Monthly Archives: May 2010

Memorial Day

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

– John McCrae


Playlist: May 2010

Something new! Every few months I make an iTunes playlist of songs that I’m loving. Sometimes they’re new, sometimes they’re relatively old but new discoveries to me, and sometimes they’re sweet classics. I just made my “summer 2010” playlist last week and it’s been on constant repeat. Occasionally I make a second summer playlist sometime around July or August, so I’m labeling this one as May 2010, though I don’t expect to be blogging one every month.

Playlist: May 2010

MGMT – “Kids”
Klaxons – “Golden Skanes”
Florence + The Machine – “Dog Days are Over”
Band of Skulls – “Light of the Morning”
David Gray – “Stella the Artist”
Magistrates – “The Inbetweens”
Toto – “Africa”
The Police – “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic”

Click here to listen to the playlist over at There’s a limit on the number of songs you can skip per hour (I think it’s 3 songs), so keep that in mind. Let me know what you think of the website. I was planning to link to recordings on youtube, but sometimes I think a music video can really ruin a song, yea?

Spring Flowers in the Desert

spring (sprĭng)  n.

a. The season of the year, occurring between winter and summer, during which the weather becomes warmer and plants revive, extending in the Northern Hemisphere from the vernal equinox to the summer solstice and popularly considered to comprise March, April, and May.
b. A time of growth and renewal.

In my experience, springtime usually conjures images of bright green grass, flowers in bloom, trees dotted with blossoms, and warmer weather. When I moved to Arizona, I didn’t expect to see any of those usual markers (except the warmer weather). But it turns out that even Southern Arizona has a plethora of flowers and trees that are brimming with new flowers and buds. (The grass, however, is still restricted to golf courses and apartment complexes that can afford to constantly run sprinkler systems.) Did you know that in order for a plant to be classified as a cactus, it must produce a flower?

I took a few photos of some flowers around Tucson. This is just a small sampling — there are much more starting to show, especially up in the mountains (and I think I missed the window to see the mexican poppies blooming). You can click the links below to see full versions of the photos (#1 is in the center, and then #2 starts in the top left corner).

1. 114/365, 2. Wildflowers, 3. 14/52: Open, 4. Wildflowers, 5. Ocotillo, 6. _MG_3647, 7. City View, 8. 103/365, 9. 106/365, 10. 110/365, 11. 116/365, 12. 121/365, 13. 99/365


You are where you are today because you’ve chosen to be there.

– Harry Browne


115/365, originally uploaded by pishkinn.

Looking out over the city of Tucson from a vista on Mt. Lemmon.