--This morning's internet rabbit hole revolved around music. First I wanted to find the song that was on the very end of a Jefferson Airplane album. It has a memorable line that repeats, a line about doing what we want. That song is "Stairway to Cleveland." From there, I wanted to find the more popular song that was on the album, "Find Your Way Back." And later, just for fun, Rush's song, "Distant Early Warning." I thought about how I bought those albums for just a song, and then struggled to like parts of the rest of the album.
--If I was making a list of music that influenced me, those groups and music wouldn't have made the list. But I can still sing them, and I still felt this pang when I heard them.
--It's a pang that's nostalgia pierced with loss. I've been feeling that pain a lot lately. Some of those pangs are about things I hadn't thought about in years/decades. The other morning, I was thinking about how a cake recipe is similar to a muffin recipe, and I remembered the time when oat bran seemed like the healthiest thing we could eat. I felt a pang for the oat bran muffins I made in grad school, even though I have no desire to eat them.
--My morning has gotten away from me, but it's for good reasons. I've been writing poems.
--And I got some cooking done. Last night I got some mangoes that needed to be used today. So I made a mango black bean kind of thing. I used too much coconut milk, so now it's more like a sauce that will need some rice. It's amazingly good.
--I have made 2 main dishes for tonight. I also needed to use up some potatoes. So we will also have a potato chili cheese soup.
--And now I need to get to work getting ready for work. It will be a heavy writing day there too, but not the kind of writing I enjoy.
--And now a different kind of writing that seems surreal. I missed the course in grad school that trains us how to write pandemic protocols to have the least pernicious impact on pedagogy. But I aced the course in alliteration.
--Of course there was no course in alliteration. But I would have aced it, had it existed, and had I taken the course.
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