This Thing Called Courage

Friday, January 05, 2007

Pansies in January


This can't be right-- as I've noted here before, Fionn and I walk five miles a day, and when you walk that much you tend to observe things-- and the world looks pretty good at a walking pace. But there are THREE different gardens on our morning walk that have pansies BLOOMING in them right now-- and tonight down at Mike's in Nahant, there were mad moths fluttering around the back-door light (which reminds me of that wonderful Yates poem with the great lines 'and when white moths were on the wing/and moth-like stars were flickering...' but I digress).

It's 61 degrees as I write this at midnight-- and it's freakin' JANAURY FIFTH!!!!! While it's nice not to freeze on our morning walks, I don't like this. It ain't natural. They say the North Pole will be ice free in thirty years. I wonder if we'll wake up from our self-obsessed consumerist culture in time. There are so many little things we can do, that cumulatively make a huge difference. For example, just the dishwashing liquid we buy-- so many cleaning products, including most major brands of dishwashing liquid, are (unnecessarily) petroleum based. If every US household switched to an environmentally friendly (i.e., vegetable-based) 25 oz bottle of dishwashing liquid, we would save 81,000 barrels of oil-- enough to heat and cool 5000 homes for a year. (Plus they smell nicer too, and when you support environmentally-sound companies, you encourage other companies to go and do likewise.) The best thing we can do is get educated, make changes, and get involved. There are million of places to start. One such great place is www.nwf.org which is the National Wildlife Federation. They have a thousand great ideas on how we can all make a difference and be part of the solution, rather than the problem. You can also find out how to get your backyard certified as a NWF Wildlife Habitat Area. What could be cooler?

Anyway. What I'm really supposed to write about tonight is some upcoming dates for readings, and also to thank everyone who called or emailed about the television show I was on last night, touting the new book. (Sorry I forgot to list it here-- duh.) It went very well, and was the shortest 30 minutes of my life, I think-- I was just getting warmed up! Afterwards the host, Jacques, walked me down to the Out of the Blue Art Gallery, where he introduced me to some folks and planted the seeds for doing a reading event there this spring. This is the home of the Stone Soup Poetry Series, the oldest-running poetry series in the nation. A very cool place with some reely reely tripindicular people! Far out!

UPCOMING EVENTS: Thursday, January 18, 6-9 pm at the Commodore's Mansion, Watertown, MA-- sponsored by Boston Spirit Magazine (who published a story of mine in their latest issue, by the by);

Saturday, January 20, 4:00 pm-- the Boston Prime Timers have once again invited me back-- this is always A GREAT event and the guys are just wonderful. At the Harriet Tubman House in the South End, and open to the public. http://www.primetimersww.org/boston/prologue.pdf
I'm going to bring my Bodhran and play for them this time.

Monday, January 22. Cocktail hour 7:00-8:00 pm, I go on at 8:00-- at the James Gate Irish Pub, Jamaica Plain-- sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Mens Group, a relatively new social group of bi/gay guys in JP (my old stomping grounds) with 400+ members. The place only holds about 100 people, so get there early! (No drumming here-- there's probably enough of that in JP without me adding to it...) lol
http://jpmensgroup.com/

There are some nice new reviews of the new book on the amazon page-- go here if you want to check them out. http://www.amazon.com/Map-Harbor-Islands-J-Hayes
If that doesn't work, just go to Amazon and search Map of the Harbor Islands

Finally, (I'm not going to write about Bush tonight-- I swear!-- except to say that the whole family should be sterilized) my dear friend Clay went to the inauguration of Governor Patrick yesterday-- that has such a great ring to it, no? One teacher and two students were invited from every high school in the Commonwealth, and Clay was invited from his school-- makes me so proud!!! He said the service, and Deval's speech, brought tears to his eyes-- and took the sting out of Tuesday's unlovely actions at the state house. You go, Deval...

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Blogger berlinorama said...

We're having this weird global-warming induced weather here in Germany, too. There are new buds on the bushes and all the hay fever sufferers I know (myself included) were sneezing up a storm just before Christmas, which must be some kind of record for hazelnut pollen, which usually doesn't fly until February. Scary times, indeed.

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