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"a great energy is moving"

Many thanks to fungus_files, libilover, mamomo, estellye, tuilelindowen, beledibabe, scribblerworks, curtana, and forthright for the wonderful holiday cards and goodies!

Grading is completed and the semester is finished. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

* Travis Prinzi's excellent new book Harry Potter and Imagination: The Way Between Two Worlds is now available at Amazon.com.

* GhostGirl11, whose fabulous Unique Boxes For Interesting People I use to store my Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab goodies (among other things), is now taking custom orders.

* io9 lists "The Most Amazing Book Covers from Pre-Golden Age SF," complete with illustrations, and "The T-Shirts Every Nerd Needs This Holiday."

* On January 3, 1892, J.R.R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. To celebrate this event, on this day each year Tolkien fans around the world are invited to raise a glass and toast the birthday of this much loved author. To make the Birthday Toast, you stand, raise a glass of your choice of drink (not necessarily alcoholic), and say the words "The Professor" before taking a sip (or swig, if that's more appropriate for your drink). Sit and enjoy the rest of your drink. It's time to sign up with the Tolkien Society to show your upcoming participation in the 2009 Birthday Toast!

"You darkness, that I come from,
I love you more than all the fires
that fence in the world,
for the fire makes
a circle of light for everyone,
and then no one outside learns of you.

But the darkness pulls in everything;
shapes and fires, animals and myself,
how easily it gathers them!—
powers and people—
and it is possible a great energy
is moving near me.
I have faith in nights."
- Rainer Maria Rilke, On Darkness


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 16th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! And thanks for your card too! Our theory is to send out the card and letter, and if you don't run away screaming, you can have one next year too. :)
Dec. 17th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
LOL! Good plan. No running or screaming here! And I loved your color-coordinated picture with your darling four-legged babies. They are adorable.
Dec. 16th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
I can't believe that its going to be time for the Birthday Toast again soon. Time flies. :-O)

I don't believe I have your mailing address but would like to put you on my Christmas Yule Card List. Can you email or message that to me please?

Dec. 17th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
I know - this year has flown by!

I'm sorry for being late to your LJ post, but I've posted my address. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness. :) I used the address I had for you - I hope it was the right one!
Dec. 17th, 2008 09:10 am (UTC)
Thanks for publicising the birthday toast! :-)
Dec. 17th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! :)
Dec. 17th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
You might recheck your holiday card pile. One should be arriving any day now from Colorado, if it hasn't already arrived. Have a very Gorey Christmas!
Dec. 18th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
Oooh, I just got it today, and it's fabulous! "Decorating," indeed. :) I adore Gorey! I also loved your wonderful holiday haiku (mmm, pudding!). Thank you so much.
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