Vienna at Christmas time

Wintered at St. Gertrude’s: mystery voice

st gertrudes tree

Juicy Planet recorded winter snow and rain sounds next to Saint Gertrude Catholic Church tonight. We did not hear the strange mystery voice until we listened back to the tape. Listen for yourself. It’s approx. 18 seconds from the beginning. A lovely night for a walk, even in the dead of winter.

river phoenix

The Thing Called Love. 1993 movie with sandra bullock and dermot mulroney before anyone thought they’d become movie stars. River Phoenix, makes me sad when I see him. He makes me think about what January in Seattle is like. Rain rain rain gloomy and so sexy sometimes. Delicious when time slows down so much that it doesn’t matter that sunrise lasts all day but never comes. River Phoenix and Kurt Cobain came from or went to the same mineshaft in my mind, Seattle/Olympia/Portland world, like a salty cupped hand trying to protect the sad brilliant boys from all the jagged tree tops. They glow up the mineshaft with wet blonde light. When I lived in Olympia I wrote a letter to my mother to thank her for taking me all those times to ride horses. She sat in the hot car while I got to pretend I was a cowgirl for an hour. In this movie, River Phoenix is a ranch hand outside Nashville. In one scene, he sits up on the fence in the dark, watching over his horse. He’s wearing a button down shirt. He was really lovely.river1.jpeg