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Queer As Folk

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When Queer As Folk ended, like many, I was unsatisfied with that ending so, I began a journey that became this fanfic, which continues the story of most of the main characters while also introducing several new ones. There is also an underlying narrative provided by the Editors of The Brian Kinney Operating Manual that Michael was always so fond of quoting to Justin. This fanfic spans nearly sixty years and in that time people die, but before they do, a lot of living happens and in almost every case, those lives are lived to the fullest of my capabilities. From Daphne to Ted, from Jennifer to Carl, everyone has the life I would have wished for them including Brian and Justin.

Short Stories
Christmas Stories

Adam Lambert & Tommy Joe Ratliff
My one, my only. During the 2010 tour, Tommy deals with his frustrations in the only way he knows how, by not talking to Adam, by not talking to anyone, by taking matters into his own hands, thereby eventually making the situation so very uneasy, Adam must finally confront him. Some angst  but with a better future available to them if they chose to take it.

Original StoriesGwynedd_Aldenicon quantum
EssaysThese three essays are about Fundamental Particles and some of what I consider to be the most awesome objects in the cosmos like Stars & where they are born and Black Holes & Quasars.

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According to an article in Atlas Obscura entitled:
Some Pilots Are Using Their Flight Paths to Draw in the Sky

The laces section of this sneaker-shaped flight path were probably pretty fun to fly.
Chad Davis/CloudAhoy

From Atlas Obscura:
In general, the sky isn’t a great medium for creativity. Your options are limited to a banner pulled behind a plane, or using special smoke to write giant letters that will get swept away by the wind—maybe before you reach the end of the message. But there’s another way that pilots express themselves, though it’s not immediately apparent to the ground-bound. Using a flight tracking program called CloudAhoy, pilots around the country have been drawing some intricate designs in the sky for a contest to see who can most effectively merge their skills in the air with their creative flair.

The contest, called the Wild Blue Doodle and put on by aviation company Lightspeed, challenged pilots to “create a work of art in the sky” with their flight paths, as tracked by the software, for a chance to win a new headset (worth $850). Pilots around the country took advantage of the chance to show off. The large-scale designs include a sneaker, Snoopy in his “World War I Flying Ace” guise, a howling wolf, and even a self-portrait of sorts—one pilot flew his DA40 plane in the shape of a DA40.

For the rest of the article and three more example of sky-art, with my favorite at the end, please click here and enjoy!!

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I had heard bout these guys several years ago and am very glad to learn about how well they are now (at least as of 2015) doing because, as you can tell from my top-of-the-journal photo, I love wolves and coyotes. And dogs are pretty cool too :)

From The Economist on Medium: Greater than the sum of its parts_It is rare for a new animal species to emerge in front of scientists’ eyes. But this seems to be happening in eastern North America.
          Like some people who might rather not admit it, wolves faced with a scarcity of potential sexual partners are not beneath lowering their standards. It was desperation of this sort, biologists reckon, that led dwindling wolf populations in southern Ontario to begin, a century or two ago, breeding widely with dogs and coyotes. The clearance of forests for farming, together with the deliberate persecution which wolves often suffer at the hand of man, had made life tough for the species. That same forest clearance, though, both permitted coyotes to spread from their prairie homeland into areas hitherto exclusively lupine, and brought the dogs that accompanied the farmers into the mix.

For the rest of this short article, click here!

And enjoy :)

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From TedEd:


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no title Task 16_Project_50 BOOKS
In order to complete this task, I will need to read about five books per month which, frankly, is daunting but I managed last year so...maybe. And it is a task I did NOT complete for September

37_A Feast for Crows by George RR Martin
38_Bookclub recommendation _When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

no title Task 17_Project_100 MOVIES (To include completed series)
In order to complete this task, I will need to watch about 10 movies per month, a task I completed for September

81_Batman Begins_2005_Christian Bale, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy, Michael Caine
82_Guest of Cindy Sherman_2008_Paul H-O Film producer, Cindy Sherman, John Waters
83_The Secret of Drawing_The Line of Enquiry_Four 1-hour episodes BBC series, presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon, that explores how drawing has shaped our lives
84_Ride Lonesome_1959_Randolph Scott, Pernell Roberts, Karen Steele, James Coburn, Lee Van Cleef
85_Mr Church_Eddie Murphy, Britt Robertson, Mckenna Grace
86_Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present_2012_Artist documentary
87_The Desert of Forbidden Art_2011_Collector & Curator documentary
88_Lincoln_2012_Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook plus so many more
89_Robert Rauschenberg: Pop Art Pioneer_BBC Documentary 2016
90_La La Land_2016_Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, J. K. Simmons

Dribs & Drabs

Actually...none :)


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Entitled: How to Distract an Egyptian Cat God which does seem pretty appropriate.


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I love these little 'Day In The Lives of...' that NASA gives us. Just so we can get a taste of what it's like for the ISS dwellers!
And by-the-way did you know that the International Space Station has been continually occupied, by over 100 astronauts, since November 2, 2000? Which means we are working toward 17 years. And seriously, that is quite a long time

From: NASA Johnson
Astronauts on the International Space Station eat the same kinds of food as people on Earth—they just prepare them differently. Expedition 50 commander Shane Kimbrough demonstrates on-orbit preparation of one of Earth’s most popular foods: the humble peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But without bread. And without being a juggler.

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Talk about messing with the fourth wall :) If you missed this on the Emmy's, which I did, finding it instead at AdAge, then watch & enjoy!!

From Netflix: 'Netflix is a joke. There, we said it. Brand new stand-up specials from Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, and Jerry Seinfeld are coming soon. Only on Netflix'.

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For more beautiful, and poignant, photographs, please go here :)


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...knows that I have a 'thing' for all things NASA.jpg
And not just because my father worked there throughout my formative years. I just like NASA .

For instance, they find interesting and fun ways to involve the public in their adventures in space exploration.
               Case in point, waaaaay back in 1995 or so, I came across, and no, I don't remember how, signature postcards addressed to the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) located almost locally, mid-way between here and LA, at the California Institute of Technology, that if they were returned in a timely manner would become part of a golden disc of collected signatures that would be included onboard the Cassini spacecraft on its journey to Saturn.

This golden disc, along with its over 205,000.engraved signatures, would eventually meet its demise by plunging into the planet itself. In some far off and distant future, I could barely imagined, the signatures of my mom, who actually died just before Cassini launched in 1997, my dad, who died ten years later, and me and my then husband of 10 years, 30 now, would all burn up in Saturn's atmosphere thereby, in my mind, allowing us to become a part of the very composition of Saturn itself.

After its highly successful 20 year journey, Cassini is now orbiting between Saturn's inner-most ring and the planet’s surface and will tomorrow, Friday September 15, 2017, meet its demise with a slow and controlled descent into Saturn's atmosphere. For me, this is bittersweet because I have been able to imagine all this time, my parents signatures traveling through space. Mine and David's too, and tomorrow that ends.

Still, tomorrow we become, in a way, a part of Saturn and that is pretty, pretty cool too. So, thank you NASA for allowing us to journey along with you in such a personal way. I am in your gratitude .And Cassini, you will be missed.

If you want more info, follow the link to The Grand Finale Tool Kit and do a bit of exploring yourself.


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From: Ted_Ed
Mastering any physical skill takes practice. Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement, and it helps us perform with more ease, speed, and confidence. But what does practice actually do to make us better at things? Annie Bosler and Don Greene explain how practice affects the inner workings of our brains.

I've taken much of this little vid's advice to heart so, I hope you enjoy and can learn from it too!!

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I posted a little meme, six questions about five things such as '5 things on my to-do list:' one of which was 'Do speed drawing (this is sketching for 30 mins...' an exercise which, obviously I hope, the drawings below aren't a part of.

techgirl_on_ij and lisa_thecat were both sweet enough to ask me to post some of my drawings and I have decided to do so since I never really have.

If you click on a drawing,which I would suggest especially with the horse and the tree, Livejournal will, kindly, make the image larger as three of these are about 20 by 30 inches with the other two, a bit smaller.

They are: An ice flow; An abstract; A tree; A horse; and A grove of trees done on gray paper. You can hardly tell the difference since my lighting was off, but the rest are done a white paper so the drawings are, in fact, are more warm than cool.


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I haven't posted any 'just photos' since like March or something so, since I have a couple floating around cluttering up the space on my deaktop, I think I will. And in no particular order. Well, alright, some order is involved.

We ventured forth into downtown San Jose one evening to see The Book of Mormon and while on our way to the theater, we passed by what I think is a lovely view of the Guadalupe River Parkway which is three miles of winding river and parklands running through our fair city. Biking, running, walking all that healthy stuff is done within it. Before the parkway, when it was just a river, it would flood, especially in the downtown area, frequently. No more. The parkway not only makes the environs around the river more beautiful and useful, but more safe as well.

My take on the eclipse, little dancing half-mmons on the ground. Me included!!

These candles represent the Great Balckout of August 2017 which lasted a nerve-wracking 10 HOURS, from 6pm to 4am. How we made it through I'll never know. And honestly, if it hadn't been for my fully-charged Kindle this night could have ended very differently.
              Saturday's temp, indoors, outdoors, a day I, personally, zombie-ed through with only the vaguest of recollections remaining. Weird how that can happen.

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no title Task 16_Project_50 BOOKS
In order to complete this task, I will need to read about five books per month which, frankly, is daunting but I managed last year so...maybe. And it is a task I did NOT complete for August

A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin
Bookclub recommendation_Mrs Houdini by Victoria Kelly
ART_5_Creating Texture in Colored Pencil by Gary Greene

no title Task 17_Project_100 MOVIES (To include completed series)
In order to complete this task, I will need to watch about 10 movies per month, a task I completed for August

John Wick: Chapter 2_2017_Keanu Reeves, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo
Bride of Frankenstein_1935_Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive
Edge of Tomorrow_2014_Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton
Dunkirk_2017_Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh
National Gallery_2014_Behind-the-scenes documentary at the National Gallery in London
Logan_2017_Hugh Jackman, Boyd Holbrook, Patrick Stewart, Stephen Merchant
John Reacher_2012_Tom Cruise, Werner Herzog, Lee Child, Rosamund Pike
Spider-Man: Homecoming_2017_Zendaya, Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei
Brillo Box (3 Cents off)_2016_Art Documentary
The Royal Tenenbaums_2001_Gene Hackman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston, Danny Glover, Ben Stiller, Alec Baldwin

Dribs & Drabs
11_ I readthe third book in the Ice & Fire series, A Storm of Swowrds

53 to 54_Read 5 art-related books
1_The Complete Colored Pencil Book by Bernard Poulin
     I book I had long had but never bothered to read but from which, now that I really want to explore colored pencils, I learned a lot.
2_Eyewitness Art: Color by Alison Cole
    A book I had bought for Aaron back in the day which touches on all the fundementals of color
3_A Girl Reading by Katie Ward
     The only book I bought for this task, it tells the stories, through historical-fiction, of several through-the-ages paintings and more recently social media, of women reading.
4_Painting With Water-Soluble Colored Pencils by Gary Greene
5_Creating Texture in Colored Pencil by Gary Greene
     Nos 4 & 5 were books that had belong to my dad and that I now have also read :)

Ever onward ***

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This post is about making a committment that I've made to myself public because I read in an article in Medium that doing so would solidify that committment-to-myself and I think I believe that's true and for me this is about as public as it gets. I've long talked about my little project with Aaron, as it involves him but more on that later, and plan on 'going public' with both my bookclub and coffee klatch.soon-ish.

My committment is that I will finally create to completion, by January 2018, and publish on the Kindle platform, by February 2018, the children's book that has been floating around in my head for about a decade. It will be done with a fairly typical narration, a child's imaginative take on her world, but done, I think, with a fairly original illustration-style.

I have the outlining done, the formatting done, and the dialogue, 21 pages written drabble-style in order to restrict my tendency to over-write, done.

And now, I'm on to the illustrations. There will be 23 drawings in-total with 11 as 1-page spreads and 12 as 2-page spreads. I'm going to do three different illustration-styles each requiring different media. This is what is making me nervous especially since I don't draw from imagination and I think that what I hope to accomplish will require this skill.

I am planning on updating here periodically. I suppose I should make a committment as to when. How about once a month unless otherwise inidcated?

So ever onward! And thank you for your time.

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The trick with this is that you are supposed to answer these questions honestly. I did - can you?

1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth?
A lemon bar

2. Where was your profile picture taken?
I have no profile picture. I use a ton of icons and they are from ALL over

3. Worst pain you've ever experienced?
A cluster migrain

4. Who was the last person to make you laugh?

5. How late did you stay up last night?
11 or so pm

6. If you could move somewhere else, where would it be?
New York City.

7. Ever been kissed under fireworks?

8. Which of your Facebook friends lives closest to you?
Eileen, Lyn & Elizabeth all live within a few blocks but most friends live out of state which IS the point :)

9. How do you feel about turkey burgers?
Turkey can be dry so, if I'm going to bother, I'll go with hanburger

10. When was the last time you cried?
Several months ago. I had decided that my family sucked on just so many levels that I couldn't even understand why I was still bothering. By next day, all was reasonable again.

11. Who took your profile photo?
Have many. Can't know.

12. Who was the last person you took a picture with
My coffee-clutch ladies at dinner about three weeks ago

13. What's your favorite season?

14. If you could have any career.

15. Do you think relationships are ever worth it?

16. If you could talk to ANYONE right now, who would it be?
My dad

17. Are you a good influence?
I'm a reasonable influence. If someone is a little too tilt, I may try and ease them back a bit. But, on the other hand, if someone plays by the rules a little too much, I will probably push them a bit to challenge their status quo.

18. Does pineapple belong on pizza?

19. You have the remote, what channel are you watching?
Concast 943_Soundscapes music_All instrumental music all the time

20. Who do you think will fill this out?
Only time will tell

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5 things you’ll find in my bag:
Wallet_Keys_Auto registration_Phone_Reusable bag

5 things you’ll find in my bedroom:
Holiday books_Clothes_Aaron's Mother's Day cards on display_Some of my favorite framed things (my father's drawings, his mother's needle point)_Some of my more breakable collectables

5 things I’ve always wanted to do:
Publish a children's book (working on it)_Live in New York (not working on it)_Live high up in a tall tall and modern building_Take my family to Europe_See my drawings in a gallery

5 things that make me happy:
Reading_Doing events with my family_My bookclub_Drawing_Finding sane voices in an otherwise insane country

5 things I’m currently into:
My Mission101_A udemy course called The Ultimate Drawing Course_Reading The Ice and Fire series_Working on my kid's book

5 things on my to-do list:
Today's list includes, but is not limited to:
          Prune back 2 agapanthus by driveway_Write an entry in Aaron's journal_Make an entry to online journal (see this)_Do speed drawing (this is sketching for 30 mins using only a #2 pencil & an eraser form life or photos)_Dust den tables & clean under den sofa & chair cushions

Now you!!

And done is done **
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I think, as these periodically come along, I'll post them here because they really are speedy yet full of information about ISS!
NASA.jpg From: YouTube NASA Johnson_The International Space Station is a one-of-a-kind spot for scientists who want to do experiments where there’s no gravity, to find out how other natural forces function without gravity’s influence. In this “SpeedyTime” segment, Expedition 52 flight engineer Jack Fischer uses a few simple tools to demonstrate what happens to water in space when there’s no pull of gravity.


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I think, as these periodically come along, I'll post them here because they really are speedy yet full of information about ISS!
NASA.jpg From: YouTube NASA Johnson_Doing groundbreaking science can mean working with dangerous materials; how do the astronauts on the International Space Station protect themselves and their ship in those cases? They use the Microgravity Science Glovebox: in this “SpeedyTime” segment Expedition 52 flight engineer Peggy Whitson pulls a rack out of the wall of the Destiny Laboratory to show us how astronauts access a sealed environment for science and technology experiments that involve potentially hazardous



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