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Friends, fellows, countrymen - 'tis that time of year for my personal re-read of A Christmas Carol.
Join me, will you?

Marley was dead, to begin with. )
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Four years ago when I wrote this post, I was sad.  I was sad more that Bush had won - again - than that Kerry had lost.  I was sad that again there were votes that might change the outcome that would never be counted.  I was frustrated with the way that Bush was handling his alleged victory.

And I was also disappointed at the continued narrative of polarization of America; of hearing otherwise open minded and caring people talk of violent action against those who voted for a candidate they didn't care for; of otherwise open minded and caring people lament the stupidity of entire regions of this country.

In the words of the 44th President of these United States, "we have never been a collection of Red States and Blue States: we are, and always will be, the United States of America."

Today, I am thrilled, not sad.  I am excited, not frustrated.  I have hope - that the people of this nation can put their differences behind us.  Six months ago, conventional wisdom had it that supporters of Hillary Clinton would refuse to support Barack Obama - not because of his positions or his politics, but because of acrimony and bitterness on both sides of that contest.

We proved them wrong.  Yes we did.

I hope that with
Obama's stirring words and McCain's graceful concession, that we can all move forward into a less partisan, more understanding future.

That may be too much to hope for, but one year, even six months ago, so arguably were yesterday's results.

Let's prove them wrong. 


Nov. 5th, 2008 12:25 am
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Too tired to be articulate, but OMG.  I am just passed tears and looking over my f'list...well, damn.  I love you guys.
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Below the cut are the 100 books I've read so far in 2008. It is a sign of my complete and utter geekery that I am totally over the moon about this, and also the fact that, unlike last year, it does not include books I'm reading to R of an evening. There are still graphic novels and some YA lit that I'm reading purely for my own enjoyment, but his stuff is now its own list, since we've been averaging more than a book (very thin books, to be sure) a week.

The list of unfinished books is long too - I promised myself that I wasn't going to keep reading things I just wasn't enjoying this year. At any given time I have a stack of 5-6 books in my immediate to read pile -reading is my escape, not an obligation. Read more... )
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Copy this sentence into your LiveJournal if you're in a heterosexual marriage, and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.

Seriously.  My choice to marry is more degraded by people who want to stop committed couples from marrying than it is by the fact that some of such couples happen to have matching genitalia.  Which, some to think of it, doesn't degrade that choice at all - more than anything, it affirms it. 

Oh, and here's an anti-Prop 8 video by one of my favorite former law professors.
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...links from around my f-list and other haunts:

Given all of the crap people are raining on their political opponents these days, this story is almost tear-worthy.  In sum - a man planning to vote for McCain lent his jacket to a trio of eldery Jewish women refused entry to an Ohio polling place because of their pro-Obama t-shirts so that they could go in and vote.

Surely I'm not the only person on the planet thinking "gee, they couldn't see this one coming?" about Palin going rogue.  I have to admit it's sort of nice to see her actually standing up for herself, even if I disagree with pretty much everything out of her mouth.

Most of y'all have probably seen this already, but Biden pretty much proved his worth in the following interview:

Finally, was I the only one who somehow missed the memo about political t-shirts/buttons/etc. being the subject of a statewide polling place ban in Virginia?  I knew that overy campaigining was a no no, but I was not aware until a few minutes ago that failing to take the Obama  button off of my purse strap could get me bounced. 

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Pretty much anything I could possible say about this, [livejournal.com profile] ayun  has said better.  The knock off bag thing slays me.

I will add that evidently not even $150,000 worth of designer clothes which were probably purchased in some urban bastion of non-Americanism are enough to make Sarah Palin "elite."
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This Land Is Your Land, Woodie Guthrie, 1940
The verses we know and sing )
As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said "Private Property."
But on the other side it didn't say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.

In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
By the relief office I seen my people;
As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
Is this land made for you and me?

Nobody living can ever stop me,
As I go walking that freedom highway;
Nobody living can ever make me turn back
This land was made for you and me.

According to Wiki (always the absolute best source for anything, of course), the Guthrie wrote this song as an answer to "God Bless America" by Irving Berlin. This was the anthem for the dust bowl days, the depression era soup lines, the Okies who left their homes and their families to try to find a better life in California. My grandmother who refused to leave Olkahoma, even when my grandfather's family headed west.

This land is not for the corporations and the wealthy and the educated. This land is for everyone...

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

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I started posting this as a comment in a community simply about "good books you've read", but I decided I'd rather post it here where I can actually discuss it with people I care about.

When people ask me about my favorite book, it is impossible for me to answer. I've read too much in my life and have had so many wonderful adventures reading, that there's no way I could choose just one. And my favorite books change like the wind with my moods, with the weather, with the passing hours of the day.

So, instead, I shall create a meme of sorts. Tell me about five books or the books from 5 time periods that have been "favorites" or otherwise been meaningful to you at different times in your life:

1. As a little girl, one book I went back to again and again was From, Anna about a girl in a German family who moved to Canada to escape the Nazis. The adaptation of Anna's family to life in Canada was the framework for the story, but the meat of the narrative was really more about how Anna learned that she was nearly blind and was finally able to get the help that she needed to see her world and find her own place in that world in the process.

2. I cannot remember how it was that I discovered Ray Bradbury in junior high, but from the moment I first read his stories they were absolutely magical to me. Perhaps I wanted to read the book Something Wicked This Way Comes because I loved watching the movie on HBO. Perhaps I stumbled across a story in an anthology. However it was, finding Bradbury was like opening a treasure chest, but instead of gold and jewels, I found entire new worlds. A friend of mine loaned me a copy of a collection of 100 Bradbury stories and I devoured them - "All Summer in a Day", "Dark They Were, But Golden Eyed", "A Sound of Thunder"...these were the background to my budding adolescence. I used "The October Game" as one of my selections for Prose Reading in Speech competition...my sophomore year, maybe? It brought rooms to a standstill. I still get that feeling of holding something precious when I read one of his books - especially the short story collections, which are like a string of perfect pearls.

3. In high school, it was The Stranger by Camus that spoke to me. I was 16 years old and haunted Babbits Bookstore, looking for well worn treasures in the philosophy section. I was unfussed by the bleakness of Camus' tale and drawn to the idea that we are all ultimately responsible for ourselves and our actions. So I read Camus and Sartre ("No Exit" was the subject of my direction unit for Advanced Acting and Directing my Junior year) and dipped my toes into Kierkegaard and Nietzsche and luxuriated in my own way. Runner up has to go to Close to the Knives by David Wojnarowicz, which fueled my burgeoning sense of outrage about AIDS and interest in gay rights, which was only fitting, since I was pretty much out as bi as of the summer before my Senior year.

4. Ah college. Never have I been able to so immerse myself in words words words. College would be a three way tie, I think (yes, I'm cheating) between The Handmaids Tale which has always been a favorite of mine, The Last Lunar Banneker by Mina Loy - the best poet you've never heard of, and Blood and Guts in High School by Kathy Acker - not so much because it is a favorite that I want to turn to again and again, but because Acker's prose helped me realize that I could stretch the boundaries of the page in my own writing. There are so many other possibilities for this time period, though.

5. Most of what I read now is relatively ephemeral. Lots of series novels that are quickly devoured and the paper discarded; one off thrillers; pop-culture essays. But I turn time and time again to Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman - any of his works, really, but Neverwhere is my favorite, with it's visceral, yet homey, vision of London Below and magic that Richard Mayhew learns to embrace, rather than ignore. Gaiman is one of the few authors, other than Bradbury, that have been able to create that feeling of being entrusted with something delicate and jeweled and precious, just in picking up the book and turning the pages. And I should add that I absolutely adore the introduction of M is for Magic in which he discusses the allusion to Bradbury's R is for Rocket and S is for Space and the conversation he had with R.B. about using the name. It gave me little fangirl shivers.
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And, the final, jubilant chapter.

Stave 5: The End of It
To-day? Why, Christmas Day. )

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