soon June minus 50

9 Mar

I know it’s nature and not nurture or maybe it’s both? the way a squirrel stands on two hind legs and prays rosary bead to an acorn nut.

I’m addicted to pickle, pepper, and cheese on onion roll sandwiches. I have one during my morning break at work just about everyday. It’s only two bucks. A chef in my department commented that it was a healthy choice.

There were some books in the laundry break room with a sign that said “FREE.” I picked one up and thumbed through a few pages. One said “the world is a golden palace engulfed in flames.” Got me thinking that all the youth and spring of the earth was followed by a wicked storm represented by the flames, but then what? Then birds chirp anew and well, the flames go away and that could happen again, all those birds chirping, all those beginnings. In fact, it most likely will and real soon too, after a spring or summer storm, the palace again.

I walk to work. It’s a huge perk, one I often overlook or forget to remember, but then I do remember and i start to wonder again, about nothing in particular like were Muslims excellent boat builders? How else could they reach Indonesia? Do horses fly?

A stale muffin becomes a crunchy cookie. A cold potato tastes fine, especially with Tabasco sauce.

The Spanish Civil War is confusing. The socialists, anarchists, and communists were on the same side, yet the anarchists, according to Wikipedia and George Orwell were interested in revolution while the communists just wanted to win the war. I’ve decided midway through reading George Orwell’s ‘Homage to Catalonia’ to not understand and be content with Orwell’s portrayal of some of the gruesome realities of war.

Lead poisoning in paint has been linked to the spike in suicide rates on Native American reservations in Northwest Ontario.

One of my co-workers loves movies. Since I’ve been reading the Orwell book on the Spanish Civil War, he recommended, ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls.’

I was reading a book at lunch about Israeli floral and fauna and learned that there is more than one kind of duck.

You really gotta love life to stick around.



9 Responses to “soon June minus 50”

  1. glen715 March 9, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

    I liked this one a lot, Steve.


  2. kvennarad March 10, 2017 at 5:35 am #

    I could go more deeply into the ramifications of the Civil War, but I would bore you rigid. I think you probably got the right way of reading Orwell. You could try watching Ken Loach’s ‘Land and Freedom’ or Vicente Arada’s ‘Libertarias’, probably the best (fiction) films about the war in Spain.

    • Steve Myers March 10, 2017 at 11:42 am #

      Thank you. I’ve never heard of either film. It should be a treat to sit back and watch them, assuming I can find them.

      • kvennarad March 11, 2017 at 6:02 am #

        Last time I looked, ‘Land and Freedom’ was available on YouTube. ‘Libertarias’ used to be free to view somewhere but that link went down. Clips from it are available on YouTube. Both must surely be commercially available. ‘L&F’ has a hopeful ending, in a way. ‘Libertarias’ doesn’t end well – but then the war didn’t – except that the central character is shown as not willing to compromise, to realise the true liberation is inward and has to do with integrity.

        • Steve Myers March 11, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

          I found L and F on Vimeo so I’ll start there and as I watch it, I’ll probably feel good knowing a few of the references, thanks to Orwell.

        • Steve Myers March 11, 2017 at 12:33 pm #

          and thanks to you Marie! for letting me know about the movie in the first place.

          • kvennarad March 12, 2017 at 6:16 am #

            You’re welcome. Loach took the basic plot for ‘Land and Freedom’ from ‘Homage to Catalonia’, but made the protagonist a working-class lad from Liverpool rather than a toff like Orwell.

            • Steve Myers March 12, 2017 at 12:26 pm #

              expand my ears a bit as i wrestle with the Liverpoolian vocab and accent, toff being the first test.

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