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Sep. 29th, 2011

trees dark mysterious lonely

a possibly premature eulogy for a 501(c)

In 2009, I started volunteering with an organization called Radio Information Service. It's been around since 1976; it started tiny, got huge, gotten smaller again, and now, well. We just shut our doors, possibly for the final time; we've danced on the brink before, but it looks like this is really it.

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I'm really not sure why I'm writing this. Maybe just to get it all out there. It's helped me feel better, I guess. This is my journal, so ... here's what's on my mind.

Jul. 27th, 2009

bono stay wistful

very sad news - please pass to any who might be concerned

I am a huge ball of twenty different emotions at once, most of them complicated, messy, and sad. But I'm going to try like hell to keep this post just to the important update info side of things, and save the rambling for later when there isn't terrible news that I need to share.

sisterpandora / musicforcylons / Ely passed away yesterday. From what I understand, there was a blood clot, probably related to the bed rest she was on for her ankles. As far as I can tell, that means it was unrelated to the serious health scare she had recently. If that sounds to you like some sort of sick cosmic joke, well, you're not alone on that.

There's no information on services or arrangements yet. If you want to be kept in the loop on that, please let me know -- this post is going to be public, and I'd rather not list info like that publicly if I can help it.

Ely had a lot of friends in many different communities and different sites, but I don't know how to begin finding all of them. If you know of anyone who should know about this, please feel free to link them here. Conversely, if you know of any boards or forums that she frequented, let me know and I will try to pass word along.

Ely was a sweet, generous, caring soul with a flash of mischief and a wicked sense of humor, and I will be clog-dancing in her honor. That's a stupid joke that no one is going to get, but she would have, so I felt like saying it anyway.

ETA: info on arrangements is in a locked post here. If you need access, or know someone else who does, please let me know.

Mar. 3rd, 2009

kate winslet hmmm

RP Meme!

I should be doing twenty other things right now. Instead, I'm posting this. And then, I'm going to go do the things on my To-Do List before I let myself come back and answer.

Swiped from everyone, ever, on my flist. Give me a name of a character I've played, past or present, and I will tell yooooooou ...

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Feb. 22nd, 2009

ace up sleeve

icon meme!

I saw anomilygrace do it and it looked like fun.

1. How do you feel right now?


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Aug. 18th, 2008

yuna dance hesitant

an actual non-update from me: prayer/karma/etc request

I haven't updated in ages. I keep meaning to -- I even wrote up a post, in Notepad, for the Fourth of July -- and then I worry about the fact that I haven't posted in ages, and I feel like I need to post first and apologize for that and general organization like that, and it never happens. So I suppose it's only fitting that I'm finally posting again because I have a request and I'm being selfish.

Maybe this means I'll actually be able to update again. Who knows.

If it's not something you're in any way uncomfortable doing, and you'd be okay sending prayer, good thoughts, and/or happy karma vibes along to the Pittsburgh area, then her name is Anna, and my family and I would be very grateful.

Sep. 20th, 2006

winter sweater love

updates, buy one get one free (several, v. long, you were warned)

I meant to post this yesterday.

Most important one first. My cousin Valerie had her baby (Joshua) via C-section at 3:41 PM Monday. He's tiny - 3 lbs, 4 oz - and will be staying in the NICU for a while, BUT he's breathing on his own, which is fabulous. My cousin's still under close watch too - they're worried about seizures mostly. They're not out of the woods yet, but they're doing way better than expected.

A heartfelt thanks from me and the rest of the family for everyone's prayers and good thoughts.

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Sorry I haven't replied to comments; I'll do that in the morning, and I owe some of you e-mails, but I'm crashing out for the night. Love to all.

Sep. 17th, 2006

vanille is listening

prayer request - pregnant cousin with difficulties

If you're someone who prays and you're okay with praying for others that you don't know, then I'd like to ask if you could please pray for my cousin Valerie. (das_uber_chin: cousin on the other side.)

She's pregnant, around 33 weeks along, and she's been hospitalized tonight with serious complications. Her kidneys are - if not outright failing, then threatening to fail. They're inducing labor tonight in the hopes that they can treat both her and Joshua, her son, better once he's delivered. The pregnancy has been complicated in the past and both her health and Joshua's have been iffy for a while.

She's in good hands but things are very serious. Her mother sent out an e-mail to her friends and family asking for prayers for Valerie, Joshua, and Shawn (V's husband/J's dad) tonight, so I'm asking my friendslist. I'm also cross-posting this to a couple of communities.

I'm also wondering, not for the first time, about creating a community for prayer request chains, open to anyone of any faith or belief system to join or observe or make requests, just a place to gather people for putting their energy and prayer and faith to help those in need. If I did that, would any of you be interested?

Sep. 7th, 2006

sealpoint kitty


There is a three-month-old stray kitten living in my downstairs half-bath.

We can't let him out of the half-bath because he might have FIV, which is ubercontagious, and the way the apt. is set up, there's really no other way to keep him properly isolated from Bella and Emmers. But if he's awake, and he's alone in there, he yowls pitifully until one of us goes to sit with him. At which point he's OK again until either ( a ) he falls asleep or ( b ) the person leaves again, at which point the yowling resumes. Abandonment issues like whoa.

Plus-sized me + several two-hour stretches in the closet-sized half-bath = I miss having feeling in my legs.

I can't believe no one's looking for him. He's an adorable little thing.

Aug. 16th, 2006

vanille is listening

PSA - Dell Laptop Batteries

If you have a Dell laptop, go here ASAP.

Certain batteries are catching ON FIRE. If you enter your battery info, they can tell you whether you need a replacement or not.

My apologies if you've heard this 20 times already. I'm posting this because sashenka posted it on fandom_lounge over on JF, and that's how I saw it - somehow, I missed it in the news entirely - so I thought maybe other people missed it, too, so, yeah. Lap catching on fire = bad.

Aug. 10th, 2006


words, words, words*


When I was eight years old, I wrote a report on Saturn for school. I cited everything properly, but I also lifted one of the phrases from the encyclopedia. Four or five words, max.

My dad caught it when he was reading it over. He explained to me, very calmly, that you can't do that.

"But I cited the source."

"Yes, but you can't use their words. You have to use your own."

"But I don't know else to explain it." Which was true. I hadn't borrowed their expression out of laziness - I did it because I didn't know of anything else that meant the same thing.

So he sat down with me and we looked up synonyms and expressions in a thesaurus and we talked about what the phrase was really saying until I came up with something that worked.

The point he got across to me was that it didn't matter if someone else's words were better - what mattered was that my words were mine. It's stayed with me a long time, especially as I'm hoping to be a writer someday.

I guess all I want to say is, I feel sorry for Cassie and Heidi, if nobody ever told either of them that.

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