dwgm: (Mother & Child - Klimt)
As I grow older, war makes less and less sense to me, and seems to contradict particularly what Christ taught, precepts that are not meant to be revered for only an hour on Sunday. My father was a veteran of World War II, as was my uncle. I love and honor them. And yet...

Why of course the people don't want war... )


Facing It )


Borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] penknife...

I 'listed at home for a lancer )


And from [livejournal.com profile] matociquala...

"When I was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

“It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one and another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind."

~ Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut, 1973



Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.

Cat ftw

Sep. 10th, 2009 06:13 am
dwgm: Kimi Birds (Daisy Chain)
Was very depressed last night as I totally 1) missed signing up for [livejournal.com profile] merrypirates, and 2) suddenly realized I'd forgotten to send the photography company the list of our employees for the photo shoot today. *woe* But this morning there was, among other happy things on the flist, this...

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Sunday Morning Links...

Johnny Depp in Puerto Rico - still yummy.

Looking for Mr. Goodfish - column by Dave Barry from '04. I'd forgotten how funny he is. So cute!

Twelve Amazing Pencil Sculptures - the artist is...

Jennifer Maestre - and her website is beautiful, created by...

BonsaiStudios - very beautiful work here, design-wise, and they utilize...

Kuler.Adobe.Com - the most fabulous color palate tool I've ever come across! Take a look at...

this video showing some of Kuhler's features - holy cats! Where was this when I was picking paint for my front rooms?

Now I want to do a redesign of the school's website (I'm the office manager and the webmaster, don't you know).

On a totally unrelated note, [livejournal.com profile] alg mentioned she is reading A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett on Project Gutenberg, which has grown amazingly since the last time I checked it out -- they even have audiobooks available! Got to browsing there, of course, and ran across Adventures in the Rifle Brigade in the Peninsula, France, and the Netherlands from 1809 to 1815 by Captain J. Kincaid, who was a friend of that same Harry Smith that Georgette Heyer wrote about in The Spanish Bride, which tells the story of Harry and his young (very young, the LJ PTB would totally flag it) bride Juana's romance during the Napoleonic War. Here is the excerpt from Chapter 8 that tells about their first meeting and subsequent liaison...

Real Romance )

One must have a heart of stone not to be moved by such a tribute. No wonder Georgette Heyer was inspired to write her novelization of the Smiths' lives.

Must get up now, going to breakfast with [livejournal.com profile] weemonkey6 and [livejournal.com profile] gingersnapps. Later, dudes! ;-D
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Happy Birthday to my dear [livejournal.com profile] felaine, and to [livejournal.com profile] ebenbrooks!
May the comimg year abound with blessings for both of you!
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Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.

Fifteen is so not enough... )
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As others have said before me, bullet points make a post.



  • Yay for another three-day weekend!!!!!!
  • Gen Battle going on at[info]fox1013 's journal, PotC prompts are here, posts go here in comments and must be no longer than the permitted length of a comment (4300 characters). Go to it!
  • There is a 'Love' challenge at[info]kahva 's Yahoo Group, Black Pearl Library. I think every one of us can write to that theme (but remember that BP Library is non-slash and limited to soft 'R' like Sails).
  • [info]hseas_challenge  #3 has yet to be answered. Ye writers of smut, get thee to it!
  • HUGE storm here today, the grapevine (pass through the hills from the San Fernando Valley to the San Joaquin Valley) is closed already due to snow, and alas I can't stay in the house by the fire, I am meeting friends for lunch, and going to dinner and the library with daughter (good things both, but what if I melt in the rain?). Must write the next bit of AEB first, however, and hopefully a couple more by the time I get too tired to write tonight (about 8:30 P.M. lately. Argh.).
I'd best get writing. Barbossa has things to say.

TGIF

Nov. 30th, 2007 07:02 am
dwgm: (Jack - WTF?)
It's pouring down rain here. How weird is that?
dwgm: (Jack - WTF?)
I'm OK, but there are far too many on my flist and at work here that are being threatened by the many brush fires in Southern California. The winds are horrendous, 80 to 90 mph gusts. No wonder I lost my poor tree.

Prayers and good vibes to all of you that are effected, evacuees and otherwise.
dwgm: Kimi Birds (J/E - At World's End)
Three piratey things. First, I have acquired PotC Crocs, thanks to my dear niece, [livejournal.com profile] gingersnapps who noted they were on sale at Disneyland -- 40% off! They are very comfortable, wore them to work today.

Here are pix... )

Second, I also recently acquired a copy of The Art of Pirates of the Caribbean. It has some great pictures in it, but one that really caught my eye was this one of Shipwreck Cove in daylight!

Pretty! )

And third, the fifth in a series of short gap-filler fics set in [livejournal.com profile] artaxastra's fascinating post-AWE universe, Outlaws and Inlaws. The first four were Not Working, Going Home, Paternity, and Silent Assent. Many thanks, once again, to [livejournal.com profile] hereswith for editing & suggestions. This is also a reply to last week's drabble challenge, 'Worn' (I always seem to be a week behind on those).

Knight Errant )
dwgm: (Queen Anne's Lace)
I have been watching the fannish kerfluffle, and joined right in, establishing a Greatest Journal and an Insane Journal in case all my PotC fannish peeps abandon LJ, but I have to say I think it's going to be the same thing, wherever we go, when it comes to work that skirts the edges of legality. We who work in public schools are all too aware of how very ready parents are to sue for anything that they consider has harmed their little prince or princess. Even if someone starts their own fannish site that permits anything and everything, there's a legal risk to them, personally. Kids are smart, and they're computer savvy, and they can find their way around safeguards, if they're determined to do so. And parents can sue individuals, not just big companies, or school districts.

We're all still feeling our way here. It wasn't very many years ago that the internet was all a new thing. I know LJ has been heavyhanded in dealing with this latest fandom issue, and even insulting, and surely there is no excuse for that in a business environment. But on the other hand, the timing of the posting of the two pieces of fanart in question could have been better, what with the fifth Harry Potter movie and the last book just coming out and quite literally attracting the eye of the world.

Recs!!!

May. 17th, 2007 06:34 pm
dwgm: Kimi Birds (J/E - At World's End)
Two fics I have to rec -- the first is [livejournal.com profile] erinya's Curiosity. It's possible that I love it merely because she wrote it for me for my birthday last week... nawwwww. It's great, just like all her work. It takes a closer look at those J/E scenes in DMC, with a little side trip back to the island they shared in CotBP. Sweeeeet!

The second is NC-17, both slash and het, and is truly laugh-out-loud funny: [livejournal.com profile] penknife's On the Lesser Known Hazards of Piracy. No spoilers for AWE at all, just hotness and hilarity using the odd (and oddly effective) device of body switching.

And LOOK what [livejournal.com profile] honorat told us about today!!

An AWE Film Fantasy Magazine Fanfiction page!! )

So much good reading! Enjoy!
dwgm: (California Wildflowers)
It's supposed to be in the high 70's to low 80's here today, sunny with a slight breeze.

Just wanted you to know. ;)

ETA: Wow. Just noticed I had California spelled wrong. Made the correction, but I think I need a weekend. A THREE DAY WEEKEND!!!!! Bwahahahahahah!!!!!
dwgm: Kimi Birds (Default)
Thanks to all for the get well wishes. I am recovering, though more slowly than I would prefer. Niece [livejournal.com profile] gingersnapps and daughter [livejournal.com profile] weemonkey6 have been taking good care of me with chicken soup, hot tea, cold juice, and much TLC. I am truly blessed.

Some wonderful pirate fic posted today...

Flask by [livejournal.com profile] shrieking_ell follows that homely vessel of Mr. Gibbs' down through the years. Unique, and brilliant.

Ocean Passage is [livejournal.com profile] hereswith's take on Elizabeth as she journeys to World's End. Beautifully poetic, and so very real.

And [livejournal.com profile] penknife wrote me Ruin off her "Timestamp Meme". It's James Norrington on the edge, two hours before the beginning of Proper Pirates (one of my favorite fics ever), and it's just what the doctor ordered.
dwgm: Kimi Birds (Default)
I've been fooling around with the layout of [livejournal.com profile] prettygoodfood today -- I think the one I came up with is prettier, and more legible. I posted a few recipes, too, and hope to work on it a little each day, and get the rest of our family cookbook posted. I know, I know. I've said that before. But this time I mean it. Not that I didn't the other times. Many thanks to all the friends who've joined and posted their family favorites there, too. Everything is tagged, and saved to memories.

Took a few days off to commandeer [livejournal.com profile] viva_gloria from LAX last Monday. We drove many miles in search of beaches, good seafood, and Disney adventure (for which [livejournal.com profile] gingersnapps was our kind hostess -- many thanks to her!), and had a small but lively pirate gathering on Halloween evening with [livejournal.com profile] choose2live, [livejournal.com profile] hippediva, and [livejournal.com profile] smutcutter, with a brief appearance by [livejournal.com profile] hazelhawthorne and company. [livejournal.com profile] viva_gloria was an ideal guest, and I hope she had as much fun as I did (in spite of jet lag).

Here are pix of the PotC pumpkins that [livejournal.com profile] gingersnapps and [livejournal.com profile] weemonkey6 made for us. Just like some that were posted awhile back at [livejournal.com profile] arrrrr, but these are OURS! They're made with those craft pumpkins, so we'll have them for years to come (if Wee Monkey will bring them home from work -- she took them in to show her co-workers).

Piratical Pumpkins )

All right. It's after 5. Still have to go to store, make out bills, make dinner, and watch Deliverance with [livejournal.com profile] gingersnapps and [livejournal.com profile] weemonkey6. Haven't seen Deliverance since I was an impressionable 19 year old. Should be interesting.

Y'all have a great week!

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