Independence

Happy Independence Day

  I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.  (1)  The word “traditional” is sticking in my craw lately, like a piece of stringy meat digging under the gum line, escaping traditional means of extrication, and requiring a DDS-licensed exorcist who comes armed with tiny, shiny traditional…

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Loving Language

(Image Source: http://www.posttypography.com/illustration/language-changed-by-the-internet/ with original credit due the New York Times) I love this picture, the fingerprints erasing and expanding, reshaping and redefining, demonstrating that the very act of engaging with language changes the very shape of language. I love language. I love the bumps and curves of it as it scrolls across the page, the letters forming symbols like stones, piling one upon another, creating a castle, brick by beautiful…

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Conversations and Moving Forward

I’m lazy. Maybe not so much lazy as “having different priorities.” Or maybe I’m just lazy. I don’t wash my car unless I’m really, really bored.  Which is very rarely because there’s always something that will drag my attention away and keep me from washing my car. I was attending a junior college in 1992-1993 when my off white and entirely unwashed car was vandalized. Two young boys drew, on…

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The Naming of a Thing

(Image from photobucket) “In death, a member of Project Mayhem has a name. His name is Robert Paulson.” (Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk) I love this scene from Fight Club: despite the absurdity of herd mentality, it demonstrates the power of naming.  In the film’s case, it is making something real. Bob had a name while in the support group, but then didn’t have a name while working for Project…

You know what Honey Badgers Don't Give?

I Got It

You know what honey badgers don’t give? It’ s a bit frightening to see a three year old with the attitude, spunk, foot stomping, and mad manipulation skills that took me nearly 19 years or so to master. I fear for her parents. She and her brother are like the sun and moon–I’m just not sure which is which.  She–the younger by 2 years–is blonde and fluffy; he’s dark and…

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‘Roid Rage and Rational Musing

“Prison is quite literally a ghetto in the most classic sense of the world, a place where the U.S. government now puts not only the dangerous but also the inconvenient—people who are mentally ill, people who are addicts, people who are poor and uneducated and unskilled.”  — Piper Kerman There’s an owl calling out for some reason. It’s 1 pm in the afternoon just after a rain storm–not exactly what I’d…

Moving In and Moving On

Well, the move-in is on pause, as is the sense of accomplishment. I had figured out the issue, or, at least corrected it so that I could begin transitioning over to lyricalfool.com, only to get an email that my website had been “infected.” Apparently, someone(s) had inserted malicious code so that folks could find themselves with viruses should they click on any links. I, knowing absolutely nothing about code, am…