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Posted by Cyn | Posted in Reading | Posted on 31-05-2008

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My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon
Yes, the girl and I man­aged a library run (to the GOOD library) on Fri­day. It took more time and energy than expected, of course, but we got a bunch of very good books.

I read My Big Fat Super­nat­ural Hon­ey­moon last night, with much gig­gling. The sto­ries were a bit uneven (nor­mal for an anthol­ogy), but worth­while overall.

I espe­cially liked “Heo­rot,” the Harry Dres­den piece from Jim Butcher. I love the way he brings in mythol­ogy from so many dif­fer­ent cultures.

Kelly Armstrong’s “Stalked” was fun, too. Her were­wolves are just more wolfish than most, in my opinion.

P.N. Elrod’s “Her Mother’s Daugh­ter” wasn’t bad at all. I’ve obvi­ously missed some of her Jack Flem­ing nov­els, and I’m look­ing for­ward to catch­ing up.

I want to find some of Mar­jorie M. Liu’s longer works, as “Where the Heart Lives” isn’t the first of her short sto­ries that have impressed me. What’s even bet­ter is that WtHL is a total depar­ture from the ear­lier sto­ries I remember.

SBQ: Sick of a WIP?

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Relationships, SBQ | Posted on 29-05-2008

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The Stitch­ing Blogger’s Ques­tion of the Week is:
Do you ever get to a point work­ing on a project that you’ve had for so
long, you start to won­der what pos­sessed you to start it in the first
place?

Of course! It has always hap­pened with pat­terns I chose to do for some­one else, though, rather than those I chose because I was inter­ested in them. There are a few WIPs that have out­lived the rela­tion­ships that inspired them, and they may never be fin­ished. That’s a bit embar­rass­ing, but in at least one case I wouldn’t have ever started the piece if I’d really known what an unsta­ble, vicious being the intended recip­i­ent was.

Book Review at Fibrant Living

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Health, Reading | Posted on 29-05-2008

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I finally got the book review up for Women, Work and Autoim­mune Dis­ease over at Fibrant Living.

Vicious Teacher Leads Bullying of Disabled Child

Posted by Cyn | Posted in News | Posted on 28-05-2008

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Teacher lets kinder­garten stu­dents vote 5-​​year-​​old “out of the class”

After each class­mate was allowed to say what they didn’t like about Barton’s 5-​​year-​​old son, Alex, his Morn­ing­side Ele­men­tary teacher Wendy Por­tillo said they were going to take a vote, Bar­ton said.

By a 14 to 2 mar­gin, the stu­dents voted Alex — who is in the process of being diag­nosed with autism — out of the class.

The teacher, Wendy Por­tillo (portillow@stlucie.k12.fl.us), has acknowl­edged that the inci­dent hap­pened. She had been par­tic­i­pat­ing in the child’s IEP team since Feb­ru­ary, so she knew that Alex was being eval­u­ated for a dis­abil­ity (most likely Asberger’s syn­drome, from the infor­ma­tion in the article).

There isn’t be any excuse for any adult treat­ing any child that way, but a teacher to encour­age chil­dren to ostra­cize a dis­abled child? That’s even worse.

The school dis­trict has refused to fire Por­tillo, but claims that she has been moved to non-​​classroom duties. That isn’t nearly enough.

Fibrant Living — Oxygen for CFS

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Health | Posted on 27-05-2008

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Today’s post is at Fibrant Living.

Civil Rights Win in Florida

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Civil Rights, Education | Posted on 26-05-2008

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Months ago, I posted about Ponce de Leon High School in Florida ban­ning the wear or dis­play of any kind of gay pride sym­bols or words, claim­ing that they indi­cated involve­ment in an “ille­gal orga­ni­za­tion.” I later found out that the prob­lem started last fall, when a les­bian stu­dent com­plained that she was being harassed. Instead of inves­ti­gat­ing or try­ing to stop the harass­ment, the school admin­is­tra­tion cracked down on any show of sup­port for her. The prin­ci­pal later said that he was sure that gay pride sym­bols would cause stu­dents to visu­al­ize gay peo­ple hav­ing sex, lead­ing to dis­rup­tion.1

Any­way, Florida man­aged to get some­thing right, or at least one judge there did so. Oh, wait – he was a fed­eral judge, not a state author­ity. Any­way, on May 13 he issued a per­ma­nent injunc­tion against the school! He told them that they must stop their uncon­sti­tu­tional cen­sor­ship of expres­sions of sup­port for gay peo­ple, and warned them not to try retal­i­at­ing against any­one involved in the case.


1 Damn, those are pow­er­ful rain­bows! Won­der what kind of porn they’d find in a raid of his house?

Review: From Dead to Worse by Charlaine Harris

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Reading | Posted on 25-05-2008

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From Dead to WorseAfter read­ing From Dead to Worse, I feel as if Char­laine Har­ris is fin­ished with the South­ern Vam­pire Mys­ter­ies. If so, she’s doing so well, as vol­ume seven is the most sat­is­fy­ing book of the series.

This is not a “hap­pily ever after” book, but it isn’t an “oh my God what’s going to hap­pen next,” either. I’m sure that more could be writ­ten about Sookie Stack­house and her very inter­est­ing life, but Har­ris has a his­tory of leav­ing series on a high note. The Aurora Tea­gar­den and Shake­speare sequences felt a bit more “done” at the end, so maybe I’m wrong. I cer­tainly don’t hold Ms. Har­ris’ confidences.

In any case, I hope that we’ll see more books by Har­ris before long. She’s a good author, and I enjoy her ideas.

Fibrant Living: FMS or Depression?

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Health | Posted on 24-05-2008

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I posted over at Fibrant Liv­ing today, about the dif­fer­ence between fibromyal­gia and depression.

Diane Duane Rocks

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging, College, CYLC, Love, Reading, Spirituality | Posted on 23-05-2008

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The Sword and the DragonBack when the Meisha Mer­lin ware­house was being cleaned out, Sam picked up a copy of The Sword and the Dragon, first vol­ume of the Epic Tales of the Five by Diane Duane that MM put out. It con­tains The Door Into Fire and The Door Into Shadow.

The Door Into FireI’ve wanted my own copies of the first three Tales of the Five books for decades, since read­ing an old friend’s copies. I’m still dis­ap­pointed that MM never put out the next vol­ume, which should have included The Door Into Sun­set and the never-​​before-​​published The Door Into Starlight. But then, there are other peo­ple who have far more rea­son to be dis­ap­pointed about MM mat­ters than I do, so I can’t fuss too much. And I have this vol­ume, and will con­tinue to hold out hope that Duane will find a new pub­lisher who will bring out the oth­ers some­time in my lifetime.

The Door Into ShadowAny­way, I had to stop read­ing to show this bit to Sam. It sums up much of what I love about Duane’s philosophy.

…death is inevitable. But we have one power, as men and beasts and crea­tures of other planes. We can slow down the Death, we can die hard, and help all the worlds die hard. To live with vigor, to love pow­er­fully and with­out car­ing whether we’re loved back, to let loose build­ing and teach­ing and heal­ing and all the arts that try to slow down the great Death. Espe­cially joy, just joy itself. A joy flares bright and goes out like the stars that fall, but the lit­tle flare it makes slows down the great Death ever so slightly. That’s a tri­umph, that it can be slowed down at all, and by such a sim­ple thing.

The Door Into Sunset

R.I.P. Robert Asprin

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Reading | Posted on 22-05-2008

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I only encoun­tered him per­son­ally once, on a panel the first time I attended a con (Dragon Con, 1988 or so?). I thought he was an arro­gant jerk. I’ve heard from oth­ers that he could be quite nice, so maybe it was some kind of schtick. I did enjoy all the Thieves World books, despite their unre­lent­ing darkness.

He was sched­uled to be at Mar­Con this week­end, so it seems his death was sud­den and unex­pected. I wish the best to his fam­ily and friends.