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new year's day 2009 ruminatorics

i have a tradition of posting ponderings and recollections every new year's day, but i haven't been very pondersome on this one. i had wonderful romps with many of the folks i love best, and a cheerful breakfast and a nice long nap, and ate a late supper -- as i sit down to write, there's not much on my mind, honestly. but a bit of pondering probably won't hurt, and i'll be glad next year that i wrote it down :0)

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sharla goes to minnesota (tomorrow!)

the entirely knackered but quite excited sharla wanted to mention:

who: sharla
what: at home soon!
where: maple grove and any other warm place to visit/sleep
when: midnight 12/22/2008, through ~10pm 01/04/2009
how: via sun country, with a funny hat and an unexpected girly haircut

hugs and kisses where appropriate! i hope to visit many folk! i hope everyone is safe and warm, what with all the snow.
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tattoos

i had occasion today to pass by the lyle tuttle tattoo museum, where i got my first and only tattoo. if i ever get another, i think it will be the single word "invictus". not so much because it currently describes me, but because i think it once did -- i may spend a lifetime wondering whether it ought not still to, and getting back to it if i think it ought, and perhaps that's the kind of thing one ought to have inked on.
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happy new year!

l'shonah tovah, teketev(i) v'tai hatem(i), to everyone i know!, with the yearly disclaimers:

- i've stolen this from a religion i enjoy, but don't officially profess
- i'm an atheist
- but, i find the idea of wishing everyone i know sealed and inscribed for a good year in the book of life irresistible.

looking back on the last year, so many people have helped me through a dreadfully hard passage in the book, and i'm terribly grateful to all of you. there are many folks to whom i owe apologies in the coming days, and i'll be round to give them soon, one way or another.

many folks i know are about to embark on new passages in the book, with new, tiny family members, and i wish fervently for excellent first lines in the text of those little lives. a few have seen the last lines of loved ones this year, and to them, my deep sympathy and remembrances.

one way or another, i shall make it to the fruit tree house and pick apples, and dip them in honey, and think of everyone far from here. i'll wander out to some kind of running water, too, and empty my pockets of bread (tashlikh) -- some years, i think i need a whole loaf, and some years just a crumb. this year i'm thinking a single slice would be plenty, but i'll have to think about it some.

sweet wishes to everyone, and many thanks, and many thinks :0)
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some thoughts i want to keep in mind

"the difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems." -- mohandas k. gandhi

"what matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember
and how you remember it." -– gabriel garcia marquez

"to the work you are entitled, but not the fruits thereof." -- the bhagavad gita

"do justly now, do mercy now, walk humbly now. you are not obligated
to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it." -- the talmud
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stolen from mplspunky

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, even if we don't speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be anything you want -- good or bad. When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people remember about you.
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homely

i've spent the morning cleaning -- there was such a lot of dust! -- and have thrown open all the windows, burnt a little incense, hosed down the concrete of the patio, and realized that tiny birds (sparrows?) are nesting in a beam of the porch above my garden. i'm listening to a mishmash of R.E.M. albums and pondering trying to do something good for the garden, or going for a walk in the unexpectedly fine weather, or both. i'm glad to be here, much as i am often glad to be elsewhere.
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