Archive | December, 2008

A Promise To California

Merry Xmas y’all:

A promise to California,
Or inland to the great pastoral Plains, and on to Puget sound and Oregon;
Sojourning east a while longer, soon I travel toward you, to remain,
to teach robust American love,
For I know very well that I and robust love belong among you,
inland, and along the Western sea;
For these States tend inland and toward the Western sea, and I will also.

MP3: The Band – Christmas Must Be Tonight (Thanks)

December 25, 2008 | Quotes/Poetry | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Obvious Children

Garibalid Lake

December 18, 2008 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 5 }

Woodsmen and River Drivers


Men and women who worked for the Machias Lumber Company before 1930 share their recollections of the logging industry in Maine when they cut trees by hand, hauled logs to the river with horses, and floated them down to the mill. Remarkable documentary footage from the 1930′s illustrates this dangerous and exhausting work. The memoires include stories about death on the job and the ballad “The Jam on Gerry’s Rock”.

“Nobody ever seen a bulldozer or any of the equipment they have today in those times. All the power they had in the wood was huses and those big old huses were something in their time. And the men that drove them were something. They cussed a little on occasions.”


Full Movie

December 18, 2008 | History | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Northeast Winter Camping

The snow finally came yesterday. It’s all gone now, but my neighborhood’s massive baseball field lights kept the kids out throwing snowballs until they finally shut off at 10pm.


December 17, 2008 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

American Indian Community House Market

Seems as though there’s quite a craft fair happening down in Washington Square at the Judson Memorial Church. More info here, but it lasts until December 21st and it’s open everyday from 12pm – 8pm. Go get a Kachina doll.

December 17, 2008 | Native American | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

War On Drugs

Now I will do nothing but listen,
To accrue what I hear into this song, to let sounds contribute toward it.

I hear bravuras of birds, bustle of growing wheat, gossip of flames,
clack of sticks cooking my meals,
I hear the sound I love, the sound of the human voice,
I hear all sounds running together, combined, fused or following,
Sounds of the city and sounds out of the city, sounds of the day and night,
Talkative young ones to those that like them, the loud laugh of
work-people at their meals,
The angry base of disjointed friendship, the faint tones of the sick,
The judge with hands tight to the desk, his pallid lips pronouncing
a death-sentence,
The heave’e'yo of stevedores unlading ships by the wharves, the
refrain of the anchor-lifters,
The ring of alarm-bells, the cry of fire, the whirr of swift-streaking
engines and hose-carts with premonitory tinkles and color’d lights,
The steam-whistle, the solid roll of the train of approaching cars,
The slow march play’d at the head of the association marching two and two,
(They go to guard some corpse, the flag-tops are draped with black muslin.)

I hear the violoncello, (’tis the young man’s heart’s complaint,)
I hear the key’d cornet, it glides quickly in through my ears,
It shakes mad-sweet pangs through my belly and breast.

I hear the chorus, it is a grand opera,
Ah this indeed is music–this suits me.

A tenor large and fresh as the creation fills me,
The orbic flex of his mouth is pouring and filling me full.

I hear the train’d soprano (what work with hers is this?)
The orchestra whirls me wider than Uranus flies,
It wrenches such ardors from me I did not know I possess’d them,
It sails me, I dab with bare feet, they are lick’d by the indolent waves,
I am cut by bitter and angry hail, I lose my breath,
Steep’d amid honey’d morphine, my windpipe throttled in fakes of death,
At length let up again to feel the puzzle of puzzles,
And that we call Being.

MP3: War On Drugs – Taking The Farm

December 16, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Elfin Lake Hut

Elfin Lake Hut, Garibaldi Park, British Columbia, CA


MP3: My Bloody Valentine – Sometimes

December 15, 2008 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

The Mac

The right pocket of my big blue puffy winter coat is now home to two tickets for Fleetwood Mac at Madison Square Garden.

MP3: Fleetwood Mac – Think About It

December 15, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }

Song Of The Whales

December 15, 2008 | Flora/Fauna | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Barbed Wire

Some historians believe that the Old West died when the barbed wire came in.

From The Wire That Fenced The West:

Across half a continent the American settler of the nineteenth century made his way westward with tools of the forest. Leaving the rocky coast line of the Atlantic, he passed the great inland waterways and advanced through the virgin forests with the aid of equipment such as his forefathers had used to found a new world. But when he came out of the forest, suddenly removed from familiar environment and faced with conditions for which no previous experience had prepared him, he found he was – in his own idiom – “not rightly outfitted” to go on. It was not a question of the quality of the axes and knives and spades and plows which had brought him through the wilderness of wooded lands onto the threshold of promise; it was a question of their suitability. The fact was, tools of the Eastern forests were not usable on Western plains and prairies. Change in scenery called for change and adaptation in provisions, and with the farm-minded pioneer, one of the features most radically in need of adaptation to the changing scene was fencing.

MP3: Bob Dylan – Sitting On A Barbed Wire Fence

December 12, 2008 | History | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }