autumn lists

specifically blue sky clouds who cannot decide whether to fly or rip up in thunder smells of chill in the air plums and a few stray pears birds flocking for migration gladiolus swords in the hands of the first grade kids potato digging desperate teachers a sort of transparent sadness stray leaves turning tail sunglasses […]

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tha diggaz

this night, battling the asthma, i did some thinking of what i have observed in poland and also here, in this city. and this came to my mind’s eye: tha diggaz.  they are exactly that – diggers. they have human shapes of various sizes and height, and are recognisable by the yellowish-green (sometimes up to […]

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ja gadās lieki gurķi un kāda paprika

kad marinēšana, skābēšana utt ir apnikusi, un gribas kaut ko garšīgu uzkodām, un palikuši ir tie lielie, brūnie gurķi ar cietajām mizām, var taisīt ievārījumu. 2 kg gurķi, nomizoti, sagriezti (vēlams kubiņos, bet var, kā sanāk) 0,5 kg smalki sagriezti sīpoli 1,5 kg smalki sagriezta paprika (vēlams kubiņos, bet var, kā sanāk) 150g sāls (5 […]

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totally un-academically

and then i suddenly realised that i have seen the place in my dreams. the czestochowa basilica. sometime i will try to write it up – for now let it be enough to remember i have seen it in my dreams. and what i think now is – i want to rest at the feet […]

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for the two past days, i was translating a conference with/for people with ALS/MND. i admire the ones choose to fight on. i do. they have achieved much. they have moved mountains. they have been real vikings. even if i would never choose to fight on myself in a similar situation. if i had a […]

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what i have on my zen player

Inspired by Zarina on design clash blog, i thought – why not? so, what’s on my creative zen player? music Ella FitzGerald –  Duke Ellington’s songbook Peter, Paul and Mary – Lemon Tree Elizabethan & Jacobean Consort Music There were Three Ravens All The King’s Horses – Knights, poets &lovers 2 albums of Apokaliptica Chinese […]

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the magic of harry potter

some time ago i was asked a very interesting question by stripesknitted. the question, in translation, was this: is harry potter a wizard (a person who does magic), or not? i have great respect for stripesknitted,  and use the question here only as an initial quote for a broader discussion of certain cultural tendencies. so, […]

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nekas nav pazaudēts

uzdāvini man sapni. pilnu ar … madarām; ar tikko paspētu skolas zvanu, ar ozona molekulām mazliet ieplēstā kolbā. uzdāvini man sapni. kur nav ilgu iesildīšanas; nav neatveŗamu durvju un zirnekļa tīklu pār vecām kartēm. uzdāvini man sapni. pilnu ar … ķiploku receptēm; ar gandrīz negaisa mākoņiem, ar asfalta smaržu zem raibi rūtainām riepām. sapni kā […]

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so, let’s see about a kilo of beef about a kilo of quite soft tomatoes about 1/3 kg carrots 2 large red bell peppers 2 large onions 4 cloves garlic – all sliced, chopped or whateverly done 3-4 tblsp tomato paste 1 tblsp ajika water and salt to taste cut the beef, fry it up […]

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et lux perpetua

the annual ‘lux perpetua’, etc etc post. i can forget. no problem with forgetting. but my body does not. the annual dissonance. clench the teeth, cook something complicated like chicken tikka masala (in this country one has to spend hours hunting the ingredients), clench the teeth, hide. the dead walk in my dreams, and i […]

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