Radioactive, Stay Away!

Self is fascinated by radioactivity. She was in the New Mexico Museum of Natural History less than two weeks ago, and learned some about carbon dating. (She would have loved to ask a question about Area 51 but the tour guide might have thought she was crazy)

So here’s what happens when journalists cover a nuclear disaster:

At ten in the morning, the cameraman Shishenok died.

— p. 7, Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster, by Svetlana Alexievich

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

GLOW: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 18 October 2017

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.

— Aaron Rose, The Daily Post

Other WordPress Glows:

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Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, a panel on OFW during the 4th annual Filipino-American International Book Fair, October 2017

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Approaching San Francisco’s Bay Bridge, September 2017

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MacBook Air, Palo Alto, CA, Summer 2017

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Quote of the Day: Marcia Angell Reviews Atul Gawande’s BEING MORTAL

This is the opening sentence of Angell’s review, which appeared in The New York Review of Books in 8 January 2015:

  • In his newest and best book, the surgeon Atul Gawande lets us have it right between the eyes: no matter how careful we are or healthful our habits, like everyone else, we will die, and probably after a long period of decline and debility . . .  Furthermore, the medical system will be of very little help at the end.

 

“Witness”: Published 2010 in NECESSARY FICTION

Thanks a bunch, Necessary Fiction, for all you do for the literary community. You’re a great web-zine! Self was first referred to you by Beth Coryell Alvarado, a fellow creative writing fellow in the Stanford University Creative Writing Program, and you published self’s short story, Witness, in February 2010.

An excerpt:

Witness (published in Necessary Fiction, 2/10/2010)

You were tired, that day. You were riding in a car with your daughter, Caroline, and Jay, her new husband, and they were arguing. They acted as though you weren’t there. Caroline swerved once, narrowly avoiding a collision. You bit your lip, you sighed, you rested your head back against the seat. The noises from the front continued, unabated.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Spotlight on: CAFE IRREAL

With nods to Kafka. Kafka. Kafka.

Café Irreal is an online zine, edited by G. S. Evans and Alice Whittenburg, that has been in continuous publication since 1998 (Oh, kudos. Major kudos). Its focus is on writing about The Irreal.

They published self’s Appetites and The Secret Room.

The opening of Appetites:

  • When she was a girl, she ate crab, bitter melon, rice soup. She loved milkfish, which at that time was still abundant. The cook, who was as dear to her as her own mother, served her glutinous rice cakes, salmon cured with tamarind salt, grilled squid stuffed with chorizo, the meat of young coconuts.

Food is life. Yes.

Stay tuned.

 

Share Your World: 16 October 2017

How SYW (Share Your World) Works:

Create your post answering the four questions below, then post a link to Cee Neuner’s blog in the comment box.

  1. If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
  2. What color would you like your bedroom to be?
  3. What makes you Happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy.
  4. What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?

Here are self’s answers:

If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?

The Philippines, since I grew up there.

England, because I adore theatre and everything related to. And because it’s an easy hop from there to my other favorite country: Ireland.

What color would you like your bedroom to be?

A deep red. The kind I first saw in Edinburgh, in 2012.

What makes you happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy.

  • Discovering new places
  • Visiting museums
  • Being with son, his wife Jennie, and their friends
  • Writing
  • Reading a good book
  • Looking at flowers

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?

Eating Bone Marrow Tapas at Mas Tapas y Vino on 2nd in downtown Albuquerque.

Haven’t had bone marrow in soooo long. Self loved it growing up in the Philippines.

 

 

 

American Made: Kudos, Redhead From the Harry Potter Movies

The guy must really have gotten under self’s skin. She was there to see a Tom Cruise movie, but just one sentence floating into her ear and she recognized the voice. What? When did that happen? She’s only seen him in a handful of movies.

She doesn’t know his name (yet), but she knows he is from the Harry Potter movies. He’s not Rupert Grint, who has grown into a bull-shouldered man. No, this redhead is slender. He was in The Revenant and was as much a part of Leo di Caprio’s Oscar-winning performance as Tom Hardy’s. When we saw the bloody scalp, didn’t we want to just scream in outrage?

So, the slender redhead is in American Made, and he is perfect playing an American CIA cubicle guy who has one ace in the hole: the character played by Tom Cruise. And he is so thin, and so perfect in his bland American accent, he steals every scene. That’s hard to do with Cruise, whose killer charm is still there, in spades.

Kudos, redhead.

This morning, he was on some talk show (Good Morning, America?) with the cast of his new movie about Winnie-the-Pooh creator Christopher Robbins. He was sitting next to Margot Robbie (ravishing in a red dress). He was asked if he had read Winnie the Pooh as a child and he had only one answer: No. The interviewer seemed nonplussed and passed over him quickly (as who wouldn’t, when ravishing Margot Robbie is sitting right there?).

Stay tuned.

PEDESTRIANS 2: Iconic, 2017

There’s a theme to the photographs here, self’s second post on The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge of the week, PEDESTRIANS.

  • The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City:

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  • The Atrium, Robert Lehman Wing, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City:

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  • London Eye, South Bank:

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Quote of the Day: Richard Brautigan

Karma Repair Kit: Items 1 – 4

  1. Get enough food to eat, and eat it.
  2. Find a place to sleep where it is quiet, and sleep there.
  3. Reduce intellectual activity and emotional noise until you arrive at the silence of yourself.
  4.  

 

 

 

#amreading: HIS FINAL BATTLE, THE LAST MONTHS OF FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT, by Joseph Lelyveld

Skimmed the last 50 or so pages of Submission. Fascinating, densely written. After the President of France is elected, there’s endless amounts of conjecture about Sharia Law. The last paragraph of the novel was brilliant.

And then she began the next book on her reading list, His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt. Self loves World War II history books.  A really good World War II history book can light up her life in a myriad ways. This one had her completely hooked, from page 1.

Self doesn’t know why, but she was completely ready for this book. Against the panoply of war is a sick man who just happens to be the President of the United States. The curtain came “down abruptly” on Franklin Roosevelt in the twelfth week of his fourth term, “on a balmy April afternoon in Warm Springs, Georgia.”

Roosevelt’s fourth term was “the third shortest presidential term” in U.S. history. Shortest was William Henry Harrison’s 32 days, and then the six weeks of Abraham Lincoln’s second term. Roosevelt was, to borrow a term from author Joseph Lelyveld, “plaintive” in his last months.

p. 12:

Mortality is the ultimate reason for feeling plaintive. In our waning hours, we get on with our tasks. Roosevelt was racing, as we all are, against time. If we want to take him in his full measure, we need to see him in his full context, in the round, not just as a dying man in what we may glibly call “denial,” but as an actor playing out his role, simply because he found no alternative; in that sense, a man touched by the heroic. Of all his responsibilities as the war headed into its climactic last year, calculating the date of his own terminus was not necessarily, in that clamorous time, the most pressing.

In other words, people, it’s not always about you. What a contrast to 45, who manages to make even hurricanes seem like personal affronts. 45 addressing the people of Puerto Rico: “Personally, I’m having a horrible day.” Not sure if he said this before or after he threw Brawny paper towels at a roomful of people. Self still doesn’t understand the significance of throwing paper towels to people who are recovering from what @RealRBHJr calls “Big Water”. (A joke, maybe?)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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