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Posts Tagged ‘Water’

Where Is Home? [8]

In Home Reflections, MicroMoment Videos on 07/13/2012 at 20:19

Home is wherever the road takes me …

Pure Slush > The Hue Questionnaire

In About All Publications, Interviews > ?s For Me on 02/05/2012 at 04:15

Hadn’t settled on a favorite color until asked about it the other day.
That’s when Matt Potter popped the question, out of the blue–he’s the founding editor of Australia’s Pure Slush literary magazine. Under pressure to answer him, I did,
after thinking it through.

Matt’s question is part of  “The Hue Questionnaire”–a ritual interrogation of all authors whose words appear in the journal. My creative nonfiction flash entitled Impromptu will go live on the site February 25th. My thought colors, however, have already appeared:

The Hue Questionnaire

Pure Slush features writers from around the globe, including
Nicolette Wong (Hong Kong), Marcus Speh (Germany), and Susan Gibb (USA).

If you haven’t already, check out their work and favorite hues.

The Spa Tumblr > Bathing Online

In Spa Tumblr on 01/29/2012 at 02:59

It’s up and swimming … and soaking … relaxing and renewing:

Spas Baths Hot Springs

This new tumblr site is devoted to spa culture, where ‘spa’ refers to: healing waters, therapeutic treatments, hot springs, mineral springs, health spas, etc. Thought it might be nice to gather ‘spa’ things, with like-minded individuals.

Something to share?

Feel free to submit things on this topic. Could be photos, quotes, links, videos, poetry, fiction, news, art, research, etc. If accepted, please be patient.
It could take a few days to appear.

The challenge > just a moment

In About All Publications, About Image Works on 01/05/2012 at 21:01

This one is all about blog-hopping. Funny how it goes…

It began with three photos I’d posted over at my image gallery VisuaLiving. I later decided to feature them together in a blog post here at Living ?s. I snapped the photos on a walk I’d taken while preoccupied with planning a trip and escaping. At some point, I returned to the present and realized the beauty I was missing while daydreaming.

Meantime, Dorothee Lang was in the midst of editing a BluePrintReview issue on the topic of  ‘challenge’.  She’d stumbled across my post containing my images and musings. Apparently, the post fit well with her theme, so she published it as an issue preview in the literary and visual art journal’s blogzine.  The feature highlights my post at Living ?s, and links to the photos at VisuaLiving. From blog to blog to blog. Dizzying.

The challenge > just a moment

As for the ‘challenge’ issue of BluePrintReview, here it is.

Contributors include:

Arlene AngMarcia ArrietaJenni B. BakerAlex BernsteinJessie CartyJeff Crouch,
Julia Davies (+1), Daniela ElzaSusan ErsinghausSusan M. Gibb (+1), 
Stephen Hastings-King (+1),
Rose Hunter
Claire Ibarra,(+1), Ron KostarSherry O’KeefeKim McMechan (+1),
Jean MorrisBrigita Orel (+1), Ron Riekkibl pawelek (+1), RouchswalweRay Scanlon,
Nancy ScottMichael J. Solender,
Steve Wing (+1), Mary Stone Dockery

VisuaLiving > What Do You See?

In VisuaLiving > Highlights on 07/19/2011 at 18:34

The challenge, I think, is to witness beauty at home. These days, I see it all around me.

Click links below for full images:

Waterfall 1

Flowers 1

Black White Black White Black

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This post is featured in the BluePrintReview blogzine just a moment.

Baby Hail

In MicroMoment Videos on 07/14/2011 at 16:53

In Vancouver, it rains. Occasionally, it hails. When it does, it’s micro-micro-micro-sized.

VisuaLiving > Lukács 2

In Random Curiosities, Treks, VisuaLiving > Highlights on 06/29/2011 at 19:09

Another image of the Lukács Thermal Bath in Budapest.
The bigger, better view is over at my photo blog:

VisuaLiving > Lukács 2

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History:

12th c:  monastery baths existed in this area
1880’s:  first spa hotel built
1937:  drinking cure hall added
1979:  daytime hospital established
end of 20th c:  spa thoroughly renovated and modernized
now: a popular meeting place for artists and writers

Treatments:

healing drinking cure
physiotherapy
mud packs
Finnish sauna
dry and steam sauna chambers
foot massage
underwater massage with water beam
refreshing massage
medical healing massage
carbonic acid tub bath
weight bath

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Here’s a different view >  Lukács 1.

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Have you been?

VisuaLiving > Lukács 1

In Random Curiosities, Treks, VisuaLiving > Highlights on 06/26/2011 at 18:32

Water!

Not just any water–thermal, medicinal, healing water.

Here’s the direct link, with more details and a larger image included:

VisualLiving > Lukács 1

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Do you have water you’d describe in these terms?

If so, where?

> language > place blog carnival #7: oenisplx igrnimeeg spnimirt

In About All Publications, About Image Works, Blog Carnivals / Events, Treks on 06/24/2011 at 16:10

oenisplx / igrnimeeg / spnimirt is an asemic project I put together with Dorothee Lang.

It’s included in the language/place blog carnival #7–assembled by Julia Davies:
“unwritten language / unnamed place”.

A larger version of the asemic images appear in life as a journey >  the direct link is here.

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The term ‘asemic’ is variously described as “post-literate”, “nonsensical”, “non-symbolic”. Like abstract art, asemic work promises viewers the opportunity to generate personal meanings from their own cultural and linguistic standpoints rather than having meanings imposed by writers and artists.

In keeping with the spirit of asemics, I won’t tell you the origin of the images. I certainly won’t reveal that the images began as photographs I took  inside the bathing complex that sits at atop the mineral-rich Hungarian Lake Hévíz–the largest thermal lake for swimming in Europe; the second largest in the world.

Something else I won’t reveal is the video below; that water in motion–a MicroMoment I captured on camera while standing inside the Hévíz Complex after a long afternoon of soaking:

Other things I promise to keep secret are the symbolic meanings in the title of the project. I won’t tell you the nonsensical three-part name carries the following interpretive content:

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oenisplx = the letters of the word ‘explosion’
[explosion of energy that leads to the elements]

igrnimeeg = the letters of the word ’emerging’
[life emerging, colors spilling into one another]

spnimirt = the letters of the word ‘imprints’
[dried out world, only imprints remaining]

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Other collaborations with Dorothee Lang include: Induction/Deduction,  The White Squares, POP UP Poptagon, and Dealing with Family and Friends.

the lake: Referential Magazine / MOVING POEMS / The #poems Daily

In About All Publications, About Hybrid Works, About Image Works, About Word Works on 04/01/2011 at 17:42

I’m pleased to report that my videopoem ‘the lake’ made the rounds…

It first appeared in ‘Referential’–a magazine that publishes referential literary and visual art. I submitted the piece, referring to the words ‘the lake’ that appear in a poem by Teresa Stores:

the lake > Referential Magazine

After the initial publication I discovered–by accident–that ‘the lake’ was featured in the media section of  ‘The #poems Daily’.  I’d mentioned the initial publication on Twitter and ‘The #poems Daily’ picked it up:

the lake > The #poems Daily

It wasn’t long before I stumbled across another republication of ‘the lake’. This time, in ‘Moving Poems’–a video poetry anthology that features “the best video poetry on the web”. Needless to say,  it’s a thrill to have my work featured alongside the likes of Cecilia Chapman and Alastair Cook:

the lake > Moving Poems

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Last year, two photos I took of the lake appeared in ‘elimae:’ Lake Hévíz , Hungary

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same lake / same time /same place

rudas bath, budapest: Leaf Press

In About All Publications, About Image Works, About Word Works on 02/08/2011 at 16:46

A vowel is a vowel is a vowel … right?

Well, not exactly. A vowel is only a vowel when it’s recognized as one,
and a vowel in the word ‘gyógyfürdő’, I’ve discovered, isn’t recognized as one in all places.

Below, the back-story, told backwards:

A steamy experience in Hungary is featured as ‘Monday’s Poem’ at Leaf Press:

rudas bath, budapest

The photo that appears with my words is the only one I took at the spa–the only snapshot the attendant permitted.

This bath is my favorite in Budapest–a city touted as ‘spa capital of the world’.

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The process that accompanied publication included a linguistic snag:

The original submission was called ‘rudas gyógyfürdő, budapest’. The Hungarian word ‘gyógyfürdő’ translates into English as ‘medicinal bath’. This word–gyógyfürdő–is the one that caused the glitch.

Late Sunday evening, the night before publication, I opened an email from Leaf Press publisher Ursula Vaira:

I am working on the poem now, and am stuck on the last o in gyógyfürdő … my software (Dreamweaver) simply has no character for that.  Even when I go to a website and copy the word and paste it directly in, it still turns up as a question mark.

It’s interesting that Dreamweaver understands the vowels ó and ü, but not ő.
Makes me wonder what other languages feature the first two vowels, but not the last…

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An abbreviated all-English version now stands:  rudas bath, budapest

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Other Leaf Press featured writers include:
Rose Hunter,  rob mcLennan, Daniela Elza & Christina Shah, Tammy Ho Lai-ming,
14 Poets [including Dorothee Lang]

This blog post is included in Edition #4 of the BluePrint blog carnival >Language>Place.
It is hosted by UK-based editor, translator, and university administrator Jean Morris.
The direct link to the carnival is here.

Swamp Work

In MicroMoment Videos on 02/06/2011 at 18:34


For more MicroMoments, go here, here, here, here, here, here

 

Where Is Home? [7]

In Home Reflections on 02/05/2011 at 21:28

Home is on a lily pad …

Coming Up For Air

In Random Curiosities on 12/20/2010 at 21:31

Still under water, grading final exams, but the end is in sight.
Also in sight is another trip to the Upper Hot Springs in Banff.

Wonder if it’ll be cold enough for hair to freeze?
Icicle hair while soaking would be sweet…

Bubble Station

In MicroMoment Videos, Random Curiosities, Treks on 12/07/2010 at 17:25

Grab onto the railing…underwater massage
with jets in all directions. Thermal bubbles like this are
commonplace in Hungary. Hot springs in Canada
don’t feature these contraptions.

Wonder why that is?

(Banff) Hot Springs Testimonial

In MicroMoment Videos, Random Curiosities, Treks on 10/30/2010 at 20:57

Three words.

What’s amazing in your world?

Pilgrimage to Upper Hot Springs

In Treks on 10/29/2010 at 03:25

Crack of dawn, Canadian Thanksgiving,
westbound Trans-Canada Highway #1, from Calgary to Banff, Alberta.

Drawn to the light in the sky, to the Rockies,
to the sulphates & bicarbonates, calcium & magnesium
that fill the hot springs on Banff’s Sulphur Mountain.

Felt like bathing in a mythical world, a place that I dream of often…

Water: 37-40° C / 100-104° F

Only downside: no bubble station …

Remembering August

In Blog Carnivals / Events, MicroMoment Videos, Treks on 09/14/2010 at 06:49

swimming sideways at harrison hot springs

a balmy august evening at 10 pm

 reverence / luminescence

waves of light

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Prepared for Language/Place Blog Carnival #8: The Poetry of Place.
A few words from host Walter Bjorkman > here.

Lake Hévíz, Hungary: elimae

In About All Publications, About Image Works, MicroMoment Videos, Treks on 09/07/2010 at 03:28

Two photos of Hévíz, Hungary are featured in the September issue of elimae. I took the photos of the lake in broad daylight back in May–the water was warm; centigrade, about 33 degrees.

Here’s the link → Lake Hévíz, Hungary

And below, a MicroMoment I captured the same day:

In case you’re wondering, the correct pronunciation of elimae is el–ee-may. It stands for ‘electronic literary magazine’.  It’s been around since 1996, features creative writing and occasional images, boasts an elegant minimalist design, and is currently published under the joint editorship of Cooper Renner and Kim Chinquee in the U.S.

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Arctic (from) Air

In Random Curiosities, Treks on 08/19/2010 at 15:56

Always been curious about the High Arctic.
Hadn’t occurred to me I’d fly atop it on my journey to Europe.

After a nap, I look out the window–ice floes everywhere.
Baffin Island. Baffin Bay. Greenland. Norwegian Sea.

In-flight TV monitor reads:
Minus 86 degrees celsius at over 35,000 feet.

Go here for more on Flight 493.

July Sunset

In Treks on 07/28/2010 at 20:41

I look in awe at my surroundings,

move my head to the left, and see a man with a shovel:

“What’s with that?”  I wonder.

Mountainside Mineral Escape

In Treks on 07/24/2010 at 15:35

Mountainside, yes. There’s a blue lake, too, on the other side of the windows and loungers and mineral-rich thermal spring pool.

There’s no question about it: I’m a ‘spa culture’ aficionado. I love massages and mud packs and anything else that might fall under the banner of ‘leisurely wellness’. A critical part of the equation for me is spending time soaking in thermal baths–commonly referred to as ‘healing waters’. Many stunning examples are found in Budapest–the (un)official ‘spa capital of the world’. The city’s thermal baths are featured in a video I posted recently here.

Having spent a full month in the hot springs of Hungary, I found myself missing my daily soaks. To remedy my mourning I took a look around to see what kinds of thermal waters flow through cracks in the earth’s crust closer to home. The photo above is one example of a B.C. public mineral pool. It’s located in the village of Harrison Hot Springs–just a 90-minute drive from the heart of Vancouver. I hopped in the car, made the trek the other day, claimed a lounge chair by the window, then soaked and relaxed the hours away.

Water temperature at source: a scorching 62.8°C / 145°F.
Water temperature in pool, cooled: a soothing 38ºC / 100°F.

While soaking, I met some Vancouver regulars who make the pilgrimage every week. A woman I spoke with told me her weekly visits have been part of her schedule for the past three years; a man I talked to said these waters have been a weekly habit for the past fifteen.

And a question:

In your part of the world, are there hot springs where you like to soak?

Post-Vacation Blue

In Treks on 06/08/2010 at 06:39

The music in the video conjures the feeling.

The images, but a morsel of the sights and experiences I am missing …

I am dreaming:

My luggage, still brimming, I hop in a taxicab, go back to the airport, and in less than a day, arrive back in Hungary, float in thermal waters, breathe the sweet air,
and stay, this time, forever …

Reflect/Absorb: BPR #23

In About All Publications, About Image Works on 02/19/2010 at 12:09

Words: Father of the Suicide [David Jordan, USA]
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Image:  Reflect/Absorb [Karyn Eisler, Canada]
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Matchmaker: Editor of BluePrintReview [Dorothee Lang, Germany]
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unanticipated international collaboration in:

BluePrintReview #23 / (dis)comfort zones

How does the editor, Dorothee Lang, explain this particular coupling?

“the essay is about a painful subject: teenage suicide … and your water image has just the right mood: sadness, depth, a closing focus, things and thoughts underneath the surface”

I took this photo on the same day, from the same bridge, at the same time, save a moment or two, as the The Bow — an image that also appears in Issue 23, paired with Jennifer Jackson Whitley’s words on (addict)ion.

These word/image couplings provide a study in contrasts:

(addict)ion and suicide → two tales of discomfort;

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two photographs taken in Banff, Alberta, on a day when the mood was so different. It was such a happy day for my family and I; my mother’s birthday, my father and brother in attendance; all of us together, laughing, reminiscing, making moments of joy, memories of comfort …

The Bow: BPR #23

In About All Publications, About Image Works on 01/28/2010 at 08:27

The Bow River, a view from the bridge, a blue afternoon in Banff, Alberta.  Moss topped rocks promise rapid descent into the depths of the milky water.  Inviting. Dangerous. Delicious. Repellent.  These are the impressions I remember.

My photo of The Bow appears in BluePrintReview, where founding editor Dorothee Lang seeks “unexpected connections between texts and images from unrelated places.”

In Issue 23: (dis)comfort zones, she couples the photo with a Georgian author’s words on (addict)ion — Jennifer Jackson Whitley’s tale of desire and cautionary, yet reckless, compulsion.

For The Bow/(Addict)ion → go here

NewPages.com describes BluePrintReview as “an online journal constructed to ease the complex and beautiful convergence of language and art and all the possibilities this entails.”

A link to the entire (dis)comforting collection → Issue 23: (dis)comfort zones

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