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THE FLATLAND CHRONICLES. While working within my meme group, I stumbled on this glorious photo-essay relating to the Pacific North West of America's range of volcanoes. As a lover of writer Ursula K. LeGuin, I am deeply fascinated by that part of the country, though I haven't spent much time there (and don't expect to). Read more here.....
THE FLATLAND CHRONICLES. In my intermittent travels around the blogosphere I stumbled across a fabulous photo essay posted at Zenmomma's Garden. I don't even know how to describe it, but I have a go at trying here, before linking you directly to the thing itself.
THE MARGINAL CHRISTIAN'S HANDBOOK. A lovely blog post from a lovely blog answers this question in a way that helps even institution-mistrusting marginal types like me see grounds for hope. Read more here....
THE FLATLAND CHRONICLES. At "Open Grove" I found a list of 12 ready-made resolutions for New Year's, being very tired----again, some more----of the way I make everything, even the things I do for fun, into a source of strain and tension. True, this is a stressful time. But even when I'm not under any outside stress, the way I get myself going is by means of threats and rebukes. I even remember now where I learned to do this! So even knowing in advance the high failure rate of resolutions to break old habits, I am going to give it a whirl. (Blogcombing Claudia)
Another friend of mine set out a list of editing tasks that infuriate and frustrate her (sound of hollow laughter). It's one of those pages you see that you know will come in handy later on. (Blogcombing Serious Writer)
THE FLATLAND CHRONICLES. I have reached the time of life where I simply don't hear a lot of new music unless someone brings it to my attention. I can't deal with the chaff anymore, so I just have to find people who will show me what's good. One way---I'm afraid I'm quite serious---was through Starbucks, though lately they've been letting me down. I've been dismayed by their much greater emphasis on classical music (feh; and I'm not ashamed of this, shut up) and collections of oldies. I can't tell you how much I don't love Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and other freaking "crooners" from my parents' era and how many good memories their music doesn't bring back. Thank God for this site, Altjiranga Mitjina. My specific homage to it is here (and I loves a Sixties theme, natch, so I just love the look of the site). PS. Not to confuse that blogger's preferences with mine, the author of that site has a very open mind to all sorts of music and does like at least some of those "crooners." (I even hate the word "crooner.")
THE MARGINAL CHRISTIAN'S HANDBOOK. I always imagined, as a matter of common sense, that Jesus would feel rather strongly about torture. After all, he experienced it himself. Curiously, many right-wingers who claim to be among Jesus's sunbeams don't see any application for "Do unto others" when it comes to people they're (rightly, of course) afraid of.