Showing posts from October, 2013

Why do the Berkshires seem dreamlike?

Aries (3/21 – 4/19):I took a red-eye flight the other day, and bought a neck pillow at Hudson News on an impulse, spending about half of what I saved by taking the red-eye on the stupid pillow.  It turns out, my friends, that the problem with air travel has almost nothing to do with neck comfort, and almost everything to do with being squished into a metal box with too many humans (some with fairly high percentage of Neanderthal, not that I'm judging) and the possibility of an untimely demise.  But Aries, take comfort where you can this week, even if it costs $32.73, and is a placebo made of memory foam.    

Taurus (4/20 – 5/20):  I'm fairly obsessed with the Voynich Manuscript these days.   I don't think it's unhealthy (yet.).  Here's what's compelling:  1.  It's a mystery (who wrote it, what does it say, and why was it written in code?)  2.  It's a book.  3.  It has completely charming illustrations of round naked women in bathtubs and plants; and 4) i…

Apocalypse Training

I did some apocalypse training yesterday with the LA, and it went better than we could have imagined.  For starters, it was a gorgeous day, and we're at that part of the year where you can taste the end of the light, the sun being a giant glowing reminder of our mortality.  Nothing lasts. But it was that bright blue sky, and a cold crisp morning where you sort of wanted mittens but then after a few minutes could strip down to a tank top.  But that's just the setting.  If you're a lazy reader like me, you can skip this part.

We met early in the morning at the launching spot for our secret location, and I brought this map that I covet, because you can't get it without knowing someone.  Now that I have the map, I like to think that I am someone too.  Oh wait, it might be on the interwebs.  When I give it out, though, I don't give a gigantic lecture about how no one helps maintain the trails like I do.  No, I don't do that.  I just offer the map, and say 'enjoy…