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Thursday, June 24, 2004  


I have been away awhile now...
Almost two weeks ago,
I began my journey with a condition called a herniated disk;
lumbar L5-S1—
It is an ass kicker, I'll tell you that...
I can't as of yet sit at my desk,
I have to rest and recuperate.

When this first happened, I didn't know what was happening to me.
If anyone would like to e-mail me about their experiences, I'd be glad for the feedback.

Till next time... 'Mela

9:04 AM

Friday, June 18, 2004  


Greetings from the good ship convalescence

I will be on a short hiatus from this journal--but check back here for I'll be back down to earth soon.

Click "contact" and drop me a line, I'd like to hear from you...

Till next time... 'Mela

9:06 AM

Tuesday, June 15, 2004  

I haven't fallen off the planet-
No, instead I've fallen onto the land of take-these-pill-packets-3-times-a-day-for-pain.
I've joined the pinched -nerve-in-the-spine club.

Till next time... 'Mela

9:43 AM

Monday, June 07, 2004  

My gig at Satin Doll went well.
I want to thank all who were there.

Keisaku was burnin' on piano,
Mark was doin' his usual
happ'nin thing on bass,
and Cecil was right on time on the drums.

I'll be back there in September...

Happy Birthday to my step-dad, Al!

Short and sweet today,
my other ride's here:

Till next time... 'Mela

8:37 AM


The rainy season is upon us...
I painted this painting a few years ago, at this same time of year.
I always find it amazing, the way these flowers, like all flowers, automatically bloom
every year, like clockwork.
In this painting, it looks as if the backround is white, as if it’s an overcast sky,
but really, it is water.
The overcast sky is a reflection in it...
These irises are planted in the rice paddies' edge-

Before I started to paint them, I did a great deal of studying them.
The same as when I was a little girl with kittens.
My mother raised Siamese kittens as a side business.
My sisters and I absolutely loved this whole experience,
and for me, every time a new litter was born, (there were always at least 5 kittens in each!)
I made early distinctions in the kittens faces.
It used to amuse my mother how after a short while, I knew each kitten separately.
Well, in my studying of the irises,
each has its own face.
One of the reasons I love to study and paint flowers,
is their complete honesty and uniqueness-
It's all there if only you can see it.

I have as much trouble saying goodbye to my canvases, as I did to those kittens!

It's about that time again for me, to start a new canvas.
The portrait of my son will wait,
as the photos I took were bleached out with light-
I may wait till the summer when we go to Guam.
The colors will be much more vivid, and Michio
will be more comfortable to sit for a few snaps.
He will not sit for a few sketches, so this is the only way!

Tomorrow will be a busy day.
First, there's this event...

Then my celestial live jazz performance tomorrow night at Satin Doll...

Just in time, My ride's here:

Till next time... 'Mela

8:36 AM

Thursday, June 03, 2004  

Recently, another shocking story has happened in Japan.
An 11 year old girl has taken a box cutter to another girl / classmate’s neck,
killing her.

After a day of questioning, the motive has been made public:
The 11 year old was enraged by personal appearance comments made by an offending (and now dead) 12 year old girl in a chat room made possible by the school’s “make your own web page” computer software.

I’m not assigning blame here, but it just strikes me as totally irresponsible to promote this practice in school.
The Internet seems a vast and reckless place in the hands of primary school kids, unsupervised.
I’m all for freedom, let it ring, but with freedom comes responsibility, and how much do 11 and 12 year olds have, unrestricted?
The chat room thing can be enraging even to most adults.
As a person who indulges in one every now and again, I can testify that people can get ugly.

But these people don’t pull out a box cutter and slice someone’s neck-

Chat rooms work under the guise of anomitity, for one, and for another,
it’s for adults whom are supposed to own a fair amount of self-control.
If a school is going to put the software into primary school children’s hands, and give them access to chat rooms,
shouldn’t there be someone in charge who knows how to not only use the software, but moderate it?
The dead girl was known by the attacker- the attacker knew the stuff written was about her, written by the victim.

No moderators in a primary school chat room?

In my day, we passed notes in class.
Secret notes, catty, bitchy notes.
They were a form of releasing tension and boredom,
not meant to actually hurt a person,
but they certainly were not meant for the multitudes to read.
If we were caught, the teacher took the note and had the wherewithal to
keep it's contents quiet.
Scoldings were properly doled out privately after class.
Our notes were not posted on an internet message board!

This is a chilling story, and one for the computer age...
I’m just wondering how this whole thing will be handled-
In Japan, children under the age of 14 cannot be prosecuted for murder.
Oh, she might be rehabilitated in a youth detainee farm,
until society deems her fit for human co-existence-

But one girl was killed because she made insulting comments about another girls appearance.

If one thing seems apparent, it's that reflection as a form of self control should be taught , studied and valued-
After the deeds done, it's just plain too damn late to regret your actions.
And some things, should just not be the Internet's business...

Till next time... ‘Mela

10:29 AM

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