Tangy Parade Throw Cole Slaw

1 small head of cabbage, thrown from a St Patrick's Day Parade float, thoroughly de-leaved of the ucky parts and then thoroughly washed, then shredded
1 small onion well chopped
1 package of baby carrots, well chopped
2 celery stalks, well chopped
handful of parsley well chopped
zest & meat of 1/4 grapefruit
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 tbs green goddess dressing
1 tbs mayo
1 tbs evoo
2 tsp cider vinegar
1/2 tsp Cajun hot sauce
1/2 horse radish
salt & pepper
paprika, garlic powder, whatever you like for spices

Mix it all up. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours. Yum.

Rabble rousing in the music industry, education, NFL and AWP

I have stumbled across a series of rabble-rousing blog posts ranging from gays in the NFL to the non-literary, non-enriching unartistic nature of the AWP conference--scheduled to begin in my dear city next week. Here's the list of tonight's rebels:

Domonique Foxworth, President of NFL Player's Association and matriculated student at Harvard Business School, calling for an embrace of diversity in the NFL: It's Time for All Jocks to Embrace Diversity

"Surviving and thriving while enduring [rigorous workouts] requires toughness, but truly being tough and strong is when you persevere while being ridiculed, ostracized or rejected -- just for being yourself. Any person that flourishes in those conditions would be a great asset..."

Amanda Palmer on being a musician in today's music business,  "... if you wanted to be in rock and roll and you wanted to be a musician, the idea was you get famous. You get on the radio, you get a record contract, you get on MTV. And now, that’s sort of no longer an option – I mean, it’s an option for a minuscule number of people. And instead, being a musician has sort of become – if possible and if you want the job – a working class job. It’s a regular job.”


Sugata Mitra "We Need Schools...Not Factories"

"Schools today are the product of an expired age; standardized curricula, outdated pedagogy, and cookie cutter assessments are relics of an earlier time. Schools still operate as if all knowledge is contained in books, and as if the salient points in books must be stored in each human brain -- to be used when needed. The political and financial powers controlling schools decide what these salient points are. Schools ensure their storage and retrieval. Students are rewarded for memorization, not imagination or resourcefulness."

Seth Oelbaum The AWP Should Stand For Something Very Vulgar Because It Is Very Vulgar

My comment was: Some salient points, though the ascerbic tone isn't going to get your detractors to pay much attention to them. I agree, though, not much of AWP is inspiring, creative or literary. Very much a schmoozfest, rather than a revitalizing experience with a community of artists. Hopefully the offsite readings and gatherings will be fun. Glad I live in Boston for that part of things. Keep preaching, Seth.

Dreaming of Famous People

Oh man. Two nights in a row now I've have crazy dreams about famous people. Sunday night, after Downton, I had a dream that I was in a lingerie show with the women of Downton (not the Dowager, though). Only to realize at the last minute it was changed into a talent show so I had to find more clothes to wear just before hopping on stage to sing.

Last night in my dream, my friends and I were a mystery solving crew, like the Scooby people, and we'd traveled to Egypt where we met Eli Manning and Tom Brady. We were attacked by terrorists. Eli Manning had the hots for me and thought I was meant to be his philosophical guru and I was trying to shun him on accout of being a Patriots fan. Tom & I talked about the time we met at the farm. He asked "What were you doing there if you solve crimes?" And I told him that I liked the low cost local organnic vegetables and crime solving was only part time work so I need meantime work, too. He said he understood and laughed.


But that's dreams for you.

I bet anything there's a website dedicated to dreams with NFLers and/or Downton Abbey characters, just like in 2008 there was "I Dream of Hillary" and "I Dream of Barack".

For Martin Luther King Day: Excerpts from the "Beyond Vietnam" Speech

O, yes, 
I say it plain, 
America never was America to me, 
And yet I swear this oath -- 
America will be!  

~Langston Hughes

Many are familiar with the "I Have a Dream" speech, lesser known but still often studied is "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." Both are important speeches in history and have earned their right as popular touchstones for the compass of social justice. But today, as I did last year, I would like to bring attention to a lesser known but no less remarkable speech of Martin Luther King's, "Beyond Vietnam - A Time to Break Silence". This speech was delivered at a conference with other religious leaders who were beginning to publicly denounce the war in Vietnam. I think one could easily apply this to the context of today by replacing the word "communism" with "terrorism" and thinking of geographical locations of the Muslim world rather than of the Communistic societies. The lessons laid forth are as relevant today as ever.

You can read the whole speech at the link below. It's a very good one.


Here are some excerpts:

...Perhaps a new spirit is rising among us. If it is, let us trace its movements and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its guidance, for we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around us.

...I watched [the poverty] program broken and eviscerated, as if it were some idle political plaything of a society gone mad on war, and I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube. So, I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor and to attack it as such.

...[a] burden of responsibility was placed upon me in 1954; and I cannot forget that the Nobel Peace Prize was also a commission, a commission to work harder than I had ever worked before for "the brotherhood of man." This is a calling that takes me beyond national allegiances, but even if it were not present I would yet have to live with the meaning of my commitment to the ministry of Jesus Christ...the good news was meant for all men -- for Communist and capitalist, for their children and ours, for black and for white, for revolutionary and conservative[.] Have they forgotten that my ministry is in obedience to the One who loved his enemies so fully that he died for them? 

...We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation and for those it calls "enemy," for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers.

...I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin...we must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

...True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

...The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just

...A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

...There is nothing except a tragic death wish to prevent us from reordering our priorities so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war. 

...Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies.

...When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am not speaking of that force which is just emotional bosh. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality. This Hindu-Muslim-Christian-Jewish-Buddhist belief about ultimate -- ultimate reality is beautifully summed up in the first epistle of Saint John: "Let us love one another..."

...if we will only make the right choice, we will be able to transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of peace. If we will make the right choice, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our world into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. If we will but make the right choice, we will be able to speed up the day, all over America and all over the world, when "justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."

Weird Things

Here's the links I've stumbled across today. The thing they have in common is that they're all quite strange, in one way or another:



And this crazy story from college football: http://deadspin.com/5976517/manti-teos-dead-girlfriend-the-most-heartbreaking-and-inspirational-story-of-the-college-football-season-is-a-hoax