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redbird: closeup of me drinking tea, in a friend's kitchen (farthing party 2007, me drinking tea)

Praise also then light, and creation unfinished

Don't Mourn, Organize

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Created on 2009-04-13 13:41:21 (#52751), last updated 2019-04-21 (6 hours ago)

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I'm a native New Yorker and lived in the city for about half a century; I moved to Massachusetts in 2016 after three years in the Pacific Northwest. After a couple of years I'm starting to feel at home in the Boston area, though I still have a lot of exploring to do, and many questions large and small. I live with [personal profile] cattitude and a few miles from [personal profile] adrian_turtle; Adrian and I had a long distance reationship for a decade, and were happy with it, but this is a lot better. Long distance continues to work well for me and [personal profile] rysmiel, and I don't expect either of us to be relocating to the other's country.

I'm a freelance editor and proofreader, working on a variety of nonfiction, including math.

I have a lot of books, but at the moment we have enough shelf space for all of them a small enough apartment that half of them are in storage. I'm reading less than I used to, in some senses, though I think part of that is that more of the words in a row are blog comments and twitter posts and news articles, rather than books or magazines; right now my to-be-read pile is mostly either on the kindle or from the library, or both, because there seem to be a lot of things I want to read once, or think I might want to read once, but don't need to keep.

People talk about planning ahead, but when it becomes cannibalizing your actual present self for the sake of vague future possibilities, it's time to stop and plan for here and now. Don't wear yourself out so badly that there's nobody left to have that future.


I copied all my old entries and my userpics from LiveJournal when I moved over here, and deleted the LJ version of this journal in March 2019. I tweet occasionally as @vicki, but I don't look there every day, or even every other day. Email is probably the best way to reach me, followed by the telephone (voice or text); if you need the number, please ask.

Please don't take any of my icons without checking; they include photos of me, and some icons made specifically for me, as well as some that I'm happy to share. (Most of those are labeled as such.)

Did I mention the tea and chocolate?

I keep trying to balance the parentheses, but they don't cooperate.

If you include a video in a comment, please identify it briefly (something like "otters playing" or "clip of $person"). I have autoplay off partly to protect myself from strobe and fast-cut effects, and I'm not going to click on unidentified YouTube videos even if I know and like you and am confident that they aren't spam.

My pronouns are she/her.

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