High Peak Vegan Market – 4 May 2019

high peak vegan market 4 mayThe next High Peak Vegan Market will be 4 May 2019 from 1 – 4 pm in New Mills, Derbyshire, in St. George’s Parish Hall, SK22 4NP. We will have food from Randy’s Vegan Tex-Mex, Shakahara Gujarati Goodness, Pepino Deli, and The Pie Parlour and Bakery. We will also have products from Amanda Tropic Skincare, Planet Happy ecofriendly cleaning products, and Heart and Mind Programme: Yoga Meditation and Self-Compassion.

For more info, write randysvegantexmex@yahoo.com.

 

New Mills Festival Poetry Trail and Performance

I’m putting together a poetry trail for the New Mills Festival. The festival begins 14 September and runs for three weeks. Poem will appear in shop windows throughout the town. We will have a round-robin poetry reading for participants on 26 September 2018 at The Butterfly House at the Torrs. The deadline for submissions is the end of May, but festival fringeI’m accepting poems as I go, so it is best to get them in early! Guidelines below.

New Mills Festival Poetry Trail Submission Guidelines

1. Must be family-friendly. If you know me, you know I enjoy work that is provocative or even shocking, but the poetry trail is probably a good time to tone things down a little.

2. 20 lines maximum. People will be standing on the pavement reading the poems—shorter poems are bound to be more accessible.

3. Please include a location for yourself. You can choose whether to use your current location or the place you most identify as home.

4. I will try to place poems with subjects related to local businesses in those businesses (e.g., cycling poems in the cycle shop, flower poems in the florist).

5. Submit up to three poems in the order of your preference. I have about 65 spaces. If 65 people submit, I will use your first choice. If fewer people submit, I will use your first two choices. You get the idea.

6. You can send the poems in the text of an email or an attachment. Either is fine. Send them to randall@ethicsbeyondcompliance.com.

7. 30 May 2018 is the deadline.

Participants are invited to read their poems at a round-robin style performance at The Butterfly House at the Torrs on 26 September 2018.

The Mirror: Reflecting on Reflection

—Whatever happened to that thing you wrote?

—Thing I wrote?

—You wrote something many years ago.mirror-800px

—I wrote many things many years ago.

—But this was a thing. Someone asked for it.

—Oh.

—A thing. For a movie?

—A movie? Yes. Or a play. Or something.

—What happened to it?

—I don’t know.

—Did they like it?

—Who?

—The people who asked you to write it.

—I don’t know. Someone said they did.

—Who said they did?

—I don’t remember.

—What was it about?

—About?

—Yes, what was the plot?

—Plot? It was words.

—But all writing is words. What did it mean?

—What do you mean what did it mean?

—What was it trying to say? What was the story?

—It didn’t mean anything. It was just words.

—But what was it about? Where was it set?

—It was just words. It wasn’t about anything.

—How can words not be about anything?

—Words aren’t about anything. They don’t mean anything.

—That’s not possible. Who were the characters?

—Characters? You don’t seem to understand.

—No, I don’t understand.

—It’s a puzzle.

—Puzzling, anyway.

—Were there people in it?

—What? People in what?

—The thing you wrote.

—It was words.

—Did someone speak the words?

—Someone could.

—Or not?

—Or not.

—What about images?

—What kind of images?

—Illustrations.

—Nothing to illustrate.

—To help readers understand.

—No one understands the meaning of words and images.

—But they must understand something.

—Why?

—Art and language are forms of communicating.

—So you say.

—Everyone believes it is true.

—Most people seem to.

—How else can we let people know what we are thinking?

—I don’t know what you are thinking.

—But you have an idea?

—You will never know.

 

 

Restaurants with No Television

Eating a meal without having to see or hear a television greatly enhances my enjoyment of the food. That being the case, I’ve decided to compile a list of television-free restaurants. If you happen to know of others to add to the list, let me know in the comments or through email. no tv

I will begin with these:

A Moveable Feast
9341 Katy Fwy
Houston, TX 77024

Auntie Chang’s Dumpling House
2621 S Shepherd Dr Ste 290
Houston, TX 77098

Doshi House
3419 Dowling
Houston, TX 77004

Field of Greens
2320 West Alabama
Houston, TX 77098

Jenni’s Noodle House
602 E 20th St. (other locations may also be television free, but I haven’t checked)
Houston, TX 77008

Nidda Thai Cuisine
1226 Westheimer
Houston, TX 77006

Ruggles Green in the Heights
748 E 11th St
Houston, TX 77008

I hope others will respond with television-free dining options.