Friday, June 22, 2018
Hi M, (and A and A),
Appreciating you a lot, all of you!
Just planted a garden in a box on my porch (will share a picture at some point) ... very different from working in the native cyclamen nursery in Beaverton, Oregon in the mid-1980s for 2 seasons (after Reed) ... sweet pepper, cucumber, tomato, Thai basil, parsley, all as plant starts, ... as well as seeds for beets (for growing vegetsables under the earth and above) and spinach, of which I'll plant more of in 2 weeks. The garden in a box is called "City Pickers" and it has a simple automatic irrigation system, and it's on casters / rollers as well. This could lead to transplanting into the abundant earth around me.
Culture tripping? As an anthropologist ... what does this mean? Somehow engaging other cultures very vividly and generatively in my mind, virtually in a way, and appreciating and engaging the richness of their ideation, their art, their languages, their ways of being and also 'riffing' in mind with this ... And it crossed my mind last night that I'm kind of culture tripping sometimes when I go Scottish Country Dancing, for example, or when I attend German language speaking hangouts online, ... or when I think about Harbin (as well). It's not a phrase or a meaning I've heard used before very often among anthropologists in academia or otherwise ... and perhaps an actual < > virtual realistic Harbin (visit a very early virtual Harbin here ~ http://tinyurl.com/p62rpcg ~ and "walk" down the road to Middletown, CA, to "amble" around the streets there, if interested) will open very new ways to explore this. :)
Blog posts are coming through to this as well (and I updated my bio recently here too) -