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"When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money" ~ Cree Prophecy

Testing, testing.

Is this thing on?

Writer's Block: Back to the future

If you were 12 and could see yourself now, do you think you'd be happy or disappointed, and why?

I would be shocked, humbled, pleased, and befuddled all at once.

A college teacher? Happily married? Living in the 'burbs, near a fucking golf course - with two tiny dogs, five cats and a saltwater tank?

"This is not my beautiful house.."

Observation #492

Life is folding around me like the fuzzy, fatty folds of a shar pei puppy.

Writer's Block: Compare and contrast

What ten words would you use to describe yourself? If your friends were asked to describe you, how closely would all the lists match up?

Awkward, honest, enthusiastic, tall, sleepy, compassionate, loud, optimistic, flexible and dorky.

I think my friends would agree, with emphasis on words seven and ten.

Writer's Block: Go it alone

Do you think society puts too much pressure on people to be in relationships and/or have children? Do you think this ostracizes people who would be perfectly content to remain single and/or child-free? Is this pressure worse around the holidays?

Yes, yes and more yes. Holidays are engineered around consumption and feel obligation.

Writer's Block: Gifted Ideas

What’s the perfect gift to give to the person who has everything?


Rosh Hashana

"Single-mindedness can propel a person with a lesser mind to greater achievements than a person with a greater mind who is not as focused."


I found a lot of truth in this article, religious influence aside. I admit to reading up on Judaism lately, especially since it is a religious period - and because I'm going to be Israel next year for ten days with my family. Tony will be attending as well, and I'm very excited for our first trip overseas - especially since it will be in such a potent area. Even though I stopped practicing when I was around twelve or so, I still want to be able to fully appreciate what I'll be experiencing. So far, it's been fascinating - and fun to relearn things I used to know, and believe.

Usually, I don't share links like this - but it really aligns with many things that I already believe, and need to practice.

Writer's Block: Not So Genius

Which modern invention do you think the world would be better off without?

In your opinion, what is the cutest animal baby?

This baby owl happened to be in my Cute Overload feed today. Look at those eyes!

Honestly, I think all baby animals are adorable, with the exception of baby birds and baby humans.

Then again, baby birds aren't that bad..