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I know I'm not a huge poster, but I still read what all of you post, so here I am, youvebeenpixied :)
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A very good read about how we can help change the culture around rape and sexual assault by changing how we approach the issue. Excellent discussion in the comments.
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I heard the most wonderful sentence on the radio today...I wish I could remember who said it.

"Graveyards are filled with people who were certain the earth would stop without them."
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Originally posted by [ profile] tamnonlinear at Mississippi 'personhood' ammendment
Originally posted by [ profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

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If we didn't live in PDX, where else could we move that would have land with good clay content and a moderate climate?
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Faerieworlds 2011! 

Not volunteering. Not working. Just playing. Let's do this thing!
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I received my BPAL imps last week and have been wearing them every day. Chaotic Evil Halfling Ranger is may favorite so far :)

I just ordered a second round of imps:

I'm going to need a case for these.
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 Because I had to! Please join me in a squee. I just ordered six imps from this BPAL line :)
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 New article up. First in a series on how to use the BOSU  Balance Trainer.
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It is time for new wings. I need a small pair for wearing out and about and I am having trouble deciding.  There are three pair that all have good and bad points. Which one do you like?

The first and second link are the same wing style with different coloring on them.

I would like to have them all, but I did just quit one of my jobs :)
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      505 F 39 2:26:01 11:09 94 / 134 713 / 1050 488 / 781 2:31:13 11:33


First half-marathon ever :)  The Holiday Half. I'm thinking it will be my only.  My IT bands really just don't like going that far.  Right around 8 miles they started becoming an actual problem and I had to walk and stretch just to keep my legs moving the last three miles.  I started out with a great 10min/mile pace and lost it in the last three miles.  Bummer.  There was a very nice lady on the course who gave me a couple of chocolate covered espresso beans.  Dear gods those were good right then.  A fellow was pointing at me and yelling to the people on the side of the road that it was my first long race.  I got several woohoos out of it :)  And yet another woman engaged me in conversation about our shirts.  All very nice distractions.

The wind was strong!  I spent all night praying for no rain and forgot to ask for no wind.  I think the wind kept the rain at bay, which was nice, but running uphill into the wind is not overly fun.  Getting blown sideways from the gusts was a little fun :)  Perfect temperature as long as the icy winds weren't blowing.  And here's a thing,  when I got home and removed my shoes, I noticed that one of my toes was bleeding.  Totally had no idea.

MWH and Chin Chin were there with signs that said, "The Babe With The Power"..."Pixie Power".  Awesome. 

Tonight we will be having red velvet pancakes in celebration of this accomplishment.

Aside from the pain, all good :)
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...but it is a good reminder!  Sometimes not going backwards is progress. Navigating the holidays.  Natural, Balanced, Strong
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Making changes.  Good changes.  It's all going to be good :)
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I have spent the past two hours reading that last three years of my LJ and all I can say is, Thank You.  All of you have contributed so much to my life.  You have picked me up when I was down, posted links to zombies when I was miserable, given me sound advice when I desperately needed it, squeed at faerie goodness with me, encouraged me to be the person I've always wanted to be and so much more. 

I really couldn't ask for a better group of people to have in my life.  Every one of you is amazing in a way that makes the world better for you just being here.  Keep being awesome.
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New article up on  Natural, Balanced, Strong.  What you need to know about vitamin D.


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