May 18th, 2007

little review

Poem for Friday

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My power was out most of the morning, so I got a slow start on being productive...couldn't shower, couldn't use the computer, so I took a long walk (it was a magnificent 65 degrees) and counted chipmunks, who seem to be out in force in the neighborhood, zipping brazenly across people's yards. This is heartening because at lunchtime we met with the contractor who is going to fix our front step, finally, because even though we are attached to the chipmunk who lives under there, the step is becoming something of a hazard. I'm hoping the chipmunk has other hidey-holes, since I frequently see him all over our neighbors' yards before he dives under the steps.

I discovered Leela and Ellie Grace while musician friend-hopping on MySpace pages (Pat Egan to Laura Byrne and on); their songs "Goddess" and "Echoes of the Ancients" make me think of the Indigo Girls from the old days. And I got this pretty ring in the mail...I had seen a very similar one at the Chalice Well shop in Glastonbury, but I really wanted to get the one with the two goddesses holding up an amethyst and I didn't think I could get away with buying both. But I had $15 for doing a long Nielsen survey and The Wiccan Glade sent me a 20% off coupon, so I figured that must be a sign.

In less happy news, I heard via greenman_review that Lloyd Alexander has died. As I said on Twitter, he won't get one tenth the press Falwell did, but I bet Prydain had a positive influence on more children than the Moral Majority's hate-filled invective. Also, we're always hearing about the human risk from West Nile virus but this is the first report I've seen in the non-scientific media on the enormous loss to birds, and by extension the ecosystem. (Do Canadian geese get West Nile? Because it seems to me that we're seeing fewer goslings this year than usual.) Sigh. Speaking of birds:

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I tried to catch up on Trek news, something for which I have little tolerance these days, between Takei, Shatner and Abrams saying the same things over and over (with me expected to cover it every time they do) and then someone writing in to complain that TrekToday is obviously prejudiced against Jeri Ryan because we didn't do a story about how Shark is moving in the fall, something CBS announced, oh, yesterday, and it didn't hit the news until this morning (the note was from a fake Yahoo! address, as I discovered when I tried to reply with links to the previous stories we've done on Shark's success). I am not at all happy about the fact that Boston Legal may move from Tuesday nights -- with my luck they'll put it on opposite Shark or one of the rare shows I actually watch. If it's on against Smallville I wonder if I will even have a dilemma! Collapse )