Who I am…
I am a lawyer, former mother of teenagers, and a quixotic seeker after and champion of factual truth.
I make the best damn brownies you have ever had that are not regulated by the federal government.
I love movies, Broadway, and intelligent conversation.
I think in song lyrics and movie and television quotes.
I believe in the use of proper spelling, punctuation, and grammar even in text messages. I am willing to debate the use of the Oxford comma, if you know what the Oxford comma is. It also makes me very happy if people use the subjunctive mood when appropriate.
I have been told I intimidate people. I am really just a fluffy-centered teddy bear. Really.
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Words to live by ….
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8.
“Pray for the dead, fight like hell for the living.” Mary Harris (“Mother Jones”).
“Don’t boo. Vote.” Barack Obama.
“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” Reinhold Niebuhr.
“No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do the bad things.” Sir Terry Pratchett.
“Damning facts are still facts.” Steven C. Holtzman.
“If you don’t stick to your values when they’re tested, they’re not values — they’re hobbies.” Jon Stewart.
“Darkness never sustains, even though it sometimes seems it will.” Doctor Who.
“Writing is a form of mischief.” Stephen Sondheim.
“An idea is not responsible for the people who believe it.” Don Marquis.
“If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” Joseph Campbell.
“Truth is our strongest ally, our biggest weapon, and our best defense.” Me.
“Reality has a well-known liberal bias.” Stephen Colbert.
“The opposite of war isn’t peace, it’s creation.” Jonathan Larson.
“We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger.
We rise and fall, and light from dying embers
Remembrances that hope and love last longer.
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love;
Cannot be killed or swept aside.”
“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” Emma Goldman.
“No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” Samuel Beckett.
“I believe that the God who made (among other things) light, and space, and number, and time, and the spiral curve of Fibonacci numbers, must be acknowledged to understand more than I do about why there’s pain in the world.” Teresa Neilsen Hayden.
“No, it’s not fair. You’re in the wrong universe for fair.” John Scalzi.
“Liberals got women the right to vote. Liberals got African-Americans the right to vote. Liberals created Social Security and lifted millions of elderly people out of poverty. Liberals ended segregation. Liberals passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act. Liberals created Medicare. Liberals passed the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act. So when you try to hurl that label at my feet, ‘Liberal,’ as if it were something to be ashamed of, something dirty, something to run away from, it won’t work, because I will pick up that label and I will wear it as a badge of honor.” Lawrence O’Donnell
“So keep fightin’ for freedom and justice, beloveds, but don’t you forget to have fun doin’ it. Lord, let your laughter ring forth. Be outrageous, ridicule the fraidy-cats, rejoice in all the oddities that freedom can produce. And when you get through kickin’ ass and celebratin’ the sheer joy of a good fight, be sure to tell those who come after how much fun it was.” Molly Ivins.
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Monthly Archives: February 2012
For some reason, I am very fond of the competition show Top Shot on the History Channel. Shooting stuff up in interesting ways just looks so fun. Not quite as much as blowing things up a la Mythbusters, but serious … Continue reading
Personhood from conception has been shelved in Virginia. Just as well. It is still alive and kicking in Oklahoma, though. And this morning, completely unbidden (much like an earworm), the following scenario presented itself: A man has two daughters, A … Continue reading
Wired, alert, anxious. Rereading every word I have written over the past three weeks, worried about being misunderstood — what have I not said that I should have said, or said that I should not have? Do I represent myself … Continue reading
A man in Alaska has filed suit alleging that the Fourteenth Amendment does not carry with it the right to hold public office. This particular frivolous lawsuit not only infuriates me, but concerns me. Not that there is a bigot … Continue reading
I love movies. I don’t get to see as many as I want, or as many as I used to. Seeing movies on Netflix just isn’t the same; and as for watching on my smartphone — no. I watch the … Continue reading
I am a large woman. I am a very large woman. I have been so for a much of my life.* One of my experiences has been a feeling that I am somehow nonexistent. It is a hard thing to … Continue reading
After watching the Oscars, I need to see… The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (both versions)PinaUndefeatedPurgatoryRangoBeginnersWar HorseThe Iron LadyThe DescendantsPlus the live-action and documentary shorts (I saw the animated shorts last week) I have seen two of the performances that … Continue reading
Having seen his Grammy 2011 performance (with its Elton John homage), and his work on The Voice [Edited to add; especially his asides with his fluffy white cat], I have come to the conclusion that… Cee Lo Green is a … Continue reading
I would like to make a post about each of them, but lately I have a) been sort of pre-occupied with other things and so not posting a lot of substance, and b) working on three long and substantive posts … Continue reading
Lately, my song has been Cee Lo’s “F*** You” or its clean remake “Forget You,” which makes up in acceptability to be played in the car loudly what it loses in cathartic power. Although the specifics don’t match up to … Continue reading
The Rocket Scientist is heavily into genealogy. I actually think this is great; somebody needs to do it, and I have neither the inclination nor the patience. This week’s tidbit? That he (and by extension, the kids) are distantly related … Continue reading
Sitemeter offers various information about the people who visit this site. Since I refuse to shell out the money to get the Premium Service, the information is very general (i.e., it gives a location of the server you’re using — … Continue reading
Remember that empirical test I did about whether a post deleted in Blogger would be deleted in Google Reader? I decided to take it to the logical conclusion, and see how far back Google Reader went. After all, at some … Continue reading