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Imma just leave this right here . . .

::cackles evilly::

RIP Mr. Spock

It's not going to ever be the same universe without you.

Happy, Happy Birthday Cranky__Crocus!!

Yes, it is our darling Kiwibird's natal day, so of course there must be cake!

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But before we dig in, I'd like you to engage in a little observational exercise.  It's one of those things scientists often do without realizing we are doing it (and thus making us tiresome companions to others who'd rather just be getting on with eating the cake, thank you very much).  When one slices a kiwi fruit very thin, and then holds it up to the light, this is what one sees:

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That bright, sunny core reminds me very much of our Birthday Girl. *g*

Many happy returns, Kiwi dear!

Happy Birthday Purplefluffycat!

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Here's hoping you have a magical day!

Drive-By Rec

For those of you who are unware, there is a new fest, which started posting on Friday, dedicated to our favorite Potions Master.  severus_snape has just gotten started, but there's already been an outstanding piece of art which has posted.  Go check out Snapebastian.  It's remarkable.  And while you are there, check out the opening day art and the two fics which have been posted.  You won't be disappointed!

Hoggywarty Xmas Recs

Today is extended family Christmas celebration day, and as usual, I will be spending a good deal of it behind the wheel of my car.  But I couldn't go without reminding everyone who hasn't popped in yet that the party of the year is going on at hoggywartyxmas right now.  We're four days in and already there have been some smashing stories - two in particular I'd like to draw your attention to.

The first is the fest opener, Subversive.  This is a well-written, thought-provoking tale, one that takes you inside Goblin culture, and gives us a brilliant view of the other side of the story than the one we are accustomed to. It is set around a unique rare pair: Griselda Marchbanks and a goblin female named Vala.  We get to watch their relationship develop, crossing cultural, aesthetic, and political boundries, as they come to terms with what they feel for one another, all while the conflicts between Goblin and wizard, and wizard and wizard, unfold.  I just love stories like this, where the author reveals something to us that most of us just took as a superficial given in the original stories, and gives it depth and realism.  Highly recommended.

Also highly recommended, what may well turn out to be the crown jewel of the fest, is an wonderful, satisfyingly long (leave yourself some time, you'll want to savor this one and it's 20,000 words, not a one wasted) story set in the immediate aftermath of the 2nd Voldemort war, We'll Take a Cup of Kindness Yet, told mostly from Aberforth Dumbledore's POV.  And the author of this story (for once, I am fairly certain who it is, and she is a brilliant writer) has Aberforth's voice to perfection.  I wish I had all day to talk about everything that makes this story so wonderful, but since I don't, let me just say that you won't regret a single minute you spend reading this.  Every person in the story, even the cameos, is brilliantly drawn, the center love story so poignant and yet unsentimental, and gods, I'm gushing even though I hadn't meant to.  Just give yourself a gift and go read this.

Have a lovely Boxing Day, my dears! 

Happiest of Birthdays to TheRealSnape!!!

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Cauldron Cake, my Dear TRS?

Miss M and I wish you a lovely day - and maybe you can get a detention if you have been very good!


Farewell Nelson Mandela

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

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You were a light when all around was dark. You were courage when others were afraid. You were persistence which wore down the granite of hatred and anger. You were an inspiration to me and countless others of my generation, who would never know the privations, the heartbreak, the injustice you suffered, but were so awed that we shared a planet and a time with someone as heroic as you. May the light you shone light the way for others. In a world filled with petty hatreds and petty divisions, may everyone who claims the mantle of leadership strive to be one tenth of the human being you were. Pumzika kwa amani, Mr. Mandela.

Happiest of Birthdays to TheRealSnape!!!

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I know it's a bit late in the day for you, so I'm hoping you are still up to see Severus go all out to celebrate (doesn't he look festive? And it only took 2 bottles of Old Ogden's, too!). We hope that your day has been truly

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Much love, Lark
Well, I've been away for awhile, and as I was going through various somewhat older *cough* messages, I discovered that I had been an idiot yet again.  But better late than never, right?

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Sorry I missed it, Dicky - forgive me for being such a dimwit.
Yep, too true :-P

This has been the most hectic 2 and a half months I've seen in quite some time and I'm not even teaching. I won't bore you all with the details, but suffice it to say that I've rarely been happier to see the back end of ten weeks in my life. The Christmas season has, sadly, been no exception, but it's Christmas Eve and so my marathon has almost been run and now I can relax for a few days.
Nattering, Christmas tree picspam and recs after the cutCollapse )

Have a wonderful, very Merry Christmas my dears! This isn't the Hogwarts Express, but I'm sure it will get you there anyway -
Love you all!!

Edit - sorry for the lack of embedded URLs - the visual editor on the posting page is a complete fail and I had to re-post this from the html screen to make it work and I don't know the right command. :-P

Happy Birthday, Duniazade!!!!

Happiest of Days, my dear!!  I hope this makes you laugh (and not just in recognition *g*):

May there be no Linguinis in your kitchen, and may only the best of things come your way this year and every year. :-)

Happy Birthday, zeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's zofbadfaith's natal day today!  I hope that it's a very, very happy one, my dear!!  I was rooting around on the web for the way to say it in Portuguese, and I found the whole song, so here it is for you . . . just imagine us all around the table back at Crone Manor, singing to you. *g*

♥♥♥♥ and hopes for a very happy year to come!

Happy Birthday, Redbeargrl!!


I hope that it's a WONDERFUL day, my dear!!

Happy Birthday, Dear Tetleythesecond!!

Here's a couple of wee gifties for a special edition Downton Abbey Fix:


I hope these put a smile on your face all day, my dear - and many happy returns!!

Happy Belated Birthday, Lash LaRue!!

I somehow managed to miss the fact that yesterday was the birthday of the thoroughly wonderful Lash LaRue and I feel about this big for being such an idiot.

I hope that your day was as fabulous as you deserve!  XXXOOO

Happy Birthday, Verdeckt!


 Severus says that it had better be a good one (or it's detention for you, young lady)!

Many Happy Returns!

A Positive From a Negative

Sometimes, one simply has no words when faced with the incontravertable evidence of the empty brains of certain American politicians.  Most of you are already aware of the deeply offensive and downright ignorant remarks of U.S. Representative Todd Akin, Republican from Missouri and his ridiculous attempt to distance himself from them.  Aside from the fact that he is completely wrong (tell the 10,000 women from Rwanda who conceived during the genocidal rapes there that 'pregnancy from legitimate rape is very rare'), I cannot get that phrase 'legitimate rape' out of my head. 

There has been a movement in this country by anti-abortion activists to 'classify' rapes into sub-types as a means of denying access to emergency post-rape contraception and abortion services (which, in spite of their best efforts, remain legal in this country, if harder and harder to get), as if the only rape worthy of the name involves the nightmare scenario of a stranger with a knife or a gun who climbed in through your bedroom window.  The current Republican vice-presidential candidate is himself a co-sponsor of such a bill, along with Mr. Akin, that would do just that, among other things, and confer personhood upon embryos from the moment the sperm penetrates the egg.  If they can perpetrate the myth that 'real' rape never results in pregnancy, then they can use that myth to prevent women who become pregnant as a result of rape from terminating their pregnancies on the grounds that they weren't actually raped - it must have been a teeny little bit consensual if they got pregnant and they shouldn't be allowed to take out their remorse over their illicit sexual activity on the innocent child which resulted.  Yes, there are still some sick people who believe such things.  And some of them are running for the highest offices in the land.

Rape is real and in comes in many, many different guises - a lot of them with faces that the victim knows intimately.  There is a very important project which is trying to show this, and I am passing this on to you as a way of boosting its signal and maybe helping grind into dust the idea that rape doesn't happen in ways beyond what the right-wing religious fanatics define it as.  It is called Project Unbreakable, and it was started by a woman named Grace Brown to break through the silence that surrounds rape perpetrated by people the victim knew and trusted.  She photographs the woman (or man - it happens to them, too) holding a sign with the words the rapist used to justify his actions, the reactions to the assault by people they told, and/or their own feelings in the aftermath.  It is powerful, heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time, and the courage on display here is the perfect antidote to the stone-age thinking that seems to have infected too many of our politicians.  Pass it on.  And if you are a US citizen, it is imperative that you go and vote to make certain that no one who holds such ignorant and completely false ideas gets elected to public office.

It's Dickgloucester's Birthday!

Happy Birthday,


Hope your day was truly exceptional! ::hugs::

It's Kiwi's Birthday!!

A little bird (one that's small, brown and sort of fuzzy looking ::g::) reminded me that today is the day that cranky__crocus, that lovely young woman also known to her friends as Kiwi, came into the world.  So today, we who are lucky enough to know her get to celebrate too. 


May you have a day as cheerful as your namesake!

♥♥♥, Lark

P.S.  I'd be honored to crazy dance with you. ::g::



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