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Happy birthday to jasonbsizemore, _snitchbitch, and dannyboy8406. May all three of you enjoy a wonderful day and a terrific year to come!

Many thanks to st_crispins and savageseraph for the wonderful squirrel love for my Profile page.

* I couldn't be happier with the fantastic reception I received for my presentation Friday night at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Many thanks to everyone who attended!

* On a related note, I wanted to be sure that I posted information about the free Cherokee (Tsalagi) language courses available through iTunes.

-- Here are two podcasts:
Culturev Cherokee Podcast
NDNTV: Native American Language Revitalization Tools

-- The following are available through iTunes U:
Emory University > Academics & Research > Cherokee (Tsalagi)
Western Carolina University > Cherokee Language 101

* After bravely enduring several surgeries and a related infection, our best friend Virginia is very much on the mend. Thanks to everyone who sent good wishes her way for her recovery. Here she is, working hard at her recuperation:

Virginia on the Daybed

"March is the month of expectation,
The things we do not know,
The Persons of Prognostication
Are coming now.
We try to sham becoming firmness,
But pompous joy
Betrays us, as his first betrothal
Betrays a boy."
- Emily Dickinson, XLVIII


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Mar. 16th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad Virginia is OK. :)
Mar. 16th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
Mar. 16th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
Many thanks to [info]st_crispins and [info]savageseraph for the wonderful squirrel love.

Posted without further comment.
Mar. 16th, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... On second thought, maybe I would've been more clear if I'd thanked them for the LJ v-gifts that just so happened to depict squirrels... ;) *note to self*
Mar. 16th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
Awww. A day with Virgina in it is always a better day. Glad it's all on a better place now. Um, being as clueless as I tend to be, I didn' t know she was not in her best, however I still send good energy for her full recovery.
Mar. 17th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :) Virginia sends you wet kisses.
Mar. 16th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
Have you gotten any word on your RavenCon schedule yet? I myself have planned some Lovecraft goodness in the Gaming Room. 1900 Friday is The Stars Are Right, 1300 Saturday is Arkham Horror, and 2000 Saturday is The Stars Are Right again.
Mar. 17th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
I just posted my schedule now. Thanks for asking! It sounds like you have some awesome Lovecraftian fun planned.
Mar. 16th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yay! Glad Virginia is feeling better. :)
Mar. 17th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
Mar. 16th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
virginia is clearly the bravest of the brave and is an incredible friend and survivor. lots of love her way!
Mar. 17th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
That she is! Thank you so much. *hugs* We both appreciate it.
Mar. 16th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the good reception, and all luck to Virginia!
Mar. 17th, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks on both counts!
Mar. 16th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Aww, poor little girl. I deeply empathize with her.
Mar. 17th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Aw, the two of you have really had a tough time recently! *hugs you both*
Mar. 16th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your success Friday night! And what a great photo of Virginia "working hard..." *cracks up*
Mar. 17th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! Yes, she's putting out a lot of effort - can't you tell? ;)
Mar. 16th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
Yay, Virginia! Keep fighting, girl.
Mar. 17th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
She thanks you and sends you wet kisses. :)
Mar. 16th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
It's so good to hear that Virginia is doing better. :-)
Mar. 17th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Mar. 16th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
awwwwww ginny :( *pets*

thanks for the language links! may have to check it out!
Mar. 17th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
She sends wet kisses your way.

I'm so glad the links are of interest! I'm thrilled to see so many different groups using this as an opportunity to revitalize the language.
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Mar. 16th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
Cool! Free lessons in the Tsalagi! I'm not good at learning languages, though.
I need to get this off my chest: One time before class you were squeeing about the fact that the dedication in the book that you were looking at was in Cherokee (you said that out loud), and I AWKWARDLY asked if you could read Cherokee, and you said yes. Then I felt stupid because OF COURSE you do. I guess I was thinking that maybe you could've just recognized it without knowing it. Heh. I'm sure you didn't say it in a mean way or anything, but I kicked myself for speaking. I remember the most random details sometimes...

That's an especially cute photo of VA! She has very pretty brown eyes. Glad she's getting better. :)
Mar. 17th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words re: Virginia!

As for the Cherokee, you shouldn't have felt stupid - it was a perfectly legitimate question! Lots of people study cultures whose languages they can't read. (And I'm sure you weren't awkward.) I'm sorry if my response was off-putting in any way; I certainly didn't mean it to be. It was kind of you to be interested.
Mar. 16th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to see that Virginia is on the mend! I'd missed the fact that she'd had to have surgery, but am pleased that she's dealing with her recovery so well. :D

iTunesU is something I have got to check out. You're the third person to mention things there that sound really fascinating.

And I'll be writing you a proper letter soon! I've enjoyed getting your cards in recent weeks. Thank you!! ♥
Mar. 17th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! She was a sick girl there for a while - I have new white hairs!

You might be interested in this, as well, re: iTunes U.

Hugs to you!
Mar. 18th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
I'm sooo happy Virginia is on the mend. She's looking very mellow there.
Mar. 18th, 2010 12:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! Yes, mellow is the name of her game currently. Hey, someone has to keep all those pillows warm. ;)

Edited at 2010-03-18 12:53 pm (UTC)
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