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October 30, 2017

To Be of Use — Marge Piercy

 

The people I love the best 
jump into work head first 
without dallying in the shallows 
and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight. 
They seem to become natives of that element, 
the black sleek heads of seals 
bouncing like half-submerged balls.

I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart, 
who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience, 
who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward, 
who do what has to be done, again and again.

I want to be with people who submerge 
in the task, who go into the fields to harvest 
and work in a row and pass the bags along, 
who are not parlor generals and field deserters 
but move in a common rhythm 
when the food must come in or the fire be put out.

The work of the world is common as mud. 
Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust. 
But the thing worth doing well done 
has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident. 
Greek amphoras for wine or oil, 
Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums 
but you know they were made to be used. 
The pitcher cries for water to carry 
and a person for work that is real.

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October 30, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Fractal Lincoln

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From the New York Times:

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A portrait of Abraham Lincoln made entirely from pennies [was a top winner last month] at the 2017 ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Mich.

"A. Lincoln" by Richard Schlatter of Battle Creek, Michigan, received the most overall votes from the public, which chose from more than 1,300 entries during a two-week voting period.

Mr. Schlatter will receive a $200,000 award — as well as another $12,500 for being the top vote-getter in the two-dimensional art category.

His 8-by-12-foot Lincoln portrait is composed of more than 24,000 pennies that include coins from every year since 1909, when the 16th president first appeared on the currency.

More than 384,000 votes were cast by members of the public who attended ArtPrize since it opened September 20.

October 30, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Post-Poo Drops

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From the website:

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A botanical bathroom deodorizer that effectively neutralizes disagreeable smells with crisp notes of citrus peel and discreet florals.

Dispense into toilet bowl after flushing. Additional drops in sink will intensify botanical scent, to the benefit of subsequent visitors.

Ingredients: Tangerine peel, ylang ylang, mandarin orange peel

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$29.

October 30, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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