May 14, 2022

Poetry by Ryōkan Taigu (7 Haiku Poems)

Ryōkan Taigu (良寛大愚) (1758–1831) was a quiet and unconventional Sōtō Zen Buddhist monk

Ryōkan Taigu of Japan (18th century), was a quiet, eccentric Zen Buddhist monk whose name means "broad-hearted generous fool", qualities that his life and work embodied. Ryokan didn’t like to be considered a "poet." He once said “When you know that my poems are not poems, Then we can speak of poetry”. The form of poetry Ryokan practiced so perfectly reflected his life - clear, present, simple and disciplined. It is inspired by nature, his daily chores, lonely winters, begging for food and playing with the local village children.

May 4, 2022

Pat Metheny, Joni Mitchell, Jaco Pastorius, Michael Brecker - "Shadows And Light".


  • Joni Mitchell - electric guitar, vocals 
  • Pat Metheny - lead guitar 
  • Jaco Pastorius - bass 
  • Don Alias - drums 
  • Lyle Mays - keyboards 
  • Michael Brecker - saxophone 
  • The Persuasions - backing vocals on "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" & "Shadows and Light" 
  • Toller Cranston - skates 
  • Andy Johns - engineer 

Shadows and Light is Joni Mitchell's 1980 double live album, recorded at the Santa Barbara County Bowl in September 1979 on the Mingus tour.

April 20, 2022

For Ukraine: Pink Floyd - Hey Hey Rise Up (feat. Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Boombox)


'Hey Hey Rise Up', released in support of the people of Ukraine, sees David Gilmour and Nick Mason joined by long time Pink Floyd bass player Guy Pratt and Nitin Sawhney on keyboards, all accompanying an extraordinary vocal by Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Ukrainian band Boombox. All proceeds go to Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief.

March 29, 2022

Maggie (2003-2022)

Just after her 19-th birthday... 

RIP my love!!!

Maggie (2003-2022). Till we meet again!

Maggie lived a full, complete life. She got a litter of four, O'Malley, Dusty, Copperetta, and Mixie (the last two are still living, quite ancient themselves). In human years, Maggie definitely got to be more than 90 years old. In the last days of her life she was extremely weak and thin, yet carried on like a true and brave samurai! In the day prior to her passing, she gathered all her strength and will power, jumped over a tall window, got outside, and waited for us to come from school in the sunlight of a beautiful day. If Maggie would be a painting, I could not characterize her otherwise than a masterpiece.

March 25, 2022

Rilke moment


"Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night." (Rainer Maria Rilke)

March 23, 2022

Boundless love - a viral image of an Ukrainian refugee


Ukrainian refugee with two cats and a dog manages to walk across the border into Medyka, Poland. 

Photo: Aleksandra Szmigiel. 

(via LorenzoTheCat)