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Current Mood: satisfied
on a creative SCAdian note, Renaissance Turkish project|
I have had a lot of emotional crazy times lately. Really, that's life and I wouldn't have it any other way. --and I look forward to experiencing it all, good and bad. I love the experience, and although it scares me _a lot_ sometimes, I really love being alive and am grateful for it. :)
I thought I would share with ya'll one of the ways I recharge, and one of the ways I express my creativity -- costumes! Garb (a costume of a particular region or culture) is more more true passion than the Halloween type, and in certain circles I have become known for my work on historical Mid-Eastern clothing in a group called the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), which is a historical reenactment group with a place for all types of people and all sort of pursuits. Here is a previous outfit I worked on and put details and pictures here: http://www.geocities.com/julianafelicity/turkish.html In my own research I was curious about how people interpreted things, so I put up how I had interpreted stuffs, too. It seems to have been valuable to many, and inspired great conversations and learning for us all.
I am working on a new outfit. ( pics and further thoughts hereCollapse )
a nice meme-ish game from seanies's journal|
Reply with your name or lj username and I'll tell you something I thnk is neat-o about you.
Afterwards, copy and paste this into your own journal.
anyone heard of a magazine like this?..|
A while back I saw an advertisement for a magazine that was all about news stories of people helping other people and of fortunate events. Basically the opposite of the dominant media. I really regret not subscribing to it, and all my searching doesn't seem to be able to find it again.
Current Mood: curious
of anonymous posters/comments, making this journal "friends only"?|
There have been several anonymous comments in my journal as of late. And that's fine, there are many public entries.
However, I do not care for the idea of someone I know not being forthright enough to identify themselves as reading this journal. Someone has posted repeatedly, and the best they have hinted at who they are is in Latin as a "faithful friend". It's one thing for someone who I do not know and who does not know me to comment anonymously, but I find it dishonest and not welcome for a friend, or someone I know in the 'real world', to withhold their identity while gathering information of my life.
I am thinking about making this journal "friends only".
Current Mood: ponderous
my presence on the web has been updated|
I have had a delightfully productive day and got the great majority of things on my list done. I like being busy, and I like a feeling of physical accomplishment. --and I got all these things done by 3pm, and all the while I was making a baby, too. ;)
I updated my personal web pages, of which there are several that showcase/focus on different aspects of my life and interests. One for thoughts on goth culture, one for eastern dance, another for my neo-Victorian perspective, and yet another as a main home-base.
Many people think web pages are simply self aggrandizing and vain. "My life is just so dang interesting -- here are pictures of my pets!" For some, this may be true. For me, it's a way to to connect with other people who also have eclectic interests and pursuits.
Current Mood: pleased
ahhhhh, refreshing ... not so much.|
"Introducing new Diet Catholicism® . Are you a cultural Catholic and enjoy some of the outward practices of Catholicism but that dogma aftertaste just bothers your conscience? Then try Diet Catholicism® "Smells and Bells, but no talk about Hell."
After all two thirds of the earth is covered with water, up to 60 percent of your body is water. So what is better for your body than a 100 percent watered down faith.
Trying to keep doctrines out of your diet and want to avoid that conscience bloat from Real Catholicism® then give yourself a break. Enjoy Catholicism without all that obedience and changing your life stuff. Live your life like you want to with no guilt trip to weigh you down.
Do encyclicals and statements from the Vatican give you gas? Does just the thought of Cardinal Ratzinger give you heartburn? Then your ready for the drink of the Me generation. Warmed over, bland, and totally nonjudgmental on your taste buds."
as seen at http://www.splendoroftruth.com/curtjester/archives/003965.php
Current Mood: a wee bit cynical
thoughts upon the Pope's passing|
I was starting to feel disconnected from the pope about Thursday-ish. It's strange, really, because he was always kinda' there in the background of my life as a stable patriarch (in the familial sense) for me. He never in my whole life seemed distant or just a leader figure in a distant land. So, about that time I started feeling disconnected I looked up the news and saw that he was doing poorly. We don't listen to the news or have broadcast television of any kind (on purpose), so we didn't know he had passed on until Vespers Liturgy this evening. I an not sad, but it is sobering.
He is the only pope I have ever known, so he is my template of understanding what a pope is. I guess I kinda' think that all pope's will be like him. I will forever compare sucesssive popes to him. It was a good papacy, and I respect him utterly for being orthodox and for trying to bring the Church together. I think that in history this papacy will be regarded as pivotal and of great importance in Church history.
I think he was a good man and a good pope. I am not sad he is gone, and I think the Holy Mother greeted him as he was very close to her and renewed love and devotion to her after it waned so dramatically after Vatican II. His father was Roman Catholic and his mother was Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic. He came with a foot in both spiritual worlds and brought attention to the Eastern Churches and spirituality that may be the only salvation of the West. He saw the horrors of both socialism and capitalism and condemned both. His life has seen some of the most amazing changes of the past century. He was uniquely the leader we needed.
Hunter Thompson's suicide got much attention in the blogosphere. I like what Christopher Wesley had to say in comparison of the two people:
"And yet, the Holy Father is revered because most people know, if only implicitly, that men and women need the examples of those who persevere through suffering if only to provide hope – a divine mystery seemingly absent from Hunter S. Thompson’s life – that life is worth living."
Current Music: Coronation Mass for Charles X
Happy b-day peacheater77|
Haven't seen you around in a while; hope all is well.
Christ is Risen!
I love today. It is the celebration of the heart of my religion; my world view and life understanding.
I love how Fr. Jo swings the incense in circles, and I love how the Gospel is read in four languages to the four directions of the world. The Boi and I will be singing "Christ is risen from the dead; by death he conquered death, and to those in the graves he granted Life..." all day and for weeks. Probably in the shower, too. We came home and ate Pascha and special Easter sausage and eggs with cheese and cookies.
I am so grateful for my religious community (near and far) and super-neat-o people in my life. I am glad to be surrounded by a culture of Life.
addendum: At the supper we attended with family and some friends (almost all secular non-religious folks), I was asked to give the blessing before the meal. I got slightly embarrassed (all secular and the lil' Byzantines a prayin'), but I looked at the Boi and we did it together. It was a good thing, and we said our eastern blessing with the addendum "may it (the meal) strengthen us in body and soul, may it strengthen our union with each other in you (Christ)".
Current Mood: chipper
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