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Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays!

Review: Ghosts in the Snow

A while back on the advice of AWelkin, I picked up a copy of Ghosts in the Snow. I read it, loved it, got distracted and never wrote up any kind of review. A couple of weeks later, I read again. I still loved it but I still didn’t write up a review of it. Sometimes, life just works against you. *sigh*

I think the best description of Ghosts in the Snow, by Tamara Siler Jones, that I’ve heard is “forensic fantasy”. It’s got ghosts, magical items, foreign religions and gruesome murders. Dubric Bryerly is the Castellan1 of Castle Faldorrah and it is his duty to keep the peace. Recently, a serial killer has been stalking serving maids and killing them, one after another. The troubling part for everyone is that no one has seen the killer. The real trouble for Dubric is the ghosts of the slain are haunting him.
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You Know You Grew Up…

You Know You Grew Up In The 80’s or Early 90’s If:
1. You’ve ever ended a sentence with the word “SIKE”
2. You watched the Pound Puppies.

3. You can sing the rap to the “Fresh Prince of Belair” and can do the “Carlton”. I can’t sing the rap but FPoB was dope, homeboy!
4. Girls wore biker shorts under their skirts and felt stylishly sexy. I’ve no idea what it flet like but I remember seeing stupid people on TV dress this way.
5. You yearned to be a member of the Baby-sitters club and tried to start a club of your own.
6. You owned those lil’ Strawberry Shortcake pals scented dolls.
7. You know that “WOAH” comes from Joey on Blossom
8. Two words: Hammer Pants
*laugh* At the time, I thought these were the coolest pants. EVER! I wanted a pair so bad, but my Mom would never buy them for me. These days? I think I owe her a bigger Christmas gift because she never got them for me. *grin*
9. If you ever watched “Fraggle Rock”
10. You had plastic streamers on your handle bars and “spokey-dokes” or playing cards on your spokes for that incredible sound effect
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My Fellow Americans

Those of you who regularly read this blog will not be surprised to learn that I feel disappointed with Bush winning the presidential election. I could spend pages on that topic but won’t as there are others out there who’ve done it better than I could. Instead, I have a few other words to say.

To Senator Kerry

Thank you for your effort; while you were not my first choice for president, I believe you would have fulfilled the duties of the office honorably.

To those Americans who voted

Whether you voted for Kerry, Busy, Nader or one of the other third party candidates; you decided that your voice would not go unheard this year. For that I applaude you; the single most important reasponsibility we have as American citizens is to tell our government what we think. Yesterday, all of you did just that.

To those Americans who did not vote

You owe every dead American soldier an apology. One of the things our country has fought for has been to maintain our democracy; so that we have the ability to choose our leaders. By failing to follow the issues and vote, you insult the memory of every American soldier who ever died for us. For those of you who protest that you were too busy with work/family/whatever; just remember those soldiers had their own families and their own jobs that they gave up to defend your rights. They never got to go back to their families and jobs, but you can every night.

Try thinking about that next time.

Death of Superman

Death of Superman

CNN is reporting that actor, Christoper Reeve, died Sunday afternoon. His family has requested that any donations be made to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.

Like many people of my generation, Christopher Reeve was Superman. No other actor could ever play the character for us because they weren’t him. He was iconic. He was the massive hero that many of us dreamed of becoming someday. Then when many of us grew up and learned we really were born on Earth and would never develop superpowers; we got somewhat bitter and turned away from our hero. That began to change in 1995 when Christopher Reeve was paralyzed after an equestrian accident.

Christopher Reeve became not the man beneath the cape, not even Clark Kent but rather a regular guy with bigger problems than I hope to ever have to face. And in the face of those problems, Christopher Reeve became a hero again definitively stating that he would walk again, working constantly to try and achieve his goal all the while working to inspire others with to help out those people with similar problems to his.

Mr. Reeve, you will be missed.

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