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Kisah Odinsdatter
I make things, grow things, cook things, very occasionally clean things, and tend the fire . . .
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“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain but for the heart to conquer it. Let me not look for allies in life’s battlefield but to my own strength. Let me not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at Mother Bluejay's Commonplace Book
"Benedicto: May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets towers into a dark primeval forest where... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at Mother Bluejay's Commonplace Book
All that you held most dear you will put by and leave behind you: and this is the arrow the longbow of your exile first lets fly. You will come to know how bitter as salt and stone is the bread of others, how hard the way that goes up... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2013 at Mother Bluejay's Commonplace Book
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. Out, out brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at Mother Bluejay's Commonplace Book
ištvermė from Gangleri's Grove - Blog It's a hard people that birthed me hard and unyielding like weathered stone hungry flame, the bones of the dead, hard like the yoke of occupation and the necessary brutality of resistance. It's hard soil that holds them, concealing bones of an ancient nation,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at Mother Bluejay's Commonplace Book
The power elite, especially the liberal elite, has always been willing to sacrifice integrity and truth for power, personal advancement, foundation grants, awards, tenured professorships, columns, book contracts, television appearances, generous lecture fees and social status. They know what they need to say. They know which ideology they have to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2013 at Mother Bluejay's Commonplace Book
My lover once told me of a man, who was snapped up by the mad God's fire. He ran across mountains leaping amongst angels, feverish with the fire that consumed him, feverish with the grace that spat him back to earth again reborn. He was the first to be kissed,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2013 at Mother Bluejay's Commonplace Book
"Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won't take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don't like to make waves-or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honour, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at Mother Bluejay's Commonplace Book
No one bothers to imagine men in baths. None of us sitting home alone On a dull, rainy evening Thinks of the nude male body Half-floating, eyes closed, in scented water Littered with petals, loosening himself Into the liquid grace of muscular abandon, One arm perhaps draped over the bath’s... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at Mother Bluejay's Commonplace Book
Funeral Blues by W.H. Auden Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead Scribbling on the sky the message ‘He is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2012 at Mother Bluejay's Commonplace Book
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Turning leaves. Mr. Poozle, guarding the chicken lot New chickens—bought cheaply because the were molting and unfit to go to the auction; a mixture of Wyandottes, Buff Orpingtons, Black Australorps, and a white Leghorn or two . . . and a Wyandotte rooster, who was thrown in for free. (Imagine... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2012 at not a pretty girl
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forgot where I found this, but it seems appropriate these days . . . Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at not a pretty girl
Soon this space will be too small And I’ll go outside To the huge hillside Where the wild winds blow And the cold stars shine I’ll put my foot On the living road And be carried from here To the heart of the world I’ll be strong as a ship... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at Mother Bluejay's Commonplace Book
THE FIRST TIME PERCY CAME BACK ~Mary Oliver The first time Percy came back he was not sailing on a cloud. He was loping along the sand as though he had come a great way. “Percy,” I cried out, and reached to him— those white curls— but he was unreachable.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2012 at Mother Bluejay's Commonplace Book
What's the matter with these people? (And I don't think it's just in Arkansas, either. We certainly have our share of crazies around here.) You have: • An Arkansas state representative who apparently thinks that slavery was a 'blessing in disguise' for those enslaved, because 'even while in the throes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2012 at not a pretty girl
Liberty is a bitch who must be bedded on a mattress of corpses. —St. Just Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2012 at Mother Bluejay's Commonplace Book
"To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2012 at Mother Bluejay's Commonplace Book
"To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2012 at not a pretty girl
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The only noticeable effect so far is that the UPS guy has been leaving packages outside the gate . . . I suppose he doesn't want to chance our 'armed security patrols'. (i.e., Mr. Poozle and the guineas. They probably need uniforms, or at least little faux-military hats.) Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2012 at not a pretty girl
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Feeding goats; cutting up a dead tree that fell last week and clipped the roof (but nothing was damaged); and so forth and so on. Well, if nothing else, it keeps the Commissioner occupied . . . Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2012 at not a pretty girl
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;— Little we see in Nature that is ours; We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon! This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon; The winds that will be howling at all hours, And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2012 at Mother Bluejay's Commonplace Book
Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you had but got rid of. "I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at not a pretty girl
Sun Dance Poem Once you said the round word: sun (…sky, light, day) May beauty be beautiful May beauty have been beautiful May beauty still be beautiful May beauty always be beautiful We are weak and need help from all We are afraid and need kindness from all We are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at Mother Bluejay's Commonplace Book
"For both the physical season and for the human condition. We are headed for winter and those seeking to run things aren't even thinking of how to prepare for that cold, dark season. Instead they are promising spring and summer as if we could just skip winter. Of course spring... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2012 at not a pretty girl
The government, in effect, is attempting to push though a law similar to the legislation that permitted the government to intern 110,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II. This law, if it comes back into force, would facilitate the mass internment of Muslim Americans as well as those deemed to “support”... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2012 at not a pretty girl