per amica silentia lunae

or, across the ferny brae with the evil voodoo celt

Seasonally appropriate short fiction
Something I entered in a contest a few years ago.  This past weekend made me think of it...

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New Year's projects and plans
I don't do resolutions, but here are some things on my "to do" list for 2016:

- Write at least one non-free verse poem per month, without repeating the form.  Longer than a haiku, more serious than a limerick or double-dactyl.  It doesn't have to be something I haven't done before (so a Shakespearean sonnet and a terzanelle are likely), but I would like to try out some new things (like a pantoum).

- Make more eraser-carving art.  I want to see if I can put together enough to illustrate another book of poetry, probably devotional.

- Write more for XPI.

- Write more on my religion/spirituality/devotion blog.

- Start learning Egyptian hieroglyphs via an online study group that a colleague turned me on to.  I have the book already, and my dear friend anubisgrrl is also doing it, so I'm just waiting for things to start in February.

- Finish the drawing of Bastet on our basement stairway wall.

- Work on this steampunk gun prop project that I've been kicking around.

Happy Doggy New Year!

For those of you that celebrate this day...
jack santa
I know I've posted this in the past, but it can't hurt to do it again:

"I salute you!  There is nothing I can give you which you have not got; but there is much, very much, that, while I cannot give it, you can take.

No Heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it to-day. Take Heaven!

No Peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instant. Take Peace!

The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is Joy. Take Joy!

  And so, at this Christmas time, I greet you; not quite as the world sends greetings, but with profound esteem, and with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and the shadows flee away."

- as adapted by the Christmas Revels from a piece attributed to Fra Giovanni Giocondo

Star Wars Episode IV: The Force Awakens
Saw it last night.  The "mistake" in this post's title is intentional.  There are now four movies in the series for me.

I may do a little more ruminating on it later, but I have to see it at least once more first.

Keeping the "Sol" in "Solstice"

Have a safe, happy, and peaceful Yule!

"...comments sections are like backyard swimming pools: if you don’t fence them in and keep them clean, you’re creating an attractive nuisance that will allow vermin to thrive."

- Annalee, a commenter on this post on John Scalzi's blog...

An important ratio
jack santa
A poignant meditation on the dead and the living:

It's actually 15:1 now.  Things change.

From this lovely compilation.

"Morning is the tool of the oppressor"- Ursula Vernon

"Good night, everybody."
R.I.P. Ed Walker, host of WAMU's "The Big Broadcast"

For the past several years, we made a point of listening to his show, often on the way home from our cabin.  Usually just our favorites, which were the traditional opening pieces- "Johnny Dollar", "Dragnet", and "Gunsmoke".  I also appreciated his admonition to forget about the cares of the week just past and the cares of the week to come...

We knew last night was his last show, and listened on the way home as usual.  I also took a moment to listen to the end of the show at 11:00, and hear his characteristic signoff.  He died only a few hours after that show aired... I guess his work was done here.  A life well lived.

Ave atque vale.


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