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Grasses, Gramina, Graminae

"Where is Death's Sting" - lyrics

Posted on 2013.09.10 at 14:29
My Mood: pleasedpleased
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I'd been looking for these and finally found them, so I'm putting them here :)

Maybe someone else will also be pleased to have them.

Where is death’s sting? We were not born to die,
Nor only for the life beyond the grave;
All that is beautiful in earth and sky --
All skill, all knowledge, all the powers we have --
Are of thy giving, and in them we see
No dust nor ashes, but a part of thee.

Laughter is thine -- the laughter free from scorn --
And thine the smile upon a cheerful face.
Thine too the tears, when love for love must mourn,
And death brings silence for a little space.
Thou givest, but thou dost not take away:
The parting is but here, and for a day.

Fullness of life in body, mind, and soul –
"Who saves his life shall lose it," thou hast said.
A great adventure with a glorious goal:
Nothing that lives in Thee is ever dead.
Brave living here -- and then, beyond the grave,
More life and more adventure for the brave!


Grasses, Gramina, Graminae

Walk to End Alzheimer's - You Guys ROCK

Posted on 2013.08.24 at 22:19
My Mood: happyhappy
Below is what I posted about a week ago. I mentioned this here, on LJ, on Tumblr, and at work -- and I've already raised over $500!

If you've donated or signal boosted, thank you SO MUCH!!! I'm halfway to my goal already.

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I'm walking to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association, http://alz.org.

When my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, it was the Alzheimer's Association that gave us detailed information on what to expect, and it's the Alzheimer's Association that started the Safe Return program (with Medic Alert), so that she and her husband had matching bracelets and if she wandered, she could be found more quickly. They gave information and help and support to our family when we really needed it.

They also fund research into ways to prevent, ameliorate, or cure Alzheimer's disease. Since 1982, alz.org -- the world's largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research -- has committed $292 million to more than 2,000 grant proposals.

My mother died of Alzheimer's disease in May of 2012.

My family tends to be long-lived; I should have had another 20 years of my mother's wit, compassion, intelligence, insight, and love. Instead, Alzheimer's stole the last ten years of my mother's life from her and from her husband, from me, from my sister, and from everyone who knew her.

No one should have to go through that.

By 2050, though, as many as sixteen million people are expected to have Alzheimer's disease. That's not just sixteen million lives cut short, or sixteen million minds deprived of their vision, clarity, power, and creativity. It's sixteen million times all the children, partners, lovers, friends, and caregivers whose lives are catastrophically disrupted, whose hopes and dreams and expectations for their own and their loved one's future are broken and betrayed.

Please help me help the Alzheimer's Association continue to fund research and support patients and families. If you can donate, that's wonderful -- the smallest amounts add up faster than you would believe. If you can't donate, please feel free to signal boost -- I appreciate it a lot.

Thank you, so very, very much.


Grasses, Gramina, Graminae

Walk to end Alzheimer's

Posted on 2013.08.19 at 09:24
My Mood: hopefulhopeful
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I’m walking to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association, http://alz.org. You can see my personal fundraising page at http://act.alz.org/goto/michelecox.

When my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it was the Alzheimer’s Association that gave us detailed information on what to expect, and it’s the Alzheimer’s Association that started the Safe Return program (with Medic Alert), so that she and her husband had matching bracelets and if she wandered, she could be found more quickly. They gave information and help and support to our family when we really needed it.

They also fund research into ways to prevent, ameliorate, or cure Alzheimer’s disease. Since 1982, alz.org — the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research — has committed $292 million to more than 2,000 grant proposals.

My mother died of Alzheimer’s disease in May of 2012.

My family tends to be long-lived; I should have had another 20 years of my mother’s wit, compassion, intelligence, insight, and love. Instead, Alzheimer’s stole the last ten years of my mother’s life from her and from her husband, from me, from my sister, and from everyone who knew her.

No one should have to go through that.

By 2050, though, as many as sixteen million people are expected to have Alzheimer’s disease. That’s not just sixteen million lives cut short, or sixteen million minds deprived of their vision, clarity, power, and creativity. It’s sixteen million times all the children, partners, lovers, friends, and caregivers whose lives are catastrophically disrupted, whose hopes and dreams and expectations for their own and their loved one’s future are broken and betrayed.

Please help me help the Alzheimer’s Association continue to fund research and support patients and families. If you can donate, that’s wonderful — the smallest amounts add up faster than you would believe. If you can’t donate, please feel free to signal boost — I appreciate it a lot.

Thank you, so very, very much.


Grasses, Gramina, Graminae

The Memory of the Intarwebs?

Posted on 2013.06.27 at 09:56
Some while back, I saw a really lovely line-art-type graphic story/webcomic about the White Rose Society in Germany in WWII.

I really thought I'd saved the location somewhere, but I can't find it and my search engines are failing me.

Does anyone remember anything like that? I would love to find it again.


Grasses, Gramina, Graminae

It's been a while...

Posted on 2012.11.29 at 10:55
I haven't posted in a while, but I'd like to be posting more, and I think maybe I'm starting to get my brain back? I'm not sure, but we'll see.

I was paper-journaling about What I Want (a much more challenging question than I wish it were), and one of the things I found myself writing (a list that definitely included things I *have!* just sayin') was --

[...]
  • People who love me --
    • companionately
    • passionately
    • curiously
    • (hah!) soteriologically*
    • determinedly
    • honestly
    *unpack this!
    [...]
  • Time, mental energy, and focus to think about things that matter to me -- like what I mean by "loving [one] soteriologically!"


So, of course, because it was time to go to bed and get some sleep, I had to do that right away. This is the pretty-much-stream-of-consciousness that came from considering that question.


Soteriology is the question of how it is that we are saved. To answer that question, we have to determine what we mean by the idea of salvation. Salvation from what? For what? What is it?

*ation is generally the state of having/being, or of having had/been. So that part's pretty straightforward.

Salv* -- salve.

Etymonline leads me to "from L.L. salvare 'make safe, secure,'... from L. salvus 'uninjured, healthy, safe,' related to salus 'good health,' saluber 'healthful,' all from PIE *solwos from root *sol- 'whole' (cf. L. solidus "solid," Skt. sarvah 'uninjured, intact, whole,' Avestan haurva- 'uninjured, intact,' O.Pers. haruva-, Gk. holos 'whole')."

So, the state of being safe, uninjured, secure, healthy, intact, whole; to be brought into a state of health or wholeness.

How are we brought into wholeness? What do I think of when I think of being whole?

  • Flow - that state where it's more (for instance) "writing is happening" than "I am writing"
  • Trust
  • Confidence - con/fidence - having faith with
  • compassion/lovingkindness


To act from one's center, perceiving clearly and compassionately the forces and circumstances around you, accepting them with -- calmness? compassion? peace? ___ ? and acting in accordance with what some people call the Tao, or Ma'at, or the True Will, or the Will of God.

What is it that makes that kind of perception, compassion, and trust/confidence possible?

  • A sure and certain hope in the ultimate wholeness of everything (I love the phrase 'sure and certain hope' for the way it carries both confidence and an acknowledgement that we just don't know, and can't know)

  • A certainty that one is inescapably, ineluctibly loved in all one's glorious imperfection -- in all flaws and weaknesses and broken places, in all hurts and failures, in the places you're terrified to see yourself, or to let anybody else even glimpse -- in those, in all those places -- you are loved beyond imagining in ways you cannot break. Not in spite of x, or except for y. In. All. Loved.

So. How is one loved soteriologically? Salvifically?

In brokenness and imperfection.
In flaws.
As is.
Wholly.
Known, and loved, completely.

Can we, human, do that for one another? Probably only for moments, moments when grace looks thorugh our eyes into another's to see and love them with our hearts, our hands.

But those moments -- those moments heal.


Grasses, Gramina, Graminae

AKICIDW/LJ -- Localization?

Posted on 2012.10.07 at 20:50
Does anyone know anything about the process of localization, or of getting material professionally translated when it's a language you don't yourself speak/read?

If you do, and if you have time for me to pick your brain, I would be very grateful -- !


Grasses, Gramina, Graminae

I never thought I'd wish I were in San Diego...

Posted on 2012.09.21 at 10:23
My Mood: happyhappy
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2012/jul/28/new-mobile-food-truck-serves-san-diegos-homeless-d/

This is a wonderful story, and if I were local to it I'd track them down and eat my lunches there and pay extra, just to support it. Because this *rocks.*


Grasses, Gramina, Graminae

A Polyptych

Posted on 2012.08.30 at 13:39
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Spinning on the grass,
one foot lifted, hands stretched out,
a girlchild dances --
the sun pooling like water
in her hands, then scattered out.


On a desert rock,
water pools; a woman's hands
overflow with it;
elbows bent, arms close, wrapped in
tangles of thread, twine, cord, rope.


Hands outflung, she sprawls --
great axe severing all bonds:
rope, twine, and breast-bone.
Still, water falls with the blood
and sunlight pooled in her hands.


Breath. A breath. A breath.
Blood, Bone. Sun. Time, Peace. Water.
What will -- now -- uncurl
from this bared and broken spine;
from loss, and light, and water?



Grasses, Gramina, Graminae

FriendBlab Content is Posted WIthout My Permision -- Stolen.

Posted on 2012.08.15 at 10:07
My Mood: annoyedannoyed
Got this headsup via [personal profile] twistedchick, went and checked and sure enough my content is there without my permission.


[twistedchick quoting from her source] "There's some site called FriendBlab that has taken to reposting journals without permission. After reading about it, I went over and check for mine. Surprise, suprise (NOT), mine is there...

"I opened a support ticket with Dreamwidth and I also sent a message to the person who is listed as FriendBlab's 'Copyright Agent' - Randy Charles Morin.

"Since he's listed his address and contact information on the FriendBlab TOS, I've written to him directly: randy@kbcafe.com requesting that my journal be taken down. We'll see what happens.
In the meantime, I suggest everyone go over there and check for your journal (both Dreamwidth and LiveJournal), document it and get in contact with DW support and maybe drop an email to Mr. Morin."


I have e-mailed Randy Morin asking them to stop posting my content without my permission, and clarifying that they do not have my permission.


So, as [personal profile] twistedchick says, If you're reading this on friendblab.com, you should be aware that I have not given permission to anyone to copy or rehost my words. Friendblab has acted in violation of my copyright on the use and distribution of my work here. I have requested that friendblab.com remove my account from its webpage.

Meantime, I'm going to follow the suggestion a couple comments down in [personal profile] twistedchick's post and see if I can set my DW/LJ to allow only titles for feeds. Maybe that will help.


Grasses, Gramina, Graminae

Find me a quote?

Posted on 2012.08.13 at 16:04
Somewhere in -- I think -- Deryni Checkmate, when Duncan learns of his and Alaric's excommunication, he lets off some steam in the form of one of the best curses I can remember ever reading. I know it involves lyfangs, and I think it's something about nameless maledictions and lyfangs pursuing (the folks who did this) to the depths of some number of hells, but I would really like to have the actual quote and I *cannot* either remember it or find it. (This is partly because I don't have a copy of the book handy.)

Does anyone know it?


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