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Every stone a story, like a rosary

Building the New Jerusalem with the ruins of Babylon since 1959

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Stone of stumbling and rock of offense
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I try to see clearly and speak honestly. That's much more complicated than it seems.

I love God and art and landforms. I have a two-year-old's delight in everyday miracles and the gloomy tenacity proper to a fourth-generation Phillies fan or an unsung minor author. Which caused the other, or if they both spring from some ancestral curse, has yet to be determined. Whatever the reason, my loyalties are focused and unswerving, although they can be expanded.

Nine Seventeen years ago I visited the San Francisco Bay Area and knew that this culture, these hills, these people are mine; this is where I belong. I maintain my love and loyalty to my native landscape, but I live here, and I'll stay here, because this is the only place this geeky queer compulsive reader has ever been even close to normal.

Closets give me claustrophobia. Sometimes I bow to economic and social reality and try to censor myself here. Other times I say the hell with it and go back to being open about my life.

I try to label my posts and remember that others might not be comfortable dealing with some of the things I take for granted. But the LJ is mine, your eyes and mind are yours, and we all need to take some responsibility here.

Feel free to respond to even my oldest entries; I have e-mail notification turned on.

Friends can discover one of my pen names here.

Here are 100 things that may surprise you about me.

Some autobiographical notes. Potentially triggering. So is this.

A list of my food allergies, plus useful information on anaphylactic shock.

Wish list.

Take the Amazing Undead Poll!

Oh, and for the curious: the journal's current title and friends-page title are all from the Joan Osborne song "Saint Teresa."

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Some Favorite Quotations

It is immoral not to tell. – Camus

It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed. – Albert Einstein

The only way out is the way through. – Howard Nemerov

In dreams begin responsibilities. –Delmore Schwartz

Almost everything conspicuously great is great in defiance, has come into being in defiance of affliction and pain, poverty, destitution, bodily weakness, vice, passion, and a thousand other obstructions. Forbearance in the face of fate, beauty constant under torture, are not merely passive. They are a positive achievement, an explicit triumph.
–Thomas Mann, Death in Venice

Run mad as often as you chuse, but do not faint.--Jane Austen

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My Interests

Note to the Self-Righteous: I am not soliciting for any of these things, except possibly used book stores.

12b, a.s. byatt, alzheimers, architecture, arthurian legends, arts and crafts movement, astrology, auden, baby skeletons, bach, baking, baseball, bonnie raitt, brain/mind link, bread baking, broken glass, bronte sisters, byron, california, catawissa, celtic lore, chaneysville incident, christianity, colin wilson, cross stitch, crystals, days of heaven, decadence, depth psychology, dorothy l. sayers, dreams, edges, edna st. vincent millay, elisem's jewelry, emily dickinson, fat, female man, feminism, fiber arts, fire, free speech, gaia, gender theory, genealogy, geology, gerald durrell, ghost stories, girl in a swing, god, goddess, grief, harvest home, herbs, history of war, home, human sacrifice, hunger, impressionism, indigo girls, intentional communities, jackson pennsylvania, jane austen, joan of arc, joanna russ, john donne, john keegan, joseph campbell, joseph mcelroy, judith herman, jung, labyrinths, landforms, landscape, leather, lenore terr, ley lines, lit crit, loss, louisa may alcott, lucia, macs, mazes, medea, memory, metaphysics, michel foucault, mind/body issues, monty python, mountains, murder, mutter museum, mythology, nanowrimo, neal stephenson, neil gaiman, neuropsychology, nonviolence, oliver sacks, overdyed silk, pennsylvania, peter straub, philadelphia, place, plate tectonics, pre-raphaelites, process work, psychology, psychology of violence, ptsd, publishing, quakers, rage, reading, rebellion, regency, rene girard, ritual, robert frost, rocks, runes, sacramental theology, sacred places, sbnanos, sean stewart, semiotics, simon schama, soapmaking, statuesque noses, steeleye span, straight bourbon, susquehanna, susquehanna county, symbolists, tarot, terry pratchett, textiles, the mayor of there, theology, trees, true crime, ursula k. le guin, used book stores, useless knowledge, victorian era, wiscon, writing, writing the disaster

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