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I rather like the poem of the day today on the Writer's Almanac; 'Antilamentation' by Dorianne Laux.

Antliamentation
Regret nothing. Not the cruel novels you read
to the end just to find out who killed the cook.
Not the insipid movies that made you cry in the dark,
in spite of your intelligence, your sophistication.
Not the lover you left quivering in a hotel parking lot,
the one you beat to the punchline, the door, or the one
who left you in your red dress and shoes, the ones
that crimped your toes, don't regret those.

.... read the rest on the Writer's Almanac.
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Happy birthday[livejournal.com profile] faerywolf!

I hope your year is brim full of prosperity and joy!
And... thanks for everything, teach!
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Crossposted from dancingbull.net.

I am so psyched! This, as far as I know, is the third year the Transgender Day of Visibility is being celebrated, and I’ve got an event for the first time! The TDOV is a balance to the vital and solemn Transgender Day of Remembrance. This spring, share and discover the lives of transgender people right now! Art, dance, conversation.

If you’re in the CA South Bay Area, I hope you’ll join me and my friends for a TDOV celebration at the Billy deFrank LGBT Community Center. It’s gonna be great fun, and an opportunity for real conversation in the LGBT community.

San Jose Trans Day of Visibility Invite

San Jose Trans Day of Visibility Invite

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My media tv died a couple of days ago (insert cranky here; half hour on hold with Costco, and now Vizio says leave a message... and it's a year out of warranty, but only just short of 4 years old). 

The computer attached to it logically enough is the  machine I use for itunes, photos, etc. I had it set up for two monitors, with the main display on the big tv. The computer itself doesn't really show anything (since it's last wipe and redo a couple months ago). So, I can't see anything on its monitor, so I can't make it a one monitor display again. Maybe there's some way to do that through one of the boot up sequences? F8? F11? Any one know?

Thanks in advance.
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I am psyched! This year I got a whole month's notice (lol) on the new Transgender Day of Visibility, Thursday March 31st. Amazingly, the deFrank's ballroom is open, and now it's mine! We'll have an open panel discussion, short films, and, I hope, art by and about trans people. Do you know anyone I should contact for art or participation on the panel? Let me know, or give them my info.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] ladyqkat at Dear GOP - the collective you are an Idiot
(Post originally seen in this post by [livejournal.com profile] ramblin_phyl. I have been notified that it was originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] suricattus in her journal post. The story and words are hers, but I do believe that it needs to go viral and that as many people as possible need to get their stories out there. Only by making a noise about this can we make a change in our society.)

There is a move afoot in the nation -driven by the GOP - to repeal the new health care laws, to protect corporate interests, to defend against fear-mongering (and stupid) cries of "socialism!", and to ensure that people are forced to choose between keeping a roof over their heads or getting necessary health care.

This movement is killing people.

Think I'm overstating the fact?

Ask the friends and family of writer/reviewer Melissa Mia Hall, who died of a heart attack last week because she was so terrified of medical bills, she didn't go see a doctor who could have saved her life.

From another writer friend: One person. Not the only one. That could have been me. Yeah, I have access to insurance -- I live in New York City, which is freelancer-friendly, and have access to freelancer advocacy groups. Through them, I can pay over $400/month ($5,760/year) as a single, healthy woman, so that if I go to the hospital I'm not driven to bankruptcy. But a doctor's appointment - a routine physical - can still cost me several hundred dollars each visit. So unless something's terribly wrong? I won't go.

My husband worked for the government for 30 years. We have government employee (retired) insurance. It is the only thing of value he took away from that job. His pension is pitiful. He still works part time. My writing income has diminished drastically. Our combined income is now less than what it was before T retired fifteen years ago. Inflation has diminished it further. In the last 30 days I have racked up over $8000 in medical bills for tests and the beginning of treatment. Our co-pay is 20% after the deductible. And there is more to come. Our savings are already gone. I have the gold standard of insurance and I still can't pay all the medical bills.

Another friend lost her insurance when her husband lost his job. She couldn't afford medication and ended up bed ridden for three months at the end of over a year of no job and therefore no insurance until he found work again.

It's our responsibility. All of us, together. As a nation.

EtA: Nobody is trying to put insurance companies out of business. They will always be able to offer a better plan for a premium. We simply want to ensure that every citizen - from infant to senior citizen - doesn't have to choose between medical care, and keeping a roof over their heads, or having enough to eat.

We're trying to get this to go viral. Pass it along.




I'm going to post my story as the first comment to this post if anyone would like to read it. If anyone wants to tell their story, please tell it on your own journal and post a link in the comments. Maybe, just maybe, TPTB will listen to the slaves peons who clean their toilets before they have to clean their own.
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 Happy birthday ladycelia! May you have a year of warmth and satisfaction!

Fire power

Feb. 2nd, 2011 09:49 am
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Since yesterday I was a bit out of it, today I am thinking about/celebrating Imbolc. Celebration of the Irish Goddess Brigid. 'The' goddess in some ways. In others, she's often talked about in terms of the fires of creativity. She oversees the new lambs and the forge, as well as healing. How intriguing is that? Her creative spark is found in deep cold wells and in hot iron.

So... what have you put your creative energies into in the last three months or so? Leave me a comment and we can admire each other. :-)

For myself... projects have included making new sacred candles, making a fire bowl (Brigid would approve!), and lots of energy into my self work, both meditative and physical; I am learning new things about my body, my past, and my possibilities.

What about you?  
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Boosting the signal... Lee Harrington, a long-time leather player, has shared a new Feri-style pentacle; Ruby/leather. Pentacles are ways of working with our common human experience/energies. I'm going to work it and see what I find.
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How do I know this?

Because Google sent me a warning/inquiry message, listing the IP and assorted odd log in times (like five minutes previous to reading, where I would've been on the freeway). So I changed my password.

I have no idea of course if said hacker acquired any other passwords through inspecting my mail. Guess I'll be finding out. Hopefully not.

Anyhow, pretty cool Google noticed and notified me.

clap clap!

Jan. 17th, 2011 08:32 am
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Happy birhtday, [livejournal.com profile] iamradar !
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Crossposted from dancingbull.net.

Last night, I stepped into foreign territory.

Carla’s is a ’boutique,’ a place of refuge, camaraderie, and shopping opportunities for trans women and crossdressing men. I learned of ‘locker girls,’ people who rent a locker, where they store their female paraphernalia. They have full 24 hour access. Imagine when the only gender or erotic relief you can get is to steal away in the night and put your proper clothes on, where no one can see.
Of course, many of the locker girls do gather socially, along with the women; there are brunches and dinners and parties for all of Carla’s patrons. I got a tour of the place, stepping into the boutique I’d only heard of. It really was ‘new’ territory.
Carla’s belongs to Aejaie (along with her husband), a woman¬† whom I initially meant when she was director at the deFrank Center.¬† Last night, it was a pleasure to get to know her better. For us both to smile and laugh and share stories.
One story I shared was how when I was initially learning how to do make-up (having been convinced by my well-meaning mom and best friend), I stabbed myself in the eye, using a toothpick to deal with a clump of mascara. Everyone laughed hysterically. But the best moment came when Aejaie said “Only a guy would use a toothpick to deal with a clump of mascara!” and we all dissolved in laughter again.
For some reason, that was awesome; it validated my teenage female self who was trying like a trooper to Fit In, and who, on messing up, showed yet again, his inner maleness.
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Yeah, a little hoaky. Awesome anyway. :-)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] fluffthebunny.


I confess I'd've liked to've seen a few sexy older folks in the video, but other than that - Yes!
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ARIES (March 21-April 19): "A man may fulfill the object of his existence
by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot
achieve," mused 19th-century author Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Advice
that wild could just as well have been dispensed by a feral saint living in a
cave in the woods. And now I'm passing it on to you, Aries, just in time
for the beginning of what may be your wildest year in a decade. In my
astrological opinion, you are ready to be a connoisseur of mysteries that
purify the mind and nurture the soul . . . a daredevil of the spirit in quest
of seemingly impossible dreams . . . a fierce adept of the wisdom of
uncertainty who's in love with unpredictable teachings.


TAURUS (April 20-May 20): What confusing commotion would you like to
walk away from and never come back to? What lessons have you learned
so well that you're overdue to graduate from them? What long-term
healing process would you like to finish up so you can finally get started
on the building phase that your healing will give you the power to carry
out? These are excellent questions to ask yourself as you plan your life in
the next six months.
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The Hanger One/St. George's folks will be demonstrating the science of mixology at the Exploratorium on the 26th. Could be lots of fun, and a place to learn tips for making new drinks. :-)
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passing along info... don't know about you, but I have 800 power strips at home. This is forwarded from the USGS. ...the pictures aren't actually attached. Just envision a completely black and melted office. The power strip is one of the common older long (6 three-prong receptacles) beige strips with a rocker at one end.
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Subject: Immediate Action Request - Safety Hazard -EFI  Power Strips - See Attached


Everyone: Please read the below email message and review the attached pictures regarding "EFI" Power Strips. Please ensure that everyone receives this information and urge them to pass this info along to their families, neighbors, friends, etc. Please check any power strips you may have.
Its better to Be Safe Than Sorry! Thank you,


Importance:
High
Subject:
Immediate Action Request - Safety Hazard -EFI Power Strips
GSA reported that there have now been three fire incidents with the following power strips:
EFI model P-50ES


Due to the seriousness of this issue, we are asking each agency to inspect all power strips in use within your offices and work spaces. Remove and replace any of this make and model that you find.
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[livejournal.com profile] nightqueen13!

may your year be prosperous and peaceful!
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Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] loren_q !
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Last night after a mellow private celebration, [livejournal.com profile] inflectionpoint and I donned long coats to watch the lunar eclipse, the first time in 300 years the full moon/eclipse and winter solstice all happened at the same time, or so I have heard.

I leaned back against the car, so my neck could survive the upward peering. There were a lot of clouds, but they were pretty thin and scudding by relatively quickly. Not at all the predicted pouring rain! So it was a pleasure to be chilly and look up. Orion was huge and spread-legged to the below right of the moon. Somehow, his sword remained visible when everything else was covered by clouds. I took a bunch of no doubt unspectacular pictures; will have to check them out later.

We stayed up long enough for the moon to finally entirely 'disappear'; very three-dimensional at the time. Barely bloody. Midnight, and time for sleep, and await the sun.

Such a time of quiet beginnings, the longest night and waiting for the moon as well as the sun to reappear. It can be whatever we make of it.

Have a lovely day and a year of wonder!

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