kpn at highland games '07

Mostly Friends-Only

Though I do occasionally make public posts here on eljay, most of these posts are visible only to friends.

My more public writing is generally found on my blogspot blog, or in the other public fora I frequent. See sidebar for links.

Comment if you'd like to be added, even if you friended me a while ago but have never posted a comment in my journal. (I rarely check my userinfo, so I may not know you joined.) Tell me a bit about yourself. If I know you from elsewhere, tell me who you are. Sometimes I will read someone's journal for a while before I decide whether or not to friend them back.

I'm rarely here these days, so this is more of an archive. But if I get too sick of FB, maybe I'll be back more often.

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skeptical rabbit, yeah right

Writer's Block: News development

What's the first major news event that you remember hearing about as a child? Where did you learn about it? How did it impact your world view?

A bunch blur together... all of them protests and funerals.

As a child in the 1960s, the television coverage of the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy both stand out and blur together in my mind. Though I was too young to remember the assassination of JFK, the footage from his funeral was replayed at that time as well, and it all became this sense of, "Public leaders who inspire people get shot by crazy men. Everyone watches TV and cries. What on earth will become of this world?"

Growing up with the Vietnam war on TV was a major formative experience for me. We played "Vietnam" on the playground in elementary school. I have vivid memories of televised protests against the war, and the riots at the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. After I was in school, it was the Watergate hearings on TV every day.

All of this played a huge part in who I became: Someone who has never trusted the government. Someone who believes all politicians lie. Someone who has never identified with the mainstream. Someone who sees activism as normal, and indeed a required and healthy part of human life under an oppressive regime.
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    talking heads - life during wartime
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At the standing stones

Grian-Stad Geamhraidh: A' Ghrian

For those who aren't on the feed for my blogspot blog:

Fàilte ort féin, a ghrian nan tràth,
'S tu siubhail ard nan speur;
Do cheumaibh treun air sgéith nan ard,
'S tu màthair àigh nan reul.

Thu laighe sìos an cuan na dìth
Gun dìobhail is gun sgàth,
Thu 'g éirigh suas air stuagh na sìth,
Mar rìoghain òg fo bhlàth.

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curt wild, ugly memories, kiss me like the ocean breeze

"Redeemed through pain, Not through joy"

Jim Carroll (August 1, 1949 – September 11, 2009)

I don't know how I didn't hear about this till now. Light upon your path, Jim, your words and music were the soundtracks to some key times in my life. Whether pogoing on the porch in Dorchester to "People Who Died", wandering the streets of Cambridge singing songs from "Catholic Boy", singing "Them" while lost on the South Side of Chicago at 3am, or subtitling a photo essay with lyrics from Jealous Twin ("She moves through the black door / She turns toward the desperate light"), your words captured my mind and heart during a time in my life when my emotions and events around me were intense, violent, and difficult to survive. Thank you for helping me through those passages.

This song is for you my brother.

Goodbye Killumbus

New Age Death Sweat III - Response by Arvol Lookinghorse

stupid people make my brain sad

Plastic Death Sweat

2 Dead, 3 Critical, More Hospitalized

James Arthur Ray promised to make them Spiritual Warriors.

The newage, pyramid-scheming, scam artist crammed 21 people into a plastic sweatlodge. In the hot, wet dark with the man who had no idea how to lead an Indian ceremony, and no connection to any culture that could have taught him how (or told him this was a really bad idea), they sweated for two hours... till two were dead, three were unconscious, and everyone else went to the hospital.