World Turned Upside-Down

Protests from Egypt to Madison
Earthquakes and tsunamis
Blizzards have turned to floods

Protests in Madison

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Tune of the Day

Misfits: Simon’s Theme

I really like this theme…and Simon.

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To blog or not to blog

The things weighing on my mind of late are too personal to share here.
I have instead started writing letters to people who will never receive them.
Keeping checking back for Tune of the Day, fun links, or more superficial stories.

On that note, I bought Cataclysm and have logged a few hours in the last two weeks. I have no chops, I feel like a fool, but my goblin is adorable, and I want to build more contraptions.

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Tune of the Day

Thomas Tallis: If Ye Love Me

Fun presentation of a lovely song!

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Tune of the Day

Love, Please Come Home

My favorite bluegrass song!
(I want to record this one too)

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Tune of the Day

O’Connor & the Chieftains: Foggy Dew

I will one day rerecord this song; the version on my senior album wasn’t particularly brilliant. This is a cool rendition.

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Post-Modern Christmas Story

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Tune of the Day

Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians: Twas the Night Before Christmas

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Tune of the Day

Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians: Jingle Bells

Another track off of my favorite Christmas album

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White Pow(d)er

Tonight is the lunar eclipse, but it is too cloudy to see.
However, this solstice eve is absolutely beautiful.

The air is still and tolerably crisp.
Snow falls silently, and I want to lie down on it,
looking up at the sky, snow settling on my lashes.
I blink them away.

And I want you, whoever you may be,
to stretch out next to me.
In cozy coats and padded gloves
we hold hands under the glowing sky.

My boot may touch yours,
like paper dolls dusted
with unpaper snowflakes.

Like so many other night skies,
so many other exhibits of loveliness,
I want to share them with someone.

Reality blends with longing
into imaginative scenes
of snowy gloves, chilled lips,
and ardent eyes blinking back the frost.

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Tune of the Day

Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

I love this song (and the other three on the A-side). Come back for the rest as Christmas approaches…

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Toy of the Day

Tron Action Figures

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Mouse in the house

Walked into the kitchen tonight only to be startled by a mouse jumping up and down trying to get out of the sink.
A sharp intake of breath, followed by a low “oh my gosh” with the little air my lungs would allow to escape.
He kept hopping into the dirty dishes filled with water that my roommate left. Eventually he crawled into a little plastic tub. I grabbed a nearby bag and was able to scoop up the tub. In my socks, I walked out into the new snow, crouched down on the street, and shook the little guy out of the bag. He plopped out, paused a half second to gauge his surroundings, and took off down the street.

Was it the snow that drive him in? Was it that the landlord, after six weeks of complaining, bothered to start fixing the hole in our ceiling? I forgot to ask.

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Bible stories has never been so cute

Ok, this kid is freaking adorable:

The story of Jonah from Corinth Baptist Church on Vimeo.

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Last day of classes

Today we talked about medieval concepts of death.

After class, several students came up to thank me and tell me they enjoyed the class. That’s really nice to hear. One student said he would FB friend me. We’ll see…

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“A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets.”

C’est vrai.

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Finding Solace in Baking

It started with Friendsgiving. Baked some sweet potatoes and pumpkin and pecan-cranberry pies.
Baked cranberry and carrot-fig-pecan breads for Betty’s thank-you tea party.
Baked banana bread to use up my roommate’s old bananas. Added mace and allspice for interest.
Baked a cheese-rose-elderflower pie for the medieval feast.
Now I am baking cookies because I don’t want to stop baking. It is simple and peaceful. I get to see the fruits of my labor immediately. I am out very little if something goes wrong. It is something I can share with others; I don’t have the opportunity to share much anymore.

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Dance of the Day

LXD: Villains

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Tune of the Day

Christina Perri: Jar of Hearts

First heard this on SYTYCDon the dance that let us see that Billy could grow

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Damn this barstool

Simple objective
Leave the house
Hampered by an afternoon nap
Lasting five hours

Going alone
Yet again
Must not let it stop me
Will not let it

Riding alone
Surrounded by cadres of compadres
Walking alone
Surrounded by couples

Sit at the bar
Next to Santa and Vixen
They are here
To pick a wedding band

Groups of singles
Clumped by gender
Start to prowl
In a personality-free zone

The banal mating ritual
Positions itself
Between me and the band
My reason for coming

The elves arrive
Friends circle up
Sit on a stool
Between two backs

Shots lined up
Heads thrown back
I might just leave
After my own second drink

Checked the mail today
Received a letter
From the last person I kissed
Five months ago

I’ve had one date since then
Bullshit emails and lying texts
A momentary flirt over chat
With someone who wants someone else

Going alone at 7
Is different than going alone at 11
2 drink 2 hours
I’ve fulfilled my obligation to myself

Oh they just started playing
I like big butts
Now a little Journey
I’ll linger a few moments longer

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