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Reading List 4 of 2022

April 30, 2022

RIP, Letizia Battaglia (1935–2022), Italian photographer & photojournalist; Taylor Hawkins (1972–2022), drummer for Foo Fighters; Richard Howard, American poet & translator (1929–2022)

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Covers from 3.30.22 through 4.30.22                    

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I watched 9 things via streaming/Instagram/YouTube. Baltimore County Public Library system supplied 9 of the books. Libraries outside of Baltimore County, via Inter-Library Loan, supplied the other 11 items.

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Art ~ Fiber:

  1. Fiber: Sculpture, 1960–Present, edited by Jenelle Porter
  2. Textiles: Collection of the Museum of International Folk Art by Bobbie Sumberg, photos by Addison Doty

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Art:

  1. The Bird King: An Artist’s Notebook by Shaun Tan
  2. Joan Mitchell | I carry my landscapes around with me ~ David Zwirner Books
  3. Mickalene Thomas | I Can’t See You Without Me ~ Wexner Center for the Arts
  4. Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947–2016, organized & edited by Paul Schimmel and Jenni Sorkin
  5. Women in Abstraction, edited by Christine Macel and Karolina Ziebinska-Lewandowska

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Fiction:

  1. Getting His Game Back by Gia de Cadenet
  2. The Institute by Stephen King
  3. Loveless by Alice Oseman {protagonist, Georgia, is aro-ace}
  4. [SFF] Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard
  5. [SFF] Thorn by Intisar Khanani

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Culture & History:

  1. Follow the Flock: How Sheep Shaped Human Civilization by Sally Coulthard
  2. The Language of the Goddess by Marija Gimbutas [1989]
  3. The Slavs by Marija Gimbutas [1971]

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Miscellaneous:

  1. 50 Unbelievable Women… by Saundra Mitchell
  2. How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell
  3. Waterlight: Selected Poems by Kathleen Jamie
  4. Why Art Cannot Be Taught: A Handbook for Art Students by James Elkins [2001]

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Miscellaneous ~ Videos:

  1. 200 Songs that ’80s Kids Grew Up With by Jillboard 100
  2. Top 80 Songs You Didn’t Know Were Covers and Their Originals by Isiajno
  3. Why pop music is obsessed with this one note by Andrew Huang

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~ AO3 Fanfics ~

  • Harry Potter  // read 104 works; 4,072,603 words

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Films & TV:

  1. Portait of a Lady on Fire, directed by Céline Sciamma
  2. Turning Red, directed by Domee Shi
  3. Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, directed by Casey Patterson, et al.
  4. Julia ~ 1.01–1.05
  5. Miracle Workers ~ 1.01–1.07, 2.01, 2.02, 3.01
  6. Welcome to Earth ~ 1.01, 1.06
  7. The Great Pottery Throw Down, season 1; ½ of seasons 2 & 3

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Reading List 3 of 2022

March 25, 2022

RIP, Urzo (1927–2022), our neighbor, who lived independently in her own apartment since being widowed in 1994

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Covers from 3.3.22 through 3.24.22                      

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I/we own 2 of these items. I watched 8 things via streaming/Instagram/YouTube. Baltimore County Public Library system supplied 3 of the books. Libraries outside of Baltimore County, via Inter-Library Loan, supplied the other 7 items.

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Fashion & Fiber Arts:

  1. Lithuanian National Costume by Anastasia Tamošaitienė and Antanas Tamošaitis* [1979]

*married couple, Canadian-Lithuanian, who were tapestry weavers & painters

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Fashion & Fiber Arts ~~Videos~~:

  1. 5 Weeks of Wardrobe Planning Tips by Seamwork [series]
  2. 7 Tips to Help You Stop Hating Your Wardrobe… by Odessa Denby

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Fiction:

  1. Shadow Life, written by Hiromi Goto, illustrated by Ann Xu [2017 grad of MICA]
  2. Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

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Baltic:

  1. Amber & Rye: A Baltic Food Journey by Zuza Zak
  2. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland, edited by Amy McKenna
  3. The Latvians in America, 1640–1973, compiled & edited by Maruta Kārklis, et al. [1974]
  4. Lithuania – Cultures of the World series, 2nd ed. – by Sakina Kagda and Zawiah Abdul Latif [2007]

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Miscellaneous:

  1. Dandelion & Quince by Michelle McKenzie, photos by Rick Poon
  2. Micromastery by Robert Twigger
  3. Modern Art in Eastern Europe: From the Baltic to the Balkans, c. 1890–1939 by S. A. Mansbach [1999]
  4. Myth in Surrealist Painting, 1929–1939 by Whitney Chadwick [1980]

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~ AO3 Fanfics ~

  • Harry Potter  // read 69 works; 2,830,753 words

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Films & TV:

  1. Emma., directed by Autumn de Wilde
  2. Bao, written & directed by Domee Shi
  3. Belfast, written & directed by Kenneth Branagh {heartbreaking in the best way}
  4. Embracing the Panda, directed by Erica Milsom
  5. Ghostbusters: Afterlife, directed by Jason Reitman  {awful – I kept falling asleep}
  6. Turning Red, directed by Domee Shi  {Spouse liked it even more than me}
  7. Welcome to Earth ~ 1.02–1.05

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Dream: 3.10.2022

March 11, 2022

I’m on a train whose interior is spacious enough to be a train station waiting room. Clumps of people are milling about, but there’s also lots of open space. There are no seats.

Abruptly (at a stop?), people flood in. The open spaces fill up.

Two persons crowd me on either side. Hurriedly, I fumble in my purse for my mask. I drop it. Someone steps on it.  

I get out my second mask. It slips out of my fingers.

In my purse I know I have a 3rd mask, but I’m afraid to lose it, too.

But there’s all these people! Up close! No one is wearing a mask.

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Now I’m sitting, backpack purse in my lap. I grab my last mask, which is blue, and awkwardly hold it against my face. It’s not sufficient, it’s not good, but it’s something.

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The woman to my left eyes me compassionately, asks me if I’m immuno-compromised. Hell, maybe I am, I don’t know for sure, but I say Yes. She says she’ll get off at the next stop; she walks away. Other people leave the area too. I relax a tiny bit.

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Later, I exit the train. I realize the station is completely unfamiliar — I have no idea where I am.

I wake up.

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NOTES:

I’m still double-masking whenever I leave the apartment, even to get the mail (inside), or take out the recycling (outside). I wear a KN95, covered with a cloth mask.

For the past ~7 months, I’ve only entered enclosed spaces for medical appointments; brief library visits to pick up held books. No shopping. No coffee shops or restaurants. No cinema. No grocery. No florist or plant nursery. (Dammit.)

If I’m on a walk, and there’s no one around, I usually take the masks off — no matter what I’ve tried, my glasses fog up, impairing my visibility. Masks also jam the gears in my brain, even after 2 years. It’s super annoying, as I was sure my brain would eventually get accustomed to them. Nope.

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I don’t carry extra masks in my purse.

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In the dream, surprisingly, it was my real backpack purse. Usually in dreams, even items I always have handy — wallet, keys, phone — appear as generic versions completely unlike the real things.

Maybe this happened because I recently decided I should name my purse. It’s accompanied me on many adventures in various places during the 16 years I’ve had it. It’s only ~2 years younger than my car, and my car has always had a name.  

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The 3rd mask was blue fabric, heathered. Not quite denim, not quite teal, but something similar.

I don’t wear any cloth masks with medium blue/teal in them. I rotate between 4: pink/aqua/green floral on ivory, lime batik, orange batik; and the one I wear most often, green leaves on white.  

Notable colors in dreams are significant, due to my synesthesia. So, what could a blue/teal mask mean?

{I took a break to consider this, and then a visual migraine started up. Black/white/red/blue blinking zigzags in my right-center visual field are disordering my thinking and typing. Ugh.}

I’ve been working on a project with my personal-history photos since last summer. It took me months to recognize that I used to wear medium-to-deep teal as often as I did … not simply because I like the color. (Or because it’s my eye color.) I wore teal because it felt protective. I felt like I was protected … from ordinary levels of animus anyway. I felt like I could face … people [difficult people, I mean] … and keep my equanimity, when I wore deep teal.

These days, I don’t even own any garments that are deep teal.

I do have several medium teal/aqua garments, very friendly, that I’ve been wearing for years. The rug in my studio is medium aqua and spring green.

‘Denim blue’, for clothes, is sort of interesting. All my jeans are dark wash, so not ‘denim blue’. When I think of shades of blue I like, there’s a bunch: indigo (deep), navy/midnight, cobalt, royal,  azure, all the ceruleans, sky, cloud blue (pale). Not ‘denim’, though.  

In the dream, though, I think the color of the 3rd mask was protective.

Maybe it was suggesting I’m in flux? I no longer need protection from difficult people, but the world can still be overwhelming enough that I might need help getting (or recovering the feeling of) ‘grounded’.

I do have 2 events coming up that I’ve been anxious about. Masks are required, so that specific concrete fear is irrelevant.

Maybe I’m approaching a different sort of equanimity. I can roll with what comes, hope for a bit of kindness or luck, and hold fast to the boundaries I know I need.

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Not recognizing the train station I stepped off into, well, that’s just the pandemic, surely. I haven’t figured out a framework for (thinking of) my life, now that The Before Times have stopped existing.

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Reading List 2 of 2022

February 27, 2022

RIP, Betty Davis (1945–2022), Black American singer and songwriter; Carmen Herrera (1915–2022) Cuban-American abstract painter; Aintzane Legarreta “A. L.” Mentxaka (d. 2022), Basque scholar, writer, and queer activist in Ireland; Dóra Ólafsdóttir (1912–2022), oldest Icelander ever [for ~7 weeks].

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Women.

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Covers from 1.24.22 through 2.27.22                    

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I/we own 4 of these items. I watched 7 things via streaming/Instagram/YouTube. Baltimore County Public Library system supplied 9 of the books. Libraries outside of Baltimore County, via Inter-Library Loan, supplied the other 6 items.

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Fashion & Fiber Arts:

  1. Ethnic Dress by Frances Kennett [1995] – //sections on North America and Europe only//
  2. Interpreting Themes in Textile Art by Els van Baarle and Cherilyn Martin
  3. Ottoman Embroidery by Marianne Ellis and Jennifer Wearden [2001]
  4. Radical Sewing by Kate Weiss
  5. Resilient Stitch by Claire Wellesley-Smith
  6. Textile Nature by Anne Kelly
  7. The Way We Wed: A Global History of Wedding Fashion by Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell

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Fashion & Fiber Arts ~~Videos~~:

  • I Wear Historical Fashion Daily … Here’s What’s in My Wardrobe by V. Birchwood
  • Inkle Weaving – Baltic Style Pickup by Rachel Vence [2018]
  • Save ₤$€ on Historical Fabrics by V. Birchwood

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Tansy Hargan’s online courses ~

  • From Sketchbook to Wall [recorded: Mar 2021] ~ Lessons 1-6
  • Finding Your Colour Voice [live: Feb 2022] ~ completed Exercises 1-3

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Fiction:

  1. A Room Called Earth by Madeleine Ryan {author is autistic}
  2. Axiom’s End by Lindsay Ellis
  3. Heidi by Johanna Spyri {childhood favorite} [originally published in 1881]
  4. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  5. Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

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Miscellaneous:

  1. The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop by Felicia Rose Chavez
  2. Charles Robinson [19th c. English book illustrator] by Leo de Freitas [1976]
  3. Syllabus by Lynda Barry

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Poetry:

  1. Asymmetry by Adam Zagajewski, translated from Polish by Clare Cavanagh
  2. Hapax by A. E. Stallings

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~ AO3 Fanfics ~

  • Harry Potter  // read 78 works; 3,081,281 words

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Films & TV:

  1. Brave, directed by Mark Andrews
  2. Splash, directed by Ron Howard [1984]
  3. 8 Days a Week, directed by Ron Howard
  4. WKRP in Cincinnati ~ 1.01-1.03

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Reading List 1 of 2021-22

January 21, 2022

RIP, bell hooks (1952–2021), Black intersectional feminist, author, and poet, from Kentucky;

               Betty White (1922–2021), American actress, comedian, animal advocate.

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Covers from 12.13.21 through 1.20.22                 

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I/we own 9 of these items. I watched 5 things via streaming/Instagram/YouTube. Baltimore County Public Library system supplied 5 of the books. Libraries outside of Baltimore County, via Inter-Library Loan, supplied the other 5 items.

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Fashion & Fiber Arts:

  1. 20,000 Years of Fashion by François Boucher [1967]
  2. Colour Confident Stitching by Karen Barbé
  3. Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design by Laurie Wisbrun
  4. Seeing Through Clothes by Anne Hollander [1978]
  5. Spectrum: Heritage Patterns and Colors by V&A
  6. Steampunk & Cosplay Fashion Design & Illustration by Samantha Crossland

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SFF:

  1. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
  2. Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
  3. Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
  4. The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin
  5. Tuyo by Rachel Neumeier

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Miscellaneous:

  1. Bad Choices [Algorithms] by Ali Almossawi
  2. Never Say You Can’t Survive: How to Get Through Hard Times by Making Up Stories by Charlie Jane Anders

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Poetry:

  1. The Mirror of My Heart: 1000 Years of Persian Poetry by Women, translated by Dick Davis
  2. Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart by Alice Walker

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~ AO3 Fanfics ~

  • Harry Potter  // read 146 works; 4,659,681 words

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Films & TV:

  1. Back to the Outback, directed by Clare Knight and Harry Cripps
  2. Harry Potter 1, directed by Chris Columbus
  3. Harry Potter 2, directed by Chris Columbus
  4. Pride and Prejudice, directed by Joe Wright
  5. Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton
  6. Soul, directed by Pete Docter
  7. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Mel Stuart
  8. The Beatles: Get Back, directed by Peter Jackson
  9. School of Chocolate, season 1

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Creative Year in Review ~ 2021

December 31, 2021

Theme: Mea-with-trees

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=V= NDER:ZBUKU

  • Feb: Hand-dyed yarns to think|feel in color? Plant-dyed!
  • 1st attempt at garment [spellcoat] – failed
  • Mar: plant-dyed (and undyed) wool yarns arrived from Kansas
  • May: 1st draft of “complex colorway” in fiber; plant-dyed silk threads from Chicago
  • Jul: 2nd draft of “complex colorway” in fiber ((to take to yarn shops))
  • Aug: plant-dyed yarns arrived from New Mexico and Lithuania
  • Oct: 13-hue color wheel, mostly in yarn; PPD (plausibly plant-dyed)
  • Oct: 3rd draft of “complex colorway” | color gamut [[d-d—RW—O project]] in fiber
  • 4 tablet-woven juosto: 1 from Brittany, 2 Latvia, 1 Lithuania (all wool)
  • 2 tablet-woven “ribbons”: 1 from Norway (wool), 1 from Poland (linen)
  • 1 vintage hand-woven tunic, from Ukraine (hemp?)
  • Gear ~ divbydev brainstormed; Lfw-w bag commissioned; bag for loom; nubbly cup; backpack basket(s)?

Bonus ~ (via IG) I’m learning words for fiber/textiles/dyeing in French, Italian, Spanish, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Lithuanian, Latvian, Russian, Ukrainian, …

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overlaps with WARDROBE

  • Navigating all-male attire when I’m a guy only some of the time, but much all-guy stuff is boring, stiff/rigid, uncomfortable and ugly? Triggering, fiddly. Impossible.       So, 25 years of jobs in mostly-conservative fields => “professional” attire, formal wear, and semi-formal wear, for a person long-assumed to be a cis woman.    And the clothes were often pretty — non-negotiable — but…       Conor likes pretty clothes, too. When I’m not being Mea, what can he wear that feels like himself?             I needed a new WAY (approach, lens, whatever) by which to consider myself, and what I would enjoy wearing.
  • Historybounding!
  • Will revamp entire wardrobe, ‘slow fashion’-wise, inspired by 9th century Viking/Celtic attire, 10-14th century Baltic tunics and turned shoes, boots; 19th c. Baltic/Slavic/ Scandinavian peasant costume.        Fabrics common to northern Europe – linen (from flax, hemp, nettles, etc.), wool, silk – to be prioritized over cotton.                             Majority of fabrics should be PPD, as too-vivid colors from aniline dyes now cause me eyestrain, headaches.
  • Ungendering garments continues: neither korsetka nor waistcoat appeals to me, but what’s suitable in their stead? I don’t know yet.
  • Hope to eventually make some garments myself. 
  • Apr: buying garment sewing patterns
  • Apr-Sep: swatches of various fabrics
  • Apr-Oct: Research! Textiles, fiber techniques, fashion/style, folk costumes, etc.
  • Sep: linen jacket and skirt [w7] from Lithuania
  • Sep-Oct: 24 wool plaits I made myself ~ worn at waist, hips, across chest; attached to gear while I walk so I can fiddle with fiber to think better

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WEAVING

  • Apr: Pin loom weaves 4 inch squares (before wet-finishing)
  • Apr-Oct: wove 108 squares, wool and wool-blends

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~ ~ ~ as seen on IG (Jan 2021) ~ ~ ~

@biggest-gaudiest-patronuses:

“FANFIC tends to be popular among certain types of neurodivergent people (aka people most likely to read excessively as a child, and have burnout as an adult) for the same reasons that we tend to hyperfixate — neurochemical signaling. For people who are really dependent on changes in dopamine/serotonin/neurotransmitter levels, who have low levels or wonky neural reward systems … people like us rely on dependable external sources of those neurochemicals. In order to function, we spend a lot of free time trying to level out our brain chemistry using things that can reliably bring us a steady stream of joyful moments (rewards) without costing too much of the mental effort that is already in short supply. Significantly: the investment of reading has to be balanced with a steady ‘return on investment’ — and this return has to start fairly quickly, because again, we have a lot of perpetual ‘low batteries’ in that regard.           That doesn’t mean these stories are ‘simple’ or lack complexity and value — only that the reward has to come in short regular intervals and it has to have a low ‘upfront cost’ … [minimal] new characters, [unfamiliar] world building … The nature of fanfiction is that the reader has a preexisting relationship with this world and these characters”                                         

[bolding added by me]

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FANFIC – Harry Potter, on AO3

  • Read 1,191 fics, 38.4 million words
  • Jan: Beta-read/edited 1 chapter … then writer went on hiatus indefinitely
  • Questions to address in my own fic:
    • Cross-species friends and colleagues?
    • Better death for Severus Snape? (He doesn’t have to surrender his secrets)
    • Can I mesh GIS/RS of muggles with Fidelius charms, and Unplottable locations?
    • Slughorn had “2 perfect days” taking Felix Felicis – what were they?

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RIVER TIME

3/3, 6/9, 6/24, 8/17, (9/25), 9/30, 10/9

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PLANT COMPANIONS & FRIENDS

  • Windowboxes: Calibrachoa; Oxalis and 2 unknowns. (self-seeded?)
  • //Callibrachoa bloomed Apr-Nov//
  • Hanging pot of petunias.
  • Slyvori still doing well. A baby Slyv. (Coming up on 5 years together.)
  • Ziggl still doing well. (2 years in November.) Lots of flowers right now!
  • Imi doing well. (23 months.)
  • Dear tree-friend Hylochiel cut down for no known reason in late June.
  • Crab apple tree-friend that I painted was cut down in mid-December. Spouse says cicadas had blighted it.

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FAMILY ALBUM(s) ||| The Atlas

  • Feb-Sep: sketches of shushan at various scales
  • Mar: (looking towards) 30 yrs of marriage, dynamic households, friendships, neighbors
  • Jul, Dec: winnowing out photos I don’t need/want
  • Instax photos as impromptu visual journaling (including ashkosiw)
  • Aug-Dec: organizing film prints (1985–2004) into various sets (thematically); adding commentary when relevant [[(310+26+3)+5/15]]
  • Dec: maps!

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PAINTING, Watercolor

  • 17 Mar: Ziggl, flowering.

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HUMAN-SOCIAL: Self-isolating ~ 133 + 164 days = 297 days [Jan–mid-May; late Jul–Dec]. 

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SCHEDULING:             6 intervals

  • Pandemic 5 [≈ 55% ]: 4 properly-eudaimonic weeks + 1 fallow weeks
  • Pandemic 6: 5 properly-eudaimonic weeks + 5 fallow weeks
  • Ordinary Time 1: 10 properly-eudaimonic weeks
  • Ordinary Time 2: 10 properly-eudaimonic weeks
  • Pandemic 7: 9 properly-eudaimonic weeks + 1 fallow weeks
  • Pandemic 8 [≈ 87% ]: 3 mixed weeks + 5 fallow weeks

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PHYSICAL HEALTH

  • Spouse and I got vaxxed in April; my booster was early Nov, Spouse’s was early Dec.
  • 30 Sep – Encounter with stinging nettles 42 years after the 1st time. Pain did disappear within 24 hours.
  • mid-Oct – deer tick bite (we removed the deer tick, probably on its 1st day biting me). Did not take antibiotics preemptively as that would injure my microbiome. Zero symptoms of Lyme disease. 
  • 3 Fever blister/cold sores in 2021: 2/28-3/7, 11/19-25, 12/17-21
  • [1 FB/CS in 2020: 6/21-30]
  • 5 Migraines in 2021: 1/26-27, 3/4 (visual), 3/26-27, 4/18, parts of 5/19-23
  • [6 Migraines in 2020: 1/23, 1/29, 2/6, 3/27 (visual), 6/20, 8/9 (visual)]
  • 3 so-called ½ Migraines: 6/15-17, 10/5, 12/20-22
  • [2 so-called ½ Migraines: 10/16-17, 10/20]
  • Stye, left eye: 10/15-16              1 in 2020 (Nov)
  • “Standing & Walking” ~ (12.30.21) 1211.8 hours total. Range (raw): 0.4 to 7.4 hours per day. Daily average, 3.33 hours. 
  • B: 12 (42), 12.9 // P: 3 (2)  

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POETRY

  • Wrote 1 poem.
  • Worked on 3 poems, all with visual/geographic elements.

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EPISTOLARY

  • I sent 3 letters, and received none.

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READING

  • Read 82 books all the way through. 
  • (Spent a lot of time not thinking about or reading books.)

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TRAVEL – None.

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Reading List 10 of 2021

November 27, 2021
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Covers from 10.13.21 through 11.27.21                              

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I/we own 2 of these items. I watched 15 things via streaming/Instagram/YouTube. Baltimore County Public Library system supplied 6 of the books. Libraries outside of Baltimore County, via Inter-Library Loan, supplied the other 2 items.

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Fashion & Fiber Arts:

  1. The Complete History of Costume & Fashion by Bronwyn Cosgrave [2000]
  2. Measure Cut Sew: Pattern-Free Projects Using Simple Shapes by Susan Wasinger
  3. Understanding Fashion History by Valerie Cumming [2004]

[Videos on Fiber Arts]

  • How Språng Works and Why by thesojourningspinner [2012]
  • Sprang ~ Lesson 1 by den BlauwenSwaen [2009]
  • Sprang by @braidingviking
  • The Welsh Viking:
    • How to Buy Viking Clothes (And What to Avoid!)
    • Reenactorisms: Viking Fashion That Isn’t Viking
    • Viking Age Women’s Clothing: A (Very!) Basic Guide

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Miscellaneous:

  1. The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre: A Photographic History by Karlos K. Hill
  2. Strokes of Genius 4: The Best of Drawing, edited by Rachel Rubin Wolf
  3. [Poetry] Index of Women by Amy Gerstler
  4. [Memoir] Group by Christie Tate
  5. [Fiction] It All Comes Back to You by Farah Naz Rishi

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~ AO3 Fanfics ~

  • Harry Potter  // read 94 works; 3,196,256 words

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Films & TV:

  1. Burrow, written & directed by Madeline Sharafian  {2x, different days}
  2. The Dish, directed by Rob Sitch [2000]
  3. Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things, directed by Leslie Woodhead
  4. John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky, directed by Michael Epstein
  5. Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It, directed by Mariem Pérez
  6. Sirens, written & directed by John Duigan
  7. Expedition Mars: Spirit & Opportunity by National Geographic
  8. The Wonderful: Stories from the Space Station, directed by Clare Lewins
  9. Among the Stars, season 1
  10. GBBO ~ 12.03–12.10
  11. Sex Education ~ 3.07–3.08

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Reading List 9 of 2021

October 7, 2021

Covers from 9.16.21 through 10.7.21                    

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I missed posting this one in September because while out in the woods on 9.30, I encountered stinging nettles… and couldn’t type until the next day.                   

On the plus side, I took a break from fanfic for 2 weeks, then read a bunch of books.

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I/we own 12 of these items. I watched 13 things via streaming. Baltimore County Public Library system supplied 7 of the books. Libraries outside of Baltimore County, via Inter-Library Loan, supplied the other 1 items.

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Poetry:

  1. 3 Simple Lines by Natalie Goldberg
  2. Invisible Horizon: A Religious Pamphlet by Sibyl Kempson
  3. Of Forests and of Farms: On Faculty and Failure by Adjua Gargi Nzinga Greaves
  4. Say Translation is Art by Sawako Nakayasu
  5. The Sembable by Chantal Maillard
  6. Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America’s Poets Respond to the Pandemic, edited by Alice Quinn
  7. Why to These Rocks: 50 Years of Poems from the Community of Writers, edited by Lisa Alvarez

Fiber Arts:

  1. Braid Craft by Donna Lightbody [1976]
  2. Dress Code: How the Laws of Fashion Made History by Richard Thompson Ford
  3. The Fashion Designer’s Directory of Shape and Style by Simon Travers-Spencer and Zarida Zaman
  4. The Geometry of Hand-Sewing by Natalie Chanin
  5. Organic Embroidery by Meredith Woolnough
  6. [Fiction] The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

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Miscellaneous:

  1. A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler by Lynell George
  2. House to Home by Devi Dutta-Choudhury
  3. Soft Is Fast: Simone Forti in the 1960s and After by Meredith Morse [avant-garde dance]
  4. What Is Life? 5 Great Ideas in Biology by Paul Nurse
  5. [SFF] Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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~ AO3 Fanfics ~

  • Harry Potter  // read 83 works; 3,579,388 words

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Films & TV:

  1. Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon
  2. Coco, directed by Lee Unkrich
  3. Count Me In [rock drummers], directed by Mark Lo
  4. Cruella, directed by Craig Gillespie
  5. Emma., directed by Autumn de Wilde
  6. Loop, written & directed by Erica Mulsom
  7. Moana, co-directed by Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall
  8. Soul, directed by Pete Docter
  9. Steve Martin & Martin Short: AEYWFFTROYL, directed by Marcus Reboy
  10. Toy Story Toons:
    1. Lamp Life, written & directed by Valerie LaPointe
    1. Partysaurus Rex, directed by Mark Walsh
  11. The Chair ~ 1.01
  12. Only Murders in the Building ~ 1.01, 1.02
  13. GBBO ~ 12.01–12.02
  14. Sex Education ~ 3.01–3.06

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Reading List 8 of 2021

August 31, 2021

Covers from 8.4.21 through 8.31.21                      

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I/we own 1 of these items. I watched 3 things on Instagram/Youtube/via streaming. Baltimore County Public Library system supplied 2 of the books. Libraries outside of Baltimore County, via Inter-Library Loan, supplied the other 4 items.

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Poetry:

  1. The Silver Swan, edited by Horace Gregory and Marya Zaturenska [1966]

Fiber Arts:

  1. Bauhaus Weaving Theory: From Feminine Craft to Mode of Design by T’ai Lin Smith
  2. The Shuttle-craft Book of American Hand-Weaving by Mary Meigs Atwater [1928]
  3. Step-By-Step Weaving by Nell Znamierowski [1967]

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Miscellaneous:

  1. Face to Face: The Photographs of Camilla McGrath
  2. Wintering by Katherine May {author is autistic}

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~ AO3 Fanfics ~

  • Harry Potter  // read 113 works; 3,374,124 words

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Films & TV:

  1. Emma., directed by Autumn de Wilde
  2. Exchange Student, directed by Natalie Nourigat
  3. The Movies that Made Us, season 1
  4. Never Have I Ever, season 2

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Reading List 7 of 2021

July 31, 2021

Covers from 7.11.21 through 7.31.21                     [[I haven’t finished a book for 2 wks — writing!]]

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I own 2 of these items. I watched 7 things on Instagram/Youtube/via streaming. Baltimore County Public Library system supplied 5 of the books. Libraries outside of Baltimore County, via Inter-Library Loan, supplied the other 1 item.

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Apparel:

  1. Reflections from 8 Patternmakers, edited by Louisa Owen Sonstroem
  2. The Savvy Seamstress by Nicole Mallalieu

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Fiction:

  1. Day Zero by Kelly deVos
  2. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang // MC and author are both autistic women //

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Miscellaneous:

  1. Art Sex Music by Cosey Fanni Tutti
  2. Making Living Lovely by Russell Whitehead and Jordan Clure
  3. Uncommon Grammar Cloth [poetry] by Cheryl Pallant
  4. The Pattern Seekers by Simon Baron-Cohen //Given his previous writings, I fully expected him to mention 0 women. He surprised me with one: Greta Thunberg. By contrast, there were 35 men, named, and gushed over, before I quit reading halfway-ish through. Also, GENDER IS NOT A BINARY. //

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~ AO3 Fanfics ~

  • Harry Potter  // read 126 works; 3,929,792 words

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Films & TV:

  1. Auntie Edna, directed & written by Ted Mathot
  2. Echo in the Canyon, directed & co-written by Andrew Slater
  3. McCartney 3 2 1, directed by Zachary Heinzerling
  4. Monsters at Work, season 1
  5. Never Have I Ever, season 1
  6. This Is Pop, season 1
  7. Loki ~ 1.03 — 1.06

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