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On Wendy Davis's Beat the Heat Cocktails

@whoaisme Here's a throne--not that she needs one. She was still standing last night after midnight Central time, straight through all those last-minute sabotage efforts!

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 3:42 pm 0

On Jason Collins in Sports Illustrated: "As I write this, I haven't come out to anyone in the NBA"

@Nicole Cliffe The direct ways he talks about fear and safety are the most moving parts of the statement for me. Alongside saying, "I'm not afraid to take on any opponent" in a game, he talks about his personal fears as a gay man, and about the bigger picture of homophobic violence.

I love this part about finding peace of mind and building on it: "No one wants to live in fear. I've always been scared of saying the wrong thing. I don't sleep well. I never have. But each time I tell another person, I feel stronger and sleep a little more soundly. It takes an enormous amount of energy to guard such a big secret. I've endured years of misery and gone to enormous lengths to live a lie. I was certain that my world would fall apart if anyone knew. And yet when I acknowledged my sexuality I felt whole for the first time."

& I'm even more moved by his reasons for wearing the number 98 on his jersey: "One of the most notorious antigay hate crimes occurred in 1998. Matthew Shepard, a University of Wyoming student, was kidnapped, tortured and lashed to a prairie fence. He died five days after he was finally found. That same year the Trevor Project was founded. This amazing organization provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention to kids struggling with their sexual identity. Trust me, I know that struggle. I've struggled with some insane logic. When I put on my jersey I was making a statement to myself, my family and my friends."

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 4:30 pm 2

On No Fun and Little Profit: Making Medieval Books

@Lumpy Space Princess Seriously. I've made a few mini-books — binding Jane Austen short stories as holiday presents around 20 pages long. The construction was just like a stapled magazine except that I used thread. No spines or anything. Every single time, the assembly process was perfectly straightforward in my mind's eye, but then it turned into an advanced calculus exam with all the actual logistics in 3D.

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm 1

On The Edwardian Sex-Pest

@FulanaDeTallcan @par_parenthese @Lily Rowan

He mentioned his girlfriend and their kid in an interview last year. I found this Daily Express quote from the Wikipedia citation about his being a father:

Rob himself is the father of a two-year-old son. “I’m a dad and I’m in a very happy relationship with a lovely girlfriend,” he says. “It’s a secure little unit and they keep me nice and grounded.”

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 3:14 pm 0

On ‘Oh, Madeleine L’Engle!’

@maybe partying will help Those are my New Year's resolutions for 2013 right there: look for ways to become a tenth as saucy as Aunt Olivia sometimes, and a tenth as awesome as Aunt Leonis. And keep looking for a boyfriend as square and lovable as Edward Ferrars, or as cheerful and smart as Mr. Knightley, or with Henry Tilney's sense of humor. (To mix up my immortal authors a little.)

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm 0

On ‘Oh, Madeleine L’Engle!’

@Gracious! (Oh, whoops — I just checked the book, and I remembered the sequence of events wrong. I was thinking of the line just before the parasol.)

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 1:18 am 0

On ‘Oh, Madeleine L’Engle!’

@thebestjasmine Remember how Aunt Olivia has the last word with Aunt Irene during the carriage ride? That is what I said to Mike Huckabee a few days ago. (Through my computer screen.)

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 12:18 am 0

On ‘Oh, Madeleine L’Engle!’

@maybe partying will help @thebestjasmine

Dragons in the Waters is still one of my favorite L'Engles. A 14-year-old Poly is on a ship to Venezuela with Charles. They make friends with 13-year-old Simon Renier, who has an amazing 90-year-old aunt — Aunt Leonis.

Aunt Leonis Phair 5ever and Aunt Olivia Renier 5ever.

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 11:36 pm 0

On Katharine Hepburn Movies That Are Sort of About Boats

@EMarrinner And she has a Channel crossing, royal barge with her own throne, and song with her name in it in The Lion in Winter.

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm 6