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Speaking of exits. A heartwarming way to spend this Saturday morning was (virtually) to watch my dear friend A. as Inez in Sartre’s No Exit. She and cast did a fantastic job (playing horrible people). Amateur work in its excellence (“off off Broadway”). (And the play remains obviously relevant… Of note. Th... thevalleybelow.id
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Anxiety is a small crisis of faith happening constantly under everything. Like lava running under a thin crust of earth, always about to break into fragments of land on a torrent of molten rock. It can burn you (alive), or you could stay still (for fear), or you could become somehow like it (enough to surv... thevalleybelow.id
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@mbkriegh I’m curious what you find out, I’ve never grown or eaten it. It looks like it could double as an ornamental.

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Ha-ha, you fool. You fell victim to one of the classic blunders. Of putting too much detergent in the washing machine.

Frankie the rooster, offended that we don’t let him walk around the house, leaves three poops in front of the bedroom door.

And the cats already learned how to open the doors.

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On the motorbike today. It’s nice to drive into the traffic, and then drive out of the traffic, to go back home, instead of living full-time in the traffic. A Jakartan stranger. The way he expressed horror/dismay (at the illness and injury of street dogs in Bali) was to smile, a never ending, increasingly... thevalleybelow.id
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@mbkriegh that’s gorgeous!

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Sometimes my writing gets redirected into my signal chat with my mom. Lately there’s a lot of family and house stuff, and even more, highly specific and intricate cat drama going on. Those “categories” make more sense over there. (But isn’t it amazing how every single cat has its own weird personality?)

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Oh my, the pleasure of organizing your underwear drawer. And then the pleasure of realizing you have much more room in it than you thought.

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photo of a black cat sitting on top of bathroom cabinetry made of rustic and textured warm brown wood, some grey and white kawung patterned concrete tiles, and the upper corner of a darker brown wood door, against the corner of a white-walled room, with a bright white silhouette against the wall of vertical slats, with darker woodwork visible above the top edge of the wall, which appears as a black-brown wedge into the top of the image.

Velvet boy.

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Things from Today. // Frankie and Grace (rooster and hen) ate lunch with me and E. today. It was a double date, Frankie purred. In the afternoon Ibuk goes back into her childhood. She gets very upset at E. for never feeding her (there is some trauma from her past) and believes herself to be surrounded by... thevalleybelow.id
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Tired and raggedy-of-nerve in the car ride going home so I took charge and put on Suzanne Vega’s self-titled album. Nostalgic, soothing, one of my favorites. (And what an under-appreciated artist she is.) “Small Blue Thing” shivers with sustained sensuality, lyrics hiding almost in plain sight. “Undertow”…... thevalleybelow.id
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photo at sunset of a few coconut trees in silhouette against a sky of greys and pastels, clouds against a shining pinkness against a pale blue sky with some areas of warm gold or orange.

Sky from home (5).

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@anniegreens you’re welcome, hope you have a restful weekend.🙏🏻

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@anniegreens no definitive list that I know of. I mean I just follow women-presenting people whenever I notice them in discover, then my own timeline approaches better representation. (But if they never or rarely get “curated” then that doesn’t happen..)

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Or is it my country? Being a stranger, at home. (Bule di rumah.) Surrounded, protected, as by a wall, by recognition, but correspondence is at the same time unpredictable, wild. I am found to be several someones, then very, very many. (So many strangers.) At first this is difficult, but then (I can make it... thevalleybelow.id
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@anniegreens by the way, somewhat motivated by your previous complaints, I started following all apparent women on here. Because you’re right, the curation these days is… frankly, depressing.

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@anniegreens “everything we knew is gone” definitely resonates. Difficult to find encouraging words, but hope you catch some relief soon.

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@numericcitizen love the seeming-emptiness.

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@z428 beautiful. (I think I’ve walked on that street..😯)

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@mbkriegh ok but how do you make her cute? 🤔

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@z428 I miss this, exploring and orienting in a new (old) city. Especially on foot. Hope you have a nice trip.

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@val sounds familiar… glad it only took an hour. Happy homecoming!

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Slanted sunlight breaks through steam. Limns wet edge of concrete, scatters in leftover droplets, catches ochre fur of hovering fly. Filters through yellowed leaf and turns it golden. East wind, wet and barely cool, carries news of oceans and exhaust. What’s not secured (dry leaves, a crumpled tissue) fall... thevalleybelow.id
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Last night in Penestanan. // Gamelan strikes bronze and sounds of competition, jumping (on) and fending (off) the night time, momentum tops the kendang and recedes, then tries again (again). Elaboration of champaca smoke on taught skin. Low beats call up shining density from darkness (Bima’s laughing) and ... thevalleybelow.id
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Still raining, still dark, still soaked to the point of saturation. May the rain bring the world back from the loudly unspeakable, back from self-abstraction. Ghosts, being stuck in some in-between place, will eventually realize, (can ghosts learn?), that being (human and being) half there is not being the... thevalleybelow.id
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(I almost put two contact lenses into the same eye, this morning.)

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@Parag yes, really cool.

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black and white photo of a large banana tree leaf that has been partially eaten perhaps by snails in a very wavy series of cutouts, has bright sunlight shining on it, but there also seem to be fresh raindrops making dark spatter marks on it, and there are other leaves more blurry in the background, giving an overall impression of confusing but almost clear contrasts.

It’s a lot.

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@z428 welcome to the day, Kristian☀️🙏🏻 …enjoying these sensitive portraits of domestic objects.

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@Denny love the little spiders that live in such places☺️

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@z428 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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@mbkriegh thank you. And, thank you.🙏🏻🙏🏾

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Chaotic maneuvers this morning after certain equipment, which had been broken for a long time, finally became unusable last night, ok I will tell you, the water kettle fell apart. The glue holding the plastic levered stopper to the aluminum body melted off or dissolved, and left a smear of melted black pla... thevalleybelow.id
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For us. // A dark day, cold and rainy and the atmosphere got funereal for a minute, which it does here, now and again. My mother-in-law is passing away from dementia and my country sort of is also. There are parallels between the grieving processes, all of which I experience almost second-handedly, at unst... thevalleybelow.id
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black and white photo of a white wijaya kusuma flower blooming into the light against a dark background, with a few other blurry blooms in the background.

Wijaya kusuma (7). // Clarity.

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Showering. A spider came dangling down from the ceiling, right in front of my face. A smooth spiderwoman drop, front legs raised in fearless poise. How graceful she was, descending into the steamy waterfall! The subsequent dance. (I imagine myself played by Kim Cattrall.) Me, nude, startled bonkers. She, v... thevalleybelow.id
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Music is artificial intelligence. (Anyone who says differently is selling something.) (Or are themselves being sold.)

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Beat on the kul-kul summons people to the pura this morning and gamelan starts for the ceremony. Incense smoking, offerings aloft, village is alert, decisive. Brass shivers and syncopated heartbeat and (bodies marching and) the bell of the Mangku, high and bright. All attention put on the spirit. Barong mo... thevalleybelow.id
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@mbkriegh thanks🙏🏻🙂

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@Denny 🙏🏻thanks back, for writing

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@Denny definitely an under-appreciated grain🙂

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Beginning again with a tentative rhythm. Afternoon sun, slanted, partial, and hot, with persimmons on the kitchen counter. Irregular spheres, some squat or approaching rounded-square, pale orange or chartreuse waxy skin speckled and clouded with powdery must. I choose three. Stemleaf (calyx) thickly coated... thevalleybelow.id
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photo of white wijaya kusuma or queen of the night opening, white pistil and stamen visible, in the blurry background a few other blooms and vining cactus, dark or indistinct shadows.

Wijaya kusuma (6). // Indecision.

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I found the Margaret spoon when I was packing the wardrobe, I mentioned it to my mother and she was reminiscing about her grandmother (Margaret). How she would play the piano and sing, and her grandfather would sing too, and their “beautiful voices”. She (my mom) remembered that from when she was six years... thevalleybelow.id
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@Denny I also really like oats. They’re a little exotic (and expensive) here (in se asia), we want to experiment growing them. But might require a real cold season..

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@Denny enjoyed this.. I think dialogue form really works for you.

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@jean wow, that’s amazing.

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@z428 wow, expressive. Hope you catch a break (in the heat) soon.

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@mbkriegh a lovely idea.

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@mbkriegh all about love is such a good book.