Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Poem as Mask

I am just a little bit obsessed with this right now.

The Poem as Mask
by Muriel Rukeyser


When I wrote of the women in their dances and 
      wildness, it was a mask,
on their mountain, gold-hunting, singing, in orgy,
it was a mask; when I wrote of the god,
fragmented, exiled from himself, his life, the love gone
      down with song,
it was myself, split open, unable to speak, in exile from
There is no mountain, there is no god, there is memory
of my torn life, myself split open in sleep, the rescued
beside me among the doctors, and a word
of rescue from the great eyes.

No more masks! No more mythologies!

Now, for the first time, the god lifts his hand,
the fragments join in me with their own music.

Thursday, March 1, 2012


I've been obsessed with gypsies lately so here's a little Charles Simic poetry to celebrate gypsyhood:

I was stolen by the gypsies. My parents stole me right back. Then the gypsies stole me again. This went on for some time. One minute I was in the caravan suckling the dark teat of my new mother, the next I sat at the long dining room table eating my breakfast with a silver spoon.

It was the first day of spring. One of my fathers was singing in the bathtub; the other was painting a live sparrow the colors of a tropical bird.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Easy ways to save the earth: with water.

We use to not care a bit where we drank our water from:
Now we need an Aquafina, Fiji, or Voss water-bottle  to ensure that we are drinking purified and convenient water. I am talking about myself here as well. However, I have been making a conscious effort to decrease the excessive amount of plastic I use. When I am at home I drink water from the refridgerator in a glass, when I'm out I try to bring my refillable water bottle.  If you are freaked out by tap water then buy a Brita filter pitcher for your fridge! It's the little things that make a big difference, can you give up or decrease your water bottle usage to save the world?

Easy ways to save the world: buy a couch.

This blog is inspired by my sister Meghann Ramer and her fiancee Sean Bonesteele. 

In preparation for their future apartment they have been trying to save money for furniture and rent and such. Together they came up with "recycling for a couch." They began recycling bottles and cans and setting aside that money earned specifically for a sofa. Pretty soon my entire family got involved, they collected recyclables after parties, I began bringing a bag of bottles in my trunk every time I saw them. Before we knew it their simple idea changed the culture of our family from dumpers to sustainable livers!
Is there something special you can save up for by recycling? 
Imagine earning towards a prize while saving the world.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Easy ways to save the earth: with your toothbrush.

Today we are saving the world while we brush our teeth!
Awhile ago my professor mentioned this innovative product sold at Trader Joes: a tooth brush made from recycled yogurt cups. That may sound a little gross but they are 100% clean and here is the best part:
the toothbrushes come in postal  ready, pre-paid packaging, so when you're all done with it you can just slip it back in the original package and mail it off to the company. They re-recycle them and there are no more toothbrushes piling up in our landfills!

So, how much does saving the environment cost? $2.99 which includes the shipping cost, not bad for saving the planet!

Don't take my word for it, here's a review:

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Easy ways to save the earth: at lunch.

Hey ladies and fellas...
I want to start a new little series of posts that are just periodic... about saving the earth! That sounds so overwhelming so I am just going to post simple ways to be nicer to creation, hope you enjoy!

Today, we are saving the earth at lunchtime!!!!

In my household we have a culture of using paper plates for breakfast and lunch. It's easier, we don't have to do dishes, and you can just toss them in the trash. However, I am now trying to use our ceramic plates and spend the extra time rinsing (with as little water as possible) and sticking them in the dishwasher. We are going to use the energy and water to run the dishwasher every night anyway so I might as well save some trees by using less paper plates. 

What are some habits of your household that you can change to SAVE the earth?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Sexy Little Bride Cupcakes.

Happy Bachelorette Party to my beautiful sister, Meg!
I thought I would post a little blog featuring the cupcakes I made for her party..mostly because I think the names I gave them were worth sharing ;)
Chai and Honey cupcakes for the honeymoon "sweet and spicy night"

She is getting married at Strawberry Fields Farm so this one was a little tribute to that!

Haha these ones are my favorites, I was putting the hershey's kisses on top and realized that if I put two it looked like boobies, hence the name "Sexy and Tempting Devil's Food cupcakes (w/ boobies!)"

The groom's mom also brought these little treats that I thought were so cute, lingerie cookies!

The big day is coming up quick, love you muff!