I burst in on my daughter and said, “how do I turn matter in to light?”
She starts laughing.
I continue, “I googled it and all I can find is stuff about turning light into matter. But that’s not what I want to do. There are these Buddhist gurus who when they die turn into rainbows. Their body disappears and they become rainbow light. I want to know how to do that.”
She tells me that turning light into matter is easy. That’s what plants do when they convert sunlight into plant matter. She then proposed that since humans do the opposite of plants when they breathe oxygen and excrete carbon dioxide, that humans should be able to convert matter into light. But then she admitted that none of this made any sense scientifically. And that when matter changes, it never just disappears.
I told her that I’m a poet not a scientist.
And then I found this video, which talks about acupuncture meridians and sound. The plot thickens!
I wanted this to play backwards, so you could watch the Mandala undraw itself into darkness, but the app didn’t support that. In the process I learned how to change the orientation of the video, so there’s that bonus.￼
Every spring we get our cat “shaved.” This is the fifth year running, and the second year we’ve enlisted the services of Better Kitty.
First, you might ask, “why remove the bulk of the cat’s fur?” Well part of it is because it’s cooler for summer. But a bigger part is that our old guy has lost so many teeth that he can’t groom himself properly and gets matted. And occasionally I’ve caught him choking on his own fur that is still attached to his body. I’ve asked him, “How did you kind survive in the wild with no humans?” He had no answer.
So here’s a little glimpse into the world of getting a “lion cut” for the summer:
After the cut, Sketch got a rinse in the bathtub and then got wrapped in a burrito. This is adorable:
I managed to write one poem a day for the first three weeks of NaPoWriMo but I think I’m done. Yesterday I had no time to write as I was at the Puyallup Fair for nine hours in the cold and rain. I logged 17,000 steps which I think is a record for me.
I was at the Fair to support my daughter’s step team, Northside, which took 1st place in the Step Show competition this year.
Now this week, I’m going to be busy helping out at Sakya Monastery for Tibetan Buddhism, as there is a week long event for the anniversary of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Dorje Chang’s parinirvana.