Friday, March 04, 2005

I miss my dacha! This is my samovar in full tilt boogey! TEA IS READY! Posted by Hello

30 comments:

Gama said...

Is that a view from your house, if it is, I'll be jealous.

Russell Ragsdale said...

Yeah Gamma, the view from the dacha's porch is so nice I'm even jelous of myself (which is pretty skitzy, let me tell you!).

jadedprimadonna said...

Hi Russell! Thanks for your kind words about my Clemson blog! This view really is gorgeous!

And quiche lorraine... MMMMMMMMMM!!! LOVE IT!

jadedprimadonna said...

I forgot to say - I also enjoyed your poetry very much. I think the one about the wolf pup is my favorite, but I may be partial just because I recently read a lot of the Julie of the Wolves books for my adolescent literature class. I will definitely be back to read some more!

angel-A said...

oh, this picture looks like deja vu. it is fragrant of smoky puffs
and fresh (mountain?) air.
and do u have banya - sauna?
if yes, then your dacha is heaven.

angel-A said...

hello Russel

i came to your blog from one of your posts to larva life.

i found it interesting that your poetry always have many comments
while your prose - zero.

i like your thoughts in prose
your poems are beautiful too...
but prose is different.

The quiet corner of silence!
The lean hours of the morning flex restlessly. If you aren't full within, there is a desparation to empty time. Inside of me seems to be the joy of love and its concomitant loneliness. Inside of me is also a pool of wants and doings. The pool is a drowning place. Only love can introduce me to the renewal and real life that comes with ecstatic joy, caring and sadness.

THIS IS SOOOO BEAUTIFULLY HUMAN.
and very resonant to my current state. thank you. here i found my unexpressable feelings and thoughts.

Russell Ragsdale said...

Hi jadedprimadonna! The Clemson piece is a beautiful and interesting work of art and love! It really deserves to be paid attention to! Thanks for all your nice comments on my stuff. Glad you enjoyed the poems. There really is a lot of wonderful poetry floating around on the web. Glad you liked the Wolf Pups; it touched a spot for me that I thought might be there for most of us. Looking forward to reading more of your blog too!

Russell Ragsdale said...

Hi angel-a! Yeah, my dachas are high in the mountains. I don't have a banya built yet on mine but my old friend Vitaly Romanich has a wonderful banya I can use whenever I want! This is the only place on earth where I can truely relax, so heaven is peobably not to far from the truth!

I so appreciate you comments on my prose! I try to be as honest as is humanly possible about how I feel and I am intensely glad that this has touched something resonant in you as you read it!

Thank you for taking the time to look through my archives. I'm glad you visited me, hope you will do so often, and I value your comments very much!

jadedprimadonna said...

Sure, Russell - feel free to post a link. In fact, I was going to ask you if I could post a link to you.=o)

angel-A said...

hi Russell

i'm glad that you're glad that i visited your blog. i am new to the cyberlife and blogs, discovered it only recently... have mixed feelings about it and am cautious, but
i really liked your prose and now it's like a good book waiting me to read.
i like this feeling. thank u.

angel-A

Russell Ragsdale said...

Thanks jadedprimadonna, I'll post that link shortly. Also I'd be honored to have you post a link!

Russell Ragsdale said...

I'm glad you discovered the world of blogs and am especially grateful you found mine. I also like the feeling that you will come to read and enjoy!

Laura said...

That view is amazing. Tea and trees - what a great place to sit and stare out of the window :o)

angel-A said...

hey there rrussell !

do u think that
with this extra "r" your name
looks as a piece of architecture and sounds roaring?
but it's a kind, warm and gentle
roar :). you have an interesting name.

Bad eyes
Starry night
A sense of blur
Hands jerk
And in the corner
A record skips
skips
skips

Lives like smoke
Looking for patterns
Love me

it's beautiful.
your blog made me think about a difference between prose and poetry. when do u write in prose?
what state brings you to the poetry? i thouht about "prose" as
a thinking process and "poetry" as a photograph and fixation of the feelings... prose is about reflection, a work of mind fuelled by emotions? and poetry - the life itself, without reflection, "being", living out the feelings, meditating, shutting the mind, the rational, the consious?

anyway, both your prose and poetry are beautiful and human,
and,thank u, not humanistic.

angel-A said...

just realized,
my comments are toooo long.
sorry.

Russell Ragsdale said...

Hi Laura! My dacha is a small orchard of about 35 trees (mostly apple, pear, and plum). The samovar is wood burning, hence the need occasionally for that little chimney that you see in the picture. Because it smokes, it is used mostly in the yard. I set a table among the trees for tea (this is common to see in the dachas of the fomrmer Soviet Union). I thought of you when I posted this picture; I'm glad you came to join me for tea!

Russell Ragsdale said...

Hi angel-A! There are no rules here about length of post and yours are just fine -- wonderful in fact! Yes, you are right about two distinctly different states of my conscious between the writing of prose and poetry. Passion must be present in both states or the writing will have no wattage, so to speak (or should I throw that extra r in and say 'so to spark'). Broadly speaking, in one state I am excited about an insight that is intellectual in nature and that becomes prose. In another state I find myself excited about something that is also a realization about something but it seems to come wrapped in some metaphorical relationship to an event and/or enviroment that I can physically describe and that becomes a poem!
I'm so glad that you come here to comment and share the beauty and quality of your thoughts!

angel-A said...

hi, ruSSelllll,
with your reply my monday wandering comes to the end, with your blog this day was more meaningful. thank u.
angel---a

Roger Stevens said...

An interesting blog. A chef, eh? Recipes. Lovely poems. Exotic pics.

Think I'll stick around.

Russell Ragsdale said...

Roger, please do! It is my humble world and I welcome you to it!

Russell Ragsdale said...

Hi angel-a! Your words coat my life viscidly with their beauty! That you reflected here and it added meaning to your day, renders my being here an honor and a priviledge. Without you, that which wishes to spread light would only be sitting in darkness! Therefore, thank you!

angel-A said...

It is my honour to reword your thank you to:

Hi my dear samovar! You coat my life viscidly with your beauty! That you are reflected here and it added meaning to our days, renders our being here an honor and a priviledge. Without you, that which wishes to spread light would only be sitting in darkness!
Without TEA.
Therefore, thank you!

Russell Ragsdale said...

Hi angel-a! The kindness and quality of your words touches me deeply!

angel-A said...

Are you serious, Russell?
Khe-khe, those were your words..really...Ivan Ivanych Samovar deserved them more than anyone else :)
can't add more, will wait for your next posts.
all good wishes
0:-)

Russell Ragsdale said...

Hi angel-a! Yes, I know who wrote that but I am also aware of somebody very nice who has done a little job of redirecting that text to a different object. That is a really neat compliment, hence the thankyou!

Roger Stevens said...

Sticking around - and waiting for a new update.

So - guests are coming to supper - what would be your top five favourite recipes?

angel-A said...
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angel-A said...

chef, we miss you... :)

Russell Ragsdale said...

Hang on gang! I'm real busy with work right now; should start posting again by the end of the week.

angel-A said...

have a great week, Rrrusselll ;)