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I am much too alone in this world, yet not alone
to truly consecrate the hour.

I am much too small in this world, yet not small
to be to you just object and thing,
dark and smart.

I want my free will and want it accompanying
the path which leads to action;
and want during times that beg questions,
where something is up,
to be among those in the know,
or else be alone.

I want to mirror your image to its fullest perfection,
never be blind or too old
to uphold your weighty wavering reflection.
I want to unfold.
Nowhere I wish to stay crooked, bent;
for there I would be dishonest, untrue.
I want my conscience to be
true before you;
want to describe myself like a picture I observed
for a long time, one close up,
like a new word I learned and embraced,
like the everday jug,
like my mother's face,
like a ship that carried me along
through the deadliest storm.

--Rainer Maria Rilke (translated by Annemarie S. Kidder)

Cass Cain Counts!

Originally posted by neo_prodigy at Cass Cain Counts!
Cross-posted to boost the signal.

A campaign has been launched to bring Cassandra Cain back back fulltime to the DC Comics universe and we need your help.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the character, Cassandra Cain served as the titular heroine of the first ongoing Batgirl comic book series. Of Asian descent, she is also the first non-white member of the Batman family and has remained one of the most prominent non-white superheroes, with a massive following from a wide demographic of fans.

But more than that, Cass is a groundbreaking character because her success is based primarily on the fact that she is handled with the same care and respectability that’s usually reserved for cis straight white male protagonists.

She debuted in April 2000, at #23 on the sales chart list, selling nearly 50,000 books. ( http://www.comichron.com/monthlycomicssales/2000/2000-04.html) Her title averaged around 25,000 in sales and her final issue in Feb. 2006 sold more than 26,000 copies (http://www.comichron.com/monthlycomicssales/2006/2006-02.html), which is more than the current Batgirl title is selling. In fact she's outsold legacy characters such as Green Arrow and Aquaman.

However despite the overwhelming success that she's brought DC, Cass has been another casualty of the ongoing trend of racefail and erasure of characters of color from the DC Universe. She was repeatedly on the receiving end of shoddy storylines, absurd mangled characterizations and was summarily dismissed and written off while less successful characters have been privileged with reboot after reboot.

There's an online petition asking for the return of Cassandra Cain.

Why does this matter? Because exceptional characters shouldn't be eliminated simply because they're a minority. Why does this matter? Because women, POCs, LGBTQs, etc. deserve to be showcased and celebrated just as much as cis straight white protagonists. The truth is we desperately need more Cassandra Cains, Storms, Renee Montoyas, Black Panthers, Wiccans, Midnighters. It’s not acceptable for us to be a supporting sidekick or background dressing, it’s time for us to take center stage.

And we're asking you to help us show DC why diversity matters and why Cass Cain Counts.

Eeeeep! *ded of cute*

A big *tackle hug* THANK YOU to ghoulchick for the adorable baby otter on my profile! Happy Friday, indeed! *glee*

A birthday wish ...

In honor of my dog, Siofra, and my two cats, Kepler and Poe, I'm trying to raise $1,000 for Save the Animals Foundation - the no-kill animal shelter in Cincinnati where I volunteered for 10 years. I'm raising this money through Causes on Facebook, though I don't know if you have to have a Facebook account to give. And, while the amount I'm trying to raise is ... shall we say, ambitious, I'll be happy with whatever I can raise to help the animals STAF cares for every day. Below is the text of the birthday wish that explains everything, complete with a link if you'd like to give. And, please, too - pass this along to anyone and everyone!

Hi! Thanks for checking out my Birthday Wish!

For my birthday on January 30th, I'm asking my friends and family for a special gift: help me raise $1,000 for Save the Animals Foundation (STAF). It's a great cause that rescues, rehabilitates, and finds forever homes for abandoned and abused dogs and cats. Even more amazing, it's all volunteer-run, which means every penny raised goes to helping the animals.

I chose Save the Animals Foundation (STAF) because I volunteered there for 10 years (I stopped because I moved to Columbus) and I've seen firsthand the incredible work STAF volunteers do. They transform lives (both human and animal!) every single day and do it solely for the love of animals. They're also a no-kill shelter, which means that every animal there has a home until they find their forever family. And every animal there is loved and helped until they're adopted. From taking dogs through training to giving sick cats long cuddles, STAF volunteers do it all - and do it just to help the most helpless among us.

Please consider giving to my Birthday Wish, and together we can make the world a better place for homeless pets and people. If you can't give now, I'd really appreciate if you'd share this page with your friends.



Clickity here to give to birthday wish!

ETA: I just checked - you do not have to have a Facebook account to give.
Happy New Year to everyone! 2010 was such a mixture of good and suck for me. But, ultimately, it gave me my nephew, so I'll always have fond thoughts for this year.

Here's to 2011 and a toast to the best year yet for all of us! May love, peace, and laughter make 2011 a delight for all of you!

I like long walks and sci-fi movies ...

Major song crush.

Fake Palindromes
(lyrics transcribed from Pandora.com)

my dewy-eyed disney bride, what has tried
swapping your blood with formaldehyde
monsters' whiskey-plied voices cried fratricide
jesus don't you know that you could've died
(you should've died)
with the monsters what talk, monsters what walk the earth

and she's got red lipstick and a bright pair of shoes
and she's got knee high socks, what to cover a bruise
she's got an old death kit she's been meaning to use
she's got blood in her eyes, in her eyes for you
she's got blood in her eyes for you

certain fads, stripes and plaids, singles ads
they run you hot and cold like a rheostat, i mean a thermostat
so you bite on a towel
hope it won't hurt too bad

my dewy-eyed disney bride, what has tried
swapping your blood with formaldehyde
with the monsters what talk, monsters what walk the earth

and she says i like long walks and sci-fi movies
you're six foot tall and east coast bred
some lonely night we can get together
and i'm gonna tie your wrists with leather
and drill a tiny hole into your head
and i'm gonna drill a tiny hole into your head
O Me! O Life!
by Walt Whitman

O Me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring;
Of the endless trains of the faithless—of cities fill’d with the foolish;
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light—of the objects mean—of the struggle ever renew’d;
Of the poor results of all—of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me;
Of the empty and useless years of the rest—with the rest me intertwined;
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?


That you are here—that life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.

by Christina Rossetti

Does the road wind up-hill all the way?     
   Yes, to the very end.
Will the day's journey take the whole long day?    
   From morn to night, my friend.

But is there for the night a resting-place?
   A roof for when the slow dark hours begin.
May not the darkness hide it from my face?    
   You cannot miss that inn.

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night?
   Those who have gone before.
Then must I knock, or call when just in sight?
   They will not keep you standing at that door.

Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak?
   Of labour you shall find the sum.
Will there be beds for me and all who seek?
   Yea, beds for all who come.

Just a super quick update ...

To say that yes, I still suck. But I am still alive.

I'm also on Facebook quite a bit more than I am here (which is to say I actually use Facebook. *sigh*). So, if you're on my flist here and are also on Facebook (and would like to be friended by me over there), please drop me a line at celticfeministw@livejournal.com!

That is all - back to work I must go!

*misses all of you*

behind the curtain

Me and Wodehouse
A vague disclaimer is nobody's friend.

right now

January 2011



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