Attended Bookshop Santa Cruz reading last night (Feb. 10) by poet, editor and translator Stephen Kessler, longtime friend, and poet D. Nurkse, author of Burnt Island, The Fall... then G. and I hosted a reception at our home. A little too much wine, hung over, so up to UCSC swimming pool for a productive, head-clearing hour... and thoughts, fond thoughts, of coffee, caffeine... the caffeine-addicted swimmer, then home to a compromise, lasagna and two cups of Good Earth non-caffeine tea.
Swimming I think about Amy's Lasagna and coffee and craziness of how things come on the market and then disappear (listening as I write this to Suite For Keyboard (Suite De Piece) by Handel which plays on my MacBook courtesy Pandora Internet Music)... anyway... things disappear, like the most beautiful notebook I've ever owned, DiVoga (made in Brazil), 100 Count, College Ruled, 9.5 inches by 6... which I bought at Office Max and is now utterly unavailable...out of stock at local store, out of stock online, out of stock when I phone OfficeMax headquarters... DiVoga, DiVoga...
Years ago a friend at Cornell University lamented the cessation of invitations to a certain professor's house. "...and then, when you learn the way, they stop inviting you." I feel that way about the DiVoga notebook, which I came to love, got some new poems down, became "family..." and then, no more!
On the acupuncture front, shoulder initially improved, good for a couple days, but now, a week after Moxabustion and needles, not so good. And mood, which acupuncturist said to note, day by day, not so good... talked to friend at last night's reading who's dying of cancer, and, this, that the world has turned a corner (D. Nurske's observation?) and we're all aware that we're more than ever into uncharted territory, the financial experts with no more sense of what to do than anybody else, the politicians likewise with no more sense of what to do than anybody else...
As for coffee, Cappuccino takes espresso one step further by mixing it with hot, frothy milk and perhaps a sprinkle of cocoa, cinnamon or nutmeg.
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Audubon Society, National Geographic, "Green," the Environment, SPCA...