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14 April 2014
Vol. IV, No. 197

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Now when we are lonely as we are always lonely it’s because we miss the free space.

Now when we are lonely as we are always lonely it’s because we miss the free space.

Speculative Friction

“When I Was Your Age” By Claire Bateman

GREENVILLE South Carolina—(Weekly Hubris)—4/14/2014—

when I was your age

there used to be something between units of information that was not itself information this substance was so exquisite so fine-spun that we were altogether oblivious to its presence it possessed inexplicable powers it could part to let a thought pass through and then close behind it without making the sheerest sound it transported millions of glances and gazes without entanglement there is no doubt that this era which lasted throughout most of history was the most wondrous of times now when we are lonely as we are always lonely it’s because we miss the free space  . . .   (Read more . . .)

Beth Boleman, mother of Elizabeth Boleman-Herring, wearing a black neck-bow: seated, second row, far right.

Beth Boleman, mother of Elizabeth Boleman-Herring, wearing a black neck-bow: seated, second row, far right.

Ruminant With A View

“Great Aunt Alice, the Blue-Backed ‘Speller’ & The Vixens in the Bramble” By Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

BRIDGE & TUNNEL New Jersey—(Weekly Hubris)—4/14/2014—On the flyleaf of my Great Aunt Alice’s, and only later my mother’s “Blue Backed Speller,” two names are either erased or crossed out (Ella Morgan, 1918, and Cordelia King, 1919), and a third bears two dates.

Did “Maude Hunter, 1920 and 1921,” repeat a grade? I cannot know, but it is certainly in her beautiful, cursive hand that this arresting aphorism is written: “We build the ladder by which we climb.”  (Read more . . .)

Sugar: it's disHEARTening.

Sugar: it’s disHEARTening.

Dolors & Sense

“Sugar Says No to NO” By Sanford Rose

KISSIMMEE Florida—(Weekly Hubris)—4/14/2014—Nitric oxide (NO) is among our most valuable natural tranquilizers.

It causes our blood vessels to relax and expand.

We need the relaxation.

Our arteries are too stiff.

Stiff and narrowed arteries increase blood pressure.

Increased blood pressure forces the heart to overwork.

An overworked heart is prone to failure.  (Read more . . .)

Limited only by imagination.

Limited only by imagination.

Won Over By Reality

“The Action Movie Kid” By Tim Bayer

BRIGHTON New York—(Weekly Hubris)—4/14/2014—My last post included a video about Myles Eckert, a Gold Star Kid. That post was titled, “We Like To Pay It Forward In My Family.” This week, I’ll introduce you to another stellar child, Action Movie Kid. (Read More . . .)

Depending on where you stand, you stand apart.

Depending on where you stand, you stand apart.

Skip the B.S.

“Be Not Conformed to This World: Eccentricity” By Skip Eisiminger

CLEMSON South Carolina—(Weekly Hubris)—4/7/2014—Rubbing his hands with delight, the French entomologist Henri Fabre watched in his greenhouse as a hundred or more moth caterpillars climbed in single file to the rim of a clay pot. Guided by the overlapping filaments each individual laid down, these Pine Processionaries completed the yard-and-a-half circuit in about 15 minutes. Each of these creatures has ten eyes and multiple olfactory glands, but they are almost entirely dependent on their sense of touch. (Read more . . .)

“Magnolia, Rocky Coast",  Oil on Canvas, 24"x30" (2007).

“Magnolia, Rocky Coast,” Oil on Canvas, 24″ X 30″ (2007).

The Disappearing Land

“Early Spring” By Meredith d’Ambrosio

DUXBURY Massachusetts—(Weekly Hubris)—4/7/2014—We walked behind the church and found the grave of Vincent Van Gogh next to that of his brother Theo. I stood up and recognized one of the expansive vistas painted by Van Gogh. He must have spent his time creating behind that church. (Read more . . .)

Interleukin-10: Unheralded cancer fighter

Interleukin-10: unheralded cancer fighter

Dolors & Sense

“Running against Cancer” By Sanford Rose

KISSIMMEE Florida—(Weekly Hubris)—4/7/2014—Running against cancer. We are all doing it.

Cancer is the incumbent. It is present embryonically in everyone’s body.

Whether it flourishes depends on the energy we can muster to fight it.

Cancer is a disease of obesity. Not all the time, but enough of the time that the assertion is justified.

The fatter we are, the more likely are we to succumb to breast cancer, colon cancer, or pancreatic cancer.  (Read more . . .)

Weeds’ names: information passed along the child grapevine.

Weeds’ names: information passed along the child grapevine.

The Highest Cauldron

“A Weedy Taxonomy” By Anita Sullivan

EUGENE Oregon—(Weekly Hubris)—4/7/2014—Every spring, I am confronted with one of my most annoying weaknesses: I never can remember the names of common plants, especially the weeds. Birds are no problem. I can identify a bird half hidden in the leaves, simply by size, shape, how much it moves, and the way it moves—I don’t even have to see what color it is any more.

It took years of practice to develop these instincts, but I hardly noticed; I was having so much fun.  (Read more . . .)

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