Energetic musical brain force

The tUnE-YarDs (aka Merrill Garbus). A friend's observation, "it's like solex+central african pygmees+nina simone." I have to agree. So, so good!



The Haiti earthquake aftermath is absolutely heart-breaking. If you can help in any way, please do so. Haiti Action is pulling resources for relief funds -- please click here to donate. Thank you.

Caetano Veloso - Haiti



Cosmic space, deep blue sea, within the recesses of our brains, our souls... it all feels connected.

Down below. Sea creatures via Kahi Kai.

Inspiration and brushes. Tulpa via MARS-1.

Here's the soundtrack. 2010 propsRadio (click to listen).

Inner exploration


Walnut Lentil Bread Salad

I've been making my way through a pot of lentils, and finished off the last serving in a salad. This was made with veggies on hand, but you could really use anything you like. As long as you have the base of garlic & onions, earthy spices, oil and a hint of acid... you're all set. The veggies are from Diamond Organics, a lovely gift sent to me by Chotda, good friend and food magic-maker extraordinaire. I made the croutons from a loaf of homemade bread made by my friend Kele. It's pretty divine... If you make this, I urge you to use a hearty wholegrain bread.

Walnut Lentil Bread Salad
(makes 1 serve)
- 1 clove of garlic
- handful of raw walnuts
- 1 1/2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 Tbs. roasted onion, diced
- 1 tsp. scallion, diced
- handful of red swiss chard, chopped
- handful of kale, chopped
- handful of fresh green beans, chopped
- 1 slice of whole grain bread, toasted & cut into croutons
- 1 c. cooked lentils (preferably cooked on the "toothy" side)
- salt & pepper
- apple cider vinegar, a few dashes

Mince, mash or pound the raw garlic with a bit of salt, till you achieve a nice paste. Add the walnuts and pound till the pieces become smaller, but not pasty. This is best done in a mortar & pestle, if possible. Set aside.

Heat a skillet to medium, then dry toast the ground cumin till it becomes fragrant. Add 1 Tbs. of the olive oil, heat till the oil shimmers. Add the onion, scallion, chard, kale and green beans. Saute for under a minute, or till partially cooked. Add the walnut/garlic mixture and cook for about a minute more.

In a bowl add your lentils, the saute veggie/walnut mixture, the remaining olive oil, croutons, apple cider vinegar and salt & pepper to taste. I suggest letting this sit for a few minutes for the flavors to meld. Be patient, I promise it's worth the wait. Enjoy!


here's to

something simple. real...
clear, cold night walking. soft padded footsteps. soft clouds breathing.
here's to minimization. subtraction. stripped away. focused.
"one step at a time," they say. i'll try.
here's to trying.
a kiss in the palm, thrown out to the night.
landing warm, and solid, and sure.