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i fell into a field of flowers

   i fell into a field of flowers
and lingered here for ten long hours
because on every petaled face
caressly lips  i could retrace;

my swiftly simple soul was spilt
as i watched  one flower wilt:
as each petal    soft as felt
fell to the Earth where i was knelt,

     i realized how cruel time
  steams up the ridge of pantomime
 whereby the tracks,  upon the lip
 of the hill, we toil and somewhen slip

   and fall off the trecherous tracks
into the languid flowers. on our backs,
  yawning  exhaustly  from the fall,
 too timidly tired to utter a call,

 we stare  into the freckled blue
sky high above this flowered view-
ing bed; we listen to the distant   whistles
with ourselves amidst the stamen and the pistils

   as now here i nestle,  sitting
with the empty stem of love spitting
      hard, dry petals  at my hand,
   holding my body  to the land

   again   i will not rise un-
     til the face of the luminous sun
   crests the western rise of pine
    and oak, until her eyes shine

    on my precarious body
     against this sod.  me,
   with what memory whispers
¡ah, crescendo! in lead-lined slippers,

   i left my work, my hammer
   i left the cracked tracks clamor
   to sift memory  from the day
   to knead the bread of heart; i say,

   i fell into a field of flowers
and lingered here for ten long hours
because on every petaled face
caressly lips i could retrace.

JamesIsIn

” With the public the arguments of L’Etoile have had weight; and that the journal itself is convinced of their importance would appear from the manner in which it commences one of its essays upon the subject—’Several of the morning papers of the day,’ it says, ‘speak of the conclusive article in Monday’s Etoile.’  To me, this article appears conclusive of little beyond the zeal of its inditer.  We should bear in mind that, in general, it is the object of our newspapers rather to create a sensation—to make a point—than to further the cause of truth.  The latter end is only pursued when it seems coincident with the former.  The print which merely falls in with ordinary opinion (however well founded this opinion may be) earns for itself no credit with the mob.  The mass of the people regard as profound only him who suggests pungent contradictions of the general idea.  In ratiocination, not less than in literature, it is the epigram which is the most immediately and the most universally appreciated.  In both, it is of the lowest order of merit.”

—— Edgar Allan Poe (via M August C Dupin) from The Mystery of Marie Rogêt in The Works of Edgar Allan Poe p 181 originally published in 1842-1843

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When Is Rapid Not Rapid?

Someone on Fb was giving away a Dash Rapid Egg Cooker.  I don’t go in for kitchen single-use gadgets but I hit the search engines to see what rapid could mean since a hard-cooked egg only takes ten minutes in boiling water.

I found this video of someone praising the utility of the device:

So, you see from the video that this device will hard-cook eggs in a little more than sixteen minutes.  Very impressive.

JamesIsIn

Space Miners Ltd

Ok, get your spacesuite out of the closet again; it’s time to get rich.

Get in on the asteroid goldrush before anyone else!

Asterank

This site provides estimates for the potential values and profits for a number of near-Earth objects suitable for mining.  Get there before the competition!  Make trillions!  Yes, T trillions.  You can send my commission via PayPal.

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Lies but by Whom?

Facebook wants me to know this has been fact checked by independent checkers, but it tells nothing about what fact is in question nor who has done the checking.  That’s easy and cheap.

Joe Rogan and Douglas Murray
Joe Rogan and Douglas Murray: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7uqHosIj4s

Facebook offers only this link as explanation:

Fact Check: Western Wildfires Are NOT Evidence Of A Coordinated Antifa Campaign To ‘Burn The Country Down’

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I’ve watched the entire discussion.  Neither of them makes the claim outlined in the article.  Please watch the entire discussion for yourself and make your own decision.  Inform yourself.

Go forth.

JamesIsIn

Mom’s Chocolate Zucchini Bread

My mom makes chocolate zucchini bread.  Well, she did when we were kids.  I don’t think they eat so much dessert foods now that we’re grown.  Regardless, I asked her to send me the old recipe.  The poor card has seen better days!

Ingredients
Ingredients
Directions
Directions

I’ll do my best to get those interpreted correctly here.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ C flour (unsifted)
  • 2 C sugar
  • ½ C cocoa [presumably Dutch processed but certainly powder]
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ½ t baking powder
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 1 ½ t [baking] soda
  • 2 t orange peel (grated) [zest]
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 2 C zucchini (shredded)
  • ¾ C butter or margarine [seriously, butter though]
  • ½ C milk
  • [ewe] 1 C pecans or walnuts (chopped) [No nuts!  obviously optional]

Directions:

  • Pour [something] greased and floured [something] [maybe cake] pan or Bundt pan
  • [over]
  • Bake 350° for 1 hr
  • Cool in pan for 15 min
  • Turn out on wire rack
  • Cool thoroughly
  • Glaze

Glaze:

  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 3 T milk
  • 1 t vanilla

I have no specific memory have actually eating it, but I know we greatly enjoyed doing so.

Enjoy!

JamesIsIn