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Friday, February 11th, 2011
12:43 pm

The tiny Upper Peninsula town of Grand Marais, Michigan, recently won the Reader's Digest "We Hear You America" contest. In the linked article, there is a picture of my husband's brother, looking like a typical "Yooper." If you read the article, you will understand just how momentous this occasion is:  Grand Marais has a year-round population of only 300 people. And most of the momentum in their contest win was generated by ONE person, Janie Dowe.


Grand Marais is our 'home away from home.' It was our honeymoon destination. It has been our vacation destination for the almost 28 years that MSK and I have been married. Every 4th of July, we gather together with our growing extended family. We have property there, family there, history there. I have watched their struggles with the erosion that has inexorably filled in their beautiful harbor - one of very, very few "harbors of refuge" on the southern shore of mighty Lake Superior. My kids have grown watching the bay shrink, wondering when, or IF, anyone would stop it.

From the early fur-trading days, to the logging boom, to the mining boom, to today's present tourism, Grand Marais has invented and re-invented itself in numerous ways. Unlike so many other U.P. towns that were built around a purpose, Grand Marais has survived, mostly because of that beautiful - and necessary - harbor. Today, there is year-round reason to visit... fishing; hunting; boating; snowmobiling; cross-country hiking and skiing... and the town supports and encourages it all. Without the harbor, however, the town will lose one of its mainstays, the marina, along with the public beach where kids play by the hundreds over the course of the summer.

Now, Grand Marais has the opportunity to get noticed on a national scale. The plight of the town and the harbor will get nationwide coverage as a result of this monumental win. It's not so much the monetary prize that's going to be the clincher in this fight, it's the national attention that will be garnered. FINALLY, Grand Marais will get the attention of the legislators that they've lobbied for over 50 years. FINALLY, their story - one of rampant inefficiency and abandonment by the Corps of Engineers - will come to the fore. FINALLY, we may see justice and salvation for the tiny town that COULD AND DID.

Okay, so I'm waxing poetic over what is essentially a backwater in the overall scheme of the nation. Still, it's these pockets of rugged (and, believe me, to survive the winter up there, you GOTTA be 'rugged') individuals, stubbornly committed to their survival as a community, that hearken back to the days of the Mountain Men, the loggers, the miners, the hard-working, everyday heroes that built this nation. That spirit persists, and is renewed in each generation, no matter how far they may roam, to this day.


Yeah, YOOPERS ROCK, and so does Grand Marais!!!!!!
PS - Sorry that there's no cut, but I wanted to be really 'in-your-face' about this whole thing... it's THAT big a deal to me.

Current Mood: ecstatic

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
1:31 pm
A public apology...

A couple years back, when things got shaken up over at Dokuga, I made some remarks that, even if some of them were protected entries... and they didn't name names... turned out to be horribly inaccurate. To my intense regret, obviously.

Never let it be said that I am not adult enough to admit my mistakes. Or, at least I try to 'fess up to them as much as possible. Let's face it, friends, I am human like the rest of our species. There are times when I can't see the proverbial 'forest for the trees' and other such euphemisms for being blind and stupid.

I'm not going to use names in this public post, but I want it known by all who saw those posts a couple years ago, that I am hereby apologizing for the inference that a certain person was less than honest or truthful at that time. Yes, it's not as LARGE as it was on her LJ, but I am making an effort, 'k? Even adults who should know better get a teeny bit of credit for effort, right?

*sigh* So, I am dealing with the consequences of my actions and my convictions at the time. I still don't know all the details behind what's happening with another person, thus I am leaving judgment for others. I'll reserve it until I have all the facts beyond my own remorse, regret, and irritation at the situation.

Once more...




Current Mood: embarrassed
Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
10:55 pm
Dokuga is down...

And there's not much I can do about it because it's for nonpayment to the hosting company. We had no clue this was coming... none whatsoever. Currently we are running fundraising through the Demonlordlover2, Dokuga and DanysFics Yahoo!Groups. If anyone on my f-list would like to donate to help us get back up and running, please either PM me, or see the post on my other journal.

Rest assured that any donations will be logged, acknowledged, and recorded. Amounts received and disbursed will be posted on the site on a regular basis. If you can help us out, I would be ETERNALLY grateful!!!

Current Mood: worried

Saturday, September 11th, 2010
3:37 pm
Monday, August 23rd, 2010
1:04 am

I've been in the process of moving all my blog posts on Myspace into my other LiveJournal. In the process, I took a stroll down memory lane - and managed to fill an otherwise empty journal with quite a bit, I think. Then again, I do tend to get a little wordy on occasion, don't I?

Anyway, I ran across the following quote... something I came up with all by my lonesome. It seemed to fit my mood lately:

"Absence of intent does nothing to lessen the pain of betrayal."
njk 5/28/07

Hope this finds all doing well. Things here are strained by the continued presence of the "squatters," but I'm sure we'll muddle through regardless. I just wish I could truly enjoy my birthday without having them lurking around all day. Eh, "into each life, some rain must fall," as my mother was so fond of saying anytime I complained when I was younger. Another old favorite: "This, too, shall pass."

Current Mood: contemplative

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
7:56 pm
Oh, piffle...

I'm not even going to bother to f-lock this, since it certainly didn't prevent someone from distributing my last post to all and sundry. Thanks, friends!

I deserved it, though. I've shared an f-locked post with someone else once, so turn about is fair play, I suppose. Still, I completely own what I said in the other post. I said it, and I felt it. If I unfairly maligned some in my rant, my apologies. I do tend to assume that people sympathize and/or agree with their close acquaintances when I'm in the midst of ranting.

And the lesson learned? If one truly wants to vent without causing ripples, one should have a completely anonymous journal somewhere... or simply make one's venting posts private. You never know when your buddies are going to stir the waters by sharing what you've said with others. More fool me, LOL!!
EDIT - And THANK YOU SO MUCH to LuxKen for sharing a SCREENCAP of an f-locked post with the rest of the world... my, you are a real prize, aren't you?

Current Mood: predatory

Thursday, July 15th, 2010
10:57 pm
Stuff on my mind...

I will freely admit that I'm a little overwhelmed at the moment. Not all of the angst is my own, but it still weighs heavily:

Wishes for othersCollapse )

There you have it... the things that drive me nuts right now. Sorry I can't be more uplifting for others these days, but I get the feeling that I'm useless... that I can't really help any of the people above, I can't do much to help the dog except ferry him to the vet, and I can't do much about my physical condition until we get the oral surgery out of the way. I'm TRYING to be positive, but it's getting harder, y'know?

Current Mood: indescribable

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
1:37 pm
I should be shot...

But I did it anyway. Took the stupid test like everyone else in my universe... drumroll, please!

Writing sample from a drabble done a couple years ago:

I write like
Kurt Vonnegut

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Writing sample from my LiveJournal about the cat:

I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Both results equally bizarre, if you ask me!! So, akay_gemini, are you happy NOW? LOL!

Current Mood: quixotic

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
10:01 pm
RIP Emperor Manximilian!

Emperor Manximilian, aka Manx-cat, aka Minkie, crossed the Rainbow Bridge this morning with his loving family in attendance. Now, he's running free, rabbit-hopping along, his fur once more sleek and silky, his big, round kitten-eyes gleaming, that tuft of fur on his stub of a tail flying out behind him, and probably bitching us out for not being there with him.

MinkieCollapse )

Thus ends the saga of the 'devil cat,' as MSK often called him. We gave him the best life we could and, when it came time, we tried to do the right thing for him in the end. I think we did pretty well... he always came home. Sorry for two maudlin posts in such a short time, but I really needed to vent.

Current Mood: crushed

Monday, July 5th, 2010
9:30 pm
Saying goodbye is NEVER easy...

It was a weekend of "Hellos" and "Good-byes." From seeing faces that I haven't seen since practically my own wedding, to my father-in-law's funeral. From visiting the "Big Lake," to watching it disappear in the rearview mirror. From leaving a declining, but still active, beloved pet, to finding a shocking decline upon return.

Endings...Collapse )

So there you have it. A lot of 'Hellos,' a lot of 'Good-byes,' and a ton of emotion in all. We're all pretty much drained, both physically and mentally. Methinks that recovery from this vacation will be a bit slower than usual. My heartfelt apologies to anyone who actually READ all this. Who knew my fingers were as chatty as my mouth?! LOL!!
EDIT: Just heard from the vet. She'll be here to help us let Minkie rest peacefully tomorrow morning at 10:45am. More wadded up tissues, for sure!!

Current Mood: drained

Sunday, June 13th, 2010
5:46 pm
A repost from Blogspot...

This is a repost from the Blogspot account that I started today. We just discovered that my niece's little boy, three years old, was diagnosed with leukemia. I'm posting her blogspot on all of my internet places in hopes that those so inclined will add their prayers and good wishes to ours for this darling child.

My Blog for GideonCollapse )

Of all the kids in this family, he is the one that most reminds me of my Steven when he was that age... sweet, smiling, kind, lovable, and oh-so-bright. My thanks in advance to all who contribute their prayers and good wishes.

Sunday, May 9th, 2010
4:00 pm
mother&apos;s day 2010

Hope all mothers, grandmothers, and about-to-be mothers on my list have a FREAKIN' WONDERFUL DAY!!

Current Mood: calm

Sunday, February 7th, 2010
11:09 pm
Life, the Universe and... STUFF...

Finally home from Grand Marais... MSK's dad had last rites Friday. Then he rallied over the weekend, wouldn't ya know! When we left Sunday morning, he was sitting in his chair, still joking with us. He's a shadow of who he used to be, but he's still sharp as a tack and got his wits about him. Still, it won't be long before the physical toll the cancer is taking on him wins. I'm glad that Jessa got one last weekend of joking with her Grandpa, though. That, alone, made the trip worth the effort and uncertainty.

Effort and UncertaintyCollapse )

So, now you know why I've not been so vocal of late... angsting about MSK's dad. And you know why I'll be a little scarce for a time to come... won't be near the computer while I'm logging all those miles! My apologies for any inconvenience this might cause my friends at Demonlordlover and Dokuga!!!

Current Mood: tired

Thursday, January 14th, 2010
9:54 pm
More Meme-age...
Ganked from jennabean_dp

visited 26 states (52%)
Create your own visited map of The United States

I've also been to Canada and Mexico... but I obviously still have half the United States left to see!!

Current Mood: chipper
9:45 pm
Ganked from weret_hekau...

I scored a 40... but it was interesting to take the test and see the results anyway!


This is really quite interesting...
See what you come up with.. Don't cheat.

Below is Dr. Phil's test.

Answers are for who you are now and not who you were in
the past.. Have pen or pencil and paper ready.

It's only 10 Simple questions, so grab a pencil and
paper, keeping track of your letter answers to each question.



1. When do you feel your best...
A) in the morning
B) during the afternoon and early evening
C) late at night

2. You usually walk...
A) fairly fast, with long steps
B) fairly fast, with little steps
C) less fast head up, looking the world in the face
D) less fast, head down
E) very slowly

3.. When talking to people you...
A) stand with your arms folded
B) have your hands clasped
C) have one or both your hands on your hips
D) touch or push the person to whom you are talking
E) play with your ear, touch your chin, or smooth your

4. When relaxing, you sit with..
A) your knees bent with your legs neatly side by side
B) your legs crossed
C) your legs stretched out or straight
D) one leg curled under you

5. When something really amuses you, you react with...
A) big appreciative laugh
B) a laugh, but not a loud one
C) a quiet chuckle
D) a sheepish smile

6. When you go to a party or social gathering you...
A) make a loud entrance so everyone notices you
B) make a quiet entrance, looking around for someone
you know
C) make the quietest entrance, trying to stay unnoticed

7. You're working very hard, concentrating hard, and
you're interrupted...
A) welcome the break
B) feel extremely irritated
C) vary between these two extremes

8. Which of the following colors do you like most....
A) Red or orange
B) black
C) yellow or light blue
D) green
E) dark blue or purple
F) white
G) brown or gray

9. When you are in bed at night, in those last few
moments before going to sleep you are.....

A) stretched out on your back
B) stretched out face down on your stomach
C) on your side, slightly curled
D) with your head on one arm
E) with your head under the covers

10. You often dream that you are...
A) falling
B) fighting or struggling
C) searching for something or somebody
D) flying or floating
E) you usually have dreamless sleep
F) your dreams are always pleasant

Scoring and results behind cut.

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So, hopefully, this qualifies as 'not carping' in drjmaxwell's view!! LOL!
Sunday, December 27th, 2009
11:23 pm
Notifications... GONE???

It's amazing... all of a sudden, I noticed that I haven't been getting notifications on ANYONE'S journal updates except for about THREE OR FOUR people. And, because those three or four people were updating and I was getting those notices, I didn't pay much attention to those who HADN'T updated... until Christmas Day.

Funny thing... Christmas Day, I suddenly notice that hardly ANYONE had updated with any plans for the holidays, or Christmas wishes to their friend's lists, or ANYTHING. Duh. Finally, today, I check my notifications and - wonder of wonders - find that most of them are magically TURNED OFF. How the HELL that happened is beyond me.

Anyway, MERRY CHRISTMAS (belatedly) to everyone on my f-list. My apologies (profuse and deep) to everyone who thought I was ignoring them, or had just dropped off the face of the earth!!! *shakes head* I don't have any clue what I did to get THIS lucky(?) but I sure hope it doesn't happen again anytime soon!!

Current Mood: confused

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
10:24 pm
SSRI withdrawal is brutal...


A lot. So that I can look back later and tell myself what a crybaby I am. Yeah, that's the ticket. Or... something like that?

Prescription Medication withdrawal, and other things...Collapse )

So, there you have it. More CARP. More whiny, miserable garbage. Told you it wouldn't be worth reading... I'm just sticking it here so I can remember why I thought this fall sucked so bad. I'm sure, once I get my hands on my stupid antidepressants again, things won't appear to be even HALF as gloomy as I think they are. Oh. Wait. The monetary situation and the relative problems won't go away even if I DO have my drugs. Well, it was a nice thought, right?

Current Mood: predatory

Thursday, October 29th, 2009
12:06 am
Meme-ing... ganked from several others!
The Ultimate LiveJournal Obsession Test
CategoryYour ScoreAverage LJer
Community Attachment17.2%
You've got pals to cheer you up when you're down, but no audience to applaud you... Yet.
Only trendy when it's sufficiently entertaining
Original Content41.94%
Some stories must be told - and you're the one to tell them
Psychodrama Quotient36.14%
Would it kill you to smile? CHEER UP!
Attention Whoring11.36%
Slothfully Seeking Susan

I've always been told I was a drama-whore... but never really realized how much. Damn. Well, good to know - now I can try to outgrow it, right?

Monday, October 12th, 2009
9:05 pm
Better late than never?
Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian Friends!!!


Current Mood: confused
Saturday, October 10th, 2009
12:32 pm
Ganked from mom0desu...

This struck me as cute and funny...

At least I didn't get a rock...Collapse )

So, no rocks... or razor blades... YAY!!!!!

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