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I want this read at my funeral,
except I don’t want a funeral.

Inscribe it on my headstone,
Except there won’t be one.

Ashes poured into a cardboard pot
With a willow tree; write with charcoal

So the words get eaten up and cast out
Into the wind with the fallen leaves;

“A few final solutions, like a duet
With the undertaker: a voice in the clouds…”



Originally posted on hecatedemeter:

So I was going to write pretty much this exact post, but the lovely and literate Melissa McEwan at Shakesville did it better and first and saved me the trouble.

Hillary Clinton is going to announce announced her long-expected second run for the presidency today and shit, as they say, is about to get real. One thing that surprised me about Obama’s candidacy and presidency has been how truly, deeply, evilly racist our society still is (I know, but privilege!) and how his election brought all that infection to the surface in one ugly boil. I expect Clinton’s candidacy and (please Goddess) presidency to do that and more for sexism. It’s going to be a long nine (hopefully) years.

As Melissa says (and I agree):

Clinton is a consummate modern Democratic politician. Which means she’s way more conservative on many issues that I am (and most of this readership…

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New book squeeeee!


An essay, it says, at 400 pages. Anyway, it covers all the spooky liminal attributes of Late Medieval Church material objects – paintings, crucifixes, altarpieces. So cool. I opened the book and ran across a section on Opening Marys- sculptures of Mary with openings in the back where relics were kept. So cool.

Also shown; one of the geraniums that have lived in the basement all winter, and that came up Saturday night because Sun and Warm Temperatures. I don’t think they believe it’s real yet, or maybe the sun is still too thin to really promote the greening of leaves. It will be above freezing all week, according to the forecast that can never be believed, so there they will stay.

And not shown, because it can’t be shown because it is gone; my computer at work decided to lose two hours’ work generating a list of mailing addresses. That I now get to do over, and which wasn’t supposed to be my job in the first place. I was in tears. But then we went to the gym, and I thought about it while doing sit-ups, and realized that there are several things missing from the course of two days, and I probably need to do a system restore, and start backing up to a thumb drive. F###ing PC’s. Or Microsoft; your choice. I suppose computers in general, but I won’t say anything bad about my Mac, except the updated software. If you can’t trust Apple, what can you trust?

calcite statue of a man

3rd C. BCE – 1st C. CE. Yemen. Yellow calcite-alabaster statue. More at the link.

He came up in conversation this weekend, so here is a sample.


I found out about Hundertwasser through Opal yarns, of course. They have a series of self-patterning yarns based on his work. This is a very dull image from his work. Really, just do a Google image search, and I’ll see you in a few days.

I am running a little hot today. Expect no coherence.

First; I follow these ladies. I’m learning a lot from them, and I want to buy their stuff. (Also, photos and a much too late thank you will be coming – it’s too windy today)

Second; I should probably update my links.

Third; Daughter saw a robin. I was not crazy when I started putting the plants that I’d over-wintered in the garage outside to get some sun and some water. It’s supposed to be in the 50’s next week. I can bring the geraniums up from the basement.

Fourth; I got new glasses today. I have not run into any walls (which is always a risk when my astigmatism correction changes), and my face only hurts a little. All good. (Also, I have obvs been hanging with the hipster co-op crowd. Oops.)

Also, running hot is usually followed by flame-out. Nap time!

Green knight image

My medieval links on Facebook coughed up a new book that I MUST OWN NOW! The article is interesting on its own, but then I had to go buy the book it references, The Morphology of the Folktale. I am so easily led astray.

I suppose I should read Gawain, too.

A couple of videos about sorting the remains of the World Trade Centers, embedded at the bottom of this link.

The story is a quick scan, but the videos take 15 -20 minutes. Telling the story through what was found in the rubble brought September 11th to a human scale, that I might not have been ready for.

I feel an obligation to witness.





You can click on them to make bigger, I found. I think the surface is about half-done. This is more interesting than, “I had a nice day,” anyway.


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