Jun 30, 2011
Besides the Hot Wing Throwdown competition (vote the best wings), there's going to be a beer garden, live music and exhibits from HandMade NW artisans (of which SweetPersimmon is one). I'll be featuring handbags in my spacious 10 x 10 booth.
Admission is free to the public. Wings are $.50 each with a minimum $2 purchase for voting ballot.10% of the proceeds will benefit the Hollywood Theater.
Hollywood Whole Foods WingDing
Saturday, July 2nd, 12-5 pm
NE 43rd Avenue (between Sandy and Tillamook)
Parking available in the Whole Foods Garage
enter on NE 44th between Tillamook and Sandy.
Jun 24, 2011
Students, please don't miss this opportunity. July 1 at 7:30-9:30 and PCC SE Center. Please sign up via email to me or let me know at class next week.
Update: The lecture will be at 6:00 pm with the demo at 7:30. Please let me know if you are coming.
Jun 20, 2011
I regret to inform you all that there will not be class again this week. Please be patient while we deal with this infestation. And to my guest Terue, if you read this post please call me to reschedule your visit. I apologize for the inconvenience to you. We will schedule a double make up in July. Please enjoy the summer evening on Thursday.
Jun 16, 2011
Jun 14, 2011
natsu no yo no
fusu ka to sureba
naku hitokoe ni
On a summer night,
no sooner have I lain down
than the first faint light
of dawn appears -- heralded
by a cuckoo's single song
ほととぎすThe hototogisu is a kind of Japanese cuckoo (Cuculus poliocephalus). The song of the hototogisu traditionally signaled the arrival of summer. In other tales, the mournful cry of a hototogisu in a lonely wood was associated with the longing of the spirits of the dead to return to their loved ones still living. The hototogisu has long been a popular subject in Japanese literature and poetry, making appearances in both The Tale of Genji and The Pillow Book, and practically comprising an entire genre of hototogisu haiku. It is a convenient word in that it contians 5 syllables and when you add yama(mountain) it comprises 7 syllables.
A little cuckoo could have come flying
To aim at deutzia flowers
There are no less than nine ways to write "hototogisu" using Japanese kanji, only some of which have meanings that actually reflect the bird they name:
杜鵑, "woods cuckoo"
子規, "egg measuring" (may suggest the bird's practice of laying eggs in the nest of other birds)
時鳥, "bird of time"
蜀魂, "spirit of Szechuan"
霍公鳥, "speedy cuckoo bird"
田鵑, "rice field cuckoo"
沓手鳥, "shoe hand bird"
杜宇, "woods' roof"
Jun 10, 2011
I have been meaning to talk about the 100 teaching poems of Rikyu, (Rikyu Hyakushu) and indeed, there are references scattered throughout this blog to them; all you have to do is search on Rikyu, but I will attempt to post the 100 poems with some thoughts on each one, including one or more translations. I will tag them so that when you search on Rikyu Hyakushu, they will come up all together.
Often the first poem quoted is
Sono michi ni iran to omou kokokoro koso wagami nagara no shisho narikere
The very heart which wants to enter the way is the best teacher.
To have the mind to enter this path is, indeed to have an inherent teacher.
I wrote about this poem previously: Who is the best teacher.
That is not to say that you know more than your sensei, or that you should tell your sensei what and how to teach you, but it is through your own desire to learn that you will come to know tea. No matter how good a teacher you have, you will not learn it if you are not motivated. The way of tea is hard as is any endeavor worth pursuing your whole life. You must have the heart and the mind to pursue the way of tea.
Jun 1, 2011
When: 7 pm., Sunday June 05 | $40, limited number of $25 seats for volunteers
Where: Bakery Bar, 2935 NE Glisan St.
Reservations: Contact Heather Julius at firstname.lastname@example.org
Edited to add: There are only 20 seats left at the supper club.
For more information go to: The Special Snowflake Supper Club