Greetings from Florida once more. The Border Collie is Ms. Zulu (http://anarette.com/tag/zulu/). She enjoys riding in the car with the windows rolled down. Happy New Year from Anarette and crew!
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I don’t know what it is about this photo, but it is one my favorites that I have ever taken. He could have been staring off into the distance thinking about the taco he was going to be having for lunch, how the Harlem Shake videos are getting really redundant and annoying, Beyonce or anything else that could make you really sit and think about life ( like, food. Did I mention that? Lunch? Tacos? Spanakopita? Eggplant Parm. K, just want to make sure). He could be thinking about a loved one, a missed opportunity, his lover- and the beauty is we will never know. And looking at this picture I took a guess, and kept on guessing until I created, “The Old Man and the Sea.”
So have a look and have a read. Dive on in. (ps. sorry for the obnoxious spacing, I can’t figure out how to fix it)
Peace and blessings,
The Old Man and the Sea
There once was a man who lived in a house
And the house was made of wood
It always had been
There once was a man who lived in a wood house
Who had nothing to worry about except
The fish in the sea, the sun in the sky, and the call of the birds
That flew overhead
It had always been that way
Continue reading The Old Man and the Sea here.
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The Pitak Project is our practice to promote sustainable living through natural building and permaculture.
We are a small (but growing) group of women activists with different backgrounds. We’ve been friends for years and live in Baguio City, a tourist destination located in the mountains of the Cordillera Region in Northern Philippines, and Manila. Our exposure to economic and social injustice bounded us to choose a path that can show that it’s possible to care for the people, the earth and share its bounties without exploitation. This is The Pitak Project.
The word “pitak” is an Ilocano term for mud. Ilocano is the main language spoken in Northern Philippines. Its Filipino translation is “putik.” We chose the word “pitak” to symbolize the bond of the rich soil and water that gives life. It also embodies our aspiration to build naturally and produce food the permaculture way.
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The problem with failing to write anything for a while is that occasionally I do actually have things to write about. And I really, really do – a load of things including the Bare Fiction launch, Manx Lit Fest and the incredible talks and performances I saw, and the Furies launch.
But I’ve just tried writing that post and I’m too tired and distracted to do any of it justice. Also, putting it all in one post is like trying to pack too many marshmallows into a mouth – uncomfortable amounts of goodness exploding all over the place and not actually being much fun – so please bear with and I think I’ll have to try and get each section up in parts.
I mean, I have pictures and everything, but the unfortunate side effect of having loads to write about is that it means I’ve been really busy overall (and work has been a corker this week as well), so I’m just about hauling myself back onto my feet this weekend. Can’t even bear to sort out the photos. I’m still, frankly, very peopled out and what I’d like is a little hermit hut to hide out in for a while, with optional forest noises. Fun fact: I’m a classic introvert. Shyness has eff-all to do with it – at this point I can, mostly, hold my own in social situations. What I can’t do is endlessly mix with people without recharging on some alone time, and from last Thursday until yesterday, I didn’t really get to do that, and it’s not a good feeling to know that you’re reaching breaking point but don’t have anywhere to slink away to to hide out. Thank god for the weekend and my sofa and squillions of blankets and my cuddly dog who just likes to lean on me (sat next to me right now in fact, leaning on me and fast asleep). That’s where I spent my Saturday – on the sofa, under blankets, not thinking, just watching crap on telly. CM jokes that one day he is going to lose me under an enormous pile of blankets.
The fortunate side effect of the week is that it’s given me a massive kick up the bum to get back on with writing. Partly because that’s something I can do alone. But also, I can admit, now, that for a month I’ve been word-dry. Couldn’t happily read or write – instead I did endless online jigsaw puzzles and mooched around and came up with other things to urgently do, like cutting back rose bushes.
But all the lit stuff has given me a boost – in particular, Samantha Shannon was an inspiration (more on that in the Lit Fest post) – so I’m back to making things up, which is nice. This evening, fortified by strawberry cider and mint dark chocolate, I’ve mapped out the rough skeleton of the longer thing I’m working on. It’s been floating around in my head in bits and pieces for a while, and obviously my whole ‘yeah, first draft by end of September’ plan has fallen through. I’m hoping having it down on paper (ahem, on screen) will make it more tangible to work on.
Yesterday I got a higher-tier rejection for a story (oh what, yes, of course that’s a victory of sorts!) and following a challenge from my 2x Poetry Slam Champion sister, I submitted to Visual Verse again this month – a univocalism (I chose ‘a’). Because of Visual Verse’s rules (write it in under an hour) my stuff on there always feels rough, but I do like hammering my brain into action for that deadline.
Also, I’m wondering whether it’s at all worth putting up a page of ‘stuff I have had published’ on this blog, or if the tiny amount of success I have had is barely worthwhile noting down. Thoughts, anyone?
By the way, I’ll mention this again, but just wanted to say a quick thanks to those of you that have bought copies of Furies so far – over 100 copies sold in pre-order alone. That’s a very decent amount for a book of poetry and a confirmed £500+ for Rape Crisis so far. Those of you still interested, it’s still available so go for it!
I have just run out of chocolate. Time to sign off.
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Here’s a pic of my toes on one of the ceramic fish which decorate our pier in Umhlanga Rocks in South Africa.
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August kind of blew up my progress…..for real! August was the month of making HUGE progress. I guess it takes 3 months to start noticing changes in your body.
August was when I surprised myself by getting a headstand, and the ability to press into it! Woah, core strength. I was so excited I swear I spent all month upside down. Who am I kidding? I’m still an inversion junkie. There is something so liberating & adrenaline kicking about being upside down.
Do I look like the Washington Monument? This is my all time favorite Stop Drop and Yoga moment!
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Bondi Beach to Tamarama
Now in its 18th year, the Sculptures By The Sea installation has been successful in drawing large crowds over the years. The 2km coastal stretch between Bondi beach and Tamarama is, once again, packed with hundreds of sculptures to add to the already scenic surroundings. Having started on Thursday, you have until November 9th to check out the sculptures that have been created by both local and international artists.
This year, Alexandria’s favourite cafe will also join in the fun with a beach shack style pop up, The Grounds By The Bay, serving their trademark coffee, fresh juices, and breakfast lunch and dinner.
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