Tuesday, June 30, 2015

the democratic congressional campaign comittee, again

for some reason the DCCC keeps writing to me to tell me that they are very sad that i have not renewed my membership, which is odd, because i've never HAD a membership. yet they thank me for my support and ask me twice a day (at least) to give them money for their critically important battles against the REPUBLICANS.

see what they're doing there? that's the crux of it. they're not actually battling poverty or hunger or the lack of appropriate healthcare or the criminalization of just being a person these days. they LOVE mass surveillance. they LOVE militarization of police forces. they LOVE compliant subjects, and not thoughtful citizens.

i'm just going to suggest that many of the problems with crime and terrorism would be solved by taking away the societal and governmental systems that make people poor and disenfranchised. i'm just guessing.

hey, it might not work, but the current regime of increasingly repressive violence on a worldwide scale doesn't seem to be working so well either, so how about we give this a chance for a while?

anyway, it doesn't really matter if it's the demmicans or the republicrats in power; we're all getting screwed and both sides want us to think it's a grand and worthwhile battle.

well, it's not.

it would be if they were concerned with GOVERNANCE instead of CONTROL,  but they're not, so it's not.

anyway. i had to unsubscribe AGAIN from the DCC mailing list (second time this week) adn in the little field where they ask you WHY you want to unsubscribe, i wrote this:

because i'm never going to give any money to you filthy corrupt warmongering assholes, even though you keep thanking me for your support. your politics theater nauseates me and you all deserve to be clapped in chains until somebody does some actual governance instead of staging mock battles against the republicrats to distract us from the fact that all you guys do is strip the land and people for maximal profits. NO MASS SURVEILLANCE. NO TPP. NO MILITARIZATION OF COMMUNITY POLICE. NO MORE WAR.

until you can do something about THAT, you're not getting a thin dime from me, you hypocritical lying scumbags.

Monday, June 08, 2015

another attendance poem

i'm still cleaning up stuff. here's another poem i left for val at attendance time.


the clock ticks by in standard slow time
the morning hours play across the stage
and i will come to write my daily rhyme
and on this day i'll turn another page

already now the year is growing old
and snow has covered up the last green grass
and in my bones i feel the creeping cold
but for a time, i'll pause here with this class

and taking inventory, there is cheer
for each and every precious child is here.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

nerd manifesto

last week i was emptying out some of the boxes of stuff that came from my classroom when i cleaned it out. when i first brought all that stuff home i couldn't stand to look at it, so it's been in the corner of the basement for a lot of years.

in one of the boxes i found this, my nerd manifesto for years i kept it stapled to the inside door of my classroom, so that kids coming and going saw it every day. i may not have been cool and popular as a kid, but i was cool and popular as a teacher, so it was important for me to be able to say that to all the kids, and not just the nerdy ones.

the text reads:

my nerd manifesto

If you know me, you might have noticed that i'm kind of geeky. that's not really true; in fact i'm completely geeky. i'm a nerd. but it's OK. it's all good because now i'm a grownup and i survived being beaten up in middle school and i survived being the last one picked. high school wasn't any picnic either but i made it through and now it's ALL good. i'm still a nerd but all my friends are either nerds or they don't care.

anyway, what i'm getting at is that if you're a nerd, you are welcome here. if you are weird and feel out of place you are safe here. if you're that kid who reads the encyclopedia or the kid who knows the score of every hockey game UVM ever played, or the kid who knows a thousand things to do with paperclips, this place is a safe haven.

if you're not a geek, you are still welcome here. that's the thing; EVERYONE is welcome. you are each rare and exquisite treasures. nothing intended to harm or humiliate another person is acceptable here. every one of you deserves respect and in here we'll do our best to make sure you get it.

whether you're cool or not,
you are all cool to me.
all of you are welcome here.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

coconut ginger ice cream

a friend asked me to post the recipe for some really good coconut ginger ice cream i just made.

that's hard, because i was experimenting and i don't really know how much of anything i actually used.

you should have on hand:

three cans of full fat coconut milk
a metric craptonne of fresh ginger
some candied ginger

ok, so start out with two cans of coconut milk and a half cup of sugar in a saucepan. toss in a lot of slices of ginger. simmer those suckers for a while. then for some reason start another recipe that requires PART of a can of coconut milk and toss the rest in with the base you're already making, so now you're going to need some more sugar and some more ginger.

no, i don't know how much.

also then because you want that GINGERY, take a big wad of grated ginger and squeeze out the juice. add it to the base, either before or after you take it off the heat. let that sucker cool and steep for a long time, maybe overnight.

then strain out the ginger chunks and simmer them in simple syrup for a while. let them cool.

meanwhile, toss your coconut base in your ice cream maker as you usually do things, and chop up both your fresh candied ginger and your crystallized candied ginger. as much as you want.

when the ice cream is half frozen, toss all that in there until it's all mixed in and you like the consistency.

put it in containers and freeze it.

you're welcome.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

love and chainsaws

later in the season, after leaf out, i would not have seen it.

jim carved his initial and lucy's initial into the trunk of a fallen tree and sort of made a seat out of it.

you wouldn't necessarily notice it, but lucy would. lucy and jim are high school sweethearts. he still carves their initials in trees.

only now he's no boy with a pocket knife. he's an old guy with a chainsaw.

Friday, May 29, 2015

a view from governor chittenden road

i drive this road nearly every day. the mountain in the background is camel's hump, perhaps our most iconic mountain.

if you get a vermont quarter, camel's hump is on it.

thomas chittenden was the first governor of vermont. the road goes by old houses the chittendens built.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

frogs at my house

yes, of course i am doing the 2015 venture vermont challenge.

of course i am.

some of the items on the list are repeats of last year.  last year for the item "make a recording of a frog or toad's call at night", i recorded peepers at my uncle john's house.

this year on one of the first warm evenings i sat out on my porch and recorded these guys.

i wanted to get a recording of that ONE REALLY LOUD FROG but it turns out he was singing right from my front porch, so as soon as i stepped out there he was done singing for the night.


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