Friday, April 30, 2010

in case you think i am becoming too cynical about love

and I would argue I am not,* I offer this lovely poem by Linda Rastan, I Married You. April is Poetry Month, after all. And I like this one's sweet little twist.

I married you
for all the wrong reasons,
charmed by your
dangerous family history,
by the innocent muscles, bulging
like hidden weapons
under your shirt,
by your naive ties, the colors
of painted scraps of sunset.

I was charmed too
by your assumptions
about me: my serenity—
that mirror waiting to be cracked,
my flashy acrobatics with knives
in the kitchen.
How wrong we both were
about each other,
and how happy we have been.

*I do think love exists in many forms all over the planet. Absolutely. I just don't think it's in my cards. Unless it's a dog. Dogs seem to love me. Men do not.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

"out of fear, we shrink ourselves" - joel wolkowski

The Modern Love column from a college kid substantiating my feeling that I will never fall in love.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

"i'm taking the long way around"....dixie chicks

andrew cohen wonders where our leaders with long views have gone, and i've gotta ask the same question.

Life is hard. Problems are complex. But we buy into short, easy solutions promising quick turnarounds that fail. Where's the long view, peeps?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Stephen Colbert: "It's like they're saying that harassing Latinos with racial profiling is an inevitable side-effect of this law..."

"..It's not. It's the entire point of the law." (Colbert, Wed, 4/22)

i am pretty disturbed by this new law of arizona's for multiple reasons.

1) It seems pretty straightforwardly racist. We're all okay with that?

2) It would set a legal precedent of gov't employees getting to ask citizens going about their daily business for papers proving they are citizens. Are we living in a police state?

C'mon, people.

Monday, April 26, 2010

family photos

can be awkward, let's be honest. we had a lovely family wedding this weekend on lake union. It was delightful. The day after we were sitting around looking at photos of the cousins and grandparents, looking for pictures of the groom as a teenager with long hair. We only found one, and he wasn't facing the camera. But we found lots and lots of other lovely awkward, funny ones.

Which brings me to this blog: Awkward Family Photos. Please go laugh at it right now.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

instead of doing my homework like a good girl

I am re-watching the rest of season 3, the wire, and in awe at the amazing creativity of writers, actors, producers, and the city that inspired it.

Here's why I'm hooked:

Friday, April 2, 2010

"that was the best church service I've been to in a while" - e

Patty Griffin rocks. She rocked out the Moore last night with songs from her latest album, which is mostly gospel. She's been rocking it most of this tour, apparently.

I tried to find a youtube clip that would do her justice and couldn't.

Best two songs of the night:

Cover of Waylon Jennings' I Do Believe, and also a new song Patty wrote for her great-grandpa, Get Ready Marie. Oh, and my favorite off this album - Little Fire.

Also, Buddy Miller is awesome. His wife Julie Miller was my first concert ever, when I was 12.

You could go see her in Portland this weekend, I believe.

Since I couldn't find good Patty, here's Waylon doing his original. I like Patty's version better, but Waylon was pretty awesome, let's be honest.

And here's Buddy and Patty from last years' 3 girls and their buddy tour...