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Goddess of Cats?! Well Duh!

Your result for The Mythological Goddess Test...

Freya

Indeed, you are 88% erudite, 75% sensual, 50% martial, and 67% saturnine.

Freya, twin sister of Frey, is a member of the Vanir family, the Norse clan of Fertility Gods. Like her counterparts, Aphrodite, Isis, Venus, and Ishtar (Greek, Egyptian, Roman and Indian mythology), she concerned herself with sex and all that goes with it.


She was quite fond of cats, by the way. In fact, she was said to travel about in a magnificent chariot drawn by her two regal black cats named Bygul and Trjegul (Pronunciation? You're on your own...) that were rumoured to be possessed. After serving Freya for 7 years, the cats were rewarded by being turned into witches, disguised as black cats. Even many of her personal traits seem cat-like. For instance, she always wore a brilliant jewel studded collar symbolizing her authority over the fiery aspect of sexuality.


Besides being the Goddess of love, cats, the moon, magic, and of course sex, Freya was also skilled in a form of magic called "seithr" (meaning "sayer" or "seer") which consisted of putting oneself into a deep meditative trance so that the secrets of the future might be revealed. She also owned a feather coat which she could use to fly between the worlds.


The Fifteen Goddesses


These are the 15 categories of this test. If you score above average in …


…all or none of the four variables: Neit. …
Erudite: Minerva. …
Sensual: Aphrodite. …
Martial: Artemis. …
Saturnine: Persephone. …

Erudite & Sensual: Isis. …
Erudite & Martial: Sekhmet. …
Erudite & Saturnine: Nemesis. …
Sensual & Martial: Hera. …
Sensual & Saturnine: Bast. …
Martial & Saturnine: Ilamatecuhtli. …

Erudite, Sensual & Martial: Maeve. …
Erudite, Sensual & Saturnine: Freya. …
Erudite, Martial & Saturnine: Sedna. …
Sensual, Martial & Saturnine: Macha.

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Holiday Wishes--taken from pallid_regina

Holiday Wishes -

Step One
- Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fun ("I'd love a [fandom] icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

- If you wish for real possible things, make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post (it'll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two
- Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:

- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free, do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.


Kate's Holiday Wish List:

1.) to finish this semester with all A's (or all A's except for a B in English--I'd be okay with that)

2.) a vcr and larger tv (not fancy or flat screen or anything, necessarily--just something larger than the 15 inch I have so I can play rock band without a magnifying glass)

3.) to visit Regan's shop frequently between now and the beginning of next semester

4.) good health and lots of happy moments for my friends, family, girlfriend, and cats in 2010

5.) a Goodwill shopping spree

6.) fun magnets for my fridge--especially quote magnets (like from quotablecards.com), sarcastic, liberal, intellectually cutesy (ex. http://www.etsy.com/shop/vozamer?page=3, anything with adorable monsters or dinosaurs), kitty knowledge, etc.

7.) a Red Lobster gift certificate

8.) for my family to discover what an amazing person Jill is and to welcome her into their homes and hearts

9.) Victoria Frances posters

10.) for one of my friends to plan a big birthday party for me for my birthday

Wish Fulfillment:
Kate Brown
120 E Main St #1203
Lexington, KY 40507

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Wow...this brought me to tears...

Bishop John Shelby Spong -- A Manifesto! The Time Has Come!

Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 5:09am

A Manifesto! The Time Has Come!

I have made a decision. I will no longer debate the issue of homosexuality in the church with anyone. I will no longer engage the biblical ignorance that emanates from so many right-wing Christians about how the Bible condemns homosexuality, as if that point of view still has any credibility. I will no longer discuss with them or listen to them tell me how homosexuality is "an abomination to God," about how homosexuality is a "chosen lifestyle," or about how through prayer and "spiritual counseling" homosexual persons can be "cured." Those arguments are no longer worthy of my time or energy. I will no longer dignify by listening to the thoughts of those who advocate "reparative therapy," as if homosexual persons are somehow broken and need to be repaired. I will no longer talk to those who believe that the unity of the church can or should be achieved by rejecting the presence of, or at least at the expense of, gay and lesbian people. I will no longer take the time to refute the unlearned and undocumentable claims of certain world religious leaders who call homosexuality "deviant."

I will no longer listen to that pious sentimentality that certain Christian leaders continue to employ, which suggests some version of that strange and overtly dishonest phrase that "we love the sinner but hate the sin." That statement is, I have concluded, nothing more than a self-serving lie designed to cover the fact that these people hate homosexual persons and fear homosexuality itself, but somehow know that hatred is incompatible with the Christ they claim to profess, so they adopt this face-saving and absolutely false statement.

I will no longer temper my understanding of truth in order to pretend that I have even a tiny smidgen of respect for the appalling negativity that continues to emanate from religious circles where the church has for centuries conveniently perfumed its ongoing prejudices against blacks, Jews, women and homosexual persons with what it assumes is "high-sounding, pious rhetoric." The day for that mentality has quite simply come to an end for me. I will personally neither tolerate it nor listen to it any longer. The world has moved on, leaving these elements of the Christian Church that cannot adjust to new knowledge or a new consciousness lost in a sea of their own irrelevance. They no longer talk to anyone but themselves.

I will no longer seek to slow down the witness to inclusiveness by pretending that there is some middle ground between prejudice and oppression. There isn't. Justice postponed is justice denied. That can be a resting place no longer for anyone. An old civil rights song proclaimed that the only choice awaiting those who cannot adjust to a new understanding was to "Roll on over or we'll roll on over you!" Time waits for no one.

I will particularly ignore those members of my own Episcopal Church who seek to break away from this body to form a "new church," claiming that this new and bigoted instrument alone now represents the Anglican Communion. Such a new ecclesiastical body is designed to allow these pathetic human beings, who are so deeply locked into a world that no longer exists, to form a community in which they can continue to hate gay people, distort gay people with their hopeless rhetoric and to be part of a religious fellowship in which they can continue to feel justified in their homophobic prejudices for the rest of their tortured lives. Church unity can never be a virtue that is preserved by allowing injustice, oppression and psychological tyranny to go unchallenged.

In my personal life, I will no longer listen to televised debates conducted by "fair-minded" channels that seek to give "both sides" of this issue "equal time." I am aware that these stations no longer give equal time to the advocates of treating women as if they are the property of men or to the advocates of reinstating either segregation or slavery, despite the fact that when these evil institutions were coming to an end the Bible was still being quoted frequently on each of these subjects. It is time for the media to announce that there are no longer two sides to the issue of full humanity for gay and lesbian people. There is no way that justice for homosexual people can be compromised any longer.

I will no longer act as if the Papal office is to be respected if the present occupant of that office is either not willing or not able to inform and educate himself on public issues on which he dares to speak with embarrassing ineptitude.

I will no longer be respectful of the leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who seems to believe that rude behavior, intolerance and even killing prejudice is somehow acceptable, so long as it comes from third-world religious leaders, who more than anything else reveal in themselves the price that colonial oppression has required of the minds and hearts of so many of our world's population.

I see no way that ignorance and truth can be placed side by side, nor do I believe that evil is somehow less evil if the Bible is quoted to justify it. I will dismiss as unworthy of any more of my attention the wild, false and uninformed opinions of such would-be religious leaders as Pat Robertson, James Dobson, Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Swaggart, Albert Mohler, and Robert Duncan. My country and my church have both already spent too much time, energy and money trying to accommodate these backward points of view when they are no longer even tolerable.

I make these statements because it is time to move on. The battle is over. The victory has been won.

There is no reasonable doubt as to what the final outcome of this struggle will be.

· Homosexual people will be accepted as equal, full human beings, who have a legitimate claim on every right that both church and society have to offer any of us.

· Homosexual marriages will become legal, recognized by the state and pronounced holy by the church.

· "Don't ask, don't tell" will be dismantled as the policy of our armed forces.

We will and we must learn that equality of citizenship is not something that should ever be submitted to a referendum. Equality under and before the law is a solemn promise conveyed to all our citizens in the Constitution itself. Can any of us imagine having a public referendum on whether slavery should continue, whether segregation should be dismantled, whether voting privileges should be offered to women?

The time has come for politicians to stop hiding behind unjust laws that they themselves helped to enact, and to abandon that convenient shield of demanding a vote on the rights of full citizenship because they do not understand the difference between a constitutional democracy, which this nation has, and a "mobocracy," which this nation rejected when it adopted its constitution. We do not put the civil rights of a minority to the vote of a plebiscite.

I will also no longer act as if I need a majority vote of some ecclesiastical body in order to bless, ordain, recognize and celebrate the lives and gifts of gay and lesbian people in the life of the church. No one should ever again be forced to submit the privilege of citizenship in this nation or membership in the Christian Church to the will of a majority vote

The battle in both our culture and our church to rid our souls of this dying prejudice is finished. A new consciousness has arisen. A decision has quite clearly been made. Inequality for gay and lesbian people is no longer a debatable issue in either church or state. Therefore, I will from this moment on refuse to dignify the continued public expression of ignorant prejudice by engaging it. I do not tolerate racism or sexism any longer. From this moment on, I will no longer tolerate our culture's various forms of homophobia. I do not care who it is who articulates these attitudes or who tries to make them sound holy with religious jargon.

I have been part of this debate for years, but things do get settled and this issue is now settled for me. I do not debate any longer with members of the "Flat Earth Society" either. I do not debate with people who think we should treat epilepsy by casting demons out of the epileptic person; I do not waste time engaging those medical opinions that suggest that bleeding the patient might release the infection. I do not converse with people who think that Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans as punishment for the sin of being the birthplace of Ellen DeGeneres or that the terrorists hit the United Sates on 9/11 because we tolerated homosexual people, abortions, feminism or the American Civil Liberties Union.

I am tired of being embarrassed by so much of my church's participation in causes that are quite unworthy of the Christ I serve or the God whose mystery and wonder I appreciate more each day. Indeed I feel the Christian Church should not only apologize, but do public penance for the way we have treated people of color, women, adherents of other religions and those we designated heretics, as well as gay and lesbian people.

Life moves on. As the poet James Russell Lowell once put it more than a century ago: "New occasions teach new duties, Time makes ancient good uncouth." I am ready now to claim the victory. I will from now on assume it and live into it. I am unwilling to argue about it or to discuss it as if there are two equally valid, competing positions any longer. The day for that mentality has simply gone forever.

This is my manifesto and my creed. I proclaim it today. I invite others to join me in this public declaration. I believe that such a public outpouring will help cleanse both the church and this nation of its own distorting past. It will restore integrity and honor to both church and state. It will signal that a new day has dawned and we are ready not just to embrace it, but also to rejoice in it and to celebrate it.

- John Shelby Spong

(reprinted from http://unitarian-stcatharines.org/social-action/spong.html)

I need to remember this somewhere...

Bacon appetizer recipe for the party...

Bacon Roll Ups

Ingredients
1 (1 pound) loaf white bread, crusts trimmed 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1 pound sliced bacon, cut in half
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Cut each slice of white bread in half horizontally. Spread with cream cheese. Tightly roll each piece of bread with half a piece of bacon. The bacon should be on the outside of the bread. Secure with toothpicks
3. Arrange roll ups in a single layer on a medium baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until bacon is no longer pink and bread is lightly browned. Serve warm.


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I am way too old for this

Never again. I pulled an all-nighter last night, trying to work on all the insane amounts of homework I have due for Friday. Bad bad bad idea. Now I'm so exhausted I can barely move, my brain is worthless fog, and all I will be able to do is go home and sleep tonight--a few hours work last night and it wipes out an entire day. Ugh. I learned my lesson. Now if only I can survive the next few hours until I can go home--I can barely lift my head off my chair.

sick and pathetic

I'm sick.  And I just want to whimper and whine about it for a minute.  So I'll cut it so you don't have to listen.
I'm pathetic when I'm sickCollapse )

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Grad School Possibilities

So I've had it suggested to me to look into multiple Grad Schools, instead of just UK (which is a good idea, just something I hadn't even thought about).  In any case, to keep my brain organized, here are the ones I found today that looked like something I may want to investigate:

University of Washington--Neurobiology & Behavior PhD

University of California, San Diego--Clinical Psych and Cognitive Sciences Degree; grad students treated more like colleagues than students in regards to labs/research

University of California, Irvine--Cognitive Science degree, neuroscience focus

University of Chicago--cutting edge brain research

Northwestern (IL)--interdepartmental neuroscience program

University of Kentucky--fantastic clinical psychology program; #1 clinical psych program in scholarly production in the country

University of Minnesota--Psych degree with specialization in clinical science and psychopathological research

Princeton University (New Jersey)--focus on brain research in Psych dept

MIT (Mass)--focus on brain research

University of Pennsylvania--collaboration with cognitive sciences and neurosciences; exceptional clinical program

Columbia University (NYC)--school where Dr. Oliver Sacks (my neurologically-focused idol!) works

States I will consider living in:

Washington
Oregon
California
Colorado
Iowa
Illinois
Indiana
Kentucky
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
North Carolina
Virginia
Maryland
Delaware
New Jersey
Connecticut
New York
Massachusetts
maybe Minnesota, if their program turns out to be awesome

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Hair Stuff

If you like my hair, you have exactly one week to appreciate it.

Time for a change.  A big change.

:-)

(hehehe)
Torn
By: Catherine Brown

I feel a thousand emotions as I look to the future
I am a butterfly, soaring higher and higher
I fly into the wind, it whips at my wings
Torn

I am a twisted, wretched tangle
I am pulled in all directions
Full of hope and fear, I find myself
Reaching

I am spreading out between the heavens and the earth
Grasping at two worlds, living in neither
I need to rise above the clouds and bury myself in soil
Grounded

The lightning slashes the sky
I see the sun above the clouds, the darkness below
Both calling out to me, persistent, sad
Beckoning

How do I find my way home
When home is the space between
My two worlds, forever separate, pulling
Torn.

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