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The wonderful [livejournal.com profile] similiesslip. She and I are new lj friends, having been introduced by the also delightful [livejournal.com profile] michikatinski.

She is a smart and thoughtful writer and immediately engaging.

[livejournal.com profile] similiesslip is entering the teaching profession, which I can sympathize with, since I work in Academia. She'll be just fine because she is smart and determined. After all, she has dealt with the challenges of juggling college with children.

It took time, but she finished. That shows how strong and determined she is.

Starting a new career, starting over can be scary and exciting. I'm happy to be along for the ride.

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This was written for LJ Idol Exhibit B Week O. Click here to read about the contestants

Huh

Apr. 18th, 2013 03:10 pm
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I just never thought that farting butterflies and rainbows would be so troublesome.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] mountain_hiker at Huh


Pics

Apr. 12th, 2013 07:18 pm
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On behalf of planet earth, "We fervently hope not."

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] mountain_hiker at Pics




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On January 27th, 1945, Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz, the most notorious of the Nazi concentration camps.

OVer one million people died at Auschwitz, somewhere around 90% of those were Jewish.

In 2005, the United Nations declared Jan 27th to be Holocaust Remembrance Day, to commemorate the wanton murder of Europe's Jews (six million), the Roma and Sinti (2 million), people with disabilities, gays, Jehovah's Witnesses, and many others.

We need to remember. Many of the survivors of the Holocaust are gone now. We owe to those who survived and those who did not to remember. Too many people deny that the Holocaust ever happened. Others question its relevance.

The Holocaust reminds us how easy it is for us to lash out against others in hatred and jealousy. We must remember.
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Imperial Requiem: Four Royal Women and the Fall of the Age of Empires by Justin C. Vovk

Three who lost their throne and one who didn't. )
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Today, I went to the Morgan Library and Museum.
Fun! )

Milestone!

Jan. 26th, 2013 04:10 pm
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Six years ago today, I set up my lj and posted my first entry.

Six years.

I want to thank you all for reading and letting me into your lives.

It's a joy and a privilege.
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I just got in from a week visiting the family and decided to step away from the online life for a few days.

Christmas was low key. And I'll get into more details about family and friends and work... but I am back in my apartment and tired and not really feeling well right now. So, not tonight.
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I'm at the airport waiting to board my plane. And I came across this:

show the love thread.

It's wonderful. Go say great things about your LJ friends. I will be ding so tonight, when I am settled in at the family manse.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] mountain_hiker at Taxidermy sleigh




This should probably bother me more than it actually does, but I grew up around hunters, and they frequently decorated their mounted deer heads for Xmas, and this is (for me, anyway) an extension of that.

Analogies

Dec. 2nd, 2012 03:08 pm
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Shockingly, none of these were from my students.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] mountain_hiker at Analogies


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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] mountain_hiker at I want a chameleon




... you come and go... you come and go
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Yesterday, I visited two places: one an old friend; the other a new (to me) place.

First, I went to the Museum of the City of New York to see The World of D. D. and Leslie Tillett.

The Tilletts were designers and artists. From about 1948-1980, they ran one an influential design house, providing clothes for all sorts of retail stores and for a host of famous people including Jackie Kennedy, who they developed a friendship with.

It's a neat exhibit, including sample books, lots of outfits, magazine layouts, and photos. If you look at the clothes, they (well, at least the ones on display) were VERY 60's.

The Tilletts were also artists and illustrators. Many of D. D. Tillett's paintings inspired their prints and Leslie Tillett illustrated children's books.

A really neat exhibit.

From there, I went to The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, which is affiliated with NYU for the Echoes of the Past, The Buddhist Caves of Xiangtangshan.

Caves were frequently used as sanctuaries by Buddhist priests, so many governments and wealthy people would turn caves into temples. These caves were constructed by the short-lived Qi Dynasty that rules a portion of northern China during a period of disunity.

Once you enter the exhibit, you can enter the Cave Room, which is a video of the caves themselves. This is interesting because it shows you how it mapped the caves and it includes pieces that have been removed or destroyed.* The movie lasts eight minutes and then you go into the main room, which has some statuary from the caves and two computers in the back, where the artifacts and the caves are described in great detail.

Of course, the statues have blurbs with them, so the computers int he back aren't necessary: they add information, and I enjoyed playing with them.

Part of what makes these caves so different is that the Qi dynasty used lots of Buddhist symbolism that the Chinese in general didn't. Don't ask me to explain this: I don't know much of anything about Buddhist traditions.

It's a neat exhibit and well worth seeing and it doesn't take long: I was there for 45 minutes? an hour? Also, it's free.

If this is the quality of exhibit that this place does, I have a new place to visit.

*In the early 20th Century, during another time of upheaval, some of the statues and pieces in the temple were sold before China realized the importance of these caves.
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I have two versions of the (amazing) song Stormy Weather on my iPod. One is by Judy Garland from the album Judy at Carnegie Hall*. The other is Liza Minnelli's cover.

*Yes, I own this album. Well, actually, the two cd set. I bought it the same day I bought my first Shirley Bassey cd.

I think I'll listen to some showtunes now...

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