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Alison
Ann Arbor, Michigan
I am thrilled to have a pretty good feel for who I am, and to still be learning exactly who I am.
Interests: Opera, Spanish art song literature, animated movies, The Muppets, old Saturday Night Live, live music, nature commentary writing, Scrabble, baseball (Go Tigers!), and everything edible (except maybe lima beans or apple yogurt), "Creature Comforts" from the British Studio that did Wallace and Gromit, etc. I’m a fan of kindness, equality, and good humor.
Recent Activity
A circle within a circle, a fantastically tangled web, or a magical tapestry “of rich and royal hue?” All of these. And more. Today has been a day of music and gratitude. I am struck by the threads of music... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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A lot can happen in 13 years. I have left a job and organization I loved, taken and left a job that turned out not to be the best fit, and landed in a unique professional role with an organization... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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Our world has lost an amazing strong, funny, feisty, lovely woman. I also lost a very dear friend when Sharon Hoeker died on September 24. I’ve been sitting with this news for some time (clearly), trying to feel my way... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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Miss Olive has the Reeds of Prune Ridge a bit worried these last several days. She’s unsteady, falling sometimes, and has a head tilt moreso than “cocking her head adorably when you talk to her.” Our good Dr. Sweet returns... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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Is it still a miracle if it only lasts for approximately three minutes? And if it doesn’t meet the time requirement, is it still a miracle if nobody was injured? This happened and lasted until Maggie B stood up, glared... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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Jörmungandr (meaning “huge monster”) is known as the Midgard or World Serpent. He surrounds the Midgard level (earth, where man resides) of Yggdrasil. He holds the end of his own tail in his mouth, effectively holding all of Midgard together.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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In some tellings, the sky was the first component of the Norse mythology world tree myths to be “created.” Yggdrasil is the tree, but above the tree is the sky (or the heavens). Both the earth and the heavens were... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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A conversation earlier today brought this memory to mind. Some of you will know that I studied opera and classical voice. For quite some time I believed I was headed for a professional career in opera. (I wasn’t, it’s not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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And suddenly? The growing gets much more real! The first tomatoes start to ripen and another plant suddenly needs much more support. Haul out a taller stake, tie things up a bit more, prune a little bit - and (if... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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I simply do not know how I feel about our First Lady. I know pretty well how I feel about her husband. He lacks empathy and compassion, and stacks up very short on intelligence. I do not doubt that he... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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Ratatosk (Ratatoskr in Old Norse, believed to mean “drill tooth”) is the Insult Squirrel in the stories of Yggdrasil. Ratatosk’s sole purpose in the myths is to spend his days running up and down the Ash tree between the Eagle... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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So, I bought a 2-pack of some shave gel the other day. It was cheaper than buying 2 singles so it was an easy decision. PLUS, guess what?!? I got a free gift! Granted, shaving can seem like a racket... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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Níðhöggr is a dragon/serpent who exists in the roots of Yggdrasil, the Norse Mythology depiction of the world. Nidhogg (the most common anglicized spelling variation) gnaws on the roots of the tree, trying in effect to bring it down. Norse... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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Prune verb pruned; pruning transitive verb 1a : to reduce especially by eliminating superfluous matter pruned the text prune the budget b : to remove as superfluous prune away all ornamentation 2: to cut off or cut back parts of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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The eagle is one of the only unnamed characters in the telling of Norse Mythology. The eagle sits at the top of Yggdrasil, the world tree. The hawk flying above the eagle is Vedrfolnir (“wind bleached”). Strangely, the eagle never... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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I find “normal” illness or injury sometimes harder to cope with since my personal evolution with Multiple Sclerosis. By normal, I mean just ordinary (simple, perhaps?) maladies not related to or caused by my MS. It can be easy to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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The Pink Falcon (she is me and I am she) and Mr. PF have lived at Prune Ridge now for a bit over 10 years. In time I will share the Legend of Prune Ridge in this forum, but today... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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Mythology: noun, plural my·thol·o·gies. a body of myths, as that of a particular people or that relating to a particular person: Greek mythology. myths collectively. the science or study of myths. I love mythology in general, and I have been... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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The garden bits at Prune Ridge are clicking along nicely! This year’s bounty (fingers crossed!) will include 5 different tomatoes, beans, squashes, kale, melons, raspberries, and purple tomatillos. At the end of this week I plan to stain/seal the deck... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
I am more familiar with my doctors and my health than I wish I had to be, but I find myself and my patience being tested with a current medical challenge. As a patient, I value information and understanding more... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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Like most children (I think?) I spent time wishing I was different than I really was. I wanted curly red hair, I wanted to be named Kelly, I wanted to own an ice cream shop... and I really wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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I will wrap up a week’s vacation tomorrow evening (yes, my job is peculiar). In spite of needing and loving this week “away,” I will be ready to be back to my work routines. In the past week I have... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon
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(From a failed post last evening!) Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at Many Scars make a Falcon