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flax-golden tales: buoyant solidarity

buoyant solidarity I like to let my balloons go. Release the string and let them fly. They clearly want to fly. I know, it’s bad for the environment. They likely end up broken and sad, tangled in trees. But I hope that they don’t. I hope they fly towards each other. Lost balloons and released […]

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floppy kittens, etsy sale

It quite suddenly decided to be proper summer around here. In the last week of July. The Kitten Flop Barometer is at Very High Flop. (Or should that be Very Low Flop, since the floppiness is very low to the ground? Though Bucket is flopped on the table in front of the fan, while Tessa […]

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flax-golden tales: safe passage

safe passage The train is the only safe passage through the forest. The conductors are armed and trained in combat should there be any… incidents. (It is a rare journey that passes without incident.) Looking out the window is inadvisable. Not because of what you might see, but what might see you. There are things […]

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knights & orchids

On Saturday we went to see Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince, which was enjoyable for about an hour and a half and then boring and badly paced for the last hour. And when the credits started I immediately turned to the boy and said “Today we have learned that a good director can elevate […]

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flax-golden tales: the magic business

the magic business My father says the secret is making the audience think there’s a trick when there isn’t, really. The magic business is all about misdirection and flashy handkerchiefs and sparks because real magic is boring if you let people see it without all the flashy stuff over top. People pay for tickets to […]

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books & cats

I just got a box of books from Amazon, most of what I bought with my birthday Amazon certificates, though a couple more are arriving separately. Amazon is tricksy like that. And one can never have too many books. But yay, books! I decided to stack up most of my to-read pile, consisting of this […]

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monday miscellany, with photos

Went for a twilight walk last night in this oddly gorgeous weather. Met a black cat who liked pets on the head. Hadn’t met a black cat in Salem before, though we’ve seen a couple. This one was sweet and liked having his picture taken. Have all sorts of things to do this week. The […]

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flax-golden tales: simple as kisses

simple as kisses People say he used to be a prince. Probably because it seems appropriate and romantic, traditional for tales about frogs. Neighborhood girls dare each other to creep through the brush into the yard, to tangle the ropes of his swing or kiss the top of his green, frozen head. They run off […]

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menagerie

Yesterday, for my birthday extravaganza, the boy and I went to the Peabody Essex Museum. We hadn’t been in awhile, so all the special exhibits were new to us, but by far our favorite was the Trash Menagerie, an exhibit teeming with creatures made from recycled materials. (Sulphur Blue Smeck, 2005, Michelle Stitzlein, mixed junk, […]

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birthday

Today is my birthday. I have been working on a birthday present for myself, and for sharing. It officially starts on Friday, but it is being unwrapped today to be more festive. flax-golden tales is an experiment in words and pictures. For awhile now, the idea of doing short stories based on images has been […]

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