morning run

pair of glasses, CD, key, roadkill, syringe, frog, mini-bottles, cans...



Cartas de Cuba, 1: Pennsylvania pre-trip

George School's logo is a tree, which is fitting, since there are a ton of them spread out over their expansive campus.

There's a large garden, horse stables, an Alternative Energy Center...

and the new LEED certified library (below), which opens in the fall.

The pre-trip workshops were well organized and packed with information, so it was a nice change of pace to start the second day with some cheery team-building exercises...

Behold our fearless leader!

I talked a little bit w/ Rafaela (above, left) from Nicaragua re: the possibility of bringing some of my students to visit her school.

And here is our happy crew outside the meeting house, eager to get on with our aventuras cubanas!


Last two days @ George School in Newtown, PA doing pre-trip workshops. Tomorrow fly to Miami, then on to Holguin, Cuba on Thurs. High hopes + minimal expectations. Peace, - RJ

Do you know the way to Holguín?

(photo by Felip1)
Well, first you have to apply for the special license, then wait for months for it to come, and meanwhile work on a "plan B" since the license may not arrive in time, then just when your "absolute last deadline" has come & gone with no license, you hear that it really might still happen, that the license may indeed be on the way, but who knows if & when it comes if there will then be enough time to book a group on one of the limited flights to the island from Miami? Alas...

(1) Luckily for me, other people have been doing all of the above planning, and even more importantly...
(2) I'm realizing a dream next week & going to Cuba!!

I'll be in Holguín for 2.5 weeks, helping to repair a church that was damaged last year by Hurricane Ike. No Havana (as originally planned), but we will get to visit Santiago de Cuba & Gibara. Stay tuned for at least some reports from the road...

And in the meantime, here's an interesting and award-winning blog to check out, written "from the island, about the island": Generación Y (English version), as well as two audio programs put out by Afropop Worldwide re: "The Golden Age of Cuban Music": (part 1)+(part 2)


habitats for humanity

Went to the zoo today w/ 20 Middle School PhotoCamp students and snapped these pix of the synthetic habitats:


carrying wood

watched a tiny spider run a tightrope marathon tonight at dusk


"She had to leave..."

Finally saw X last Tues. @ the Cradle after listening to their music on/off for 25 yrs. Can't remember who we taped it from then, but probably somebody's older sib. I do remember that my copy of Los Angeles had Judd's high school handwriting on the cassette case....

Not a sold out crowd, but plenty of people there, though still enough room to snake up towards the left front where I like to stand. Surprised by Exene's height (or lack of). Just read re: her being diagnosed w/ MS, but she sang great & seemed to be having a good time. John Doe's energy still strong & fun, moving around & sweating like a beast on bass. Billy Zoom played a gold-sequined gtr right up at stage front & made silly smiling faces to all the iPhone stalkers et al. He must be a great guitarist b/c the whole band was so tight, but he looked almost bored at times. Otherwise he seemed to be having good fun too.DJ Bonebrake was...solid, tight...though not as impressionableas the others. Wore an X tee & had jazz/vibraphone CDs for sale.

This was part of their "Total Request Live" tour where you can vote on what songs you wanna hear ahead of time & (maybe) they will play them. And looking at that list, it seems like they got most of them in there. Highlights: "We're Desperate," "In This House That I Call Home," "The New World" ("lately this song has taken on a whole new meaning...and we hope it keeps on meaning that..."), "Sex & Dying in High Society," "Devil Doll," "Adult Books" (inspired by this episode, according to J. Doe), an acoustic "See How We Are" plus some other encores and finally, "The World's A Mess, It's In My Kiss". Loud, fast, fun & somehow: relaxing. Afterwards I drove home through the rain.


best blog du nuit:

Shaun Sundholm's f letter
: typefaces, design jonk, photos & the occasional text mantra.

Spent 1hr. looking through tidbits tonight, and those were just the May entries!

(photo: Luxury Mountain House - Park City, Utah. Credit to Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects, via three85)


last night

yesterday morning

went running on the bypass & saw this (ball peen?) hammer for the second time, so picked it up on the rewind. then noticed the screwdriver handle (actually to a paint roller) and finally the brush. Vesta told me later that she saw me running back to the house & thought i had relay batons in my hands...

listening Captain Beefheart alum. band Fast 'n' Bulbous from their NYC gig earlier this year: like Dixieland Dada in the Desert! all instrumental multi-horn takes on the Captain's inimitable hookish melodies.
poking through the web for more, i found a recording of one other gig (fm. Barcelona later in the week) and this comment that made me imagine & laugh:

#3142429 by tianlai at 2009-03-18 23:49:10 GMT
very cool--i just pulled and shared trout mask with HS sophomores today after state testing. didnt fare well, happy to see this "new" project...

sure glad we don't have to deal w/ standardized tests @ our school, or who knows what my poor students would be subjected to...


cullen stephenson

...has some interesting collage work going:


zoolandia pt. 3

(little homage to joe holmes)




synthetic habitats
on the outskirts of knoxville...


peace =

Savage Detectives + latte + birdsong + sun


DB's got soul!

One of my favorite internet radio programs over the last couple of years has been David Byrne's, which features a different genre or international theme each month. DB is currently spinning a great selection of OLD SCHOOL GOSPEL, so get over there & listen to it before March has got up & gone! Plus check out the interesting & usually informative online journal from a man who ain't scared to wear a tutu!


8 yellow berries

out of the school
into the woods
past the stream
along the path
towards the sun
and the sound
of the fiddler
across the lake


attempt @ fortnight fish

Target parking

Sitting alone
this movie

doesn’t know
pronunciation matters

Them words
Us all.


snapping tape,
leftover film

something re:
childhood's mem.

Why though

What gift:
This watching

the rehearsals
last day


sundays were made for exploring abandoned houses.