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  • Still no job

  • Got new EnviroCycle composter last Thursday

  • Went to dating class with CGC on Friday

  • Saw my brother perform his poetry at The Green Mill on Sunday

  • We took my brother out to dinner on Monday

  • 5 windows are complete (glased, primed, and painted)

  • 75% done reading Edible Forest Garden, Vol I
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I've been busy, That's part of why I havent posted much lately (plus limited internet access).

Last weekend we went to a small filk circle in Milwaukee. It was a change of pace to filk with people who haven't heard all my material. I even tried some new (for me) stuff.

Lately I have been reglasing CGC's windows (wood sills) priming them, and repainting them. We are changing color for a dusty green, to a rusty orange. I have also repainted the north side door, and the address sign.

I picked up the book Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire at a B&N in Arlington Heights yesterday. They had 9 copies. I have not had a chance to read it yet. I have been reading Edible Forest Garden: Vol 1 which will (I hope) help me plan next spring's garden.

If we get an early fall this year it's my fault. I made a beef stew for dinner this week. (Beef stew is one of the signs of fall for me.)

Last night CGC took me to see Montrose Harbor. There was a bit of haze in the air, but the moon was almost full, and shone beautifully on the lake.

My brother the poet will be arriving in Chicago on the 12th of September. He will be the Featured Poet at Green Mill Poetry on September 13th. Then he is leaving on the 16th.
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My youngest brother is living the Bohemian lifestyle.

He lives in a house in Boston (J.P.) with 7 other guys. Each one is a poet, musician, painter, or a combination of the above. A couple of them work at a gourmet food shop (Formaggio Kitchen) in Cambridge, some of the others work for local restaurants; so they have employers who will feed them when money is tight. On Friday nights they have performance/parties at their house.

Brian (my brother) is The Poet of the group. He has been doing poetry readings, and poetry slams for a little over a year now. Last Wednesday he won a place on the Cantab Lounge 2007 Poetry Slam team which will compete in the nationals in August. So far he has read his poems in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Nevada, Texas, and Vancouver B.C.

I was there to watch him compete Wednesday night. He warned me that one of his poems was about watching drug abuse destroy some of his friends. However his other poems, which touched on moments in his life that I was actually there, were much more significant to me.
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As many of you are well aware, my youngest brother Brian is currently in Vancouver B.C. competing in the 2007 Individual World Poetry Slam.

On Wednesday the iWPS had 2 "Last Chance Slams" for final qualifications

On Thursday at 2pm they had the "Bout Draw" where competitors were matched against each other at random in preliminary rounds (there are 72 poets competing).

Thursday night they held Bouts 1 thru 6

And so far they have posted Nothing Whatsoever on the site.

I can't even find out who won the "Last Chance Slams" on Wednesday. ^&*(!@#$

Wondering who he is up against, and how he did, helped make yesterday a very frustrating birthday.
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I keep talking about my brother Brian, and his poetry.

The reason I do this is that he is really good.

While I admit I am biased, other people seem to agree with me because last night HE WON the Cantab Lounge Finals, to represent Boston at the Individual World Poetry Slam competition in Vancouver B.C. next month.
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Sunday I decided that I needed to deflate my ego a bit. I went to a local coffeehouse that runs a Poetry Slam. This was my 1st time slamming, and only the 3rd time I had read one of my poems in public.

I did hear 1 person say "wow" after I finished, but my scores were terrible.

On the other side of the coin: This Saturday my brother Brian is in the finals for a chance to represent Boston in the Individual World Poetry Slam 2007 in Vancouver, B.C.

The Finals are at the Middle East Nightclub in Cambridge if anyone is interested.

Saturday December 2nd. Doors are at 7. Showcase including Regie Gibson, Jme, Sou MacMillan, and Caroline Harvey starts at 8, and SLAM starts at 9pm. Tickets are $12
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This (past) week my youngest brother paid me a visit on Tuesday, and spent the night. I took the morning off wednesday so we could sit up late talking. It was good to see him.

I then took thursday off )

Friday was back to work, and seemed a normal day till )

A Poem

Jun. 30th, 2006 06:11 pm
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After reading some of the great writing of [livejournal.com profile] chaoticgoodchic & [livejournal.com profile] cadhla and others, I felt I had to include something of my own. Poetry is not my usual medium, but while visiting my brother who was competing in a Poetry Slam in Cambridge, these words came to me. (Yes, it was a recent event.)

The Reading )



(On a separate note; my brother won the Spring Slam championship at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, Ma. and is a member of their 2006 Poetry Slam team.)
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I went to visit my brother and his family in York Maine (sometimes called "York Beach").

Unfortunately the weather was cloudy, and not warm enough to swim, but after a nice breakfast at the "purple palace" I walked into the water till it was up to my knees, and I could feel the sand ebb out from under my toes.

In the afternoon they took me to Mount Agamenticus. It is only about 700 feet above sea level, but it allowed me to stand on granite, feel the wind in my hair, and look at Mount Washington in the distance.

I handled Water, Earth, and Air. No Fire, but that is a re-occurring issue.

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