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Keeping in Touch

Iquitos is a bustling city.  It has many many more motocars (pictured) than cars or taxis.  It´s a bit hard to cross streets here as drivers are always testing the limits of yellow lights and many one way streets make crossing particularly difficult from oneside.  One should also watch out for dodgy sidewalks. 

Below are pictured some of the colonial style architecture, including the azulejos, the painted tiles, first imported from Portugal by Rubber Barrons to decorate their mansions. 


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Toronto and World

Elevated Highways Weaving through Buildings

When I was a kid, coming into downtown on the Richmond Street flyover, a sign always reminded one that the End was Near, though you could get information by calling Jim, who had a church so close to the flyover that it almost touched. In later years Jim faced across the flyover at the Funnel, a lamented lost experimental film space, located in a building that similarly almost kissed the road. I loved it when my Dad drove by the buildings there, it felt so metropolitan, so coming into town, the polar opposite of the trapped in Agincourt feeling that repeatedly stalked my youth. Anyway today I was biking along King Street right there and you know, it made me think of Osaka, where roads don’t necessarily get in the way of buildings. Since the roads are not thought to be temporary, they maintain them, and try to make them…

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tindak tanduk arsitek


kalau pernah kamu bertemu dulu, apa yang
kau inginkan nanti? sepi. kalau nanti kau
dapatkan cinta, bagaimana kau tempatkan
waktu? sendiri. bila hari tak lagi berani
munculkan diri, dan kau tinggal untuk
menanti? cari. andai bumi sembunyi saat
kau berlari? mimpi.
[Percakapan Dua Ranting ~ Radhar Panca Dahana]

Sapaan halo dari orang Nias apabila bertemu. Bisa juga ini yang membuat imajinasi menari, mengira bahwa pendiri portal Yahoo! pernah berkunjung ke Nias dan memberikan kata sapaan ini pada situsnya. Nias juga terkenal ombak-ombaknya ke seluruh dunia, sehingga menjadi destinasi selancar favorit dari pengendara-pengendara gelombang air top dunia. Surfing, itu istilahnya. Sama dengan istilah yang kemudian populer berarti menjelajah dengan internet. Jangan-jangan, yang mempopulerkan kata itu pun pernah merasakan terpaan gelombang di pantai Sorake di ujung selatan Nias. Barangkali…

Tentu bukan itu yang membuat aku tertarik ke pulau yang berada di tengah samudera seberang…

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R.A. Krueger


I found this plaque in a drawer today.  I remember finding it in a cute little shop in Aurora, Nebraska a couple years ago.  I thought I’d hang it right next to my desk and it would motivate me to finish my stories.  Finding it today was pretty serendipitous, as writing has been on my mind a lot lately.

Over the past week I have been heavily debating whether or not to do NaNo next month.  I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research about the pros and cons of NaNo, as well as research on the craft of writing and getting inspiration.  it’s been a very informative week.  Not only have I learned about writing itself, but I’ve learned a lot about myself as a writer.

I have a confession….I have never finished a novel.  I’ve written short stories, but nothing of any serious length.  After my research…

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