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Your amanuensis is pleased to inform readers that the new series Clorinda Cathcart's Circle will be inaugurated with The Ironmaster's Tale, which will be published in a week's time and is now available for pre-order.

Visitors to the website will note its refurbished appearance and the inclusion of sample excerpts from the texts in question.

It is anticipated that volumes will appear at approximately 2-monthly intervals. In order to keep people informed, besides this journal and the @MadameClorinda twitter, a newsletter, Clorinda's Salon, has been set up, for the communication of developments. Subscribers will receive a free story ('Finding Her Place (Sophy's Story)').

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Feb. 21st, 2019 05:24 am
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"I don't really buy the 'when god closes a door, he opens a window'.
But I do believe that when a door slams in your face, and you pick up the sledgehammer to open a new entry, she cheers."
-- Katherine Ann HawkerSelf, 2019-02-12 (Facebook)

Dream of Last Night: Mawi-Zawi?

Feb. 21st, 2019 05:08 am
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Last night's dream was some kind of elaborate technicolor video mural, played out on kiosks all over the planet. It was also oddly NSFW, so I'm cutting here.
More confusing than lewd but let's go to cutspace anyway. )

The Ultimate Jeff Goldblum Quiz

Feb. 21st, 2019 05:00 am
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Test how much you really know about the one and only Jeff Goldblum—that snazzy, jazzy, internet-anointed "zaddy."
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"Your Father's Eyes"




Luke 6:35-36 - (Jesus said) "But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."

"He has his father's eyes." That's what everybody said when our baby was born and the relatives gathered to play "Who does he look like most?" The ears were a total mystery, but the eyes—ah, those were clearly Dad's. The resemblance was obvious.

Jesus is talking about a family resemblance when He says, "and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful."

What does it mean, to look like God? It means to be kind and merciful, even to those who are ungrateful, even to the wicked. It means, for example, to pray for that driver who cut you off in traffic this morning; it means to lend your neighbor that snowblower, even though you know for a fact he has been badmouthing you around the neighborhood; it means to babysit your in-laws' children while one of them is in the hospital, although they have treated you with nothing but disdain.

Does this mean we should be a doormat? No. Nor does it mean pretending the other person has done no evil. Instead, it means looking at the situation with clear eyes, fully acknowledging the trouble in the relationship, and being completely aware that whatever you do, things will probably not get better—and deciding to act like Jesus anyway. Why? Because that's what Jesus' family members do. That is our family resemblance to God.

To be sure, we need to show some intelligence when we deal with people who are evil. There is no sense behaving in a way that is likely to tempt them to do more evil—for instance, by placing yourself back in the reach of an abuser. Don't do that! It's no kindness to you or to the abuser. As Jesus said, "be wise as serpents and innocent as doves" (see Matthew 10:16). And clearly, we must not place other people at risk—for instance, by bringing a known abuser to live with us and our children.

But if the risk we are running is simple ingratitude? Go for it. If we might look like fools in the eyes of the neighborhood for showing mercy? Go ahead. God Himself has been mocked and blamed by people for showing too much mercy to "the wrong people." We are in good company if people say the same about us. For it is Jesus Himself who promised paradise to a thief in full view of the mockers who watched Him dying on the cross. It is Jesus who has risen from the dead and promised to share His everlasting life with us, even though we are not worthy and are often ungrateful and sinful. What an honor to resemble Jesus and give evidence that He has made us children of the Most High!

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, live in me and through me, so that I do the things that You Yourself would do. Amen.

This Daily Devotion was written by Dr. Kari Vo. 


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Feb. 21st, 2019 11:01 am
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I'm doing a double shift today, and it's the first time I can really feel how much shorter route 14 is after the new division. I can neatly zigzag across the whole uptown residential area, whereas previously on double shift, I had to either reverse bits of the route or just give up on the thought of economic driving and do all the rows one after another.

I do not miss the old 14. Not even a little.

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Feb. 21st, 2019 08:55 am
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Thank you to [personal profile] romantical for the birthday card, you're the best. And thank you to everyone who posted birthday wishes/emails after my last post. I still need to reply to everything, but they were all appreciated loads ♥

Life has been busy, on my actual birthday we met Corey in Newcastle for dinner, then went to see WarHorse at the theatre, and staging and production wise it was stunning. But somehow I didn't actually like it. I'm sitting here trying to find the words to explain why it didn't work for me, but can't. It was just one of those things where something fell flat.

We've been to Mog on the Tyne, which I enjoyed but as it's half term atm the cafe was packed to capacity so we didn't have the usual relaxing visit. We were going to go to Dog and Scone but have decided to wait until next week as that was packed when we walked past, too.

I've been to dinner with the sibs, James and Kay's new girlfriend. She remains lovely and fitted in with us beautifully.

I finished watching Umbrella Academy last night, and man, that last ep was something else. I loved it loads, and will probably have more thoughts at a later point. But briefly, yeah, I loved it, but not everything.

Fresia was at the vet's yesterday. Her ear has healed but we got a breakdown for the costs of her tooth op and it's over £600 so goodbye summer holiday, it was nice thinking about you.

James had bought me clothes for the rest of his presents. cut as I talk about body stuff )

Still haven't read any no tags or added more to my h/c bingo mini-challenge, which is a shame as it was going nicely. Maybe tonight I'll do both as I'm heading out for the morning soon, and then off to the hospital to see my MiL.

I've posted some photos of the last few days on my Insta if anyone is interested.

And with that quick catchup, I must get ready to go out.

Live From Instagram

Feb. 21st, 2019 08:54 am
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Painting at midnight. #crosspost
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Documentary Now! unsurprisingly takes some big swings in its season three premiere. From this start, this has been an ambitious, weird series that strikes an impressive balance between niche, specific jokes and broader comedy. It has to play to viewers who might not be familiar with the source material it’s skewering…

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My Plagiarism

Feb. 21st, 2019 08:32 am
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Posted by Scott Alexander

I was going back over yesterday’s post, and something sounded familiar about this paragraph:

A very careless plagiarist takes someone else’s work and copies it verbatim: “The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell”. A more careful plagiarist takes the work and changes a few words around: “The mitochondria is the energy dynamo of the cell”. A plagiarist who is more careful still changes the entire sentence structure: “In cells, mitochondria are the energy dynamos”. The most careful plagiarists change everything except the underlying concept, which they grasp at so deep a level that they can put it in whatever words they want – at which point it is no longer called plagiarism.

After rereading it a few times, it hit me. A few days ago, I’d come across this quote from Miss Manners:

There are three possible parts to a date, of which at least two must be offered: entertainment, food, and affection. It is customary to begin a series of dates with a great deal of entertainment, a moderate amount of food, and the merest suggestion of affection. As the amount of affection increases, the entertainment can be reduced proportionately. When the affection IS the entertainment, we no longer call it dating.

I laughed at it, I thought it was great, and I stored it in my head as the sort of thing I should quote at some point in order to sound witty.

And although I wasn’t consciously thinking about it at the time, I’m sure the last sentence of my paragraph comes from the last sentence of Miss Manners’. It would be easy to dismiss it as a coincidence, it probably seems like a coincidence to you, I can’t explain how I know that the one comes from the other, but when I replay in my mind the process that made me write that, it’s obvious that it did.

This sort of thing happens to me all the time. It’s just that it’s especially ironic when it happens in a paragraph about plagiarism, in a post about how writers blend everything they’ve read into a slurry and spew it out, somewhat transformed. I wrote that “the difference is how finely you blend”, and this is a not-so-rare example of my blending so coarsely that identifiable chunks of my sources have ended up in my own text.

Sometimes I identify turns of phrase that I’ve picked up from other people. Other times it’s more subtle; a style, a way of looking at the world, a method of reasoning. All of these are just different levels of pattern. My writing style is a slurry of the writing styles of everyone I’ve read and enjoyed, with some pieces chunkier than others. I think my worldview and my reasoning style are too, it’s just less obvious.

Just One Thing (21 February 2019)

Feb. 21st, 2019 08:06 am
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!

WWII Baby Named for Air Raid Shelter

Feb. 21st, 2019 07:30 am
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Posted by Nancy Man

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Anderson air raid shelter (unburied)

On the night of August 28, 1940, German planes dropped bombs over London and other places in Britain. The air raid started around 9 pm and lasted for more than seven hours.

During the early hours of August 29th, a woman identified as Mrs. Plume gave birth to a 7-pound baby boy inside an Anderson air raid shelter buried in the back garden of a house in North London.

[He] was the first baby to be born in a shelter. He has been named John Anderson Plume, after Sir John Anderson, Minister for Home Security, after whom Anderson shelters are called.

The birth took place on a blanket-covered wooden bench by the light of a motor-cycle head lamp.

Source: “Many Areas Attacked by German Raiders.” Argus [Melbourne] 30 Aug. 1940: 1.

A note on Finnish politics

Feb. 21st, 2019 08:32 am
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The Parliamentary Election is in April and I am so done with everything already.

[I typed up a mile-long post screeching incoherently about the particulars, but you know what, it was sort of cathartic in itself. I think all you need to know is that the current cabinet is the most male-dominated in the history of the Finnish Parliament, and also the most right-wing*, don't know how legislation works, and in a classic move are now throwing individual ministers under the bus. Not that they don't deserve it.

* for a modern definition of right wing. I suppose the very first government, Svinhufvud 1917, would technically win this fight.]

Emotional Intimacy Question: Wishing

Feb. 21st, 2019 01:02 am
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Folks have mentioned an interest in questions and conversations that make them think. So I've decided to offer more of those. This is the current list.

19. If a genie granted you three wishes right now, what would you wish for?

1. I wish you free.

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