee house closed. he started to spend his days at the coffee shop up the street, but i didn't see him too often. he also began filling in at the bookstore when needed, so i would still see him from time to time, but long gone were the days of hours of talking on end.

it has been several weeks now, since the last time i saw him. he talked with bebe and smiled and laughed. he always seemed to be smiling and laughing - even in the most heated of debates. he rolled his own cigarettes - a special blend of pipe tobacco and regular tobacco that smelled really yummy when it burned. he had a deep passion for all things space and had big plans for kansas city. he continued publishing and volunteered his time teaching seniors the ropes of the internet. he was dedicated to his community and spent so much time trying to make his corner of the world a safer place.

i will miss him very much. hammond, i thank you for being the truest of friends and cherish the memories i have. i'm so sad that your final moments were spent alone. fare thee well...


my z and . are giving out. if they are missing anywhere above, you know why. i'm honestly quite surprised by how often i use the letter z! i never realiied it before. see? i am the keeper of the phantom disappearing z.


footprints, footprints...

some more disastrous effects of climate change.

bears in the mountains of spain have stopped hibernating and more:

* The osprey found in the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands in the summer months, usually migrate to west Africa to avoid the freeze. This winter, osprey have been spotted in Suffolk and Devon. Swallows, which also normally migrate to Africa for the winter have been also seen across England this winter.

* The red admiral butterfly, below, which hibernates in winter, has been spotted in gardens this month, as has the common darter dragonfly, usually seen between mid-June and October, which has been seen in Cheshire, Norfolk and Hampshire.

* The smew, a diving duck, flies west to the UK for winter from Russia and Scandinavia. This year, though, they have been mainly absent from the lakes and reservoirs between The Wash and the Severn.

* Evergreen ivy and ox-eye daisies are still blooming and some oak trees, which are usually bare by November, were still in leaf on Christmas Day last year.

* The buff-tailed bumblebee is usually first seen in spring. Worker bees die out by the first frost, while fertilised queen bees survive underground between March and September. This December, bees have been seen in Nottingham and York.

* Primroses and daffodils are already flowering at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, in Carmarthenshire. 'Early Sensation' daffodils usually flower from January until February. Horticulturalists put it down to the warm weather.

* Scientists in the Netherlands reported more than 240 wild plants flowering in the first 15 days of December, along with more than 200 cultivated species. Examples included cow parsley and sweet violets. Just two per cent of these plants normally flower in winter, while 27 per cent end their main flowering period in autumn and 56 per cent before October.

as if this weren't enough, a german researcher issues a warning re: warming and rising oceans.

(insert culprit of disappearing posts here - a mini-rant on consumerism and it's role in climate change. the post is still here. so far, so good. don't push it, kara. don't push it.)

here's to hoping that 2007 begins the great time of collectively examining our own footprints on the earth and making changes accordingly. speaking of footprints, go here. see yours.


i'm a calendar girl! ms. august, to be exact. whodathunkit? the divine ms. hill, of course! i'm surrounded by other wonderful blogger friends! want a peep? hill, thank you for including me and for all of the hard work and thought that you've put into into the calendar! i heart you!!!


i'm also sending out peace and love and happies to each and everyone of you through these electric veins. and may they last through the years to come!
happy happy happy merry merry merry!


dear santa,
please bring them home...

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