No, the White House will not Build you a Damn Death Star

I was cheered this morning to discover that the White House had, as promised, responded to the we want a death star petition.  It got over 34,000 signatures — one of which was not mine, I quickly add — and so that’s enough that the White House was honor bound to respond.  And it said…

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The Lost Week

I realized yesterday that every year, the vacation week in between Christmas and New Year’s feels lost.  Every year.  I have no idea where it goes. I don’t get work done, I’ve got no schedule.  Not like the vacations of the summers, which actually have structure to them — it feels, every year, like it’s been…

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Keeping It Simple, This Season, This Year

It’s now the 23rd of December, and it’s become clear what we’re going to get done before the 25th, and the answer is, not too damn much. And we’re ok with that.  No big tree, few decorations, streamlined gift giving. Here’s what we’ve got, at the end of a semester that was even more packed…

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Hell, no, we won’t go!

It’s hot here today, and muggy.  It’s a good day to stay inside and be grateful for the air conditioning.  Since we have dogs, however, that’s not allowed.  Part of the day, at least, has to be spent making sure the dogs get their exercise. But they don’t want to go outside, either.  Cause it’s…

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Happy Birthday! If it’s like, you know, your birthday.

This morning the phone rang while I was driving, so I fished it out of my pocket and gave it to the teenager.  It was my dad calling; after Drew had listened for a bit he said, “no, it’s not her birthday.  No.  No, really.  I think it’s next week.”  “What is this,” I said. …

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A roundup of news — All Over the Place

Michael Begnal has a new poem out in Poiesis, issue 5 — as he points out, the small poetry journals are on the run these days, so it’s lovely to see this.  And.  Only $4, and his link will take you to where you can buy the issue. Starhawk’s new book, The Empowerment Manual, which…

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Musings on life as story, over in D.C.

It’s cold today, but not as cold as it’s going to get in a few days, the weather people tell us.  Sarah Beckwith comes in tonight; she’s going to speak on The Winter’s Tale at Duquesne tomorrow (Thursday) at 4:00 PM (324 Fisher Hall; her talk will be followed by the Duquesne Medieval and Renaissance…

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Little budgies, lots of space

Here at Nutwood we have, besides the three dogs and two cats, a couple of budgies, who live in the sunporch window.  For a while I had no budgies — when I first moved out of Bear’s Retreat, I couldn’t fit them into the doll’s house apartment I was in, and then, at Nutwood, Laura…

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Ah. The semester’s over. Let’s check out the blogs:

Mike Begnal’s got a poem in Kali’s Tongue,  a chapbook of poems written in homage to Sticky Fingers — and edited by Justin Kishbaugh. Rachael Herron discusses how to organize an unorganized journal AND work on character motivation. Robert Isenberg posts an excerpt from Ruins, his (excellent) M.F.A. thesis. And Anne Hill’s got a video…

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