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I'm sad to hear this is program's being discontinued .. I used to love seeing Poetry in Motion placecards during my commute :(

it was the end of something,
and so we grew sad
according to how much we'd loved it.
now, nothing
but our great variety of sadnesses
and for some
a seed of instinct suggesting
something else
may eventually begin.

“the end” by Andrew Michael Roberts, 2009 Oregon Book Award Finalist

In the City’s Subway, Literary Placards Will Soon Be Mere Echoes in the Memory

happy solstice, all!

Spirit Day

Oct. 3rd, 2010 11:33 am
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Normally I don't repost stuff like this.. but bullying is horrible and being a teenager is tough enough without having to be 'different' :(

these poor kids. My heart goes out to them.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] 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. 20th, 2010 01:54 pm
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Manute Bol died

my heart just broke a little

I didn't know anything about his basketball career but I was familiar with his charity work. He was a giant among men in a way that it truly mattered. And for such a good person to be taken in such a painful way at such a young age, it really does make you question the existence of a god.

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I was hiking Sunday (boy was it blustery!) in Southford (CT) Falls State Park when I saw THIS:

a while later, I found a second one (also in the picture, further back). The orb measures about an inch, it's soft to the touch. The smaller one is harder.

I wrapped it in a tissue and put it in my pocket.. I took it out a little later and my husband said OMG WHAT THE HECK IS THAT I HOPE YOU DIDN'T SNEEZE...!!

so....what is it? Answer under the jump...? )

and my food is talking to me (again)

Squeeze me Mr Limon verde!
mr squeeze
squeeze me, lime!

More from Sunday in Southford )

in sad news, the centerI take tai chi has closed :(
I am SUPREMELY bummed out about this, it was a nice little spot and so pretty, by a river. I'll have to get in touch with my tai chi teacher for more info, she does teach elsewhere, but I'm not sure it'll be quite the same.

I try and embrace change but sometimes it's hard.
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just came back from my stress/echo. I don't want to see another treadmill for three-five years plz thx.

I wonder how many people have a coronary during this test?

The weekend was a busy one, on Saturday we went out to Great Island in Lyme and paddled out past Griswold and Poverty Point.. lots of osprey, didn't see any babies.

Later took a detour to Fort Trumbull, not so much to see the fort but to see that other battleground, Kelo vs New London. The whole neighborhood is still an empty lot, the only structure standing is the infamous 'Italian Dramatic Club'.

if anyone has not read Little Pink House, do so. And then take a trip to New London and see what Pfizer has left in its wake.

Sunday I went to Ginette's memorial service, it coincided with her birthday. She passed from ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease). She had escaped the Nazis in France as a child, came to America on a whim and became a successful businesswoman and wife. She drove me crazy sometimes, sometimes I wanted to strangle her but I will miss her dearly. I'm just sorry she had such a difficult journey to her passage. Thankfully, she passed not in a hospital or even a hospice, but at a place she called home for the past two years. I'll never forget her.
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I like pie
it's always round

more Pi-Kus @ NPR

My (former) neighbor passed away. She had ALS and was diagnosed last year.
The doctors gave her two
she only lasted one

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A few weeks back I heard that Joan Root died a violent death back in 2006

Timmy the Mongoose looking for hand creme, Kenya 1999

I met Joan Root when I was on an Earthwatch trip in Naivasha, Kenya. Her mongoose Timmy ate my Skin So Soft and suntan lotion. (Root apologised for his behavior, and told me she kept all her hand creme in jars because he had full run of the house and quite an appetite.) We visited with her for about two hours and had tea. She was soft spoken and gracious and did not hesitate to open her home to us. I thought she was older than she was (she was 69 when she was killed, so when I met her she would have been about 62), but everyone in Kenya looks a little older than they actually are. The sun is strong and the live isn't always easy in Naivasha.

I remember thinking, I should take a photo of her.. but it seemed so intrusive. She was very polite and open to answering questions but I got the sense that she was a fiercely private person.

There were bars on every single window in the house, and the home was well off the beaten path. It was very isolated, but the location was breathtaking. I don't think I've ever seen a more lush, beautiful landscape.

When we were leaving her compound, I saw a sign written in Kikuyu. I was told it said "Trespassers keep out". Why was in in Kikuyu and not English? I was told the sign was not meant for english speakers.

a Lilac Breasted Roller that Joan Root had rehabbed. He'd often come back for a visit when he saw her about. Here he is sitting on my hand

RIP Joan Root. You were truly badass. There's an amazing video of a spitting cobra spray venom at her face (she was wearing glasses) on cue for the camera. She made Steve Irwin look like a sissy. I've been looking for quite some time for the Root films on DVD, but have not been able to find them anywhere.

Like Joy Adamson, you loved Naivasha. And like Adamson, in the end it killed you :(

Wildflower: An Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death in Africa Wildflower: An Extraordinary Life and Untimely Death in Africa by Mark Seal

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book left me torn.. I wasn't sure if I loved it or if it came up short. Turns out, both are true

I was fortunate to meet Root in 1999. I had gone on an Earthwatch trip in Naivasha and she was kind enough to open her home to the 'volunteers' because of her relationship with Dr David Harper, one of the principal investigators. My memory if Joan Root is a tall, slender, older woman who I had trouble keeping up with as she showed us the lake, who grabbed her pet mongoose Timmy by the tail and carried him off when he began nipping at our ankles. She didn't strike me as a woman who could easily be duped, or a wilting flower crying because she was barren. Quite the opposite.

The first half of the book provided so much insight into Root's colorful life. I wasn't so pleased with the second half of the book, it painted her as a woman who whined about 'not having a man to lean on'. Seal also glossed over the strife that was brewing in Naivasha at the time, which boiled over into horrific ethnic violence between the Kikuyu and Lao tribes shortly after Root's murder.

Naivasha is a magical but deadly place.. I can see why Root remained even when logically she knew she was in danger. To me there are so many parallels to the life of Joy Adamson, who also lived on the same lake and also died defending the animals that she loved.

These women are heros and I'm honored to have spent even a few hours in the presence of Joan Root. I wish this book had done her justice, and spent less time defining her as the broken hearted, abandoned wife of Alan Root.

oh and one more thing that bothered me about this book... )
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January 1, 2009

The United States marked the five-year anniversary of the
war in Iraq. Over four million Iraqis had fled the country
or been internally displaced, and the total cost of the
war, currently about $650 billion, was expected to rise to
$2 trillion over the next five years. Oil rose above $147
a barrel, and Abu Dhabi bought New York City's Chrysler
Building for $800 million. Somali pirates stole a Saudi
supertanker. President George W. Bush announced that North
Korea was no longer a state sponsor of terrorism. The CIA
expanded its covert operations in Iran. Bozo the Clown
died, as did Jesse Helms, William F. Buckley Jr., Paul
Newman, Heath Ledger, Indonesian dictator Suharto,
comedian George Carlin, didgeridoo master Alan Dargin,
and, at age 110, Louis de Cazenave of the Fifth Senegalese
Rifles, one of the last two living French veterans of
World War I. "War," he once explained, "is something
absurd, useless, that nothing can justify." Ariel Sharon
was still alive, and Israel bombed Gaza in retaliation for
ongoing rocket attacks. Tom Jones insured his chest hair
for $7 million.

Australian police tasered a ram. France banned TV shows for babies. )

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