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January 15, 2010

It's official - I have Olympic Fever

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January 2, 2009

happy 2009 to all!

Back from our vacation in Kauai and slowly getting used to the idea that I am back at work (full-time) on Monday. Will slowly begin to take down our Christmas decorations this weekend in preperation for Epiphany (January 6). I will also redraft my to do list for 2009 and hope to post something more substantial in the coming days.

In the meantime, for your reading pleasure (and perhaps amusement), I post the results of a recent quiz. Turns out, I am wonder woman.

Could it be because I answered the question about a push-up bra with a resounding yes?!

Your results:
You are Wonder Woman

























Wonder Woman
90%
Green Lantern
90%
Spider-Man
80%
Supergirl
70%
Superman
60%
Iron Man
60%
The Flash
50%
Robin
40%
Hulk
40%
Batman
30%
Catwoman
10%
You are a beautiful princess
with great strength of character.


Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

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October 28, 2008

10 questions

It’s way past my bedtime. In trying to find the “sweet spot” for chicken scratch, I came across these ten questions. While some of the questions are geared towards marketing/merchandising blogs (and don’t really apply to me) - they do serve as good jumping off point for discussion. Do I really know what chicken scratch is about? Do I really know what I want it be? The only way to know is to start writing until the answers become clear … to be con’t …

1. Who are your primary and secondary targets for your blog?

2. What do you want to tell them?

3. Do you understand what the key informational needs of the audience are?

4. Are you reading other blogs on that topic, and ones targeting your customers and prospects?

5. If you are reading, are you leaving comments that add to the online conversation on the blogs you cover?

6. Do you have a firm grasp on the types of keywords to focus on that would be relevant to your blog?

7. Do you follow those keywords on Technorati and Google Blog Search? Do you have alerts set up around those keywords at Google Alerts? (or possibly even use a reputation management system?)

8. Can you commit to blogging at least two-to-three times per week? (consistency is key, based on the expectations you set with your audience)

9. What is your ultimate goal in starting a blog? In one year from when you start blogging, how will your life be different?

10. Are you looking at blogging as a challenge or something that could be fun?

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September 29, 2008

The SNL parody

There’s no question; the presidential race has eclipsed the federal election taking place on October 14 across the country. How can Dion, Harper and Layton compete with Palin?

Why the Palin parody on SNL has generated such media interest is simple. According to Andrew Sullivan at the Atlantic:

the amazing thing is that a whole section of the script was directly transcribed from Palin’s actual attempted interview with Katie Couric

From the excerpts of the recent interview with Katie Couric I’ve seen, I would have to agree.

Our federal election is so bland compared to our neighbour’s. We too worry about climate change. We too are concerned with health care and the economy. But none of the election platforms have seemed to gain much traction.

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September 28, 2008

The Five Secrets Movie, by John Izzo

This video moved me deeply. I have been thinking about my place in this world. I have been thinking about the purpose of my blog. What is it that I want to share? I don’t have the answer, but do know that my existing format was not working. Fall brings the opportunity to break out of existing patterns and so I shall.

And so begins the unfolding.

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August 23, 2008

The end of the summer is a harbinger for Greek Food Festivals

And because I’m feeling nostalgic - I bring you Lucy dancing syrtaki. OPA!

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August 12, 2008

A simple truth

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June 3, 2008

Read: Blogging - It's Good for You

Article published by Jessica Wapner, May 2008, Scientific American.

Self-medication may be the reason the blogosphere has taken off. Scientists (and writers) have long known about the therapeutic benefits of writing about personal experiences, thoughts and feelings. But besides serving as a stress-coping mechanism, expressive writing produces many physiological benefits. Research shows that it improves memory and sleep, boosts immune cell activity and reduces viral load in AIDS patients, and even speeds healing after surgery. A study in the February issue of the Oncologist reports that cancer patients who engaged in expressive writing just before treatment felt markedly better, mentally and physically, as compared with patients who did not.

Scientists now hope to explore the neurological underpinnings at play, especially considering the explosion of blogs. According to Alice Flaherty, a neuroscientist at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital, the placebo theory of suffering is one window through which to view blogging. As social creatures, humans have a range of pain-related behaviors, such as complaining, which acts as a “placebo for getting satisfied,” Flaherty says. Blogging about stressful experiences might work similarly.

Flaherty, who studies conditions such as hypergraphia (an uncontrollable urge to write) and writer’s block, also looks to disease models to explain the drive behind this mode of communication. For example, people with mania often talk too much. “We believe something in the brain’s limbic system is boosting their desire to communicate,” Flaherty explains. Located mainly in the midbrain, the limbic system controls our drives, whether they are related to food, sex, appetite, or problem solving. “You know that drives are involved [in blogging] because a lot of people do it compulsively,” Flaherty notes. Also, blogging might trigger dopamine release, similar to stimulants like music, running and looking at art.


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May 16, 2008

A Facelift for Chicken-Scratch

I may not be posting much these days but chicken-scratch has had lots of behind the scenes activity. A new and improved blog with increased functionality and more writing from me (I promise) will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

I have also been experimenting with social media like Twitter. And I am working on integrating all aspects of my online world. In the meantime, if you do miss me, please check out my self-conscious twitterings here.

Let the adventure begin.

Oh, and Happy Victoria Day to y’all!

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May 9, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

My mom is a neverending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune. ~Graycie Harmon

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For more of Zena Koo’s photography visit Slate.com

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April 14, 2008

Is there a global food crisis?

Read: The Fury of the Poor ~ By SPIEGEL Staff

Around the world, rising food prices have made basic staples like rice and corn unaffordable for many people, pushing the poor to the barricades because they can no longer get enough to eat. But the worst is yet to come.

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March 28, 2008

Diversions: Literary Action Figures

Who wouldn’t want to own their own literary action figure? Check these out at Teptronics.

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February 29, 2008

Happy February 29th!

Roy’s Doty’s Leap Year card — Carpe Diem! Found on boingboing.

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February 26, 2008

Dreaming of Spring

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PARIS—Children on swings at La Villette amusement park, 1996.
© Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos

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February 12, 2008

Playing Along

You Are the Index Finger
You are ambitious, driven, and capable.
You aren’t afraid to take responsibility for your actions - or place the blame on whoever deserves it.
You are honest, free thinking, and objective. You see things in your own way - and you aren’t afraid to let everyone know about it.

You get along well with: The Thumb

Stay away from: The Ring Finger

Found at Thomma-Lyn’s and decided to play along. Which finger are you?

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It's official: a new home

Home is the one place in all this world where hearts are sure of each other.
It is the place of confidence.
It is the place where we tear off that mask of guarded and suspicious coldness which the world forces us to wear in self-defense,
and where we pour out the unreserved communications of full and confiding hearts.
It is the spot where expressions of tenderness gush out without any sensation of awkwardness
and without any dread of ridicule.
~Frederick W. Robertson

As of February 15, this will be our front door:

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February 6, 2008

What time of day?


Found on Cin’s blog and decided to play along. Won’t you join me?

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January 30, 2008

Watch: BC 150 Celebration Ad

Vote for this ad on you tube.

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January 28, 2008

Do you know: Yael Naim?

The song is “New Soul.”

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26 letters

Writers spend three years rearranging 26 letters of the alphabet. It’s enough to make you lose your mind day by day. ~ Richard Price

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January 25, 2008

An update

Chicken-scratch turned one yesterday and I am dreaming of owning a home. This one, in particular:

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January 17, 2008

Looky here: Lookybook

A FREE picture book library: Lookybook.





About: “Lookybook allows you to look at picture books in their entirety—from cover to cover, at your own pace. We know that nothing will replace the magic of reading a book with your child at bedtime, but we aim to replace the overwhelming and frustrating process of finding the right books for parents and their kids.”

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January 16, 2008

Read: In Praise of Melancholy

From the Chronicle, an article by Eric G. Wilson on how “American culture’s overemphasis on happiness misses an essential part of a full life.”

Ours are ominous times. We are on the verge of eroding away our ozone layer. Within decades we could face major oceanic flooding. We are close to annihilating hundreds of exquisite animal species. Soon our forests will be as bland as pavement. Moreover, we now find ourselves on the verge of a new cold war.

But there is another threat, perhaps as dangerous: We are eradicating a major cultural force, the muse behind much art and poetry and music. We are annihilating melancholia.

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January 11, 2008

The good environmentalist

How would like to work and shop in this foliage covered building in Seoul, Korea? Mass Studies Architects designed this multi-use building (shop on first floor, restaurant on second) for Belgium designer Ann Demeulemeester.

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January 2, 2008

Under the weather

I had great plans to write a best of chicken-scratch post. It seems my body has other plans. Stuck at home with a hacking cough and runny nose, I can barely muster enough energy to type these few sentences. So, I’m off-line for a few.

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December 30, 2007

Happy New Year to All

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.

~ Hal Borland

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December 28, 2007

Friday Linky-love

Want a fun way to expand your vocabulary and donate rice to charity? Then play the word game at: www.freerice.com

Have some time to shamelessly eavesdrop on New Yorker’s conversations? Be endlessly entertained and horrified: www.overheardinnewyork.com

Didn’t get that puppy for Christmas? Check out: I do dog tricks

Need to escape the dreary and cold December weather? Place yourself in the middle of this scene:

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December 22, 2007

Merry Christmas ~ Happy Holidays

We’re heading up island to eat, drink and be merry. My best wishes to you and yours for a safe, happy and memory-filled Christmas.

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And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ‘till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.

Dr. Seuss

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December 13, 2007

Read: Feud Erupts Over Famous German Christmas Cake

By David Crossland in Dresden from Spiegel Online.

Dresdner Stollen baked in the grand city of Dresden is the queen of German Christmas cakes and has gained a growing popularity abroad. But the small town of Torgau is risking the wrath of Dresden’s bakers by claiming it invented the cake 550 years ago, and launching its own Stollen to mark the occasion.

At Christmas time in Germany, no household is without its “Dresdner Stollen,” a bread loaf-shaped cake containing raisins and marzipan which the city of Dresden has prided itself on for half a millennium.

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December 12, 2007

Little Rabbit Foo-Foo

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Buy this fine art print: Blue Dog Rose.

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December 11, 2007

Shall we dance?

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Buy this print from Broomhill Pictures.

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Talking Jesus Toy Sells Out

Forget the Nintendo wii, the 12-inch Talking Jesus Messenger of Faith doll, made by one2beleive of Valencia, California is the must-have toy of the season. Walmart sold out last week. Read Consumerist.com .

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December 7, 2007

The happiness of life

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The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions: the little soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless other infinitessimals of pleasurable thought and genial feeling. ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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December 3, 2007

Listen: Greek Music ~ Notis Sfakianakis ~ Gyftisa

Sfakianakis Notis …
This music transports me to a small, dark cafe in Greece and washes away any worries I may have. Enjoy!

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November 30, 2007

a definition of happiness I agree with ~

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November 28, 2007

Watch: Jesus Figurines by Fishermen

Does the world really need to see a Jesus figurine riding a bull or kicking a soccer ball? Apparently - there’s a market for it. A company based in L.A. wants you to keep Jesus with you always, especially this Christmas.

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November 27, 2007

the addict? go figure

Lets101 Quizzes - Fun Quizzes

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November 18, 2007

whimsical chicken purse

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November 17, 2007

In need of fresh ideas?

Join idea-sandbox.com. Membership gets you a cool card and lots of tips and tricks to jump-start your creativity.

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November 15, 2007

Wedding Anniversary

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We’ll be celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary tomorrow evening; I look forward to growing old with my beloved. When we’re gray-haired, wrinkled and weathered, we’ll still hold hands and watch the world go by from our favourite park bench.

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November 13, 2007

Time well spent: another blue pyramid quiz


You’re a Jellyfish!
It seems that no matter how hard you try to conceal yourself and your thoughts, everything is still in plain view for others to see. Nonetheless, you have a knack for keeping people from exploiting this advantage by using your sharp wit and disorienting charm. You have long limbs and you know how to use them. While you frequently seem drawn to the beach, you should avoid it at all costs.
Take the Animal Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.

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November 11, 2007

Still Round the Corner

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November 7, 2007

rules to live by

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Brilliant poster found at Reform School Rules. I’d love to have this in my office.

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November 6, 2007

Sometimes I just love Susan Miller

For her monthly readings on astrologyzone.com.

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It’s birthday month, and you’re feeling excited. Romance is in the air and life seems as close to ideal as you’ve ever seen it. Planets creating a near-perfect triangle pattern will work in unison to help create quite a bewitching time for you. Exciting romantic episodes and foreign travel will combine to create a month to remember for a long time - even forever.

While you have the first few days (November 4 and 7) to help you get closer to your heart’s desires, the month will really take off once the new moon arrives, November 9.

In the few days that follow that new moon, you’ll be ready to tell the universe what it is that you really want - and get it. Love with someone near will be true and deep now, and you will have the capability to feel the full extent of life’s pleasures. You may now get engaged or wed for your birthday - if this hasn’t just recently happened, it would be an ideal time.

Later, when Uranus turns direct on November 24 your social life will take off, and single Scorpios who have been saying there have been “slim pickings” out there will be delighted at the more substantial types that will show up. If things have been a bit dull, they won’t be that way for long! Uranus has been out of phase since June 23, but will now move in a strong, sure course. Your weeks and months ahead will be chock full of wonder and light. There will be so many days to enjoy ahead!

Foreign travel is also such a strong possibility that if you’re not flying to a faraway land for a honeymoon, it surely could be that you’re planning a trip for another reason. Mars, your ruler, will go retrograde on November 15, so try to go during the first half of the month when your journey will be more enjoyable and productive.

If you are dealing with business interests abroad, the same rule applies - make a push for closure early in the month. Later, from November 15 to January 30, spend time reassessing your projects and delay on key actions.

Certain financial deals and maneuvers will mark the time around the full moon, November 24. If you are to wed soon, you may be changing your name on your credit cards and generally deciding how to merge funds. If you need funds to buy a house, or to go to college, or start a business, an answer from your banker, financial aid advisor, or venture capitalist could please you at this time. While you may have to pay money out, you have a wonderful chart for seeing more flow in. There is no reason to be too concerned. Dear Scorpio, the world is your oyster!

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November 5, 2007

sex, death and ratings

online dating

Hmm - it seems my recent focus on death means that chicken-scratch now requires parental guidance.

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together again

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It gives me great solace imagining that my mom and dad have been reunited in death. In their 42 years of marriage, they walked everywhere together, always holding hands. My father opened doors for my mother and polished her shoes. And my mother made sure my father was well dressed; his shirts and pants neatly pressed.

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November 4, 2007

How I'm feeling today

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November 2, 2007

Bring back the Greek gods

I came across this article by Mary Lefkowtiz on latimes.com (link is below). Do you agree with her comments that monotheism “poisons” human life?

Mere mortals had a better life when more than one ruler presided from on high.


Prominent secular and atheist commentators have argued lately that religion “poisons” human life and causes endless violence and suffering. But the poison isn’t religion; it’s monotheism. The polytheistic Greeks didn’t advocate killing those who worshiped different gods, and they did not pretend that their religion provided the right answers. Their religion made the ancient Greeks aware of their ignorance and weakness, letting them recognize multiple points of view.

There is much we still can learn from these ancient notions of divinity, even if we can agree that the practices of animal sacrifice, deification of leaders and divining the future through animal entrails and bird flights are well lost.

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November 1, 2007

Day of the Dead

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October 13, 2007

Do you know Clara?

Cupcakes for Clara on Etsy has me wanting to buy everything in stock. With Christmas just around the corner (or so it seems), I am making my list (checking it twice) and scanning the web for charming, handmade, whimsical treasures.

A bluebird stuffie:

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Kitten finger puppets:

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October 12, 2007

it's been a tough work week

And this is where I’d rather be …

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travel, mixed messages and romance - what else could a gal ask for?

My October 2007 horoscope courtesy of Astrology Zone.

In the coming month, you’d do well to step back and reassess your life. Only by stepping off the merry-go-round can you see how far you’ve come and decide where you’d like to take things next. While you take your schedule down to a more manageable pace, consider taking a trip overseas. You appear to be entering an important phase, one that will help you develop important contacts and interests abroad. If you’ve not yet acquired a set of luggage that you like, consider doing so soon, for between now and the middle of May of 2008 it will be getting quite a workout.

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If you can’t actually leave town, Mars’ angle to Mercury suggests lots of communication will go back and forth with one or more people at a distance no matter what, whether on your BlackBerry, computer, fax, or iPhone. Keep in mind that Mercury will be retrograde, so everyone will be more susceptible to misunderstandings. Go the extra mile to be sure that the messages you send are clear and accurate.

A close relationship is about to see a serious commitment at the full moon, October 26. You may get engaged for your birthday, choose a wedding day, or actually wed. Sign with a business partner to advance a venture. Saturn will be prominent, so you can be sure the tie you make will be one that lasts. Mercury will be retrograde this month, so you may want to wait until the new moon November 9 to actually sign, but there is no harm in holding talks.
If you are single, Neptune will switch on 100,000 watts in your house of romance on October 31. Even if you’ve been disappointed with love in the past - this time, give love second chance. You’re never too old to fall head over heels all over again.

Creative ideas also will get a big boost at month’s end. Present an idea, have an interview or presentation, and get the kind of approvals from VIPs that you used to only dream about!

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October 7, 2007

The Art of Googling Oneself

Found on someecards.com “for when you care enough to hit send”

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Sunday Morning Diversion: Art Quiz

You Are Expressionism
Moody, emotional, and even a bit angsty… you certainly know how to express your emotions.
At times, you tend to lack perspective on your life, probably as a result of looking inward too much.
This introspection does give you a flair for the dramatic. And it’s even maybe made you cultivate some artistic talents!
You have a true artist’s temperament… which is a blessing and a curse.

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October 2, 2007

Playing Along with Red - Portrait Study

Found on Red’s blog.

Who Should Paint You: Andy Warhol
You’ve got an interested edge that would be reflected in any portrait
You don’t need any fancy paint techniques to stand out from the crowd!

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Guess who's turning 40 this month?

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September 24, 2007

Autumn is a second spring

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

~Albert Camus

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September 19, 2007

Playing Along with Red - Christmas you say?

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Found at Red Garnier’s blog. Won’t you play along?

What is your favorite Christmas gift?
The gift of time, time spent with loved ones. One of my favourite quotes from The Little Prince sums it up best: “One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.”

What is your best memory of Christmas? Truly?
We confirmed my pregnancy on December 6, 2004, the feast day of St. Nick and on what would have been my father’s name-day. Growing up this always marked the beginning of the Christmas season. More recently: spending the first Christmas without my beloved Mama with my uncle and our extended family up island. I could feel my mom and dad’s presence around us. EM was in heaven running around with all her older (mostly male) cousins.

Depending upon where you live, do you have a hot or cold Christmas?
We live on the west coast of Canada. It’s mostly cold and rainy in December. We don’t usually get snow until mid-January.

Would you prefer to try the opposite weather at least just once?
Absolutely. Close friends of ours will be moving to Australia in Spring 2008. We plan to experience a tropical, warm Christmas in the next two years.

What do you prefer in a tree? Fake or real?
Even if it has to be a Charlie Brown tree, real please!

What is your favorite carol?


Go, tell it on the mountain,

Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born.


What is your favorite Christmas dinner?
I’m a traditionalist: turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, you get the idea.

Do you wear a Santa hat at Christmas?
Can I plead the fifth, even tho’ I’m Canadian?

Have you ever seen Santa delivering gifts?
Are you kidding me? Did you know that Norad tracks the sleigh? Can’t wait to share the magic with EM!

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So, it's official . . .

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My life-style change has begun. No more drinking spirits or diet pop. No more processed carbs or refined sugars. Lots of veggies and lean protein. We’re four weeks away from our trip to Hawaii. We’re four weeks away from me being comfortable in public, wearing a tankini. Enough said. Wish me luck!

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September 6, 2007

Neat-o visitor map


Visitor Map
Create your own visitor map!

While I’m not yet convinced that chicken-scratch needs another widget, I do think the visitor map is spiffy.

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September 1, 2007

Another diversion: a vocabulary quiz

Your Vocabulary Score: A
Congratulations on your multifarious vocabulary!
You must be quite an erudite person.

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August 28, 2007

in focus

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

- Mark Twain
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August 21, 2007

Insomnia . . .

My overworked brain is not letting me rest this evening … in need of a diversion or two and as part of my constant search for meaning, I am taking random quizzes on the internet.

It seems I’m both a book nerd and Snoopy sidekick!

What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Literature Nerd
 

Does sitting by a nice cozy fire, with a cup of hot tea/chocolate, and a book you can read for hours even when your eyes grow red and dry and you look sort of scary sitting there with your insomniac appearance? Then you fit this category perfectly! You love the power of the written word and it’s eloquence; and you may like to read/write poetry or novels. You contribute to the smart people of today’s society, however you can probably be overly-critical of works.

It’s okay. I understand.

Drama Nerd
 
Social Nerd
 
Musician
 
Artistic Nerd
 
Gamer/Computer Nerd
 
Science/Math Nerd
 
Anime Nerd
 
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quizzes for MySpace


You are Woodstock!
Take this quiz!

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How will you be defined?

xine —
[noun]:

A dance involving little to no clothing

‘How will you be defined in the dictionary?’ at QuizGalaxy.com

Found on Miss Frou’s site.

How will you be defined?

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August 18, 2007

The Best Things

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August 14, 2007

SPAM

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With huge apologies to my regular readers and commentators but chicken-scratch seems to be getting more SPAM than usual. I’ve increased security to my site. In doing so, I inadvertently erased all the feedback received for last week’s Thursday Thirteen entry.

Your comments are vitally important … and my ineptitude … well, it’s as annoying as all the junk e-mail in my in box.

My SPAM filter seems to be in working order now. So all is good with the universe. I do hope to be hearing from you soon.

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August 12, 2007

Where do you store your wishes and dreams?

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Blank pages

no longer need to be feared. Alessandro Esteri of Italy has redefined the little black book. 12 blank booklets/journals designed to be used one per month. Each booklet features a perforated number on the cover denoting the month. The packaging is so lovely and efficient. I wonder how much writing/creating I’d actually get done?

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July 30, 2007

RIP Ingmar Bergman 1918 - 2007

At age 89, one of the world’s most prominent film-makers has passed away.

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I first became aware of Ingmar Bergman through “reading” his work Wild Strawberries (film still below) during my introduction to film class in my second year of university.

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July 26, 2007

Our chicken at 23 months

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Horse Races in Tibet

Everyone likes getting dressed up before a special occasion, especially when the occasion is as special as the traditional Horse Racing Festival, which takes place at the end of July every year in Yushu in western China. Here Tibetan riders pose for a photo in their traditional costumes before the festival begins.

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July 25, 2007

Breathing Space

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July 24, 2007

Do you know Jennifer?

The art of Jennifer Collier is beautiful, delicate and whimsical. I am (particularly) enamoured with her travel stilettos and miniature dresses.

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July 20, 2007

In Memoriam

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It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
~ George S. Patton, Jr.

I’ve not felt like blogging lately.

Have been dealing with the loss of my dear uncle, who passed away on Tuesday while vacationing in Greece. The funeral has taken place on Rhodes, even though he lived in Vancouver for most of his adult life and was a Canadian citizen.

My tears, like the rain, fall intermittently.

Good night sweet uncle, good night.

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July 15, 2007

List # 21 - Unconscious Mutterings

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Playing along with Luna this sunny Sunday morning: she says and I think …

  1. Situation :: Uncomfortable
  2. Theme song :: Anthem
  3. Kelly :: Bag
  4. Club :: Country
  5. Swerve :: Bend
  6. Couch :: Recline
  7. Bigfoot :: Myth
  8. Arbitrary :: Rule
  9. Inventor :: Alexander Graham Bell
  10. Blazer :: Uniform

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July 14, 2007

delicious ambiguity

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July 12, 2007

Intermission

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July 11, 2007

And because I've got books on my mind . . . a quiz


You’re One Hundred Years of Solitude!
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Lonely and struggling, you’ve been around for a very long time. Conflict has filled most of your life and torn apart nearly everyone you know. Yet there is something majestic and even epic about your presence in the world. You love life all the more for having seen its decimation. After all, it takes a village.
Take the Book Quiz at the Blue Pyramid.

Don’t know how Marquez would feel being part of Oprah’s book club … However, this does happen to be one of my favourite books.

Found this quiz on Dew’s site and decided to play along. What book are you?

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July 10, 2007

I feel the same way about my WIP

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From the Londonist.

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July 8, 2007

Do you know Vladimir?

Enter the fantastic world of Vladimir Kush, a Russian-born artist who has been promoting and selling his artwork since 1987. Part Salvador Dali and part Picasso, Vladimir’s observations of both the natural realm and the human psyche are truly amazing.

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List # 20 - Unconscious Mutterings

What on earth was I thinking when I answered Luna’s questions

  1. Happen :: Occur
  2. Terribly :: Wanting
  3. History :: Fiction
  4. Master :: Servant
  5. Petrified :: Forest
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  7. Moan :: Pleasure
  8. Attack :: Stealth
  9. Picture :: Clear
  10. Students :: Teachers
  11. Potter :: Clay


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July 6, 2007

What Jung Says . . .

ENFP - “Journalist”. Uncanny sense of the motivations of others. Life is an exciting drama. 8.1% of total population.
Free Jung Personality Test (similar to Myers-Briggs/MBTI)

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July 2, 2007

And the Rockin' Girl Blogger Award Goes to . . .

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Last week, the wonderful, intelligent and subversive Miss Frou bestowed the Rockin’ Girl Blogger Award to me. Proud to be included in such a tribe, I immediately posted the button on my sidebar and then … spent the next week deliberating who the award should go to next.

Here’s what Miss Frou said about me:

Xine: - Queen of the short but powerful blog post. Her writing is just magical, and she has the best linkage between words and images that I’ve ever seen.

Here are my top picks for this rockin’ award:

1. Dewey from the Hidden Side of A Leaf. In the relatively short time that she’s been blogging, Dewey has created a dynamic community of book lovers. Her site is a hub of activity. She created the blogroll game and has hosted a number of carnivals. She really knows her books. I can always count on Dewey for an honest, articulate assessment of what’s going on in the book world. Visiting her site makes me feel really smart …

2. Red from Red Garnier’s Red Pages. Red has introduced me to the world of romance and erotic writing. A talented, published author and a gentle soul, Red’s blog is a place to go hang out, have fun and learn a thing or two about hot lovin’. Have you read Spin Devil yet? If not, you better hurry because Spin it Again, will be released on July 4th. And yes people, there will be fireworks!!!

3. Colleen from Loose Leaf Notes. I always enjoy visiting Colleen’s space. She’s a poet and deeply spiritual person. Her writing is crystal clear. She’s also intelligent, witty and enjoys life to the fullest. I visit Colleen whenever I need to be transported to a magical place full of wonder and joy.

Dewey, Red and Colleen - YOU ROCK! You each have made my blogging experience memorable, worthwhile and meaningful. Thank you!

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June 29, 2007

Ever have one of those days?

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June 28, 2007

No bad words found . . .

Online Dating

Hence, my G-rating … I wonder what the baseline is?

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June 26, 2007

On Memory

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This scant reliability of our memories will be satisfactorily explained only when we know in what language, in what alphabet they are written, on what surface, and with what pen …

- Primo Levi, The Drowned and the Saved

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June 25, 2007

Tagged by Thomma Lyn . . . A Birthday Meme

The lovely and talented Thomma Lyn, tagged me for a birthday meme today.

Here are the rules: You go to http://www.wikipedia.org/ and type in your birthday (only month & day). Then you write down 3 events, 2 births, 1 holiday, and then you tag 5 friends.

My birthday is October 25.

Three Events

• 1415 - The army of Henry V of England defeats the French at the Battle of Agincourt.

• 1945 - The Republic of China takes over administration of Taiwan following Japan’s surrender to the Allies.

• 2001 - Windows XP is officially released.

Two Births

• 1881 - Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter and sculptor (d. 1973)

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• 1912 - Minnie Pearl, American comedian and singer (d. 1996)

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One Holiday

• Virgin Islands - Thanksgiving Day

Five friends that I’m tagging to play along:

Red Garnier
Miss Frou Frou
Dewey
Colleen
Susan Helene Gottfried


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On impulses, phantoms and the creative process

If you persist in throttling your impulses you end by becoming a clot of phlegm. You finally spit out a gob which completely drains you and which you only realize years later was not a gob of spit but your inmost self. If you lose that you will always race through dark streets like a madman pursued by phantoms. You will be able to say with perfect sincerity: “I don’t know what I want in life.”

- Henry Miller, Sexus

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June 24, 2007

List # 19 - Unconscious Mutterings

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I say and you think …

  1. Compulsion :: Creative
  2. Spiritual :: Ecstasy
  3. Spray :: Bouquet
  4. Compatibility :: Questionable
  5. Pursuit :: Happiness
  6. Fake :: Illusion
  7. Mobile :: Alabama
  8. Ceremony :: Secret
  9. Ribbons :: Paper
  10. Mozart :: Driven

You too can play along with Luna.

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June 21, 2007

Happy Summer Solstice!

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© Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos
DEAUVILLE, France—A woman on the beach, 1985.

For more Beach Daze photos visit Slate.

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June 18, 2007

Tagged by Red . . . Recycle A Post

Red tagged me late last week and asked me to recycle a post from my blog. The post below was written on my European Adventure site as Dev and I were preparing for our trip to Greece and my beloved Mama was in the last stages of dementia. For you, gentle readers, I ask you to read this post first and then follow up with my first entry, here, written in January 2007.

For Mama on Great Friday

Mama,
there are moments
during night’s final yawn
when I can feel your warm breath
tickle my cheek.

I extend my arms only to embrace darkness.

More than anything,
I want to lay my head inside your mouth
and be swallowed whole.

I love what I do not have and
you are so far.

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My final meeting concerning Mama’s care took place yesterday morning on Great Thursday. While we’re away, Mama’s medical team will keep in touch with us via cell phone or e-mail.

It is on this day that Greek households around the world dye their Easter eggs red. Only last year, Dev and I spent Great Thursday driving around the various Mediterranean delis in Victoria searching for the appropriate packets of dye so that we’d have red eggs for Pascha.

On this day, there were no dyeing of eggs, only tears.

Mama is now receiving “comfort care” as she is in the late stages of her dementia. While I met with the hospital administrator, Mama’s nurse came in and asked if she could take the chicken to visit with yia-yia. I followed soon after.

Words fall wingless as she is able to only mimic what is said.

I love you, Mama.

I love you, Mama.

Look at the chicken.

Chicken.

Mama, forgive me.

Forgive … me.

How could this happen?
How did this happen?

Is this what happens,
when you pray for a Christian and peaceful end to your life?

Mama’s medical team reassures me that it is OK to travel - that we should travel, now, while there is time. And so today, on our Great Friday, the most holiest of days, Dev and I continue on with our plans. I pack in silence; Dev completes his errands.

Mama, forgive me.

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June 16, 2007

An invitation

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Regular postings resume next week. Please forgive the interruption. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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June 12, 2007

An eternal question . . .

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Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

Douglas Adams: Forty-two

Aristotle: To actualize its potential.

Buddha:
If you ask this question, you deny your own chicken-nature.

Salvador Dali: The Fish.

Einstein: Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road moved beneath the chicken depends upon your frame of reference.

Emerson:
The chicken didn’t cross the road; it transcended it.

Emily Dickinson:
Because it could not stop for death.

Goethe: The eternal hen-principle made it do it.

Hemingway:To die. In the rain.

David Hume: Out of custom and habit.

Timothy Leary:
Because that’s the only kind of trip the Establishment would let it take.

John Lennon: Imagine all the chickens crossing roads in peace.

Karl Marx: It was a historical inevitability.

Nietzsche: Because if you gaze too long across the Road, the Road gazes also across you.

Plato:
For the greater good.

Jean-Paul Sartre: In order to act in good faith and be true to itself, the chicken found it necessary to cross the road.

Thoreau: To live deliberately and suck all the marrow out of life.

Mark Twain: The news of its crossing has been greatly exaggerated.

Voltaire:
I may not agree with what the chicken did, but I will defend to the death its right to do it.

Wittgenstein:
The possibility of “crossing” was encoded into the objects “chicken” and “road”, and circumstances came into being which caused the actualization of this potential occurrence.

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Self-portrait

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For your own enchanted version visit the newly upgraded bless this chick factory.

I’m off to work now.

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June 8, 2007

A diversion for Friday: The rate my life quiz

My regular blogging schedule is interrupted as I am away on course: learning about appreciative inquiry. For today’s diversion, I bring you:

This Is My Life, Rated
Life: 8.2
Mind: 8.3
Body: 7.3
Spirit: 7.2
Friends/Family: 7.1
Love: 7.3
Finance: 8.5
Take the Rate My Life Quiz

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June 4, 2007

Open the door

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Open the door,
you know how little time we have to stay,
and once departed …
… may return no more.

-Omar Khayyam-

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Channeling Myrna Loy

Found this quiz on Miss Frou’s site and decided to play along. Seems I’m channeling Myrna Loy, what about you?


Your Score: Myrna Loy


You scored 19% grit, 28% wit, 33% flair, and 30% class!



You are class itself, the calm, confident “perfect woman.” Men turn and look at you admiringly as you walk down the street, and even your rivals have a grudging respect for you. You always know the right thing to say, do and, of course, wear. You can take charge of a situation when things get out of hand, and you’re a great help to your partner even if they don’t immediately see or know it. You are one classy dame. Your screen partners include William Powell and Cary Grant, you little simmerpot, you.

Find out what kind of classic leading man you’d make by taking the Classic Leading Man Test.

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June 3, 2007

Playing along with Red . . .

Your Fortune Is
Man who live in glass house should change clothes in basement.

Couldn’t resist playing along with Red this Sunday morning. Go stop by and say hello.

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List # 18 - Unconscious Mutterings

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I say and you think …

  1. Savage :: Beast
  2. Warrior :: Amazon
  3. Daisy :: Chain
  4. Schedule :: Regimented
  5. Rock, paper, scissors :: Chance
  6. Medical :: Journal
  7. Jade :: Chinese
  8. Elevator :: Convenience
  9. Drain :: Monetary
  10. Goldfish :: Koi

You too can play along with Luna.

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May 28, 2007

Tagged - 3 Things You Love Meme

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Tagged by 1 Million Love Messages a couple of weeks ago for the “3 Things You Love” meme, I promised Mauro that I’d post my responses when the time was right. Well, there’s no time like the present, so here goes… Oh, and I’m tagging anyone who wants to play along!

The questions:

1- 3 Things You Love in your Boyfriend/ Girlfriend or Husband/ Wife

• I love my husband’s sense of humour, intelligence and ability to always see the good in others.

2- 3 Things You Love in a Friend

• Wisdom
• Integrity
• Loyalty

3- 3 Things You Love in a Book

• Credible characters
• Believable dialog
• Interesting story

4- 3 Things You Love in a Movie

• Beautiful cinematography
• Believable dialog
• Engaging script

5- 3 Things You Love in a Blog
• Creativity
• Authentic voice
• Frequent updates (especially those on my RSS feed)

6- 3 Things You Love to Talk About

• Sex, death and life in all its squishiness. Oh yes, God is in the mix too.

7- 3 Things You Love to do on Vacations

• Walk around the city, endlessly
• Shop, buying from local artisans
• Visit spaces and places of cultural significance

8- 3 Things You Love to Eat

• Sushi
• Pasta
• Great tender, juicy steak - medium rare please (like the fillet my husband barbecued this past Saturday evening)

9- 3 Things You Love to Happen in Your Life
• Book deal(s)
• Dream home
• Another baby …

And last but not least:


10- 3 Things You Love in 1 Million Love Messages

• The freedom of expression
• The positive, creative messages
• The overall message that love transcends all languages, cultures and boundaries

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E is for Elephant

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EM can count from one to ten in Greek. Motivated by our early success with the Greek-Baby CD, we’ve decided to purchase these alphabet wall cards. And, being the proud mama, I just had to share!

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May 26, 2007

List # 17 - Unconscious Mutterings

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You too can play along with Luna:

  1. Dancer :: Professional
  2. Intellectual :: Thinker
  3. Direct :: Speech
  4. Tolerate :: Compassionate
  5. Post :: Modern
  6. Instinctive:: Primal
  7. Brink :: Extinction
  8. Regain :: Control
  9. Repulsed :: Involuntary
  10. Distressed :: Jeans


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My diary is a mirror

“My diary is a mirror telling the story of a dreamer who, a long long time ago went through life the way one reads a book. ” ~ Anais Nin

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May 23, 2007

All the best journeys

“All the best journeys, I have felt, are like love affairs, not least because they turn you inside out and leave you within a darkness where you can’t tell right from left or good from bad. And all love affairs are like journeys deep into a foreign country, where you can’t read the signs, don’t know the language, and you are drawn into a wilderness alive with mystery and possibility, and the knowledge - the certain knowledge - that who you were is irretrievable.” - Pico Iyer

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May 22, 2007

I asked for scrambled

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Visit LA-based Luke Chueh for more “simple animal characters in ill-fated situations. ”

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May 21, 2007

A Greek Myth

“We had never read American nursery rhymes, but instead were given books of Greek mythology, and I felt truly that I was a goddess atop Mount Olympus, monitoring the destiny of the mere mortals beneath.”

- Ariadne Thompson, The Octagonal Heart

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May 20, 2007

List #16 - Unconscious Mutterings

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You too can play along with Luna:

  1. Coastguard :: Vessel
  2. Buddies :: College
  3. Nap :: Afternoon
  4. Groan :: Annoy
  5. Sitcom :: Drivel
  6. Reader :: Online
  7. Heroes :: Tragic
  8. Amazing :: Awe-inspiring
  9. Woman :: Empowered
  10. Don’t! :: Do it!

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May 17, 2007

Mati

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Nothing to see here - just testing out a new widget:

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“To create one’s own world in any of the arts takes courage.”
-
Georgia O’keeffe

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May 15, 2007

(A)muse Me

gURL.com I took the The Nine Muses quiz on gURL.com
My muse is…
Calliope

Calliope is the patron goddess of epic poetry. She is often depicted holding a writing tablet and wearing a golden crown, for she is the oldest of the muses and their leader. Her name means “The Fair Voiced,” but Calliope inspires eloquence in writing. Read more

Who is your muse?

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May 13, 2007

Mothers

“Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different.”
- Albert Szent-Gyorgi (1893-1986)

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LONDON—1971.
© Eve Arnold / Magnum Photos

Slate always produces such thought-provoking and visually appealing photo essays.

Happy Mother’s Day.

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List #15 - Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Film :: Independent
  2. Dragon :: St. George
  3. Hunger :: Insatiable
  4. Plucked :: Strings
  5. Dissolving :: Friendship
  6. Executive :: Decision
  7. Ridiculous:: Arrangement
  8. Mist :: Dew
  9. Minority :: Marginalized
  10. Map :: Parchment

Free associate with: Luna

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Sunday Evening Diversion

You are Strength

Courage, strength, fortitude. Power not arrested in the act of judgement, but passing on to further action, sometimes obstinacy.

This is a card of courage and energy. It represents both the Lion’s hot, roaring energy, and the Maiden’s steadfast will. The innocent Maiden is unafraid, undaunted, and indomitable. In some cards she opens the lion’s mouth, in others she shuts it. Either way, she proves that inner strength is more powerful than raw physical strength. That forces can be controlled and used to score a victory is very close to the message of the Chariot, which might be why, in some decks, it is Justice that is card 8 instead of Strength. With strength you can control not only the situation, but yourself. It is a card about anger and impulse management, about creative answers, leadership and maintaining one’s personal honor. It can also stand for a steadfast friend.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

I wonder what’s changed? Back in February I was The Star.

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May 6, 2007

List # 14 - Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Tumor :: Benign
  2. Bunch :: Grapes
  3. Gratitude :: Abundance
  4. Feel alive :: Energized
  5. Connect :: String
  6. Temptation :: Chocolate
  7. Brighten:: Sunlight
  8. Jewelry :: Artisan
  9. Tough :: Sturdy
  10. Harmless :: Defenseless

Free associate with: Luna

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May 5, 2007

In you go . . .

“You have your brush, you have your colors, you paint paradise, then in you go.”
Nikos Kazantzakis

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May 2, 2007

No shrinking violet

Thanks to Rana over at Frogs and Ravens for posting this colour quiz. Turns out I “play well with others.” And you?

you are violet
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Your dominant hues are red and blue. You’re confident and like showing people new ideas. You play well with others and can be very influential if you want to be.

Your saturation level is lower than average - You don’t stress out over things and don’t understand people who do. Finishing projects may sometimes be a challenge, but you schedule time as you see fit and the important things all happen in the end, even if not everyone sees your grand master plan.

Your outlook on life is bright. You see good things in situations where others may not be able to, and it frustrates you to see them get down on everything.
the spacefem.com html color quiz

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April 30, 2007

say logo: egg magazine

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After struggling for months to come up with an appropriate logo for egg magazine , I have finally settled on a design and typeface.

Now comes the hard part: the execution.

Rusty from not using Macromedia Freehand since last summer, I have to re-learn this program and figure out an appropriate colour scheme (if any). I want the graphic element of the logo to look hand-drawn and convey a sense of fun. We writers have a tendency to take ourselves too seriously.

Open to suggestions.

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April 29, 2007

List #13 - Unconscious Mutterings

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I say and you think …

  1. Order :: Natural
  2. Mortician :: Six Feet Under
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  4. Determine :: Discover
  5. Ignore :: Neglect
  6. Guy :: Fawkes
  7. Crush ::
  8. Garlic :: “the stinking rose”
  9. Wacky :: Eccentric
  10. Parent :: Authority
  11. Burning :: Desire

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April 26, 2007

Blogthings: the new fortune cookie

You Should Be A Poet
You craft words well, in creative and unexpected ways.
And you have a great talent for evoking beautiful imagery…
Or describing the most intense heartbreak ever.
You’re already naturally a poet, even if you’ve never written a poem.

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April 22, 2007

List # 12 - Unconscious Mutterings

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  1. Found :: Locally
  2. Male :: Models
  3. Spoken :: Word
  4. Life :: Line
  5. Tonight :: Today
  6. Fingernail :: Manicure
  7. True :: Beauty
  8. Give up :: Surrender
  9. Shining :: Star
  10. Everywhere :: Nowhere


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I say and you think?

Your responses must begin with the first letter of your name… Not as easy as it sounds.

I say and you think?

Famous Musician: Chopin

3 letter word: Cap

Street name: Comox

Color: Chartreuse

Vehicle: Cabriolet

TV Show: Cops

City: Calgary

Boy Name: Charles

Girl Name: Charlotte

Alcoholic Drink: Champagne

Occupation: Communications Specialist

Flower: Chrysanthemum

Celebrity: Charo

Famous Leader: Churchill

Toy: Crayons

Animal: Chameleon

Food: Croissants

Something found in a kitchen: Cleaver

Reason for Being Late: Conflicting appointments

Something You Throw Away: Charred food

Cartoon Character: Casper the friendly ghost

Type of desert: Cheesecake

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April 17, 2007

blogtopsites.com register

Literature Blogs - Blog Top Sites

Just because I have to register … and am stuck with a navy blue utilitarian button, doesn’t mean that I can’t give you something pretty to look at:

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April 15, 2007

List # 11 - Unconscious Mutterings

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I say … and you think … ?

  1. Freeze :: Dried
  2. Naturally :: Occurring
  3. Painting :: Frescoes
  4. Merits :: Consideration
  5. Ironic :: Expression
  6. Survival :: Darwinism
  7. Cow :: Udder
  8. Anchor :: Chain
  9. Sisters :: Cloister
  10. 70 :: Pentagonal Number

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April 9, 2007

Sweet

Here’s what I look like as an M&M:

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Create your own here.

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List #10 - Unconscious Mutterings

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I say … and you think … ?

  1. Freak :: Show :: “P.T. Barnum’s Great Travelling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan and Hippodrome”

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    Photo of P.T. Barnum and Tom Thumb


  2. Open :: Learning Agency

  3. Important :: Decision

  4. Magnetism :: Attraction

  5. Lap :: Dance :: Burlesque

  6. Anything :: But ordinary

  7. Match :: Tennis : : Wimbledon

  8. Father :: Daughter
    Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes. ~Gloria Naylor

  9. Idea :: Concept

  10. Mirror :: Reflection

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April 1, 2007

List # 9 - Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Trembling :: Before God
  2. Shut up :: Black Eyed Peas
  3. Heights :: Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
  4. Monica :: Santa Monica
  5. Delicious :: Del.icio.us
  6. Joint :: Woodworking
  7. Ferry :: BC Ferries
  8. Bliss :: Follow Your Bliss - Joseph Campbell
    If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.
  9. Rejection :: Slip
  10. Satisfying :: Curiosity

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March 26, 2007

How much?


My blog is worth $31,049.70.
How much is your blog worth?

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March 25, 2007

List #8 - Unconscious Mutterings

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I say … and you think … ?

  1. Groovy :: Austin Powers
  2. Jealousy :: Sappho


    Poem of Jealousy

    That man is peer of the gods, who
    face to face sits listening
    to your sweet speech and lovely
    laughter.

    It is this that rouses a tumult
    in my breast. At mere sight of you
    my voice falters, my tongue
    is broken.

    Straightway, a delicate fire runs in
    my limbs; my eyes
    are blinded and my ears
    thunder.

    Sweat pours out: a trembling hunts
    me down. I grow
    paler than grass and lack little
    of dying.

    * translated by Williams Carlos Williams, 1958


  3. Watching :: Observant

  4. Kenny :: Rogers

  5. Games :: Cranium

  6. Bread :: Homemade

  7. City :: Urban

  8. Stems :: Florist

  9. Birds :: Bats and Butterflies - National Audubon Society

  10. Listener :: The Night Listener (movie)

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March 20, 2007

Read and Release at Bookcrossing.com

The bookplate below says it all. Now I know what to do with the books in my storage locker.

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http://www.bookcrossing.com

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March 19, 2007

Ah, spring!

Realized that my two most recent posts are a tad bleak … and so, I bring you “chickens in love” created by the very talented Girl with Fabric.

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Can you guess the sex of these two fine birds?

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Believers of the Holy Death

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MEXICO CITY—Believers of the Holy Death, 2004.

© Maya Goded / Magnum Photos from Slate’s slide show commemorating the Ides of March. Although I think it’d be more appropriate for a Day of the Dead celebration.

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March 18, 2007

List #7 - Unconscious Mutterings

  1. San Francisco :: City Lights Bookstore
  2. Sadness :: Melancholy
  3. Spirits :: Absinthe
  4. Harriet :: Tubman
  5. State :: Fascist
  6. John :: Baptist
  7. Offense :: Accidental
  8. Timeless :: Perpetual
  9. Account :: Outstanding
  10. Refuse :: Debris

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March 16, 2007

The Machine is Us/ing US

Michael Wesch is an assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University. This visual essay on Digital Ethnography has been viewed 1,850,463 times since being posted on You Tube at the end of January. For your viewing pleasure and comments, I bring you …

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March 11, 2007

List #6

My Unconscious Mutterings for the week of March 11, 2007:

  1. Contribution :: Monetary
  2. Ryan :: Reynolds (Canadian Actor)
  3. Minimal :: Ikebana (Japanese Flower arranging)
  4. Cleansed :: Refreshed
  5. Centered :: Grounded
  6. Arrow :: Bulls-eye
  7. Beyond :: Horizon
  8. Execute :: A program or command
  9. Intuition :: Reflection
  10. Apology :: Formal

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March 8, 2007

Check it Out:

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March 6, 2007

Guess What? Chicken Butt

I’m going to order a T-shirt from One Horse Shy because they “pander to everyone!” I’m quite taken with their Chicken Butt T-shirt. Check it out:

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March 4, 2007

List #5

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My Unconscious Mutterings for the week of March 5, 2007:

  1. Nude :: Lip-gloss
  2. Support :: Sponsor
  3. Rachel:: Weisz
  4. Crane :: Origami
  5. Candy bar :: Twix
  6. Material :: Construction
  7. Mind games :: Mensa
  8. Eviction :: Removal
  9. Produce :: Create
  10. Joke :: Quip

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March 3, 2007

Bless This Chick

The Bless This Chick Emporium allows you to create free e-mail signatures/avatars for your website. Below is mine:

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February 28, 2007

"And now a word about navel-gazing"

This is why I love the English Language … So many of our words are just so pretentious. Take today’s word-of-the-day from wordsmith.org:

omphaloskepsis (om-fuh-lo-SKEP-sis) noun Contemplation of one’s navel.

[From Greek omphalos (navel) + skepsis (act of looking, examination).
Ultimately from the Indo-European root spek- (to observe) which is
also the ancestor of suspect, spectrum, bishop (literally, overseer),
despise, espionage, telescope, spectator, and spectacles.]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

“Readers whose main interest is literary how-to or criticism can look
elsewhere, in places specifically dedicated to those matters. Doing
too much of it here would smack of omphaloskepsis.”
Stanley Schmidt; About Science Fiction; Analog Science Fiction & Fact
(New York); Jun 2001.

Want to annoy your friends with your extended knowledge of the English language? Join A.Word.A.Day

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February 25, 2007

Sunday Evening Diverson - My Life Rated

This Is My Life, Rated
Life: 7.4
Mind: 7.5
Body: 6.4
Spirit: 6.8
Friends/Family: 7.1
Love: 7.3
Finance: 6.9
Take the Rate My Life Quiz

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February 24, 2007

5 Minutes for Mom

I will be writing more about this great website I discovered in the next coming days. But for now, wanted to mention that they have two great contests going on as part of their March Blog Party promotion. Why not take 5 minutes and explore all the goodies on this site.


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List #4

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My Unconscious Mutterings for the week of February 25, 2007. Feel free to play along:

  1. Soldier :: Operative
  2. Lipton :: English Breakfast Tea
  3. Reason:: Raison d’être
  4. Terms :: Civil
  5. Positive :: Affirmation
  6. Example :: Given
  7. Legacy :: Meaningful contribution
  8. Solo :: Singular
  9. Instrument :: Proficiency
  10. Later :: Postponed

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February 17, 2007

List #3

Another word meme from Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Threshold :: Resistance
  2. Jason :: Argonauts
  3. Suspicion :: Insecurity
  4. Tender :: Buttons
  5. Tempted :: Weak
  6. Crimson :: Lips
  7. Repulsive :: Angry
  8. Bulldog :: Belligerent
  9. Garage :: Band
  10. Racket :: Noise

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Thought for the Day


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February 15, 2007

Yet another diversion

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Her Noble Excellency Christine the Imaginary of Leper St George
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

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February 14, 2007

On the Passage of Time

Events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves they find their own order the continuous thread of revelation.
~ Eudora Welty

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February 11, 2007

Another diversion

Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence
You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well.
An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly.
You are also good at remembering information and convicing someone of your point of view.
A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.

You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.

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List #2

Your turn to play - visit Unconscious Mutterings.

  1. The best thing :: my baby daughter EM
  2. Hold :: heart
  3. Rapture :: epiphany
  4. Cover :: Tupperware
  5. Restrictive :: clothing
  6. Baker :: Le Patisserie
  7. Author :: creative
  8. Pill :: halucogen
  9. Months :: moons
  10. Valentine’s Day :: harlequin romance

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February 10, 2007

An afternoon diversion

You are The Star

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Star is one of the great cards of faith, dreams realised

The Star is a card that looks to the future. It does not predict any immediate or powerful change, but it does predict hope and healing. This card suggests clarity of vision, spiritual insight. And, most importantly, that unexpected help will be coming, with water to quench your thirst, with a guiding light to the future. They might say you’re a dreamer, but you’re not the only one.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

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Saturday Morning

Woke up today with a sore throat, stuffed up nose and a foggy head. I will spend today in bed. I don’t really mind days like today - having a head cold is an inconvenience more than anything. On the plus side, being under the weather gives me permission to spend the entire day in my pajamas, reading.

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February 6, 2007

Introducing Penelope

We live with an independent orange Tabby named Alistair who, since the birth of our little chicken, spends most of his time outdoors. Alistair is not yet comfortable with being a family cat. He prefers his solitary existence. Alistair is fickle. There are times when he wants to be groomed, stroked, adored. It is then that he prefers Dev over everyone else - which leaves the rest of us (read me) yearning for the same special affection.

And so, it’s with great glee that I introduce Penelope, my precious pink pig. Granted she’s virtual, but she’s all mine.

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February 5, 2007

A List

A list to post before going to bed on an uneventful February night.

  1. Plaster :: cast
  2. Cabbage :: soup
  3. Jazz :: appreciation
  4. Darts :: daggers
  5. Poke :: with a stick
  6. Bribe :: double agent
  7. Whale :: Jonah
  8. Receipt :: of payment
  9. Answer :: inaudible
  10. Dentist :: an ordinary smile

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February 4, 2007

I am

My Unkymood Punkymood (Unkymoods)


The weather outside: rainy

The emotional climate in our household: peaceful, warm, and inviting.

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February 3, 2007

Seraphim Electric

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February 1, 2007

A Dedicated Reader

According to the following quiz, I am considered a dedicated reader … Now if I could wave my wand become a dedicated writer

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