one day at a time…
Monday, 20 October 2003

Pix Of The Day: We Wish We Knew What It Meant
CREDITS: © Tony Richards/LakelandCAM.co.uk MAP: Grasmere
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Grasmere Beeches © Tony RichardsWe came across a poem by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) in the 1898 'Wessex Poems and Other Verses' entitled In a Wood. The opening lines are:

Pale beech and pine-tree blue,
Set in one clay,
Bough to bough cannot you
Bide out your day?

The Bartleby commentary notes, Hardy's verse is spare, unadorned, and unromantic, and its pervasive theme is man's futile struggle against cosmic forces. Though we understood the critical reference to Hardy's oft repeated themes where physical harshness echoes that of an indifferent, if not malevolent, universe, we found that difficult to reconcile with this delightful picture by Tony Richards.

It is difficult to know if Hardy's attitudes were exogenous, the direct result of his own experiences, or endogenous, created from within: he was after all relatively affluent and sheltered from the vicissitudes and troubles of life. As our sensei was fond of telling us, "Some things only exist in your head!"

On This Day In 2002: Disturb Not The Peaceful Dragon
CREDITS: © ThePeacefulDragon.com MAP: Charlotte, North Carolina.
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rand Opening © The Peaceful DragonToday's date generated Google search for "20 Oct 2002'" fetched up on the web shores of The Peaceful Dragon, a cultural center and restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina. We arrived specifically at a page featuring the formal group portrait at the Grand Opening Ceremony. The founders, Eric Sbarge and Hu Wan Chih, had a mission to preserve and pass on the best of Asian culture, which begat the center.

The lineage school offers courses in Chi Kung (Qigong), kungfu, meditation, and other disciplines. We appreciated the reminder that kungfu means 'hard work', and so we took our sensei's advice to walk away with an empty mind, leaving our own dragons untroubled. This is an excellent site just to gain an overview of the often ancient Far Eastern cultural contributions to life in the West.

The vegetarian restaurant features a mouth watering menu under the care of Chef Geoff Bragg, from which we fancied Imperial Phoenix, sautéed shiitake and snow peas in a rich brown sauce, served with steamed brown rice; or perhaps Steamed Dumplings, served with ginger sauce, rice and steamed vegetable salad. Chef Geoff is also something of a TV star on the local cable network. When he is moonlighting in his second job, Chef Geoff is not above rustling up a good old chicken dinner!

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)