for several weeks now, i’ve played a half-hour or more,
pretty routinely, almost every day. naturally, i’ve
made improvements.

the thing is… and it’s a *startling* thing… again
and again i’ll get this feeling of “this is the best
i’ve ever done in my whole life”. not *every* time…
oh, hell-no. but, weirdly-often. several times a week.
and it’s probably even true. sometimes.

what is *undeniably* true: the skin on my fingertips
is a lot better prepared to bang on steel strings than
ever before. and the muscles of my left forearm… and
those of my left hand itself… are usually at least a
little bit sore…

and i *like* it this way. now this. for all my *hugely*
improved techniques… too many to mention… it doggone
it *feels* just like it did in the 70’s when i was first
banging it out three chords at a time. which, in case it
isn’t obvious, is a great feeling.

yadda. i used to like blogging.

now i mostly like filling in crossword puzzles.

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here’s the seasonal doo-dads again,
updated. more stuff. also the bob
dylan section has been relocated;
visible but unrecognizable from here
are some CDs & cassettes, a bunch of
books, and an LP-sleeve with cover
art from several early albums. bob
is god around here. other artists
have (smaller, lesser) such sections
back in the audio-files room (where
most of this stuff was hitherto).
all this just to the right of the
mirror. there’s a foreign-language
section in there too.

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self portrait with comix stuff & art
supplies. happy days, everybody!

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 here… blurry as hell for some reason…
is a collection of trinkets-of-the-season:
snowmen-and-santa themed dishes and what-
-not. there’s a church program on the
menorah at left showing our-betty on her
90th birthday. you probably couldn’t
make that out even if the picture were
as sharp as it ought to be.

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i had to tape over the light-switch
inside the refrigerator door. other
than that, i didn’t cheat (& that’s
why the ranch & the mayo are back-end-
-out): this is what the thing looked
like before i decided to take the shot.
in my case, this involves moving the
whole damn computer… i have only the
most primitive phone by today’s standards
(and i can’t work that)… also this is
a first take. looks like maybe there’s
something smeary on the lens. oh well.

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lots more like this in the “daadd” file.
“daadd” expands to “domestic arts in the
age of digital distibution”. mostly it’s
a bunch of pictures of the kitchen. clean
dishes are very beautiful in my opinion but
of course, usually this beauty goes unremarked.
here’s the URL for the last time i used the title:
https://vlorblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/steel-and-glass/
.

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i get to live here. with the georgia-o-kay
in the big frame at right and the madeline
doll to its left on top of the rug-roll…
and hannah’s golden-spiral placemat on the
left.

new title: announcing the livingston review.

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i busted the glass on this picture-frame
half an hour ago. the seven-color doodle—
one of a long series of such—is months if
not years old. the damn thing was just
sitting there in a closet full of junk
not even pretending to be displayed in
a safe place somewhere. out it goes now
obviously.

w’edia.

i’ve been doing more shelving lately
even than usual… even unto moving
around actual shelves. whereupon,
strictly speaking, one is “decorating”
(rather than “shelving”, rightly so-
-called). but, then again. “all the
arts are one art”, as the saying goes
(or eventually will, if i get my way).

anyhow, here’s a shot about stuff about
the former “jugoslavia” (Југославија).
also some random furniture and whatnot.
you can see the mac whose built-in camera
took all three shots (in about the middle
of the mirror). here‘s a shot from
2010 with a different macbook & camera.

personal best

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i don’t claim this for the best BLT i ever *ate*—
hell, i’ve only had one bite—but i *do* claim that
it’s the best one i’ve ever *made*.

great sandwiches begin with great bread.

grilled-pita BLT
ingredients:
madeline’s new flat-bread (12 hours old)
bacon
lettuce
tomato
mayo
*toast the bread & split the top & bottom.
(some of these formed “pockets” like pitas
rightly-so-called; some required encouragement
with a knife to “split” [as called for here];
that’s why i called ’em flatbreads not pitas.)
grill one side of one half in the bacon-pan.
assemble and serve.
(or, in the actual case, take one bite and
a photograph of… along with…)

chipped taters
ingredients:
baconfat, plenty of it
potato, one
premix “greek” seasoning
*peel the tater into wayhot pigfat; cook
until good & crunchy. (season to taste.)
“chip” the rest of the tater with the
potato-peeler *not* into the pan; when
the peels are done (and whatever other
events have transpired in the meanwhile
as the various bacon-pieces are worked
with), make sure the fat’s good & hot
again and dump in the lot. mess with
the whole big potato-puddle until a lot
of the chips are brown on both sides.
eat whatever gets burnt. serve.

https://vlorblog.wordpress.com/?s=BLT

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