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Your argument is invalid:

Neil Patrick Harris and Puppets. It’s a web series. Awesome.

Oh, and don’t feed the trolls at YouTube.

Neil Patrick Harris and Puppets

Have a great rest of your day!

 

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‘Tis the season to make a wish list of gifts that you really, really wish someone would buy you because you would never spend your money on that for yourself. In the spirit of the season, here are a few things that I think are beautiful, adorable, or just plain cool:

Goes with anything, pretty, reminds me of the dance of life. I love jewelry. I don’t love fine jewelry, because I’m brutal on it and tend to lose or break it. But I love good costume jewelry and handmade beadwork.

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From Cultural Elements. I would wear this every day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cap’n Reynolds, Zoe and the rest. Great company for a winter day or two. Firefly just makes me feel good. And determined that good shows like this one get a good run, instead of a few measly episodes.

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Curling up in front of the TV with my Husband watching these? Any day.

 

Klimt‘s Three Ages of Women. Just Lovely. I have a gallery of women’s images in in office at home, and this would be right at home there. Okay, ‘gallery’ may be too strong a word. ‘Collection of random art with female images that I almost can’t see through the clutter’ might be a better way of stating it.

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One of my favorite bits of art. Would love for my office at home.

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Xperience Days offers a walking tour of New Orleans flavors in the French Quarter.

Oh, and this. Oh my god! This. Unfortunately, this is the largest image they had on the site, but really: Walking around New Orleanson a food tour? I’m in! (Followed by some serious blues searching after dark? Magnificent!)

I am in love with the company that offers this tour, Xperience Days. They sell interesting experiences, everything from spa days to skydiving to driving a race car, and their packages start at under $100. There are a couple of local packages I intend to try very, very soon.

 What is on your wish list?

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anger and forgiveness

Tbird is the guest author of this post about anger and forgiveness. She recently completed her conversion to Judaism after years of study. Originally from New York, she now lives outside Denver Colorado and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She has also been my friend for many years and is a constant inspiration to me. I hope you find her as inspiring as I do. 

Many belief systems call on us to seek out one another’s humanity, even in the darkness of people. We are asked to find a spark in the people who would hurt us or others.

The Quaker belief is that every life has value.

Universal Unitarianism holds the principle of “affirming and upholding the inherent worth and dignity of every person” at the top of their list.

As humans in the West, we are constantly told to be good, be polite, be kind to strangers, know compassion, let go of anger, and forgive. This is hard to reconcile when we know there is evil in the world; there are people who hurt children, murder neighbors, or think it’s a good idea to barbecue live kittens. How are we supposed to be nice, to affirm the inherent worth of such people?

In Judaism, the good and the bad both have a place. There is room for both anger and forgiveness.

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The Essential Thanksgiving

 

Turkey, despite all rumors to the contrary, is not essential to Thanksgiving, even in the US. Blasphemy, right? Thanksgiving is a harvest festival, and of course the fruits of harvest are important to the festival, but it is more than that. The essential Thanksgiving doesn’t require particular foods or table settings, but these ideals. 

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Happiness Results from Full Participation in Life

How many of us have groaned or sighed when some happiness guru or another has said ‘just think positive’? How many of us have growled at the speaker or the book and thrown the remote or the book across the room in anger?

Do you know why you get so angry? That kind of deep anger covering up an even deeper injury? It’s because you’re being asked to take half (more or less) of reality and pretend its not real. It doesn’t work, because ‘think positive’ is only a bit of the answer, and the wrong bit, at that.

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Visualizing mindfulness (366/194 July 12, 2012)

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What is ‘everyday mindfulness’ and why do it?

Mindfulness is the state of simply being, in the present, with all of your attention in the present.  It is compatible with any spiritual or religious belief, or lack thereof. It’s both simple and difficult, and it has been found by numerous studies to be useful in a variety of situations, including easing chronic pain, depression and anxiety. It doesn’t (necessarily) involve any special equipment, can be done (nearly) anywhere. 

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Mr Migraine is visiting today, so in lieu of the post I intended to work on today, I’m going to introduce you to some writers of fine articles and poems I have found on the web. Curated links and editing old posts seem to be the extent of my intellectual capacity today. Enjoy!

Elizabethann, who also goes by Elsie (in my tree) has been writing beautiful and challenging poetry for many years on Livejournal. Sometimes it borders on doggerel in style, but in a really good way (much like Robert Service). It is the subject matter that can be challenging.

Elsie, as she tells it in her journal, has had a very difficult life, and her ambivalence about how it has affected her is a frequent topic of her poetry. It can be shocking and hard to read even as its beauty and lyricism is compelling. Here, go have a look at her latest, and then look back over others she has posted.

Cathain has written a scathing indictment of What is Wrong with Kansas? Cait is from Kansas, and I live a scant dozen miles (or less) from Kansas, with family and friends on the Jayhawks side of the border. I think Cait accurately lays the problems in the state at the feet of ideology. I would be interested in solutions that the readers of this post can come up with, because I suspect they will be more widely applicable after the next midterms.

From Daily Kos comes an article about veiled threats being bantered around about ‘making Joe Biden President’. My observation: Our contry (the US) is a representative democracy. Voting is a bloodless revolution every four years. If you don’t like the outcome of the revolution, rather than bring blood in it, seek to have the next bloodless revolution turn your way.

Lest you think I have nothing good to say about business owners and people in power, there’s this: The owner of Bob’s Red Mill is giving his company to his employees.

Finally, I have seen this video mentioned in Huffington Post several times from friends on Facebook. It gives me the giggles, partially, in fact, because my husband can compete with those handsome fellas in the video in every particular except in the whole being gay thing: Gay Men will Marry Your Girlfriends

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It is said that the most segregated hour of the week in the United States is the hour when people go worship the deity of their choice. I would contend that the bookshelf is perhaps the most segregated place in America. And it’s a damned shame. Midnight is a historical romance written for African Americans that I strongly suggest White readers ‘cross the aisle’ to read.

I have read most of the great and ‘crossover’ African American writers, and am aware of their rich and powerful literary tradition. Too often, though, fiction that is not written as a ‘great novel’, such as genre fiction, gets stacked separately, and not marketed to middle aged blonde women like me.

Such was the case with Midnight by Beverly Jenkins. It’s a historical romance set in and around Boston in the early days of the American Revolution, and the main characters are pulled out of the free Black working and middle class of the time. I picked it up in my latest library haul because I really liked the cover art and because far too little historical romance is set in that time period.

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It’s about the doing.  Happiness is being in the moment, whether that moment is a sink full of greasy dishes, an armload of laundry, or the arms of the one you love.  (This takes work.  I still hate housework, can still only get past anger and resistance into the moment on rare occasions).

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