Sunday, March 16, 2008

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I was tagged with two memes this past day. They nicely complement each other, so I invite anyone who would like to join these to do so. I tag all my readers.

Dorothy started a new writing blog, Windsongs of the Heart, which pleases me greatly. Her writing is something I look forward to every week. She is mom to Gretchen, the lovely tortie. She tagged me with the Book Meme. Here are the rules:
1. Grab the nearest book of 123 pages or more.
2. Open it to page 123.
3. Find the first 5 sentences and write them down.
4. Then invite 5 friends to do the same.

The nearest book is Seven Life Lessons of Chaos: Spiritual Wisdom from the Science of Change by John Briggs. This book was recommended to me by Sandy Carlson of Writing in Faith and One Single Impression. I am anxious to begin it. The first five six sentences from page 123 are:
To take one example, computer models suggest that it might be possible to heal the hole that our use of fluorocarbons has created in the atmosphere's ozone layer by using a fleet of large planes to spray 50,000 tons of propane or ethane into the South polar sky. Some scientists have theorized the hydrocarbon spray would set off a chemical reaction that could prevent the seasonal destruction of the ozone that protects us from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays. This would be a clevel technical solution, but would it be a genuinely "rational" one? If we let our new sense of rationality guide us, we see immediately that mechanically piling one technology upon the problems created by other technologies will only perpetuate the mind-set that is destroying our natural world.

If we viewed our environment aesthetically, with this new sense of reason, as well as logically, analytically, and mechanically, wouldn't we want to live in it differently? And wouldn't it, in turn, be able to nourish us more deeply?
Mary Taitt of No Polar Coordinates has sent on the Seven Random Facts Meme. I have done this twice before (here and here). Here are my seven random facts:
  1. I'm allergic to Benadryl, bees and some antibiotics.
  2. I should carry an Epi-pen at all times but I won't.
  3. I have overcome a horror of spiders by photographing them last summer.
  4. The inside of my car is a disgusting mess.
  5. My new camera is now delayed until May. Bummer.
  6. Don't tell Anna, but if ever I need to be cared for, I'm moving into her New Haven home.
  7. I want to be a photographer poet instead of a teacher.
I challenge you to participate in these memes. I'm off now to read the responses of others.


  1. I'm supposed to carry an epipen too, according to my allergist. I've never had one and do not intend to start.

    I did that other meme earlier. But I may do it again. I'll let you know if I do.

    When I was a teacher, I wanted to be a poet photographer and now I am. (Only just for a hobby--but I did get into McSweeeny nominated for a pushcart, if that counts for anything.).

    That's really cool about the spiders!

    My car is pretty messy too!

    Too bad about the camera! What kind are you getting?

  2. John Gibbs has it right even on page 123. Good choice.

    On your 7 random meme.

    I think you should do #7, too.
    When do you get to retire from teaching.

  3. Hi Andree, I did the 123 meme, only I did it a different way.

    And since I did it differently, I tagged you for the poetry meme

  4. H-Acrostics are really fun, Andree, and although the take a little time, they can be addicting! I hope you enjoy it as much or even partly as much as I do.

    I have revised that poem more since I posted it--was going to post it elsewhere and link it but haven;t had time--my computer crashed trying to get to your page to let you know--dunno why--scary. Crashed twice--this was a computer that rarely crashes. (I'm on a different one now).

    I have done a ton of these H-Acrostics and others.

    The reason you should not use poetry is the lines are already very refined which makes it harder to change them and they are sometimes recognizable to the poet and people who have read the poem whereas phrases harvested from novels are less poetic, usually and have to be strongly revised and thus become your own.

    Have fun at your math conference! Hope it's warmer there. Wherever it is.

  5. You ARE a photographer poet!


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