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Jun. 29th, 2009


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Jun. 16th, 2009


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Scorpio Horoscope for week of June 18, 2009

Verticle Oracle card Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
Evaluating Adam Lambert after one of his exotic, virtuoso performances back in April, American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi praised him as being "confusing, shocking, sleazy, and superb." That's a standard you could soon achieve in your own sphere, Scorpio. But do you want to? You'll have to care less about maintaining your dignity than usual, and be especially forthright in expressing yourself. Let me leave no doubt about what I'm saying: To be as superb as you potentially can be, you'll have to be at least a little confusing and shocking and maybe even sleazy.

Jun. 10th, 2009


feeling foreign

the past few weeks have been full of me turning on myself
estranging the one i love
making assumptions while my self esteem spirals down in a tailspin of resent
i am angry with myself for how i am feeling
i am angry with myself for frustrating someone who loves me
for not being able to express myself clearly
for my apparent aptitude for self sabotage

life is full to overflowing with beautiful, inspiring success' and yet i'm convinced the bottom is about to fall out.....this, then leads to me jumping on it as though i might as well speed up the process, as though it were inevitable

there are so many confrontations with the self
and then trying the art of explanation with the other

i need to find the words that lead to articulating my wants, desires
i need to offer solutions that seem clear and concrete
i need to make a plan of action

it's not enough to just wait to feel better
it's not enough to simply get through it and hope it doesn't come back

on a brighter note, my body and i seem to finally be reacquainting ourselves. leaning into one another. acknowledging our long battle that the injury brought acuteness to. this brings me hope. as the pains decrease and the inflammation goes down i am filled with excitement. i need to do something that reminds me how to move again. i want my groove back. my sacrum, hips and pelvis are starting to remember how to work together. i want to dance. i know that it helps lead me to feeling sexy again. winning battles during wars has to count for something right?

....i keep thinking about belly dancing? any one know of a good, affordable class?
god, taking classes terrifies me. how did i get so tightly wound?

here's to the unravelations.

May. 29th, 2009


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Mar. 23rd, 2009


And out went the light in the attic

It appears that a compilation album I recorded a song for is no longer going to be released. I'm not sure what exactly happened, but the label that initiated the project apparently neglected to get the appropriate permissions and such from the copyright holders. I suppose they thought it wouldn't be a big deal since it was only going to be available for free via the internet.

I've pasted the email I received from the Silverstein families lawyers.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.
Send word.

much love

March 23, 2009


Dear Sir or Madam:

We are the attorneys for the estate of Shel Silverstein and the Silverstein family who control Mr. Silverstein’s copyrighted works. These materials, including the work named above, are protected by U.S. federal copyright laws, by the corresponding laws of other nations and by international treaty.

It has come to our attention that you (either as an individual musician or as a musical group) are participating in a Peppermill Records project entitled “Come Sit by My Fire,” which aims to adapt many of Mr. Silverstein’s copyrighted poems and stories, including the above-mentioned work, by setting them to music and then making them available for download. Unfortunately, Peter Krahn, principal of Peppermill Records, neither sought nor obtained our clients’ permission prior to launching this project.

Our clients have not approved and do not approve this unauthorized use of their proprietary material. Therefore, we demand that you immediately cease and desist any and all uses of this material. This includes setting the text to music, as well as recording, publishing, performing or otherwise distributing or using the resulting song. You are hereby notified that our clients consider any use of your song, which makes use of their copyrighted material, to be a violation of the copyright law. Such infringement expressly includes, but is not limited to, making the song publicly available on any myspace.com or other web pages, performing the song in conjunction with other artists involved in the Peppermill Records project, or transmitting it to Peter Krahn or Peppermill Records for inclusion in this project. We note that you are also displaying the text of our clients’ poem and/or accompanying images on myspace.com or on other websites used or controlled by you. Accordingly, we demand that you cease and desist this further unlawful use of our clients’ copyrighted material.

As an artist, you would not want your own work to be used in this way by someone else without your permission. Similarly, our clients do not want Mr. Silverstein’s work used and altered by third parties; they are well within their rights to deny permission for this use. They vigorously protect their copyrighted materials and have instructed us to aggressively enforce their rights in this case.

We trust that you will immediately cease and desist any and all uses of the above-named work and that we will not need to take any further action in order to resolve this matter. Please confirm your cooperation with this request by responding to this message and placing title of the above-named work in the body of the message, along with the words “I/we confirm that I/we have ceased using the referenced work and shall refrain from recording, publishing, distributing or otherwise disseminating it in the future.”

We anticipate your full, immediate cooperation in this matter and look forward to receiving your confirmation within one week of the date of this message.



Jennifer L. Amundsen

Mar. 22nd, 2009


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black rabbit
black rabbit
tell me what will you do?
now that the light
comes to shine on you too
a blanket of snow
leaves you out in the cold
even under nights cloak
you are vulnerable
black magic
black magic
it amounts to no good
black rabbit
black rabbit
have they taken your foot?

quiet labouring
into the twilight of years
all clamouring
amounts to each of your fears
hearts held by teeth
and worrying hands
it's all been black magic
the undoing of man

black rabbit
black rabbit
what will you do?
now that the light
comes to shine on you too

black magic
black magic
it amounts to no good
for little black rabbits, black cats, and black birds

Mar. 21st, 2009


other peoples words in my mouth

the day brings back. a quiet echo from a song i haven't heard in years.

"...but then what kind of scale
compares the weight of two beauties
the gravity of duties
or the ground speed of joy?
tell me what kind of gauge
can quantify elation?
what kind of equation
could i possibly employ?
and you'll never know, dear
just how much i loved you
you probably think this was
just my big excuse
but i stand committed
to a love that came before you
and the fact that i adore you
is just one of my truths

so i
i'm goin' home
to please the one i so love pleasing
and i don't expect
he'll have much sympathy for my grieving
but i guess that this is the price
that we pay for the privilege
of living for even a day
in a world with so many things
worth believing
ani difranco

and rob breszney says:
Scorpio Horoscope for week of March 19, 2009

Verticle Oracle card Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
After extensive analysis, I've concluded that you won't serve any time in hell for the shock therapy you'll unleash this week -- with one caveat: The shock therapy must be motivated primarily by love, not a lust for power. My research also suggests that in dropping your bombshells you may even rack up some karmic credit, not karmic debt -- if the things you destroy are truly beyond repair and certain to keep causing pain, and if you institute a plan for building a shiny new creation to replace what's lost.

and of someone i love:
Virgo Horoscope for week of March 19, 2009
Verticle Oracle card Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Years ago a Polish scientist toiling in Antarctica was consumed with longing for a woman he'd left behind in his home country. Spilling over with the desire to express his adoration, he gathered a mass of penguin dung and used it to spell out a large "M" on the frigid ground. It was the first letter of his girlfriend's name, Magda. To this day, two species of flowering plants have thrived in that M-shaped area, fed by the fertilizing power of the dung. Your assignment in the coming week, Virgo, is to create something equally enduring and unique for someone you care for deeply.

and...in the wake of these things i grow love.

Mar. 16th, 2009


build grow create

are the creative the happily insane?

here's to leaps of faith.

and dots that follow dot after dot after dot.

Mar. 13th, 2009


he gave me a dead hydrangea

she remembers romance
her shelves dusty with the pollen of it's decay
it's shadows caressing her walls
a still life for love

a collection of artifacts carefully catalogued
a legal size manila envelope
for all those letters that were really meant to burn

still, she remembers romance and

she waits for it's return

Mar. 2nd, 2009


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i want you to remember that place in the small of my back
i want you to reach for it
to touch me into arousal

and like your hunger, is my hunger, is our hunger
i want you to take my mouth in yours
to hover moistened before the plunge, the anticipated immersion, and the beautiful lingering

i want your body to rest atop of mine
i want the weight of being

and when i'm gone
i want your hands to trace the air behind my movements
as though they were a part of me that had fallen behind, my hair blown by the breeze

i want our bodies to lose track of where you begin and i end

our tangling limbs interchangeable
our minds intersecting parallels
our blood pumping with the pulse of one heart

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