Showing posts from December, 2008

hark the herald angels sing

I have never cared much for holidays. Today, however, has been a nice day spent with family; appreciating that we can all be together, can share a meal, share some memories and laughter, and look forward to a night full of hanging with our friends.

I don't want to spend anymore time than is necessary today, so instead, I will post part of one of last years Christmas reflections. Original found here.


When I lived out East at the farm I stayed there for every single holiday for nearly three years, absorbing some of the farms traditions; and then continued to go back for some of the holidays even after moving back to Michigan.

I have decided in the spirit of my 14 things that make me happy mode, I will list 14 alternative things to do this holiday season. And maybe even share some of the memories too.

1. Make pinecone bird feeders. This link will take you to directions if you have never done it before. I did it the easy way last time I did these with friends at the fa…

gifts for that special someone

Gifts for that special someone who is hard to shop for:

2009 Flight of the Chonchords calendar
(now I am regretting getting a wildlife one...stupid wildlife...never know when it's going to be "Business Time.")

Ugly Betty wardrobe pieces (I hate that show)

a purse (some accessories included)

signs for peoples yards

cat leashes (there is something so not right about this)

wall art

potty training aids

new clothing

Thank you Google for keeping me entertained at work!

our own breed of S-P-E-C-I-A-L

Only in Michigan. And the man was from Detroit...even better.

Man gets pulled over for having a 4inch long air freshner dangling from his rearview.
The guy had a supsended license.
It gets better...His car smelled like weed.
Oh, and he also had a kilo of crack in his car. Apparently it "belongs to his cousins," who were also in the car.

Full article here.

It made me laugh when they were talking about this on the radio this morning, but this made me laugh even more. Leave it to George W to say something like, "That was a size 10 shoe he threw at me, you may want to know."

Obama's Innaguration in verse

A poet has been chosen for Obama's Innaguration. Article here.

My favorite innaguration poem was from JFK's Innaguration,written by one of my favorites, Robert Frost. Original written copy to the right, for those who can't read his writing:

The Gift Outright
The land was ours before we were the land's.
She was our land more than a hundred years
Before we were her people. She was ours
In Massachusetts, in Virginia.
But we were England's, still colonials,
Possessing what we still were unpossessed by,
Possessed by what we now no more possessed.
Something we were withholding made us weak.
Until we found out that it was ourselves
We were withholding from our land of living,
And forthwith found salvation in surrender.
Such as we were we gave ourselves outright
(The deed of gift was many deeds of war)
To the land vaguely realizing westward,
But still unstoried, artless, unenhanced,
Such as she was, such as she would become.
~ Robert Frost

In the Library: Debbie Downer, Bad MOFOs and more

Interesting articles from the American Library Association Direct e-mag:

Newberry books going Debbie Downer?

Best 3 Cities for Bookworms

Ann Arbor, MI Librarian shows she's a bad MOFO!

My Master's Alma Mater growing up

favorite book requests

My favorite book requests which we have received in the past week.



Some days I laugh really hard at work...

so much hanging in the balance

"Oh, hey Pluto. Hi. Boy, it must be fun to work here... although the biggest drawback to working at a theme park is that you must live in constant fear of deadly terrorist attacks." ~Debbie Downer, SNL

Ugh...I feel so Debbie Downer lately thinking of the state of the economy in the United States, but more specifically the state of things in Michigan, particularly in the Metro Detroit area. I graduated from my Undergrad program less than five minutes down the street from the Chrysler Headquarters. I graduated from my Masters program less than five minutes down the street from the GM Headquarters. And Ford isn't too far away. So much of the business world in this area is directly affected by what happens with the Big 3. I am not saying I am for the Bailout or against it. I hear arguments on both sides and I honestly don't know what is right. Part of me is so mad at the Detroit Auto Industry for letting things get this bad. For making ignorant decisions and spending exub…

"howl the eternal yes"

Just read a CNN article this morning about the Aurora Borealis making an appearance. It reminded me of Northern Exposure and Chris the DJ.

So, thought I would share a quote as I reminisce about the Aurora Borealis, a.k.a. The Northern Lights, which I saw my first year at the Farm in Massachusetts, which I actually saw on my 23rd birthday!--the best birthday present I ever got!!
"There's a dark side to each and every human soul. We wish we were Obi-Wan Kenobi, and for the most part we are, but there's a little Darth Vader in all of us. Thing is, this ain't no either-or proposition. We're talking about dialectics, the good and the bad merging into us. You can run but you can't hide. My experience? Face the darkness. Stare it down. Own it. As brother Nietzsche said, being human is a complicated gig. So give that ol' dark night of the soul a hug. Howl the eternal yes!" ~ Chris, Northern Exposure, "Aurora Borealis (A Fairy Tale for Grown-Ups).”
It feels…

400 years old and still kicking

Happy 400th Birthday John Milton, creator of Paradise Lost. This is a copy of the original title page of Paradise Lost Gustav Dore's interpretation of Paradise Lost
Gustav Dore's interpretation of Paradise LostA cool NPR article about Milton's 400thA link to the entire Paradise Lostonline. (Just click book's on side!)

the hmpfs turn into the mean reds

I feel like I haven't written in forever and that is in part because I have been so tired since I got back from my travels to the Farm last week, and partially because I have had a case of the mean reds. I feel so restless right now in MI: job layoffs are affecting people I know, the Bailout Plan, salaries and budgets are getting cut, all feels so frustrating. It was hard to come home to this after I had a great time at the Farm; time spent just hanging out with good friends for the most part. Now, I am looking forward to New Year's Eve at the Farm and the quiet solace that is roadtripping, which led me to this great poem by one of my favorite poets--Elizabeth Bishop. I think the first sentence of the third stanza is IT.Questions of Travel ~ Elizabeth BishopThere are too many waterfalls here; the crowded streams hurry too rapidly down to the sea, and the pressure of so many clouds on the mountaintops makes them spill over the sides in soft slow-motion, turning to wate…