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Voices of Rosewood--looking for reads

Originally posted by snuffy_chan at Voices of Rosewood--looking for reads
Voices of Rosewood: Notes from the Woodlawn Project

Summary: Rosewood Home for Women was established in 1935 in Thibodeaux, Louisiana, by a joint grant from Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Public Works Association and the Louisiana State Health Commission. These are the poems (and one piece of biographical short prose) of the women who participated in art therapy through the Woodlawn Project, an art therapy curriculum introduced by Elizabeth Woodlawn in the 1970's.

Originally published in 2007, Voices of Rosewood is now available as a free e-book. This is dark, uncensored work. Be advised.

Looking for reads and reviews.
Once upon a time..

The Castle Personality Test

You Are a Practical Realist
You are a bit tentative when it comes to new experiences. You have to push yourself to try new things, but once you do, you love the adventure.

You like to think that people see you as dramatic and fascinating. You do your best to seem mysterious.

You are a very realistic person. You see the world as it is, flaws and all.

Right now, stress occasionally makes you feel trapped in your life. You usually have a clear perspective on things though!

Overall, your life is very peaceful - if not a little solitary. Much of what goes on goes on in your head.

You feel like the fate of the future partially rests in your hands. You believe you need to help make the world a better place.
Kitchen Sink

Brevity: the new spice of life

Flash Interviews <--- www.flashinterviews.com

Dr. Wright, a creative writing professor I work with and for at APSU, has a new project going. It's exploring the off-the-cuff, impromptu interview as a blending of both the non-fiction and flash genres of writing.

Currently, there's one start-up question posted so far (answer in 40 words or less, don't stop to think!) and lots of neat things are ensuing in the comments. Stop by and check it out? It's a lot of fun, it's great for writing skills, and it would be a big help for the project. :)

(PS - It's hosted on WordPress, but you don't need a WordPress account to join in.)
Bring me that horizon.

you don't say.

Borrowed from lotesseflower:

Go here. Keep refreshing until you've collected five quotes that really resonate with you, then post them to your journal.

1. A book burrows into your life in a very profound way because the experience of reading is not passive.
Erica Jong, O Magazine, 2003

2.The lesson which life repeats and constantly enforces is 'look under foot.' You are always nearer the divine and the true sources of your power than you think.
John Burroughs (1837 - 1921)

3. Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.
Robert Ingersoll (1833 - 1899)

4. Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Calvin Coolidge (1872 - 1933)

5. There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don't know.
Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914), The Devil's Dictionary
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For anyone intersted, you can watch a deep brain stimulation surgery being preformed live at Vanderbilt on May 28th from 4-5 pm by going here: OR Live.

More information may be found here. :)
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cake or death

(no subject)

So, I have just purchased a 'ranch-style tuna salad sandwich' for lunch.

What the hell does that mean?! Should it be single-storied and assymetrically designed?
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slogging along...

The returns on an editing/writing-related job search done where I currently live versus the same search done in places like New York or Chicago is...dismaying. Not surprising. But dismaying.
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call me buttlove, and I'll be new baptized...

In honour of Shakespeare's birthday:

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Much Ado About Nothing

Beatrice: I wonder that you will still be talking, Signior Benedick:
nobody marks you.
Benedick: What, my dear Lady Disdain! are you yet living?
Beatrice: Is it possible disdain should die while she hath such meet food to
feed it as Signior Benedick? Courtesy itself must convert to
disdain, if you come in her presence.
Benedick: Then is courtesy a turncoat. But it is certain I am loved of all
ladies, only you excepted: and I would I could find in my heart
that I had not a hard heart; for, truly, I love none.
Beatrice: A dear happiness to women: they would else have been troubled with
a pernicious suitor. I thank God and my cold blood, I am of your
humour for that: I had rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man
swear he loves me.
Benedick: God keep your ladyship still in that mind! so some gentleman or
other shall 'scape a predestinate scratched face.
Beatrice: Scratching could not make it worse, an 'twere such a face as yours
Benedick: Well, you are a rare parrot-teacher.
Beatrice: A bird of my tongue is better than a beast of yours.
Benedick: I would my horse had the speed of your tongue, and so good a continuer. But keep your way, i' God's name; I have done.
Beatrice: You always end with a jade's trick: I know you of old.

And, because he's a favourite, some Feste from Twelfth Night:

Cesario: Dost thou live by thy music, friend?
Feste: No, sir, I live by the church.
Cesario: Art thou a churchman?
Feste: No such matter, sir: I do live by the church; for I do live at my house, and my house doth stand by the church.

Feste: Good madonna, why mournest thou?
Olivia: Good fool, for my brother's death.
Feste: I think his soul is in hell, madonna.
Olivia: I know his soul is in heaven, fool.
Feste: The more fool, madonna, to mourn for your brother's soul being in heaven.
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Book Worm

2008 Book List Update!

I did a really bad job of keeping this list in 2007. But I'm going to keep trying and one of these years, I'll get it right! :)

Stuff I Read in 2008:

10. Burning Bright -
Tracy Chevalier
Ok, so I'm not yet halfway through this one, but I felt the need to alert you to its presence anyway. New Chevalier novel = muchmuch happiness in my little world. Now with the added awesomeness of William Blake!!

9. White Night (Dresden Files series)-
Jim Butcher

I've been waiting and waiting for this one in paperback and at last! 'tis here. Without delving into spoilers (although I think Dresden fans seeing this likely read the book before I did), there's one plot point that makes me go a little "....eh? Seriously?" but overall Jim Butcher continues to get more awesome. The next installment, Small Favours, just came out in hardback; I think I'll have to attack the library rather than wait this one out.

8. Mr. Monk and the two Assistants -
Lee Goldberg

I had no idea there even were Monk books till I ran across one. After reading some fairly miszed reviews on Amazon, I was wary, but still curious, so I picked up this one. Surprisingly good! Not exactly world-class mystery fiction here, but it was a lot of fun. :) If you're a fan of the show, you'll probably find the books a good read.

7. Geisha, a Life -
Iwasaki Mineko, translated and editied by Rande Brown

The autobiography of a lady who was once of Japan's premiere gieko. Fascinating story, and the translator does a fantastic job preserving her charming voice.

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
On the off change there's anyone later to this party than me, I must warn you that there are now spoilers for this in the comments.

Yes, finally. Just finished this one last night. I read it, I think, in a little less than 48 hours. Easily a favourite of the series. I could say a lot of glowing things about this book, and I only have one real complaint: I'd have been happier having not read the epilogue. It's a little depressing to see that even a war didn't change certain attitudes.

4,5. Dragons of the Dwarven Depths, Dragons of the Highlord Skies
Margaret Weiss, Tracy Hickman

I don't have much use for most of the three billion other Dragnolance novels, but I still have a soft spot for the original War of the Lance trilogy and its characters. The authors of the original three (Weiss & Hickman) are in the process of writing a second trilogy that intertwines with the first. Dwarven Depths is the first; it deals primarily with Tanis, Sturm, Tass, and Flint's journey to Thorbardin, which is mentioned but never seen in Autumn Twilight. Highlord Skies primarily follows Kitiara - a very nice treatment of her character. The third and final volume, Dragons of an Hourglass Mage, isn't out yet. Three guesses who it's about. If you're a fan of the original Dragons trilogy, these are worth the read.

1,2,3. The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass
Phillip Pullman
(though to be fair, I started the first one in December)

The debut of the movie version of The Golden Compass prompted me to start re-reading the series, which is an old favourite. Shortly after I finished this first one, I got to see the film version, which I already talked about over here. :)
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LJ Content Strike

For those of you unaware, a content strike has been proposed for this Friday, March 21 (beginning, in some places, today).

The 24-hour strike will begin at the following times for the following locations:

Thursday, March 20, 2:00 PM -- Honolulu
Thursday, March 20, 4:00 PM -- Anchorage
Thursday, March 20, 5:00 PM -- San Francisco; Los Angeles
Thursday, March 20, 6:00 PM -- Mexico City; Denver
Thursday, March 20, 7:00 PM -- Chicago
Thursday, March 20, 8:00 PM -- Montreal; New York
Thursday, March 20, 9:00 PM -- Buenos Aires
Midnight -- London
Friday, March 21, 1:00 AM -- Paris
Friday, March 21, 2:00 AM -- Istanbul
Friday, March 21, 3:00 AM -- Moscow
Friday, March 21, 4:00 AM -- Dubai
Friday, March 21, 5:00 AM -- Islamabad
Friday, March 21, 6:00 AM -- Bangladesh
Friday, March 21, 7:00 AM -- Bangkok
Friday, March 21, 8:00 AM -- Singapore
Friday, March 21, 9:00 AM -- Tokyo
Friday, March 21, 10:00 AM -- Brisbane
Friday, March 21, 11:00 AM -- Sydney
Friday, March 21, 12 Noon -- Suva

And it includes not logging onto the site at all, for posting, commenting, or even just reading, in order to have the best effect.

'But why?' you ask. The best and most complete answer I've found is darkrosetiger's post here. It also includes a very telling interview with our new owners.

LJ was intended to be content and communication-driven; if we wanted another MySpace or Facebook, we'd be at those sites instead.

For a run-down of and discussion on 6A and SUP's past transgressions, I direct you to stewardess's post here.

But as the great philospher Jagger once said, "You can't always get what you want." Perhaps espially in a money-making environment. To that end,reddwarfer raises this point:

Yeah, sure, it'd be nice if they cared about our opinions or didn't go back on their promises or if they appreciated their customer bases. But it isn't mandatory. Most of us would never think of acting similarly in regards to any service or product we receive from any other business if said business started acting in a way we didn't like.

We'd normally either put up with it or go somewhere else.

Well, yeah. But where?

She also raises the excetionally valid point that there is so much content being generated about the content strike - " People that haven't posted in AGES are posting about not posting" - that we're probably overshadowing our own selves here. And yet here I am, adding to the mass of posts on the lack of posts. But LJ is about communication, and I'm better at the "talking about it" part than I am at passive resistance. That's not to say I won't be taking part in the content strike - but I have to tell you about it first. :)

When it comes down to it, we're stuck between a rock and a hard place here: bad decisions and changes we don't want to put up with versus having no real place to go. And if The Powers that Be know we won't go despite what they've already done, don't our threats lose some power? Why keep trying?

You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes...well, you know the rest.

I'll see you Monday.
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