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POETRY BANDIT TIME! When he’s not busy writing, teaching, shuttling his sons to dance & t-ball practice, or cooking his sweet wife some pancakes with a side o’ bacon,the utterly incomparable Dustin Parsons can be found reading THE VEILED SUITE, by Agha Shahid Ali.


(yes, this is my husband).

(yes, I am a dork).

POETRY BANDIT TIME! When he’s not busy writing, teaching, shuttling his sons to dance & t-ball practice, or cooking his sweet wife some pancakes with a side o’ bacon,the utterly incomparable Dustin Parsons can be found reading THE VEILED SUITE, by Agha Shahid Ali.

(yes, this is my husband).

(yes, I am a dork).

This woman is pure magic. Naomi is the first living poet I ever read and am so proud to be able to call her mi amiga. 

Gack! Going to do this to my bike this summer!
cajunmama:

(via see kate sew: ruffles 2012 guest: a lemon squeezy home)

Gack! Going to do this to my bike this summer!

cajunmama:

(via see kate sew: ruffles 2012 guest: a lemon squeezy home)

truebluemeandyou:

DIY Mini Cacti Garden Using Thrifted Teacups. Teacups are cheap, cacti are cheap and very hard to kill and live for decades if you take care of them (if you don’t over water them). Image from here.

truebluemeandyou:

DIY Mini Cacti Garden Using Thrifted Teacups. Teacups are cheap, cacti are cheap and very hard to kill and live for decades if you take care of them (if you don’t over water them). Image from here.

How much do I want to try and learn how to make this quilt this summer for my boys? Ohsomuch.

How much do I want to try and learn how to make this quilt this summer for my boys? Ohsomuch.

POETRY BANDIT TIME! Computer-whiz/poet-whiz, Felix Jung, is reading SELECTED POEMS OF YEHUDA AMACHAI.
Felix goes on to say: “I first came across Yehuda Amichai’s poetry in an MFA workshop, many years ago, where I read “The Diameter of the Bomb” for the first time. The sheer scope and movement of that poem (moving from the minute to the universal), along with its final lines took my breath away. 
Recently, as I was looking for that poem again, I pulled out this collection of his selected work. I’m always amazed by how many pages I’ve dog-eared over the years (and in a few instances, I’ve employed a lesser-used strategy of dog-earing pages when I like something on both sides of the same page).

Despite the librarian in me, who quietly suggests I use the index or table of contents, I generally prefer flipping from page to page… stopping to revisit the poems I once marked for my future self. Whenever I open this collection in search of a specific poem, I invariably get pulled in and lose my original agenda. 

I do eventually find what I’m looking for but it ends up being a different path each time, with familiar markers along the way.”


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ps. You’ll want to stay a bit longer and dig around on Felix’s incredible website. All kinds of goodies await you there! Go on!

POETRY BANDIT TIME! Computer-whiz/poet-whiz, Felix Jung, is reading SELECTED POEMS OF YEHUDA AMACHAI.

Felix goes on to say: “I first came across Yehuda Amichai’s poetry in an MFA workshop, many years ago, where I read “The Diameter of the Bomb” for the first time. The sheer scope and movement of that poem (moving from the minute to the universal), along with its final lines took my breath away. 

Recently, as I was looking for that poem again, I pulled out this collection of his selected work. I’m always amazed by how many pages I’ve dog-eared over the years (and in a few instances, I’ve employed a lesser-used strategy of dog-earing pages when I like something on both sides of the same page).
Despite the librarian in me, who quietly suggests I use the index or table of contents, I generally prefer flipping from page to page… stopping to revisit the poems I once marked for my future self. Whenever I open this collection in search of a specific poem, I invariably get pulled in and lose my original agenda. 
I do eventually find what I’m looking for but it ends up being a different path each time, with familiar markers along the way.”
……..
ps. You’ll want to stay a bit longer and dig around on Felix’s incredible website. All kinds of goodies await you there! Go on!
See what I mean??!
justasiknow:

A diver was almost swal­lowed by a whale shark while he was star­ing into the mam­moth jaws of the largest fish in the world that feed mainly on plank­ton. The breath­tak­ing pho­to­graph was cap­tured by pho­tog­ra­pher Mauri­cio Han­dler in the waters of Mujeres Island in Mex­ico.

See what I mean??!

justasiknow:

A diver was almost swal­lowed by a whale shark while he was star­ing into the mam­moth jaws of the largest fish in the world that feed mainly on plank­ton. The breath­tak­ing pho­to­graph was cap­tured by pho­tog­ra­pher Mauri­cio Han­dler in the waters of Mujeres Island in Mex­ico.

my favorite shark—the whale shark. sorry, but this cracks me up. maybe it’s because I’ve seen this IN PERSON about 20 feet away while they were skimming for remnant krill…;)
thanks to mallorylrc:

my favorite shark—the whale shark. sorry, but this cracks me up. maybe it’s because I’ve seen this IN PERSON about 20 feet away while they were skimming for remnant krill…;)

thanks to mallorylrc:

POETRY BANDIT TIME! Uber-hip Christina Olson digs on Stephen Dunn’s DIFFERENT HOURS.

POETRY BANDIT TIME! Uber-hip Christina Olson digs on Stephen Dunn’s DIFFERENT HOURS.

Spring tunes and hair inspiration: ST. VINCENT!