erynn: Gaelic merman image (totem steller's jay)
I spent a goodly chunk of my day examining the draft contract and composing an email with my questions and requests. The email ended up being nearly two pages long, but I wanted to be clear in everything I was asking about. I've printed stuff out and popped it into a stack that I'll hold onto until such time as the official contract is signed, and have put email correspondence about this into a separate folder so I don't have to search for it in the inbox.

Much of the later part of the day was spent going over the docx file of the manuscript to deal with formatting hiccups that inevitably result from old file formats being cut and pasted into a new file. Some of these poems are a decade or more old and have been transferred from computer to computer, picking up problems along the way. I had to edit out a bunch of gibberish from some of the older poems so that everything was legible. That took several hours but I think the file's clean now.

After that, I went through looking for ideas for titles, for which see the poll in my previous post.

I also finally sat down and tightened the bolts holding my kitchen table together, as the legs were all loose and wobbly and I was getting worried about the damned thing falling apart. I had to crawl around underneath it a bit with a little wrench, but it wasn't difficult, just vaguely annoying. Ah, my exciting life.

I'm currently celebrating the end of Don't Ask Don't Tell with a glass of wine. It's about time that queerfolk were given equal treatment (at least theoretically -- we'll see how it all falls out in real life, like with women and minorities). Good riddance to bad rubbish. But now we can start working toward equality for trans individuals who are serving and who have served. They have particular problems with paperwork if they transitioned after their service, and can have great difficulty getting amendments to their DD-214 so that they can even qualify for benefits like medical care or VA loans that they have earned. They are still entirely barred from service.

Tomorrow evening I'm having two of my neighbors over for dinner. Sally and Shelly both watch the DoDC+3 for me when I'm away and I wanted to do something for them. I'm planning on doing chicken and dumplings. I've got a nice plump whole bird thawing at the moment, and I'll cut it up tomorrow when it's thawed enough to work with. Sally's bringing dessert and Shelly is bringing a salad. I'm providing dinner and something to drink. Speaking of which, I need to check the dumpling recipe tonight and be certain I have enough butter for it in the fridge, otherwise I'll have to walk down to the Safeway and pick up a pound of the stuff.

Oh, and for those who have been following the whole Netflix restructuring thing, Chaucer Hath a Blog tackles it at here in his typical Myddel Englisshe hilarious way.

And now, a kiwi fruit!
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Navy seal)
DADT memo allows on-base gay weddings

BY SAM FELLMAN - STAFF WRITER | POSTED : MONDAY MAY 9, 2011 14:28:54 EDT
Once the military’s ban on gays serving openly is lifted, Navy chaplains will be permitted to officiate at same-sex marriage and civil union ceremonies on base, according to an April 13 memorandum from the Navy’s head chaplain.

“Consistent with the tenets of his or her religious organization, a chaplain may officiate a same-sex, civil marriage: if it is conducted in accordance with a state that permits same-sex marriage or union; and if that chaplain is, according to the applicable state and local laws, otherwise fully certified to officiate that state’s marriages,” the memo signed by Chief of Chaplains Rear Adm. Mark Tidd states. The memorandum, designed to update chaplains’ training guidance for the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy banning openly gay members from serving, was posted by the conservative website Media Research Center.

In addition, the memo states that “if the base is located in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, then base facilities may normally be used to celebrate the marriage. This is true for purely religious services (e.g., a chaplain blessing a union) or a traditional wedding (e.g., a chaplain both blessing and conducting the ceremony).”

Conservatives contended this policy violates the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.

“This new guidance from the Navy clearly violates the law,” Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., chairman of the House Armed Services seapower subcommittee, said in a statement Monday. “While our president may not like this law, it is unbelievable that our Navy would issue guidance that clearly violates this law. While a state may legalize same-sex marriage, federal property and federal employees, like Navy chaplains, should not be used to perform marriages that are not recognized by federal law.”

Navy spokeswoman Lt. Alana Garas said that the new policy guidance was a revision to the repeal training and emphasized that no chaplains will be required to officiate at same-sex messages, if that conflicts with their faith. She deferred questions about the Defense of Marriage Act to the Justice Department.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Sarasvati)
Today I went to a couple of presentations. First up was the Paganism and New Media panel. [livejournal.com profile] mythworker did a presentation on this last year; this was, I think, more sophisticated and covered a broader territory, as well as bringing in new approaches. The panelists included Thorn Coyle, Star from Patheos.com, a board member from Cherry Hill Seminary, and one of the tech people from Llewellyn, with [livejournal.com profile] mythworker as the moderator. One of the issues addressed this year was e-publishing, which hadn't really been brought up last year at all that I recall. I noted the issues I'd had with Circle of Stones being in and out of print, and how the print edition goes for ridiculous prices online, while I'm now selling a PDF of the book for the original cover price, yet folks still want hardcopy -- they buy the PDF, but I can completely understand the desire for paper copy.

The second panel I went to today was the presentation "Are Hindus Pagans/Are Pagans Hindus," offered by four Hindu practitioners from a national Hindu association. I thought it was an extremely positive and interesting presentation. Topics addressed included the history of Hinduism in America, spiritual similarities between Hinduism and Paganism (pluralism was the watchword of the panel), common cause between Hindus and the Pagan community regarding American culture and western culture generally, in terms of coerced conversions, activism, political involvement, and civil and human rights, and an examination of how we can work together. Issues of potential cultural appropriation were also addressed; this was seen as a problem if it was a commercial appropriation, but when Pagans approach Hindu deities as sincerely interested parties for spiritual purposes, the panel's attitude was that the deities are big enough to be just fine with being approached by non-Hindus.

There was a good deal to think about in the presentations and I was impressed with the speakers. They seemed very interested in working together with the Pagan communities to strengthen all our positions in resisting oppression by the monotheist majority when it seeks to marginalize or actively destroy our communities. It has not been unusual for poor Hindus in India to be bribed into conversion -- "we'll send your children to a good college, we'll give you medical care, we'll feed you if you convert." Yet this conversion is then taken to an extreme, where the new converts, who are really only going into it to try to make life a little better for their families, are coerced into desecrating not just their own altars at home, but the altars of their families or even their local temples. This sort of thing is completely disgusting, but it's not at all unusual behavior for evangelical Christian missionaries in Asia, India, and Africa. It's not at all unlike what has happened to the Native peoples in North America, where cultures were destroyed, children stolen from their homes, and entire groups of people slaughtered.

I think there's a lot of really good work to be done between the Pagan and Hindu communities in the future. I was absolutely delighted to see a strong Hindu presence here this year and hope that they'll continue coming to meet with us at PCon and under other circumstances, creating strong ties between all our communities as we all struggle for our rights as spiritual and religious minorities in a mostly-monotheist society. We need to dismantle the privilege that Christianity has in the United States; its status should be one of many, not the dominant force in American society. We cannot be equal when one religion is more equal than all the others. It's a continuation of the same aggressive, disrespectful force that allows military chaplains to believe they're simply exercising their freedom of speech when they attempt to force deathbed conversions on non-Christians and atheists. To quote from the Christian Post article, "Birch informed the audience that he would oblige to help them with their faith but would not withhold himself from helping a dying soldier or a soldier with no faith get right with God."

After the panels, I headed up to spend some time with the Sisterhood of Avalon folks, talking with them about some potential ideas for pilgrimage themes and places. It turns out that one of the gals I was talking to is an old friend of [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm from Atlanta, and she wandered in while I was talking. One of the ideas I was suggesting was a Sequana pilgrimage, dealing with that Goddess and the shrines and artifacts at the source of the Seine river; since [livejournal.com profile] joyful_storm had gone to the Seine a couple of years ago to find information about Sequana and had already been to many of the sites, I thought she would have some excellent suggestions for this, and I think both of them are going to talk this over. They're also talking about proposing a Pagan pilgrimage panel for next year's con, which I think would be a fantastic idea.

Eventually, I had to go get ready for the 11pm Bakkhoi Antinoou ritual drama. I got dressed up in the most bling anyone is ever likely to see me in for a very long time, with my brocade silk jacket, one of my shiny silk scarves in iridescent colors, sparkly bracelets, and lots of green silk. It was pretty spiffy, if I may say so myself. The play involved the death of Antinous, and the Otherworld happenings surrounding his deification. We had a ton of fun, and I think the audience did as well. Tomorrow morning at 11am we have the "Antinous is Not Just for Pretty Boys" panel, consisting of several of the mystai of the Ekklesía. It'll include me, [livejournal.com profile] ogam, [livejournal.com profile] alfrecht, and [livejournal.com profile] tristissima talking about the various ways we deal with Antinous, and what the whole thing means to us, considering the general impression of Antinoan cultus is that it's supposedly only for young pretty gay guys. None of us actually fit that particular model, of course. A lot of people ask what Antinous would have to do with them, given that they're not gay men, but most of them would never ask what Brigid would have to do with them if they're not women who are poets, smiths, and healers. I think it's a paradigm issue, really.

And now, to try to get some sleep. It's nearly 3am and I have to be up and about at some ungodsly hour tomorrow.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Bowie's disappointed in you)
I'd wanted to go down and pick up my pocket watch today, but woke about 3:30 this afternoon with another brewing migraine, this one worse than yesterday's. For a while, it was at the mild spike in the head stage, but slathering my head with some migraine-combatting essential oils (peppermint, eucalyptus, cajeput, lavender & vetiver) kicked it back enough to at least tolerate. I wasn't up for leaving the house except for doggly necessities, though. For a while, it was an open question as to whether I'd be able to put anything in the tum beyond some tea, but by early evening I felt well enough to have some of yesterday's cauliflower curry.

Tomorrow is that talk on mysticism and Italian poetry, and I'm hoping to be up to leaving the house, though I'm not certain this particular migraine cycle isn't related to the cold front that's been here for the past few days, coinciding with evil hormones. Anyway, I'm hoping I'll be doing better tomorrow and can both pick up my watch and pop down to the UW to drop off some books and catch the lecture.

The annual amulet burning ceremony is out at the Shinto shrine this Sunday. With any luck, I'll be well enough to get out there, too. If I do manage to, I might be able to catch some lunch at the Greek place in Granite Falls with [livejournal.com profile] mimerki and [livejournal.com profile] varina8, pending an answer back from [livejournal.com profile] varina8. I last saw them when [livejournal.com profile] thewronghands was in town and would love to see them again.

In the realm of serious WTFery, some fundie fruitcake has decided that the mysterious deaths of all those red-winged blackbirds was caused by the repeal of DADT.



Yeah. I know. That's about what I thought, too. *headdesk* The stupidity of human beings never ceases to amaze me. Do all those horrifying, deadly storms that whip through the Bible belt mean that God hates Southern Baptists?
erynn: Gaelic merman image (lynx at first glance)
I woke to a phone call from Bj saying that gaming was canceled today because he wasn't feeling well and SJ still wasn't recovered from his surgery yesterday. I told him okay and hoped they both were feeling better very soon, then went back to sleep until 4:30 this afternoon. I really needed the sleep.

That said, I woke to the news that DADT had been repealed, and that Obama will probably sign the bill into law next week sometime. This certainly isn't the end of the whole mess. It could be months before it actually goes into effect, and it's only one part of the struggle for our equality in American society. We still can't marry same-sex partners in most states, and rights for trans people are pretty much non-existent, but it's long past time this idiotic law was trashed for good. On the whole, this is a win.

Given that I wasn't gaming today, I dropped back into SL and did another poetry reading this afternoon. I read three of mine, I think, and one W.S. Merwin poem about John Berryman and poetry (Berryman). After that I went and hung out with some Pagans for a bit, then dropped offline and messed around with the other VR grid, finally able to get to the place I'd been trying to the other day. Nobody was around, but they're having a solstice party tomorrow and I was invited, so I wanted to be sure I could actually get there. I also messed with the basic avatar so that it was at least vaguely more appropriate. Gorilla arms just don't appeal to me. I have no idea why the avatar arms are so damned long on default. Anyway, stuff was done.

I also did a sink full of dishes and made banana bread. Tomorrow I really should do some laundry. I want to write but my brain is just not cooperating in the least right now. It needs a good whack, I think.

A long day

Dec. 16th, 2010 12:02 am
erynn: Gaelic merman image (It's raining)
The past few days have been kind of rough because of Monday's migraine, but I've also been dealing with a fairly high level of stress and anxiety the past couple of months. Today for the first time in a very long time I went in and sniffled on my shrink over the whole thing. I think I've worked through some of it after talking with her, but sometimes it's just hard to feel like I'm doing anything worthwhile. Yes, I know that I am and I know that I have a lot of friends who love me and that I'm a pretty cool person, but this isn't about reality, it's about the brain weasels.

I called dental while I was waiting to get in to see Tracy and have an appointment with them again. That, at least, was reasonably easy.

At Travelers today I ran into [livejournal.com profile] sebastian_lvx and we chatted for the better part of an hour while he was between jobs. It was a delight to see him and spend time with him and I felt considerably better afterwards. He said some things I kind of needed to hear, though I hadn't been looking for them specifically. After he departed, [livejournal.com profile] varina8 wandered in for a chai, just before I met Caera (whose LJ nick I'm not sure of). Caera is recently moved to Seattle from the Boston area by way of the Bay Area and has been looking for a CR community. She turned out to be made of awesome with awesomesauce and awesome sprinkles, so it was really lovely to spend time with her this evening at the schmooze organizational meeting.

We got a good bit of stuff sorted tonight for the upcoming schmoozes, as well as some preliminary plans set in place for Imbolc. I'll be having goose here on the 24th, for those local who want to come and join me, though I'd like a confirm in advance if you're interested. I only have space for so many. I know that [livejournal.com profile] sebastian_lvx and [livejournal.com profile] lakmiseiru were interested in coming. [livejournal.com profile] anthea7 and [livejournal.com profile] mintofthewater were also wanting to come up and Caera might come just to hang out and have other food, as she's vegetarian. There will be bad movies and good company.

Depending on how much energy I have, I might go to the queer Pagan meetup tomorrow evening down in Seattle, but I was planning on being there Friday for Stian's birthday, and that's an awful lot of time spent in Seattle this week so far already. Saturday is gaming. I need a little breathing space, really. And I also need to spend a little time digging through my files for a couple of things for the CR schmooze readings to supply them to Mint when we get together again.

I've been invited to come check out the Everett druid meetup group, as a part of my quest to find actual local folks for community. Although druidy stuff per se isn't really my cuppa, I'll very likely show up just to check things out. Last time I went to an Everett Pagan meetup-y thing, it didn't really impress me much, but that was a couple of years ago and not the same group of people, from what I understand.

[livejournal.com profile] alfrecht reports that Rachel Bromwich, the editor and translator of Trioedd Ynys Prydein aka "The Welsh Triads," died today in Aberystwyth, Wales. It's a sad loss for Celtic scholarship.

On the DADT front, the House today passed a bill that would rescind Don't Ask Don't tell. It has been passed to the Senate, but there are so many Republican fuckwads there that I'm not confident it will pass. Please write or call your senators if you're a US citizen. This is an important issue. I will admit that I was of two minds about the defense appropriations bill that was voted down earlier this month. I do not approve of the wars or the spending that's associated with them. They are the biggest drain on the US economy in existence, and one of the least just things about American society in general, and in that sense killing the defense bill was useful. I'm glad that we'll get to see DADT dealt with on its own merits, rather than being wrapped up in billions of dollars for killing Afghanis and Iraqis -- because no matter what the government tells you, we're still in Iraq, they're just not calling it a war anymore.

Some justice needs to be done, and that doesn't involve tax cuts for billionaires. Taxes are the only way we're going to get out of the immense debt that our country owes to places like China these days. We can't go on like this. The Republicans don't give a shit and the Democrats are too chickenshit to do anything about it. It makes me angry and frustrated. Tax cuts are not going to help our country in the least and it's time people figured that out.

Fuck DC. And I don't mean the comics company.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (It's raining)
I spent a good chunk of today over at Bj and SJ's place with [livejournal.com profile] herbmcsidhe finishing up the insane-making details of my DQ character for our upcoming game. I'm used to the GURPS buy things with these points type system. DQ does have a points based system as well, but it's put together very differently and Bj likes to use a spreadsheet system that leaves me thoroughly confused. Between the spreadsheet issues and Erynn's number-phobia, I was having a rather stressful time with the whole thing. I struggled through it all and the character will be fun to play, but it's a lot to go through when I've been stressing pretty hard to begin with lately. Rain all day for the trip out and back didn't help much either.

I finally got the issue with the HOA resolved. Yes, they put the check in the wrong account. I do still owe the money, but it wasn't actually the money for the special assessment, it was the money from the increase in the regular HOA dues. Complicated handwaving, but now things are set right and I'll just come up with it in two or three installments after the beginning of the year. I don't mind admitting when I've messed up (regular HOA messup), but I hate people blaming me for something I didn't actually do (nonpayment of special assessment). The amount is the same, but the actual cause being determined settled my mind about the whole thing. I'm not thrilled but I'm on board with it.

I discovered today why it is that the pocket watch isn't working properly. The tiny second hand at the bottom of the watchface sticks up just a little over the divot it's supposed to fit in and the hour hand gets caught on it, which stops everything. I need to take it in and have the ends bent down just enough that the hour hand will pass over them without catching, and that should fix everything just fine, rather than needing to have its innards messed about with again. Since I know exactly what's wrong and all it will take is unscrewing the crystal and having somebody with steady hands bend a teensy piece of metal, it shouldn't cost much. I doubt it will even take very much time, and there's a watch repair place just up the street across from the Fred Meyer, so I can maybe head over there tomorrow afternoon and see if they can do it for me then.

I'm angry that the Republicans (all but one of them) voted against the bill with the end of DADT in it. I'm not surprised. Bastards.

Thankfully, I don't have anything at all planned for tomorrow or Saturday. Sunday is my Brigid shift and the Shinto ceremony. Between the weather, the stress, and my body chemistry I've been feeling really down lately, but I'm hoping a couple of down days and maybe getting the watch fixed will help me feel a bit better.

Cut for odd dream. )
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Navy seal)
Source documents on the DADT situation, as passed along from the list:

As you may know the Defense Department yesterday released its study of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and is recommending repeal of this terrible discriminatory and clearly unconstitutional law.

The study is called, Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

The report can be found at
http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2010/0610_gatesdadt/DADTReport_FINAL_20101130(secure-hires).pdf


The Support Plan for Implementation of the repeal can be found at this link:
http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2010/0610_gatesdadt/DADTReport-SPI_FINAL_20101130(secure-hires).pdf


The Defense Department's has produced a very nice presentation for the promotion of the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell Go to this link to see it http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2010/0610_gatesdadt/

We should all contact our Senators and encourage them to pass the repeal during this session. Chances for passing the repeal will decrease with the next Congress.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (The Pupulator)
Today was encouraging. The DoDC+3 is drinking more, though he does have to be encouraged toward it. He's eating well, though, which I think is a very good thing.

He's been moving in a rather more spritely fashion, as well. He was trotting around the house a little bit today, and did a fair imitation of his usual "take me out" dance. He's also hopped down from the couch a couple of times without incident, though I would honestly prefer he not do that just yet. As long as he's not faceplanting, though, I suppose we're all right. His bruising is pretty much all gone from what I can see without actually spreading him out on his back to take a look. His abdomen has gone back to its usual pinkish color, at least.

He's been about as happy as he can be in the crate next to the bed at night. He still looks up longingly at the bed itself, but he's not tried to jump up onto it. I'm grateful for this. He hasn't been all frantic at the door when people go by in the past couple of days either, but I suspect that's more because he hurts and is tired than because he's over it. Perhaps, though, if he goes through a couple of weeks without going off about the people/dogs outside, he might get used to not doing it and relax a little about it. That would please me, if it were the case.

I headed down to Seattle for my VA group today in the rain. It's been warmer again, and much more normal weather for the region. I will admit I was feeling a higher level of anxiety than usual, but the combination of rain, dim lighting, stress over the pupulator, and the interview I did yesterday was a bit of a challenge. One of the gals in my group had a really severe anxiety attack due to someone trying to grab her backpack on the way in, so I gave her a ride home after group. She's in Seattle so it wasn't at all out of my way to take her, and that helped her immensely.

Tomorrow is the official inaugural meeting of the Air Kraken Hunter's Guild (Everett Steamrats) over at the AFK Tavern. There's an art show opening then, and we should have a pretty good turnout. We've got the Red Room set aside for the group. Festivities start at 7:30, though getting there a little earlier might be okay, as by 7pm traffic is probably going to be calmed down enough to be negotiable. I'll probably grab some dinner while I'm there as well. I'm very much looking forward to seeing everyone, and the arts installation. I love having such a creative community around me! I have to remember to take those games over that I've set aside for them, as well.

Writing on the Brigid essay hasn't been going so well, but I'm having a hard time focusing on the more academic stuff. I do have to put together the packet of copies to be handed out next Monday at the CR schmooze this week, though. I'll try to take care of that on Thursday. Notice has been sent out again to the SeaPagan list and posted on my FB page.

I did, however, post an update today on the Warriors and Kin blog about the release of the Pentagon's study on DADT. Apparently 70% of the military feels that having us in the ranks openly won't be a problem. Needless to say, Republicans are outraged. Please get in touch with your congresscritter -- if we're lucky we may be able to see this policy repealed by the end of the year.

And now, to pill the dog.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (lynx seek)
I was rather worried about the DoDC+3 today, as he started out the day pretty tired and didn't really want to eat or drink anything. Once I brought his dish to his cage, he did eat about half a bowl (a normal amount) of kibble, so that was good, though I don't think he's had as much to drink as I'd like. He may just have been feeling crappy, but he did turn up his nose at some broth earlier today. Later, though, he drank some but wasn't too keen on plain water. I'm not surprised, given how spoiled he's been getting about his food in recent days, but better that he get something.

Later in the day, though, he showed a little more energy. We went for a somewhat longer walk today than the last couple of days. He's still moving very slowly, but he led me not just up to the usual walk area, but across the parking lot to the smaller area under the cedar trees to check things out. I felt that was a really good sign. I'm still trying to figure out what's okay and what's not enough at this point. He has been sleeping in his crate in the bedroom a lot; I put one of my pillows from the bed in there because he can't actually get up onto it, and he seems to like that a lot. Right now he's up on the couch lazing around. He wanted me to rub his tummy today, which I did (very gently).

Overall, I think he's doing well but I'm slightly concerned about whether or not he's getting enough to drink so I'm going to be trying to encourage a little more liquid intake. Most of this, I'm sure, is just due to the fact that I've never actually had to pay attention to how much he's been drinking before. I put a bowl down for him with a half-gallon jug to keep it full, and when it's empty, I put more water down.

This afternoon I spent some time talking with a woman at the University of Maine as part of a study of women veterans who are members of Veterans for Peace. It was an interesting conversation and she asked about the kinds of activism I've been doing, as well as my time in service and my thoughts about women veterans issues. VFP isn't doing the study themselves, they're not affiliated. The woman who's doing the study is a veteran herself. VFP is, however, interested in women veterans' attitudes and experiences with the organization, apparently in the interests of dealing with issues of recruitment and retention.

I (and apparently an awful lot of other women members) feel that they don't put nearly enough emphasis on women veterans issues. There's almost nothing coming from national about the topic and the local groups that I've seen rarely address this either. If it helps raise some awareness and kickstarts a little action, I'll be very pleased, though.

I gave her the url for the NPR interview I did a couple of years back and will be sending her the warrior rituals our CR group did in the interest of illustrating how some communities deal with these issues. We talked about how different people approach and engage with activism and that that constitutes. There are differences between folks who are willing or able to go out and be arrested at protests and those who are, for various health or other reasons, more able to be activists through writing, public speaking, and financial support of organizations. Both of these approaches are necessary, really.

We also talked a little about activism I've been part of outside of VFP and veterans/DADT issues, including Pagan community organizing, queer community stuff, interfaith work, and AIDS/HIV work. It was a pretty good conversation and, though it was stressful in that I had to talk about things in my past that are very painful to the point where I was quite literally shaking as I typed (we did the interview through IRC), I felt good about having done it. I think that people speaking out about their experiences is important, even if all it does is illustrate that others are not alone.

She also mentioned that she and another woman vet were going to be doing some kind of writing project (presumably an anthology) and was very interested in having me write something for it, but that call for papers will be some months away.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Navy seal)
I wrote up a further discussion of DADT and the hypocrisy of Sec. State Hillary Clinton offering a video statement for "It Gets Better" on a day intended to show solidarity with queer youth. You can find it here.
erynn: Gaelic merman image (It's raining)
Today was about as migrainey as yesterday. Thankfully, I really didn't have to do very much. I made a trip down to the Safeway and the postal place, only to find I hadn't actually collected [livejournal.com profile] qorinda's zip code to send out the phone, so I had to bring that back. I have the info now and will be able to mail it out tomorrow, but I felt like an idiot. Migraines do cause me to be of very little brain, sadly.

The trip to the grocery store involved getting a few things so that [livejournal.com profile] yiaya and I could make berbere paste today, and she came by in the evening for us to do just this. The recipe makes a bunch of the stuff, so it's always good to do it for at least two people so that we can share it. Once the paste was made, I tossed together some doro wat and we fried some plantains, and had a little dinner, accompanied by the documentary In the Mirror of Maya Deren, which proved quite fascinating. Once that was finished, [livejournal.com profile] yiaya headed home and I spent time putting the kitchen back in order.

I received an email from SIFF that the SIFF Cinema would be playing the complete version of Metropolis this week, so I picked up a ticket for tomorrow evening's showing, with live music by the Alloy Orchestra, which should prove fun. I'll be down at the Seattle Center for the 7:30 show tomorrow evening and probably stop down in Ballard to Floating Leaves to try some of the new roasted Dong Ding that Shiuwen says has arrived this week.

Sadly, as expected, the Obama administration is apparently filing an appeal against the court decision to halt the enforcement of DADT. The law has been reinstated as an appeals court has demanded a delay i the injuction against DADT. Once again, we're getting screwed over.

My friend [livejournal.com profile] gwynn_aaron talked about listening to NPR this evening and the interview with Robert Maginnis, a retired Lt Col, who was going on about how if DADT was struck down, people would leave the military and there might be further trouble with recruitment. Oh, those poor bigots, having to serve with openly queer people instead of the ones they're currently serving with who have been forced into the closet. Like Gwynn, I think the military would be immensely better off if those Christian bigots all got up and left, thank you. We don't need that kind of bullshit in the military.

The irony of all this coming down on a day that people have been highlighting as one of solidarity with the queer community and all their repetition of "it gets better" is rather sharp, don't you think?
erynn: Gaelic merman image (Music by Leonardo)
Today we were back at the spirituality group after two a week break due to the chaplain leaving for a new post in New York. We've got a new co-facilitator who will be with us until June; she's primarily working in the Women's Clinic and is a social work intern from UW working on her MSW. Over the next eight weeks or so, our group members will be bringing in readings, which is what the chaplain had been doing as a spark for conversation. It should be interesting.

I've seen in several places in the past couple of days an announcement that the Army has been ordered to start accepting GLB recruits. I'm not sure what their status will be if the stay on enforcement of DADT is lifted for some reason, but I'm willing to look at it as an act of good faith on the DoD's part. We'll see what happens. I'll probably write up a brief piece for Warriors and Kin on this in the next couple of days.

The line at the travel desk was immense today, so it was nearly 5 by the time I got to Travelers, but I ran into [livejournal.com profile] nathan_fhtagn and @neverdowell there and we had chai and talked about music, Steamcon, food, the new Abney Park album, and following your bliss, until they dashed off for dinner.

I spent a little time going over the voter's guide before I poked around at a previous outline I'd done for the Queering the Flame essay, tweaking and adding things here and there that I'd found in the couple of months since I'd started it -- I'm going to need to entirely reformat the thing because it's more a book outline than an essay outline, and I don't want to do the flamekeeping book entirely about the whole gender issue. I really do have to start thinking about essay structure, though. Sometimes it helps to just dive into it, even if I don't feel particularly prepared. Getting started is often one of the hardest parts of writing for me.

Around 6:30, Leon was shifting things around for a performance at Travelers, so I shuffled off to Half Price to skulk about in the stacks for an hour or so. I picked up a few things from the philosophy, poetry, and spirituality sections, and a Wodehouse that isn't a Jeeves book, to see some of the surrounding characters for the Jeeves setting. By that time, the traffic had got rather slower, but I did almost get nailed by someone who was either not paying attention and drifting into my lane, or who didn't see me and was trying to change lanes without signaling. In any case, I stomped the brake and leaned on the horn and the miscreant got itself over onto the proper side of the lane line right quick.

Tomorrow I'll be shipping off my old iPhone to [livejournal.com profile] qorinda. It'll require a new SIM card, but that's easy enough to swap out of her old phone. (If you have any questions when it gets there, ping me and I'll try to answer them.)

I've been feeling a little better today, though still rather tired and worn. I'm contemplating an early night and the possibility of making banana bread tomorrow.
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I've got a blog post up on Warriors and Kin about this breaking news. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lupabitch for the heads up on her LJ.
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Just posted an update on the DADT situation over on the Warriors and Kin blog.

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