Monday, October 31, 2016

Boo Time --- Day 5/254

Walk: Van Ness, T. Joe's
Distance: 3.4 miles, teeny yoga

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Pretty cute to see kids (and grown ups!) walking the streets in Halloween costumes today.  A timeless holiday Image result for kids walking around in halloween costumes in San Francisco (SF, 1948).

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Important History, Well Told --- Day 5/253

Walk: Cinema Club (Loving), Japantown
Distance: 2.5 miles

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Another excellent, Oscar buzz movie at Ciwt's Cinema Club today.  Loving.  Quietly powerful.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Let There Be Music -- Or Not... -- Day 5/252

Walk: No, art tour homework
Distance: Home yoga (with music)

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The other day Ciwt played some of her yoga teaching music while she practiced - and was amazed. An hour of yoga went by without her even noticing.

Clearly she really responds to movement with music.  But it isn't for everyone.  Many of her fellow yoga teachers Never used music, called it 'a distraction,' 'white noise,' and worse.  So, clearly whether or not to play music is personal.  Maybe, like Ciwt,  you want to do it some days and let the sounds of nature and life be with you on other days.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Que Estas Leyendo?* -- Day 5/251

Walk: Presidio
Distance: 5.5 miles, small yoga

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Luis Jimenez y Aranda (Spanish, 1845-1928), The Bibliophiles, 1879, oil on canvas

After hours at our modern museum, Ciwt really appreciates the artistry of gifted, hard-working realistic artists like Jimenez Y Aranda.  His meticulously rendered details are exquisite: the facial expressions, the body (and dog) language, the clothes, the architectural details and even the unkempt condition of the streets.  Ciwt truly feels like she's been taken back in time to witness a true slice of Spanish life.

Here is a detail which still does not do justice to Jimenez y Aranda's ability to bring his subjects right off the canvas into the viewer's present.  As much as she can be energized and stimulated by modern art, Ciwt never stops being captivated by truly great genre, history and portrait paintings and
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*translation from Spanish: What are you reading?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Still Standing --- Day 5/250

Walk: Marin Driving Day 
Distance: .5 miles and Home Yoga

Ciwt had her carpets cleaned today so she needs to write standing up while they dry.  This put her in mind of writers known to do their work standing.

It's pretty common knowledge that Hemingway was one Image result for writers who wrote standing up

Then there's Churchill Related image

Kierkegaard, Dickens, Virginia Woolf, Nabokov, Carroll, Thomas Wolfe, and, these days,
Philip Roth Image result for writers who wrote standing up who stands at a lectern to write, paces while he thinks and claims to walk half a mile for every page he writes.

With company like this, maybe Ciwt should take up the practice even after her carpets dry.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Cheesin and..* --- Day 5/249

Walk: Presidio
Distance: 6.2 miles (sunny day!)

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Ciwt's heart is gladdened (See CIWT 5/336) by Bob Dylan's apparent true-to-himself non-acceptance (so far), non-comment (so far) of the Nobel Prize for Literature.  It is possible that he will follow this up by also not appearing at the award ceremony.

Nobody captures Ciwt's thoughts better than President Barack Obama in 2010 after Dylan performed at the White House for the first time.  Asked by Rolling Stone's publisher Jann Wenner how it went, Obama is quoted as saying:   Here’s what I love about Dylan: He was exactly as you’d expect he would be. He wouldn’t come to the rehearsal; usually, all these guys are practicing before the set in the evening. He didn’t want to take a picture with me; usually all the talent is dying to take a picture with me and Michelle before the show, but he didn’t show up to that. He came in and played “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” A beautiful rendition. The guy is so steeped in this stuff that he can just come up with some new arrangement, and the song sounds completely different. Finishes the song, steps off the stage — I’m sitting right in the front row — comes up, shakes my hand, sort of tips his head, gives me just a little grin, and then leaves. And that was it — then he left. That was our only interaction with him. And I thought: That’s how you want Bob Dylan, right? You don’t want him to be all cheesin’ and grinnin’ with you. You want him to be a little skeptical about the whole enterprise. So that was a real treat.

President Obama took his praise even further in 2012 when he awarded Dylan the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor.  Bob Dylan accepted Image result for bob dylan obama medal of freedom and came for the ceremony.

*10/28/16 Addendum:  Today Bob Dylan called the Secretary of the Swedish Academy telling her, "The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless.  I appreciate the honour so much."  He also said he would 'absolutely' attend the award-giving banquet in Stockholm "if at all possible."

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Pretty When Wet --- Day 5/248

Walk: SFMOMA (more tours on the horizon)
Distance: 2.5 miles, small yoga

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San Francisco so photogenic even in the rain.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Diversion --- Day 5/247

Walk: Presidio
Distance: Drove, so just a few blocks and v. small yoga

Ciwt labors to avoid talking about the upcoming you know what, but it gets harder as next Tuesday approaches.

Let's see, what else? Well,  Moonlight is like no movie Ciwt has ever seen Image for the news result.  And Ciwt has seen a lot of movies.  She basically sat with her jaw dropped from beginning to end, a stranger in an entirely new-to-her and absolutely real world.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Double+ Bill --- Day 5/246

Walk: Cinema Club (Moonlight), SF Opera (The Makropolus Case)
Distance: 4 miles

Double+ culture bill for Ciwt today.

1. Moonlight movie Image result for moonlight movie , and 1a. discussion with special playwriter guest.

2. Pre-opera talk by Alex Ross (The Rest is Noise), and 2a. the opera itself,Image result for makropulos case by Leos Janacek.

So now Ciwt will process and get back to you tomorrow.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

We Try to Keep Our Sense of Humor --- Day 5/245

Walk: Hood
Distance: 3.5 miles

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Today Ciwt's allergy tiredness must have put her in mind of one yoga class she was teaching a feww years ago.  In an attempt to put across the idea that you can do yoga for the rest of your life, she reached for a Gross Exaggeration and said something like "I've been doing this pose for, what?, 100 years."

Just as she was going to continue with her instruction, a young student toward the back of the room spoke up:  "100 years, really?"  She was looking at Ciwt in alarm and was visibly relieved when Ciwt assured her she wasn't actually 100.

Ciwt can't remembered if the student ever returned to class.  Anyway, Ciwt can still laugh at this memory (and was more limber than her young student).  Sense of humor is all.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Temporary Silver Medal --- Day 5/244

Walk: Errands
Distance: 2 miles and home yoga

Okay, for a couple of months at this time of year, San Francisco steps back and lets the East Coast get the gold medal in the Autumn contest Image result for new england autumn .  But for the rest of the year, we do Fall better than anyone.

SF Winter:

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SF Spring:

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SF Summer:

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

In Which.... Day 5/243

Walk: Marin Driving Day
Distance: Pedometer says .33 miles ;-(  small yoga

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Ciwt and her cat, Callie, get allergies.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

At Last --- Day 5/242

Walk: Trader Joe's
Distance: 2 miles & home yoga

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               Last one ---  At Last

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hope It's Well Done --- Day 5/241

Walk: Union Square (SF Playhouse - 'Seared')
Distance: 8 blocks and small yoga

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Non-cook Ciwt is off to the local small theater where she has season tickets to see a new play about a restaraunt.....

Monday, October 17, 2016

Nice? --- Day 5/240

Walk: Monday errands
Distance: 2 miles, wee yoga

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Ciwt has been catching up on Fargo TV episodes as well as some of the chillier aspects of Minnesota nice.  A little rough in her sleep department.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Rainy Day Activities --- Day 5/239

Walk: No, Rain :-)
Distance: 0, Home Yoga

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

It's Been a While --- Day 5/238

Walk: No
Distance: 0, Home Yoga

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Practicing --- Day 5/337

Walk: No (Rain!!)
Distance: 0

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Today Ciwt practiced for winter....

Thursday, October 13, 2016

where its at --- Day 5/336

Walk: Marin Driving Day & Hood errands
Distance: 2.5 miles and Home Yoga

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Certainly a genius and seminal.  Absolutely Nothing against the man or the poetry of his songs, but former bookstore owner/operator, Ciwt, wonders about that prize for literature.  There are so many worthy authors all over the world.