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 "Ceramic illustration -- Aries"                 Dove Drury Hornbuckle

 "Ceramic illustration -- Aries"                 Dove Drury Hornbuckle


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("bang bang bang")


Crocuses have done, and Narcissus too

banging on through their crusty dirt roofs

eager and showy, nothing holds them back,

all liltfully inclining up toward patchy sun.


A chick directs face and beak 

he claims freedom from outgrown home.

A battering ram reads differently,

whether swung by raiders or oppressors, or rescuers.

What door are we facing?


Instinct! Pace! Decision!

Tools and their functions evolve.

So a cyclist rides day after day 

seeking new crests then new canyons.


The bulbs have done wait, 

now their brassy arrogance claims a moment .

How could we judge them their heroic effort 


~ Astrologer Ian Waisler

  "#Working Space"                                    Martyn Thompson

  "#Working Space"                                    Martyn Thompson

On the road this morning with @skylersmith, driving to Philly, where we’ll be working for the @Wall Street Journal Magazine. We’re going to take photos of a 300,000 sq foot factory [#workingspace #big], which I’m imagining could probably take a week, not a day, if you had the time [#impossible]. Do you ever ”have the time” I wonder? Don’t know if it’s a me thing? A New York thing? Or maybe a combo thing? But I’m generally rushing from one idea to the next -- in mind and in body [#crazy].

 "@martyn_thompson"                             Martyn Thompson

 "@martyn_thompson"                             Martyn Thompson

Spent the first 27 minutes of this trip taking and taming pics for my morning Instagram. Yes -- it's a bit of an obsession. I thoroughly ignored the photographic worlds’ transition from analog to digital until the day when Polaroid stopped making Polaroids.Then I woke up and had to do a speedy makeover. Initially that was a blood from a stone scenario -- forcibly dragged screaming into the new age -- but I got the hang of it. Since that rude awakening I’ve been pretty determined to stay current and respect the future -- 'cause its happening anyway.

"Spring"                                               Martyn Thompson

"Spring"                                               Martyn Thompson

Of course we’re talking about the weather. It’s freeeezing cold. We just stopped at the services and that required a total rugging up just to take a pee. I doubt there’s anyone in New York who isn’t happily anticipating something a bit warmer. Ironically today’s forecast for the imminent 1st day of spring is light snow fall. Is this global warming or is every year like this?

"Astrological" from "Moonboy"                          Martyn Thompson

"Astrological" from "Moonboy"                          Martyn Thompson

Sky is an Aries and that's a fire sign. Only yesterday did I make the connection that
Spring, the birth of a new year, coincides with Aries, the baby of the zodiac. Excitable
and unstoppable, the act first think later Aries is not particularly sentimental, an
#occasionalpaininthearse who #alwayshastodoithisownway and keeps looking
forward ... I’ve said this before but it's true: I am fatally attracted to Aries -- totally
seduced by their enthusiastic energy. They are, have been and most likely always will
be in my orbit.

"#organizing the chaos"                                      Martyn Thompson

"#organizing the chaos"                                Martyn Thompson

Needed to check in with the future this week so I got a Skype reading with astrologerIan Waisler. My friend Jocelyne pointed out that readings with Ian are a bit like therapy sessions -- only much better because there’s a whole mystical, mythical spiritual side of the Zodiac too. Anyway -- the future is bright or, at the very least, the opportunity is there. Communication is my big look out and learning curve -- achieving clarity and navigating the chaos ...

"Spike Magic Tomato Granita"                         Martyn Thompson

"Spike Magic Tomato Granita"                         Martyn Thompson

Last night I had dinner with my very own food goddess, @Maggie Ruggerio. We’ve been frequenting Caravan of Dreams in the East Village. Convenient for Maggie who lives just round the corner, it fits with my fantasy of being a vegan. More realistically I’m a chocolatarian with a failing for bacon.
Her recipe for Aries this month is the fiery Granita from the movie issue of @Gather Journal -- spicy and sweet, hot and cold, and made from a vegetable that's really a fruit. Maggie, an Aries herself, is keen to point out that in every ram there is a lamb.

"Future Flower"                                     Dove Drury Hornbuckle

"Future Flower"                                     Dove Drury Hornbuckle

I woke up much too early a few nights ago, thinking too much and stuck on the fact I'm often banging on about the past -- such a nostalgia freak. So I really wanted to make this newsletter about the future and then I realized that's very much the Aries position ... coincidentally ... if there is a such a thing as coincidence ... anyway, to celebrate what's new, Dove has made a future flower ... it's all about possibility ...

Happy April

Spike Magic Tomato Granita

Amuse Bouche

Serves: 6

2 lb ripe tomatoes

1 Tbsp sugar

large handful fresh basil chopped

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp Spike® Original Magic! seasoning

  • 1

    Bring a pot of water to a boil and fill a bowl with ice water. Cut a shallow x in the bottom of the tomatoes (opposite from stem end) and blanch in batches in boiling water for 10 seconds. Immediately transfer to the ice water and chill about a minute. Gently peel off skin using the x as a starting point.

  • 2

    Quarter the tomatoes and purée along with sugar in a food processor or blender. Strain into a bowl through a fine mesh sieve pressing out liquid. (Discard solids.) Stir in basil, lemon juice, and Spike. Chill at least ½ hour to allow flavors to infuse then strain out the basil.

  • 3

    Pour into a glass, stainless, or enameled 8 to 9-inch dish and freeze just until partially frozen and slushy, about 1 to 1½ hours. Stir, smash, and scrape with a fork breaking up any clumps. Return to the freezer, scraping a few times until granita is evenly frozen into icy flakes, about 2 hours. Scrape again just before serving.