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Monday, February 3rd, 2014
8:37 am - Updating Friends List Post
I hate those posts, but so much has changed at LJ that I felt I needed to do some tidying up. Pretty much, if I haven't seen you posting in a long, long time, or if we've drifted, or if I can't remember who you are from your LJ handle, I've taken you off the friends list. Let me know if you're still here and you'd like to be added back.

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Monday, August 29th, 2011
12:35 am - Writer's Block: The state of perception
Of the five senses (sight, sound, touch, smell and taste), which would you willing to give up, and why?

None, because I like them all! Seriously, since when did we start dropping "If you had to" from this sort of query?

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Friday, August 26th, 2011
3:19 pm - Writer's Block: It’s Women’s Equality Day!
Do you think women are treated as equals? What changes would you like to see?

Here's what: I'd like us to be able to ask whether men are equals, and get the same response. I want women to be the X in "equal to X."

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Thursday, July 7th, 2011
12:29 pm - for moominmolly and dilletante

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Sunday, May 1st, 2011
10:54 pm
I don't know I've ever seen a quiz this accurate before. Usually I slip past those trying to figure out where I'm from by how I talk. When I grew up in the Boston area, people used to ask me where I was from.

I do wonder if I still speak this way, or just hear these words this way in my head.

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on

Eastern New England. Whether or not you pronounce r's, you have the sound of Boston, New Hampshire, and Maine about you. You do think "don" sounds like "dawn" even though the people down in New York City don't.

If you are not from this region, you probably were thinking too hard about one of the questions.

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?

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Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
2:39 pm - Dead, Mad, or a Poet

Dead, Mad, or a Poet:  A Journal to Faerie

THE story goes that if you spend the night on a fairy mound, the morning will find you dead, mad, or a poet. Those who dare knock on hidden doors run certain risks.

But as poet and witch Victor Anderson once said, “Anything worthwhile is dangerous. ” We believe witchcraft is worth doing, and so is art, and for much the same reasons. The willingness to stare unblinking into the eye of truth can bring beauty, ecstasy and illumination. It can also shake you to your core.

We are inspired by our allegiance to Faery witchcraft, but we welcome contributions from all those who hear the secret call…whether it speaks to you in the voice of your Muse, or some other way. You needn’t be mad, or dead, though we won’t necessarily hold it against you if you are.

On the whole, we prefer poet.

Literary magazine focused on poetry and fiction by, for, about, and of interest to Pagans, especially the witchy fey kind.  Others welcome if you like our kind of party.  Submission guidelines here.

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Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
3:31 pm - Writer's Block: Coolest Feature on a Tablet
What do you think is the coolest feature of handheld tablets?

The clay ones, the wax ones, or the chalkboard ones?

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Sunday, November 28th, 2010
6:14 pm - Turkey leftovers that don't suck
So it's really about the last day for leftovers straight out of the fridge, at least in my book.  The rest need to go in the freezer tonight.  But if you're looking for ideas, we're making turkey chili tonight, and last night, we had awesome cranky sandwiches.  Get yourself some
4 peppers goat cheese
leftover turkey
leftover cranberry sauce

put some goat cheese on one slice of pump.  Try to spread it a bit.  Stick it in the microwave for 20 seconds or so (less if your microwave isn't from 1986).  Finish spreading the cheese.  Pile on turkey; top with cranberry sauce and the other slice of pump.  Cut it in manageable pieces, because it's going to leak too much cranberry sauce if you don't.


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Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
9:29 am
I'm a little stunned at LJ's writer's block for today:

"You and me and baby makes three

Do you think having children is a fundamental human right? Should there should be any restrictions?"

Really? Really? Because if you're asking me, I think eugenicists should be restricted from having children.

What an asshole question.

(And yes, I'm feeling terribly cranky today anyway. But this is such a bonehead question. Who gets to decide? You know this is all about people who want to judge parents on the basis of their paycheck or their personal behavioral standards. I mean, sure -- I'll judge others behaviors. But I don't think that makes me GOD.)

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Sunday, June 6th, 2010
1:30 pm - Writer's Block: Nature v. nurture
In your opinion, how much of our personality is genetic, and how much is shaped by environmental factors?

Before I had a child, I was much more on the nurture side of things. With a 2.5 year old, I'm much more on the nature side of things. That boy has done things, early on, that shocked the heck out of me for being just like your great aunt Melba (or the equivalent), including being like me in some very uncomfortable ways.

I think nurture has something to do with it too, but it's much less clear what at this point.

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Saturday, June 5th, 2010
9:27 pm - Writer's Block: Nature v. nurture
In your opinion, how much of our personality is genetic, and how much is shaped by environmental factors?

I want to know what the parents answering this question think. And how long you've been one.

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Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
9:42 am - Writer's Block: Oh no not I
How do you recover from a bad break-up? The proverbial pint of ice cream? Quality time alone? Going out with friends? What are your personal healing strategies?
With a little Samuel Beckett?

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Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
10:28 pm
I forgot to mention that I saw a bald eagle the other day.  At least I think I did: big bird, white head, brown body, a little bigger than a crow.  Bird-lovers: what do you think?  Unfortunately, that's all I have to go on, because it literally flew right by me.

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Monday, April 5th, 2010
3:13 pm - It's that kind of a day

Your result for Awakening the Hero Within: Hero Archetype Test...

You are the Seeker.

71% Innocent, 50% Orphan, 54% Warrior, 63% Caregiver, 83% Seeker, 75% Lover, 50% Destroyer, 79% Creator, 64% Magician, 79% Ruler, 63% Sage and 71% Fool!

Goal: Search for better life

Fear: Conformity

Response to Dragon/Problem: Flee from it

Task: Be true to deeper self

Gift: Autonomy, ambition

Addictions: Independence, perfection

The Seeker seeks to find a better future or found a more perfect world. Seekers often feel confined and are therefore vulnerable to the call of the unknown. Wandering begins with rather aimless experimentation. Often, this experimentation alienates those around the Seeker and the Seeker is forced to give up his/her conventional life to wander and grow. Eventually, the Seeker finds h/er Grail and can create a new life of convention.

Shadow Seeker

The Shadow Seekers manifests itself as an obsessive need to be independent that keeps us isolated and alone. Other times, the urge to seek will take destructive forms such as chemical addiction, or even to dangerous situations that produce adrenalin. Seeking is often dangerous. In a materialistic, secular society, the mountain to be scaled is often professional or vocational. Initially, channeling the urge to ascend into various kinds of achievement is very positive and healthy. Therefore, modern Seekers often find themselves seeking a high through their work, working an ever increasing amount of time to satisfy her/his needs.

Take Awakening the Hero Within: Hero Archetype Test at OkCupid

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Monday, January 18th, 2010
9:43 pm - Writer's Block: Online relationship shopping
How do you think online dating has changed the way people meet and form relationships? Do you think it's increased or diminished the superficial emphasis placed on looks and financial status?

Seriously, I don't think financial status is superficial. Just ask my creditors.

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Tuesday, January 12th, 2010
10:44 pm - Decimation
So I've broken down and done one of those purges of my friends lists. I hate doing that kind of a thing; it makes me feel like a bad person. However, I find myself spending entirely too much time online (and not really focusing when I do), and this seemed like one way to make my procrastination more manageable. Ha ha ha.

Anyway, if you're suddenly not on my friends list but want to be, let me know and I'll add you back. Mostly I've cut people who are quiet and people who I don't *talk* with much anymore -- not much mutual commenting, don't know you IRL. But there were a lot of names I didn't recognize, and I know there are some people who are just quiet.

And if anyone know how to leave a community, please let me know. I've gotten them off my friends page, but it offends my sense of symmetry to be a "member" of communities I haven't visited in five years or so.

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Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
8:53 am - Tween poetry
This is a question for missrachael, though if anyone else has any good responses, you're welcome to chime in.  sofarfrom78 is looking for some tween poetry for her son, and not having an easy time of it.  Do you have any recommendations?  Her entry is here.

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Monday, September 28th, 2009
9:00 pm - Universe may taste of raspberries

via mojodragonfly. Submusashi, take note.

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Monday, August 3rd, 2009
11:49 pm - Danger!
I just got a recipe for a single-serving chocolate cake.  You make it in the microwave in a coffee mug.  It takes five minutes.

I am now perpetually five minute away from eating chocolate cake.

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Sunday, June 28th, 2009
12:41 pm - Maps of the Classics
Have I mentioned maps of the classics here?  Someone has mounted a blog with links to google maps he's marked with key locations in several classic novels.  I'm in love with the whole idea.

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