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Diana Rajchel has been shared in 1 public circles

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Cara Schulz43+Michael Anderson shared his circle of people who are great to have a conversation with. I added my list that I'd begun of "Great Conversationalists" to his and I'm sharing it with you. The people I added are people who are interested in, and capable of, having a great conversation with interesting, thoughtful view points. I'm sure my list will grow longer and I know I've left people off of it, but here's a good place to start if you are looking for people to add!Cara Schulz shared a circle with you.2011-10-21 18:58:41341206

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2014-10-28 23:27:02 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Had a lovely lunch with an adult that's new to the whole #pagan thing, and based on my conversation with him, I think I spotted a missing need in the Bay Area: a non-tradition specific seekers resource, fed into by all the traditions. The U of M Pagan society filled that role until it shut down (lack of leadership training), and there is a running Seekers class that is very Wiccan-centric. Hm. I'd like in the long run to start a Pagan salon of sorts - strictly for the exchange of ideas, rather than for throwing people headlong into ritual. Worth a thought as I learn about San Francisco's resources.

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2014-11-22 01:33:52 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

So some of you may remember this letter I sent to multiple organizations in the Twin Cities area the day before I moved out of Minnesota: http://dianarajchel.com/2014/09/03/my-farewell-gift-to-minneapolis-an-attempt-to-stop-human-trafficking/.

One of the main problems in assisting victims of human trafficking is the disconnection between law enforcement and aid agencies. I mention this in the letter that I sent.

Today my friend +Jaime Starling  posted the article below.
From the article: "The county’s initiative in particular has the multi-departmental cooperation of more than 40 staff members, as well as participation from HCMC and law enforcement officials, and Nuckols asserts that the county in partnership with the city of Minneapolis has a comprehensive strategy in battling this crisis."

It's hard to say if my letter at the beginning of Septemberhad... more »

Most plusones: 4

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2014-12-14 19:02:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

From last night, after the party. +Michael Janssen likes to keep shooting pictures of me until I get annoyed. You can see the process happening here.

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2014-12-14 19:02:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

From last night, after the party. +Michael Janssen likes to keep shooting pictures of me until I get annoyed. You can see the process happening here.

From last night, after the party. +Michael Janssen likes to keep shooting pictures of me until I get annoyed. You can see the process happening here.___

2014-12-11 20:48:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Mike and I have been married for 5 years as of today. On our first anniversary we actually got snowed in. For our fifth, it's Pineapple Express. For our tenth, we'll pick another place that needs the water tables raised.

Mike and I have been married for 5 years as of today. On our first anniversary we actually got snowed in. For our fifth, it's Pineapple Express. For our tenth, we'll pick another place that needs the water tables raised.___

2014-12-10 19:23:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A SNOW PRIMER FOR CALIFORNIANS
So snow is coming to parts of California that don't normally get it. Not only that, it's likely a blizzard. Here's my primer as a lifelong Midwesterner/adult life Northerner with experience not only with lake effect snow from Chicago, but 18 years of Minnesota snow and cold experience:
1)DO NOT DRIVE IF YOU CAN HELP IT. Driving safely on snow requires snow tires with a certain degree of skid resistance. Most cars in CA will not have this, at all.
2)Buy a large bag of kitty litter or birdseed. If you happen to be near a beach, gather yourself a couple buckets of dry sand. Keep one of these in the trunk/back of your car at all times. Keep the other in/around any outdoor to indoor entryways of your home. Businesses should do the same - ice has a weird way of pooling in front of business doorways.
3)Also buy 6 feet of chain at your favorite hardware... more »

A SNOW PRIMER FOR CALIFORNIANS
So snow is coming to parts of California that don't normally get it. Not only that, it's likely a blizzard. Here's my primer as a lifelong Midwesterner/adult life Northerner with experience not only with lake effect snow from Chicago, but 18 years of Minnesota snow and cold experience:
1)DO NOT DRIVE IF YOU CAN HELP IT. Driving safely on snow requires snow tires with a certain degree of skid resistance. Most cars in CA will not have this, at all.
2)Buy a large bag of kitty litter or birdseed. If you happen to be near a beach, gather yourself a couple buckets of dry sand. Keep one of these in the trunk/back of your car at all times. Keep the other in/around any outdoor to indoor entryways of your home. Businesses should do the same - ice has a weird way of pooling in front of business doorways.
3)Also buy 6 feet of chain at your favorite hardware store. Keep this in the back of your car. If you get stuck in a snow or ice bank, throwing chains down around the tires along with kitty litter/seed gives you some traction to get out. You may still need someone to come push.
4)Try not to drive alone and really, REALLY don't be the twit with your phone to your ear or worse, in your hand texting. Blizzard conditions will require ALL your attention. You already risk the lives of others when you screw around with your phone while behind the wheel; you're pretty much asking to kill someone and be killed yourself if you do that while driving in a blizzard. If you need to let someone know you're OK, pull over and send that text or make that call. Your time isn't more precious than someone else's life.
5)If you get stuck outside in the snow - try to stay dry. Rain boots may work, even though waterproof snow boots are better. Most typical California wear for rain will work minimally, but it won't keep you safe for more than about ninety minutes. After that you're at some degree of risk for hypothermia; basically, once things start going numb, it's time to duck in the first door that will have you.

As for those with houses/apartments:
1)you'll save yourself some misery, sprains, and broken bones if you pre-emptively put out a thin layer of kitty litter or birdseed at any exposed-to-outdoors entrance before the storm.
2)it's unclear whether this will be a fast melt-off or not. Just in case, order a snow shovel on Amazon. The good news is that it is really GREAT exercise. Optimal snow shoveling involves scraping the sidewalk - making sure no snow or ice is on that cement AT ALL. Otherwise you may get nailed by "black ice" a type of ice that is not visible to the human eye, but you sure know it's there after you wipe out on it.

So that's my advice about snow for snewbies. Share freely, but definitely don't take me for gospel - other people have other methods for dealing with it, especially those that lived in winter climates harsher than those that I did.___

2014-12-05 21:34:48 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Things that make me want to strangle the fact-checker:
1)Just about anything the BBC writes about the United States. They seem to know the difference  between fact, opinion, and outright lie anywhere else in the world but not when it comes to the States.
2)Fox news. I need not say more.
3)Any publication that has an American flag waving in the corner. Today's gem: "Homelessness is illegal in San Francisco."
Even if there's a buried ordinance somewhere, it's most certainly not enforced.

Things that make me want to strangle the fact-checker:
1)Just about anything the BBC writes about the United States. They seem to know the difference  between fact, opinion, and outright lie anywhere else in the world but not when it comes to the States.
2)Fox news. I need not say more.
3)Any publication that has an American flag waving in the corner. Today's gem: "Homelessness is illegal in San Francisco."
Even if there's a buried ordinance somewhere, it's most certainly not enforced.___

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2014-12-04 02:44:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Right now I consider my downstairs neighbors the best silly college boys in the world. For the last month I've been tripping over their bikes and the bikes of their girlfriends; I did offer to actually buy a rack for them. The one I spoke to said that they had plans to build their own. I don't know if observing my comings and goings is what motivated them, or if they did it for themselves - but this just improved my day so, so much... I just don't expect people to keep their word, ever, and it's such a delightful shock when they do.

Right now I consider my downstairs neighbors the best silly college boys in the world. For the last month I've been tripping over their bikes and the bikes of their girlfriends; I did offer to actually buy a rack for them. The one I spoke to said that they had plans to build their own. I don't know if observing my comings and goings is what motivated them, or if they did it for themselves - but this just improved my day so, so much... I just don't expect people to keep their word, ever, and it's such a delightful shock when they do.___

2014-12-03 14:02:52 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I do not come from a Webster's dictionary household. American Oxford Dictionary, literally.

I do not come from a Webster's dictionary household. American Oxford Dictionary, literally.___

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2014-12-02 03:36:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

For my #artistsway  peeps - decluttering and creativity.

For my #artistsway  peeps - decluttering and creativity.___

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2014-12-01 22:13:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

December playlists. I lean towards bouncier tunes because I listen as I work out a lot and I listen exclusively to Classical/Baroque/Romantic when I write. Also, watch Janelle Monae's videos on youtube - she is what a lot of baby pop starlets are trying to knock off lately. Now that you've seen the real deal, you're welcome.

December playlists. I lean towards bouncier tunes because I listen as I work out a lot and I listen exclusively to Classical/Baroque/Romantic when I write. Also, watch Janelle Monae's videos on youtube - she is what a lot of baby pop starlets are trying to knock off lately. Now that you've seen the real deal, you're welcome.___

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2014-12-01 01:07:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

For those that read and followed Fat Chic, you've probably read my essays where I talk about fashion as a language. I try, inadequately, to express that even though I know how shallow it is, it is a powerful and unavoidable tool in setting a conversation and even in establishing a standard in how people will treat you. It is so powerful that it can be used to alleviate if not outright change the way race or size may prompt someone to act towards you. Tressie McMillan Cottom talks about this very thing, with an added dimension of racial experience in the US that I am unable to. Read it all the way through. Sit on your hands rather than scrolling down the comments at the end and think about it. I've strayed from fashion to honor the dreams of my 20-something self, but what Cottom writes about is quite possibly why I do what I do/did what I did with Fat Chic.

For those that read and followed Fat Chic, you've probably read my essays where I talk about fashion as a language. I try, inadequately, to express that even though I know how shallow it is, it is a powerful and unavoidable tool in setting a conversation and even in establishing a standard in how people will treat you. It is so powerful that it can be used to alleviate if not outright change the way race or size may prompt someone to act towards you. Tressie McMillan Cottom talks about this very thing, with an added dimension of racial experience in the US that I am unable to. Read it all the way through. Sit on your hands rather than scrolling down the comments at the end and think about it. I've strayed from fashion to honor the dreams of my 20-something self, but what Cottom writes about is quite possibly why I do what I do/did what I did with Fat Chic.___

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2014-11-28 18:36:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Normally I'm not much for revivals (whatever, I'm a terrible Pagan if that over moral choices is your measure) but this...this I want to do. It's a helluva a lot more fun than the current tradition.

Normally I'm not much for revivals (whatever, I'm a terrible Pagan if that over moral choices is your measure) but this...this I want to do. It's a helluva a lot more fun than the current tradition.___

2014-11-27 20:41:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Quick tip about cranberry sauce: it's actually absurdly easy to make from scratch, and you can replace sugar with maple syrup in the recipe and pretty much avoid killing your pancreas. Meanwhile, I'm putting on a subtle-but-sparkly dress and having dinner at a fancy restaurant. If I'm grateful for one thing, it's that somebody Up There gave me enough moxie to stop going where I knew I'd get hurt - and say FU to the social norms that demanded I keep doing so.

Quick tip about cranberry sauce: it's actually absurdly easy to make from scratch, and you can replace sugar with maple syrup in the recipe and pretty much avoid killing your pancreas. Meanwhile, I'm putting on a subtle-but-sparkly dress and having dinner at a fancy restaurant. If I'm grateful for one thing, it's that somebody Up There gave me enough moxie to stop going where I knew I'd get hurt - and say FU to the social norms that demanded I keep doing so.___

2014-11-26 18:41:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

My issues with race aren't political, they're moral. It's not political to want to see justice served to everyone. That's moral - greater good belongs to everyone. Politics are one means of gamifying mass policy decisions - and because it's gamified, it makes winners and losers, even in systems that don't have free elections. That's fine for football, and fine for the people that have volunteered to play. It's NOT EVER okay to go about life creating "win/lose" situations for people that haven't consented to them - and it's damned lazy thinking, since the majority of conflict can be handled with at least three other possible outcomes.  Morality isn't politics, though people try to use politics in immoral ways to "win" while calling it that. Morality should be able to function outside of it - and certain branches of US government were... more »

My issues with race aren't political, they're moral. It's not political to want to see justice served to everyone. That's moral - greater good belongs to everyone. Politics are one means of gamifying mass policy decisions - and because it's gamified, it makes winners and losers, even in systems that don't have free elections. That's fine for football, and fine for the people that have volunteered to play. It's NOT EVER okay to go about life creating "win/lose" situations for people that haven't consented to them - and it's damned lazy thinking, since the majority of conflict can be handled with at least three other possible outcomes.  Morality isn't politics, though people try to use politics in immoral ways to "win" while calling it that. Morality should be able to function outside of it - and certain branches of US government were designed to serve the moral function while other branches tended to the inevitable gamification rampant in human DNA. The justice system needs a better check, NOW.___

2014-11-26 02:47:29 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Today, accidentally ended up in all the "bad" neighborhoods in San Francisco. The only time I truly felt unsafe? On the bus back home to my own neighborhood when one dude decided I was a good target for street harassment. He actually did a dance while singing "she's ignoring me." After my third eye roll and exaggerated sigh he got off (after only two stops.) I'd seen a lot of aggression today...no surprise... So I pocketed my go-to: "why are you trying to make me feel unsafe? You know what that says about you, right?"

Today, accidentally ended up in all the "bad" neighborhoods in San Francisco. The only time I truly felt unsafe? On the bus back home to my own neighborhood when one dude decided I was a good target for street harassment. He actually did a dance while singing "she's ignoring me." After my third eye roll and exaggerated sigh he got off (after only two stops.) I'd seen a lot of aggression today...no surprise... So I pocketed my go-to: "why are you trying to make me feel unsafe? You know what that says about you, right?"___

2014-11-25 17:49:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Ferguson... not just an injustice, but a massive repetition of history. :( Would this happen in a northern state? ....possibly. Pretty likely, actually. Someone who grew up in the same town I did was talking about how "lucky" he was to be surrounded by privilege. In a way it was funny/sad. While he enjoyed all that privilege, my family was $5 above the cutoff line for food stamps - so yes, working poor, as most teachers still were/are. Our state was the site of a Ku Klux Klan revival and was run effectively by the Klan from the 1920s on. It would be a point of amusement for those of us that worked night shifts at a nearby plastics factory to see the fools in the robes and pillow cases running across the back country roads as we drove home in the early mornings. A mutual friend of ours, the only person of color in our town at the time, had a cross burned on his front lawn. With no other people of... more »

Ferguson... not just an injustice, but a massive repetition of history. :( Would this happen in a northern state? ....possibly. Pretty likely, actually. Someone who grew up in the same town I did was talking about how "lucky" he was to be surrounded by privilege. In a way it was funny/sad. While he enjoyed all that privilege, my family was $5 above the cutoff line for food stamps - so yes, working poor, as most teachers still were/are. Our state was the site of a Ku Klux Klan revival and was run effectively by the Klan from the 1920s on. It would be a point of amusement for those of us that worked night shifts at a nearby plastics factory to see the fools in the robes and pillow cases running across the back country roads as we drove home in the early mornings. A mutual friend of ours, the only person of color in our town at the time, had a cross burned on his front lawn. With no other people of color, there was white racial distinction - towards the Polish and Catholic especially (something he never had to deal with), and of course rampant misogyny. Oh how he enjoyed his privilege while at the exact same time I walked through a horror show.___

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2014-11-25 00:33:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A vague memorial. What do you say when someone you removed from your life has died. (Not my family.)

A vague memorial. What do you say when someone you removed from your life has died. (Not my family.)___

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2014-11-22 01:33:52 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

So some of you may remember this letter I sent to multiple organizations in the Twin Cities area the day before I moved out of Minnesota: http://dianarajchel.com/2014/09/03/my-farewell-gift-to-minneapolis-an-attempt-to-stop-human-trafficking/.

One of the main problems in assisting victims of human trafficking is the disconnection between law enforcement and aid agencies. I mention this in the letter that I sent.

Today my friend +Jaime Starling  posted the article below.
From the article: "The county’s initiative in particular has the multi-departmental cooperation of more than 40 staff members, as well as participation from HCMC and law enforcement officials, and Nuckols asserts that the county in partnership with the city of Minneapolis has a comprehensive strategy in battling this crisis."

It's hard to say if my letter at the beginning of Septemberhad... more »

So some of you may remember this letter I sent to multiple organizations in the Twin Cities area the day before I moved out of Minnesota: http://dianarajchel.com/2014/09/03/my-farewell-gift-to-minneapolis-an-attempt-to-stop-human-trafficking/.

One of the main problems in assisting victims of human trafficking is the disconnection between law enforcement and aid agencies. I mention this in the letter that I sent.

Today my friend +Jaime Starling  posted the article below.
From the article: "The county’s initiative in particular has the multi-departmental cooperation of more than 40 staff members, as well as participation from HCMC and law enforcement officials, and Nuckols asserts that the county in partnership with the city of Minneapolis has a comprehensive strategy in battling this crisis."

It's hard to say if my letter at the beginning of September had anything to do with the No Wrong Door plan's enactment in mid-October. I would like to flatter myself that it did, but it might just be me resonating the zeitgeist the way I sometimes do. Either way, this made up for every rough part of this week in the Bay. ___

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2014-11-15 23:17:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

#sanfrancisco - someone tried to swipe this bike from 9th and Market.

My (almost new) bike was stolen from a bike rack at 9th and Market this evening. Please share this if you live in the city and keep an eye out -- http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/bik/4762086137.html___#sanfrancisco - someone tried to swipe this bike from 9th and Market.

2014-11-15 16:54:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

G+ because Facebook sometimes makes me too homesick for my chosen hometown. Of course, if I were in Minneapolis right now I'd be starting the annual descent into questioning the life decisions that landed me in a place where going outside actually will kill you if you linger.

G+ because Facebook sometimes makes me too homesick for my chosen hometown. Of course, if I were in Minneapolis right now I'd be starting the annual descent into questioning the life decisions that landed me in a place where going outside actually will kill you if you linger.___

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2014-11-14 23:40:29 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"Last week, Wu put up $11,000 as a reward for information leading to the identification of a perpetrator. Since then the threats have nearly stopped." So that's what works. Good to know.

Victims Of Online Threats Say Perpetrators Aren't Being Caught #npr___"Last week, Wu put up $11,000 as a reward for information leading to the identification of a perpetrator. Since then the threats have nearly stopped." So that's what works. Good to know.

2014-11-13 18:41:02 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

My dear downstairs neighbor - the one with the bedroom somewhere below my own bedroom and my office:
Today your anguished cries shattered the delicate peace of my morning. According to your screams, you "woke up naked," and, when your roommates walked away from these paroxysms, you added at hysterical volume, "I make bad decisions!"

As someone who has already completed that awkward age of 22 plus whiskey, I proffer some neighborly advice: 
If there is any chance you may wake up naked with no knowledge of the whereabouts of your clothing or perhaps even your own whereabouts, try to limit where you begin drinking to locations where your nudity is acceptable to those who might see it, and try to select individuals who you want to see you naked. Based on the offended diatribe of the young lady apparently also in your bed, this was not really the case, and your reaction... more »

My dear downstairs neighbor - the one with the bedroom somewhere below my own bedroom and my office:
Today your anguished cries shattered the delicate peace of my morning. According to your screams, you "woke up naked," and, when your roommates walked away from these paroxysms, you added at hysterical volume, "I make bad decisions!"

As someone who has already completed that awkward age of 22 plus whiskey, I proffer some neighborly advice: 
If there is any chance you may wake up naked with no knowledge of the whereabouts of your clothing or perhaps even your own whereabouts, try to limit where you begin drinking to locations where your nudity is acceptable to those who might see it, and try to select individuals who you want to see you naked. Based on the offended diatribe of the young lady apparently also in your bed, this was not really the case, and your reaction to her presence displeased her greatly. Most people really do take offense to labels, especially ones with the weight of the words "bad decision."  A selection process for who greets you upon nude memory erasure has one sole difficulty: you must make these decisions while sober, so as to limit your regrets upon imbibing to the intestinal variety.

As to your claim of "making bad decisions," perhaps in your still drunk/hangover teetering state your overwrought neurons failed to connect your actions with yourself as their source of responsibility. This seems, based on this weekly recurrence of morning shouting, to be a regular incident. Your roommates, as fellow adults, often seem to have their own girls, hangovers, and bad decisions to shoo out the door. It is unsurprising, given this regularity, that they no longer have time to assist you in your quest for your own underwear.

I am quite familiar with the process of making bad decisions. Some call me expert at them. As a means of reducing such errata to the sort of pleasurable memory,  I suggest you take advantage of the new technology you children use to drunk text, and perhaps send yourself a text explaining to yourself your choice of companions for the evening, even if it's "She's really hawt under strobe lights." If wandering happens when you get in your cups, turning on the GPS tracker or one of those newfangled recording "apps" as you call them may help you retrace your steps and make necessary apologies, thus reducing the number of people that will inevitably press charges.

As for myself, I will continue to listen to these morning programs of post-adolescent despair, knowing that the bad decisions may change, but they may never go away.

- Ms. R, upstairs

P.S. In the parlance of your age bracket, Dude, you're lucky that girl you hooked up with didn't kick your ass.___

2014-11-13 05:00:50 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

When I speak of San Francisco as an entity, I mean a singular entity with a sole personality. I am in no way referring to the culture or collective populous - if I am, that will be made clear by phrases such as "people in San Francisco/people in the Bay." The people here have been lovely, and empathetic (save for that one that just got blocked because I'm too old to try to appease crazy, and "too old" is a bit of a collective/culture problem for me here.) As for San Francisco, singular entity, you know that man/woman who has always been beautiful and because of that beauty has no idea how to behave in a relationship s/he wants to hang on to? That's what's happening to me right now. Whenever I have a meltdown I can actually feel ground shifting in the scramble to appease me. It does not make up for the initial problem and it's a really, really bad relationship pattern.... more »

When I speak of San Francisco as an entity, I mean a singular entity with a sole personality. I am in no way referring to the culture or collective populous - if I am, that will be made clear by phrases such as "people in San Francisco/people in the Bay." The people here have been lovely, and empathetic (save for that one that just got blocked because I'm too old to try to appease crazy, and "too old" is a bit of a collective/culture problem for me here.) As for San Francisco, singular entity, you know that man/woman who has always been beautiful and because of that beauty has no idea how to behave in a relationship s/he wants to hang on to? That's what's happening to me right now. Whenever I have a meltdown I can actually feel ground shifting in the scramble to appease me. It does not make up for the initial problem and it's a really, really bad relationship pattern. That's what's happening here on an entity/priestess level.  ___

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2014-11-12 20:48:08 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Having one of my darker days at the moment.

Having one of my darker days at the moment.___

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2014-11-12 19:37:12 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A color coded chart of common misconceptions. No, Einstein didn't fail in math (or "maths" as it says here.) Also correct the meaning of "Jihad." It was explained to me as "struggle to do right in the eyes of G-d."

A color coded chart of common misconceptions. No, Einstein didn't fail in math (or "maths" as it says here.) Also correct the meaning of "Jihad." It was explained to me as "struggle to do right in the eyes of G-d."___

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2014-11-11 00:58:31 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

anyone know what kind of conifer this is? I never see cedars or pines doing this in the Midwest.

anyone know what kind of conifer this is? I never see cedars or pines doing this in the Midwest.___

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2014-11-11 00:57:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Another Golden Gate Park walk photo.

Another Golden Gate Park walk photo.___

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2014-11-11 00:57:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

More from my walk today - and another reminder to get an Audubon guide/plant identification book for this part of the country.

More from my walk today - and another reminder to get an Audubon guide/plant identification book for this part of the country.___

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2014-11-11 00:56:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Have I mentioned that I love it when it's overcast? You learn to appreciate those days when you live in Minnesota for 12 years. Overcast means it hasn't snowed yet.

Have I mentioned that I love it when it's overcast? You learn to appreciate those days when you live in Minnesota for 12 years. Overcast means it hasn't snowed yet.___

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2014-11-11 00:56:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Another from today's walk.

Another from today's walk.___

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2014-11-11 00:55:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

From today's walk in Golden Gate park.

From today's walk in Golden Gate park.___

2014-11-10 19:32:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The thing I hate most in my career is the tedious stuff. Tedium annoys me. After that, it's having to rewrite my bio multiple times. I hate bios. I'd rather someone just read what I write and decide based on that if I have something to offer. Honestly, if you think I need a pedigree to have ideas worth considering, go back to pre-Imperialist Europe.

The thing I hate most in my career is the tedious stuff. Tedium annoys me. After that, it's having to rewrite my bio multiple times. I hate bios. I'd rather someone just read what I write and decide based on that if I have something to offer. Honestly, if you think I need a pedigree to have ideas worth considering, go back to pre-Imperialist Europe.___

2014-11-09 03:46:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Wow. Nothing like walking into a very small, very unwelcoming-to-women science fiction fandom meetup to get a gauge for exactly how awesome the Minneapolis Doctor Who meetup is/was. I was in a room of 10 people, only 3 of whom were women and one guy made some "get your woman under control" comments to Mike when I didn't laugh at his more insulting jokes. I built a meetup that always had around 50% women, and on our slow days we had 60+ people. Not sure if San Francisco tech culture is the problem, or if that dude's mom just did a shitty job with him.

Wow. Nothing like walking into a very small, very unwelcoming-to-women science fiction fandom meetup to get a gauge for exactly how awesome the Minneapolis Doctor Who meetup is/was. I was in a room of 10 people, only 3 of whom were women and one guy made some "get your woman under control" comments to Mike when I didn't laugh at his more insulting jokes. I built a meetup that always had around 50% women, and on our slow days we had 60+ people. Not sure if San Francisco tech culture is the problem, or if that dude's mom just did a shitty job with him.___

2014-11-08 21:22:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Oh Californians, you're so cute with your "I quit caffeine." That's so so not going to happen with me. It's a matter of public safety.

Oh Californians, you're so cute with your "I quit caffeine." That's so so not going to happen with me. It's a matter of public safety.___

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2014-11-08 01:17:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2014-11-07 19:16:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Intention: spider web
Result: spider web

Intention: spider web
Result: spider web___

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2014-11-07 16:20:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

My only regret is that I didn't do it.

My only regret is that I didn't do it.___

2014-11-06 18:00:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. James D. Miles

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. James D. Miles___

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2014-11-05 06:05:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

You know what? Silly is awesome. I love silly. Because silly = fun for the sake of it.

That word doesn't mean what you think it means. (Or, at least, it didn't used to.)___You know what? Silly is awesome. I love silly. Because silly = fun for the sake of it.

2014-11-04 21:06:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Apparently I'm not allowed to get healthcare without it becoming a Kafkaesque nightmare...and I use "Kafkaesque" sparingly.

Apparently I'm not allowed to get healthcare without it becoming a Kafkaesque nightmare...and I use "Kafkaesque" sparingly.___

2014-11-04 15:29:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

If you're a US Citizen, of course you should  vote today. We make a big deal about the presidential elections but the midterms always has the stuff that you-yeah-you have to live with.

If you're a US Citizen, of course you should  vote today. We make a big deal about the presidential elections but the midterms always has the stuff that you-yeah-you have to live with.___

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2014-11-04 00:38:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This is part of my #artistsway  work/blogging. As some of you already know, I made the commitment to work my way through ALL of Julia Cameron's creativity guides. It's been...very, very good for me. Her book The Artist's Way for Parents threw me something of a curve ball, since I have taken great pains not to be a parent. Since I made the commitment, I am doing the work. While not even close to a 100% parallel, it seems that it is helping me adjust to this relocation, too.

This is part of my #artistsway  work/blogging. As some of you already know, I made the commitment to work my way through ALL of Julia Cameron's creativity guides. It's been...very, very good for me. Her book The Artist's Way for Parents threw me something of a curve ball, since I have taken great pains not to be a parent. Since I made the commitment, I am doing the work. While not even close to a 100% parallel, it seems that it is helping me adjust to this relocation, too.___

2014-10-30 17:27:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

My summary advice to people about street harassment and not doing it, usually phrased "Well how the hell am I supposed to talk to a woman?"
1)The rules of eye contact are relatively universal in the west. You don't flirt until someone looks back. If they're not making eye contact (the gaze is two seconds or less) then they don't want it. 2)Keep the "I'm at the mercy of my hormones" moments/stares to two seconds. Get to three and you're a deserving target for a water gun.

In terms of general decency:
If you want to flirt with someone: try to get to know them a little first. It's fine if your body has a reaction to the other person's body, but this is really something you should keep to yourself until you know how the person (notice I keep saying "person" and not "object") might respond. Laws of averages being what... more »

My summary advice to people about street harassment and not doing it, usually phrased "Well how the hell am I supposed to talk to a woman?"
1)The rules of eye contact are relatively universal in the west. You don't flirt until someone looks back. If they're not making eye contact (the gaze is two seconds or less) then they don't want it. 2)Keep the "I'm at the mercy of my hormones" moments/stares to two seconds. Get to three and you're a deserving target for a water gun.

In terms of general decency:
If you want to flirt with someone: try to get to know them a little first. It's fine if your body has a reaction to the other person's body, but this is really something you should keep to yourself until you know how the person (notice I keep saying "person" and not "object") might respond. Laws of averages being what they are, you will probably have to keep keeping it to yourself. But you'll get a better feel for it if you happen to say, know what that person likes that is not related to having a body, whether it's sunny days or good pho or watching politicians take nosedives off of podiums. You may find, upon discovering the person, s/he is too odious to you to waste your effort flirting.

If this person is just passing you in the street, you will not have this opportunity, nor should you.  If you want to meet people, you need to make the effort to go where people go to be met. No, they don't all cost money - some are called libraries, where you might have to read and learn things. By this I do not mean walk up to random person reading in the library. DO NOT DO THIS YOU WILL EVENTUALLY GET HIT WITH A HARDCOVER. By this I mean "join a book club" or "go to a lecture" or "visit a discussion group."  It only hurts the first few times and you can pad this with Excedrin. If you think this effort is too much out of your day...well, this makes no sense if you have enough time to hang out on the street and make catcalls.

#sexpositiverant   #sexpositiverantcutshort  ___

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2014-10-30 00:09:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Yup. This works, just about every time.

“If you can make the reader laugh he is apt to get careless and go on reading.” —Henry Green, who was born on this day in 1905: http://bit.ly/1e8FDIo #quote___Yup. This works, just about every time.

2014-10-28 23:27:02 (12 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Had a lovely lunch with an adult that's new to the whole #pagan thing, and based on my conversation with him, I think I spotted a missing need in the Bay Area: a non-tradition specific seekers resource, fed into by all the traditions. The U of M Pagan society filled that role until it shut down (lack of leadership training), and there is a running Seekers class that is very Wiccan-centric. Hm. I'd like in the long run to start a Pagan salon of sorts - strictly for the exchange of ideas, rather than for throwing people headlong into ritual. Worth a thought as I learn about San Francisco's resources.

Had a lovely lunch with an adult that's new to the whole #pagan thing, and based on my conversation with him, I think I spotted a missing need in the Bay Area: a non-tradition specific seekers resource, fed into by all the traditions. The U of M Pagan society filled that role until it shut down (lack of leadership training), and there is a running Seekers class that is very Wiccan-centric. Hm. I'd like in the long run to start a Pagan salon of sorts - strictly for the exchange of ideas, rather than for throwing people headlong into ritual. Worth a thought as I learn about San Francisco's resources.___

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2014-10-28 01:52:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

So for those of you that follow #13daysofmagic  - brainchild of +Devin Hunter - you'll know what this is. For the merely curious - I finally did some work at the Pacific Ocean, and it got weird. Not bad. Just weird, like things tend to get whenever I'm around.

So for those of you that follow #13daysofmagic  - brainchild of +Devin Hunter - you'll know what this is. For the merely curious - I finally did some work at the Pacific Ocean, and it got weird. Not bad. Just weird, like things tend to get whenever I'm around.___

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2014-10-27 18:23:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

An amalgamated update on how my transition to California is going. I've been a bit graceless about it, in part because I'm expecting entirely too much of myself yet again.

An amalgamated update on how my transition to California is going. I've been a bit graceless about it, in part because I'm expecting entirely too much of myself yet again.___

2014-10-26 22:31:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Pretty sure I was asked to meet someone explicitly because my negative reaction would put a fire under my ass. ...she wasn't wrong. When you find yourself thinking, "If this asshole stays in charge, we're all doomed," it's definitely a call to action.

Pretty sure I was asked to meet someone explicitly because my negative reaction would put a fire under my ass. ...she wasn't wrong. When you find yourself thinking, "If this asshole stays in charge, we're all doomed," it's definitely a call to action.___

2014-10-23 20:41:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Since when does repairing a garbage disposal take 4.5 hours and a consult from the repairman's wife AND a plumber? 

Since when does repairing a garbage disposal take 4.5 hours and a consult from the repairman's wife AND a plumber? ___

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2014-10-23 17:22:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"Similarly, no variety of English is a distortion of another; there are some that are appropriate—or even required by convention—for certain situations, and some that are found in certain places and not in others, or associated with certain ethic groups or social classes. But just as we wouldn’t say that biscuits, baguette, pita, or challah are illogical or stupid, or distortions from “proper bread,” similarly we shouldn’t think that African-American English or Appalachian English or the English of Boston’s North End are illogical or stupid, or distortions from “proper English.” The recipes are simply different, and we should consider ourselves fortunate and appreciate the varieties that they yield. No one wants to live in a homogeneous white bread world."

I know several people that fight this entire concept tooth and nail. Of course it's a social class thing.Ultimately being ... more »

"Similarly, no variety of English is a distortion of another; there are some that are appropriate—or even required by convention—for certain situations, and some that are found in certain places and not in others, or associated with certain ethic groups or social classes. But just as we wouldn’t say that biscuits, baguette, pita, or challah are illogical or stupid, or distortions from “proper bread,” similarly we shouldn’t think that African-American English or Appalachian English or the English of Boston’s North End are illogical or stupid, or distortions from “proper English.” The recipes are simply different, and we should consider ourselves fortunate and appreciate the varieties that they yield. No one wants to live in a homogeneous white bread world."

I know several people that fight this entire concept tooth and nail. Of course it's a social class thing. Ultimately being gracious about socioeconomic differences is, to their minds, "losing." It actually reflects rather poorly on their character, not that they'll hear it over the noise of their own language.___

2014-10-22 20:52:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Sometimes when someone approaches me at an art gallery it leads to a wonderful connection. Today was not one of those days. Today was one of those moments where the only polite response was to nope out as fast as humanly possible, because explaining why "I feel sorry for those Indians" is a condescending and shitty statement is pretty much an attempt to fix stupid, especially in context of said exhibit. It's taken me years, but I am at last relenting. Maybe stupid can be fixed, but it's not my job to do it.

Sometimes when someone approaches me at an art gallery it leads to a wonderful connection. Today was not one of those days. Today was one of those moments where the only polite response was to nope out as fast as humanly possible, because explaining why "I feel sorry for those Indians" is a condescending and shitty statement is pretty much an attempt to fix stupid, especially in context of said exhibit. It's taken me years, but I am at last relenting. Maybe stupid can be fixed, but it's not my job to do it.___

2014-10-22 16:54:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

While getting to the medical care is an enormous amount of hassle, the quality of care I'm receiving in San Francisco is vastly superior to the prejudicial, sometimes hateful, treatment I generally received in Minnesota. My GP even agrees with me we need to see my bloodwork BEFORE we discuss my weight, if at all.

While getting to the medical care is an enormous amount of hassle, the quality of care I'm receiving in San Francisco is vastly superior to the prejudicial, sometimes hateful, treatment I generally received in Minnesota. My GP even agrees with me we need to see my bloodwork BEFORE we discuss my weight, if at all.___

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