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Here is how the sun comes in winter: its light inches its way down the trees. And it leaves the same way, rolling back up those trees:

How the sun comes and leaves

And this is what the rain does: it makes a stream across the common

a river forms

And it makes the marshlands claim to be ponds

marsh becomes a pond

Two other things

Thing one is a link to a brief video about Hans Panschar, a German artist who puts tiny sculptures in bottles and then throws them into the sea, along with a letter, asking people who find them to get in touch. So far three people have.

Thing two is this random thought: wouldn't it be cool if Han Solo were a woman? I think I would like if the wise-cracking, cynical but-with-a-good-heart pilot who helps out Luke Skywalker were a woman. I think I'd like how that changed up the dynamics of everybody's relationships ... I'm not particularly a Star Wars fan--in fact, the only movie I ever really liked was the first one. I don't know why the thought occurred to me, but there it is.


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Dec. 10th, 2014 12:31 am (UTC)
Tiny sculptures in bottles! It sounds like the beginning of a story - about a genie, perhaps.

Winter sunlight on bare trees is one of the most beautiful things. There's a touch of austerity to it, which I think heightens the glory.
Dec. 10th, 2014 01:38 am (UTC)
I agree about the austerity and glory.
Dec. 10th, 2014 01:23 am (UTC)
There has been many a female cosplay of Han Solo! And probably fan fiction as well.

Indiana Jones would be great done femme, too.
Dec. 10th, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)
There has to be, right? Suddenly the idea just appealed to me.
Dec. 10th, 2014 01:24 am (UTC)
Once, I wanted to leave a blank sketchbook in a public place and ask someone to fill it out and send it back to me.
Dec. 10th, 2014 01:36 am (UTC)
that's a great idea! Why not do it? ... I guess the problem is that a person might give up before they filled up the whole sketch book. But for instance you could leave a prepaid, addressed postcard (maybe to a PO box so you weren't leaving your home address around) and ask people to draw something on it and send it to you. That would be awesome!
Dec. 10th, 2014 02:41 am (UTC)
Thing two is this random thought: wouldn't it be cool if Han Solo were a woman? I think I would like if the wise-cracking, cynical but-with-a-good-heart pilot who helps out Luke Skywalker were a woman.

One of the many aspects of Walter Hill's Streets of Fire (1984) I really enjoyed was the tough, capable, smart-mouthed sidekick character being a woman and not the romantic interest because of it.

Although Han should still end up with Leia, if a woman, because.
Dec. 10th, 2014 01:32 pm (UTC)
Although Han should still end up with Leia, if a woman

I would like this ship so much better if they were both women. And now I want to rewatch Streets of Fire
Dec. 10th, 2014 08:31 am (UTC)
I like how winter light also comes tardily, so you can get a sleep-in and still catch it.
Dec. 10th, 2014 01:31 pm (UTC)
I love that too! Much easier to see the sunrise.
Dec. 10th, 2014 08:35 am (UTC)
Want to know something good? I knew you would. ;) Here goes: I'm feeling contentment in my life, deep enough that I can enjoy your photos without an ache of, "If only..."

Second something, apropos your Han Solo thought, a something I may have already shared: This summer, Sprout asked me why Jesus wasn't a girl.

I love how she makes me think of gender in ways that I can't remember thinking at her age.

ETA: fix typos; not easy to type with a baby on my lap

Edited at 2014-12-10 08:38 am (UTC)
Dec. 10th, 2014 01:31 pm (UTC)
It's interesting that she's **thinking** in terms of girls and boys and who gets to be/is what--it's possible that you weren't at that age. I wonder if being in a more role-segregated place puts it in mind, or if it's just that there's more awareness of gender now, or whether it's just her unique curiosity and outlook. Or a combination of any of those...

**very** happy to hear about that feeling of contentment--thank you so much for sharing!
Dec. 10th, 2014 11:28 am (UTC)
Oh, but I fell SO much in love with the Harrison Ford version of Han Solo — particularly in the original. No no, he has to stay the same! But would it help to know that the Wookie was in fact female? Yes, really. Although it wasn't emphasised.
Dec. 10th, 2014 12:30 pm (UTC)
Oh I like that! She's definitely an empowering female role model ^_^
Dec. 10th, 2014 05:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, look at those colors!
Dec. 10th, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
Even in winter, there's a feast for the eyes.
Dec. 10th, 2014 05:30 pm (UTC)
Now I am thinking of sinister bottles of corruption....
Dec. 10th, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
Some bottles are good to open, others not so good. Pandora's bottle.
Dec. 10th, 2014 05:35 pm (UTC)
True dat.
Dec. 11th, 2014 02:13 pm (UTC)
I believe I was thinking of a Philippa Pearce short story.
Dec. 11th, 2014 02:53 pm (UTC)
What happens in the story you were thinking of? The most memorable story featuring bottles, for me, is Drujienna's Harp. (Here are my quick thoughts and memories, and here's an entry with more, plus ancient fan art.
Dec. 12th, 2014 12:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the mention of Drujienna's Harp, which I hadn't heard of!

As I recall it, nothing much happened in the Pearce story. A girl became attached to a bottle with a dank inner crust, and there was a bit of a catchphrase associated with it: "[pause] It isn't very nice."
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