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13 April 2017 @ 06:34 pm
Like oh so many others, I am making the switch to Dreamwidth. There is already someone over there with the username "Musesrealm", so I went with "Muses-Realm". I would love to connect with all of you over there! https://muses-realm.dreamwidth.org/.

I will continue reading things here until my paid account runs out in December, but I do not anticipate making any additional entries here. Not that I really do any way. I will cross post my entries here from Dreamwidth, however, so those of you who are not switching can still read my entries.

See y'all on the flipside!
10 April 2016 @ 09:21 pm
palusbuteo helped me choose this recipe to share. It comes from Farm Life in Rural Nebraska by Leonard Cyboron, my great-uncle. I corrected the spelling errors, but otherwise left it as Uncle Leonard wrote it. ;-)

Mom's Cinnamon Rolls

2/3 cup Scalded Milk
Add and stir in
1/2 cup Sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon Salt
6 Tablespoons Shortening
Cool to luke warm.

Measure into bowl:
2/3 cup lukewarm water and 2 Tablespoons sugar.
Sprinkle or crumble in 2 packages yeast (dry or compresses)

Let stand until dissolved--stir and add luke warm milk mixture.

Add and stir in:
3 eggs beaten
3 cups all purpose flour
Beat until smooth.
Add and stir in 3 more cups all purpose flour.

Turn dough out on slightly floured board and knead.
Place in greased bowl and brush top with melted butter.
Cover with clean towel, and let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.

Punch down dough and divide into 3 equal pieces.
Roll out each piece into oblong pan about 14 x 10 inches.
Brush each piece with melted butter.

Mix 2 cups sugar, 1 Tablespoon cinnamon, and 3/4 cup raisins (raisins can be omitted).
Sprinkle a third of the mixture on each piece of oblong dough.
Roll up each piece length as for jelly roll.
Cut into slices about 1" thick. Place in greased shallow baking pan about 1 hour.
Bake in hot oven 400 degrees about 20 minutes.
Ice tops with plain icing while still warm.

To make plain icing:
Combine and beat until smooth:
1/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 teaspoons milk
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
02 March 2014 @ 12:41 pm
76 new and/or updated entries have been uploaded to the Deities Page, all Roman.
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16 April 2013 @ 10:20 pm
A few of you have asked if I am okay, and it's just easier to make a quick post here rather than respond to everyone individually.

I am fine. Worcester (my city) is about 40 miles or so West of Boston, and I wasn't anywhere near the marathon yesterday. Several parents whose children attend my daycare were there with their families, but they are all also fine. We're all upset about what happened, but we're physically okay. Thank you for your concern.

Hugs to everyone!
I'm Feeling: tiredtired
12 December 2012 @ 08:47 pm
Today I had a much needed day off from work. To celebrate, not only did I get a bunch of housework done, but I made a few new LJ icons and updated the respective pages over at The 'Realm as well. Yay!

New Icons:
[08] Flight of the Conchords
[09] History of the World (Part I)
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As always, feel free to use the text-less ones as bases; just don't forget to let people know where you got the base from. :-)
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I'm Feeling: productiveproductive
08 December 2012 @ 10:36 pm
These are not uploaded by category over at The 'Realm. They have been sitting on my computer for over two years now (wow, has it really been that long since I uploaded icons!?), and it's way past time to share them. So here they are. Hopefully I will have them available via The 'Realm tomorrow.
[02] Miscellaneous
[03] Religious
[07] Firefly / Serenity
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I'm Feeling: nostalgicnostalgic
08 October 2012 @ 02:00 pm
Banana Oatmeal Cookies from Jamaica

3/4 c. margarine (175ml)
1 c. sugar (250ml)
1 egg
2-3 bananas, pealed and mashed (about 1 c. / 250ml)
3 1/2 c. rolled oats (875ml)
1/2 c. peanuts or almonds, chopped (125ml)
1 1/4 c. flour (300ml)
1/2 t. baking soda (2ml)
1/2 t. salt (2ml)
1/4 t. ground nutmeg (1ml)
3/4 t. ground cinnamon (3ml)

Preheat oven to 375F (190C). Cream together the margarine and sugar. Beat in the egg. Add bananas, oats, and peanuts/almonds, mixing thoroughly. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Add dry mixture to the banana mixture, mixing well.
Drop dough by teaspoonfuls on ungreased baking sheets, about 1 1/2 inches (3.5cm) apart. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on rack. Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies.

From Extending the Table by Joetta Handrich Schlabach.
I'm Feeling: hungryhungry
11 June 2012 @ 10:00 pm
My mom is still at home and hasn't been asked to evacuate. Although they didn't get any rain in the area today, the temperatures were cooler (85 instead of 95), and it wasn't as windy.

As of five hours ago the fire was just under 37,000 acres, and was still 0% contained. 1/3 of all mobile US firefighting units have been deployed to fight this fire, and some National Guard units as well.

The fire is now about 3 miles from my mom, and she could see the flames two ridges over when I spoke with her this afternoon. We have friends whose neighborhood has been reached by the fire, but there is a trench around it, and only one home was lost so far in that neighborhood. 100 structures have been confirmed destroyed so far. There could be more, but since fires like these tend to jump around a lot it isn't safe enough to go in and do a proper check. There has been one confirmed casualty, but the name and location haven't been disclosed to the media yet.

My boss asked if I needed to go back to Colorado to be with family, and I told her no. I mean, what could I do there? Unless the evacuation order was given I'd just be sitting around with my mom and pets, waiting for the reverse 911 call and breathing in ash and smoke. If the evacuation order was given I'd just be another person evacuated to a shelter or friend's house.

I have to keep reminding myself that even if she does get evacuated it doesn't mean that her house is gone. Many times it's just a precaution. I know several people in remote areas quite far from the fire who had to evacuate simply because if the fire were to start heading in their direction they would have no means to evacuate later. Some of those canyon roads go for *miles* without running into a cross street or another street that isn't a dead end.

So yeah, that's where we're at. Watching and waiting and praying.
I'm Feeling: worriedworried
10 June 2012 @ 08:39 pm
There is a large fire just a few miles away from my mom's house, and it is 0% contained. The fire is west of her and was moving north-ish. When I talked to her this morning they had evacuated the town about 1 1/2 miles north of her (Bellvue, CO, where many of my friends live), though she had not gotten a reverse 911 call telling her to evacuate. Now I hear through the grapevine that they are evacuating LaPorte, CO, which is only 1 mile north of her, and about as far east of the fire as she is. To say I'm worried is an understatement. There isn't really much between her house and the fire except a few miles of extremely dry foothills covered in very dry beetle-killed pine and brush. There really is nothing I can do from 2,000 miles away except wait and worry.

Updates can be found here: http://inciweb.org/incident/2904/. For the curious among you, find Mount Ethel in the middle of the huge fire, and go east to LaPorte. The lake south west of LaPorte (Claymore Lake) is just west of my neighbor's property, and a place we used to hike to all the time as kids.
29 April 2012 @ 06:14 pm
I'm in the last unit of my Child Development (Psychology) class. We have two discussions, two essay paper discussions, and the final exam for this last unit. It's split up into two sections: late childhood/adolescence, and disabilities and disorders. The first section is pretty straightforward, and our discussions have been pretty bland. The discussion on disabilities and disorders, on the other hand, is much more lively and though-provoking.

Our current mini-discussion is focusing on the autism spectrum and how it would influence people with multiple personalities. The biggest questions are whether or not all of the personalities would fall somewhere on the autism spectrum, and if they did would they all fall on the same spot.

I know of at least one of you on my flist who is a multiple, and a few of you fall somewhere on the autism spectrum. Several others of you are teachers. Does anyone have any insight for our discussion? Published papers on the subject would be idea (we're having a hard time finding any), but personal reflections or first-hand knowledge are very much welcomed as well.
I'm Feeling: pensivepensive
Listening To: Vusi Mahlasela - Fountain | Powered by Last.fm
11 April 2012 @ 06:34 pm
Originally posted by sireesanwar at CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by slvr_tgr99 at CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by scout_lover at CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by sheryden at CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by alikat7 at CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by hollymac_79 at CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by spikedluv at CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by velvetwhip at CISPA is the new SOPA
Here's their next move: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, would obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States.

And CISPA would provide a victory for content owners who were shell-shocked by the unprecedented outpouring of activism in opposition to SOPA and Internet censorship.

The House of Representatives is planning to take up CISPA later this month. Click here to ask your lawmakers to oppose it.

SOPA was pushed as a remedy to the supposed economic threat of online piracy -- but economic fear-mongering didn't quite do the trick.

So those concerned about copyright are engaging in sleight of hand, appending their legislation to a bill that most Americans will assume is about keeping them safe from bad guys.

This so-called cyber security bill aims to prevent theft of "government information" and "intellectual property" and could let ISPs block your access to websites -- or the whole Internet.

Don't let them push this back-door SOPA. Click here to demand that your lawmakers oppose CISPA.

CISPA also encourages companies to share information about you with the government and other corporations.

That data could then be used for just about anything -- from prosecuting crimes to ad placements.

And perhaps worst of all, CISPA supercedes all other online privacy protections.

Please click here to urge your lawmakers to oppose CISPA when it comes up for a vote this month.

Thanks for fighting for the Internet.

-Demand Progress

Originally posted by nverland at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by ladykatiewench at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by rocknrollrodeo at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by badfalcon at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by sheryden at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by meridian_rose at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by brontefanatic at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by philstar22 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by lk737 at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Please repost this? I have never begged for one of my posts to be boosted. I am just so worried for my friends and want you to know.

According to this article, dated March 15, 2012:

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox news confirms this:

Youtube video explaining this:

12 March 2012 @ 08:24 pm
What is your favorite Girl Scout cookie flavor?

26 December 2011 @ 09:06 pm
Slowly but surely I've bee updating the Creatures Page. I'm nowhere near done, but it is coming slowly but surely. I keep getting distracted by my new resources, and by my DAR geneaology. Having a new and bigger local library may not be such a good thing after all... ;-)
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14 December 2011 @ 09:40 pm
What is your must-see holiday movie? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]

I have two: Love Actually and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
I'm Feeling: sickill
18 November 2011 @ 11:59 am
Originally posted by dynamicsymmetry at Congress wants to take away your internet.
Folks, I know you're tired of me yelling at you, but you should be aware that there's a hearing this morning being held by the US House Judiciary Committee on a "copyright" bill that will essentially break the entire internet.

You like the internet, right? I mean, you're here.

From the link above:

As drafted, the legislation would grant the government and private parties unprecedented power to interfere with the Internet's domain name system (DNS). The government would be able to force ISPs and search engines to redirect or dump users' attempts to reach certain websites' URLs. In response, third parties will woo average users to alternative servers that offer access to the entire Internet (not just the newly censored U.S. version), which will create new computer security vulnerabilities as the reliability and universality of the DNS evaporates.

It gets worse: Under SOPA's provisions, service providers (including hosting services) would be under new pressure to monitor and police their users’ activities. While PROTECT-IP targeted sites “dedicated to infringing activities,” SOPA targets websites that simply don’t do enough to track and police infringement (and it is not at all clear what would be enough). And it creates new powers to shut down folks who provide tools to help users get access to the Internet the rest of the world sees (not just the “U.S. authorized version”).

This is being framed as an attempt to fight hackers and pirates. Don't buy it. And don't think for a minute that it's going to stop there. This is bad. And at the hearing today, only one opponent of the bill is being allowed to testify.

Please do whatever you can to fight this. Email congresspeople. Sign petitions. Yell about it in every venue you can.


16 October 2011 @ 10:45 am
Mythological Creatures

A recent email conversation with a visitor has inspired me to bump up my re-working of the Mythological Creatures section to add sources to each page, and to do more research as I'm doing so. I've already started uploading the completed pages, and hope to be done within the month (job-hunting / moving in permitting, of course!).

That being said, if there is an entry that you have questions about, or have better / different information about, I'd love to know! You can email me at either: clio@musesrealm.net or musesrealm@yahoo.com.

These are the main resources I currently have at my disposal:
  • Conway, D.J. Magical, Mystical Creatures. Llewellyn Publications: St. Paul, MN, 1996.
  • Gonzalez-Wippler, Migene. The Complete Book of Spells, Ceremonies & Magic. Llewellyn Publications: St. Paul, MN, 2000.
  • Grimal, Pierre. The Dictionary of Classical Mythology. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers Inc., 1996. (Complete Edition)
  • Illes, Judika. Encyclopedia of Spirits: The Ultimate Guide to the Magic of Fairies, Genies, Demons, Ghosts, Gods, and Goddesses. Harper Collins: New York, 2009.
  • Long, Gareth. Encyclopedia of Monsters, Mythical Creatures, and Fabulous Beasts. WEBSITE. --> not currently available
  • Matthews, John & Caitlin. The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures. Barnes & Noble Publishing, Inc.: New York, 2005.
  • Mercantante, Anthony S. Who's Who in Egyptian Mythology. Barnes & Noble Books: New York, 1995.
  • Rose, Carol. Giants, Monsters & Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth. W. W. Norton & Company: New York, 2000.
  • Rose, Carol. Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins: An Encyclopedia. W. W. Norton & Company: New York, 1996.
  • Wilkinson, Richard H. The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson, Ltd.: London, 2003.
  • Zimmerman, J.E. Dictionary of Classical Mythology. New York: Bantam Books (Harper & Row), 1964.

    If there are others that you suggest that I can find either at my local library or at a bookstore, I'd love to hear about them!
    12 October 2011 @ 06:23 pm
    Originally posted by james_nicoll at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
    Originally posted by soldiergrrrl at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
    Originally posted by twbasketcaseat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
    Originally posted by gabrielleabelleat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
    Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

    Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

    Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

    Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

    What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

    The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

    So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

    If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

    What to do?

    - Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

    - If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

    - You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

    - Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

    04 September 2010 @ 03:10 pm
    Some of you asked very nicely for a few additional Roman recipes several months ago (the first batch is here: http://musesrealm.livejournal.com/179256.html). My Roman cookbooks have been sitting on top of my printer since then waiting to be used, and today I finally got around to it. As before, these recipes are adapted from a fantastic cookbook called Roman Cookery by Mark Grant.

    Next weekend is the big Scotish/Irish Festival in Estes Park, and I'll be cooking Roman food for us pretty much all day. If any of the new recipes I try work out, I'll post the recipes here after I get back.

    Etnos (Pea Soup)

    1/2 c. Dried Peas
    1 Leek, finely sliced
    1 T. Olive Oil
    1 t. Dried Dill Seed
    Sea Salt

    Rinse the peas. Add 2 pints of water, peas, leek, and olive oil to a large pot. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 1 hour, or until the peas are tender. Season with dill, and salt to taste. Blend until the mixture is smooth. Serve warm with bread or crackers.

    I like adding garlic, carrots, and ham to this. It's pretty much the Roman version of split pea soup.

    Faba Integra (Bean Soup)

    1 1/4 c. Navy Beans
    1 Bouillon Cube (Vegetable of Beef work the best, IMHO)
    1 T. Olive Oil

    Boil 1 pint of water, and dissolve the bouillon cube in it. Add the beans and olive oil. Simmer with the lid on for 20 minutes, or until the beans are tender. Turn off the heat, and let the soup marinate for an hour or so. Just before serving, bring to a boil once again. Serve hot as an accompaniment to a main dish.

    Laganophake (Lentil Stew)

    1/2 c. Lentils
    1 Onion
    1/4 c. Red Wine
    1 t. Cumin, ground
    1 t. Dried Dill Seed
    1 spring Fresh Thyme, finely chopped
    1 spring Fresh Oregano, finely chopped
    1 spring Fresh Parsley, finely chopped
    1 T. Olive Oil
    1 pinch Aniseed, ground
    Sea Salt

    Thinly slice the onion and fry until soft in some olive oil. Add 1 pint of water, red wine, and lentils. Add cumin, dill, and aniseed to the pot. Bring to a boil, and simmer, covered, for 45 minutes, or until the lentils are tender and most of the water has been absorbed. Just before serving, add the thyme, oregano, and parsley. Serve with bread.
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