Friday, May 27, 2005

Ocumare chocolate

Ocumare allows you to experience the exciting varietal characteristics of a legendary cocoa: the Criollo cocoa from Venezuela.

Smooth perfumed aroma with tones of exotic wood, nuts and dried fruit as well as spicy nuances. Refined and lasting taste, balanced and round at the same time. Also, aspects of cedar, tobacco and dried plums are particularly noteworthy.

Unique Origin Varietal Chocolates
71% cocoa
Chocovic, S.A.

All things work for good

For we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

I do not interpret this to mean that suffering is intended to teach us something, but that if we have the "right mind" about the things that are in the world for us to experience and learn about, we can make the best of them.

Thanks to Warren "Gee" Arthur, II, whose presence is still felt, even though he has departed this world, and who is still having a positive influence in people's lives.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

On focused, principled action

Know which principles you're willing to fight for to the very end. Limit the number of principles you're willing to fight for to as few as possible.

David Kelley
US Attorney for the Southern District of New York,
interviewed on Charlie Rose, 5/25/05 WLAE broadcast

Wednesday, May 18, 2005


Wikipedia defines this word from its Greek origins, meaning "well mind," or from Aristotle, "good will."

I prefer its use by Christian Bök meaning "beautiful thought," and used as the title for a "universal lipogram," a book of poetry based upon the restriction that each chapter would use only one vowel. Brian Kim Stephans examines the idea in the The Boston Review.

There are other restrictions placed upon the poetry. Each chapter must describe a culinary banquet, a prurient debauch, a pastoral tableau, and a nautical voyage. Each chapter must exhaust at 98 percent of available word with the chapter's assigned letter.

Here's an excerpt from Chapter E:
Bells knell when the keep gets levelled; then Greek rebels cheer when Helen enters her Greek temple (the steepled glebe where jewelled steeples shelter her ephebes); there, the reverends bless the freed empress. The Greek sects revere her gentleness, her tenderness; hence, these prefects help her seek self-betterment. The zen seers tell her: 'greed begets greed—never be self-centred: be selfless'. She defers. Her deference seems reverent. The empress kneels, then keens her vespers. The pewter censer spews the sweetest peppered scent. She feels refreshed; she feels perfected.

But it's far better to hear the works.

Thanks Camille for the tip.