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2024-02-02 20:27
I haven’t talked about this publicly yet, but we lost my brother recently. He was diagnosed with stage four recto-colon cancer about 13 months before he died. He had the best treatment… Read More
2024-02-02 03:21
Role Playing by Cathy Yardley My rating: 5 of 5 stars What a lovely story! I heard about this book from a friend in a Slack community. I was reluctant at first because I just don’t rea… Read More
2023-07-14 18:28
Clockwork Gold by Jenny Schwartz My rating: 1 of 5 stars I finally realized that I’m not going to finish this one. I couldn’t bring myself to care about the two characters. Their… Read More
2021 Stitch-a-Long Finished
2023-01-04 14:59
I finished this piece, the 2021 Peppermint Purple Stitch-a-Long, a few weeks ago. I didn’t get around to taking a photo until last night. The post 2021 Stitch-a-Long Finished appeared… Read More
Review: Junkyard War By Faith Hunter
2023-01-02 18:56
My rating: 5 of 5 stars First finish of the year! And what a finish it was. This book wraps up Shining Smith’s story with a bang. The fact that it came out shortly after Faith Hunter… Read More
2022-12-10 00:01
I’m all caught up on the 2022 Peppermint Purple Stitch-a-Long. I finished the 2021 SAL last week, but I don’t have a photo of it yet. And I just ordered the fabric for the 2023 S… Read More
2022-12-06 15:07
I can’t recall whether or not I mentioned that I returned to college on 1 June of this year, but I did. I’m attending Western Governors University, majoring in Information Techno… Read More
Week 45
2022-11-16 14:07
I was caught up on the 2022 Peppermint Purple Stitch-a-Long, up to last week’s block 45, anyway. As of this morning, week 46 is available, so I’ll be doing that tonight. The pos… Read More
2022-11-10 18:30
Apparently, another of my plugins breaks something that the Mastodon-friendly plugin needs to work. I disabled the other plugin. Maybe this one will start working? Read More
2022-11-08 13:07
Well, if this is working properly, should be part of the Fediverse now. Let’s see! Yes, it’s working! I’m @[email protected] and you should be able to find me… Read More
2022-10-08 15:57
Junkyard Bargain by Faith Hunter My rating: 5 of 5 stars What a fun read! I came to this one fresh off having read three other books by Faith Hunter. With a less-capable author, that would h… Read More
2022-09-14 00:53
Final Heir by Faith Hunter My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ok, it started a little slowly, and I had some trouble getting into the swing of the book. I stuck with it because Faith Hunter’s alw… Read More
Mental Health Awareness Month
2022-05-04 11:00
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The month is about realizing how common mental health issues are, supporting each other through them, and removing the stigma about them. A few statisti… Read More
2022-05-03 13:53
The American Chronic Pain Association site says the group has been around since 1980, but I hadn’t run across them until yesterday. I spent some time on their site and they have some r… Read More
2022-05-02 13:36
This is a fascinating article with excellent sources. Chronic pain is terrible. A new way of understanding it may help. The past two centuries have produced a cascade of life-altering advanc… Read More
Does Anyone Remember Glyph?
2022-04-30 23:59
I’m not one for video games, really, or games of any sort other than tabletop RPGs. But there was one game that I used to play on my iTouch, Glyph, that I still miss. It was fun and so… Read More
2022-04-30 15:17
Those of us who suffer chronic pain face a great deal of stigma. This paper addresses that stigma.Pain, objectivity and history: understanding pain stigma Read More
2022-04-30 12:00
In Several Colors by Jane Kenyon From Collected Poems Every morning, cup of coffee in hand, I look out at the mountain. Ordinarily, it’s blue, but today it’s the color of an eggp… Read More
2022-04-29 12:00
Myth Dispelled –Adam Possner, M.D. The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu, I tell him. It’s dead virus, there’s nothing alive about it. It can’t make you sick. That… Read More
2022-04-28 21:18
I continue to work on the 2021 Peppermint Purple SAL. I just finished the block for week 30. It’s good to have a second piece to work on while waiting for the blocks of the 2022 SAL! Read More
2022-04-28 12:00
For the Bird Singing before Dawn –Kim Stafford Some people presume to be hopeful when there is no evidence for hope, to be happy when there is no cause. Let me say now, I’m with… Read More
2022-04-27 11:49
Love and Life by John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester All my past life is mine no more; The flying hours are gone, Like transitory dreams given o’er, Whose images are kept in store By memory… Read More
2022-04-26 12:56
the earth is a living thing –Lucille Clifton From Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton is a black shambling bear ruffling its wild back and tossing mountains into the sea is a black hawk… Read More
2022-04-24 12:40
Good Grief –KB Brookins after the 2021 Texas Winter Storm I’ll admit that I’ve never thought about frostbite. Trauma of the blood, a thing to be avoided when heat goes out… Read More
2022-04-23 12:35
They Sit Together on the Porch by Wendell Berry From A Timbered Choir They sit together on the porch, the dark Almost fallen, the house behind them dark. Their supper done with, they have wa… Read More
2022-04-22 13:05
I No Longer Sing With Only My Voice –Afton Wilder I no longer sing with only my voice. I sing with my heart, my love. I no longer sing with only my voice. I sing with my mind, my thoug… Read More
2022-04-22 01:33
The Problem –Taylor Mali From What Learning Leaves You’re the this that somebody ought to do something about.      — Jeffrey McDaniel The guy in front o… Read More
2022-04-20 14:08
Canary –Rita Dove From Grace Notes Billie Holiday’s burned voice had as many shadows as lights, a mournful candelabra against a sleep piano, the gardenia her signature under… Read More
2022-04-19 14:03
To Hold –Li-Young Lee From Behind My Eyes So we’re dust. In the meantime, my wife and I make the bed. Holding opposite edges of the sheet, we raise it, billowing, then pull… Read More
2022-04-18 13:43
The Journey –Mary Oliver From Dream Work One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice— though the whol… Read More
2022-04-16 23:23
There is a land – a Motherland of vast imaginative spaces and absolute belonging her open heart a deep well where all draw and drink freely and fully the waters of life, where we meet… Read More
2022-04-15 19:13
Nine Spice Mix –Zeina Azzam This spice mix is featured in many of the dishes in this book, lending them a uniquely Palestinian flavor. —Reem Kassis, The Palestinian Table First t… Read More
2022-04-14 13:32
Sunday –Cecily Parks So this is Sunday evening under the live oak behind the kitchen where the Rose of Sharon spills purple tea onto the grass, the yellow bells sound yellow alarms fr… Read More
2022-04-13 19:16
Mr. Chairman Takes His Leave –Rosemary CatacalosAs to me, I know of nothing else but miracles.—Walt Whitman en memoria William Rashall Sinkin, 1913–2014 Whitman, you onc… Read More
2022-04-12 11:58
April Chores by Jane Kenyon When I take the chilly tools from the shed’s darkness, I come out to a world made new by heat and light. The snake basks and dozes on a large flat stone. It… Read More
2022-04-10 16:15
The Dark Night (XVIII) –May Sinclair Our love is woven Of a thousand strands— The cool fragrance of the first lilac At morning, The first dew on the grass, The smell of wild mint… Read More
2022-04-09 09:19
pity this busy monster, manunkind –e. e. cummings pity this busy monster, manunkind, not. Progress is a comfortable disease: your victim (death and life safely beyond) plays with the b… Read More
2022-04-08 12:15
Gratitude List –Naomi Shihab Nye Thank you for insulting me. You helped me see how much I was worth. Thank you for overlooking my humanity. In that moment I gained power. To be forgott… Read More
2022-04-07 11:37
Blue Like That –Gerald Stern She was a darling with her roses, though what I like is lavender for I can dry it and nothing is blue like that, so here I am, in my arms a bouquet of trag… Read More
2022-04-06 13:39
GiftsKirk Wilson I kept my life in a small room with pale blue walls and brought it back little presents from the world This is for you I would say This is for you Sometimes the gifts died i… Read More
2022-04-05 16:12
Götterdämmerung A straw reed climbs the car antenna. Beyond the tinted glass, golden waves of grain. Golly! I can’t help exclaiming, and he smirks— my born-again natura… Read More
2022-04-04 16:09
Death By Wind As for those who face their death by wind and call it by the weird name of forgiveness they alone have the right to marry birds, and those who stopped themselves from falling d… Read More
2022-04-03 16:06
Yellow Glove What can a yellow glove mean in a world of motorcars and governments? I was small, like everyone. Life was a string of precautions: Don’t kiss the squirrel before you bury… Read More
2022-04-02 16:04
What Is There Beyond Knowing What is there beyond knowing that keeps calling to me? I can’t turn in any direction but it’s there. I don’t mean the leaves’ grip and sh… Read More
2022-04-02 01:03
Morning on the Island The lights across the water are the waking city. The water shimmers with imaginary fish. Not far from here lie the bones of conifers washed from the sea and piled by wi… Read More
2022-03-31 01:45
I finished this week’s block on the same day for once! I’m toying with the idea of leaving the border as-is Read More
2022-03-29 19:21
I wasn’t aware of this connection at all.The religious history of Caesarean surgery and what it means for the abortion battle Read More
2022-03-28 14:16
Brain imaging study sheds light on the neural mechanisms underlying romantic relationship maintenance “Having an intimate romantic relationship is an important aspect of life for most… Read More
2022-03-18 14:36
Looking for ideas for the “self care” that’s so important? Try some of these art therapy exercises Read More
Music, Music, Music
2022-03-12 17:59
Wow. I found a draft of a post from 2008, and much of it is still relevant, so I’m updating and sharing it. I’ve been listening to more music lately, which is good. I love music… Read More
Do You Have To Finish Books You Start?
2022-03-12 04:42
This started out as a comment on a poll over at GoodReads. I got too wordy and figured it would be better to turn it into a post. I used to refuse to quit reading after starting a book, whic… Read More
2022-03-07 15:17
Week 9 of the 2022 Peppermint Purple Stitch-a-long is done! This week’s block was a nuisance because I was distracted. I stitched it in the wrong place first, then another wrong place… Read More
Peppermint Purple SAL 2022 Week 7
2022-02-17 13:03
All caught up to this week’s block (week 7) and the inner border is complete. Now I need to do the outer border, but I’m also busy working on the 2021 SAL Read More
2022-02-08 01:36
I was poking around the WordPress menus and noticed that one of the Tools was a LiveJournal Importer, so I imported the posts from my old LiveJournal (the main one, I had several). It seems… Read More
2022-01-18 17:36
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear My rating: 4 of 5 stars The book is good except for the endless sports analogies. I should ha… Read More
2020 SAL Finished!
2021-05-10 13:38
I finally finished the 2020 Peppermint Purple Stitch-a-long!2020 Peppermint Purple Stitch-a-longI wanted to start the 2021 SAL right away but realized that the fabric I was sent wasn’t… Read More
2020-12-26 17:05
WE ARE MERIDIANS: BOOK ONE by S. Ghali My rating: 2 of 5 stars There I was, merrily reading along in this science fiction book. Then WHAM, S. Ghali ruined it completely. How? They depicted t… Read More
2020-07-11 18:41
I just finished this week’s section of the Peppermint Purple Stitch-a-Long 2020! The post Week 28! appeared first on Enemy of Entropy Read More
2020-06-20 23:50
All caught up with Peppermint Purple’s 2020 Stitch-a-long, week 25! The post Week 25 appeared first on Enemy of Entropy Read More
2020-05-24 17:45
The Blackwork Bands project designed by Peppermint Purple is done and added to my page of finished needlework pieces. The post I Finished It! appeared first on Enemy of Entropy Read More
2020-05-16 21:56
I’m almost finished with the second blackwork project I started to keep me busy each week while waiting for the next pattern drop from the 2020 Stitch-A-Long. This one is also by Peppe… Read More
2020-05-13 23:03
I mentioned on my needlecrafts page that I’ve been enjoying blackwork lately thanks to Peppermint Purple’s 2020 Stitch-A-Long A Year of Blackwork. I described it to someone and s… Read More
2020-05-06 19:05
By John M. Ford The worm drives helically through the wood And does not know the dust left in the bore Once made the table integral and good; And suddenly the crystal hits the floor. Electro… Read More

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