Archive for May, 2014

Sweet Is the Night

Well you did your thing and you lost your wings
And you hurt so bad you lost everything
And the tears that fall on the city wall
Will fade away with the rays of morning light that shines
Paints a smile across your pretty face
I know

Crooked Fingers –> Twilight Creeps: “Dignity and Shame”

Hey, hey, there you go now, baby
Dancing all alone in your room
Trading gossip with the twilight creeps
Killing the flowers that were planted for you

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I had one more for dessert [as follows]

Shots from Europe

amsterdam

Amsterdam biker

London

London Lady: “Luckiest shot ever!”

The joys and opportunities of youth are not lost on my son, Miles. He made the most of his post-Med School / pre-Residency break by

– Visiting Vancouver and BC’s Sunshine Coast
– Driving from Buffalo to Los Angeles
– Attending his Med School’s Commencement and Awards ceremonies
– Finding an apartment in Boston
– Travelling through Europe for ten days
– Oh, and attending several dozen parties (it seemed).

Here are some photos from his Europe trip.

"There was a really neat church in the Czech Republic that needed to exhume thousands of bodies that had died during the plague to make room in their cemetery. So they decorated a church with thousands and thousands of human bones!"

“There was a really neat church in the Czech Republic that needed to exhume thousands of bodies that had died during The Plague to make room in its cemetery. So they decorated a church with thousands and thousands of human bones!”

"An example of the bright, colorful artwork on the Berlin wall.  One of my favorite parts of the trip."

“An example of the bright, colorful artwork on the Berlin wall. One of my favorite parts of the trip.”

"This is the site of Hitler's former underground bunker in which he killed himself.  Today, it's a parking lot for an apartment building with absolutely no plaque, commemoration, etc.  There's a small sign on the street indicating the site, but besides that, there is nothing.  Very fitting."

“This is the site of Hitler’s former underground bunker in which he killed himself. Today, it’s a parking lot for an apartment building with absolutely no plaque, commemoration, etc. There’s a small sign on the street indicating the site, but besides that, there is nothing. Very fitting.”

The Ukraine and Crimea

Clarissa’s Blog has been indispensable in providing context, updates, and analysis. Today she writes,

The Russian authorities have forbidden the entry of Ukrainian meat, milk, eggs, chicken, baby food, frozen foods, etc. into the Crimea. This is done in order to allow Russian companies to sell their products at exorbitant prices to the desperate Crimeans. This is the only way Putin has to repay his faithful “capitalists” for the loss of profits they have experienced as a result of American sanctions.

To silence the voices of the Crimeans who are unhappy about being used in this way, the Russian government has issued a statement that the Crimeans are all drug addicts, anyways. [Putin has banned methadone in the Crimea, claiming it ends up in the criminal market. – Ed] I guess the point is to persuade everybody that these empty shelves are a product of drug-induced hallucinations on the part of the people of the Crimea.

Tiny Desk Concerts

Courtesy of National Public Radio and via my son, Miles.

Below’s Patty Griffin singing from her new album: