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Queering Haeckel

Coming out queer as an adult, to myself as well as to the world, reveals some knots in experiences had previously seemed like simple and smooth parts of my past.  Detangling memories of a probably-queer-but-a-million-miles-from-being-recognized-as-such childhood has been taking up a lot of my … Continue reading

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Poems to Read to the Very Young Proto-New Yorkers

  When I was quite young my family had a copy of this book Poems to Read to the Very Young, where the poems were selected by Josette Frank and the timeless illustrations provided by Eloise Wilkin.  I loved it.  I often … Continue reading

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One Must Have a Mind of Winter

You might have noticed.  It’s been kind of a rough winter. Lots of snow.  Super duper cold.  Even the hardiest, most wool and silk and thinsulate prepared of us have been stuck inside for long stretches.  But a few weekends … Continue reading

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Arguments Against Marriage Equality Insult Straight Marriages

There’s an argument out there against marriage equality that only oppositely-gendered couples can have a successful marriage.  They argue that same-gendered couples, on the sole basis of their same-genderedness, are bound to fail.  If you are straight and married this … Continue reading

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Hymn Replacement Therapy

I’ve admitted here before that I have a rationally insupportable soft spot for Christian music, both good and bad.  But sometimes a strong Christian theme just won’t cut it, it jars too much with my current disbelief.  So I’ve begun … Continue reading

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We’re Having Some Weather Here

I watched the news come in on Monday about the tornado that drove right through the city of Moore, OK with the same sick-at-heart feeling that I’m sure most people did.  It’s terrible to know that people are picking through … Continue reading

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The Beginnings of a Garden

I’ve talked about gardening for a long time, basically since moving out of my parent’s house nigh near ten years ago.  But I’ve lived in a lot of apartments with little or no outside space, or space that got no … Continue reading

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Oh koi, oh koi!

I’ve been threatening to go to the Lilac Festival in Rochester for more than a year now, having just missed it last year due to not yet living in New York (what a silly thing to let get in the … Continue reading

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An Obstruction of Notable Brilliance

Lots of things run out into the road here in the Finger Lakes.  Squirrels and deer, of course, but also a great number gophers and woodchucks.  There’s a fair share of raccoons; I once nearly ran over an entire family … Continue reading

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A Life in Proper Ratio

I read yesterday that the average time a woman spends in labor appears to have increased by more than two full hours since the 1950’s.  Whoa. Many things take us longer to get around to these days.  Young adults are … Continue reading

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