brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
And so the shortest day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us - listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year


Whatever holiday you celebrate, be it today's Merry Christmas or Hannukah Sameach a few weeks ago or last week's Happy Solstice, may you find peace and joy, regardless of circumstance, that keeps you warm throughout the winter.
brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
And so the shortest day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us - listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year


Whatever holiday you celebrate, be it today's Merry Christmas or Hannukah Sameach a few weeks ago or last week's Happy Solstice, may you find peace and joy, regardless of circumstance, that keeps you warm throughout the winter.
brynndragon: (more cowbell)
Hannukah starts tonight, which means tomorrow night there will be Rockin' by the light of the Menorah. I will of course be providing potato latkes to my fellow Rockers, with both sour cream and applesauce available for your noshing pleasure. So come on by at the usual time, 7 - 11 PM, to celebrate Hannukah in the modern way - with Rock Band 2 and Beatles Rock Band!
brynndragon: (more cowbell)
Hannukah starts tonight, which means tomorrow night there will be Rockin' by the light of the Menorah. I will of course be providing potato latkes to my fellow Rockers, with both sour cream and applesauce available for your noshing pleasure. So come on by at the usual time, 7 - 11 PM, to celebrate Hannukah in the modern way - with Rock Band 2 and Beatles Rock Band!
brynndragon: (Awesome beatles)
I have been on and off contemplating my gratitude list all day, and the problem is not that it is short, but it is so long. My family is fantastic, my companion and friends are great, I have plenty of good food to eat, a wonderful home, patients who benefit from my treatments. Things are just overall awesome, even if the turkey is taking a little longer to cook than expected :).
brynndragon: (Awesome beatles)
I have been on and off contemplating my gratitude list all day, and the problem is not that it is short, but it is so long. My family is fantastic, my companion and friends are great, I have plenty of good food to eat, a wonderful home, patients who benefit from my treatments. Things are just overall awesome, even if the turkey is taking a little longer to cook than expected :).
brynndragon: (more cowbell)
I want to spend Thanksgiving with my companion, but he hates to leave the house on Thanksgiving. So we're going to do Thanksgiving here. Thing is, they don't make turkeys for two. That's where you come in - if you're wondering what to do for Thanksgiving, let me know and you can come over here for one Rockin' Feast. No need to bring more than yourself, but if you're hankering to pitch in feel free to bring a beverage to share. Just let me know if you're going to come for the feast, so I can make the right amount of food.

I mentioned the Rockin', and that's because I don't see any reason to not have Rockin' Thursday just because of Thanksgiving. I figure some folks might even appreciate the excuse to get away from their wonderful families, and while the cake is a lie, the pie will be true! Rockin' will occur at random throughout the day, depending on who shows up when, so feel free to drop by before your feast as well as after.
brynndragon: (more cowbell)
I want to spend Thanksgiving with my companion, but he hates to leave the house on Thanksgiving. So we're going to do Thanksgiving here. Thing is, they don't make turkeys for two. That's where you come in - if you're wondering what to do for Thanksgiving, let me know and you can come over here for one Rockin' Feast. No need to bring more than yourself, but if you're hankering to pitch in feel free to bring a beverage to share. Just let me know if you're going to come for the feast, so I can make the right amount of food.

I mentioned the Rockin', and that's because I don't see any reason to not have Rockin' Thursday just because of Thanksgiving. I figure some folks might even appreciate the excuse to get away from their wonderful families, and while the cake is a lie, the pie will be true! Rockin' will occur at random throughout the day, depending on who shows up when, so feel free to drop by before your feast as well as after.
brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
To all and sundry, may 2010 be better than 2009 no matter how good or bad 2009 was for you.

One more year until the end of the first decade of the 21st century! Woo!

My NYE was spent playing Tales of the Arabian Nights (a choose-your-own-adventure type board game) with friends at least as exhausted as I am; midnight came and went and we barely noticed. That seems fitting given how my year has gone - the net effects are noticeable, but the time itself passed without a trace. Yesterday ended up being my day for partying, while today was a day of rest. I'm pretty darn good with that.

(Indeed, a general theme of "things will happen in their own time, not according to plans and calendar markers, but that's actually a good thing" has pervaded this week. Hmm.)
brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
To all and sundry, may 2010 be better than 2009 no matter how good or bad 2009 was for you.

One more year until the end of the first decade of the 21st century! Woo!

My NYE was spent playing Tales of the Arabian Nights (a choose-your-own-adventure type board game) with friends at least as exhausted as I am; midnight came and went and we barely noticed. That seems fitting given how my year has gone - the net effects are noticeable, but the time itself passed without a trace. Yesterday ended up being my day for partying, while today was a day of rest. I'm pretty darn good with that.

(Indeed, a general theme of "things will happen in their own time, not according to plans and calendar markers, but that's actually a good thing" has pervaded this week. Hmm.)
brynndragon: (Default)
My companion would like to find a place to bring in the New Year with good friends and great booze (he's willing to provide said booze ;P). If you are hosting or know of such a shindig, please let me know. (I could potentially drag him to a few I know about, but if people he knows will be there that would be perfect ;)
brynndragon: (Default)
My companion would like to find a place to bring in the New Year with good friends and great booze (he's willing to provide said booze ;P). If you are hosting or know of such a shindig, please let me know. (I could potentially drag him to a few I know about, but if people he knows will be there that would be perfect ;)
brynndragon: (Jewish Pagan)
I figured, being in the somewhat unusual position of being raised by a Catholic mother as a Jew, that I would share my notion of the story of Christmas because it might be interesting/hilarious/offensive. Due to my commentary this got long, so here's an LJ-cut )
And that's the story as far as I know. How accurate am I?

(Maybe I'll do this again when Easter comes around; be warned, that's even more liable to be offensive since some of the more wacky Christian traditions like ritual cannibalism come out of that story)
brynndragon: (Jewish Pagan)
I figured, being in the somewhat unusual position of being raised by a Catholic mother as a Jew, that I would share my notion of the story of Christmas because it might be interesting/hilarious/offensive. Due to my commentary this got long, so here's an LJ-cut )
And that's the story as far as I know. How accurate am I?

(Maybe I'll do this again when Easter comes around; be warned, that's even more liable to be offensive since some of the more wacky Christian traditions like ritual cannibalism come out of that story)

Merry Day!

Dec. 25th, 2009 01:11 pm
brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
To them what celebrate, may your Christmas be merry and any annual trials of this time of year not be too tumultuous. Everyone else, enjoy Chinese/Indian food but note that the Christians have started going to the theaters too so get there early. Also tomorrow is a bad day to shop but a great day to get cheap candy.

Merry Day!

Dec. 25th, 2009 01:11 pm
brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
To them what celebrate, may your Christmas be merry and any annual trials of this time of year not be too tumultuous. Everyone else, enjoy Chinese/Indian food but note that the Christians have started going to the theaters too so get there early. Also tomorrow is a bad day to shop but a great day to get cheap candy.
brynndragon: (yin yang with dragon)
We, as a culture, take the heart for granted. We tend to think of it as nothing more than a biomechanical pump, yet another part that is controlled by the grand master of the body: the brain. But think on the sheer reach of the circulatory system: every single living cell in your body has a capillary close enough to it to exchange nutrients and waste. The trade goes beyond that: it includes vital information, from (don't) kill yourself to let's make another human to run, you idiot! In comparison, the neuronal network is far more rapid in transmission of information but less pervasive and less extensive in terms of the sort of information it transmits, to the point where even the brain has a need to use the circulatory system for certain deliveries and . It's the difference between the USPS and the Internet, with the Heart being the proverbial postal courier - "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these courageous couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds". All of our modern medicine doesn't save us from the simple fact that without our heart we are nothing - illnesses of the heart are still our primary downfall.

So take some time to be grateful for the organ which the Chinese call the emperor of the human being. Do not live solely in your head, but live with your heart as well, for it is the center of your being, that most faithful of organs whose untiring work allows you to exist. The brain may be more shiny, with its bright blinking thoughts, but it is the heart that makes you who you are. Don't take it for granted - show it some love too.
brynndragon: (yin yang with dragon)
We, as a culture, take the heart for granted. We tend to think of it as nothing more than a biomechanical pump, yet another part that is controlled by the grand master of the body: the brain. But think on the sheer reach of the circulatory system: every single living cell in your body has a capillary close enough to it to exchange nutrients and waste. The trade goes beyond that: it includes vital information, from (don't) kill yourself to let's make another human to run, you idiot! In comparison, the neuronal network is far more rapid in transmission of information but less pervasive and less extensive in terms of the sort of information it transmits, to the point where even the brain has a need to use the circulatory system for certain deliveries and . It's the difference between the USPS and the Internet, with the Heart being the proverbial postal courier - "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these courageous couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds". All of our modern medicine doesn't save us from the simple fact that without our heart we are nothing - illnesses of the heart are still our primary downfall.

So take some time to be grateful for the organ which the Chinese call the emperor of the human being. Do not live solely in your head, but live with your heart as well, for it is the center of your being, that most faithful of organs whose untiring work allows you to exist. The brain may be more shiny, with its bright blinking thoughts, but it is the heart that makes you who you are. Don't take it for granted - show it some love too.
brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
A link to an entertaining series of Christmas songs made by remixing the themes from our favorite old-school video games: Doctor Octoroc's 8 Bit Jesus

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Cool Yule, Kick-ass Kwanzaa, Sweet Solstice, Awesome Axial Tilt - whatever the hell you celebrate, here's hoping you enjoy it!
brynndragon: (A Very Spider Xmas)
A link to an entertaining series of Christmas songs made by remixing the themes from our favorite old-school video games: Doctor Octoroc's 8 Bit Jesus

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Cool Yule, Kick-ass Kwanzaa, Sweet Solstice, Awesome Axial Tilt - whatever the hell you celebrate, here's hoping you enjoy it!

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