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Ryan Van Sickle769,315ON AIR Hangout Concert  Tuesday, August 7th @ 8PM ESTRyan Van Sickle Pre NYC HIRL2 Hangout CONCERT w/ Matthew Rappaport2012-08-08 02:00:0027 

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steph wanamaker107,379#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-09-19 15:57:0019957047
Circles and Photography29,405Builders 5       9.15.2014Add this circle to Build-up your G+ network! Please ReShare.#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2014-09-15 07:40:21305616
Dr. John Cassone12,100Dr. John's Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. This circle changes each time I share it based on how people are engaging and sharing content.This is not a megacircle.People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:►   I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: ►   Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.►  I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:►   When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. ►   Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. ►   Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-09-07 19:22:331921015
steph wanamaker106,513#followfriday  This is my awesome men who comment circle2014-08-29 14:59:4519872262
steph wanamaker106,076#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle!2014-08-15 19:12:4919678367
Dr. John Cassone11,938Dr. John's August Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. I've also included some of my new engagers.This is not a megacircle. People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:> I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: > Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.> I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:> When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. > Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. > Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-08-07 14:37:331779413
Lynn Keller7,237I've put together this  circle which includes a host of engaging, appealing, interesting people from different communities and ongoing conversations. Best to all! #circlecount #sharedcircles #circleshare 2014-08-05 20:16:01374827
Today's World News400#SharedCircle #SharedCircles Shared Circle2014-08-04 00:34:31418001
Today's World News400#SharedCircle  2014-08-04 00:16:32176101
Becky Collins13,434Mobile Operator Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-24 05:16:124763112
steph wanamaker105,275#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle !2014-07-18 16:26:0820355655
Dr. John Cassone11,568Dr. John's July Selectgood content and engagementThese are people I follow, engage with, and suggest for my new followers who want quality people in their stream. I've also included some of my new engagers.This is not a megacircle. People are only added based on good content or my experience engaging with them.Best way to sort and manage your stream:1. add new circle2. follow it in your stream separately 3. engage with those that interest you (good content/interaction)4. cherry pick those you like and make your own circles5. let go of the rest (or put them in a circle that's dialed down on your stream)If you add too many people too often then you will not build meaningful connections which is the point here.Circle Management Basics:1. Circles control who you follow:> I might feel like reading the news so I have a news channel circle. I don't build relationships with these pages but follow them and share content when interesting. This way I can completely control my stream based on my mood.2. Circles control who your share to: > Share to your interests: I like martial arts but most of my followers do not. By collecting a circle of others that like martial arts I can share specifically to those interested in this topic and not bore anyone.> I have also collected an "inner circle" of g-peeps that I have gotten to know and share more person pics and info with.3. Control your stream flow:> When you click on a specific circle in your stream you can adjust how much the posts from that circle appear in your "everything" stream. > Organize people based on flow: I have three main circles called 1, 2, and 3. I have the amount of flow dialed in priority (circle 1 is high, 2 is medium, and 3 is low). I move people between circles based on the progression of our relationship. > Notify circle: I have another circle with people that I don't want to miss a single post from. This circle is set to notify me whenever someone from it posts. This is a great way to focus on building a relationship with specific people.Happy Plussing :)2014-07-13 19:18:1119017315
steph wanamaker104,936#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle ! Happy Weekend2014-06-27 17:07:25203661170
Moge Slamet229New Friends, some activity with this circle1. Plus one2.Comment 3. Add People To Circles4. Share the circle (include yourself)2014-06-17 18:50:2749817632
Moge Slamet21A small circle  that can be easily added! - Write a comment  below  - Plus one - Reshare this circle2014-06-12 14:55:3049814228
hoang thao0We are funny circle :))2014-06-04 02:38:49171102
Becky Collins10,282Mobile Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia   #media   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-28 05:03:174777219
steph wanamaker102,980#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-05-09 18:45:0721769474
Circle Fire344►►►---   Circle Fire #4   ---◄◄◄A great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and plus ones!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post*More you share more you get!+Christian Virag +Natalie Krenn  #circle     #circleshare     #circlesharing     #share2014-05-01 08:32:53437373153
Lư Thăng15,490Vòng kết nói chất lượng share cho anh em nào cầnTags: #circle #vòng-kết-nối2014-04-28 06:57:05238215
AyJay Schibig57,945AWESOME CIRCLE 4.25.14Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Share!#circleoftheday    #circleshare     #circlesharing     #circlesharingforthepeopleplc     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircles       #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharedcircleday     #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles     #publicsharedcircles       #sharedpublicircles       #circle   #circles     #circlemeup       #awesomepeople     #awesomecircle   #circleme     #sharedpoint     #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle  2014-04-26 03:07:50428574471
Circles and Photography19,099BUILDERS 5  CIRCLE   V1.0Add this mix of All Kinds of Active G+ members and pages  to  build-up your circles!  SHARE  to be in my next version.#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle Show less2014-04-24 21:17:48500211429
steph wanamaker102,001#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle  2014-04-18 18:47:4620213111
Steve Spell II1,788I'm sharing this circle of Top youtube fans #3.  All of these folks like to watch youtube videos and leave comments!  This circle of people are opinionated and are in this circle because they left a comment on one of my youtube videos at www.youtube.com/stevespell2 #circles   #circlesharing   #circleshare  2014-03-24 17:49:31465022
Steve Spell II1,788I'm sharing this circle of Top youtube fans #3.  All of these folks like to watch youtube videos and leave comments!  This circle of people are opinionated and are in this circle because they left a comment on one of my youtube videos at www.youtube.com/stevespell2 #circles   #youtube   #videos   #sharing  Share this circle and add these people if you like.  2014-03-24 17:44:59465026
steph wanamaker100,376#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-03-14 21:47:1917682566
steph wanamaker99,599#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle 2014-02-28 20:13:431691406
Andrew Coffman6,907I'm not a big circle sharing kind of person, but this short list of people contain the people that I always read what they post, even if they don't post every day, and I always try to engage every day on G+ or through other avenues.2014-02-16 21:17:4235003
steph wanamaker98,429#followfriday  this is my awesome men who comment circle2014-01-31 19:45:4118176567
AyJay Schibig46,776AWESOME CIRCLE 1.27.14Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Share!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page   +Circle Energy   and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle 2014-01-27 08:44:48414744491
Pam Adger35,023This is my no drama circle. Great interaction, no drama. I picked people at random using the relevance filter...I stopped at 20 because 20 is a good number for a circle. If you weren't included it has nothing to do with your drama meter...blame Google's algorithms. I rarely look at the people page anymore. If you were notified, you are included in the circle.2014-01-19 04:34:452034019
Jason Levy19,543This is my Surprise Welcome Circle 3If you received a notification, you are in the circle - this is my thank you and welcome to my circles.This circle contain people who are new to my circles.Because of the holiday season, It's actually been a few weeks since I've published a welcome circle. Many of the people in this circle have already engaged with me in some way.They are all great people, and without a doubt, if you add them, you will have an even better Google plus experience as they plus, share and comment on your own posts.Please plus, add and publicly share the circle so that everyone will benefit*Please also plus, add and publicly share my Elite Inner Circle here: https://plus.google.com/+JasonLevy/posts/eqggXPGhqxE *If you are in the circle, then well done! You have reached the first level. To get to the next level and become a Team Elite Engager (and this also applies to people who aren't in this circle), there are two simple steps:1. +1 this post2. share this post3. Comment to say hi and let me know what you have done!My Team Elite Engager Circles are shared regularly by other circle sharers - they currently span two circles at 1000 active sharers, and will be reviewed and reshared regularly, so do yourselves a big favour and become one of the Elite!    #teamelite  ~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~I don't wish to offend anyone on the internet, so if you would like to be removed from my shared circles, please send me a private message and I won't share your profile in the future. The only way being shared will affect you is that you will get notifications that people have added you. You are under no obligation to add them back to your circles. If you don't add them back, they will most likely remove you from their circles after some time.~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~@~Looking for a cure for tinnitus, or just tinnitus relief? Looking for tinnitus treatment prices? To get affordable private tinnitus treatment in London, go here:http://www.thelondontinnitustreatmentclinic.co.uk/Tinnitus-Treatments/tinnitus-treatment-prices.html2014-01-12 21:28:514941275689
Asif Raza657Add people. You will be added back.Share circle to extend its reach. Have Fun. #circleshare   #circle   #sharing   #sharedpubliccircles  2014-01-12 03:07:37406415
John Nuntiatio24,007#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport 2014-01-10 10:43:08487322335
Asif Raza340This circle has no specific description. Everyone is regular user and posts some good stuff.Add people and share it with others as well. #Circle   #sharingcircles  2014-01-08 17:06:32187426
John Nuntiatio23,207#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport 2014-01-04 17:47:08487281337
Константин Вишневский40,080Circle of people, with active life position in Google+Simple To be added PLUS the post Share the post and Add the circle. Once you have done this let me know in the commentsКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+Просто быть добавлены PLUS сообщению Share пост и добавить круг. If you agree that this is a great circle, please re-share!#ForFriends2014-01-02 16:06:42447372465
AyJay Schibig40,675AWESOME CHRISTMAS CIRCLE   12.20.13Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Plus, Comment, Add and Share! Merry Christmas!See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy  and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle 2013-12-21 01:50:46425623886
Meirav M.8,464so apparently there's this thing where you share your December Dozen.no way could I restrict myself to that level and pick only 12 plussers to share. so here you are - this is my December Double Dozen.they're all fabulous, each and every one of them.that is all. #DecemberDozen   #sharedcircles  2013-12-16 23:16:4024705
Vladimir Samsonov24,810Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-12-15 06:13:214859164115
Charlotte Hoather2,173#sharedcircles   I would love to share this circle with anyone trying to connect with new friends.  These were my first contacts on Google+ and I would like thank them for their support :)2013-12-06 08:54:1049013523
Vladimir Samsonov22,737Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг #ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-12-01 13:34:46479392366
Vladimir Samsonov22,094Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-11-26 14:09:264538259112
Vivi Amb541CIRCLE TO HAVE TODAY !My best Google + Users to FollowSpecial thanks to all off us !This Circle will Grow if :1 - You add Contacts creating a new Circle (if this is not done)2 - Share and +1 the circle#circles #circle   #circlesharing #circleshare2013-11-25 00:28:09239509
AyJay Schibig36,338AWESOME CIRCLE   11.23.13Some  awesome people/pages  in this new Edition!  Add them to grow your G+ network!  Please Share.See  all of my Curated Circles on my Circle Sharing Page  +Circle Energy  and also my Circle Sharing and More Community https://plus.google.com/communities/110688741176520942310#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles     #sharedpublicircles     #circle #circles   #circlemeup     #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou   #ShareYourCircle2013-11-24 02:19:11422613586
Jan Havrda20,092Deep Thinkers.2013-11-15 00:06:31141216
Dustin W. Stout26,662The Most Creative and Inspiring People on Google+As the first of my #circlesplosion  shares, this crowd-curated circle is comprised of those people who have been personally endorsed as some of the most creative and inspiring people on Google+.These folks are artists, designers, photographers, crafters, painters, musicians, videographers, marketers, and all around creators of things here on Google+.If you're a creator of things and want to connect with more people who create and inspire, add this circle.  Keep watch of the people in this stream and connect with the people you resonate with. About #circlesplosionAs I discussed in my introduction to #circlesplosion  (here - dustn.tv/circlesplosion/) managing and curating your circles will ultimately give you the greatest experience here on Google+. In an effort to connect people with passion, with other people with those same passions, I have resolved to share these crowd-curated circles with the world. I hope this group gives you as much value as it has me! Have a great monday everyone!  #creativity   #inspiration   #sharedcircles  2013-11-11 19:47:102367442117
Vladimir Samsonov20,493Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Круг интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-11-11 08:08:57471411954
Coyeb Sundel02013-10-24 08:44:084695213
Coyeb Sundel02013-10-24 08:39:204677212

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2014-09-19 01:13:37 (39 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s) 

The Spirit of Halloween

I have another posting all lined up.  Another dive into the macabre, yet true.

But, I thought I'd pause a moment and ask you:
What are your creep-triggers?  What scares you the most?  I'm genuinely interested.  Not because I wish to have power over you.  (That's never the point; power is easy to take.)  But, because if you face that thing (or things), then you're touching something powerful in your experience of being alive.  (Which is, after all, what it is all about.)

So, a poll:  What scares the bejeebers out of you?  Fill in below.

Yes, of course, there are points for funniest and not on-topic responses.  I decide winner.  So, if you go there, go all in, or we may decide that you are the scariest thing.  And not in a good way..  ; )

Most reshares: 10

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2014-09-16 05:16:47 (6 comments, 10 reshares, 44 +1s) 

The Spirit of Halloween

Momento mori
"Remember that you die"

You're a man of means and respected for your name and goods.  You're young and you marry well.  You have one daughter who regrettably, quickly dies.  Such things happen.  You go to war and you regrettably die.  At age 25.  Such things happen.  

Your widow commissions a sculpture to commemorate your life and memory.  The sculpture is your image in skeletal and decomposing form.  The sculpture doubles as a reliquary, receiving your dead heart.  The figure sculpted to show you lifting your heart (figuratively and, at one time actually) toward heaven.  

All life is vanity and illusion.  The great universal truth is death.   Momento mori.  

In time, nobody remembers you, the man, but your death image carries on long after memory.  Your desiccated heartdisappears, in... more »

Most plusones: 44

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2014-09-16 05:16:47 (6 comments, 10 reshares, 44 +1s) 

The Spirit of Halloween

Momento mori
"Remember that you die"

You're a man of means and respected for your name and goods.  You're young and you marry well.  You have one daughter who regrettably, quickly dies.  Such things happen.  You go to war and you regrettably die.  At age 25.  Such things happen.  

Your widow commissions a sculpture to commemorate your life and memory.  The sculpture is your image in skeletal and decomposing form.  The sculpture doubles as a reliquary, receiving your dead heart.  The figure sculpted to show you lifting your heart (figuratively and, at one time actually) toward heaven.  

All life is vanity and illusion.  The great universal truth is death.   Momento mori.  

In time, nobody remembers you, the man, but your death image carries on long after memory.  Your desiccated heartdisappears, in... more »

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2014-09-22 01:23:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Anybody been watching "Z Nation?"  

It needs sharks and Debbie Gibson.  

The show displays post-ZA culture with the phrase, "I give you mercy," just before a living human puts down another living human to stop him or her from turning into a zombie.

If "Z Nation" doesn't stop being awful, it needs to be given mercy.

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Anybody been watching "Z Nation?"  

It needs sharks and Debbie Gibson.  

The show displays post-ZA culture with the phrase, "I give you mercy," just before a living human puts down another living human to stop him or her from turning into a zombie.

If "Z Nation" doesn't stop being awful, it needs to be given mercy.

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2014-09-21 18:33:58 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s) 

You were born to become the hero.  Never to become the victim, or the victim of just another victim.

The sweetest woman in the world 
Could be the meanest woman in the world 
If you make her that way.    

You were born to become the hero.  Never to become the victim, or the victim of just another victim.

The sweetest woman in the world 
Could be the meanest woman in the world 
If you make her that way.    ___

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2014-09-21 17:54:30 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s) 

Happiest dog in Maine. Made Annie suffer through being stuck in the truck for two boring (for both of us) shopping stops. So, at the food store I added a package of beef marrow bones. Annie and I are in the garage so she can enjoy her treat for at least as long as I left her alone in the truck. Truck's windows need a cleaning anyway.

Leo will get his marrow bone later, if not my constant companionship.

Annie is my dog.

Happiest dog in Maine. Made Annie suffer through being stuck in the truck for two boring (for both of us) shopping stops. So, at the food store I added a package of beef marrow bones. Annie and I are in the garage so she can enjoy her treat for at least as long as I left her alone in the truck. Truck's windows need a cleaning anyway.

Leo will get his marrow bone later, if not my constant companionship.

Annie is my dog.___

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2014-09-21 14:16:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

A story idea for a wonderful writer, freely given, and I'd love to read it.

Yesterday, I made the annual pilgrimage to Unity, Maine, and the Common Ground Country Fair.  The fair is a celebration of those basic human talents and gifts: working with nature to create bounty and a future, not harming nature's foundations so that the bounty may continue.  Never forgetting that the gift of a consciousness that can see nature and self in these ways includes a level of personal and communal power and deep responsibility.  Our gifts make us temporary gods and goddesses upon the thin flesh of this blessed and fragile planet, creating in equal measure our richest victories and our most devastating horrors.  Oh my gosh, I love it so much.

As we strode the grass-flattened and dusty paths between displays of extraordinary human brilliance I commented to my friend and day'scom... more »

A story idea for a wonderful writer, freely given, and I'd love to read it.

Yesterday, I made the annual pilgrimage to Unity, Maine, and the Common Ground Country Fair.  The fair is a celebration of those basic human talents and gifts: working with nature to create bounty and a future, not harming nature's foundations so that the bounty may continue.  Never forgetting that the gift of a consciousness that can see nature and self in these ways includes a level of personal and communal power and deep responsibility.  Our gifts make us temporary gods and goddesses upon the thin flesh of this blessed and fragile planet, creating in equal measure our richest victories and our most devastating horrors.  Oh my gosh, I love it so much.

As we strode the grass-flattened and dusty paths between displays of extraordinary human brilliance I commented to my friend and day's companion, "These are the men and women you want with you when the Zombie Apocalypse comes."

My friend recoiled.  He grabbed my arm and exclaimed, "Why do you always find the rot in every golden apple?!"

I smiled at at my friend and day's companion and hugged him.  I drew back and shook him. "Why do you never see the rot in today's apple, trusting in the apple eternal?" 

He is right.

I am right.

In between, we are born, struggle, and then die.

But, yes, I will want you wonderful knowers and doers near me when the dead rise to eat the flesh of the living.  You are the only people who matter when the equation narrows and one's knowledge and labors are placed in their sharpest and truest focus.

(Bites into a gorgeous and rare apple, perfectly ripened, sweet and glorious.)

Everything bites.  Will you be food, or will you be fed?  Hint:  You are or will be included in both, guaranteed, whether the ZA arrives or not.

The idea:  The Zombie Apocalypse comes during an idyllic New England fair that has drawn together the best and brightest and most idealistic of people of that moment.  That scenario comes rich with victories and human horrors aplenty.

As Allah said to Mohammed, "Write."

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2014-09-21 12:31:08 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s) 

The Spirit of Halloween

But we never get back our youth . . . The pulse of joy that beats in us at twenty becomes sluggish. Our limbs fail, our senses rot. We degenerate into hideous puppets, haunted by the memory of the passions of which we were too much afraid, and the exquisite temptations that we had not the courage to yield to.  
--  Oscar Wilde,   The Picture of Dorian Gray   

Appear young.  Appear beautiful.  Appear sexually desirable.  Appear to live, eternally.  These are the siren songs of the human ages.  

Today, flip or click to any random channel, stream, blog or posting and you see them repeated, bowed to, worshiped and believed in more than any other formula of life everlasting and communion with whatever gods or goddesses parrot in all-too-human voices that all of this means something.

You are young, beautiful, f@@kable, oryou do no... more »

The Spirit of Halloween

But we never get back our youth . . . The pulse of joy that beats in us at twenty becomes sluggish. Our limbs fail, our senses rot. We degenerate into hideous puppets, haunted by the memory of the passions of which we were too much afraid, and the exquisite temptations that we had not the courage to yield to.  
--  Oscar Wilde,   The Picture of Dorian Gray   

Appear young.  Appear beautiful.  Appear sexually desirable.  Appear to live, eternally.  These are the siren songs of the human ages.  

Today, flip or click to any random channel, stream, blog or posting and you see them repeated, bowed to, worshiped and believed in more than any other formula of life everlasting and communion with whatever gods or goddesses parrot in all-too-human voices that all of this means something.

You are young, beautiful, f@@kable, or you do not matter.  Fail, or fail to spend your life, sweat and resources toward the goals, and you mean nothing.  The gods and goddesses do not even notice, much less weep for you.

Tribes, cities, kingdoms and empires have risen and fallen in worship to these ideals, or risen in equally bullshite renunciation of them.  

It's mostly bollocks.  Of course.  

Once, long ago, we raised our eyes in wonder, the first glimmerings of complex spiritual consciousness.  Then we dropped our gaze, vision spying or being spied upon.  The curves and swells of muscles and fat that made nether regions swell with lust and biological need.  As ever, creating spectacular moments of living ecstasy or lifelong cripplings borne of rape.  

Or, in perverse loathing of desire and need, we shoved need down, creating spectacular visions of other paths along with dismal life crimes that include rape along with all of its sad cousins. 

As a species, we have a few songs, and we play them over and over and over . . .  The time and the costumes change, not the energy.

In the true Spirit of Halloween:
Will you be the source of horror?
Or will you be horror's victim?
Or, will you strive to become fully human, in the most natural sense of that being, despite the horrors?  

Don't worry.  Nobody who matters is keeping score.  Your choices are only for and about you.  And you end.  So, really, no pressure.  On any of us.

Smile.  Enjoy your body, in whatever form it appears.  Have sex if you enjoy it and if others wish to f@@k you.  Mostly, smile and find joy.  Give smiles, teach joy, regardless of whether or not you or others are f@@kable.

You have no reason to worry.  I promise.  All of this is absurdly temporary. Consciousness and its fears and the feelings that you tend, stoke and inflict upon others?  These are trifles of less value than a single roadside tree's leaf.  We are too soon lost to time and the universe, and that roadside tree's leaf ends up producing more good than most of the travelers along that road.  Soon we leave, along with our gods, goddesses, gurus, technologies and our ageless parasitism upon our fellow consciousnesses, feeding fear with fear, ad infititum.  

Relax.  It's all fine.  Look.  It's a wonderful day.  Be in it.  Love.  Create.  Lessen harm and increase nurture, as best you understand how to do those things.  Keep learning.  Yes.  You still end, at the end.

But, it's a nice day.  Isn't that it's own reason for you to let go of the bullshit and be in it, offering and accepting goodness?

(Personally, I think this is my scariest "Spirit of Halloween" posting yet.  It was my favorite to write, so far.  More blood, mayhem and horror to come, of the more traditional varieties, I promise.)

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2014-09-21 01:01:10 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s) 

As a New Englander since age six (which means I'm technically "from away," but tolerated here) I'm shocked that some parts of the nation are not familiar with Dunkin' Donuts.  

A primer:  
--  If you want a coffee with sugar and cream, order a "regular coffee."  
--  If you order my coffee, a black coffee, the server will repeat your order to make sure you did not mean to say "regular coffee."  Just nod and say, "Yep, black coffee."

Carry on.

As a New Englander since age six (which means I'm technically "from away," but tolerated here) I'm shocked that some parts of the nation are not familiar with Dunkin' Donuts.  

A primer:  
--  If you want a coffee with sugar and cream, order a "regular coffee."  
--  If you order my coffee, a black coffee, the server will repeat your order to make sure you did not mean to say "regular coffee."  Just nod and say, "Yep, black coffee."

Carry on.___

2014-09-20 22:21:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

+Mark C. is here.  

This should get interesting.  : )

+Mark C. is here.  

This should get interesting.  : )___

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2014-09-19 12:10:01 (15 comments, 6 reshares, 33 +1s) 

The Spirit of Halloween

You are a 17th century European woman whose father is an artist.  Having some artistic talent yourself you apprentice to another artist, an Italian with a shady history.  He rapes you.  At trial for the act it is uncovered that he may have also raped his sister-in-law and been complicit in the disappearance and possible murder of his wife.  He is convicted of your rape and imprisoned for two years whereupon the sentence is overturned and his freedom restored.

You are a women in 17th century Europe.  With little social and no political power, but with a talent.  So, you use your talent to exact your cathartic revenge.  You paint a famous scene from the apocryphal story of Judith's murder of Holofernes.  You paint yourself as Judith.  Your rapist's image is Holofernes.  The scene is brutal both for the act, a beheading, and thedispassio... more »

The Spirit of Halloween

You are a 17th century European woman whose father is an artist.  Having some artistic talent yourself you apprentice to another artist, an Italian with a shady history.  He rapes you.  At trial for the act it is uncovered that he may have also raped his sister-in-law and been complicit in the disappearance and possible murder of his wife.  He is convicted of your rape and imprisoned for two years whereupon the sentence is overturned and his freedom restored.

You are a women in 17th century Europe.  With little social and no political power, but with a talent.  So, you use your talent to exact your cathartic revenge.  You paint a famous scene from the apocryphal story of Judith's murder of Holofernes.  You paint yourself as Judith.  Your rapist's image is Holofernes.  The scene is brutal both for the act, a beheading, and the dispassionate calm of the murderess as she plunges the knife into the male figure's neck.

The woman was Artemisia Gentileschi.  The man was Agostino Tossi.  The painting is Judith Slaying Holofernes  (1620), which can be seen at the National Museum of Capodimonte, Naples.

The story of Judith slaying Holofernes was a popular subject in Renaissance art, with blood spurts produced by Caravaggio, Giorgione, Titian, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, and others.

In the story, Judith, a pious Hebrew widow, uses deception and guile to get close to Holofernes, the general of a foreign army invading Judah.  She seduces Holofernes and, when the time is right, she uses his own sword to behead him:

When evening came, his slaves left quickly . . .  They all went to bed, for they were exhausted because the party had lasted a long time.  Judith was left alone in the tent with Holofernes sprawled out on his bed, dead drunk.  

Now Judith told her servant to stand outside of the bedroom and to watch . . . Then Judith stood next to his bed and said in her heart, Lord, God of all power, look at this hour upon the work of my hands for the glory of Jerusalem.  Now is the time to help your inheritance and to accomplish my plans to destroy the enemies who have risen up against us.  

Then she went to the bedpost near Holofernes’ head and took down his sword.  When she came closer to the bed, she grabbed the hair on his head and said, “Give me strength today, Lord God of Israel.”  She struck him in the neck twice with all her might and cut off his head.  Then she rolled his body off the bed and pulled down the canopy from the rods. After a little while she went out and handed Holofernes’ head to her servant, who placed it in her food bag.
(The Book of Judith, Chapter 13, verses 1 through 10)
  
Judith takes Holofernes' head to the army of Judah, emboldening the army to snatch military victory out of the jaws of defeat.  

The name Judith derives from the Hebrew word for a woman of Judah, a Jewess.  The story is fictional, most likely created after the exile in Babylon and intended to highlight the power of the pious chosen of God over the power of the merely mighty.

If you can't be an actual Judith when need arises, you can still be an Artemisia:  use your talents, create your catharsis.  400 years later, their mortal bodies long since decomposed, their stories largely forgotten, Artemisia is still exacting bloody revenge upon her rapist.

Happy Halloween.

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2014-09-19 01:13:37 (39 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s) 

The Spirit of Halloween

I have another posting all lined up.  Another dive into the macabre, yet true.

But, I thought I'd pause a moment and ask you:
What are your creep-triggers?  What scares you the most?  I'm genuinely interested.  Not because I wish to have power over you.  (That's never the point; power is easy to take.)  But, because if you face that thing (or things), then you're touching something powerful in your experience of being alive.  (Which is, after all, what it is all about.)

So, a poll:  What scares the bejeebers out of you?  Fill in below.

Yes, of course, there are points for funniest and not on-topic responses.  I decide winner.  So, if you go there, go all in, or we may decide that you are the scariest thing.  And not in a good way..  ; )

The Spirit of Halloween

I have another posting all lined up.  Another dive into the macabre, yet true.

But, I thought I'd pause a moment and ask you:
What are your creep-triggers?  What scares you the most?  I'm genuinely interested.  Not because I wish to have power over you.  (That's never the point; power is easy to take.)  But, because if you face that thing (or things), then you're touching something powerful in your experience of being alive.  (Which is, after all, what it is all about.)

So, a poll:  What scares the bejeebers out of you?  Fill in below.

Yes, of course, there are points for funniest and not on-topic responses.  I decide winner.  So, if you go there, go all in, or we may decide that you are the scariest thing.  And not in a good way..  ; )___

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2014-09-18 00:25:08 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

The Spirit of Halloween

Bonus Round

Earlier today I posted the text of William Butler Yeats' famous poem, "The Second Coming."  That posting led to a point to the attached video.  I applaud the animator, who has done several such speaking animations.  Being me, I find the moving images distinctly macabre, a simulacrum of life that tickles a primitive place in the brain and makes the hairs stand up on the back of one's neck.  In other words, I love them.

The animated image is of Maud Gonne, who knew William Butler Yeats and was often wooed by him.  Though fond enough of Yeats, Gonne never accepted his proposals.  Yeats settled for making the strikingly beautiful and headstrong Gonne his muse, using her persona in some of his works.

Maud Gonne, who lived from 1866 to 1953, had an interesting life all her own.  Born in England to anAnglo-... more »

The Spirit of Halloween

Bonus Round

Earlier today I posted the text of William Butler Yeats' famous poem, "The Second Coming."  That posting led to a point to the attached video.  I applaud the animator, who has done several such speaking animations.  Being me, I find the moving images distinctly macabre, a simulacrum of life that tickles a primitive place in the brain and makes the hairs stand up on the back of one's neck.  In other words, I love them.

The animated image is of Maud Gonne, who knew William Butler Yeats and was often wooed by him.  Though fond enough of Yeats, Gonne never accepted his proposals.  Yeats settled for making the strikingly beautiful and headstrong Gonne his muse, using her persona in some of his works.

Maud Gonne, who lived from 1866 to 1953, had an interesting life all her own.  Born in England to an Anglo-Irish family, Gonne was educated in France.  She became a political activist for Irish freedom from Great Britain.  

She had a long-term affair with a politician and bore two children by him, a son, who would die young, and a daughter called Iseult.  

Gonne later married another man, John MacBride, and had a son, Sean MacBride, by him.  The marriage was not happy, including Gonne's allegation that her husband abused her and molested Iseult.  Gonne sought a divorce and was refused.  Then, the British did her the favor of executing her husband for his part in organizing Irish Brigades to fight the British in South Africa's Boer War.

Gonne refused yet another proposal by Yeats and settled in Dublin, Ireland.  Yeats had known Gonne's daughter, Iseult, since childhood.  She grew into a great and intelligent beauty.  After years of being refused by Iseult's mother, Yeats, in his 50s, proposed to Iseult when she was 23.  Which is kind of ewwww on a couple of levels, yeah?  She refused him, but the family and Yeats remained close.

Maud Gonne died in 1953 in her 80s.  Iseult died a month after mother.  Gonne's son, Sean MacBride, went on to become an important Irish and international politician and human rights activist, being a founding member of Amnesty International, a chairman of the Irish Republican Army, and a Nobel Prize winner.

Here's an animated portrait of the lovely Maud Gonne reciting William Butler Yeats' "The Second Coming."  May you have vivid dreams tonight of your home's photographs speaking to you in this manner, saying dark and disturbing things.  Happy Halloween.

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2014-09-17 23:10:39 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 28 +1s) 

The Spirit of Halloween

You dress in your best clothing.  Your family does too.  You all gather for a photograph.  It's the 19th century and photography is new and novel.  It offers the chance to capture a perfect likeness of yourself and your loved ones, immortalized in time and place.

You stand together, carefully posed.  You don't smile.  Smiling for a photograph wouldn't become a cultural "thing" until photography became less expensive and therefore more common.  Anyway, you will have to stand very still for up to a minute so the camera can complete the exposure.  A relaxed expression is easier than holding perfectly still with a smile plastered on your mug.

Getting your family photograph portrait taken is something novel and expensive.  But, it is a very special occasion, so you make the effort and absorb the expense.

Atlast you... more »

The Spirit of Halloween

You dress in your best clothing.  Your family does too.  You all gather for a photograph.  It's the 19th century and photography is new and novel.  It offers the chance to capture a perfect likeness of yourself and your loved ones, immortalized in time and place.

You stand together, carefully posed.  You don't smile.  Smiling for a photograph wouldn't become a cultural "thing" until photography became less expensive and therefore more common.  Anyway, you will have to stand very still for up to a minute so the camera can complete the exposure.  A relaxed expression is easier than holding perfectly still with a smile plastered on your mug.

Getting your family photograph portrait taken is something novel and expensive.  But, it is a very special occasion, so you make the effort and absorb the expense.

At last you see the finished photographic image.  Everybody looks Sunday best.  The details are amazing.

But, one figure in the family portrait is particularly crisp, each eye-popping detail of texture and light and shadow jumps off the plate.  That family member had an advantage over the others, the ones who could not resist some small movements over that long minute, movements that created subtle blurring in the final image.

The perfectly photographically captured family member is dead.  You gathered around your recently deceased husband, or wife, or child, or sibling.  You posed your dead loved one as if alive.  His or her eyes might be opened.  Even glued open, if necessary.  Or, if not practical, sometimes eyes would be painted on the lids of the deceased on the finished image.

It was the era of the death photographs.  For a time in the early days of popular photography, particularly in Britain, it was all the rage to record your recently-deceased loved one--adult, child or infant--in poses that mimicked life. Often with other family members posed with the deceased.

The fad died (pun intended), but many families retain a tradition of photographing a deceased loved one in his or her coffin.  My family among them.  

Remain perfectly still, resist the urge to smile, the meat truck men are standing by, and have a happy Halloween.

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2014-09-17 01:28:57 (3 comments, 9 reshares, 24 +1s) 

The Spirit of Halloween

There are those who say that you can achieve anything your mind can conceive.  If the conception is self-mummification?  Dare to dream!

From the 11th to the 19th centuries a sect of Buddhist monks in Japan practiced sokushinbutsu:  a lifestyle of extreme austerity designed to lead to death and mummification.  

Sokushinbutsu monks embarked on 1,000-day-long regimen of eating just seeds and nuts and engaging in rigorous physical exertion to deplete bodily fat.  Then began a 1,000 day cycle of eating just bark and roots.  Finally, a monk would drink a poisonous tea that induced vomiting, causing dehydration, further fat loss, and a build up of toxins in the tissues to deter postmortem insect infestation.

As the end neared for a monk he would enter a small stone tomb with just a breathing tube and a bell.  He would assume thelotus p... more »

The Spirit of Halloween

There are those who say that you can achieve anything your mind can conceive.  If the conception is self-mummification?  Dare to dream!

From the 11th to the 19th centuries a sect of Buddhist monks in Japan practiced sokushinbutsu:  a lifestyle of extreme austerity designed to lead to death and mummification.  

Sokushinbutsu monks embarked on 1,000-day-long regimen of eating just seeds and nuts and engaging in rigorous physical exertion to deplete bodily fat.  Then began a 1,000 day cycle of eating just bark and roots.  Finally, a monk would drink a poisonous tea that induced vomiting, causing dehydration, further fat loss, and a build up of toxins in the tissues to deter postmortem insect infestation.

As the end neared for a monk he would enter a small stone tomb with just a breathing tube and a bell.  He would assume the lotus position while his brother monks sealed him in the tomb.  Once a day the entombed and dying monk would ring his bell.  After a day with no bell's peel the monk's breathing tube was removed and tomb completely sealed.

After another 1,000 days, the tomb was opened.  If the monk's corpse had become mummified (versus putrefied) he was thought to have achieved perfect enlightenment and become a Buddha.  Buddha mummies were placed in the temple to receive prayers, offerings and veneration.

Putrefied bodies were left in place, their tombs resealed.  Better luck next life.  Of the potentially hundreds of monks over the centuries who attempted sokushinbutsu, only 28 mummies exist.  That's a lot of sealed tombs.

The practice was seen as so creepy that it was outlawed by the Japanese government in the late 19th century.  You know something is jiggity when even the Japanese find it too extreme.

Happy Halloween.

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2014-09-16 05:16:47 (6 comments, 10 reshares, 44 +1s) 

The Spirit of Halloween

Momento mori
"Remember that you die"

You're a man of means and respected for your name and goods.  You're young and you marry well.  You have one daughter who regrettably, quickly dies.  Such things happen.  You go to war and you regrettably die.  At age 25.  Such things happen.  

Your widow commissions a sculpture to commemorate your life and memory.  The sculpture is your image in skeletal and decomposing form.  The sculpture doubles as a reliquary, receiving your dead heart.  The figure sculpted to show you lifting your heart (figuratively and, at one time actually) toward heaven.  

All life is vanity and illusion.  The great universal truth is death.   Momento mori.  

In time, nobody remembers you, the man, but your death image carries on long after memory.  Your desiccated heartdisappears, in... more »

The Spirit of Halloween

Momento mori
"Remember that you die"

You're a man of means and respected for your name and goods.  You're young and you marry well.  You have one daughter who regrettably, quickly dies.  Such things happen.  You go to war and you regrettably die.  At age 25.  Such things happen.  

Your widow commissions a sculpture to commemorate your life and memory.  The sculpture is your image in skeletal and decomposing form.  The sculpture doubles as a reliquary, receiving your dead heart.  The figure sculpted to show you lifting your heart (figuratively and, at one time actually) toward heaven.  

All life is vanity and illusion.  The great universal truth is death.   Momento mori.  

In time, nobody remembers you, the man, but your death image carries on long after memory.  Your desiccated heart disappears, in time, but your ghastly flayed image lives on.

What a wife and what a delicious time to be (however briefly) alive.

The man was René de Chalon, Prince of Orange, who really did die in 1544 at age 25 fighting alongside the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.  His widow, Anna of Lorraine, really did commission Ligier Richier, a pupil of Michelangelo, to create the white sandstone sculpture.  Which you can still see today in the Saint-Étienne church in the city of Bar-le-Duc in France.   Minus René's actual heart, which disappeared some time in those chaotic years of the French Revolution.

Examples of death art abound.  This is one of my favorites.  Both bravura expression of transgression and an insane scream that always lurks just beneath our well-crafted pretenses and illusions of self and place.

Happy Halloween.  

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2014-09-16 01:11:00 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s) 

I'm Skyping for the first time.

I feel so grown up.

I'm Skyping for the first time.

I feel so grown up.___

2014-09-14 15:55:03 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s) 

Save that.

I alternately mowed and pruned late-summer gardens.  The husband busied himself pulling out and inventorying seasonal decorations from the cold out-building, plastic tubs lined up on the newly mowed verdant green of the still busy grass.

I released grip on the gas lever and let the motor and blades die down.  Headed into the house.  Dogs in various stages of excitement and grievance with the pack leaders keeping a distance.  Me appearing, but their excitements and grievances ratcheted up, not assuaged by my appearance.  They want the husband.  Not me.  Except for Annie.  My dog.  Who just panted and gazed up at me, her eyes appealing:  "Let's get out of here."  I rubbed between her ears.  "Later," I promised, hoping I'd have time to keep the promise.

I opened the fridge and took a can of cold seltzer flavored withlime.  Popp... more »

Save that.

I alternately mowed and pruned late-summer gardens.  The husband busied himself pulling out and inventorying seasonal decorations from the cold out-building, plastic tubs lined up on the newly mowed verdant green of the still busy grass.

I released grip on the gas lever and let the motor and blades die down.  Headed into the house.  Dogs in various stages of excitement and grievance with the pack leaders keeping a distance.  Me appearing, but their excitements and grievances ratcheted up, not assuaged by my appearance.  They want the husband.  Not me.  Except for Annie.  My dog.  Who just panted and gazed up at me, her eyes appealing:  "Let's get out of here."  I rubbed between her ears.  "Later," I promised, hoping I'd have time to keep the promise.

I opened the fridge and took a can of cold seltzer flavored with lime.  Popping the top I gulped down half and then set the can on the table and woke up the laptop with a finger's stroke.  While it blinked and rubbed its virtual eyes, my eyes saw the thing.

The husband had already placed some Halloween decorations.  On the candle table in the corner a Walmart China-made orange jack-o-lantern sat on the wrinkled and draped black expanse of my old Navy neckerchief.

I regarded the cloth.  It, as ever and always, cared not a bit for me.  I let memory flood in.  When I was a puppy.  That perverse square of synthetic black cloth made to assume a particular form of perfection.  A puzzle.  My twenty-something mind studying the puzzle of it.  Rolling it in my fingers.  Memorizing and making my fingers memorize the actions of the perfect roll, the perfect square knot.  Perfection.  An age when perfection was something to be gained and mastered.  

Now the black cloth, as ever uncaring, draped across a candle stand holding a piece of orange plastic crap that looked like a prime piece of Celtic magic.  I looked away.  Rubbed my eyes.  Looked back.

Did we ever mean anything to each other?  Did we ever a learn a damned thing?  Was there ever any magic, one way or the other?  I mentally asked the synthetic piece of dyed-black cloth.

I sighed and let it go.  Like I've let so many things go.  Pretending all the while that some of those things aren't the best of me.  The only things that matter.  That could matter.  If meaning has any value at all, that might mean something.

Then I smiled.  

I'm never beaten.  Until I end me--not you, not anybody, and sure as hell not a piece of the past--I still spin meanings like a wizard creating matter of out nothing.  I arrived with meanings, as rich and dark and redolent and possible as the deepest loam of the best farm land.  I've always been the master of my moment and my memory.

I looked back at the draped black cloth.  "Exactly where you belong," I told it.

Already saving all of this.  This moment between exertion and sweat and labor.  The past both haunting me and being haunted by me.

We create meaning.  There are no ghosts.  Except for those we invent.

If you care to invent?  Be amazing in it.___

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2014-09-12 23:57:56 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s) 

For +Sue T.  From David Bowie's 1980 "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)."

"Fashion" is a sonic amalgam of old and new, borrowing some riffs and lines from previous songs.  The song masterfully combines dissonance and an ennui-stricken chorus with a driving beat and a Dada-esque (beep beep!) mocking of popular music and vacuous goose-stepping to fashions without ever thinking about why or if any of the appearances have anything to say: "There's a brand new talk, but it's not very clear."   But, no matter, "people from good homes are talking this year."

It's Bowie (and his musical cronies) in full command of their talents, message and style.  It's just one song from an album by a man who helped inspire the Punk movement, and then thanked it by pointing out its absurdities and rolling his eyes at its successors,the... more »

For +Sue T.  From David Bowie's 1980 "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)."

"Fashion" is a sonic amalgam of old and new, borrowing some riffs and lines from previous songs.  The song masterfully combines dissonance and an ennui-stricken chorus with a driving beat and a Dada-esque (beep beep!) mocking of popular music and vacuous goose-stepping to fashions without ever thinking about why or if any of the appearances have anything to say: "There's a brand new talk, but it's not very clear."   But, no matter, "people from good homes are talking this year."

It's Bowie (and his musical cronies) in full command of their talents, message and style.  It's just one song from an album by a man who helped inspire the Punk movement, and then thanked it by pointing out its absurdities and rolling his eyes at its successors, the New Romantics and the building excesses that would become 80s Pop.

Only two years later, with Nile Rodgers producing, he would dye his hair canary yellow and show 80s Popsters how it's done.

But, "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) is very much the superior of 1982's "Let's Dance."

And now you know. 

"Fashion"
performed by David Bowie
Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)  
1980

There's a brand new dance
But I don't know its name
That people from bad homes
Do again and again

It's big and it's bland
Full of tension and fear
They do it over there
But we don't do it here

Fashion, turn to the left
Fashion, turn to the right
Fashion

We are the goon squad
And we're coming to town

Listen to me, don't listen to me
Talk to me, don't talk to me
Dance with me, don't dance with me, no

There's a brand new talk
But it's not very clear
That people from good homes
Are talking this year
Fashion

It's loud and tasteless
And I've heard it before
You shout it while you're dancing
On the ole dance floor
Fashion

Fashion, turn to the left
Fashion, right
Fashion

We are the goon squad
And we're coming to town

Listen to me, don't listen to me
Talk to me, don't talk to me
Dance with me, don't dance with me, no

Fashion

//___

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2014-09-12 21:22:57 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

The Spirit of Halloween

Seasons don't fear The Reaper
Nor do the wind the sun or the rain
We can be like they are
Come on, baby
Don't fear The Reaper

Blue Oyster Cult
(Don't Fear) The Reaper
1976

The Spirit of Halloween

Seasons don't fear The Reaper
Nor do the wind the sun or the rain
We can be like they are
Come on, baby
Don't fear The Reaper

Blue Oyster Cult
(Don't Fear) The Reaper
1976___

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2014-09-12 20:57:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Nice.

Via +Kimmy Owens

Just taking an inventory.___Nice.

Via +Kimmy Owens

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2014-09-12 02:39:49 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Almost there . . .

Almost there . . .___

2014-09-11 20:53:17 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s) 

The Spirit of Halloween

Her: I'd like to say I'm not into my appearance, but I am. I wish I knew how to not care about it.

Me: Imagine your body as the corpse it will become.

Her: What?!

Me: Crushed. Burned. Withered with age. Shrunken and spent by disease . . .

Her: Oh my god!

Me: Right? Now. How do feel about your appearance, right now.

Her: (A pause that slides from horror to nonchalance.) When you put it like that, I feel pretty good.

Me: Great! Now. Imagine the stench . . .

Her: Stop!

Keep the Spirit of Halloween alive in your heart! Your red beating heart, that will one day sputter, spasm and stop . . . Mwa ha ha! 

The Spirit of Halloween

Her: I'd like to say I'm not into my appearance, but I am. I wish I knew how to not care about it.

Me: Imagine your body as the corpse it will become.

Her: What?!

Me: Crushed. Burned. Withered with age. Shrunken and spent by disease . . .

Her: Oh my god!

Me: Right? Now. How do feel about your appearance, right now.

Her: (A pause that slides from horror to nonchalance.) When you put it like that, I feel pretty good.

Me: Great! Now. Imagine the stench . . .

Her: Stop!

Keep the Spirit of Halloween alive in your heart! Your red beating heart, that will one day sputter, spasm and stop . . . Mwa ha ha! ___

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2014-09-11 19:22:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

If you're a huge Apple fan, remember, it's Adolph Hitler.

If you don't care one way or the other about Apple, it's a funny video.

If you hate Apple, maybe examine that. Hate pays as much attention as love. Indifference allows time better spent.

Hitler Finds Out About the New iPhones and Apple Watch

It was supposed to come, here is it !___If you're a huge Apple fan, remember, it's Adolph Hitler.

If you don't care one way or the other about Apple, it's a funny video.

If you hate Apple, maybe examine that. Hate pays as much attention as love. Indifference allows time better spent.

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2014-09-11 14:02:50 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s) 

"The Quest" season finale, tonight, 8:00-10:00pm.

I've grown fond of this show.  ABC, alas, lost interest in the show since its filming, putting off its debut, pitting it against established, popular shows (including football; c'mon, ABC, go on a quest for a clue about scheduling), and failing to promote this late-summer bit o' fun.  As a result, this entertaining, imaginative and affirming show struggles for an audience.

Unlike other competition reality shows, "The Quest" is not about encouraging its contestants to abandon integrity, reputation and intelligence.  Nobody says, "I'm not here to make friends."  Everybody keeps their clothes on, and there are no embarrassing confessional moments.  Kids (a natural fan base for this fantasy-based show) can safely watch and enjoy the story as much as the grown ups.

Thecont... more »

"The Quest" season finale, tonight, 8:00-10:00pm.

I've grown fond of this show.  ABC, alas, lost interest in the show since its filming, putting off its debut, pitting it against established, popular shows (including football; c'mon, ABC, go on a quest for a clue about scheduling), and failing to promote this late-summer bit o' fun.  As a result, this entertaining, imaginative and affirming show struggles for an audience.

Unlike other competition reality shows, "The Quest" is not about encouraging its contestants to abandon integrity, reputation and intelligence.  Nobody says, "I'm not here to make friends."  Everybody keeps their clothes on, and there are no embarrassing confessional moments.  Kids (a natural fan base for this fantasy-based show) can safely watch and enjoy the story as much as the grown ups.

The contestants, called Paladins, were intelligently chosen:  each one is a fantasy genre geek, people who want to believe.  This creates some of the geekier moments in the show as our heroes don't just suspend disbelief, they catapult disbelief over the castle wall.  That's the fun of "The Quest."  You're invited into a fantasy world where people much like you must become the hero.  Not goof around and roll their eyes and cynically back-bite each other.

The series started with twelve Paladins.  Tonight we're down to the final four:
--  Lina:  A school counselor who grew up with three older brothers, a background she might draw upon tonight as she works with and must compete against the other remaining Paladins, all men;
--  Andrew:  A wrestler and cosplay enthusiast, Andrew has been among the top in several challenges, but can he control his impetuous nature tonight and become The Hero?;
--  Shondo: A mixed martial arts fighter whose toughness is enhanced by his loyalty and single-minded determination to save the world.  He hasn't faced a significant threat to his place among the heroes, but what will happen tonight?;
-- Patrick:  The oldest of the Paladins, Patrick is a husband, father and mathematics teacher, and also an avowed and proud fan of the fantasy genre.  Will this believer be the one to face down Verlox in the final battle?

From TV Guide:
SEASON 1 FINALE, 8pm, ABC
The Quest
The Paladins are taken prisoner in “Escape from Rana Village,” so they must… well, do that thing that the title says to do. Then “One True Hero” presents the final challenge and determines who will be chosen to slay the villainous Verlox.

//

#thequest  
#thequestarmy  
#linacarollo  
#andrewfrazer  
#shondoblade  
#patrickhiggins  ___

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2014-09-11 00:25:14 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

U2's new album free on iTunes.  Much appreciated, Apple.

Now, Apple, get to work on those iTunes performance issues.

U2's new album free on iTunes.  Much appreciated, Apple.

Now, Apple, get to work on those iTunes performance issues.___

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2014-09-10 23:35:10 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Just one store chain?  Imagine the uproar if the US Postal Service issued the stamps.

Touko Laaksonen, aka Tom of Finland, was a fascinating man with a fascinating history.  He almost single-handedly defined a particular look and a particular scene that's still going strong.

When I first came out, a gay friend had a Tom of Finland calendar on his kitchen wall and a coffee table book of his drawings.  He found me sitting on the sofa and flipping through the book's page.  He asked what I thought.  "They're beautifully done, of course," I said.  "But, don't you find that they present an over-idealized male body image and a highly fetishized presentation of gay sexuality?"  My friend sat down next to me, took my hand, gazed into my eyes and said, very seriously, "They're pictures of hot men, honey.  That's all you need to careabout.&... more »

Just one store chain?  Imagine the uproar if the US Postal Service issued the stamps.

Touko Laaksonen, aka Tom of Finland, was a fascinating man with a fascinating history.  He almost single-handedly defined a particular look and a particular scene that's still going strong.

When I first came out, a gay friend had a Tom of Finland calendar on his kitchen wall and a coffee table book of his drawings.  He found me sitting on the sofa and flipping through the book's page.  He asked what I thought.  "They're beautifully done, of course," I said.  "But, don't you find that they present an over-idealized male body image and a highly fetishized presentation of gay sexuality?"  My friend sat down next to me, took my hand, gazed into my eyes and said, very seriously, "They're pictures of hot men, honey.  That's all you need to care about."  I smiled and nodded.

If I was at all a leatherman or a uniform fetishist, I'm sure I'd be a bigger fan.  Not that I dislike the images, that's not the point.  Like everybody, I have my own raft of sexual triggers, but they're not the kind that tend to make into coffee table books or onto Finnish stamps.

If you'd like to try to order the stamps, I suppose you could start here, but I have no idea if the Finnish Postal Service takes PayPal or ships internationally:  https://verkkokauppa.posti.fi/PublishedService?file=page&pageID=9&groupID=1431&action=viewPromotion&itemcode=109095&gclid=CNfoqbPn18ACFScV7Aod4QMATA___

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2014-09-10 22:48:44 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s) 

Irkables

When people say measure as MAY-zhur, not MEH-zhur.  
When people say nuclear as NOOK-uler, not NEW-clee-ur.  

Oddly enough, neither rose to irkable status until George W. Bush took office.

Still, not a big deal.  Just irkable.

Irkables

When people say measure as MAY-zhur, not MEH-zhur.  
When people say nuclear as NOOK-uler, not NEW-clee-ur.  

Oddly enough, neither rose to irkable status until George W. Bush took office.

Still, not a big deal.  Just irkable.___

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2014-09-10 20:17:11 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Speaking of lovely and wunnerful!

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
Here's the new music video for my song "Life Is Beautiful"!  Sorry, if twerking, bling, grills, fancy cars, labels and sexy choreography are your thing. You won't find that here. Nope, this video (like the song) is about everything that matters most to me in this world...my family, nature, music, love and the simplest little moments that make my life beautiful. In this crazy world of consumerism, it's hard to remember that THINGS don't matter. We need to be reminded every day that people, relationships, love, time with our family and loved ones, and kindness are what make life truly BEAUTIFUL!  

I hope you enjoy, my Plus Loves! Thank you for listening, supporting and for making my life beautiful every day!
XOXO

"Life Is Beautiful" available on:
iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cherish-the-broken/id715034747
GooglePlay https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Heather_Fay_Cherish_the_Broken?id=Bbexwgr6yzt3ztrtgzjuylube4e&hl=en

Heather's Website www.heatherfay.com

#heatherfaymusic   #cherishthebroken   #lifeisbeautiful   #music   #indiemusic   #indiemusicians   #motherhood   #nature   #gratitude   #love  

"Life Is Beautiful" - Heather Fay (the Scrape Knee'd Girl)___Speaking of lovely and wunnerful!

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2014-09-10 20:16:03 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

The Carnivores' Polka and lovely Inez. Wunnerful, wunnerful!

Via +Cara Evangelista

___The Carnivores' Polka and lovely Inez. Wunnerful, wunnerful!

Via +Cara Evangelista

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2014-09-10 19:51:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s) 

Wonderfully bad.

Let's go play in the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.

via +Samantha Gluck on FB___Wonderfully bad.

Let's go play in the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.

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2014-09-10 19:36:06 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s) 

Mmhm.

Something I personally abide by...___Mmhm.

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2014-09-10 19:31:03 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s) 

Grammar dooms dog that dumped.

Via +Valerie Cl +Valerie Clark

 Technically correct. The best kind of correct.___Grammar dooms dog that dumped.

Via +Valerie Cl +Valerie Clark

2014-09-10 15:17:01 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s) 

You probably don't want money or things as much as you wish to stop feeling afraid in a world that tells you that money and things are what matter.

(Hint: The people with money and things are not unafraid for having them.)

You probably don't want money or things as much as you wish to stop feeling afraid in a world that tells you that money and things are what matter.

(Hint: The people with money and things are not unafraid for having them.)___

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2014-09-09 19:50:02 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s) 

Four years. That is at least how long this pair of cargo pants has hung from that hook in the locker room.

When I was in the navy we had Rocky the Donut, a leftover Dunkin Donuts sugar glazed, entombed in a Maxwell House coffee can with the date of entombment written on the clear plastic lid.

Cargo pants are an improvement.

Four years. That is at least how long this pair of cargo pants has hung from that hook in the locker room.

When I was in the navy we had Rocky the Donut, a leftover Dunkin Donuts sugar glazed, entombed in a Maxwell House coffee can with the date of entombment written on the clear plastic lid.

Cargo pants are an improvement.___

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2014-09-08 00:12:23 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s) 

Her:  How do you know the moon's phases?

Me:  Light on right is aRriving.  Light on left is Leaving.

Her.  Oh, cool!  But, what if I forget and think that right is Receding and left is aLighting?

Me:  Never be a lycanthrope and it will never matter to you.

Her:  How do you know the moon's phases?

Me:  Light on right is aRriving.  Light on left is Leaving.

Her.  Oh, cool!  But, what if I forget and think that right is Receding and left is aLighting?

Me:  Never be a lycanthrope and it will never matter to you.___

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2014-09-07 22:32:05 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s) 

I've been lazy today. Sized, cut, stained and nailed up some wood that needed placing. Painted some trim, noting 2015's projects along the way. Cooked and baked, lazy time activities.

It never ends.

This biological package ends.

As long as stars shine, the struggle does not end.

You have nothing to fear. The end is never about fear. It's about presence. You. Right now.

If you declare that some (including you) do not matter, then you have declared that none of this matters.

If so, you are mistaken. A blink of your eye matters. Imagine the impact when you try.

//

I've been lazy today. Sized, cut, stained and nailed up some wood that needed placing. Painted some trim, noting 2015's projects along the way. Cooked and baked, lazy time activities.

It never ends.

This biological package ends.

As long as stars shine, the struggle does not end.

You have nothing to fear. The end is never about fear. It's about presence. You. Right now.

If you declare that some (including you) do not matter, then you have declared that none of this matters.

If so, you are mistaken. A blink of your eye matters. Imagine the impact when you try.

//___

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2014-09-07 22:06:15 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 33 +1s) 

Brothers and sisters, can I get a hallelujah?

Brothers and sisters, can I get a hallelujah?___

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2014-09-07 21:08:38 (19 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s) 

All she wants is for me to throw the stuffed hedgehog out the door. Of course, I will. Plenty of soap, plenty of hot water. One dog companion.

I do not envy you people who happen to reproduce. 

All she wants is for me to throw the stuffed hedgehog out the door. Of course, I will. Plenty of soap, plenty of hot water. One dog companion.

I do not envy you people who happen to reproduce. ___

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2014-09-07 20:46:41 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s) 

Have I mentioned that my favorite holiday is Halloween?

Christmas can . . . gently stimulate it.

Have I mentioned that my favorite holiday is Halloween?

Christmas can . . . gently stimulate it.___

2014-09-07 19:58:45 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s) 

One of the best cooking/baking tips ever?  Wash your hands with soap and water.  Again and again, as you move among ingredients, particularly raw meats and vegetables.

One huge reason why we live longer than our ancestors?  Hygiene.  

One of the best cooking/baking tips ever?  Wash your hands with soap and water.  Again and again, as you move among ingredients, particularly raw meats and vegetables.

One huge reason why we live longer than our ancestors?  Hygiene.  ___

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2014-09-07 19:34:13 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s) 

Simultaneously prepping these two birds for roasting. One for us, one for the neighbors because the wonderful idgit dropped another yard of loam on me and refuses to bill me. (Last night it was squash casserole. He called later and reported, "It's, like, vegetarian, but it's good!" Mmhm.

Watch for whole birds on sale, the most bangs for your bucks. It's super easy to joint a chicken (find any number of videos online), you get parts for frying, roasting or grilling, and pieces/parts to roast and simmer for stock.

Me? I'm usually lazy and roast whole birds, easy-carve afterward, and the rest goes into the stock pot.

Simultaneously prepping these two birds for roasting. One for us, one for the neighbors because the wonderful idgit dropped another yard of loam on me and refuses to bill me. (Last night it was squash casserole. He called later and reported, "It's, like, vegetarian, but it's good!" Mmhm.

Watch for whole birds on sale, the most bangs for your bucks. It's super easy to joint a chicken (find any number of videos online), you get parts for frying, roasting or grilling, and pieces/parts to roast and simmer for stock.

Me? I'm usually lazy and roast whole birds, easy-carve afterward, and the rest goes into the stock pot.___

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2014-09-07 18:45:19 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s) 

Time to make my white cake, later to be frosted with a lemon-flavored whipping cream mousse. First step, milk, butter and egg whites warmed to room temperature before mixing the batter.

The dogs get a treat: egg yolks mixed in their supper kibble.

Time to make my white cake, later to be frosted with a lemon-flavored whipping cream mousse. First step, milk, butter and egg whites warmed to room temperature before mixing the batter.

The dogs get a treat: egg yolks mixed in their supper kibble.___

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2014-09-07 18:13:19 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s) 

The Autumn/Halloween season is upon us.  If you're looking for some suitably spooky aural entertainment for a commute, check out Pseudopod, one of the best horror podcasts around.  This is adult horror content, not stories for kids.

Each week you get a new short story read to you.  The host does an outstanding job introducing each story, its author, and the reader, and has some of the most entertaining outro commentaries anywhere.

Looking for a last hurrah to summer?  Try the July 11 episode, number 394, "Summer Girls."

One of my perennial favorites involves a remote Canadian inn, its occupants, and a strange old woman telling a story about werewolves.  Find "The Poor Girl Taken By Surprise," by Gemma Files, by searching for it by name on the Pseudopod site.

Pseudopod episodes are available free via the 'cast's site, oron i... more »

The Autumn/Halloween season is upon us.  If you're looking for some suitably spooky aural entertainment for a commute, check out Pseudopod, one of the best horror podcasts around.  This is adult horror content, not stories for kids.

Each week you get a new short story read to you.  The host does an outstanding job introducing each story, its author, and the reader, and has some of the most entertaining outro commentaries anywhere.

Looking for a last hurrah to summer?  Try the July 11 episode, number 394, "Summer Girls."

One of my perennial favorites involves a remote Canadian inn, its occupants, and a strange old woman telling a story about werewolves.  Find "The Poor Girl Taken By Surprise," by Gemma Files, by searching for it by name on the Pseudopod site.

Pseudopod episodes are available free via the 'cast's site, or on iTunes.

A warning, from the Pseudopod site:
WARNING: This is a podcast of horror fiction. The stories presented here are intended to disturb. They are likely to contain death, graphic violence, explicit sex (including sexual violence), hate crimes, blasphemy, or other themes and images that hook deep into your psyche. We do not provide ratings or content warnings. We assume by your listening that you wish to be disturbed for your entertainment. If there are any themes that you cannot deal with in fiction, that are too strongly personal to you, please do not listen.

Pseudopod is for mature audiences only. Hardly any story on Pseudopod is suitable for children. We mean this very seriously.

//___

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2014-09-07 13:55:27 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s) 

Dining room is

That's so Buddha.

After today, dining room is not.  Last day for breakfast at the Driftwood Inn before it closes for the season.

Adieu, lovely breakfasts I didn't have to cook.  Eat you next year.

Dining room is

That's so Buddha.

After today, dining room is not.  Last day for breakfast at the Driftwood Inn before it closes for the season.

Adieu, lovely breakfasts I didn't have to cook.  Eat you next year.___

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2014-09-07 13:27:45 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 37 +1s) 

A pretty Maine September Sunday morning. Happily well-caffeinated.

A pretty Maine September Sunday morning. Happily well-caffeinated.___

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2014-09-06 21:51:41 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

The husband loves tennis.  I do not.

The American Open has been on for 9 billion hours.  The husband left to do some shopping.  The American Open still showing on TV, but the DVR catching it all.

I wasn't paying attention, just writing.  But, now and then cutting my eyes to the TV, realizing tennis is still on.  I should change that channel.

Writing some more.  Cut my eyes up.  Man, Federer is sucking it.

Writing some more.  Casting my eyes up.  Oh, what happened with Cilic?  He was smokin', now he's suckin'.

OK, maybe just watch to the end of this match.  Then definitely change to a zombie or shark movie.

The husband loves tennis.  I do not.

The American Open has been on for 9 billion hours.  The husband left to do some shopping.  The American Open still showing on TV, but the DVR catching it all.

I wasn't paying attention, just writing.  But, now and then cutting my eyes to the TV, realizing tennis is still on.  I should change that channel.

Writing some more.  Cut my eyes up.  Man, Federer is sucking it.

Writing some more.  Casting my eyes up.  Oh, what happened with Cilic?  He was smokin', now he's suckin'.

OK, maybe just watch to the end of this match.  Then definitely change to a zombie or shark movie.___

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2014-09-06 19:59:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s) 

We're just like any couple, really.

We're just like any couple, really.___

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2014-09-06 15:04:43 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 10 +1s) 

America goes to war with Canada.  Citizens of the one nation living in the other nation flood the borders to get on the right side of the conflict.  At the US border, an American border patrol agent processes people wishing to cross into America.  "Are you Canadian?" he demands of one frantic crosser.  "No!" he replies.  "Say 'about'," the agent demands.  "Aboot!" the man cries.  "He's a spy, take him away!" the agent announces, and the man is dragged away and detained.

That's a long introduction to a talk about a cool word:  

                                      Shibboleth

A similar scenario takes place in the Bible's Old Testament.  The Book of Judges, chapter 12 talks about a fight between two tribes where word pronunciation is used to distinguish friend fromfoe:
Jephthah then cal... more »

America goes to war with Canada.  Citizens of the one nation living in the other nation flood the borders to get on the right side of the conflict.  At the US border, an American border patrol agent processes people wishing to cross into America.  "Are you Canadian?" he demands of one frantic crosser.  "No!" he replies.  "Say 'about'," the agent demands.  "Aboot!" the man cries.  "He's a spy, take him away!" the agent announces, and the man is dragged away and detained.

That's a long introduction to a talk about a cool word:  

                                      Shibboleth

A similar scenario takes place in the Bible's Old Testament.  The Book of Judges, chapter 12 talks about a fight between two tribes where word pronunciation is used to distinguish friend from foe:
Jephthah then called together the men of Gilead and fought against Ephraim . . . The Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan leading to Ephraim, and whenever a survivor of Ephraim said, “Let me cross over,” the men of Gilead asked him, “Are you an Ephraimite?” If he replied, “No,” they said, “All right, say ‘Shibboleth.’” If he said, “Sibboleth,” because he could not pronounce the word correctly, they seized him and killed him at the fords of the Jordan. Forty-two thousand Ephraimites were killed at that time.  

And the English language inherited the word shibboleth to refer to any word or custom that sets one group of people apart from another.  In general, American English presents the word "about" one way, while in general, Canadian English pronounces the second syllable another way.  Shibboleth!

A shibboleth can also refer to a shared status.  For example, here on Plus, you'll sometimes see people announce themselves as founding citizens of Plus, "I've been here since the beginning!"  That's staking a status claim, differentiating the writer and his/her other early-adopters from later members.  

Can you see how shibboleths are often used to imply superiority over others?  Notice in the Book of Judges that the statement isn't "because he said the word differently."  It's "because he could not pronounce the word correctly."   Correctly has a different implication than differently. 

A shibboleth can set one group apart from another on the basis of origin, culture, history and all the things, say, that make a French-speaking Belgian distinct from a Dutch-speaking Belgian, or an Armenian distinct from a Mongolian. If you seek to define why one group of people is unique or unlike another group, you may be using shibboleths to do so. 

Shibboleth.  Great word.  OK, it's aboot time I moved on.

Oh!  What did the word shibboleth mean to the ancient Hebrews, those guys who bumped heads at the Jordan River?  According to Wikipedia, the word " literally means the part of a plant containing grains, such as an ear of corn or a stalk of grain, or, in different contexts, 'stream, torrent.'"

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2014-09-05 19:31:50 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

"Nobody going on a business trip would be missed if he never arrived."

-- George Lang
"The Spanish Prisoner" (1997)

"Nobody going on a business trip would be missed if he never arrived."

-- George Lang
"The Spanish Prisoner" (1997)___

2014-09-05 18:34:14 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s) 

No matter how much you try to make me the demon, I won't become the demon just to fit into your problem.

You won't understand why, but you're welcome.

No matter how much you try to make me the demon, I won't become the demon just to fit into your problem.

You won't understand why, but you're welcome.___

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2014-09-05 01:30:52 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Have any of you watched "The Quest"?  I've watched part of one episode, but it already feels like an odd show for our jaded, cynical, hip TV era.  I read some reviews and the word "cheesy" appeared several times.

The cheese factor, I think, is because the show plays in the fantasy genre.  It's one thing to watch Aragorn raise his wind-burned face to the horizon, eyes narrowed in concern, shoulders bearing the burdens of a world beset by evil--we expect that of the character and wouldn't necessarily find it cheesy.  A personal trainer from West Hartford, Connecticut, dressed in leather armor doing the same?  Both contestants and viewers need to employ a healthy degree of suspension of disbelief.

It's not as stupid as "Big Brother" and it's less affected than "The Bachelor."  Not sure audiences will take to it,thoug... more »

Have any of you watched "The Quest"?  I've watched part of one episode, but it already feels like an odd show for our jaded, cynical, hip TV era.  I read some reviews and the word "cheesy" appeared several times.

The cheese factor, I think, is because the show plays in the fantasy genre.  It's one thing to watch Aragorn raise his wind-burned face to the horizon, eyes narrowed in concern, shoulders bearing the burdens of a world beset by evil--we expect that of the character and wouldn't necessarily find it cheesy.  A personal trainer from West Hartford, Connecticut, dressed in leather armor doing the same?  Both contestants and viewers need to employ a healthy degree of suspension of disbelief.

It's not as stupid as "Big Brother" and it's less affected than "The Bachelor."  Not sure audiences will take to it, though.  It doesn't seem as venal and gutter as standard reality TV fare.  

Are we ready for reality TV contestants who have to aspire to become what they're called, paladins?  Or, do we prefer our reality served with big helpings of trash-talking, debauchery and levels of self-absorption that would make Chad Ochocinco blush?

Have you seen it?  What do you think?___

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2014-09-05 00:17:04 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s) 

When I worked at the Brooklyn Museum of Art Joan Rivers was booked for the annual board of trustees event.  It was a black tie event attended by the trustees, their families and important donors.

Joan launched into her set.  With her usual caustic delivery, she made several jokes about women and plastic surgery and rich entitled men taking younger pretty second wives.   The former included virtually all of the women, if not necessarily all of the younger second wives in attendance, and the latter included the majority of the men.

She was never invited back.

She cashed the check and didn't need a roomful of social X-Rays and trophy-bearers to stay busy and employed to the end.

When I worked at the Brooklyn Museum of Art Joan Rivers was booked for the annual board of trustees event.  It was a black tie event attended by the trustees, their families and important donors.

Joan launched into her set.  With her usual caustic delivery, she made several jokes about women and plastic surgery and rich entitled men taking younger pretty second wives.   The former included virtually all of the women, if not necessarily all of the younger second wives in attendance, and the latter included the majority of the men.

She was never invited back.

She cashed the check and didn't need a roomful of social X-Rays and trophy-bearers to stay busy and employed to the end.___

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