Saturday, November 26, 2005

The Triune Brain and Empire

Here's a link to a good article on the triune brain and how it relates to empire. I find this stuff pretty interesting. Watch out for the lizard men.

I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. We did. About 9 hours of cooking, 45 minutes of eating and another 3 hours of cleaning up. Lots of nice chit chat though and plenty of leftovers and only mild indigestion. Cool.

We've been making forays to the old storage lockers, hauling boxes and furniture home in our big red van. Today India got her desk back and Krista helped get her room to a new level of organization, and Eden got a box of toy kibble, which made her really happy. We also found the old framed family photographs and set them up. That was nice. So far the new house is absorbing most of this stuff. We have a few goodwill boxes on the front porch. I had thought we'd do a garage sale at some point, but I'm finding that idea ever more unappealing.

I've been thinking about starting a new blog feature: rob's conspiracy corner. any day now. We just watched a depressing documentary on "chemtrails" our friend Mariola gave us. This must be the 'mother of all' conspiracies. I think I'll start out with something lighter. Like 9-11 or election fraud or something.

This is the first time in 13 years that our family isn't doing any Christmas shows. Not even the Goddess Faire next weekend in Sebastopol. Between that and having to wade through all our crap in the storage lockers, I'm not feeling very gift oriented this year. I don't want anymore stuff. Ye Gods. And I sure as hell don't want to go shopping. Ugh. It used to be fun doing trades with other craftspeople we liked. I'll miss that, a bit. I think we all need to find new (or more traditional) ways of letting people know that we love and appreciate them. And I think that finding those new ways means having to slow down--it takes time. We all need to relax a bit. Get more still and centered. It's getting dark early now and we should probably be sleeping more. Just my two cents.


Friday, November 25, 2005

A little good news

Check out this innovation in hot water heaters.
I came across this on We used to have a tankless gas hot water heater and it was great. All through Thailand and Bali they used these. They just make sense. This sounds like a great improvement, though I haven't seen the details. Especially since we can make electricity with sun and wind and flowing water.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Art's Party

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Yesterday was Art's big birthday bash and Krista was invited to set up an installation for it. She called it 'Ode to Art'.
I set up my own work out on the back deck--my 'mystical art show' playing on Art's big TV. We put a couches and some comfy chairs out there with blankets to snuggle in. I think it went over well, though one little girl said 'can we put something else on? this is boring'.
There was a wonderful fire pit and tables loaded with fancy breads and soup and gumbo and beans and about 15 cakes and pies. Art's land-mate Star had her groovy school bus and art studio open too. And the folks next door had another bonfire going and there was some back and forth traffic. It was damn cold but we all had a good time.

Krista's Installation of Inspiration

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I hate flash photography, but it was already dusk and I wanted to capture some of the incredible attention to detail here. Didn't succeed. The brushes all have faces painted on them! And there are astonishing objects all throughout.
Hanging from ribbons are bird-hands. The idea is that folks should paint or draw on the paper below and clothes pin their own work onto the ribbons.

Close Up

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I'm not sure if this painting has a title yet, or even if it's finished. Krista was still working on it as I was packing the car to go to Art's. The frame is from our trip to Bali.

Fire Spirit

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I heard someone called this 'the fire monster' but I think it was more benign than that.

Kid's Paradise

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Someone said 'wow, this is a kid's paradise--fire pit with marshmallows, a trampoline, a tree swing, running around in the dark, a creek and a table loaded with cakes and pies!'
It was good for the adults too. We all kept coming back to the fire 'cause it was a very cold night!


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Adults and kids took advantage of the pastels and paper to add to Krista's installation. By the time we left there were a number of really excellant drawings pinned to the bird-hand ribbons. (All of the chocolate almonds were gone too).

Saturday, November 19, 2005

What do you suppose

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the Buddha holding? This is the top of our TV cabinet.

Half of our Kitchen

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Compost and all.

Our Dishes

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live inside this cupboard. It lights up our kitchen at night.

Our blurry furniture

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I really love the feet.

Eden and the Buddha

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Attatchment to extremely heavy statues is the root of all back pain (?)

Friday, November 18, 2005

The Owl and the Pussy Cat

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I just found these photos from Haloween night lurking in my camera. We encountered this display of Patrick Amiot's work on our quest for candy over Sebastopol way.

Pretty Spooky

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Eden and I pose just before setting out on Haloween night. Thanks to global warming we didn't even need jackets.


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Zephyr meets halloween head on. It was his first trick or treating and first exposure to the wonders of artificially colored and flavored high fructose corn sweetner. Yah hoo.

Wild Child

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India prepares for trick or treating with her multicultural clash-a-rama costume.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Ack! Sorry....

It's been way too long since I've posted anything. I guess I've been busy?

We're very well established in our new house now. Today was day #11. And we're very happy. It's a good house and it's suits us all very well.

This last week we've finally unpacked the rest of the treasures we had shipped from Bali. It amazes me that these fragile things can be crated up and sent 12,000 miles across the ocean to end up in our living room. All of these things are very heavy indeed, which is one reason they've stayed crated up in our storage locker. Only one of the stone pieces broke apart. Unfortunately my body hasn't been so amused with this moving process. Most times I hurt all over.

I think one of the reasons we've been so happy here is that most of our junk is still in storage. If we'd brought it all in we'd be buried alive. We're pretty much down to essentials (including Buddha statues) and it's not too hard keeping the place clean. I think we're going to be absolutely ruthless clearing out our storage. We'd better be. We have lots of beautiful crap. And of course many items that might come in handy sometime. You know how it goes.

One pleasant surprise for me is that the girls are getting along much better. It seems that having their own space (or perhaps it's not having to deal with each other's messes) has taken some stress out of their relationship. With India getting older, and spending more time alone in her new room, this is a very welcome change--just in time. There are two little girls next door. I have ambitions.

I've picked up a new hobby. While waiting for my poor body to recover from moving heavy things, I've been using a video editing program to put together a mystical art show. The fourth (and final?) version is about 17 minutes long. I'd love to post it one the web. Except that I can't. I've used lots of artist's images, and four songs without permission. I don't even know who some of the artists are! We've just grabbed inspiring images off the web over the years and sometimes they aren't even credited.
The songs are from Sigur Ros, The Starseeds, Brian Eno and an amazing cover of Purple Haze by The Cure. It's pretty psychedelic!

Krista is working day and night on an art installation for a wild event this Saturday at our friend Art's. It includes a brand new painting and some other goodies. I can't wait to see it.

I'll try to get some photos up this week. Our new house, the Bali treasures, Krista's new painting. If you're in the neighborhood, drop on by!


Sunday, November 06, 2005

We've Arrived

Last night was our first night here in our new home. I think we’ll be very happy here! Oh my god, it was so quiet (after sleeping in a garage)! Eden slept in her own bed, in her own room!! Which is just down the short hall from us. This in and of itself means a whole new world for Krista and I--I’m talking about better sleep here--no more sardines. And India is upstairs in her own room. We gave her the beautiful master bedroom so we could be near Eden. It’s a really lovely room.

Danny came over yesterday morning and helped us move the heaviest furniture, while Zoe and Eden played. Then Meredith and Steve came by and pitched right in. I was already very sore and tired when I woke up yesterday. No way we could have done it without our dear friends. Meredith helped India start getting her room set up and Steve helped get our furniture in place. Our friends are beyond all praise.

When Jerry got home from work we were back over there collecting some essentials, like food and toiletries and a cat box. Jerry grabbed some champagne and Joyce grabbed some champagne glasses and I grabbed Chili the cat and we come over to celebrate. We left poor Scout till today (she has a history of peeing on our bed the first night in a new place) and we don’t have a cat door set up yet.

After the Brown’s went home to their suddenly empty nest, we put on some music and danced!! Tired as we were, we were overcome with good feelings--finally having our own place. I wish this for everyone in the world: to have a nice home, to be safe and warm and happy in. For this I give thanks.