life by the pint

A Beer Limerick

When sadness finds us down and sad,
or life has us hamstrung and mad
(our sorrows buried in a beer
a pint that catches every tear)
a foamy head will make us glad.

There’s much to say for old good cheer
as such is bought by a stout beer
(a beer that cries on napkin plaid
sharing tears in a world gone mad.)
So toast this world and fuck this year!

(And do it with a nice strong beer.)

– S. E. De Haven (SnuffyArt)

What did you think?

Between having with a dishwasher for the first time in my adult life, and no longer losing pints of blood through my gut, my nails have gone crazy. It’s completely impractical, but I was curious how long they’d get.

9

“I do have the ability to explore life and to be over the moon at the smallest thing - a few pints and a craic in the pub and I’m in heaven. But I have a melancholy side to me as well. Acting allows me to feel things, it kind of buys me human experience. And I don’t mean this as acting as higher cause, because it’s not, but it does kind of have a higher awareness emotionally.”

dailymail.co.uk
Mother kept her son alive by drinking seven pints of fluid A DAY after doctors said he wouldn't survive when her water broke at 22 weeks

So sad that the doctors refused to help her just because she wasn’t at 24 weeks. This is the problem with arbitrarily-defined “viability” limits. Doctors need to treat every mother and every child as patients worth saving.

So glad that this mom was able to take care of her child herself, and that she had the information she needed from the internet if not from her doctor.

St. Patrick’s Day in a university town is always surreal. My friend and I saw cops breaking up three different house parties at 11am while we were driving to a grad faculty event.

Full moon Rituals

Tonight my girls and I will be performing a full moon wish spell. This lovely little spell will harness the moon’s energy for whatever purpose you wish. You may also cast this spell to help manifest something unexpected into your life. The necessary materials are:

• A clear jar, at least a pint in size
• Pure water
• A silver coin
• A bell
• A white or silver candle

The spell must be conducted at night, somewhere in clear view of the moon. (We will be setting up an altar in my backyard for example) Though it can be done through a window, doing it outside is the best option.

You have a three day grace period to perform the spell. You can begin with candles leading up to the full moon a few days before, or counting down a few days after. It really depends on your intent. However, To use the spell on the actual full moon is said to be the most potent.

Fill the jar with water ( best to use filtered water vs. tap) and light your candle near where you are performing the rite. Sit under the moon and bask in it’s glow for a few minutes. Close your eyes and run your grounding cord like roots into the earth. Breathe. Breathe deep and let out slow until you are in a place of total relaxation. Clear you mind of the cobwebs. Dissolve the static and the stress. I find doing Om’s helps to regulate my breathing, though you may do this which ever way works best for you.

Once you are in a tranquil and meditative state, drop the coin into the jar. Let the water settle until it is smooth again. Sit so that the reflection of the moon in the water seems to sit right on the coin, it will gleam bright when this is done correctly. You might have to move around for this.

Gaze at the reflection and the coin together, and ring the bell three times. Speak your wish out loud, or just ask the moon to bring you some general good fortune. Bring everything back indoors and leave the coin in the water jar until the next full moon, or until you feel your wish has been granted.

I use multiple white candles for this spell. Usually five. I draw a pentagram into the floor and place one candle at each point, invoking all the elements, and in this case: the moon. Moon energy has to do with endings and new beginnings. You can write an incantation and burn it up in an abalone shell. The best type’s of incense to use during a full moon are the following:

Lavender, frankincense, lemon, rose and ylang ylang. If you have essential oils, they can be massaged into the temples while you meditate.

You can also:
Take a jar of water and leave it outside under a full moon, in the morning pour the water into a bath with white rose petals. Use quartz crystals in the tub to purify the rest of the water. Place white candles around the room and turn off all the lights. Write a positive affirmation in the form of a poem, and use it as your incantation. Invoke whatever you wish and submerge under the water for four seconds. When you rise, let all the water drip off of you slowly. Drain the tub, but remain in the water until it has all gone away. Repeat your incantation with intent before blowing out each candle.

Full Moon Wish Spell

This is a lovely little spell that will harness the energy of the moon for whatever purpose you wish. Or you can cast this to help bring something unexpected into your life. All you need is:

• A clear jar, at least a pint in size
• Pure water
• A silver coin
• A bell
• A white or silver candle

You’ll have to do this spell at night where you can have a clear view of the moon. It can be through a window if necessary but doing it outside is better.

Fill the jar with water and light your candle near where you are doing the spell. Sit under the moon and enjoy it’s bright light for a few minutes. Then drop the coin into the jar. Let the water settle until it’s smooth again and sit so that the reflection of the moon in the water seems to sit right on the coin. You might have to move around for this.

Gaze at the reflection and the coin together, and ring the bell three times. Speak your wish out loud, or just ask the moon to bring you some general good fortune. Bring everything back indoors and leave the coin in the water jar until the next full moon, or until you feel your wish has been granted.

2

The first time I felt like a real person, I was having a beer and listening to Canadian poet Rajinder S. Pal read from his book Pulse. Both were new experiences — I was in my mid-twenties and had only recently started drinking, as well as going to poetry readings — but it was Pal’s words that were most revelatory. He spoke of watching his mother makechapattis, the rustling sounds of her chiffon salwaar kameez, her hands and sleeves stained with flour, a scene as mundane as it was intimate. A commonplace moment from my own life, watching my mother do the same hundreds of times, felt hidden from most of the culture I lived in. But in a pub in the southeast corner of downtown Toronto, I felt those two, disparate halves of my life — the Western and the Indian, a pint of amber lager and South Asian poetry — briefly fused.

It wasn’t until many years later that I felt a similar rush of recognition, but this time, it was while watching Lilly Singh’s video “Sh*t Punjabi Mothers Say.” Singh, better known as Superwoman, is of course the wildly popular YouTube star who rose to fame makingcomedy shorts and rap videos. From an Indian family in the sprawling, diverse Toronto municipality of Scarborough, Singh has become known for her gregarious, upbeat persona and humour that derives much of its pull from her status as a child of South Asian immigrants. Now, with more than 9 million YouTube subscribers, she’s made the inevitable move from Toronto to Los Angeles and has landed parts in the upcoming Bad Moms and Ice Age: Collision Course, in addition to appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Her first book will be published next March.

“Sh*t Punjabi Mothers Say” is still one of Singh’s more popular videos, with around 6.2 million views. She plays a cartoonish version of her own mother, going through the clichés familiar to many Punjabis: idle threats of violence, the relentless questioning, all delivered in that particular Punjabi idiom. On its own it isn’t much, just an acting out of common phrases. But it resonated for the same reason Pal’s delicate verse cut so deeply: A feature of my own life missing from public view was suddenly made visible, the hidden intimacy of immigrant life now splashed onto the canvas of the world. When you are a minority, it is no small thing to finally see yourself.

(read more)

Apologies for not posting yesterday, but after reading a little bit in the morning, the rest of my consisted of
Proctoring midterm;
Grabbing a cup of coffee with a friend who’s visiting;
Office hours;
Meeting with TAs at the pub which turned into just talking about stuff;
Getting late to a friend’s talk but still hangout afterwards to catch up with friends.

And, as it turns out, I already hit that point in life where two pints of cider are enough to make me wanna go to bed as soon as possible…