Queens of the Night

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I have always been fascinated with the way superstition and/or faith effects a society and its day to day life. My interest is only increased when the faith in question is not part of the mainstream, such as is found in the New Orleans Voodoo culture in the 19th century.

The famous Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau, is a fascinating figure in and of herself, as well as a wonderful window into the rich tapestry of underground New Orleans before the turn of the century. As such, I was very pleased when I found an excellent overview of her life (or lives) and her importance to African American and Southern American culture.

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The Stars Above

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Continuing the recent technology trend here at the blog, I wished to share with you all, my darling readers, an upcoming bit of software that I am truly excited about. I have always adored looking at stars, but never had the equipment, time or patience to really delve into the observation of distant worlds.

The wise ogres of Microsoft however are about to introduce a way for me to borrow the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as other major astronomical instruments, to do my stargazing. Now, if only I could aim it into a few bedroom windows I know of….

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Lip Service

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My interest in seasonal romance is continuing, dear readers…but thankfully for many of you, I am stay strictly above the waist for the moment. WAY above the waist, in fact.

There is no more fundamental act of love, and perhaps no more misunderstood one, than kissing. So much can be meant with a kiss that often they are misunderstood, or mean different things to the kisser and the kissee. However, important research is ongoing to help us sort out the inner meanings of the kiss.

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Attend the Tale of Sweeney Todd

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I am pleased to say that after much hope and longing, I have FINALLY seen the new version of Sweeney Todd! <APPLAUSE>

Since I posted several stories in advance of the release of this film, it is only fair that I post a sort of review now, for those of you who may not have seen it (beware, possible slight spoilers ahead)…or for those who did and are curious as to my appraisal.

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Puberty at Line Speed

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Most all of us, in one way or another, were raised by technology. Computers, televisions, video games, they were out playmates during out teenage years…and the windows we began to look at society through. Of course, that doesn’t even hold an LED to what kids today have in that realm, but we were the pioneer. If that had not been the case, we would not be here now, in Caledon, blazing a brave new trail through the metaverse. Such a childhood, even then, had it’s own unique pitfalls and perils, joys and heartbreaks.

I recently came across an essay that I felt captured the experience so perfectly, or my adolescence and that of so many other of my fellow residents that I felt I needed to share it with all of you. I imagine you will read it with bittersweet, knowing smiles as I did.

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A Digression by Frost

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Today I came across a poem by my favorite poet, Robert Frost, that I had not read in a long long time and was moved enough to wish to share. So here it is.

Meeting And Passing

As I went down the hill along the wall
There was a gate I had leaned at for the view
And had just turned from when I first saw you
As you came up the hill. We met. But all
We did that day was mingle great and small
Footprints in summer dust as if we drew
The figure of our being less that two
But more than one as yet. Your parasol
Pointed the decimal off with one deep thrust.
And all the time we talked you seemed to see
Something down there to smile at in the dust.
(Oh, it was without prejudice to me!)
Afterward I went past what you had passed
Before we met and you what I had passed.

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Now playing: Barenaked Ladies – Down To Earth
via FoxyTunes

Let it Snow…

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My darling readers….I am posting the following story simply because I feel when something happens so incredibly rarely as to be almost unheard of, so as to be a thin of near-magical legend which brings a nation to a halt as people travel for hours just to see it, occurring perhaps once every few years at best for a day or two at a time, that is must be commemorated.

Therefore, I give you… snow.

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