Winding Down

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Walking under gingko trees on the way to teach a class … sour smell of fallen gingko nuts … sunshine, blue sky, low humidity, mild temperature … sadness with the winding down of the year …

Later to the dentist, who explains that with my upper right back molar already so worn down, and with the lower right back molar having already moved up to at least mostly fill the gap, he’ll have to try to create sufficient space for a crown for the upper molar by using dental sanding type instruments to reduce the thickness of the crown on the lower molar, and if the lower crown is too thin and he sands through it, then reduce the height of the lower molar itself somewhat, after which he’ll put a new crown on the lower molar and, if all goes well, a crown on the upper molar as well, all to avoid a root canal … the possibilities limited and narrowing; so full of compromise between options so short of ideal … (but at least there are these options!)

Walk back to the station full of a sadness and a winding down feeling … but I’m OK with it, accept it, which makes it bearable, even pleasurable somehow … pleasurable but sad … sad but pleasurable …

Tell Governor Brown: No More Fracking Wastewater on Our Food!

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Healthy bodies / healthy planet . . .

Source: Tell Governor Brown: No More Fracking Wastewater on Our Food!

“Undergrounds” Resonance:
Healing from CSA and all the “undergrounds” darkness it produces means focusing, among other things, on nurturing a healthy body through, among other things, being able to eat healthy food, which resonates, of course, with nurturing the conditions for growing such food and, overall, for restoring, to the degree possible, and maintaining a healthy planet.

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Here is Food & Water Watch‘s suggested message, using the above link, to send to California’s Governor Brown:
“I urge you to stop the sale of toxic oil and frack wastewater to irrigate crops in California. This water carries dangerous chemicals like acetone and benzene. This practice has not been proven safe, so it should not continue.

This wastewater is not tested for chemicals used in fracking and oil production. There is absolutely no way for us to know whether and how much of these dangerous chemicals are getting into our food supply and onto dinner plates across the country.

Water sampling conducted by the organization Water Defense over the past two years found high levels of the industrial solvents acetone and methylene chloride in the irrigation canals. These chemicals are toxic to humans, and methylene chloride is a known carcinogen.”

Dream Rendezvous

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Taking a brief – less than ten minute – nap, I dreamed I was going to Crayonhouse to have dinner at their organic restaurant with Thích Nhất Hạnh – that or to observe Thích Nhất Hạnh having dinner – the mindfulness of his eating.

Kindness to Animals . . . and Lack Thereof . . .

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About to start reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Eating Animals” which I’m assuming espouses, among other things, kindness to animals, but I couldn’t be kind at all, last night or this morning, to any pinworms who may have been laying their eggs at / near the entrance to my anus, assuming the activities of these mini beasts – sorry but I can’t help thinking of them in such pejorative terms – were the cause of the infernal itching I was experiencing.  So both times, I didn’t attempt to practice tolerance and do nothing; went straight to the bathroom and laid into them with hypoallergenic wet tissue wipes, quadruple folded so as to minimize any chances of the eggs penetrating the wipes and getting onto my fingers, under my nails, thoroughly washing, with soap, and applying an ethanol spray disinfectant to my fingers / hands each time.  And it worked – the itching immediately ceased!

I’ve also, on previous occasions, offed cockroaches (tagged “CRs” on this site), ants, and a quite large, poisonous-looking (I didn’t want to wait around to risk leaving it be on the chance that it might not be)  spider who’ve made their way into my premises, although I have instituted a “capture-and-release” protocol, in which I attempt to capture CRs and suspect spiders and release them into the “wild” – a patch of shrubs and other plants bordering a nearby apartment building, though ants (the ones I’ve encountered in my digs are quite small) and, much more so, pinworms, due to their size can’t be dealt with through this protocol and so remain subject to such immediate nixing, so I’m certainly no saint in this regard.  Of course, I realize I should attempt to take care of my body and my apartment in ways that will minimize the possibility of such animals making any appearance at all in these venues.

Infernal IA

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Returning to the personal and entirely quotidian, the infernal itching has once again made what has recently become its regular morning visit, at and/or shortly following my wake up time, to my anus!

Ok, “infernal” is putting it hyperbolically at this point, but I fear it could become so, thereby disrupting whatever useful focus I might otherwise be able to devote to matters of importance, such as the basic sustainability of human life on this planet, so I believe I can make a cogent argument, indeed, for trying to nip this problem in the bud, or butt crack, before it gets worse.

Now wearing boxers when I sleep, thereby substantially reducing, I would think, skeeters making their way to my butt crack, so what gives?

Googling “itchy anus” plus “symptom of?” the top result appears at embarassingproblems.com, which lists possible causes ranging from washing too much or not enough to “leakage of faeces” (or “feces” – seems to be a British site) to piles to wet wipes to fungal infections to STDs to pinworms to, even, pleasure (“It is worth asking yourself,” suggests the site, “whether you are deriving a perverse, almost erotic, pain/pleasure from scratching the itchy area, which is keeping the irritation going.”  Certainly not the case for me.).

Whatever the cause, I shall follow assiduously various of the listed “How you can help yourself” actions, including proper washing procedures, soaps, etc.

IA, begone!