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Aug 22 Published in Untagged by hugobarber | Comment (1)
Aug 22 Published in Quotes, Jokes by RamblingRose | Comment (0)
Who ever thought up the word "Mammogram"? Every time I hear it, I think I'm supposed to put my breast in an envelope and send it to someone.
-Jan King, pic from google
Aug 22 Published in Untagged by RosesofYesterdayandToday | Comment (0)
September is a great time to plant potted roses so that they get easily established over winter. Climbers especially benefit from fall planting so they will be ready to burst with blooms in the spring. The fall is also the best time to order bare root roses for planting in January and February in California. Gift Certificates for bare root roses are a
Aug 22 Published in Travel, Iceland by Peggy | Comment (0)
Now that we've headed east along the southern coast of Iceland, our bitter guidebook is getting snide again.
Aug 21 Published in local color by Chris | Comment (0)
Welcome summer visitors! Your call is important to us!
Instead of your usual existential nightmare of Santa Cruz County amusements and survival needs (food, clothing, shelter) served up pipin' hot under the indifferent mercies of a University Student, you are instead confronted with a flustered and kinda peeved owner type best kept in the back office
Aug 21 Published in Quotes by RamblingRose | Comment (0)
If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient.
It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.
Aug 19 Published in Travel, Iceland by Peggy | Comment (0)
Despite initial misgivings, I'm getting to like our bitter guidebook to Iceland. It's much more upbeat as we've moved to the south of the country. In fact it's been downright helpful, pointing out where the hiking trails starts and breakfast is served.
Based on a number of guidebook descriptions, we visited Dettifoss, the largest
Aug 18 Published in Travel, Iceland by Peggy | Comment (2)
We got between the continental plates
Our guidebook had described our next destination, Myvatn Lake, as surrounded by flies and referred to by locals as "a pool of the devil's piss."
We decided to go there anyway.
Myvatn itself is a wide lake surrounded by odd, gentle hills. Iceland is an island in the process of formation -- it looks like a cake that is
Aug 18 Published in Little Stories by RamblingRose | Comment (5)
"Hi Bella, how are you?" My mom's Swedish accent sounding in my ear as I cradled the phone.
"Well, Mom, the good news is: I've fallen in love. The bad news is..."
I love my mom. Both her & my dad have been the epitome of tolerance and acceptance throughout my eclectic love life, which has ranged from my boyfriend living with us when I was a teenager to my
Aug 17 Published in Quotes, Poems by RamblingRose | Comment (0)
Give up the world; give up self; finally, give up God.
Find god in rhododendrons and rocks,
passers-by, your cat.
Pare your beliefs, your absolutes.
Make it simple; make it clean.
No carry-on luggage allowed.
Examine all you have
with a loving and critical eye, then
throw away some more.
Keep this and only this:
what your heart beats loudly
Aug 17 Published in Upcoming Events by Wordsmith | Comment (0)
While reading and hearing about all the preparations for the upcoming Democratic Convention in Denver complete with a permanent surveilance apparatus, increased militarism and an isolation pen for protestors, the absurdity of it all finally sank in. I just don't know how to make sense of things anymore. All this paranoia is causing me to feel more
Aug 16 Published in Quotes, Poems by RamblingRose | Comment (0)
Life is short, Love is real
Trust your heart, What you feel
Live your life, sing your song
Make it sweet & make it strong.
Aug 16 Published in Travel, Iceland by Peggy | Comment (0)
To be fair, our generally depressing guidebook contains compliments about off-the-main-road excursions to birdwatch or look at harbor seals. It's more negative about the spots which are easy to see or reach. Maybe it's an example of hard-core tourist snobbery -- the "that's nothing, I've been to a place even more remote and done
Aug 15 Published in Travel, Iceland by Peggy | Comment (1)
The Least Interesting Drive In Iceland
After a few days in Reykjavik -- a lovely, colorful city which hugs a calm, grey bay -- we headed up to the nothern part of Iceland for waterfalls and lava fields. Once again we consulted our bitter guide. We weren't disappointed. Here's how they described the drive from Reykjavik to Akureyri:
Aug 15 Published in Untagged by hugobarber | Comment (1)
It's Friday again!
Arijigora is a point-and-click puzzle game from Japan starring stick figures against a diabolical biological creature. Click on the right items, and with the right timing, to save the stickman race from the threat to its existence.
If you're familiar with the Hapland series, then you'll feel right at home with this new game from author
Aug 15 Published in Reflections, Quotes by RamblingRose | Comment (0)
You been waiting for me to call and I been waiting for you to call and nobody calls and we just wait.
We are signal-free. Our digital phones make zero ones and zero zeros. We are flush with weekday minutes. Our phone bills come every-other month.
All the germs on our telephone mouthpieces have died of neglect.
Your Nokia has a cricket in it. My Cricket
Aug 15 Published in Live Music by jessibird | Comment (0)
Anybody up for some gorgeous singing from a Malian pop star? The Rio Theatre website says:
Habib takes some unique approaches to playing the guitar. He tunes his instrument to the pentatonic scale and plays on open strings as one would on a kamale n'goni. At other times Habib plays music that sounds closer to the blues or flamenco, two styles he studied
Aug 15 Published in Travel, Iceland by Peggy | Comment (5)
There's a famous spa in Reykjavik: the Blue Lagoon. It's so well-known that some people fly to Reykjavik just for a day at the Lagoon, not bothering with the rest of the country. We know this because we met such people at the airport.
Aug 13 Published in Travel, Iceland by Peggy | Comment (1)
When I found out our family was going to Iceland, I went out and bought a bunch of guides at the bookstore.