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Tuesday, December 25th, 2012 08:51 am
For those of my friends who celebrate this day, I offer the following from Luke:

But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

Happy Christmas to all of my Christian friends.

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Friday, December 21st, 2012 05:25 am
So the Chex Mix is made (and happily being eaten), the prime rib is in the refrigerator awaiting cooking for Christmas Day, I'm picking up our ham this morning and DH bought his spritz cookies last night. Solstice has now arrived, the fires have been rekindled and the sun is beginning the return voyage to the heat of the summer. The lean season is beginning, but it is starting with a feast of friends, food and festivity. To honor my friends and to celebrate the Solstice, I have sunrise pictures to share with all of you today. Thank you for enriching and enlightening my life over the past year. I look forward to sharing the next with all of you.

More pics below the cut )
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Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 05:50 am
So The Nutcracker ballet is one of the most beloved ballets in modern times and perhaps is the most performed ballet in the world. But when it debuted on December 17, 1892 in the Maryinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia, it was panned and received horrible reviews. The music and the choreography were both given extremely poor reviews and Tchaikovsky was terribly depressed by its lack of success. He pulled short bits from the musical score, making a twenty-minute conglomeration which he released separately, and that was a success.

Photo of Stanislava Belinskaya as Clara (left), an unknown performer (center),
& Vassily Stulkolin as Fritz (right) in the Imperial Ballet's original production of the Petipa/Ivanov/Tchaikovsky ballet "The Nutcracker". December 1892

pics of amazing dancers, a ballet question for my readers, and bringing The Nutcracker into the present day below the cut )
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Thursday, July 5th, 2012 05:49 am
It continues hot. Yesterday was 103 F (39.4 C) here in the Twin Cities. The upper story of my house (bedrooms) was at least that hot, even with the fan blowing. The next level down (livingroom/kitchen and the couch where I sleep) was in the 90's with the fan running, and the next level down (computer room, den - messy!) was in the mid-80's with the fan running. The humidity was upwards of 80%. It was miserable. But it was still a wonderful 4th of July. I have to send thanks out to so many of you who Emailed and messaged 4th of July greetings and good wishes. They were so very appreciated.

fountains and fireworks below the cut )
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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 05:31 am
Today is July 3rd. I may or may not post tomorrow since it is a holiday for me - the celebration of Independence Day for my crazy, happy, and wonderful nation of the United States. Now...I fully admit that there are lots of problems with this nation. Politics appears to be totally broken and non-functional right now. The income gap between those living on the edge and those who never have to worry about anything monetary is widening. We are working too hard for too little. But we are kind hearted, generous, loving and the first to be there with a hand up also. Every nation in the world has people who are bad and who are good, but when the chips are down, I'm proud to be a citizen of the US.

pics and thoughts about peace below )
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Saturday, May 26th, 2012 05:17 am
In the United States, Monday is a holiday - Memorial Day. Although this holiday focuses on our troops, both current and past, it is also an opportunity to honor any of our dead. It's not nearly as much fun as November's Day of the Dead, but the temperatures and weather are much kinder than those November days of raw winds. Many people gather their families together and clean and decorate the graves of their loved ones. My parents, the only graves that I would be able to do anything with, are piles of ashes in a lovely, carved granite niche in a city far away from me. Sure I could move them up here - it's a pretty easy thing to move an urn - but they never lived in my state and I don't think they would be happy here.

Who do I think about on Memorial Day and two great cemetery pics below. )
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Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 05:48 am
Today is the first day of the three days of Lemuria. General searching for Lemuria usually brings up the mythical land that sank below the oceans, similar in basic scope to the Atlantis myth. But the Romans celebrated Lemuria on May 9, 11 and 13. Yes - three non-contiguous days. How unusual. But the entire holiday is unusual.

play along with me below the cut )
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Friday, April 6th, 2012 04:31 am
For those of my readers who celebrate Easter or Passover, I wish you good holidays. Passover begins at sundown tonight, and today is Good Friday in the Christian calendar. I remember Passover celebrations from when I was a kid quite fondly, it was my favorite holiday. I loved finding the hidden matzoh, I loved leaving the empty chair for Elijah and all of the food - oh my, the food was wonderful. The wine, on the other hand, kosher wine just doesn't cut it. The wine was terrible.

Navajo Cops? Oh yeah! read on... )
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Friday, December 23rd, 2011 05:34 am
 I awakened this morning and went down to my computer. One of the groups that I belong to is a Game of Thrones activity group, where we combine writing with graphics in a variety of challenges. I had signed up to be a Secret Santa in a Tolkien group that I belong to, and also my Game of Thrones group and knew, in the back of my mind, that my "gift" was due on the 23rd.

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Monday, December 19th, 2011 04:02 am
Well, today is the 19th. Solstice is creeping up quickly, Hannukah begins mid-week, and Christmas Day is seven days away. Are you ready for your holiday of choice?

my letter to Santa pic below )
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Saturday, December 17th, 2011 04:59 am
Do you ever get to the point where you are so tired that nothing seems to penetrate? I have the last holiday cards to decorate. I have a Yule Fic to review because I'm not happy with where my muse took me at the end of it, and I have another story to complete and submit by the end of the month. I have another Santa fic or graphic to make. I have stories to beta, drabbles to write, packages to wrap, and I was even thinking about putting up our tree. But I'm so tired and worn out from holiday ick that I have no energy left.

fighting back - take back your holiday spirit below )
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Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 03:51 am
The movie last night was great fun, and we followed that up with dinner at Baker's Square (Asian Chicken Salad for me) and we all brought home pie for dessert. I paid for Chickie's dinner as part of her birthday gift, and because it was her birthday, her pie was free! Score!

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Saturday, July 2nd, 2011 06:09 am
 Monday is the 4th of July, Independence Day in the US, and we will celebrate by sleeping in and probably playing Lord of the Rings Online and throwing the carcass of some dead animal on top of burning coals for dinner. 

Text and Banners below the cut... )
Wind Song, nominated by Robinka
Before the waves bury Beleriand, the wind returns for a last visit to the destroyed hidden city of Goldolin. 

 Soul Brothers, nominated by Robinka
At the Awakening, two brothers experience the good and bad about life on Middle Earth.  A drabble for Tolkien Weekly - Fell Creatures-Orcs. 

 Horse and Boy, nominated by Esteliel
A horse adopts his boy in this celebration of spring and exploration of friendships in Aman. Featuring a young Glorfindel and the friends of his youth.

 Survival of the Fittest, nominated by Himring
A true drabble for Tolkien Weekly's prompt "Fell Beasts - Wargs". What actually happens in the den to newborn wargs?


 Lady of Colored Light, nominated by Armariel
n response to a challenge that assigned the phrase "Are you mad?", my OFC Helyanwe attempts to go down in family history and cause laughter to follow her example. An early piece in my Helyanwe-cycle. 

 Morning Song, nominated by Elleth
On its final day, a woman awakens to face her fate in the doomed city of Ost-in-Edhil. A response to the prompt "comb" in Tolkien Weekly Challenge.

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Friday, April 22nd, 2011 04:56 am
 OMG I'm tired.  My reflexes are delayed, my eyesight is bleary, my brain is so dull that it is like a badly worn blade. 

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I've always been fond of Russian Icons. 

For those of you who celebrate Easter, I want to make sure and wish you a good Good Friday (or is that even proper?).  I mean, how can you wish someone a good celebration of an execution?  Because that's the celebration - let's all make a toast to a death.  Rather odd.  And the count of days has always bothered me.  You have the execution on Friday and the Resurrection on a Sunday, that's 48 hours.  But the Bible clearly states that He rose on the third day, so shouldn't it be Easter Monday?  Oh well, such little things are small little reasons why religion for the masses just isn't my road. 

But one thing that I do care about deeply also occurs today - Earth Day.  I remember the original Earth Day in 1970.  It was my first year of high school, the war in Vietnam was going strong, as were our protests throughout the nation, and our school was deeply wracked with unrest over integrated bussing and forced integration.  But on Earth Day, a large group of us gathered together, left the school against regulations, and walked to downtown Denver's Convention Center where we looked at exhibits about water safety, trash recycling, air pollution, and other environmental topics.  When it was over, rather than walk back home (it was not a short walk), one of us phoned a parent and we got a ride home.  It was the first shot fired in what has almost become a way of life.  We now recycle as a normal thing, and indeed, recycling is regulated as mandatory in some cases.  We pay attention to air and water pollution and have cleaned up many of the waterways of this nation.  We look to the future, environmentally.  Now if we could just get war out of our picture because we are still fighting - just on a different playground.  Peace is still a goal to be reached.  Why not strive for a peaceful and earth friendly day today.