Steps to the top

Photography

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I have been wanting to go back up to Larch Mountain with my Yashica and Holga but have been impatient, waiting for a clear day. We decided, for something to do, just to go up there anyway, into the clouds. I thought it would be fun to shoot a roll of Tri-x on such a cloudy day. The photo above is a Hipstamatic shot of one that I did with my Yashica. I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

There was no view to speak up at the top. We were up in the clouds and all we could see was nothing.  It was kind of awesome, and a little frightening. It was like looking into the void. I tried to capture it with my camera. I hope I was able to convey the feeling I felt when I saw it. I will find out when I develop the film.

on getting with the program – or not.

Health and Fitness

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So today I decided to start my “Reboot” program, a diet program based on the juicing program in the film, “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.” I decided to go with the 15 day program which is not a juice fast but a program that also includes eating meals that consist of fruits and veggies.

I did pretty well. The photo above is breakfast, baked apples and cherries with raisins and cinnamon. I liked it well enough. I also drank my allotted juice and ate my carrot soup for lunch (also delish). However, when I looked at the clock and the day was pretty much gone and I wondered what the fuck I did all day I realized I spent my entire day juicing and preparing food for these meals.

And now I wonder if this is something that I really want to do. There is also a cost factor. I bought the stuff yesterday for today’s meal plan and it cost and inordinate amount of money for food for one day. So there is a question of whether or not I can even afford this diet.

There are other factors that concern me, as well. It is very low calorie and there is virtually no protein. I don’t like this. I really want to get serious about my running regimen and in order to do so I need the proper fuel.

So I think I am going to decide not to do this. But all is not lost. I did not fail. Actually, in the lead up to this I have been eating very healthy and I think I have come up with a plan that will work for me. Which is what is important, anyway. I need to figure out what will work for me. I know myself and I know that I won’t stick with something if I am spending an entire day preparing food for meals.

“If the singer is German, it’s new wave, unless it’s The Scorpions. If you think the singer is German, but he’s really not, then that’s an extraordinarily rarefied level of new wave, and probably means a kind of new-wave satori has been reached.”

– Rob Sheffield in Talking to Girls About Duran Duran.

I am so enjoying this book. It is bringing back memories from my own teen years in the Eighties.

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Creative Spaces Are Holy Places

Photography

"creative spaces are holy places."

Another one from the Flickr archives. Taken one year ago at the Chinese Gardens in Portland when a friend was visiting. Interesting to happen upon this today of all days when I am feeling an almost desperate need to get in touch with my creative side. I have been feeling very blah lately. I get a bit angst y when I can’t express myself.

Regarding the title of the blog post: our friend looked at this little vignette at the Chinese gardens, cordoned off from the public, and made that statement. I think about it all the time. I also believe it whole-heartedly.I believe that when we are creating we are in touch with that part of us that connects us to the Divine and connects us to each other.