Here’s Thoreau for your Saturday…

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O nature  do not aspire

To be the highest in thy quire

To be a meteor in the sky

Or comet that may range on high.

Only a zephyr that may blow

Among the reeds by the river low.

Give me thy most privy place

Where to run my airy race.

In some withdrawn unpublic mead

Let me sigh upon a reed,

Or in the woods with leafy din

Whisper the still evening in,

For I had rather be thy child

And pupil in the forest wild

Than to be king of men elsewhere

And most sovereign slave of care

To have one  moment of thy dawn

Than share the city’s year forlorn.

Some still work give me to do

Only be it near to you.

The poem”Nature”-H.D.Thoreau

pic by td-woodcut of Thoreau by Naoka Matsubara-which I own(35/100-signed).

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A Poem for All Ireland Sunday – Up Tipp!

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This Sunday sees my Dad’s beloved Tipperary contest the All Ireland Hurling final against all conquering Kilkenny.

So I have decided to Reblog a post from the early days of The Jukebox which evokes the feelings of anxious exiles listening to the radio on All Ireland Sunday.

Up Tipp! Up Tipp!

Once or twice a year when the stars are in their correct alignment and the muse comes to call I find myself moved to write a poem.

I present one below that came unbidden one Sunday afternoon some years ago just after I had listened to a commentary on an Irish hurling match between arch county rivals Tipperary and Kilkenny.



Sundays in summer my father took me with him to hear the Gaelic Games
Hurling, of course, a Tipperary Man’s birthright and delight.

Since radio reception of RTE – which on the old valve box still read…

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ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles]: Inclusive Archipolitics – Illustration for A10 #64

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Summer vacation is unfortunately over, so let’s catch up with published work that hasn’t made it to the blog yet. Today’s post belongs in the series of illustrations I did for the ‘Interchange’ interviews published in A10 magazine over the last 2 years. As you may know, A10 went out of business last Spring. So, whether this is something permanent or -hopefully- it is not (read announcement here), these posts will remain, for the time being, as the only available peek at the A10 archives. Except, of course, for our Forty and Famous bookwhich compiles 10 of them. There are still some copies left, I believe. Contact @IndiraS if interested.

Today’s post features ZUS [Zones Urbaines Sensibles], a practice led by Elma van Boxel and Kristian Koreman that ‘researches and intervenes in the contemporary urban landscape with productions ranging from urban plans and architecture to installations…

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How Big Craft Breweries Are Keeping Share of Mind – and Pint Glass

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Back in December 2015, I wrote about an important pivot “legacy” breweries were being forced to make as the beer market continued to diversify, led by many of the smaller and more agile breweries.

Examples like Dogfish Head, Founders and Highland – an NC brewery with Mid-Atlantic footprint – were all businesses that had been around for a while. Looking at their 2016 production schedules, something seemed clear: they were trying to find more ways to keep attention on their brands. That meant new products, new packaging and a new pattern of beer releases to keep things fresh and interesting for drinkers.

“In any industry, businesses run the risk of falling behind if they don’t innovate and experiment,” I wrote

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Evocative Literary Lines VI

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Today is the birthday of the great playwright George Bernard Shaw

akg895105Known at his insistence simply as
Bernard Shaw. Born July 26th 1856
an Irish playwright whose influence on Western theater, culture and politics extended from the 1880s to his death and beyond. He wrote more than sixty plays, with a range incorporating both contemporary satire and historical allegory.
Shaw became the leading dramatist of his generation, and in 1925 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

“You don’t get tired of muffins. But you don’t find inspiration in them”

Man and Superman

“I can’t turn your soul on. Leave me those feelings; and you can take away the voice and the face. They are not you.”


Fun Fact: Pygmalion was the play that was later adapted to the famous musical “My Fair Lady.”

“You see things; you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were;
and I…

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