Tuesday, September 24, 2019

So Much Power Was Wasted on Finding Power

  • Watercolor teachers' contempt for me complete, though to be fair I was on block and watercoloring last night, not inking in tablet, and the painting, watercolor with ink not ink with watercolor, truly did suck, what I did, looked nothing like (and he will not see anything like):

  • and certainly nothing with words on it
  • I don't *want* to paint a barn, I said, I don't want to paint a suburban house w azaleas, why
  • are you here, he asked, I didn't say to hang w Beloveds
  • Stopped by Bethesda Tattoo after a drop-in Saturday yoga section, picked up what I thought a sticker, put it on orange-red tablet, fell off, need evaluate whether an omen not on if but what next, it hurts this wanting to give a dimension to life when life is precisely that dimension, the impulse to IHTWTGADTLWLIPTD in jade green waning
  • Let me get this straight, I said to a Fuck Trump colleague, Biden and Ukraine? is what's gonna prompt motherfucking Democrats to fight? motherfucking Biden and motherfucking Ukraine? you don't see the fine fucking metaphors abounding?
  • I am stupid for Menche, stupid for Shaughnessy

Brenda Shaughessy

1 comment:

  1. 1)speaking of barns and suburban houses and azaleas, i have seen all of those in canada - this morning i read the not very long book 'so you want to be a canadian - all about the most fascinating people in the world and the magical place they call home' - it mentioned the song 'bud the spud' by stompin' tom connors


    2)speaking more about canada, and its national holidays, while i was driving missus charley to the shady grove metro after reading the aforementioned book, the issue of the observance of the anniversary of the world war i armistice came up - i discovered, after dropping the missus off, that there are important provinces - e.g. ontario, quebec, and nova scotia - where it is NOT a statutory holiday - and read the argument that it is better to observe it with some remarks and a moment of silence at school than to give the kids the day off during which the solemn occasion it marks might not come to mind - this seems reasonable to me - as far as english speaking countries go, of the ones i've been to [how many are there? but i've been to three] canada seems the closest to a humane and reasonable place [compared to what, as the question goes]

    3)and while we're comparing canada to other english speaking countries, here's as much as i've read so far from a book that will soon be in my montgomery county home, if all goes well -
    Your Country, My Country : A Unified History of the United States and Canada
    by Robert Bothwell

    Canada: land of hockey, terrible weather, unfailing politeness -- and little else, as far as many Americans are aware. For Canadians, the United States is seen as a land of unparalleled opportunity and unparalleled failure, a country of heights and abysses. The straitlaced country in the north could hardly have much to tell about its powerhouse of a neighbor to the south, eh? Not so, according to historian Robert Bothwell. In this witty and accessible book, Bothwell argues that the shared history of the United States and Canada reveals more about each country than most would suspect. Your Country, My Country takes readers back to the seventeenth century, when a shared British colonial heritage set the two lands on paths that would remain intertwined to the present day. Tracing Canadian-American relations, shared values, and differences through the centuries, Bothwell suggests that Americans are neither unique nor exceptional, in terms of both their good characteristics and their bad ones. He brings this contention down to the present day by examining Canadian and American differences over such questions as universal health care in domestic policy and the Iraq war in foreign policy. What happens in Canada often reflects what has happened in the United States, but by the same token, what happens in Canada signals what could happen in its American neighbor. From whatever direction, this innovative volume contends, Canada's story illuminates America's -- and vice-versa.