Mortaljive: The Rest is Silence

There is no still point in all the Universe, and that is the rock upon which I stand

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Olde Time Religion



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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Harvesting the Dead Again



I decided to put this one up again, what with this being Thanksgiving and all.

Big thank you to my singing and dancing son, who YouTubes as TedSuzan...

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Sharing the Good News of Utter Despisement



America's favorite spiritual family, Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Clan, came to Silverton, Oregon on Monday, November 24th, 2008, spreading the good news that God hates Silvertonians (having earlier visited Portland and Tigard to share the news that the lord cannot stand Portlanders and the country of Finland). The Mayor of Silverton (Stu Rasmussen) is transgender, and that ticks off the deity but good. Alas, the Lord had other commitments and could not deliver His condemnation in person: instead, He who is the One True God chose to delegate the job of sharing His bellicosity to one man and three young women from Kansas who had some free time. The God of the Israelites is one mysterious dude, and His hiring practices are opaque. He is nothing if not the King of "Go Figure."







As part of God's plan to splash wee-wee all over our national symbols, the good ladies of Westboro stood upon the flag of the United States, in a symbolic act believed to have something to do with wearing extremely patriotic shoes.



And in case you didn't already know:



To their unmitigated shame, the Silvertonians responded by smiling and displaying their own signs...







A point is made:



A response was forthcoming:



It was grand fun while it lasted, but the Westboro Baptists had miles to go before they slept, they waved goodbye and off they schlepped...



and some say they heard Jesus, who most surely wept...





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UPDATE: A Silvertonian shares his perspective on the the day's events.

UPDATE UPDATED: The Oregonian reported on the festivities.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Crimson Autumn Forest Medley Thingie



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Friday, November 21, 2008

St. Johns Bridge



The first time I crossed St. Johns Bridge from North Portland to Highway 30 I thought I was seeing a set piece from the Wizard of Oz. From the Wicked Witch of the West green metal to the ornate gothic towers that grace the only suspension bridge in Portland, I was transported not only across the Willamette River but also across the distance between dreams and reality. It's a fucking gorgeous bridge and I don't care who knows it!



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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ein Gro├če Probleme



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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

"...odds of an eruption in the next 30 years are estimated at between 3 and 7 percent"



Never gamble with a northwestern volcano!

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Image of Mt. Hood taken by mjs from Marquam Bridge in Portland, Oregon.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Halftime at Husky Stadium



The Washington Huskies are having a very tough year, and Saturday night, November 15th, was no exception--they ended up losing to UCLA 27 to 7. In a winless season with a lame duck coach, there is little to celebrate...so why not a tribute to Monty Python to lift spirits!





Always look on the bright side of life!

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

No More



the desert god dreamed of the water
it washed up where the sky fell down
stumbling at the eastern shore
he cried "no more"

busted columns and broken pillars
eternal haze blots out the sun
wandered into the temple of war
he cried "no more"

no more
no more
had the time to get it down
but it just comes back around
no more
no more
no more

a slow climb up an ancient hill
bones and vagrants all unhinged
reach the top, what of it lord?
he cried "no more"

tore up my invitation to the marriage
to the wedding of spirit and the flesh
the crown of thorns was tossed on the floor
no more, no more: he cried "no more"

no more
no more
had the time to get it down
but it just comes back around
no more
no more
no more

i thought i was looking at you from across the room
i thought we were separated by everything
turns out, all we had to do was open the door
no more
no more
we cried no more

some say the dream will end quite badly
light and dark must always fight it out
some miss the game but claim to know the score
no more
no more
we cried no more

no more
no more
had the time to get it down
but it just comes back around
no more
no more
no more

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Going to Seattle



A friend is taking me for a ride in the car, car...

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wonderful Beds



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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Horse to the Water



Play it loud!

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Constitutional Amendment to Ban Christian Divorces



you break Jesus' heart when divorce is let in
you treat him like trash when you engage in such sin
but put not the steed before the love carriage
if you don't want some horse shit all over your marriage
if you think THE GAY is a slight to your vows
you haven't been looking at what's down at the DOW
and war, which destroys all that you hold dear
is truly a threat to all marriage, it's clear

but do many churches spend millions against
the merchants of death? i'll give you a hint
the mormons, the catholics and born again saints
cover the spectrum with one can of paint
poverty, health care: threats to us all
destroying marriages after the fall
but when do the voters rise up to fight back?
when Homo-Suppressives go on the attack

so now, it is plain, we must chart a new course
and mandate for all the War On Divorce
for christians who feel they must draw a line
it is time for them to see all the signs
divorce is the enemy and it must be stopped
marriage is sacred: preserve at all costs
and so, all you christians, soon nailed to your fate
when divorce is outlawed by the will of the state!
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Image of Jesus, whose heart is broken every time a Christian marriage breaks, wants you to vote to end divorce for all those who claim to be Christian. And goddamn the rest of them!

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

A Dream of Autumn


The road goes ever on and on...


Chauncy loves Oregon!


Silverton Reservoir, November 3rd, 2008

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Blue Meanies at Palin Rally



are the sixties finally over?
did the blue meanies prevail?
yelling and pointing the finger
making mischief without fail?

it's the day before the election
anticipation's in the air
got to go vote, america
let the buyer beware

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Sunday, November 02, 2008

Song For Randy Newman



mister crow, in the row
looking this way and that
eating bugs, eating slugs
looking for a piece of trash

lovely wife, got a knife
at the discount store
in trouble, call it double
life is harder when you're poor

she came flying, mesmerizing
gonna bust her husband's chops
save a life, twist the knife
somebody call the cops

(chorus)
damn crows
damn crows
on cemetery row
lord knows
lord knows
which way the wind will blow

caw, caw
haw, haw
caw, caw into the night
ma, ma
ma, ma
there is no way to put it right

lucky seven, up in heaven
made a bet upon the floor
rolled the dice, did it twice
broke the bank but lost the war

the black crow, don't you know
is the opposite of light
row, row, row, down you go
into the deepest, darkest night

(chorus)
damn crows
damn crows
on cemetery row
lord knows
lord knows
which way the wind will blow

caw, caw
haw, haw
caw, caw into the night
ma, ma
ma, ma
there is no way to put it right

mister crow, say it ain't so
i heard some bad stuff in town
they say the weather is a feather
on a dead man's crown

never mind, never care
don't you worry your mind
life is short, then you die
look at the crows in the sky

(chorus)
damn crows
damn crows
on cemetery row
lord knows
lord knows
which way the wind will blow

caw, caw
haw, haw
caw, caw into the night
ma, ma
ma, ma
there is no way to put it right

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Image of a crow in the Rose City Cemetery by my darling wife...

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