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Sigrdrifa's Prayer

  • Hail to the Day / Hail to Day’s Sons / Hail to the Night and her Daughters / With loving eyes look upon us here / And bring victory to those who have gathered / Hail to the gods / Hail to the goddesses / Hail to the mighty, fecund Earth / Eloquence and native wit bestow on us / And healing hands while we live

Words to Consider

  • "And the Bastard grant us, in our direst need, the smallest gifts: the nail of the horseshoe, the pin of the axle, the feather at the pivot point, the pebble at the mountain's peak, the kiss in despair, the one right word. In darkness, understanding." -- Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • "There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious-makes you so sick at heart-that you can't take part. You can't even passively take part. And you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!" - Mario Savio
  • "They tell us that we live in a great free republic; that our institutions are democratic; that we are a free and self-governing people. That is too much, even for a joke. ... Wars throughout history have been waged for conquest and plunder... And that is war in a nutshell. The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles." —Eugene Victor Debs
  • i do it for the joy it brings / because i am a joyful girl / because the world owes me nothing / and we owe each other the world / i do it because it's the least i can do / i do it because i learned it from you / i do it just because i want to / because I want to —"Joyful Girl", Ani DiFranco
  • "Nothing living should ever be treated with contempt. Whatever it is that lives, a man, a tree, or a bird, should be touched gently, because the time is short. Civilization is another word for respect for life." - Elizabeth Goudge, author of The Joy of the Snow

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Reading, 2015

  • Richard Rhodes: Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World It Made
    " . . . the remarkable story of the Spanish Civil War as seen through the eyes of the reporters, writers, artists, doctors, and nurses who witnessed it." I found it highly interesting, and disgusting. Franco was such a prick! (*****)
  • Cynthia Drew: City of Slaughter
    From the Russian Pale of Settlement to New York's Lower East Side in the early 1900's . . . the story of Carsie Akselrod and her younger sister, their family's only survivors. Too much information shoehorned into the story in a few places, but eminently worth reading. (****)
  • Delia Sherman: Young Woman in a Garden
    Short stories written over twenty-five years, each better than the last. My favorite is, I think, "Walpurgis Afternoon." (*****)
  • John Crowley: Little, Big
    Not the strangest book I've ever read, but definitely up there. The saga of the Drinkwater family, the marriage of Smoky Barnable and Daily Alice, and the other inhabitants of Edgewood, the remarkable house on the border of real and possibly-real. I am fond of Grandfather Trout, who may at one time have been a prince, and the stork. (****)
  • John LeCarre: A Most Wanted Man
    Excellent, even though I had to reread to pick up everything going on. I'd have enjoyed it more had I not seen the movie first. Philip Seymour Hoffman didn't quite match the book's description, but he is Bachman for me. (****)

Art Dolls

  • Flower Goddess
    My imaginary friends.

Beadwork

  • Where two rivers join waits Death, crowned with roses
    Mostly pins, with some other oddments.

Journal Quilts

  • Bubba's Quilt
    8.5" x 11", approximately, quilts to explore various ideas.

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