Meditation – 20 April 2020

TARDIS – Time and Relative Dimension ìn Space

“It all just disappears, doesn’t it? Everything you are, gone in a minute like death on a mirror.

Any moment now, he’s a coming. The Doctor and I always will be. But times change and so must I. We all change, when you think about it,

We are all different people all through our lives and that’s okay, that’s good. You’ve got to keep moving so long as you remember all the people that you used to be.

I will not forget one line of this, not one day, I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.”

Matt Smith – Doctor Who
The Time of the Doctor

 

Meditation – 13 April 2020

Mark Bittman’s Tomato Jam

  • 1.5 lb. ripe plum tomatoes, cored & coarsely chopped
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 T. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 T. freshly grated or minced ginger
  • 1 t. ground cumin
  • 1/4 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 t. ground cloves
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/8 – 1/4 t. red pepper flakes or cayenne
  1. Combine all ingredients in a heavy medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture has consistency of thick jam, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings then pour into hot sterilized jam jars. Store in refrigerator or process in a traditional hot water bath for longer storage.

Makes approximately two 8 oz. jam jars… and a little bit more.

I know, I know… not really a Meditation but I love this tomato jam… it’s funny… sweet and savory at the same time.

March has been a Rollercoaster

… and we’re not done yet!

I was listening to Terry Gross’ interview with RuPaul on NPR’s Fresh Air the other day when I was brought to a standstill by RuPaul’s insight into the human condition.

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“Being youthful is about being flexible both literally and figuratively. In this life, if you can stay flexible, you have a really good chance of navigating a really rich experience for yourself on this planet.”

Wise words we all would do well to remember during these tumultuous times.

(Portrait of a Sktchy muse in a Hahnemühle Nostalgie A5 Sketch Book)

Meditation – 16 March 2020

These ten commandments on seeing/drawing were revealed to me on a mountain, but also in a meadow, on a beach and even in the subway. For their revelation did not come all at once, but in this installments, as it were, over the years, and always while I was busy drawing, and invariably on holy ground. But that may be because, while drawing, all ground is holy: unseparated from the whole.

Frederick Franck
The Awakened Eye

  1. You shall draw everything and every day.
  2. You shall not wait for inspirations for it comes not while you wait but while you work.
  3. You shall forget all you think you know and, even more, all you have been taught.
  4. You shall not adore your good drawings and promptly forget your bad ones.
  5. You shall not draw with exhibitions in mind, nor to please any critic but yourself.
  6. You shall trust none but your own eye and make your hand follow it.
  7. You shall consider the mouse you draw as more important than the contents of all the museums of the world, for
  8. You shall love the ten thousand things with all your heart and a blade of grass as yourself.
  9. Let each drawing be your first: a celebration of the eye awakened.
  10. You shall not worry about “being of your time”, for you are your time. and it is brief.