Chuckling in the Bardo
Chuckling in the Bardo is a short fiction. You can take it literally or figuratively. It’s very loosely based on the Bardol Thodol, or Tibetan Book of the Dead, a Buddhist text that describes an intermediate state between life and death in which the narrator faces a number of tests, including strange landscapes, lost souls, peaceful and wrathful deities that determine whether he will achieve enlightenment or be reborn, possibly to a better station, possibly much worse.
The Music is by Sturgill Simpson, from his album Sound and Fury. Ronin and some of Remember to Breathe. If you are unfamiliar with it, you should definitely watch the video he had made with top Japanese anime artists for the album on Netflix. Just search for Sound and Fury, or Sturgill Simpson.
Should anyone come across this questionable use of copyrighted materials, I consider it fair use as this is a private post, not visible to the world, no more than five people will see it, and it won’t be up for long.
Title Needs Work
From the Washington Post:
This strikes me as a bit lurid for a respectable newspaper. Looks like something off a dime crime novel. Perhaps that’s the intention? Regardless, since they are going there, they might as well go all the way. Maybe “Shrink by Day, Demon Hunter by Night”. Sucks, I know. Just hire the headline writers from the NY Post, already.
Do Snapping Turtles Eat Kittens?
Is it coincidence that on the same day this snapping turtle made its appearance at the pond, the kittens moved back up by the house and refuse to go out by the back fence where their food and shelter is located?
Poppy in my own backyard
From the My Own Backyard Project. Flowers are not really our thing. We started growing them just on the general principle that life in the garden is good, and flowers attract bees, butterflies and other insects. And they can be very pretty if you catch them at the right moment.
Another photo from the backyard