Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Taking It Lying Down --- Day 3/191

Walk: Mindful Body
Distance: 10 blocks, teach yoga class, have 1 hour massage

Even though the studio where Ciwt teaches offers excellent, well-priced massages, Ciwt has an unfortunate old habit of equating massages with frivolous, expensive spas. Today she took advantage of a gift certificate and reminded herself it is called massage therapy for a reason.  Lots of reasons actually including: relief of muscle tension (which contributes to injury prevention and is why elite athletes flock to massage tables), increased circulation, enhancement of immune system and nervous system functioning.  Then there's management of chronic pain, alleviation of anxiety and depression, as well as calming antidote for stress.

The list goes on.  Maybe Ciwt will now file 'massage' in the proper category: Necessary for Health.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cheerful, Relevant Birds --- Day 3/190

Walk: JCCSF, Trader Joe's, Big O Tires, Books, Inc.
Distance: 3 miles and take yoga class

trans: The voice I hear
          Of the cheerful birds
          In the drunken Night
Tags: Tankas and Haikus.  Link: Nusquama Friday, April 22, 2011
This weekend the - increasingly disappointing to Ciwt - NY Times ran another of its self-initiated discussion forums.  Their topic was Does Poetry Matter? Is it Relevant?

A poet friend I forwarded the whole thing to wrote back in part: ..While I felt that some of the writing was lovely, I found the premise of the debate silly and offensive.  It's obvious that poetry is relevant today.  There are more people writing and publicly reading poetry today than at anytime in america's history, and if you count Rap in poetry, which I do, it's essentially taken over the music business.  When media organs post debates like this about the arts--the viability of theater is another such topic--the underlying intention is to subordinate arts and the artists to other agendas.  It's to make the arts safe by making them weak.  When artists participate in these debates, whichever side they take, they acquire greater visibility at the price of their own art.  I feel strongly that art thrives best when it defines and follows its own terms.

Ciwt liked this response; hers was to go to a local bookstore and buy three volumes of poetry.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Just a Little More Time --- Day 3/189

Walk:  Mindful Body
Distance: 10 blocks and Restorative Yoga Workshop

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Must You Always Ask Why? --- Day 3/188

Walk: Pets Unlimited
Distance: 10 blocks and fluff up deck

Richard Linklater (in vest) during Sundance Kabuki Boyhood Q&A

Boyhood, yes, it is a filming masterpiece and Ciwt thinks it should be seen, period.

Seen more than once? is a question on her mind.  For all its evocative, tender, melancholic, magical capturing of boyhood, there is an absence of psychological depth.  There is an absence of "Why?s" and therefore no attempts to answer.  Everything wondrous, touching, difficult is at face value then gone.  Life keeps moving as life does.

As life does for children through their late teens is maybe what Linklater is communicating.  But are all children unpsychological?  Do they never ask why - just observe, complain a bit, then go along with the circumstances adults put them into at the same time being formed by those circumstances?

Nobody in this movie ever deals with the why, never really deals period - which makes for a loving, lovely, 'pure,' eternal now theater experience, but......?

Or, maybe this all goes to Ciwt being one of the (few?) kids who drove everyone crazy with her constant "Why this?" "Why That?"

Friday, July 18, 2014

So, What Did You Think of Your Movie? --- Day 3/187

Walk: Mindful Body, Sundance Kabuki (Boyhood)
Distance: 3 miles and take yoga class

With Richard Linklater q&a  coming up tonight.

Stay tuned for Ciwt's thoughts.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

You've Come a Long Way; Thanks --- Day 3/186

Walk: Corte Madera, San Rafael, Mindful Body
Distance: 1.5 miles and teach yoga class

Ciwt's new yoga class is building slowly - very slowly.  But in each class an old student who was so happy to see she was teaching at this available hour has traveled quite a distance to take her class. This is so heartwarming for Ciwt.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Chez de Dentiste --- Day 3/185

Walk: Union Square
Distance: 2.5 miles

Chez le dentiste; extrait de Theodore Rombouts (1597-1637) 

After a brisk walk there, Ciwt spent the afternoon tipped back and motionless -except for 'open,' 'turn toward me,' 'close.' - in her dentist's chair. (Apologies for this painting to those with dentistphobia;..... Theodore Rombouts was a Flemish Baroque painter who specialized in Caravaggesque genre scenes depicting lively dramatic gatherings).

Changing Patterns --- Day 3/184

Walk: Mindful Body, Osteria Tuscana
Distance: 18 blocks and teach yoga class

Edouard Vuillard (Fr.), Le Corsage Reye, 1895, 65x58 cm, oil on canvas

Ciwt is trying to changing some patterns and finding it interferes a bit with her daily writing.