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Designing Cracks

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Is this Ribena berry?

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Or this?

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He knows.

 

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Who is the happy man? He that sees, in his own house at home, little children crowned with dust, leaping and falling and crying.

Munichandra, translated

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Mary Oliver Reads “Wild Geese”

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“You do not have to be good. / You do not have to walk on your knees / for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. / You only have to let the soft animal of your body / love what it loves. / Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. / Meanwhile the world goes on. / Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain / are moving across the landscapes, / over the prairies and the deep trees, / the mountains and the rivers. / Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, / are heading home again. / Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, / the world offers itself to your imagination, / calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting— / over and over announcing your place / in the family of things.”

Part of the “Listening to the World” program. You can read the article.

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Small Platinum Cross

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Back up chain to heaven

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Cross, platinum.

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We are all over 1cm tall!

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Any shift of any furniture gets Yosef.

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Every black trash bag is Yosef’s.

 

The first thing we decide to design and make is this cross. The cross has a symbolic meaning to me beyond, I used to believe, religion. At one point I even believed I was looking for the word spirituality.

There are two platinum crosses out there. There’s Tiffany and there’s us. Ours is better because you cannot take the soul out of the non/believer.

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I have been running many years,
lately I’ve begun to start counting.
Perhaps it is because it will soon
be twenty years
and it is the only constant.
Perhaps too it is how this constant
is changing despite how well I think
I know my brain. The brain and the mind
are not the same thing.
There is construction everywhere
along the beach and on
this particular spot, right
when you come down the overhead bridge
I would love to believe – the low rise moon lifts
the smell of curry
above the workers’ quarters –
I’m just there to catch
this emotion I’d never know.

I bluff.
I do.

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Things As They Are

Bryan old fiend you still got it…

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Proust has said that the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. No winter? Sure, how about longing?

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The real Battousai has slayed four fish since his arrival.

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March is HY’s birthday month so Battousai gets his own tank #themanipulated #herfatheralloveragain

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The attraction of a samurai reigns in this household. The new fighting fish is named after we watched Rorouni Kenshin.

Battousai!!!!

“Keep your friend’s toast, but keep your enemy’s toaster.”

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At The Moulin Rouge

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Sometimes all you have is a light bulb and you want to be a trailblazer.

I collect these great artists and imagine them in my hallway, but I know the best art is light.

Then daylight streams and dreams waltz. Another night.

I know the best art. I know light. Together is many nights, sharpened and broken by stars.

 

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Mimicry

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Butterfly, in one view…

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Phoenix, if you see this way up

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Chinese Concerns

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Diligence is the path to the mountain of knowledge;
The boat in the endless sea of learning being hard work.

 

Chinese designs, or more rightly, their concerns, make me think of mimicry. There is the overriding desire for harmony, and it is inseparable if this harmony means to enhance or shelter something. Must that extra, extra dose of subtlety come with every magnificent ideal?

And that perhaps, is all it means to be Chinese.

Feet footed in soil;
Blood in stone.

 

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Don’t Dream It’s Over

Now that the bustle of holiday shopping is over

 

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Is it?

 

At its heart, the hoarding of things is loneliness.

I wanted to use the word objects
As if things would reveal.
Forgetting takes time
Healing is bluffing.
Patience –
And I will continue searching for equally suitable things
For the rest of my life.

There is no other secret.

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Dear Agatha, we went to Sun Cafe and ate up your groupons. Thank you for thinking of us during this time of giving and then more buying 🙂

HY ate: 6 prawns, 6 scallops, 6 kueh pie tie, 1 bowl of corn soup, sambal sotong, rosemary potatoes, 1 bowl of ice jelly, 2 ondeh-ondeh, 1 small bowl of laksa, tomato salad.

BR ate: 1 large plate chap chye, half an ikan assam pedas, thousand island salad, apple salad, 4 tau pok from laksa ((her own bowl not HY’s), kueh pie tie filling, 4 pieces of achar, 2 ondeh-ondeh, nata de coco from ice jelly (her own bowl not HY’s).

HY adds: Sorry we did not eat more – we were both down with the flu.

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