Author Archives: jyourist

Thyme takes time

We have an herb garden and periodically through the summer and fall I will pick herbs and dry them, by hanging them on the wall that leads to our basement. It’s cool there and mostly dark. Once the herbs are … Continue reading

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“Katachi” by Shugo Tokumaru

In our latest communication with IB in Japan, he said that he has recently found the music of Shugo Tokumaru to be phenomenal. This musician composes, writes the lyrics, mixes, and performs his music, controlling every aspect of it. He … Continue reading

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“Jubilate” by Galway Kinnell

1 So from poet to poet we proceeded in our celebration of Christopher Smart’s long-undiscovered poem Jubilate Agno, composed by this profligate, drunken, devout, mad polymath between 1757 and 1763 while incarcerated for a year in St. Luke’s Hospital for the Insane and then for four or … Continue reading

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T’ai Chi on a bed of roses

There were rose petals all around. My guess— the floral remains of a weekend wedding or at the very least, of a weekend photo shoot for a wedding. Someone said they saw a ribbon adorned with small pearls laying about … Continue reading

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“Dismembered Big Boy: Yes, Officer, That’s His Pompadour, All Right”

When I was a teenager in Toledo Ohio, my friends and I would always go to Frischs’ Big Boy after or before events. Sometimes going to Big Boy was the event itself. We would usually order cokes and french fries … Continue reading

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More than worth the effort

Yesterday I took my mother to Party City. She loves to go there to get her cards for birthdays and anniversaries because the cards are 50% off. There are three aisles of cards. Three. And gezillions of cards in each … Continue reading

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Am I going to die?

My mother and I were sitting in a small outside garden of her assisted living facility before dinner yesterday. The weather was beautiful. Not too hot. Not too cool. A small breeze. The sounds of a bubbling faux stream behind … Continue reading

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