HAIKUS: April 2017

By Peter Y. Chou
WisdomPortal.com



These haikus were written as exercises in mindfulness—
an attempt to catch the fleeting moment in my daily walks,
while reading, listening to music, and pondering about life.
(Underlined words are not for emphasis but to web links.)
This web page best viewed with Times font size 14.

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 12:40-4:50 pm
Los Altos Library— Foothill student Hunter C. Swart gave me his English 1A essay "Ascension in Modern Times" to share with Jack; cites the work
of Drunvalo Melchizedek in his paper


Merkaba means "Light-Spirit-Body"
which transports us from
one dimension to another.
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 12:40-4:50 pm
Los Altos Library— Drunvalo Melchizedek,
"The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life" (2000),
Volume 2 (508 reviews: 4.5 out of 5-stars);
Drunvalo means "little tree on a hill"


Drunvalo Melchizedek
born as Bernard Perona in 1941
and graduated from UC Berkeley.
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 8:22-8:26 am
KDFC 104.9 FM: Mark Denza conducts
Emmanuel Chamber Orchestra with Hampstead Singers in Patrick Hadley's My Beloved Spake (1936); CD; (YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5); Host of Sacred Concert, Jeffrey Thomas tells story of Hadley (1899-1973):
He was 18 when enlisted in the army in WW I, and was injured necessitating the below knee amputation of his right leg, and used a prosthetic wooden limb. During WW II, he was conductor & musical director of the Cambridge University Music Society


When upset with the choir,
he'd take out a pocket knife
and stab his leg to shock them,
as they didn't know his leg was wooden.
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 12:45-5:00 pm
Los Altos Library: Rudy drove me here after he came to my apartment late at 12:05 pm, so the 12:11 pm Bus #40 was gone & next one is 1:16 pm; We went to Wal-Mart to get his Bengay as I gave him $1 off coupon; Rudy paid me $20 for groceries bought for him: 2 lbs.Raw Almonds @ $3.99/lb; 2 lbs.Chocolate Hazelnut Granola @ $1.99/lb; Ground Black Pepper 79Ę; Minced Onion 79Ę; Kettle Potato Chips Olive Oil & Herbs $1.99; Van de Camp Fish Fillets $3.50; Rudy tells me story of his Anthropology classmate


whose great great grandfather slave
stabbing his owner-master with pen,
escaping with horse & buggy just before
Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation (1863).
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 6:05-7:20 pm
Stanford Theatre: Jacques Tourneur directs
"Cat People" (1942) with Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph, Jack Holt, Elizabeth Russell, Alan Napier, Theresa Harris, Alec Craig; (YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4); (Film Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4);
Wrote "First Poem in Paris" (2-14-2007) & Notes


Actresses in film lived long lives—
Simone Simon, age 94,
Jane Randolph, age 93.
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 7:30-8:40 pm
Stanford Theatre: Jacques Tourneur directs
"I Walked with a Zombie" (1943) with James Ellison, Frances Dee, Tom Conway, Edith Barrett, James Bell, Christine Gordon, Theresa Harris, Sir Lancelot,
Jeni Le Gon, Darby Jones ; (YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4);
(Film Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)


Actresses in film lived long lives—
Frances Dee, age 94,
Jeni Le Gon, age 96.
Monday, April 3, 2017, 3:00-7:50 pm
Los Altos Library— Jessel Miller,
"A Pathway to the Fullness of Life" (2004);
Jessel Gallery (Napa); p. 22—


Choose calm over chaos—
When faced with frenzy,
take the peaceful path.
Monday, April 3, 2017, 3:00-7:50 pm
Los Altos Library— Robert Steward,
"National Geographic Mysteries of History" (2003);
(19 events examined); p. 136—


Napoleon was murdered
with poison likely by
Marquise de Montholon..
Monday, April 3, 2017, 3:00-7:50 pm
Los Altos Library— TECHNOLOGY: Who was Fazlur Rahman Khan? The genius who made
today's skyscrapers possible
(Google Doodle honors Bangladeshi-born engineer Khan's 88th birthday; His "tube" design opened the door for a new generation of skyscrapers that could be built safely & efficiently; John Hancock Center) (Telegraph, UK, 4-3-2017)


Fazlur Rahman Khan (1929-1982)
is "father of tubular designs"
for high-rise buildings.
Monday, April 3, 2017, 3:00-7:50 pm
Los Altos Library— The most competitive university
in America isn't in the Ivy League
[Stanford accepted 2,050 from 44,073 applicants (Class of 2021); Its 4.7% rate lower than Harvard's 5.2% acceptance]
(By Abby Jackson, Business Insider, 3-30-2017)
Ivy League admission letters just went out—
acceptance rates for class of 2021
:


Brown 8.3%, Columbia 5.8%, Cornell 12.5%,
Dartmouth 10.4%, Harvard 5.2%,
UPenn 9.2%, Princeton 6.1%, Yale 6.9%.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 3:00-7:50 pm
Los Altos Library— $6 for "The Movie Book" (1999), Editors of Phaidon Press; (3.4 out of 5-stars); Frederic March, William Holden, John Barrymore
missing; More missing: Ben Hecht, Warner Oland,
Margaret Sullavan, Edmund Gwenn, Don Ameche,
Cyd Charisse, David Niven, Melvin Douglas,
Basil Rathbone, Margaret Rutherford—


Maurice Chevalier, Deanna Durbin,
Charles Farrell, Janet Gaynor,
Lee Garmes, Jean Arthur.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 3:00-7:50 pm
Los Altos Library— Sales Bookshelves: $1 for
Norton Juster, "The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics" (2001); (4.7 out of 5-stars);
The Line was mysterious, dazzling, profound, complex, erudite, eloquent, enigmatic, compelling;
He could make triangles, squares, polygons; used in tightropes, javelins, notebooks, & controlling traffic.


The Line was in love with a Dot
who cared only for the Squiggle
until he showed his versatility.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 3:00-7:50 pm
Los Altos Library— Sales Bookshelves: $28 for $2:
"Outlier: The Story of Success" (2008)
by Malcolm Gladwell (4.5 out of 5-stars);
Available at Los Altos Library:
302 GLADWEL; p. 224—


"No one who can rise before
dawn 360 days a year fails
to make his family rich."
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 3:00-7:50 pm
Los Altos Library— $10 for $1: Napoleon Hill, "Think and Grow Rich: Landmark Bestseller: Now Revised & Updated for 21st Century" (2005); (4.5 out of 5-stars);
Editor Arthur R. Pell deleted stories from 1930s
& replaced them with top achievers of our time—


Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ray Kroc,
Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash,
Bruce Lee, Michael Jordan.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 2:05 pm
Mountain View Senior Center (266 Escuela Ave);
Back of Parking Lot near Children's Playground are
dozens of purple conical flowers like Platonic Λ


Circle of Echium candicans,
Grape hyacinth (Muscari),
Lupine flowers.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 2:25 pm
Mountain View: Stanford Ave & Rengstorff Ave
with tall pine trees opposite of Rengstorff Park;
Pine Cone shaped †like Platonic Lambda Λ


Pine cone (1),
Upright Pine Cone,
Pine Tree Tops (1)
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 3:00-7:50 pm
Los Altos Library— Sales Bookshelves: $5 for
Jean-Franćois Guillou, "The World's Great Paintings" (1994), (180 paintings in color); arranged not chronologically but thematically; My favorites are:
Millet's Angelus (1859), postcard in PB's bedroom,
& Delacroix's Jacob Wrestling the Angel (1861)


Sellaer, Leda and the Swan (1538),
Redon, The Seashell (1912),
Rossetti, Pandora (1869).
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 3:00-7:50 pm
Los Altos Library— Sales Bookshelves: $9 for Georgia O'Keeffe, "One Hundred Flowers" (1988); (Edited by Nicholas Callaway, who gave O'Keeffe
a peony when she received a honorary degree at Harvard, June 1973); Stieglitz exhibited her art
at Gallery 291 in 1923; p. 2 (1939 quote)—


"I'll paint what the flower is to me
but I'll paint it big and they will be
surprised into taking time to look at it."
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 3:00-7:50 pm
Los Altos Library— "Big wildflower bloom expected in Bay Area parks as spring sunshine arrives"
(Wet winter not only ended the drought, it will bring rainbow of wildflowers to Bay Area trails.)
(Paul Rogers, SJ Mercury News, 4-3-2017, A1, A6);
"Hurry to see these Southern California wildflower blooms" (Patrick May, SJ Mercury News, 4-1-2017);
To find names of wildflowers by color, consult—


Janna & Lee Pauser's Wildflowers
Pink to Magenta, Purple to Blue, Red,
White to Cream, Yellow to Orange.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 3:00-7:50 pm
Los Altos Library— "Read the essay that got
a high-school senior into 7 Ivy League schools"

(By Abby Jackson, Yahoo News, 4-5-2017)
Seattle's Mercer Island High School Senior Luke Kenworthy's essay: "Raised by an abusive, alcoholic father and a neglectful mother, I realized that I do not need to concern myself with what others think. I am thankful for the lessons I learned from my mother;


the pain I felt was a necessary step in the
process of becoming the person I am today,
someone who is unafraid to express himself."
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 3:13-7:50 pm
Los Altos Library— Sales Bookshelves: $3 for
Osho, "Zen: Its History and Teachings" (2004),
Rajneesh (1931-1990) nicknamed as "sex guru";
(beautiful hardcover book by Rajneesh), p. 140—


There is no end to this journey:
You're always arriving & arriving,
but you never arrive.
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 3:13-7:50 pm
Los Altos Library— Georgia O'Keeffe, "The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine (Edited by Don Share & Christian Wiman); James Wright, "The Blessing" (1961), Bly's Notes; p. 137—

Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
Into blossom.
Friday, April 7, 2017, 1:00-1:35 am
KDFC 104.9 FM: David Zinman conducts Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra in Ludwig van Beethoven;
Symphony #5 in c Op 67 (1936); CD; (YouTube: Blomstedt, Barenboim, Dudamel, Ozawa, Bernstein, Karajan, Bohm); 2009 Poem: "Beethoven's 5th Symphony" (Notes to Poem)


When Beethoven's 5th Symphony
came on KDFC, I didn't go to sleep,
but continued reading The Open Door.
Friday, April 7, 2017, 12:00-1:35 am
Mountain View: Reading "The Open Door: 100 Poems,100 Years of 'Poetry' Magazine" (2012); Edited by Don Share & Christian Wiman; Of 8 poetry mentors at Squaw Valley & Stanford, only Kay Ryan's "Shark Teeth", p. 22 was selected (Poetry April 2004):


Everything contains some
silence. Noise gets
its zest from the
small shark's-tooth
Friday, April 7, 2017, 11:15 am-1:40 pm
Mountain View Senior Center (266 Escuela Ave):
See the amazing 'super bloom' in central California
("Super bloom" of desert wildflowers gives a blast
of color inside Carrizo Plain National Monument—
endless expanses of wildflowers yellows and purples)
(By Joi-Marie McKenzie, Yahoo News, 4-7-2017)


Mount Umunhum Opening Sept. 16,
Wildflowers bloom in Bay Area,
7 Magnificent Hike Trails.
Friday, April 7, 2017, 7:30-9:00 pm
Palo Alto: Waverley Writers Poetry Reading
at Friends Meeting House (957 Colorado Ave)
16 poets came; Bill Burns gave free copies of
"Best Poems from Unlocked Voices: 2008-2015" written by Redwood City prisoners tht he edited;
Jeanne Watson gave me ride home


Read two poems tonight—
"Apricot Trees in Bloom" and
"The Letter C: Short Autobiography".
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 11:15 am-5:36 pm
Los Altos Library— TV: Don Rickles, Comedy's Equal Opportunity Offender, Dies at 90 (Made the first of numerous appearances on "Tonight Show" in 1965)
(Peter Keepnews & Richard Severo, NYT, 4-6-17)


He treating Johnny Carson with
his trademark disdain to the
audience's and Carson's delight.
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 11:15 am-5:36 pm
Los Altos Library— BOOKS: Joanne Kyger,
Zen-Infused Beat Generation Poet, Dies at 82

(By Sam Roberts, NY Times, 4-6-2017); Died 3/22;
Married in 1960 to Gary Snyder & divorced in 1965


after she had tired of
playing wife and hostess
to other Beat guests.
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 9:30-11:45 am
Santa Clara: HomeTown Buffet (2670 El Camino Real, Moonlit Plaza); Al Guzman picks me up at my apt at 9 am in Mountain View, Rudy came too; we go for breakfast; and see "Kong: Skull Island" (2017) at Oakridge/Westfield Mall (1:40 pm) instead of "Beauty and the Beast" at Cinelux Almaden Café & Lounge @ 1:00 pm; Al drives to Costco & buys tickets @ $8.50


Rudy has not joined Al & me
for breakfast & movies in seven months
as he was busy with Anthropology classes.
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 1:40-4:30 pm
San Jose: Century 20 Oakridge & XD (925 Blossom Hill Rd): Jordan Vogt-Roberts directs "Kong: Skull Island" (2017) with Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Terry Notary; YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4; Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4; Rated "10"


1973 expedition to Skull Island
where Kong wrecks helicopters
at the outset on his own turf.
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 6:10-7:20 pm
Stanford Theatre: Jacques Tourneur directs
"The Leopard Man " (1943) with Dennis O'Keefe, Margo, Jean Brooks, Isabel Jewell, Marguerite Sylva, Abner Biberman, James Bell, Ben Bard, Margaret Landry, Tula Parma; (YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4);
(Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5); Rudy decides to come.


Series of murders in village
blamed on an escaped leopard
until the human murderer was caught.
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 7:30-8:45 pm
Stanford Theatre: Mark Robson directs "The Seventh Victim" (1943) with Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Isabel Jewell, Kim Hunter, Evelyn Brent, James Bell, Erford Gage, Ben Bard, Hugh Beaumont, Chef Milani , Wally Brown, (YouTube: .1, 2, 3, 4); (Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4); Rudy didn't like these low-budget horror movies.


Searching for her sister,
she stumbles upon devil
worshippers in New York City.
Monday, April 10, 2017, 9:50 am-7:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
Tom McCarthy's PHED 23A Trail Hiking class
first meeting is not at Sunnyvale campus


First Meeting: Friday, April 14, 1 pm-3 pm Room 2831 near the Swimming Pool
on the Los Altos Hills Campus.
Monday, April 10, 2017, 9:50 am-7:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
During Spring Break (April 1-9), Foothill Lab closed;
Wrote haikus in Yahoo Drafts at Los Altos Library


With Mac computer access again,
formatted & wrote 34 haikus
April 1-10 in 8-1/2 hours.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 9:55 am-10:07 am
Mountain View: 9:30 am Bus #34 came late 9:43 am
for shopping at Safeway (570 North Shoreline Drive);
Missed 10:05 am Bus #34; Waited an hour for 11:05 am Bus #34 back to apartment; Lucky it didn't rain—


Milk $2.99, Orange Juice $3, Nutella $1.49,
Onion Rings & Potato Tots @ $2.00,
Creamers @ $2.33, Biscotti $2.00.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 12:21-5:00 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center;
They're closing early Tues-Wed-Thurs @ 5 pm instead of 7:30 pm; Will take 5:14 pm Bus #40 to Los Altos Library; Format Pinsky's March 9 Colloquium


Spent 4 days (April 4-7)
at Los Altos Library typing
Pinsky's Colloquium with links.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 7:43-7:46 am
KDFC 104.9 FM: Yo-Yo Ma plays cello,
Philippe Entremont & Gaby Casadesus on piano
in Camille Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals:
The Swan
(1886); CD; (YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)


Three outstanding musicians
play Saint-Saens' "The Swan"—
so soothing & sweet this morning.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 10:35-10:50 am
Mountain View: My neighbor Don takes me shopping
at Safeway (570 North Shoreline Drive) so I don't
have to rush for Bus #34; Had time to get 66¢
overcharge refund for Lucerne Vanilla Yogurt


Onion Rings and Potato Tots @ $2.00,
2 Tai Pei Chicken Egg Rolls @ $2.00,
Nutella Hazelnut Spread $2.99.
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 11:04 am-5:00 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
Paulson Park Flowers: Identified photos of flowers added to web page: Yellow Daisy (Arctotis arctotoides); Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii).


Bear's Breeches (Acanthys Mollis),
Dusty Miller (Centaurea cineraria),
Chinese Peony (Paeonia lactiflora).
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 11:04 am-5:00 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
Format photos of April 5 & 7 on pine cones &
pine trees resembling the Platonic Lambda Λ
Wrote haikus at Teaching Learning Center (7 pm)


Pine Cone at Stanford Ave,
Platonic Lambda Pine Cone,
Pine Treetop, Rengstorff Park.
Friday, April 14, 2017, 1:00-2:15 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College, Room 2831
Tom McCarthy: First class on Trail Hiking (PHED 23A) & Day Hiking (PHED 23B) 15 students came


Chatted with Tom for 45 minutes on
Connie's passing as she recommended
many of her favorite hike trails to Tom.
Friday, April 14, 2017, 3:30-6:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
Pine Cones & Pine Trees: 22 photos with many flowers and treetops resembling the Platonic Λ


Whatever we are attentive to
and what we choose
will define our life.
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 10:15 am-4:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
Missing photos on web pages of Notes to Poems
restored: "Platonic Lambda Sonnet" (3); "What
Will You Do with the Rest of Your Wild Life?"
(6); "Autumn Leaves" (8); "Waiting for Great Pumpkin" (6); "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Completion" (4)


Missing photos due to links
to wisdomportal.com which is
no longer online since 4-26-2016.
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 10:15 am-4:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
After chatting with Hunter Swart on Hermes and
the Chakras (4-13), told him about Mercury and
Caduceus
in Botticelli's "Primavera" at the Uffizi Gallery and Joseph Campbell showing Egyptian papyrus with 7 chakras in the balancing beam


Symbolism in Botticelli's Primavera (1478),
Talk at 1995 CPITS Conference (8-26-1995)
"Poetry, Power, & Cultural Definitions".
Sunday, April 16, 2017, 8:16-10:40 am
Santa Clara: HomeTown Buffet (2670 El Camino Real, Moonlit Plaza); Al Guzman picks me up at my apt at 8 am in Mountain View, Rudy came too; we go for breakfast; and see "Beauty and the Beast" film at Cinelux Almaden Café & Lounge 12:00 pm for $6;
Arrived early at 11:00 am and got good seats; Chat
on meaning of Easter, Easter Bunny, Resurrection


Scrambled eggs, six sausages,
three Polish sausages, bacon, jello,
cantaloupe chunks, two chocolate milk.
Sunday, April 16, 2017, 12:00-3:30 pm
San Jose: Cinelux Almaden & Café Theatre:
Bill Condon directs "Beauty and the Beast " (2017)
with Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans,
Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor,
Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw;
(YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4); (Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4)


Life-action/CGI-animated
remake of Disney's 1991
animated film of the same name.
Monday, April 17, 2017, 9:24-9:26 am
KDFC 104.9 FM: Vittorio Grigolo, tenor, sings,
as Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts Orchestra e
Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma
in Giuseppe Verdi's
Rigoletto: La donna è mobile (1851); CD; (YouTube:
Pavarotti, Three Tenors, Caruso, Grigolo, Lanza)


Woman is flighty like
a feather in the wind, she changes
her words & her thoughts are fickle.
Monday, April 17, 2017, 11:01 am-7:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
My neighbor Don Richards takes me shopping
at Safeway (570 North Shoreline Drive) so I don't
have to rush for Bus #34; Had time to get 66¢
overcharge refund for Lucerne Vanilla Yogurt


Onion Rings and Potato Tots @ $2.00,
2 Tai Pei Chicken Egg Rolls @ $2.00,
Nutella Hazelnut Spread $2.99.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 9:24-9:26 am
KDFC 104.9 FM: André Previn conducts
London Symphony Orchestra in Paul Dukas's
Sorcerer's Apprentice (1897); CD; (YouTube:
Fantasia, Bernstein, Jurowski, Zygel, Wasserman.)


Listening to Sorcerer's Apprentice,
I see Mickey Mouse in his wizard hat
trying to stop brooms with buckets of water.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 1:57-7:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
"Journal of Eugène Delacroix": Paris, 4-15-1853—
"Oh, geniuses inspired in all the arts... Oh, Semiramis! Oh, entry of the priests to crown Ninias!" (p. 293)


Semiramis was the legendary wife
of King Nimrod (circa 2200 BC),
written in 1748 play by Voltaire.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 1:00-2:00 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Teaching & Learning Center
Al Guzman introduced me to Mona Rawal on being teaching assistant to her class on Symbolic Logic
so it may qualify me for Foothill College pension


Missing 0.5 unit for CalSTRS pension
after teaching for 12 year at Foothill—
Will tutoring be CalPERS or CalSTRS?
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 12:00-6:00 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
Composing web page on "Written on April 15"
4-15-1823: Delacroix likes Sarto's "Charity" better than Raphael's "Holy Family"; Stamps on the web—


India 539: Ramana Maharshi,
France B259: Eugène Delacroix,
Germany B306: Goethe in Rome.
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 9:00 am-7:00 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Semans Library
"James Joyce Letters"; "The Years and Hours
of Emily Dickinson"
; "Emerson in His Journals"; "Beethoven: Letters, Journals, & Conversations";


Typed April 15 entries from books
in Yahoo Drafts on Library Mac computer
instead of bringing books to Krause Center.
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7:00-7:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
Checked out Joel Porte's "Emerson in His Journals" & Odell Shepard's "The Heart of Thoreau's Journals";
Typed Goethe's "Conversations with Eckermann"


April 15, 1829— We talked of people
who, without having any real talent
are excited to productiveness.
Friday, April 21, 2017, 8:55-11:05 am
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
Writings Of Helen Luke; Helen Luke photo from
"Old Age" cover; Germany 4N11 Goethe (1945);
Austria B52 Beethoven (1922); Luke's 4-15-1984—


Only "prayer" can save—
not the ego's prayer but
the prayer of the "other".
Friday, April 21, 2017, 1:30-4:30 pm
Palo Alto: Tom McCarthy's 2017 Trail Hike class (PHED 23A) at Baylands / Shoreline Park
Came here October 4, 2013 & April 17, 2015
Met Tom & Robin coming back at 2:30 pm—


Not many birds at Shoreline—
no pelicans, mostly mallard ducks,
two snowy egrets & a great blue heron.
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:30 am-4:00 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
Austria B51 Mozart (1922); Ireland 155 Joyce (2004); Ireland 1220c Joyce; Belgium B587 Mozart (1956); US 861 Emerson (1940); US 1436 Dickinson (1971)


Letters of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1866)
& The Letters of Mozart & His Family (1923)
are found online (gutenberg.org; archive.org).
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:30 am-4:00 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
Sent 10 am email to Lilly after she danced Sufi Spin
in the hustle with me last Saturday and shared her birthday cake. (She emailed 12:38 pm & liked poem)


Poem: "Sufi Spin" (7-7-2013),
Computer Graphics: "Sufi Spin" (1993),
Coleman Barks Rumi Talk (5-13-2009).
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 6:05-7:20 pm
Stanford Theatre: Mark Robson directs "Isle of
the Dead"
(1945) with Boris Karloff, Ellen Drew,
Marc Cramer, Katherine Emery, Helene Thimig,
Alan Napier, Jason Robards Sr., Ernst Deutsch, Skelton Knaggs, Erick Hanson; (Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4);
(YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4)


Travelers stranded on Greek Island,
quarantined by a plague based
on Arnold Böcklin's painting.
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 7:30-8:50 pm
Stanford Theatre: Robert Wise directs "The Body Snatcher" (1945) with Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Henry Daniell, Edith Atwater, Russell Wade,
Rita Corday, Sharyn Moffett, Donna Lee;
Based on short story by Robert Louis Stevenson;
(YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4); (Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4)


Cab driver & grave robber
(Karloff) supplies corpses
to (Danielli) for operations.
Monday, April 24, 2017, 10:56 am-3:37 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Semans Library— Typed
April 13, 1870 letter from "Life and Letters of John Muir" and April 15, 1841-1859 entries from "Journal of Henry D. Thoreau in 14 Volumes Bound As Two"


John Muir's Yosemite letters archived
by the Sierra Club (Ch. 7, Ch. 9), while
Google Books have Thoreau's Journals.
Monday, April 24, 2017, 3:48-7:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
U.S. 1245 John Muir stamp (issued 4-29-1964);
Links to Emily Dickinson's poems (216, 318, 319, 320)
sent to Thomas W. Higginson (April 15, 1862 letter)—


Letter 260: April 15, 1862—
Are you too deeply occupied
to say if my Verse is alive?
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 4:00-4:49 pm
Mountain View: Friend came 3 hours late at
my apt's Computer Room to take me shopping
at Safeway (570 North Shoreline Drive); $6 off
on $60+ Purchases: Milk, Apple & Orange juices


Swiss cheese, coffee creamer, cookies,
yogurt, chow mein noodles, potato chips,
Nutella, crabmeat, egg rolls, potstickers.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6:12-7:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
U.S. 867 Walt Whitman stamp (issued 2-20-1940);
Czechoslovakia 726 Whitman (issued 10-27-1955); Horace Traubel's "With Walt Whitman in Camden"


Walt Whitman Archive has Traubel's
conversations with Walt Whitman—
April 15, 1888 and April 16, 1888.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 10:00 am-7:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
"Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?"
(Mark Zuckerberg acknowledges the dangerous
side of the social revolution he helped to start)
(By Farhad Manjoo, NY Times, 4-25-2017)


But is the most powerful tool for connection
in human history capable of adapting
to the world it created?
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 10:00 am-7:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
Beethoven stamps: Dahomey C129-C130 (1970); Germany 9N80 (1952); Germany 1014 (1970); Germany 354 (1927); Samuel W. Rowse's portraits
of Emerson (1858) & Henry David Thoreau (1854)


Added photos of Ramana Maharshi from
my web pages Ramana's Talks & Insights
& Shankara Quote attributed to Ramana.
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 10:00-11:20 am
Los Altos Hills: Foothill Semans Library
Checked out "Albert Einstein: The Human Side" (1979) & "The Born-Einstein Letters" (1971)


Want to include letters
of Albert Einstein among
my page "Written on April 15".
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 11:45-7:30 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
Can't find Scott Catalogue # for Switzerland Einstein stamp (issued 9-21-1972); Einstein for pay (1, 2, 3)


U.S. 1285 Einstein (3-14-1966),
Switzerland Einstein (9-21-1972),
Albert Einstein Postage Stamps site.
Friday, April 28, 2017, 11:00-11:13 am
Los Altos Library: Picked up "The Journal of Joyce Carol Oates: 1973-1982" (2007) from Gilroy Library; Caught 10:58 am Bus #40 at Rengstorff & Stanford Ave to Library, and 11:36 am Bus #40 to Foothill


Printed out ten pages @ 73%
"Written on April 15" for 50¢
at Mountain View Senior Center.
Friday, April 28, 2017, 12:09-6:45 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
Switzerland Einstein Scott #549; Ireland Einstein #?;
Joyce Carol Oates photos (1, 2); No April 15 entry;
Entries from April 12, 1977 & April 14, 1980—


The consolation of philosophy—
Silence, exile, cunning. To which
I must add my favorite: invisibility.
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 11:06 am-4:00 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
Poem: "Round Table Meeting: April 15" & stamps
of my mentors: Goethe, Beethoven, Delacroix, Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson, Whitman, Muir, Einstein, Joyce, Ramana Maharshi, Helen Luke


Emily Dickinson (4-15-1862, 4-15-1875):
Tell me what is true? if my Verse is alive?
I have only a buttercup to offer.
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 11:06 am-4:00 pm
Los Altos Hills: Foothill College Krause Center
Born on April 15: Leonhard Euler (1707); Charles Willson Peale (1741); Henry James (1843); Émile Durkheim (1858); Thomas Hart Benton (1889); Claudia Cardinale (1938); Emma Watson (1990)


Artist Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519),
Sikh founder Guru Nanak (1469-1539),
Poet Tomas Tranströmer (1931-2015).
Sunday, April 30, 2017, 9:19-11:40 am
Santa Clara: HomeTown Buffet (2670 El Camino Real, Moonlit Plaza); Al Guzman picks me up at my apt at 9 am in Mountain View, Rudy came too; we go for breakfast; and see "The Zookeeper's Wife" film at Cinearts @ Santana Row (only theatre showing it)
Al drives to Costco & buys tickets @ $8.50; I read
to them my poem "Round Table Meeting: April 15"


Scrambled eggs, six sausages,
two potato triangle crisps, bacon, jello,
cantaloupe chunks, two chocolate milk.
Sunday, April 30, 2017, 1:15-3:30 pm
San Jose: Cinearts @ Santana Row (3088 Olsen Dr.):
Niki Caro directs "The Zookeeper's Wife" (2017)
with Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh,
Daniel Brühl, Michael McElhatton, Iddo Goldberg,
Shira Haas, Efrat Dor, Val Maloku, Timothy Radford,
Goran Kostic, Arnost Goldflam, Alena Mihulová;
(YouTube:
1, 2, 3, 4); (Film Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4)


Keepers of Warsaw Zoo
saved hundreds of Polish Jews
during Nazi occupation in WW II.
Sunday, April 30, 2017, 7:30-8:50 pm
Stanford Theatre: Mark Robson directs "Bedlam" (1946) with Boris Karloff, Anna Lee, Billy House, Richard Fraser, Ian Wolfe, Glen Vernon, Jason Robards Sr., Leyland Hodgson, Elizabeth Russell, Joan Newton, Frankie Dee; (Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4); (YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4); Set in 1761 in London, film focuses on fictionalized version of Bethlem Royal Hospital, also known as "Bedlam".


Based on Hogarth's "Rake's Progress"
actress who wants to improve asylum
was tossed in with the crazy inmates.
Sunday, April 30, 2017, 9:00-11:00 pm
Stanford Theatre: Vincente Minnelli directs
"The Bad and the Beautiful" (1952); Lana Turner,
Kirk Douglas, Dick Powell, Walter Pidgeon,
Barry Sullivan, Gloria Grahame, Gilbert Roland, Paul Stewart, Ivan Triesault, Leo G. Carroll,
Sammy White, Elaine Stewart; (YouTube: 1, 2, 3, 4); (Film Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4); Film won five Academy Awards out of six nominations in 1952,


Kirk Douglas should have won
1952 Best Actor Oscar but lost
to Gary Cooper in High Noon.



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