Monday, December 17, 2018

Shoshana Spies a Shopper

The Shopper

Or the chopper, but what's in a name? My brother's wife, Shoshana, saw this piece of large-scale landscape art just outside of Enter Six and grabbed a photo before the long-striding strider strode away . . .


Sunday, December 16, 2018

Christmas Colors

Family and Friends

Out on the town, late enough that the streets were clear of others, we family and friends strolled beneath lights celestial . . .


Saturday, December 15, 2018

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

Onward to the Workers' Paradise!

Long have I wondered how my brother Shan knew so much about the secret levels of state security operations, but I now see that he was in the crowd on this same day that I was heading north on a top secret mission . . .


Thursday, December 13, 2018

Santa Comes This Time of Year

Santa Came Early

I now have a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup from the the big Santa!


Canada Reveals Great Big Cave

Speak of Spectacular Spelunking! A huge cave's discovery has just been announced this week in Canada. See those two red rings? They designate two people near the cave's mouth. That's a honking big cave!


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

More Blanchard Springs

One of my distant cousins, Hugh Shell, helped discover what was then called Discovery Cave, and here's what those discoverers saw:
"We could see some of the stalagmites dimly . . . End to end, [the big room was] about a half-mile walk, but the most spectacular half mile I've ever seen. What impressed us most was the overwhelming size of the rooms and the decorations, which are unparalleled. To this day, Blanchard Caverns stands out for the sheer volume of formations and the sizes of the stalactites and stalagmites."
I've been on the tour there several times, and that cave never ceases to amaze me.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

More Interiority

This inner life is part of what makes the Ozarks such a mysterious mountain region.


Monday, December 10, 2018

A Colorful Cave Friend

Another Blanchard Springs visitor, he's obviously seen the sun.


Sunday, December 09, 2018

A Lighter Shade of Pale

As with most caverns, I suppose, Blanchard Springs has its pale critters, like the crayfish shown above, some lighter than others.


Saturday, December 08, 2018

Blanchard Springs Bats' Quotidian Droppings

But in the totally inspiring Blanchard Springs Cavern!

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Friday, December 07, 2018

What goes in must come out

The inside expels the outside that had come inside.

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Thursday, December 06, 2018

Ozarks from the Inside

In this, we see the Ozarks from the inside.


Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Better High Spots in the Ozarks' Boston Mountains

Now, this is better, not quite so high, but far better than Mt. Magazine for the lookout eye. Or outlook eye. One or the other.


Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Mt. Magazine, Arkansas's Highest, Most-Disappointing High Spot

 Not especially impressive, Mt. Magazine rises to a reasonable 2,753 feet. The mountain is a crumbly sort, though, so enjoy it while it lasts . . .


Monday, December 03, 2018

Murakami: "Deep Wells"

Bland Woman, Sleeping Willow:
"I sometimes think that people's hearts are like deep wells. Nobody knows what's at the bottom. All you can do is imagine by what comes floating to the surface every once in a while" (Murakami).
"From deep wells, you must have drawn your anger . . ." (Hodges).

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Sunday, December 02, 2018

Murakami: Running Off at the Mouth?

This title looks interesting:
What I Talk about When I Talk about Talking about What I Talk about When I'm Talking about Talking about Running
As does this:
"So the fact that I'm me and no one else is one of my greatest assets. Emotional hurt is the price a person has to pay in order to be independent."
The man knows what he's talking about!

(Lest there be any misunderstanding, no humor in this blog post intends any harm, so take all humor here as mild satire.)

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Saturday, December 01, 2018

Darwin Young's Origin of Evil

That's the title, Darwin Young's Origin of Evil (by Bak Jiri or Park Ji Ri or Park Ji-ri), and we learned yesterday - my wife and I - that our translation of the first 20 pages to this novel has gotten for us a KLTI grant to subsidize a translation of the next 60 pages. (The KLTI, of course, is the Korean Literature Translation Institute.) If the eighty-page total sooner or later gets the attention of an American publisher, we'll probably be selected to translate the entire book of some 500 pages.

Some followers might want to read this book sooner rather than later, but time will take time . . .