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December 16, 2005

a little serenity, please

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 7:37 pm

On this mid-December Friday evening, faced with too many

“holiday” preparations unfinished (or unstarted), I need a few

moments with the haiku of Andrew Riutta.  May they bring

you a bit of serenity, too:





one day

becomes another–

the sound of snow







getting too old

for secrets








in her silence

the tea kettle

announces winter








almost midnight . . .

the flowers on her scarf

impossible to pick









resting her head

in her own hands—

moonless night




transparently opaque: the winner is. . .

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 7:12 pm

“Ed” over at Blawg Review is fiercely (religiously) anonymous, but

I’m starting to think he could be a public relations consultant for the

G.W. Bush White House.  Clearly, when informing his public, Ed

believes deeply in two principles that also guide the White House: 

(1) if you assert it enough, it’s true; and (2) we don’t have to explain

a thing, ’cause a Higher Power is on our side.




If you don’t believe me, check out his post “Best Blawg and Best Law Blogs

(Dec. 11, 2005), where Ed says:

“For most law bloggers, the real excitement will be right here for the

first ever Blawg Review Awards, which will be announced on December

26. No one knows whose blawgs are nominated, how a law blog gets

nominated, how the voting is tabulated, or even who gets to vote. Still,

this is where everyone interested in the best blawgs looks each week,

and law bloggers will be pointing their browsers back here right after

Christmas to see who got what presents from Blawg Review this year.”

So, don’t call it Boxing Day.  December 26 is gonna be Blawxing Day

at Prof. Yabut’s house. 

tiny check Just in case the votes aren’t tabulated yet, the f/k/a Gang

wants to add that — unlike the folks at 1700 Pennsylvania

Ave and the censors at Blawg Republic — “Ed” doesn’t

hold grudges or ignore constructive criticism. (we hope)


tiny check Nothing said above should be interpreted to endorse

the procedures or results in the WizBang Weblog Awards.



election over

dirty laundry




                                                                                                        graph up gray 


the oldest bocce . . . (never mind)

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 2:09 pm

                              When I saw this picture  bocceNot


on the NYT homepage today, I thought that archeologists

had unearthed the oldest-known set of bocce balls.  Upon

further reading, they had merely discovered “evidence of a

fierce battle fought there in about 3500 B.C” and what they

believe is the “oldest known excavated site of large-scale

organized warfare.”   As for the picture:

Archaeologists found 120 clay balls at Tell

Hamoukar that were meant to be fired from

slings, as well as 1,200 smaller “bullets.”

Yawn.  If you dig such martial stuff, go here to learn more

(New York Times,” Archeologists Unearth a War Zone 5,500

Years Old,” Dec. 16, 2005).



greatgrandpa’s bocce balls

four generations

choose sides







Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 12:41 pm


While I’m deciding which attitude to cop today,

here are a few from Tom Painting:



just about everyone
makes her sick







he finishes

his sentence





his wife at a loss
for words








my tongue

explores a worn tooth

the snowy hills




                             “snowflakeSN”  “snowflakesN”   “snowflakesN”






the flyswatter

hangs from a nail

winter stillness





christmas eve
in the taxi cab
a scent of pine






winter hike

the baby’s breath

warms my neck




“snowflakeSN” Tom Painting,

“the flyswatter,”   “winter hike,” “my tongue” 

& “my tongue” – chapbook piano practice  (Bottle Rocket Press, 2004)     

 “divorced” – Frogpond XXVII: 2; “diagnosis” – Frogpond XXVIII: 3

“headstones” –  hauku canada spring 2005

“christmas eve” – bottle rockets #12




sitting to meditate-

toilet and nose

start to run





waving from the river bank

waving back





                                                                                                             flyswatter horiz


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