I’m fortunate to be able to be completely entranced by subtle changes in my world. This misty morning was intensely silent and reinforced my concept of solitude, which is: Solitude is not loneliness, it is the exquisite appreciation of aloneness and quiet connection.
Conundrum: now this is a word that bounces off the tongue and impresses; and represents such an intriguing concept: riddle, a puzzle, a confusing or confounding question. This is a word I will work into my conversation today. “Excuse me, barkeep, what is the difference between a blonde ale and a lager?” No, that’s not a conundrum. “Barkeep, where does all the creamy foam on the top of a fine glass of bitter disappear to as you drink it?” Well, not really, but closer. I’ll keep researching the problem as it relates to Dallas, the young barkeep. Until then, may I present several of my favourite, tangentially-related cartoons:
On first viewing, I thought this unusual short film, made by UCLA students in 1958, was a contemporary film student submission, done in the style of the 50s and with a theme that resonates today: How automation and technology fill our lives with “noise” and how we often sacrifice self-awareness and intimacy for convenience and high tech.
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
― Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard’s Egg
Fun with Filters: This was originally a plain photograph of grasses and their shadows on the sidewalk. It’s easy to go overboard with filters, and for this challenge I really did! –but it was challenging fun, and like most symmetrical pictures this one has a Rorschach Test quality to it. I see earth, bugs, leaves fighting for sunlight. What do you see?
This is a photo of a simmering stew I made in the slow cooker and photographed for my recipe blog. I didn’t use this picture, because it wasn’t very helpful, but I kind of liked the lusciousness of the food in the cooker, the abstract quality of the photo, and the reflections in the glass lid, one of which is the iPhone that I used to take the picture.