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Well, my last post did fail. It failed when I attempted to enter an LJ name (that of [personal profile] starduchess, whom I don't even know if she has a DW account) and the code broke the entry and didn't display anything I wrote after. Alas.

Listen, [personal profile] starduchess and I had a smashing time watching her kids (and their cousins) play in a park that had both a water play area and a regular climbing-type playground. Yay! 

The conference was good, but it was also a month ago.

I'm writing tonight because I'm on my way to New York Yearly Meeting tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it, really. I've been asked to "give a message at vespers on Monday," which is an invitation to preach for about 10 minutes or so on the topic of my choosing. Except the person who invited me to speak is on my Committee on Recording (that is, recording my spiritual gift of "spiritual accompaniment" as something the Yearly Meeting endorses and will support/oversee), and he strongly suggested I tie it into my work somehow,

I find it somewhat odd that I've been asked to give a message while in the recording process, especially since my Monthly Meeting has not recognized a gift of vocal ministry in me ("vocal ministry" is what Friends call preaching).

In any event, I'm mostly packed for the trip up to Lake George  and am finally writing this message. I'm more than halfway through, I think. I mean, I've known the basic substance for a couple of weeks (I'm using my work on the psychiatric unit and the story of the good Samaritan as a way to look at respecting the wisdom/compassion of those society stigmatizes, trying to nuance it so we don't end up having poverty tourism to the psych ward).

But it seems like the words are coming really easily, that they are flowing--even the transitions, which are sometimes tricky for me. And it helps, I think, that I am starting to write it in a quasi-poetic form (I often break sentences into lines in order to slow my reading of prepared text; here, I'm not even bothering to write as prose first). And it's like I am in an alternate zone, a creative place. Like my brain is functioning differently and I am not sure whether it's a credit to the spiritual work I've done with this text and topic or if it's because I'm using a poetic form. Hm.

 Anyway, I'm hoping to sometimes write here, but I honestly think it's going to be about once/month. I kind of wish it were more, but I...don't usually want to engage with folks very much by the end of my day. I sometimes read LJ from my phone on the way to/from work, but hate trying to comment from my phone, so I lurk, lurk, lurk. Le sigh.

I'm usually more responsive to emails/phone calls. Except, you know, for the next week when I'll be out of touch entirely due to being at Yearly Meeting (and often away from cell service).

Oh! And last night I participated in [community profile] firewhiskeyfic , which was epic as usual. I...drank a lot. And wrote something. And I'll have to try to find my way to some wireless service after Tuesday so I can read/vote! I was pretty silly. But I remembered to keep drinking water, even when I thought adding even water to my system was a Bad Idea. I went to sleep before midnight, woke up at 4:30 to pee and drink more water, and was fine when I finally woke up for real at 9.

Which is the latest I'll be sleeping in until I've been home from Silver Bay for a week. Woe. (I know, world's smallest violin. But I actually like to sleep in at least one day/week, meaning past 10am. Because my life exhausts me.)

SHREW

Jul. 22nd, 2017 12:36 pm
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Yesterday I got to see a tiny shrew very close-up and it was very exciting.

So I was sitting on a muddy path in a wooded area because of reasons (ok, exhausted after climbing) when I saw movement and a tiny thing scurrying past me. I figured that glimpse was all I'd see, but I turned round to see where it'd gone and it was on the path on the other side of me, and with great caution so as not to startle it I managed to dig my phone out of my coat pocket:

longshot in which a tiny shrew may be visible among rocks and moss

(There's nothing to give a sense of scale, but the shrew is a few centimetres long. It makes mice look big.)

THEN --

Cut for blurry close-ups and blurry worm death )
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Joanne K. Rowling – Life and Books:
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:
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The Friday Five for July 21, 2017

Jul. 21st, 2017 04:06 am
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1. Have you come to the conclusion that your parents music (music popular in their time) isn't so bad?

2. Is there a song/group/singer you once adored, but don't now?

3. Is there a song/group/singer you once despised, but is okay now?

4. Have you ever heard a favorite song and suddenly had a reinterpretation its meaning?

5. What song would you just as soon never hear again?


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Wood Pidgeon, York

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:43 am
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I get the impression these are perfectly normal birds in the UK, but they're quite a novelty to me. Those fancy collars! There were three in the yard of the pub we stayed in, but they wouldn't sit still to be photographed. Here's one from the walk into town:

Tawny owl

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:50 am
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[personal profile] nanila posting in [community profile] common_nature
Short-eared owl
[Grainy photo of a short-eared tawny owl sitting on a lawn]

I know this isn't the greatest photo of all time. In my defense, I did take it from behind a dusty windowpane in an upstairs bedroom where I was crouched breathlessly lest I frighten it off.

There've long been barn owls living at my partner's parents' home in rural Norfolk, but I'd never seen any other type of owl there. I was surprised, therefore, to see this tawny owl (h/t to [personal profile] shapinglight for corrected identification) sitting on their lawn at dusk a couple of weeks ago. I worked out that it was watching a group of four partridges who were pecking through the pebbles in the drive, closer to the house. They seemed a rather optimistic target, given that the owl wasn't much bigger than they were.

The owl flew off and returned to the lawn several times whilst I watched, but never made a move on the partridges, who eventually moved onto the roof of the house and over to the other side.

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Jul. 18th, 2017 07:00 pm
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Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
More Previews of 'Prisoner of Azkaban' Illustrated Edition by Jim Kay.
Sean Biggerstaff Joins Georgia Moffett for New “Doctor Who” Audio Adventures.
Bloomsbury releasing 2 new Harry Potter-related books with J.K. Rowling's notes.
‘Harry Potter’ Cast in Film News and Clips: ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ and More.
David Bradley and Jim Broadbent in ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Opening.
Harry Potter exhibit 'Christmas in the Wizarding World' coming to stores this fall.
Review: Harry Potter Film Concert Series – “Chamber of Secrets”.
You Can Do Your Holiday Shopping in the Wizarding World This Year.

Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
Unlocking Fantastic Beats: In Search of the Shooting Script 'The Round Up Post'.
Ezra Miller Shines as Flash in Press for "Justice League".

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' on-stage production promos with new London cast.

Communities:
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Jul. 18th, 2017 08:31 pm
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Pigeon!

Jul. 18th, 2017 08:16 pm
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I had to check the comm profile to try to decide if this was legit, as this was clearly not a wild pigeon; it was obviously someone's sleek, well-fed and well-cared-for homing/racing pigeon.

However, it was definitely "unsupervised", as it was hanging out at a gritstone crag eating bilberries and watching the climbers.

It wouldn't quite let people touch it, but was otherwise very comfortable with humans and happy to let you get very close.

I took a lot of photos of it trying to get a shot of the tags on its legs, as I was worried it was someone's beloved pet and lost. But when I got home, I found out that the "report a found pigeon" websites (they exist, naturally) say in rather weary tones not to even bother unless the pigeon's been around for at least 48 hours; apparently they like to take pit stops.

Pigeon with beautiful iridescent neck

Cut for more pigeon )

The Power of a Smile

Jul. 18th, 2017 08:12 am
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Title: The Power of a Smile
Author: Eustacia Vye
Author's e-mail: eustacia_vye28@hotmail.com
Pairing: Draco/Ginny
Rating:
Notes: This is written for the 2017 D/G Forum Exchange on FF.net, but Real Life conspired so that I wasn't actually part of the exchange. So I just grabbed a prompt to write, because it's been aaaaaaaaaaaaages since I've written these two together.
Prompt: Ginny has been put under a curse of some kind. Draco is the only one who can break it. Feel free to go a little off-canon with the magic here, because the curse should be enduring in some kind of way. In other words, something bigger and harder to break than a Leg-Locker Curse, for example. More on the lighthearted side rather than something dark, but there can be serious moments as well.
Summary: Ginny thought she was good enough to avoid curses while working as an archaeologist. When cursed, she needed the help of the best curse breaker to get her sight back. Her brother was too upset to do it, so his assistant Draco Malfoy had to step up to do the job.

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Fandom excitement

Jul. 17th, 2017 05:58 pm
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I have just signed up for my very first fanfiction exchange. The [community profile] jd_ficathon which is in it's 14th year and has some authors signed up who's names make me go wordless and handflappy with fannish glee. And then there's me. And OMG what if I end up writing for [insert someone exciting here]. And holyshit what if they end up writing something for me.

There's prompts left that would be so freaking awesome to try and write for an some that make me really hope I don't get matched for. So is the nature of the beast. Just the idea of being part of something so... *waves hands around* is just... y'know?!

It's utterly terrifying and incredibly exciting and I am aware I sound like a total geek right now but I don't care because *flails*

Speaking of fandom things that are awesome, you've all seen the announcement about the 13th Doctor right? A woman! I've never seen Jodie Whittaker in anything so I need to rectify that but I'm really excited about the prospect of a female Doctor and how - if at all - it changes her perspective on all the things that make the Doctor, well, the Doctor. I'd love a cranky William Hartnell style Doctor, but I'm also drawn to the eccentricity and energy of say Tennant or Tom Baker or Pertwee.

One of my favourite things about regeneration scenes is the Doctor's reaction to his new body... I'm wondering how he's going to react to a female body. I hope there's some kind of 'well this is new' response from her and that she doesn't become sexualised.

I'm also hoping for her to have a female companion. Platonic relationship, women vs time and space would just be bloody fantastic!

Insect Season

Jul. 17th, 2017 10:43 am
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Cattails and water skippers in a local ditch.

skippers and cattails

A very vivid ladybug on a maple tree.

ladybug on maple

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