We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. - Edward R. Murrow

Support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

If you are coming to look at my journal, from here on out, until the 250th Anniversary of the Declaration Independence of the United States of America, this is the first thing you will see.

On that day, 4 July 2026, I wonder if I will be able to look back and see that the Constitution was supported and defended well.
What do you think?
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Take one moment

If you are able,
save them a place
inside of you
and save one backward glance
when you are leaving
for the places they can
no longer go.

Be not ashamed to say
you loved them,
though you may
or may not have always.
Take what they have left
and what they have taught you
with their dying
and keep it with your own.

And in that time
when men decide and feel safe
to call the war insane,
take one moment to embrace
those gentle heroes
you left behind.

Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam

(no subject)

On 1 May 2013, the sun will rise at approximately 0540, at about 93 degrees (magnetic) at Riverbend Park in Cambridge, MA.

I like to rise when the sun she rises,
early in the morning
And I like to hear them small birds singing,
Merrily upon their layland
And hurrah for the life of a country boy,
And to ramble in the new mowed hay.

In memoriam

To fallen soldiers let us sing,
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing,
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord.

No more bleeding, no more fight,
No prayers pleading through the night,
Just divine embrace, eternal light
In the Mansions of the Lord.

Where no mothers cry and no children weep,
We will stand and guard though the angels sleep,
All through the ages safely keep
The Mansions of the Lord.

- Randall Wallace

fan snark:

Went to the panel "Boston as Setting" kind of disappointed, there were no Bostonians on the panel. Plenty of people who had moved here for college and never left. Or who moved to Boston because they felt it was where they should be. Not that I don't mind, but I hope in all of Arisia they could find at least one person who grew up east of 128.

Because the only real blanks are those who were born blank.
You nativist tool.

(no subject)

You are so young, so much before all beginning, and I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

Rainer Maria Rilke, letter 4 to a young poet,
Worpswede, near Bremen
July 16, 1903

Hymn to the Morrigan

O Morrigan, we call your name
Across the dusty years.
You speak to us, of blood and lust.
You show us all our fears.
You are a goddess, old and wise.
Of holy power you have no dearth.
Beneath your wings, black, red and white,
We learn of death and birth.

You walk about, this ancient land,
Your hungers raw and clear.
You make the crops, grow rich and strong,
As well your geese and deer.
A flirting maid, a lusty hag,
A mother of great girth:
Without the touch, of your black wings,
We cannot heal the earth.

You float upon, a blood red wave,
Of swords and spears and knives.
Your voice inspires, fear and dread,
That you'll cut short our lives.
You try the warriors', courage sore,
Our inner souls unearth.
Without the touch, of your red wings,
We cannot know our worth.

You fly above, the silver clouds,
To Avalon's shining gate.
You lead the dead, along that path,
To meet our final fate.
The joke's on us, we find within,
A land of laughter and of mirth.
Without the touch, of your white wings,
We cannot have rebirth.

O Morrigan, we call your name
Across the dusty years...

by Isaac Bonewits

role playing games

I owned Basic and Expert D&D boxed sets as a kid, and I sort of played AD&D 1E, as well as collecting the books: PHB, DMG, MM, FF, D&D (edition with Cthulhu, Melnibone, and Erewhonian mythos), UA, OA, the Greyhawk Boxed set, the FR boxed set, the Spelljammer boxed set.

I never really played much.

I'm tempted to give it a shot when I come back - but what is the closest feel to AD&D 1E?

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"When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."