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February 28th, 2013

09:16 am: Well, now...that was interesting.
Except, not really. Traumatic. Tragic, even. Not for me. Unpleasant in the extreme, and there was some heartbreak, but I mend fast. Still not ready to talk about it. May never really talk about it...just one of those things, one of those life mistakes, you know? If only we were as smart as we thought we were...

The main thing is that the week I gave myself to mope after ending up in the house of my mother is very nearly up, and I am feeling much better. It's now all about what to do next. And next time, I'd like to make a better mistake. A different mistake even. Isn't that a Breszny line? Better, brighter more sparkly mistakes? Something like that, anyway.

At least it's pretty here. So very, very green, and the ocean is, as always, amazing.

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In fact, if the scenery were all that counted I wouldn't mind staying here...unfortunately, the scenery doesn't pay, nor can it be eaten. Doesn't provide much of a social circle either, since I don't speak the language of the animals. Pity, that.

Oddly enough, I feel as though a weight has been lifted. I feel rather more hopeful than I have in ages. It's not perpetual, it comes and goes...but to be feeling it at all is an improvement.

So here's to the future!

Current Location: the piney coast
Current Mood: curiouscurious

August 10th, 2012

10:53 am: Something interesting I have noticed since beginning to cook vegan and making my own...well, everything practically (not tofu or tempeh, yet)...and shopping at the not-prissy/yuppy farmers market is that my grocery bills have gone way down.

I used to budget about $90 a week and wonder if I could make it stretch (yes, just for me...I can eat a lot of food, you know?) and now I have leftover food money at the end of each pay period. I think I'm spending half of what I used to.

Of course, it's possible that will go up again when Summer's over and all that fresh produce is gone. I suspect, though, that I'll still be spending less than I do now. Maybe I should stock up on beans, etc, while I've got surplus funds...

July 27th, 2012

09:38 am: Now that I'm not quite scrambling with food prep (I'm actually relatively comfortable ATM, food-wise) I'm totally at a loss as to what to do next. I have chores...there's always chores...I just can't/won't remember what they are, or when they ought to be done.

It's somewhat disconcerting and uncomfortable to be so disconnected from one's own life, even when it was done more or less on purpose.

Luckily, the cats are more than happy to step up and absorb my extra time with pets. Kitty time sink!

May 6th, 2012

05:10 pm: Saw these guys perform at the Lost Church last night and thoroughly enjoyed them. Sort of Southwestern Gothic? If you get a chance to see them I suggest you do. Here's their bandcamp, for just a small taste.

April 9th, 2012

11:54 am: I need to get out more - I could have sworn I had social skills once. Besides the shallow 5 minute conversation, I mean. I can fake that with the best of them.

January 30th, 2012

09:06 am: Holy crap, I have access to a lot of online libraries through Stnford. Amazing what you can find out when looking for other things. If you're paying attention, of course...

November 1st, 2011

12:08 pm: Interview with Joseph Matheny on Other World Radio
Totally fun to listen to most particularly if you have an interest with some of the counter culture history of the internet and multimedia (and mail art and all that other fun stuff). And also if you ever checked out the Ong's Hat.

mp3 link

October 14th, 2011

08:28 am: Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by james_nicoll at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by soldiergrrrl at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by twbasketcaseat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by gabrielleabelleat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

October 12th, 2011

11:46 am: This goes nowhere really, just musingCollapse )

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