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January 29, 2008


After the board meeting tonight I was inspired to join a friend at the last minute to see Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis in movie form. I originally read her books years ago - they are all about growing up in Iran both before and after the revolution in the late seventies and early eighties. I was amazed at how well the film carried the spirit of the books, maintained the story line, while keeping a viewer has read everything Satrapi wrote interested.

After driving some friends home I took the long way home on the freezing cold night. It is negative 13 degrees (F, -25 C) out. When you add the wind chill in the thermometer goes all the way down to negative 38 - one of the coldest nights of the year. This meant no one was out and the road by the river was peaceful and beautiful. I had to stop the car and stare in awe at the vast quantities of mist rising from the un-frozen Mississippi River.

January 23, 2008

alternate reality

This article is worth reading if you want to challenge a few social assumptions:

Bonobo Society: Amicable, Amorous and Run by Females

Natalie Angier is a fabulous writer, author of "Woman: an intimate geography" and regular writer for the New York Times.

January 21, 2008


I saw the Carolina Chocolate Drops tonight. They were amazing - old timey blue grass music played by young charismatic musicians. It was an educational show with the majority of the audience being high school students and a few kids of other ages. As I watched them perform, laugh, talk, and have a good time on stage I realized that what I was seeing was "structured play".

A child of free-thinkin' hippy-parents, this is a new concept to me. I know all about play and I know all about structure but to be free and comfortable enough in structure to have good ol' spontaneous play?!?

This is a concept I'll have contemplate on - juggle around a bit - and maybe play with it just a little.

January 15, 2008

winter cycle

It was cold this morning (I think right around zero) but sunny so I couldn't resist bicycling to work. I drove yesterday and felt pains of envy every time I saw a cyclist. So what if it is zero degrees? So what if there is serious wind? I got clothes. I got gear.

Sure enough - I over-bundled and was sweating buckets and undressing before I even got to the office. The temperature rose about 20 degrees (F) during the day. Fortunately the wind picked up so although I had all the same gear on, my ride home was perfect.

January 13, 2008

ice play

I played hockey for the second time today. Well, it could probably be loosely defined as hockey. We have ice, sticks, skates (most of us) and goals.

I am amazed at how much fun can be had with those ingredients plus a few good-humored people on a sunny freezing day in winter.

I always thought of hockey as a brutal game but I didn't realize that when it is cold enough you have enough layers on to be very padded (tough today I could have used some shin guards). Running into people and falling on the ice is half the fun. Sometimes I get so over-heated I'd fall on the ice on purpose so I could rest and cool down.

Nice. Cool. Ice.

It adds a whole new dimension to skating and winter fun.