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November 15, 2004

what to say?

It's been a few days. I and a friend of mine decided we were going to stop posting about politics for a while and I am therefore looking for something to write about. Certainly not Ashcroft and Powell quitting their jobs with this administration.

What I did this weekend was go to another hafla. Unfortunately I was running around so much helping out I didn't get pictures, but this one was AMAZING. The troupe Indigo Rose performed, and Martha did a tribal dance that was beautiful. Tribal not in the ATS style, which is usually improv and involves many dancers, but tribal as in primitive, with Turkish fist pounding and foot stomping and expressions of anguish and joy. Great stuff.

Shanna the Fiery did a routine to Santa Baby that was sexy and fun. She is a theatrical whiz and has great control of her facial expressions. She is always a joy to watch.

The most impressive bit was a troupe called Visions in Dance, which performed an experimental routine that had modern music accompanyment. The dance was an "expression of the darker side of human nature," and was beautiful. The dancers were outfitted in costumes of dark greys and blacks. The movement was precise and flowing simultaneously, and quite powerful. The poses they struck were stunning. Their interaction with each other was incredible too. I can't say enough about this troupe, and I hope I see more of their work soon.

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November 10, 2004

another year gone

Happy birthday, Neil Gaiman!

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cookies make everything better!

Today I suffered one of the indignities of being female, my annual exam. This year, joy of joys, I have been scheduled for a mammogram as well. Yay.

When I got home, however, I had a package on my doorstep from Santa Cruz. A box of 100% organic cookies, Clyde's Cookies cookies, from NakedJen. Delicious! I am not sure they will last the evening :)

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surrender your impressions

We plant merit with our minds, and we commit crimes with our minds. With our minds, we imprint images. This one mind is like an artist. It can draw anything, and what it draws is realized. If you surrender your impressions, ideas, thoughts, and so on at the moment they arise without imprinting them on your mind, your minds will not be tainted, just as the lotus flower is not tainted by the muddy water whence it grows.

-Jae Woong Kim, "Polishing The Diamond"

Copyright Wisdom Publications 2001. Reprinted from "Daily Wisdom: 365 Buddhist Inspirations," edited by Josh Bartok, with permission of Wisdom Publications, 199 Elm St., Somerville MA 02144 U.S.A, www.wisdompubs.org.

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November 08, 2004

a little bird humor

I just got an email from a friend of mine, and I have to share it. She said it was ok. :)

So I'm in the LOVELY Dallas Aquarium yesterday, admiring the slightly
odiferous penguins when I hear a father giving a lesson to his
charmingly loud children:

"Do you know what makes peguins so special?" Papa asks

"NO!" scream his kids

"They can do three things no other animal can do" he hints.

"What!?" yell the kids

"They are the only birds that can swim, fly and walk!" he proudly explains.

Opus, my love, your christmas wish has apperently been granted.....

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November 04, 2004

in the aftermath

I get a copy of Todays Papers in email each morning. It's a little synopsis of what was in the major papers for the day. Today's title was, amusingly, Dubya Dubya II.

I also read a couple of William Saletan articles this morning that may be of interest to Democrats who are in a particularly foul mood after the re-election of Bush. The first one is called Democratic Values, and discusses how best to win some of the red states back. The second is called Simple But Effective, and proposes that we change our stance and message yet still keep the values we have now, to a degree. Obviously we need to look at what we are doing here. Saletan is a big Edwards fan, and he has an excellent point in pushing Edwards up and avoiding emotional hot-spots like Hillary. Edwards can do the job, he says, and appeal to the average man. He may have a point, there. We don't have any business alienating anyone else. It's all a matter of perspective. We don't think ourselves far lefties, but the neo-cons do. It's worth looking at what we are saying, how we get our message across, and what we really want and need from our government. We have 4 years to get our act together.

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November 03, 2004

I guess the fat lady's about to sing

Last count, Bush had 269 electoral votes. Unless something bizarre happens, he's won another 4 years.

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November 02, 2004

I voted

...did you?

There will be lots of news shows on tonight covering the election results. Some satellite networks let you watch 6 at once with a split screen. Dish Network does this, and one of the six choices is Comedy Central. The Daily Show has live coverage of the election results starting at 10pm EST/9pm CST. No matter which station or stations you watch, this will probably be the biggest TV night since the Friends final episode .

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November 01, 2004

ladies and gentlemen, start your typewriters

Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo. I forgot to mention it well in advance. I planned to write this month, but we will see if I have time. Are any of the rest of you writing a novel this month?

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