Why am I so changeable?

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

Why am I so changeable?
I change my face
I change my place
I change the state of my fate.

Why such a mundane insignificant query?
Ask me why the water is green
The Sun so mean
Time taking away my sheen.

Ask me why the sky is blue
Why won't you
Why won't you stay true?

Why, why, why you ask.


Maybe I don't want to be found
I prefer darkness black and sound.
Inward bound.

July 12, 2020

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the blogger, poet, and translator, was born in 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

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Tear out your lawn, get more free cash from LADWP – Los Angeles Times

With water supplies continuing to tighten, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday that the city’s Department of Water and Power will pay homeowners and businesses significantly more to remove their grassy turf. Approved applications will receive $5 per square foot, a 67% increase from the previous $3-per-square-foot incentive.

The payment is capped at $25,000 per residential property.

Removing your lawn is just half the process; in order to get the rebate, you must have an approved plan for replacing the grass with drought-tolerant plants. But the timing of the higher rebate is propitious. The cooler temperatures of what passes for fall and winter in Southern California will give those new plants a chance to establish themselves before the deadly heat waves return.

Source: Tear out your lawn, get more free cash from LADWP – Los Angeles Times

Hidden Life of Vanished by Mark Bierman w Podcast Audio Version

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Close up of "Vanished," cover, an action/thriller by Mark Bierman.


Click H-E-R-E for my podcast page at AnchorFM. This week’s episode is the audio version of Mark Bierman’s guest blog post below.

At the Happiness Between Tails podcast page, you’ll also find links to subscribe, hear, and share it via most any platform, from Spotify and Apple Podcasts, to Google Podcasts and Pocket Casts, along with RadioPublic and Castbox and Stitcher and apple music and more, plus an RSS feed. The full list of 50+ places is here.

Who knows what inspires someone to write a novel? Even authors don’t always until much later. My own literary-novel-in-progress, “Flamenco & the Sitting Cat,” seemed merely an experiment, a dive into fiction. Only as it progressed did I see it’s really a love letter to all who believe they’re too old, young, broken, lost, too whatever for love…

So when it comes to producing a novel, there’s…

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An emotional Ohio memorial


Driving through northern Ohio we stopped at a small store for a travel break, Maj spotted not only an antique road grader but a tall monument topped with a proud eagle.

This is the inscription on one of the four panels below the obelisk:


The oldest soldier listed here as mortally wounded in battle was 24

The other three panels are adorned with the names of the local boys who volunteered, where they were killed in battle, and how old they were. Reading these names, the date when their final battle occurred and the location where they were is quite striking. Brings home the impact of the American Civil War.

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Growing majority of Britons think Brexit was a mistake, new poll shows | Euronews

The tide in Britain appears to have turned since the 2016 Brexit referendum.

According to a new poll, only 43% of the British population consider that the UK’s departure from the European Union was a good decision, while 57% believe it was a mistake.

The numbers, revealed on Wednesday by John Curtice, president of the British Polling Council, represent a significant shift from the 2016 results, when almost 52% of the British electorate voted to leave the EU, sending shockwaves across the globe.

“Brexit is probably today at its lowest level of popularity since June 2016,” Curtice said during a meeting with journalists on Wednesday.

Source: Growing majority of Britons think Brexit was a mistake, new poll shows | Euronews


Coisas da SIL

Esquecemos de contar
Quando tudo parece

O tempo que ensina
A fala que precisa
A ausência que grita
A mão que segura e ensina.

As pessoas que anima
Os sons que arrepiam
Os toques de recolher
A prece que faz crescer.

O coração que bate
O cão que late
Os olhos que disfarçam
Mas enxergam bastante.

Vivendo e sabendo
Estamos aprendendo
Mesmo até escrevendo,
Lendo, conversando
Ou apenas sonhando.

Com amor: Coisas da SiL


we forgot to count
when everything seems
To hit

the time that teaches
the speech you need
The absence that screams
The hand that holds and teaches.

the people who animate
The chilling sounds
the curfews
The prayer that makes you grow.

the heart that beats
the dog that barks
The eyes that disguise
But they see a lot.

living and knowing
We are learning
Even writing,
reading, talking
Or just dreaming.

With love:…

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