Leslie gave us this calendar by paperedtogether for christmas. It’s gorgeous.

I love how images of anatomy, astronomy, roots, and cellular constructs are contrasted against one another.

Each calendar image is accompanied by a quotation, and the layout of the months.

my favorite of which is Norman Borlaug’s: “Without food, man can live at most but a few weeks; without it, all other components of social justice are meaningless.”

2010 calendars are still available for purchase, and 50% of your purchase will go toward relief efforts in Haiti. Which makes the quotation above that much more meaningful.


like ants marching

there are so many reminders of the ways that we are all connected.

this week’s earthquake in haiti is one of the more sorrowful reminders of the bonds that hold us together. the massive devastation there enters into our lives like trickles of water seeping into a basement, or a line of ants marching steadily down the sidewalk.

caritasinternacionalis photostream at flickr

first is is only images, stories in the paper, donations via cellphone. but that kind of destruction is not contained to one country only.

a friend’s organization in mexico has another location in haiti. the home where volunteers for the org lived collapsed. some escaped, some didn’t. and the reminder: what if she had chosen port-au-prince instead of cuernavaca?

memories of an acquaintance in college flood back from an almost-forgotten place. on a trip with his wife and brother when the earthquake came. facebook gives reminders of his hardly-departed humanity: pictures of this christmas, singing around the piano, his wife’s fingers casually entangled in his own.

i’m reminded of my obsession with the brevity of life when my parents moved out of their home of 33 years. death is always with us, perched upon our shoulders. for god’s sake, we need to find a way to live together better than we do now.

giving money seems trite in the face of such suffocating grief. but what else to do in this moment? i’ll donate to friends of the orphans, and if you feel like it, you should too.

and. god be with us all.


That’s all. It’s just funny. And Adorable. Fundorable.


i’m a northern-hemispherean?

wow. the holidays went by fast, didn’t they? and for the first time, i feel Relief that they are done. does this mean i am an adult now?

for example: Relief that i can go back to a regularly-priced life and not have to buy lots of things.

for example: Relief at choosing my own schedule.

for example: Relief in finally snuggling with my cat, reading my book, and sitting under a heavy quilt.

speaking of wintery things, who else is hating on winter this year? shit! fall in minnesota was splendid, as i remembered per childhood. winter in minnesota is sub-zero temperatures and nasty slushy dirty snow. i’ve stopped even wearing works shoes to work, and only wear boots. but, my boots are seriously eroding after five years of use. which brings me to my latest lust in life: winter footwear. more specifically: mukluks. does anyone want to buy me some?!

oh boy, do I want some of these beauties. I think I like “Terra” the best. (but does that surprise anyone?)

in other news, only two nights this week did i actually go to bed before midnight. So much for resolutions.

onwards with winter then. good luck, fellow northern-hemisphereans.


here they are:

1) stop getting crabby and upset over housework. it’s only daily life.

2) go to sleep (not just BED) before midnight on worknights.

3) eat all the vegetables featured in our Martha Stewart cookbook (this is carried over from last year).

4) Run a 10k.

welp. I already broke #2. Here’s hoping.