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May. 28th, 2011

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Going private

I need a place where I can talk to myself. I'm going to take Minerva's Nest private next week so if you see yourself unfriended, don't be alarmed (if it matters at all). I've got a "classroom" site at cometprof for my students and a public site over at Wordpress (Blue Pig Cafe) and I just want a place to vent, sort of a virtual closet to maunder in. In any event, none of you whom I've followed seem to be using LJ much any more so....
Thanks for listening and chatting over time. See you elsewhere.

Feb. 16th, 2011

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one word meme

From Winterlady

Leave a ONE WORD comment that you think best describes me. It can only be one word. No more than one word. Then copy & paste this post to your own journal so I can leave a word about you.

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Dec. 26th, 2010

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Writer's Block: Songs of the season

What is your all-time favorite album from any holiday, and why?

I've never had a "favorite album" before. I was very happy when iTunes came along and I could create playlists. Now however, I do have a favorite. Pink Martini's Joy to the World album is wonderful. It is eclectic and a bit off center. It celebrates different winter holidays and does so in several languages. I've been listening to it since I got it and I got it right after hearing Pink Martini play some of the songs on NPR. My two favorite songs are a Hanukah song in Hebrew and a New Year's song in Chinese. But there is also the Bell song in the original Ukrainian and White Christmas in Japanese.

Oct. 3rd, 2010

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Spirit Day

Originally posted by neo_prodigy at Spirit Day

It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.

Jun. 30th, 2010

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On the edge of seventeen

Listening to Stevie Nick's and On the Edge of Seventeen. It was one of those perfect moments. 1982, driving my Rabbit south out of Concord, late summer, windows down, radio on, and that song came on. I sing along with Stevie and a pickup pulls up in front of me, back of the cab open and the radio on, blasting Stevie singing On the Edge of Seventeen, totally illegal, three perfect, gorgeous, guys in the back of the truck, singing away to the song. They see me singing and start singing back to me, all them just on the edge of seventeen. I hope they have that day too.

Apr. 25th, 2010

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Dancing with the Stars and Sexual Harassment

I love Dancing with the Stars. I love to dance. When I was younger, I was a dancer, I took classes, performed, the whole nine yards. I danced modern, I was "too big" for ballet, but I love dance. When I hear music and close my eyes, I see dance. I'm pretty good at a couple of the latin dances and swing but I would love to learn ballroom. So, I love Dancing with the Stars. I think Derek Hough is an incredible choreographer and I envy any woman who gets him as a partner and I think Louis is probably the kindest teacher any one could ever have, he does wonders working with women who are unsure of their ability to move through the process. Overall, I have always been impressed with the professionals on the show (which is as it should be.)
The "stars" of course are a different matter. We are supposed to develop our likes and dislikes which is part of the fun (I am growing surprisingly fond of Pamela Anderson this season, which I have yet to explain to myself). I was so happy when Buzz Aldrin left and thank heavens the queen of whining left; Kate Gosselin is gone. She needs to go home and get some sleep. But over and above the usual, "oh my word, he/she simply can't move worth a damn, they need to go" this year, I find myself feeling very uncomfortable because for the first time I see what is usually flirtation and silliness moving from harmless nonsense into what I feel is really sexual harassment. Chad Ochocinco has moved far past flirting into harassment. As the season has progressed his partner, Cheryl Burke has had to put up with increasing sexual innuendo. He bought her a huge ring? That is pressure in and of itself. I understand that drama, etc. on the set equals market share but this is harmful stuff. I hope that Len, who is usually quite protective of the dancers finally does something about this. Someone needs to knock some sense into Ochocinco's head.

Mar. 21st, 2010

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Happy Spring

Ostara visited this weekend, Saturday, and she came with snow flakes and cold weather but, today, today wasn't too bad. It was a bit warmer and the sun was shining and I do thing Lady Spring is here. I'm looking for my Chocolate tomato seeds to plant, get them started inside, in planters so I can get a start on the taste of summer before Beltane if I'm lucky. May your gardens be fruitful and your mosquitos few!
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Feb. 7th, 2010

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Oh my

I've spent too much time at cometprof being a teacher and not enough time being chaotic. That is not good. The one thing I have done since Christmas that is good for me is that I started a story blog at wordpress, Jehanne's blog, it is actually Out of the Elf Lord's Kitchen. I haven't been great about writing there either. I'm beginning to think there may be truth to the rumours that I am a workaholic.
I did get a Wii and Wii Fit Plus. My resolution this year is to do one healthy thing a day for myself, and that doesn't include reading. So far, I'm not doing so good. Hmmmm. Maybe I'll take a walk right now rather than write. There is sun outside... the dog might like it. Seems like a radical idea. Hmmmm. Could be a possiblity.

Dec. 23rd, 2009

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Santa Baby

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In September I got in line at the supermarket at the same time as someone else and I didn't yield (-8 points). Last Wednesday I gave winterlady a wet willie, then I took it back (-5 points). Last Saturday I saved a busload of nuns in Angola (326 points). In March jaime29 and I donated clothes to the needy (11 points). Last Friday I stole beatonna's purse (-30 points).

Overall, I've been nice (294 points). For Christmas I deserve a Pony Slaystation 3!


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Dec. 14th, 2009

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The star shone in the east, Consectari led the way

'Underpants', they told me,
Pa-rum-pum-pum pum.

Little Drummer Boy
from the Christmas Song Generator.

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