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Originally posted by [ profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

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[personal profile] dancingthroughstars has been having some extra-rough financial times lately and needs to raise some funds.

She's doing tarot card readings in exchange for $$. Readings are $5-25, depending on what kind of reading you want. Details are here:

Please go check it out and spread the word :)

EDIT: As an added enticement, she's giving one-card readings for free, and some kind souls have donated paid readings that you could win.

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[ profile] shadesong's cat Jack needs expensive surgery that her family cannot afford. Any little bit that you can help her with would be most appreciated!

Adam just got back from the animal hospital, and here's the skinny:

He definitely has a dental abscess. His jaw is definitely misaligned. We don't know why. When he's under anesthesia, they're going to see what they can find. They are running a shitload of tests - liver, cancer, infection under the abscess, seeing if the abscess has caused anything else. What happens from here will depend on what they find.

The low estimated total is $999.99.

The high estimated total is $1,835.13.

Have I mentioned that we also owe on taxes and for Explo? But Jack is family.

Starting tomorrow and until I have funds to cover Jack's treatment, I will be doing Wind Tunnel Dreams. For those who weren't here for the last round: WTD is a piece of flash fiction or poetry every day.

The theme of this WTD, because I need to be thinking about Shayara because y'know book contract and deadlines, is Shayara. You do not need to know anything about Shayara to prompt me. Random one-word prompts still work, I'll just be writing Shayara stuff out of 'em, so's you know.

If you donate and prompt me, I must use your prompt.

You can still prompt me if you can't donate, and I may use your prompt, but I'll prioritize paid prompts. If you don't have a prompt but are donating anyway, you can sponsor someone else's prompt.

There will also be a small auction. We have some collectible books, I have BPAL, I have stuff I've knitted (and I'm willing to do custom knitting). I am so not thinking about that tonight; we'll have to deal with it tomorrow.

You can leave your prompts here. If you donate, please also include your prompt in the PayPal notes field, because I may not know your legal name and want to make sure I get to your prompt if you paid for it!

Thank you and I am going to go curl up in a ball now.

Please go to her journal to donate (she has a PayPal button on this entry that isn't copying) and leave writing prompts. Thanks a ton!

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We like tha mooooon cos it is close to us

...but not as much as cheese.
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Continuation of the previous blogathon entry by [ profile] shadesong. This part moved me to amazing.

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Originally posted by [ profile] shadesong at Blogathon: Cicatrix

"And the music?"

"You said you smelled me when you first met me."

A small laugh escaped you, because you know it sounds absurd.

"What scent was in your world... music was in mine. Not just an extra sense, but a extra language... not even just based on music hat was deliberately sung or played, but on movement. We didn't dance to music-"

"Your dancing created the music," you realize. Your fingers skate down the outer edge of a wing.

"Every motion. Every dance. And here - it's quiet or cacophony."

"The charms in your hair."

"So I hear music when I move. Yes."

"And your dancing."

"In the club, the music is loud enough that I can forget it isn't the same. I can trick myself for a little while."

"I saw you stumble - the first night I saw you. When the music stopped."

"It took a second to adjust, yeah."

You trace the notes across his back. "What is it? What's the tune?"

"Heh. It - it's my name."

You step to the side to you can look at him. "All of that?"

"Every name is a song."

You study it again. "But two wings, slanting in different directions, and different notes. How - how do you sing this? How do you know where to start?"

His voice is softer than it's ever been. "It's a duet."


"Every name is a song; every name-song is a duet." He is not meeting your eyes. "No one really knows everything about themself, you know. No one can see everything. There are parts of you that can only be seen in reflection. There are parts of you someone must sing to you."

"Were you pair-bonded there? Is that how?"


"What happened?"

"He died." Aaron's fists are tight on the chair in front of him. You don't know what to do. You have no idea what to do. You want to hold him, wrap your arms around him from behind, but you don't think he wants that, not now. You want to ask how his friend, his partner, his brother, whoever - how he died, if that's what Aaron can't remember - but you don't want to push, don't want to hurt him.

You don't know what to do.

So you sing.

You find the highest point of his right wing; you find the note, you sing. you trace the notes down his back, and elegant sweep of them, as you wordlessly sing him half of his name. He gasps almost inaudibly as he hears, as he realizes what you are singing, and he joins in, his voice deepening the song and filling it out; his name, his song, envelopes the two of you as you sing together, your hands on his back, his head lowered, tears shimmering unshed in his eyes. You sing his name with him, a name he has not heard for half his life.

"The Secret Chord" pendant by [info]wytchchyld - copper enameled with gold -- the color may chip but can be touched up with nail polish, glass marble bead. Also, shiny and the bead will move a bit if you want it to, but it won't go far without bending the wire.

Now I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

--Leonard Cohen, "Hallelujah", which I am assuming this pendant was named for, and if not, oh well.

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[ profile] shadesong is completing blogathon this morning. This post and her next post from yesterday morning were so beautiful I had to share.

Originally posted by [ profile] shadesong at Blogathon: Cicatrix
You've seen the ink at his waist when his shirt's been pulled aside, when he's dancing, but you did not know what it was until he took his shirt off. After he took his shirt off. Later, when he stretched, leaned , and you caught a flash of it and stopped hi with a tentative touch of his wrist - "Can I see?"

He looks slightly uncertain. More like you that like himself. But he turns, he sweeps his hair over his shoulder; he exposes his back to you.

The wings sweep all the way down his back, shoulder to waist. Thick black swoops of ink on his fair skin, and you gasp, reach to touch - and the lines resolve further. They are not solid lines.

They are music.

You touch, gently, softly; you trace the notation, and he sighs, relaxes a bit into you. "Beautiful," you say.

"Thank you."


He looks back; some of his hair slips back down over the tattoo and you fight the urge to push it away. "Why the wings? Or why the music?"


He faces forward again, away from you. Half-nude and exposed, but you cannot see his face. "It reminds me of home."

"Your elsewhere?"


"They did this there? The tattoo?"

He laughs quietly. "No. But I had wings."

You still, and he looks back at you again. He takes your hand and places it on his shoulderblade, where the ink is thickest, an inch of pure black; he puts your hand there and you feel it, the twisted scar running diagonal that the ink covers. You would never see it. But he wants you to feel it. You touch his other shoulderblade; the same scar, slanting in. "What...?" Your voice is shaking.

"I had wings." Still quiet. He holds your gaze, and you realize that he is waiting for you to laugh, to scoff, to disbelieve. You won't.

"They took them?"

"I don't remember. Things - things got very bad, and I don't remember much for a while. When I came back, they were gone. When I came back, I had the scars."

[to be continued.]

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I confess that this one is not inspired by the piece, but instead I am just happy to have the piece to tie it into. [info]greylistening can attest that Aaron has always had wings.

I just hope any of this is making sense to anyone!

Team Venture shoutout to Adrianne Brennan, also blogging for BARCC!

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Every time I hear Lady Gaga speak like this, or like she did last summer at the National Equality March, I gain even more respect for her.

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Michale Vick signs with the Eagles for 1 year

Why would the Eagles managers sign him?? Is Andy Reid out of his mind???

I hope every single person in Philadelphia boos this scumbag every time he enters the playing field.
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A good friend of mine from high school, Lisa, needs knee replacement surgery for both knees, but her health insurance has an exhorbitant deductible of $7600 that she must pay before her coverage will kick in. That deductible is far beyond her and her husband's means to cover on their own. She is asking for assistance in whatever size donation you can give - be it $5 or $500 - to cover the deductible.

Please visit her blog, read her story, and consider donating what you are able.

Dear Friends,

I can’t believe I am writing this letter. I honestly never thought I’d be reaching out like this, and it is extremely difficult for me to do. But, I write to you today with great hope and humility to ask for your help with something that could change my life. I need to raise $7,600 to enable me to have total knee replacement surgery. I believe that with your help - and only with your help - this medically necessary surgery can become a reality.

My Story

If you know me, then you may remember that for nearly 12 years I have struggled with the pain and limitations of having Rheumatoid Arthritis.
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Adorably brilliant. Love the music overlay!


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