A correction…

Boppers, please click to the website for my final edits. I caught an error on my last post and corrected it, but only after it was published! (MGM, not Universal Studios, is where WTM worked, as it states clearly on the bag in the photo!)

The weirdness of William

I am getting my stuff out of storage and looking through all of my boxes. I am sorting, sifting, winnowing photos, letters, journals, writing, books, and generally, stuff, including stuff I recently picked up at various events. William Mitchell’s memorial, my Aunt Judy’s funeral… Breaking up is hard to do. Letting stuff go, especially things that I have an attachment to, or things that I feel a sense of obligation to keeping (such as the things I have acquired by the chance of someone’s death and my proximity to it– that stuff is hard and weighty, or it has cling like plastic wrap)… one of these things I acquired by a friend who’s husband had shot himself. It is a box from his travels in the Orient, filled with completely useless, or else magical, objects. I call it by his name (D…), and it traveled with me to Philly, and back from Philly. It is now in my storage space, it’s entrails exuded and sealed in a gallon ziplock. I was thinking I’d sell the box, or I might send it to my sister in Hawaii (she was admiring it), but somehow giving it as a gift just seems like bad ju ju to me. She quite admired the stuff inside it as well. But it belongs to a suicide, as does the other thing that belonged to WTM that I nabbed like booty the frenzy of a looting (well, actually I got the leather tote before the event, but even then it seemed loaded with weirdness, even though I tried like hell to tell my sister otherwise, we both ended up sloughing off William’s stuff, after it all sort of settled into a kind of voidness, a drought after the flood of tears…) The fact is, William was weird. He dressed up in costume and wished he could fly, and he knew the darkness and reveled in it (like Jekyll/ Hyde) I just finished reading the book, so I am thinking about it now, and yesterday I took a picture of the MGM leather tote that William carried every day to his desk job, in an office where he was beloved by all  (but William held fast his dark urges and his despair)– and I took it with me, with the pillow (I kept the Superhero comic book pillow case, threw away the pillow, which I discovered the following day after sleeping on it that it was soiled beyond repair), and a “made in Italy” black masquerade mask, also soiled with signs of being donned often; into the night, no doubt it went, with William, into bars and nightclubs, and possibly onto that fateful rooftop.

I no longer mourn as much as just wonder, with an urge to cast this stuff away from me (somewhat with revulsion); but find that I can’t– not without enshrining it forever in this photograph which represents the weirdness of William and the enigma that he was.

Kickstarter Film Festival 2014 — Kickstarter

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Kickstarter Film Festival 2014 — Kickstarter.

New York Theatre Ballet finds a home at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery | Town & Village Blog

Once again, Diana Byer takes makes the nearly impossible a reality. Her dream to have a new studio and school has been realized, and it’s already amazing!

Realized a dream

Realized a dream

New York Theatre Ballet finds a home at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery | Town & Village Blog.

Zoo Animals, by Kathryn Villeneuve

These photos were taken by my sister, Kathryn. I love how she captures the sense of their captivity and the artificiality of their “habitats” without making it too obvious or heavy-handed.

 

Rooster dream

William the Rooster

Mean little Bantam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I haven’t been remembering my dreams for awhile now. But last night (or rather early this morning) I woke up in one of those crying dreams.

I was walking around somewhere outside (I don’t recall the setting) and there was a crowd of people. As I walked through the crowd I suddenly saw my old rooster, William. He was running around loose, but it was like he was trapped in the crowd. I pushed myself through and called to him, “William!” I could not believe it, it really was him, and he seemed to recognize me. He did this dance he’d always do when he thought I was his hen (before I got a real hen it was just me and William for awhile); a sort of sliding sideways move that I called his “James Brown” dance. He’d do it whenever I tried to come out of my house, right at the doorway, in his vain effort to keep me from coming out! He was protecting me, as this was his job. And since there were no hens around, he sutured to me (and a paticular pair of hiking boots that I wore) and we filled the role for awhile.

I squatted down to his level and sparred with him, which is how I used to get him to come to me. He’d fight me, but I’d be wearing thick rubber gloves (my “Bluettes”) and he’d inevitably come right at me and then I’d grab him. Once you have a chicken in your arms they go limp. William was no different, as ferocious as he was on his feet, he’d go completely limp and docile when I was holding him– left hand holding his feet together, right arm around his neck. That’s how the people who gave him to me showed me.

So, I got that rooster in my arms and held him close to me, and I started sobbing. I cried for a long time before waking up.

In the bright dance blaze

This is one of the ballet pupils of my ballet teacher, Diana Byer, who was recently forced (the building she has taught in for over 30 years is being demolished) to move her school into a new studio. Remarkable! Nothing will ever stop Diana, she is force of nature!

Another Super Food on the Rise: Okra!

Another common food makes the grade of “Super Food” — and I have always loved Okra!

Research Articles | Okra shows promise in fighting breast cancer and prostate cancer | The Eden Prescription.

Watercress Home Page

Watercress Home Page.

The Five Best Leafy Greens, from Dorene

Watercress scores 100

Watercress scores 100

The Five Most Nutrient‑Dense Greens
From INH- Health Watch:
Leafy green vegetables are essential to a healthy diet…but there’s a lot of confusion about which ones are best. Luckily, researchers at William Paterson University in New Jersey set the record straight once and for all. They’ve scored and ranked greens according to the essential nutrient content and bioavailability of each serving. And the results may surprise you…
Here are the top five most nutrient-dense greens:
5. Spinach: This popular green scored an 86/100. Spinach is rich in vitamins A and C. But don’t forget that it’s also a great source of magnesium. This mineral helps support over 300 enzyme systems in your body. And every 100 mg of magnesium you eat each day may help lower your risk of developing colorectal cancer by up to 13%. That’s only about four cups of spinach a day.
4. Beet Greens: We’ve told you before they aren’t just for show… Beet greens scored an 87. These greens are high in fiber, and vitamins A, C, B6, and K. They’re also a good source of bioavailable iron and calcium. Beet greens may help protect you from stroke and lower your diabetes risk. Try adding them to a salad to get used to their taste. Another way to experience the health benefits of eating beet greens is to add them to fresh juice or smoothies.
3. Chard: It’s a popular ingredient in high-end restaurants. But most people probably push it aside. That’s a shame: Chard scored an 89 for nutrient density. That’s because it’s full of vitamins K, A, and C. It’ll also give you a good dose of magnesium, copper, and manganese with each serving. But one benefit of chard that this study didn’t consider is that it’s a good source of kaempferol. It’s a powerful, cancer-fighting flavonol. The kaempferol in chard may help cut your risk of developing gastric cancer in half.
2. Chinese Cabbage: It’s a name that can apply to napa cabbage and bok choy… And no matter which variety you use, you’re getting more nutrition per bite than nearly every other food in existence. It scored an impressive 92. Chinese cabbage became the “king of vegetables” after it was used to help save the life of a dying Qing Dynasty empress in the early 1900s. No doubt its high doses of vitamins C, A, and K, as well as calcium, fiber, and selenium played a major part in this. But new research shows that apigenin, a flavone in Chinese cabbage, may cause cell death in certain types of breast cancer.
1. Watercress: It wasn’t our first guess either… But it scored a perfect 100. It makes sense: Watercress contains major doses of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as antioxidants like lutein. It’s one of the oldest leafy greens in the human diet. Legend has it that Hippocrates built his first hospital near a watercress-producing stream to have easy access to it. But its power goes beyond legend… Research suggests eating it may help prevent cancer, lower blood triglycerides, and reduce DNA damage to white blood cells by up to 23%.
If your favorite leafy greens aren’t on the list, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat them. But if you aren’t eating any of these nutrient-dense greens, it’s time to start. They may give you more health benefits than any other food. Just be sure to find them fresh and organic whenever possible. You can also help avoid any potential problems by gently steaming your leafy greens.