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A Jack quote [Feb. 1st, 2012|02:56 pm]
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"Mommy, you're the bomb."
(said with all sincerity)

-Jack H., three years, two months
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"I'd like to introduce the new Mr. and Mrs. Morgan!" [Jul. 11th, 2010|07:43 pm]
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I saw so many LJ folks at mavra_chang's wedding last night! I had a lot of fun dancing (the Beast even danced!) and catching up. Angie was so adorable, and it was nice to meet Tristan, who seems like a genuinely warm person and a pleasure to be around. Jack was all over the dance floor, despite being the shortest guy in the room. Also, at 19 months, he is already one big flirt. :] Lovely bride, lovely folks, lovely time!
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(no subject) [Apr. 7th, 2010|05:33 pm]
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Dear World,

Just wanted to say:

I love you! All of you!

your harried and bedraggled darling,
K
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horoscope [Apr. 7th, 2010|05:32 pm]
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GEMINI

A life-long dream of mine came true recently, and I didn't even know it was a life-long dream until it happened. It struck unexpectedly on a Tuesday afternoon. My daughter called on the phone from her college dorm room, wanting to discuss an essay she'd been assigned for her History of Modern Art class. She really liked it, but there were some points she wanted to understand better, and she thought my input might help. The essay? The "Surrealistic Manifesto," formulated in 1924 by the writer André Breton. Years ago, it was a crucial document in my own development as a young poet. The opportunity to share its heady brew with the beloved child I used to push on a swing was startlingly blissful. I predict a similar event for you in the coming days, Gemini: the fruition of a life-long dream you didn't even know you had.


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Hmmm. I can't wait!
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Joyous thrift store queen entry [Apr. 3rd, 2010|06:20 pm]
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Snagged today at Goodwill:


Brown V-neck cotton tee

Pink cotton tee

Brown tee with silly metallic graphic: "Chocolate makes me smile"

Pink rose taffeta tier skirt

Two green camisoles, one with floral print and one with lace

Pink and brown suede sneakers

A yellow gauze dress with plunging V-neck

2 ringer tees for the Beast

2 short-sleeve linen buttondowns for the Beast

and

"Little Bear's Friend" by Else Holmeland Minarik and Maurice Sendak for Jack
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color meme [Mar. 30th, 2010|05:50 pm]
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Comment if you'd like a color. Then list five things that you like/love which are that color.

Mine is orange, from suzanna_o!


1. My "let go - fear less - love more" Gaiam T-shirt from suzanna_o, which I am wearing today!

2. A good bonfire, especially on a cool evening.

3. Ripe mangoes dripping with juice!

4. Shino glaze on pottery, which is sometimes orange and sometimes white depending on thickness and kiln temperature.

5. Orange cosmos flowers, which grew by our back porch when I was a little girl.

and because I don't know when to stop:

6. Amber, especially lumpy dark cognac-colored pieces.
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free will astrology [Mar. 19th, 2010|07:03 pm]
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GEMINI

Being a paragon of moral behavior can be fun and rewarding. It's amazing how many interesting people want to play with me just because they think I'm so #%&@ high-minded. But I've got to confess that my commitment to discipline and righteousness is sometimes at odds with my rebellious itch to give you mischievous nudges and outrageous challenges. Like right now, the conscientious teacher in me might prefer to advise you to keep a lid on debauchery, voracity, excess, uproar, slapstick, wise-cracking, fireworks, and limit-pushing. But the rabble-rousing agitator in me feels obligated to inform you that at no other time in 2010 will the karmic price be lower for engaging in such pursuits.



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I think this means that I should feel free to be as bad as I want to be. Because honestly, except for my disinterest in housecleaning and tendency to overeat, I'm usually a very, very good girl. ;]
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Mr. Baby vocabulary [Mar. 13th, 2010|10:10 am]
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As of yesterday, Jack has given himself his first self-appointed nickname: Jumpin' Jack. He walks around the house chanting, "Jumpajumpajumpajumpajack!"

He also says kit-cat, meow, CAT, DOG, BALL, mama, mommy, dada, daddy, da-doo (whatever that means), da-doh (which seems to mean Dad's dog), MMMMM, wow, pree (pretty), wuh (water), book, butt (which only sometimes means button), duck, quack, moo, baa (for sheep), rawr (for lions), cah (cracker) and probably a few more I can't think of right now. Man. Kids are so awesome. :]
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Childbirth education doll [Nov. 15th, 2009|03:46 pm]
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This is a handmade, crocheted doll that shows how a baby is born, complete with newborn, umbilicus and placenta!

Cool, huh?
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free will astrology [Nov. 11th, 2009|12:23 am]
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GEMINI

Nature's rhythm is cyclical. Everything alive waxes and wanes. If you're smart, you honor that flow by periodically letting parts of your world wither or go to sleep. If you're not so smart, you set yourself up for needless pain by indulging in the delusion that you can enjoy uninterrupted growth. According to my reading of the astrological omens, Gemini, this is your time to explore the creative possibilities of ebbing and slackening. Ask yourself the following question, which I've borrowed from the Jungian author Clarissa Pinkola Estes: "What must I allow to die today in order to generate more life tomorrow?"


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I was just thinking the other day, really thinking, about the purpose of winter for people as well as plants and animals. We truly do need a season of rest and hibernation, of drinking hot things and playing cards. I am looking forward to more time in bed, time to spend dozing and dreaming up a magnificent garden for spring.
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We are all guilty. [Nov. 10th, 2009|11:22 pm]
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Whoops! Forgot to link to the author! xkcd by Randall Munroe
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chocolate [Sep. 17th, 2009|09:02 pm]
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I used this recipe tonight to frost a birthday cake for my mother-in-law. It was deliciously fudgey.

Easy Vegan Chocolate Frosting Recipe
Ingredients:

* 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
* 2 tsp vegan margarine
* 1/4 cup hot water
* 2 cups powdered sugar
* 1 tsp vanilla extract (I used Kahlua liqueur)

Preparation:
Over very low heat, or in a microwave on low power, melt the chocolate and vegan margarine together. (I used a double boiler. ~K)

Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the hot water. Slowly stir in the sugar until the frosting is creamy. You may not need the entire 2 cups of sugar.

Add the vanilla and stir. Allow the frosting to cool.

Reprinted with permission from The Compassionate Cook Cookbook

Speaking of chocolate, these Furious Vulvas are the coolest chocolates I've seen in a while.

Also, a link from suzanna_o:

Fair-trade chocolate consciousness raising via reverse trick-or-treating : free kits!
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Vintage hair - how-to videos [Sep. 17th, 2009|03:33 pm]
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I spent a little time learning on YouTube today and thought I'd share some links to videos showing cute and easy vintage hairstyles. I haven't tried them all yet, but they should be good on medium to moderately long hair.



Pin-up pompadour, 3 minutes


Pin-up updo, 4 minutes


Pin-up bun with scarf


In-depth pin-up hair tutorial


Very fast 40's-style Victory Rolls


In-depth 40's-style reverse Victory Rolls tutorial
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free will astrology [Sep. 16th, 2009|12:59 pm]
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GEMINI

According to my astrological analysis, you currently have a certain resemblance to a vacuum cleaner or a hungry baby or a min-black hole. Every time I've turned my meditations to the Gemini tribe, I've been hearing a psychic version of a giant sucking sound. What does it all mean? I sense that you're especially voracious right now, almost insatiable -- as if you're inclined to engorge and absorb any old thing that you happen to find in front of you. Are my speculations true? If so, I hope and pray that all the things you're finding in front of you are healthy for you. But just in case some of them are not: Would you consider exercising some discrimination about what you allow to enter into the sacred temple of your body and mind?


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This is really, really good advice for me right now. Rob Brezsny's horoscopes are always eerily accurate for me.
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food [Sep. 14th, 2009|04:01 pm]
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I've gotten back on the seesaw again. For the life of me, I can't manage to find the balance I need to eat right. It is SO tempting to pick a restrictive vegan diet and hold it up as the holy grail of health. It is even easier to throw up my hands, declare I don't care and eat fast food three times a week. Neither of these options has worked for me in the past, and I am presently faced (because I am breastfeeding, and provided I am correct about being pregnant) with the highest nutritional demands of my life thus far. I am hungry. Often. I know that if I eat leafy greens a few times a day many of my vitamin and mineral needs are met, but I still need plenty of calories. I know those calories shouldn't come from refined carbohydrates or fatty animal foods, but I do like to eat out sometimes and that makes it difficult to avoid these things completely. Also, I like French bread and chicken. I WANT to be vegan - I hate the fact that I'm hurting animals for my food - but somehow even though I love vegetables and beans and healthy foods, I can't seem to kick the habit. Like I said, I like chicken. And cheese.

The only strategy I have found to work for any length of time, and it does take some continuous effort to prepare this food, is to eat greens at least once a day, beans at least once a day, 3 to 4 servings of fruit a day, whole grains several times a day, and animal foods and refined carbs no more than one or two servings a day of each. The other vegetables and nuts/seeds take care of themselves. There will always be days when I don't achieve this goal, but a few days of extra cupcakes and or no salad will not harm me in the long run the way eating eggs and cheese and meat and white flour every day will. I just wish these diet guidelines of mine were simpler and easier to remember.

Maybe time and practice will make it all easier. Maybe one day I will manage to go totally vegan. Or maybe I'll find, again, that no one diet works for me forever. We'll see, I guess.

In the spirit of eating low on the food chain, if not low in fat, I present to you the recipe for my very favorite food:

TEMPEH SAMMICHES

Serves: 2 piggies like me or 4 average folks

Ingredients:

1 cake of tempeh, sliced into four thin, square patties
cooking oil
salt
4 (or more!) cloves garlic, minced
sliced rye or sourdough bread (whole wheat pitas are also good)
sprouts or thinly sliced Romaine lettuce
1 small kosher dill pickle
1/2 cup mayonnaise (low-fat works)
1 tsp ketchup
optional: sliced tomato

Directions:

Preheat an iron pan to medium high heat while preparing ingredients. Mix mayonnaise, pickle and ketchup to create a tasty homemade Thousand Island dressing. Cover bottom of pan with oil and brown tempeh on both sides, sprinkling each side lightly with salt to taste. Toast 8 slices of bread. Remove tempeh from pan and toss in garlic, stirring frequently until it becomes golden brown. Coat each slice of bread with dressing and top with one piece of tempeh, fried garlic, and sprouts or lettuce and tomato if you like, placing second slices on top. Enjoy!!! Warning: you may become addicted. Even my burger-and-bologna-loving dad likes these.
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oooh, promising! [Aug. 14th, 2009|02:41 pm]
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GEMINI

I climbed the endless steps to the sanctuary, brushing off large spiders that kept landing on me. I stood in the rain for hours waiting for the gates to open. The guardian of the threshold wouldn't let me in until I answered his tricky and sometimes insulting questions. Through it all, I maintained my patience and poise and reverence. At no time did I give in to the temptation to curse the difficulties. And when I finally entered, when I got my chance to penetrate to the heart of the rose petal-strewn labyrinth, my persistence was rewarded. As I knelt there in amused awe, face to face with the sacred jokester, I got a useful answer to the most important question in my life. Would you like a comparable experience, Gemini? It's possible in the coming week.


Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology
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my favorite holiday [Oct. 29th, 2008|10:41 am]
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Halloween is in two days!!!!! I'm going to the Rocky Horror Picture Show! But I am too pregnant to wear either of my black pleather dresses, so I'm going to be a fantastical gypsy queen. All I need is the right top to set off my gypsy skirts and jewelry. I already have lovely green patchwork brocade Mary Janes, and spiderweb stockings.

I should look up recipes for sweet potato hazelnut griddlecakes and mulled cider. Or I could just make them up. :] I think we need some beans and greens to go with that, too.

I love Halloween! Now if only the custom-made (yet delightfully inexpensive) pendulum I ordered from a friend would get here in time...
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catdog, catdog [Oct. 29th, 2008|10:38 am]
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GEMINI

On some occasions in the coming week, you'll be wise to act loyal, playful, and unironically enthusiastic. At those times, you will attract the influences you need if you adopt the mindset of a dog that loves to play Frisbee. On other occasions, Gemini, I advise you to be cannily self-possessed, fiercely attuned to your own needs, and determined to move at your own pace. Cat-like behavior will be rewarded at those times. Halloween costume suggestion: half-dog and half-cat.


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(no subject) [Oct. 29th, 2008|10:19 am]
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So I'm at the library today, checking my emails and reading all y'all's journals, and I swear to god, the crazy man next to me just uttered the words, under his breath, "The sphincter speaks!"

Several times.

Eek.
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free will astrology [Sep. 24th, 2008|05:06 pm]
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GEMINI

Jack Kerouac made a "list of 30 essentials," themes that guided him as a writer. To mark your entry into the most expressive phase of your astrological cycle, I offer you a few of his guidelines. Even if you're not a writer, they can be applied to how you create your life. 1. Submissive to everything, open, listening. 2. Be in love with yr life. 3. Something that you feel will find its own form. 4. Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind. 5. Blow as deep as you want to blow. 6. Visionary tics shivering in the chest. 7. Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind. 8. Telling the true story of the world in interior monolog. 9. Accept loss forever. 10. Believe in the holy contour of life. 11. No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge. 12. You're a Genius all the time. (The whole list is here.)

Rob Brezsny's Free Will horoscopes



I like this one from the full list:
"19. Accept loss forever"
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spiritual materialism [Sep. 24th, 2008|04:52 pm]
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The study of spiritual materialism is very important. Some people tell you to hold your breath, and you'll feel blissful. Some people tell you to breathe out, and you'll feel blissful. Some people tell you to eat a carrot right now! Some people say, "Stand on your head." Some people say "Sit, then stand on one foot, then lie down on your back and have a good massage." Or swim in cold water and that will help you. Swim in hot water -- that will help you. Reading this might help you. Say these few words over and over to yourself. Or shout your words; project out. Dive in. Dive out. Wear certain clothes. Get a certain hair cut. Do certain eye gazes. People suggest all sorts of things, which is what’s known as the “spiritual supermarket.” All these trips have been laid on the poor Americans. We could call this spiritual democracy. It doesn't particularly help. However, America remains a great field of spiritual fertility. Fertile situations occur constantly, all the time. Trying to work with this American mentality and bring it together with the Buddhist tradition of orthodoxy, at the same time, creates a good balance.

Edited from an unpublished transcript VIEWING AND WORKING WITH THE PHENOMENAL WORLD, a seminar at Naropa Institute, Talk One, June 10, 1976 by Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.
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free will astrology [Sep. 17th, 2008|07:11 pm]
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GEMINI

As you navigate your way through the challenges ahead of you, should you rely on what you know or on what you don't know? That's a good question. I'm inclined to advise you to go with what you know when it concerns your security, and to go with what you don't know when you're pursuing pleasure. So if you're trying to come to a decision about what will make you feel at home, trust what the past has taught you. But as you seek creative inspiration and effervescent adventure, shed all precedents. P.S. This is one of those rare times when you can interweave comfort and thrills, safety and risk, tradition and novelty.

Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology
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Thoughts on labor [Sep. 8th, 2008|04:59 pm]
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Now that I'm entering the third trimester of this first pregnancy, I'm beginning to think about labor and birth. The Beast & I made the decision early on to have a home birth with a direct-entry midwife. I'm still very happy with that choice. Once of the main reasons we went this route is because of the risk of unnecessary, even dangerous, medical intervention in birth. The U.S. has not had any statistical improvements in birth safety for years, unlike other nations like the Scandinavian countries, where home births with midwives are common. Of course technology has its place, and I would be tremendously grateful (if not exactly pleased) for the ability to use it should a birth emergency arise. However, Cesarean rates are on the rise, and it's very difficult to avoid connecting the current "active management" model of hospital birth with all these C-sections.

I don't believe pregnancy is a medical condition. I do not want to be cut open unless it's necessary to save my or my child's life. I do not want continuous fetal monitoring where a tiny dip in the baby's heart rate (common and normal during contractions) could cause a scalpel-happy OB-GYN to rush me to the OR. I do not want to be pressured into giving birth lying down, and I do not want to be given Pitocin because the first stage of labor has taken longer than average. I do not want an episiotomy, when both studies and women's experience show that they hurt more, take longer to heal and affect muscular integrity more than tears. I do not want to be offered pain medication, because I don't want to be tempted into taking it. I don't want my baby whisked away into another room, or kept under observation for days for no particular reason. Finally, I don't want to bring my child into the world in a hospital, even a maternity ward.

So, for all these negative reasons, I am giving birth at home. How about some positive ones? I do want to be coached through labor by an experienced, patient midwife who will stick by my side, look in my eyes and not be drawn away to a nurses' station or another mother's bedside. I want to be given herbal medicine if my labor is slow or difficult, and I want to be shown how to change position to make things go easier. I want my husband by my side every minute to encourage me, massage me and give me pep talks. I want to relax and talk with friends during the first stage of labor, and I want my cheerleading squad by my side when things get tough. I want a cozy, familiar, homey, pleasant-smelling place to labor and birth my baby. I want to spend as much time in the bathtub, shower or birthing pool as I like. I want to belly dance my way through contractions. I want to eat and drink to keep my strength up, and I want to have a birth party with family and friends as soon as the baby's here. There are so many reasons to give birth at home - I am healthy, my baby is healthy, and unless the unlikely happens and I hemorrhage, have a prolapsed cord or the baby turns sideways (and this baby is not going to do that to me), there's no reason to think I'll need medical intervention. I am a strong woman, and I am brave enough to do this without people in white coats with machines hovering around me.

And when I get through this and my baby is here by my side, both of us healthy and strong, I'm getting a tattoo to celebrate. :]
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Yeah, yeast infections will do that to you. [Sep. 2nd, 2008|05:20 pm]
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GEMINI

The governor of Minnesota has a wife who loves to go fishing. Tim Pawlenty told radio station WCCO that his wife Mary is smitten with the sport. She is genuinely driven to cast her bait into the lake in quest of the catch. "Now, if I could only get her to have sex with me," the governor added, suggesting that her passion for intimate union with him was not as pressing as her urge to fish. While I personally lean toward the position that eros is one of life's best gifts, I don't judge Mary harshly for her preference. Many people find that the most satisfying and useful way to express their libido is through some non-sexual activity. You may want to consider that possibility, at least in the coming days. It's the sublimation phase of your astrological cycle.


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knocked up [Aug. 19th, 2008|01:49 pm]
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I imagine that some readers of this journal expected to hear more from me about this pregnancy that I've written in the past 5 months. Well, no news is good news, as the saying goes, and there hasn't been a lot to tell. Pregnancy has felt remarkably normal to me, and that's a good thing. There's been a bit of nausea here and there, nothing extreme. I've gained very little weight, although I do definitely look pregnant now. At this point I am finally starting to put on a few pounds and my appetite has shot up.

The baby must be growing by leaps and bounds because not only do I need more food, but s/he is kicking and wiggling for at least two workouts a day - usually in the late morning and late evening. It is the strangest sensation - not at all unpleasant, but always startling. I still have to think a moment to be certain it's the baby and not me, but it doesn't feel like my stomach growling even though it's nearly in the same area. Last night I felt a whole new sensation - the feeling of some bit of baby anatomy SLIDING against me, presumably bumping up against the amniotic sac. Maybe a little round arm or leg - possibly her head? That was exciting. :]

I don't really feel like there is an individual creature inside me yet, even though I expected that to come with the quickening. However, I have started to place my hand over my belly comfortingly and talk to the baby, if just a little. In just a week or two s/he should be able to hear fairly well, which means we can start listening to music together. Perhaps the Beast and I can read to the little one, even now. No reason not to instill her mother's fondness for Over the Rhine's music and classic kids' fantasy novels early - we'll have more in common that way. ;]

We've been given oodles of baby equipment already and have several good books. What I really need is a copy of Susun Weed's Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year. There is always room for more books in our house, figuratively if not literally, and baby care books are a great comfort to me at present as I am the first woman in my family of my generation to give birth, as well as the first of most of my friends. Thank goodness I've made some local friends who are already mothers - in fact, one is due nearly at the same time as me! She is having a boy. I'm so glad we aren't finding out the baby's sex ahead of time. When people inquire and I tell them that, they often say, "Good for you!" I just think it's more fun that way. :]
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The Batman! [Jul. 21st, 2008|04:50 pm]
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We saw the new Batman movie last Saturday! Now, I readily admit that I am a complete geek for Batman. I am not a comic book aficionado by any means, but the concept of superheroes fascinates me. I love Frank Miller's work, and I love the animated series. I had been consistently disappointed by every Batman film produced before Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, and I've been waiting eagerly for this movie to come out. Despite my trying to limit my exposure to violent media since I became pregnant, frankly, nothing could keep me from seeing this movie on its first weekend in theaters.

Batman is my favorite superhero because there is nothing really "super" about him. It's his will, his drive to improve Gotham and his guilt over his parent's death that creates Batman out of Bruce Wayne. His only obvious asset is his fortune, which he uses as both a resource and a clever disguise. Batman is not even a hero in the traditional sense, not these days, as a theme of recent Batman stories has been his full or partial responsibility for the creations of the insane criminals that he battles. He manages to be both hero and antihero.

The Dark Knight was awesome. It felt like two movies in one. I was excited that they crammed so much plot development into one movie. The dialogue was really good, the effects were amazing, and the actors were wonderful. Heath Ledger was a terrifyingly human Joker. His voice, his speech pattern and his lines - he is more convincing in the character than any actor or voice actor has even been before. The Joker is just the Joker - he is a man without principle, without motives. That's what makes him so frightening. Aaron Eckhart was much more believable and complex then Harvey Dent's prior incarnations. He made the audience empathize with Harvey.

I was looking forward to seeing Maggie Gyllenhaal because I admire her as an actress. She was good, but I was a little disappointed that she didn't really make the role her own. I felt like she was playing Katie Holmes as Rachel Dawes. Of course, Dawes is sort of a bland character so maybe she didn't have that much to work with. Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Gary Oldman were all tremendous. My only real complaint is that it seemed like there was very little of Batman himself in this movie, but I don't mind because it left more space for Heath Ledger's final complete role. His death is a tremendous loss to Hollywood.

What I loved about The Dark Knight is how it seemed to place Gotham in the real world. International corporate mergers, organized crime, attempted assassinations, mindless violence and, of course, love triangles are all a part of our modern world. Nolan manages to make the Batman mythos so realistic! I would really like to see it a few more times on the big screen. Next up in the superhero genre is Will Smith's Hancock!

P.S. Christopher Nolan, if you're listening, Angelina Jolie would make a great Catwoman. ;]
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Abraham Lincoln, America' First Neocon President [Jul. 8th, 2008|05:15 pm]
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I have been reading the Abraham Lincoln expose books by Thomas DiLorenzo, The Real Lincoln and Lincoln Unmasked. They cover a lot of the same ground, and I would recommend the latter over the former unless you want to read about Union Army atrocities committed on Southerners that would curdle your blood.

Abraham Lincoln was not a civil rights hero or even an equal-rights abolitionist. He made many speeches in his career about how the black and white races ought to remain separate, and he favored resettling all black people, free or slave, in other countries to keep the United States for whites. He stated clearly upon taking office that he had no intention of interfering with the Constitutional rights of slaveowners to keep slaves. His contemporaries ridiculed the Emancipation Proclamation when it was made, since Lincoln carefully worded it to exclude freeing any slaves in territories controlled by the Union, from the North to the conquered parts of Mississippi. All it did was incite riots in the North against free blacks by whites who had no intention of fighting a war to free slaves. DiLorenzo proposes in The Real Lincoln that Lincoln's main intention in framing the Emancipation Proclamation was to encourage domestic insurrections (slave rebellions) that would damage the Southern war effort from the inside.

The entire purpose of the Civil War, which was an illegal war (waged without Congressional approval) much like the one we are in today, was to physically and economically crush the Democrats of the South and change the laws of the nation to take rights away from the states and centralize all power in the federal government. For his entire life, Lincoln's political agenda remained the same: high tariffs on imports, protectionist funding for "internal improvements" (what we now call "corporate welfare") and the establishment of a national bank that could print money not redeemable in gold or silver...the precursor to the practically worthless Federal Reserve notes we now use for currency.

As a brilliant lawyer and politician, Lincoln neatly accomplished all these things. He also managed to set the precedents for trampling the Constitution, creating a secret police, imprisoning political dissenters without trial, and exploiting doublespeak as he claimed to love "peace" while burning entire cities of civilians during the Civil War in order to "save the Union." Most of the inspirational-sounding quotes you hear today attributed to Lincoln were made up by one Lincoln admirer or another over the years. He was no poor backwoods laborer - he was a wealthy railroad lawyer and lobbyist. After reading these books, I've become convinced that Lincoln was one of the major factors in turning the United States of America into what it is today instead of what the founding fathers intended it to be - a free and voluntary union of sovereign states.
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