Sonnet Kickoff Emilio DeGrazia

THE THIRTEENTH MONTH: A SONNET TRIPTYCH
Emilio DeGrazia

I.
Weeds, groping for cracks in concrete,
One by one go deaf, dumb and blind.
Birds swallow refrains they can’t repeat,
And in city air dawn loses her mind.
Baseball calls its own time out this year.
Wars don’t thaw on frozen fields of dreams,
And kids, unsafe at school, walk home in fear.
Earth’s curveball spin, wound up by storms, seems
Undone, a knuckleball, berserk and blank.
And in these troubled times when bottom lines
Can’t be rounded off, and when no bloated bank
Can calculate returns for wholesale crimes,
We pause to doubt spring will come round again.
For the thirteenth month we have no name.

II.
For minds longing to believe what they know
And for eyes full of feelers for the unseen,
The earth performs its small routines offscreeen
Without betraying the secrets of her show.
How does the moon know when the time is right
To sway the tides closer to the sun
So waters can warm the soil in silent night
And tendrils can begin their quiet run
Toward the dandelion, the old sun’s rune
Rewritten on the schoolgirl’s open face
Amazed at blossoms opening their white grace
To the lunatic leer of the naked moon.
For what spring brings round there is no name
Whenever the thirteen month returns again.

III.
There is no respinning this old news,
Though nature’s gospel peters out, unleaving
Us to revelation of what we stand to lose
By cheering the return of the chariot Lord, wheeling
His high-horsed revenge from sky on wild-maned steeds
That obey the commands of a trumpet blast
Tuned to scorch the earth of all its deeds,
Once and for all, present, future, and past.
It makes a wide-screened movie in a small mind,
This cold-hate rescue full of fiery sounds,
This promise––threat that leaves good folk behind––
Recurrent as the sun on its lazy rounds
And as the thirteenth month without a name,
Old rite of spring that will come round again.

Drought Map for May 28, 2013

 

Lanesboro Rhubarb Fest Sat., June 1st, 2013

Entertainment Schedule

10 a.m. – Festival begins

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Singing of the Rhubarb National Anthem

Rhubarb Run: Welcome/Awards

Bee-Bop-a-Ree-Bop Rhubarb Pie sing-along

Welcome from Bob of Cock-A-Doodle Zoo

Event Leaders – What you need to know about the contests:
Tasting, Games, Minute-to-Win-IT, Pie-making

Event Leaders – What you need to know about the Story Tree
and Fashion Show

10:30 a.m.

Rhubarb Games begin. KTTC’s Morning News Team Jess
Abrahamson and Ted Schmidt throw out the first stalk. Olympics
run continuously 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Rhubarb Jugglers Will they juggle flaming rhubarb?

Rhubarb Tasting begins.Taste everything rhubarb from savories to
sweets to drinks. Tasting continues until gone.

Minute-to-Win-it Rhubarb-Chopstick Contest begins. Contest
runs continuously 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 p.m. WALTER BRADLEY AND STEVE ARNOLD
will entertain with song.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. RHUBARB SISTERS will sing original
rhubarb songs.

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pie-Making Contest

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. TOM SCHRAMM, well-known local artist, will
sing and entertain.

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pie-Making Contest

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Rhubarb Zumba with Melinda Lutes

1:30 p.m. Prizes awarded for Rhubarb Games, Tasting Contest,
Minute-to-Win-It Rhubarb Chopstick Contest, and Largest Leaf and
Heaviest Stalk Contests. Remember – winners must be present to

take home prizes!

1:45 p.m. – 2 p.m. Rhubarb Fashion Show

2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. RUTABAGA BROTHERS will sing and entertain.

The Rhubarb Rant will be going on at the top of the hour every hour
during the Festival so tell us your personal Rhubarb story.

Don’t forget to visit The Story Tree, where local storytellers will entertain
at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30.

Cock-A-Doodle-Zoo will run continuously throughout the festival, but for
informational talks about the animals stop there at 11:00
or 1:00.

And check out ridetheskyusa.com to find out about helicopter
rides over Lanesboro departing from our nearby football field.
Their rates and schedule will be available the day of the festival.

CLICK HERE FOR MAP OF FESTIVAL GROUNDS

THANK YOU TO OUR RHUBARB FESTIVAL SPONSORS
Rhubarb Games Sponsors

  • Associated Bank
  • Cottage House Inn
  • Krage Insurance Agency
  • Rhinos Pizza and Subs
  • Scenic Valley Winery
Rhubarb Run Sponsors

  • Road ID
  • Commonweal Theatre Company
  • Artesian Fresh
  • Fillmore County Journal
  • Frank Wright
  • Lanesboro Fire Department
  • Joe Deden / Eagle Bluff Environmental
    Learning Center

Rhubarb Sponsors

  • Commonweal Theatre
  • Inn at Sacred Clay Farm
  • Lanesboro Web Management Group
  • O’Leary’s B & B
  • Ace Communication

LINKS:

Home

Lanesboro – Rhubarb Capital of Minnesota!

“Everything Rhubarb” – The Book

Rhubarb Run

Rhubarb Games

Cock-a-Doodle Zoo

Tasting

Call for Entries

Schedule of Events

Contests

Vendors

Rhubarb Recipes

Israeli Computer Scientist’s BriefCam SW Compresses Time on Videos theworld.org

The SW creates, effectively, a video synopsis…

“At the first stage, we separate automatically the moving objects from the static background,” Peleg explained. In this case, the software identifies the people entering and exiting the building.

The software then replays the scene as if the people moved through the area simultaneously.

Shmuel Peleg“We pack as many objects as we can from as many different times as we can, so that we can see all the objects and all the activities in as short as possible time,” he said.

The summarized surveillance video from the office building, for example, compresses about two hours of activity into just a minute and a half.”

http://www.theworld.org/2013/05/video-software-compresses-time-aids-police/

and more samples here
https://www.youtube.com/user/BriefCamVS

Warning lands Batavia teacher in hot water – DailyHerald.com

Kids are forced to incriminate themselves on a voluntary mandatory non-anonymous anonymous survey so teach acquaints them with their 5th Amendment rights not to disclose shit, so The Powers That Be get all nuclear on him… It’s just for your own good kids, honest

http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20130525/news/705259921/

The Black Death Is Doing Fine – And Becoming Resistant

from Contagions

Yersinia pestis-plague-black death“Tibet-Qinghai plateau region is where Yersinia pestis originated and the region where subsequent pandemics arose, I think its time to look more closely at regional outbreaks and case studies.

In this region, the marmot (Marmota himalayana) is the primary reservoir for Yersinia pestis. This large communal burrowing rodent is hunted by local Tibetan tribesmen for both meat and pelts. Butchering marmots has long been considered a risk factor for contracting plague via their fleas, aerosols or skin abrasions. To investigate the exposure of marmot hunters to plague, Chinese epidemiologists collected serum from 120 Qinghai villagers, 68 male hunters and 52 female family members, along with 120 negative controls from the non-endemic area of Beijing. None of the villagers or controls reported having a fever within the last two years.

The results are eye-opening and illustrates the importance of occupational exposure. Over a third of the male villagers had an antibody response to Yersinia pestis. Only 2% of their female family members produced an antibody response. Wether two fever-free years are enough time to determine if they had symptomatic plague in the past is an open question. Their letter to Emerging Infectious Diseases does not provide much information on the test subject’s histories or oral reports. [see more here LINK]”

life is unfair, part infinity…

Barbara Eden at 78

Life Ball 2013 - Show“The 78-year-old “I Dream of Jeannie” actress wowed the crowd at this weekend’s Life Ball in Vienna, Austria, coming on stage in her iconic midriff-baring costume. LINK