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Dec. 1st, 2007 02:26 pm Call me A Cynic...

Does anyone else think the timing of Annapolis is interesting? Right as election campaigns are heating up? I mean, it's not like the US actually CARED, for the last several years, what happens between Israel and the Palestinians.

I'm just saying...

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Nov. 16th, 2007 11:14 am More cool 3-d art

 3-D murals. This guy is amazing! There are some great before and after pictures of his projects on the linked site.

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Nov. 10th, 2007 04:38 pm Brilliant (NOT) Observation...

It is hard to be inspired to write for NaNoWriMo when editing a book about Alzheimer disease for work.

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Nov. 6th, 2007 12:36 pm Interesting Cultural Note...

A girl with 8 limbs was born in India. She is revered by some in her village because the Hindus have a four-armed goddess of wealth, which the girl is named after. I like this attitude a lot more than labeling someone a "freak." I can't help but wondering what it would have been like had she been born here. There's a reason my user name's A Cynic.

Just a thought for the day.

Also, CNN is being their usual refined and cultured selves. Their headline reads: "Girl with 8 limbs having 4 cut away." Cute. NOT!

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Nov. 5th, 2007 05:12 pm I passed the BELS Exam!

Well, OK, this won't excite many people outside my field, but it's a BIG deal for me...I passed the BELS exam, and can now add the letters ELS after my name...

I took the test in Atlanta in October. It was a TOUGH exam (pass / fail rate is 60 / 40, respectively).  I felt like a zombie when I got out of it. I wasn't expecting the results for 6 weeks, but it only took 3, which saved me from truly losing my mind.

Anyhow, I'm happy!

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Oct. 30th, 2007 12:33 pm Hmmmm...Not Nice!

Since when is it OK to use the F-word in Young Adults lit???? And don't go telling me that everyone says it, therefore it is OK. It isn't, in my book (no pun intended, though that's a good one!)

The 4th book in the President's Daughter series hit my mailbox yesterday. 20 years in the making (the original trilogy is circa 1984-1989). I ADORE the original 3 books, and couldn't wait for the 4th, once I found out Ellen Emerson White was writing it. The original 3 were smart, witty, with just the right amount of sarcasm, and (I have to double check on that) no bad words, at least not many, even when dealing with the emotions of a very upset and angry 16+ year old girl. Who lives in the White House. And gets kidnapped.

Well, apparently times change, and EE White is no JK Rowling. Well, nobody is, but my point is, JKR (and many other good authors) can communicate an angry and / or frightened teenager (witness Harry in the 5th book, especially) without resulting to foul language. I'm barely into Long May She Reign, and the F-Word has been there 2 times already, and every 2nd word seems to be "god-damn." Nice way to avoid putting work into communicating the thoughts and feelings of a girl trying to recover from severe emotional and physical trauma.

I am SO disappointed and angry. She was a much better author than this. Yes, she was badgered for years to continue Meg's story. It's a compliment. We all (everyone who read the original books) connected with this character. This is what we get in return? JKR spent 17 years living and breathing Harry Potter and his universe. She must have been tempted to take the easy way out sometimes. An author with class stays classy. Apparently Ms. White lacks class. And talent. Despite earlier signs to the contrary.

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Oct. 29th, 2007 08:18 am YAY BOSTON!!!!!!!!!!!!

Only, after sweeping the series again, I hope they don't get too sure of themselves...:)

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Oct. 27th, 2007 11:36 am Great List!

 The Top 10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage is Un American 

THIS LIST IS SARCASTIC, PEOPLE! Get with it.
 
This is so good! It's funny, some people who commented there obviously don't get sarcasm...Oh welll...For those of us THINKING people, these are some great counter-arguments to those who actually believe that gay marriages are "wrong" or "unnatural." 

Speaking of which, For the Bible Tells Me So is a GREAT movie!

 Here's a quote from the film's synopsis. I love the last sentence:

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival, Dan Karslake's provocative, entertaining documentary brilliantly reconciles homosexuality and Biblical scripture, and in the process reveals that Church-sanctioned anti-gay bias is based almost solely upon a significant (and often malicious) misinterpretation of the Bible. As the film notes, most Christians live their lives today without feeling obliged to kill anyone who works on the Sabbath or eats shrimp (as a literal reading of scripture dictates).

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Oct. 25th, 2007 07:34 am 13 - 1 Boston!

Yeah, that has a nice ring to it (unless, of course, you're rooting for Colorado). And there was the cool sign in the stadium last night "MANNYfest Destiny." Heh...

Speaking of Manny, didn't he go to the Mets after that wonderful, historic '04 post-season? At any rate, it was great to see him back, and in fine form yesterday. Unlike He-Who-Shell-Not-Be-Named who went over to the dark side and stayed there...BTW, Johnny, you looked much better with long hair, among other things.

So here's hoping the Sox win tonight as well, because playing the next 3 games in the Mile High City will be challenging, and I want the Sox to win the series!

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Oct. 22nd, 2007 10:08 am I ADORE JK Rowling!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm back! Still alive (and crazy) after all these years....I was inspired to restart this "journal thing" by recent events and people (yoames !)

Anyhow, JKR. What a great person! She created not only this amazing universe I love to lose myself in, with all its lessons and pure magic (no pun intended), but she created a leader who is good, bright, strong, and resourceful. Everybody looked up to Dumbledore. We all love him. I cried when he died in THBP. And then she outed him as a gay man, this Friday. I love this woman!

It takes guts, and a strong conviction in what's right, and fair, and how to teach our kids REALLY GOOD LESSONS in tolerance, and the rejection of stereotypes.

I don't recall any character of true leadership who is gay in children's lit. This is HUGE. What she did was as revolutionary as the HP universe itself. While I still resent her comments about people who read the end of books first (she hates me, according to a past interview), I forgive her everything. Because she just made this world a better place to be, by having the power of conviction to teach love and tolerance.

Only, what's with Neville and Hanna Abbot???? It should have been Neville and Luna!

And here's her great quote from the night:
"The Potter books in general are a prolonged argument for tolerance, a prolonged plea for an end to bigotry, and I think it's one of the reasons that some people don't like the books, but I think that's it's a very healthy message to pass on to younger people that you should question authority and you should not assume that the establishment or the press tells you all of the truth."

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