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Here is my word meter for the Slashy Valentine -

I don't have a sense of how long the story is going to be but I better wrap it up soon as Red just sent out the warning email! Gotta get it done!

So that is what is going on. If you follow me on FB you know I am not pleased with what is going on in Washington. More on that later.

Happy weekend to all.
phyncke: I made this (Obamanos)
The incoming President is not my President. Barack Obama is MY President. I just got this letter to my email because I have written to the White House on matters that concern me. I always get a response and it is always on point. I cannot tell you how discouraged I am about this transition. But this is what the letter said today.
One of the most important things I’ve done as President is read messages from Americans like you. And whether you sat down to write me a letter back in 2009 or just last week, I wanted to say thank you for writing.

Letters like yours have given me the chance to hear the real stories that make up the ever changing narrative of America. They are stories of your setbacks and successes, your fears and your hopes not just for today—but for the country and the world we’ll leave to our children and our grandchildren. I want you to know that I was listening. I heard your stories. And you made me a better President.
In 2014, a young mom took a chance and shared her family’s story with me. She said she knew that “staying silent about what you see and what needs changing never makes any difference.” She was right. And so, while serving you has been the greatest privilege of my life, I want you to know that when

I leave the White House, I’ll still hold the most important title of all: that of citizen.

And as a proud American citizen, I believe that we are a constant work in progress. Our success has never been certain. None of our journey has been preordained. There’s always been a gap between our highest ideals and the reality we witness every day. But what makes us exceptional—what makes us Americans—is that we have fought wars, and passed laws, and reformed systems, and organized unions, and staged protests, and launched mighty movements to close that gap. To bring the promise and the practice of America into closer alignment. To form that more perfect union.

So our collective future depends on our collective willingness to uphold our duties as citizens: to vote, to speak out, and to stand up for others knowing that each of us is only here because somebody, somewhere, stood up for us. And for the rest of my days, I promise I will be right there alongside you, continuing to do my part to build a better, more prosperous, more diverse and inclusive America—an
America with a future full of hope.

From all of us in the Obama family—thank you for writing.

All the best,
Barack Obama
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Here is a quick update on my Slashy Valentine. I have started it and hopefully I am about half way done. You never know with these things. :P

I don't know how long it will be. That is just a guess. Hope you all are doing well on yours! Post updates!

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Here is my last menorah pic from last night. Thanks for celebrating along with me. Happy Hanukkah!

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Here is a quick - no frills update from last night's menorah - Happy Hanukkah all!

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Dec. 29th, 2016 08:56 pm
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I lit the menorah twice tonight - once with my neighbor and once at home. So double whammy. Happy Hanukkah all. It is night 6 here. Two more to go!

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phyncke: (Anime Me)
A friend just texted me and I just saw this tweet -

LJ's servers have been moved to Russia which leads me to have lots of security concerns about this platform. I am wondering if any of you feel the same way or have any ideas about what to do about this. I cross post most of my entries to LJ anyway but I still have to log in here to read the flist. I am worried about the security of this platform and LJ seems like a relic. My friend who is more up on these things - urged me to abandon the site because it is a security concern and there is a risk in using the site.

So I wonder if there is another site for fandom things or if people are interested in migrating to dreamwidth which is a similar platform. I already have an account over there.

Anyway. I wanted to see what the feeling is and if you even knew about this. Thoughts, feelings and concerns? I think this is a real issue and may effect my ongoing presence here.

I welcome comments on this topic and really want to know what you think.

Edit -
Here are some additional references and posts to read -
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Night 5 on the menorah, folks. Moving along here. Happy Hanukkah!

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Here I am with night four of Hanukkah. Halfway done and 4 candles on the menorah. Happy Hanukkah all!

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Here is the third night menorah. Woot.

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Happy Hanukkah y'all.

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Hey all - it is time for my Hanukkah posts. I am a little behind though I have been lighting the menorah this year. I did two nights already - so I am catching up with the photos for you. Have been posting on Twitter and Facebook but forgot to post my photos here and want to share with you. Here are the first and second nights for you and will post a third tonight. There are eight crazy nights to Hanukkah.

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phyncke: (Green Pattern)
Very happy holidays to you and yours this holiday season! I hope that you are having a great time celebrating this season with family and friends.

I am not traveling this year and am staying here in Berkeley to hang with friends. I have the week off between Christmas and New Years and have some projects I would like to get done. I also need to rest off the computer as my shoulder hurts - strain from too much time on the computer and so I am hoping to rest that. I might go get a massage this week and get the kinks worked out.

So I am looking forward to time off, getting things done and relaxed times. Yay!

Merry Christmas
Happy Hanukkah
Happy Kwanzaa
Happy New Year
Happy Solstice

All things combine to make this a great time of year!

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phyncke: (Happy Birthday)
Very happy birthdays to those with December birthdays (visible) on my flists. I hope you have great times and much fun with family and friends.

On DW:
18: numenora - numenora
23: elflover59 - elflover59
07: sadistic_kitten - sadistic_kitten

On LJ:
05: lunarrastarr - Lunarrastarr
07: sadistic_kitten - sadistic_kitten
10: angels_redagger - angels_redagger
14: flirting - → кαтιє ←
14: cleolinda - Cleolinda Jones
16: jetcas - Emily
18: numenora - Numenora (Patty)
21: heyurs - O Demanding One
22: silly_devil - silly_devil
23: elflover59 - elflover59
28: therealstanlee - Stan Lee

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I have been really lame about posting and want to apologize. I have been pretty busy. I want to wish everyone in the US a Happy Thanksgiving. I am spending the day with friends and trying to not do too much damage to my Weight Watchers plan which is a challenge on an eating holiday. I am planning to have a piece of this chocolate cake that my friend bought. Totally excited about that. It is a planned digression.

I don't know if you follow me on FB but I have been posting a lot about the #noDAPL movement - or the Standing Rock protectors. I am very concerned about the Dakota Access Pipeline and the indigenous water protestors who are protesting the installation of this pipeline in North Dakota. This pipeline will cross two water sources and has impacted the Native American peoples there greatly. They have been met with great violence by law enforcement - extreme violence. Last Sunday they were sprayed with water cannons in 20 degree weather and a woman had to have her arm amputated because she was hit with a concussion grenade. More than 150 water protectors were injured and they are peaceful demonstrators. This is forced subjugation of the indigenous people who dare protest against the oil interests. A pipeline that we do not need, that is dangerous and that could pollute necessary water sources. I have been posting a lot about it on Facebook and twitter and thought I would post something about it here. I stand with Standing Rock and thought I would bring it to your attention. You just have to google or look on twitter at the #noDAPL hashtag and you can get important information on it.

So that is what I am thinking about this Thanksgiving. I think we should be thinking about the indigenous people on the front line in North Dakota. It will be cold and something could happen there while Americans are not paying attention. Social media is where things are reported first so it is good to pay attention to that.

So happy thanksgiving to one and all and hello to all my international friends. I will try and get better about posting. I thought I would raise this issue here. Thanks for reading.

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phyncke: (Fleur de Lys)
(I got this sent to my email today and I thought it was worth posting. This was a graceful way to concede the election. Worth a read.)

Thank you.

Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.

This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I’m sorry we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country.

But I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together –- this vast, diverse, creative, unruly, energized campaign. You represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.

I know how disappointed you feel, because I feel it too. And so do tens of millions of Americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort. This is painful, and it will be for a long time. But I want you to remember this: Our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about the country we love -- and about building an America that’s hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted.

We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America –- and I always will. And if you do, too, then we must accept this result -– and then look to the future. 

Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. 

Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power, and we don’t just respect that, we cherish it. It also enshrines other things –- the rule of law, the principle that we’re all equal in rights and dignity, and the freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these things too -- and we must defend them.

And let me add: Our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years, but all the time. So let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear: making our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top; protecting our country and protecting our planet; and breaking down all the barriers that hold anyone back from achieving their dreams. 

We’ve spent a year and a half bringing together millions of people from every corner of our country to say with one voice that we believe that the American Dream is big enough for everyone -- for people of all races and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities. 

Our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek. And I know you will. 

I am so grateful to stand with all of you. 

I want to thank Tim Kaine and Anne Holton for being our partners on this journey. It gives me great hope and comfort to know that Tim will remain on the front-lines of our democracy, representing Virginia in the Senate. 

To Barack and Michelle Obama: Our country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude for your graceful, determined leadership, and so do I. 

To Bill, Chelsea, Marc, Charlotte, Aidan, our brothers, and our entire family, my love for you means more than I can ever express. 

You crisscrossed this country on my behalf and lifted me up when I needed it most –- even four-month old Aidan traveling with his mom. 

I will always be grateful to the creative, talented, dedicated men and women at our headquarters in Brooklyn and across our country who poured their hearts into this campaign. For you veterans, this was a campaign after a campaign -- for some of you, this was your first campaign ever. I want each of you to know that you were the best campaign anyone has had.

To all the volunteers, community leaders, activists, and union organizers who knocked on doors, talked to neighbors, posted on Facebook - even in secret or in private: Thank you. 

To everyone who sent in contributions as small as $5 and kept us going, thank you. 

And to all the young people in particular, I want you to hear this. I’ve spent my entire adult life fighting for what I believe in. I’ve had successes and I’ve had setbacks -– sometimes really painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your careers. You will have successes and setbacks, too. 

This loss hurts. But please, please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It’s always worth it. And we need you keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives. 

To all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion. 

I know that we still have not shattered that highest glass ceiling. But some day someone will -– hopefully sooner than we might think right now.

And to all the little girls watching right now, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world. 

Finally, I am grateful to our country for all it has given me. 

I count my blessings every day that I am an American. And I still believe, as deeply as I ever have, that if we stand together and work together, with respect for our differences, strength in our convictions, and love for this nation -– our best days are still ahead of us. 

You know I believe we are stronger together and will go forward together. And you should never be sorry that you fought for that. 

Scripture tells us: “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.”

My friends, let us have faith in each other. Let us not grow weary. Let us not lose heart. For there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do. 

I am incredibly honored and grateful to have had this chance to represent all of you in this consequential election. May God bless you and god bless the United States of America.

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To those with October birthdays (visible). I hope you had great times on your special day and a wonderful year ahead. Happy Birthday!

On DW:
12: minuial_nuwing - Min

On LJ:
01: jastaelf - JastaElf
03: lilbadhalo - Rachel
04: tincturing - tincturing
05: wasp_queen - The Wasp Queen
06: luin77 - luin77
07: sildil - sildil
07: anorienparker - anorienparker
08: sylvie_the_elf - Sylvie (an Elf)
09: griffndor - griffndor
11: creativeelf - It's a secret.
12: minuial_nuwing - Minuial Nuwing
15: kelshei - Don't say I didn't warn you!
17: weavinghugo - LadyHawksShadow
24: teefers - teeflet
29: lenine2 - lenine2
31: khylarenelf - Khylaren

Hey hey...

Oct. 22nd, 2016 08:47 am
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Here I am - with a post. I am here.

I guess the biggest thing that is happening is that I have started doing Weight Watchers and it is going great! I have lost 13.4 pounds so far and am really into the program. I am tracking every little thing that I eat and feel like everyday is a little victory. I find that the program encourages healthy eating so it is really working for me. I have a good amount of weight I want to get off this time around and I really like the meetings each week. I lost my first 45 pounds on my own and I don't really want to do it alone this time. This is more fun to have people to talk to and an instructor in your corner cheering you own. I really like that. I did not think I would be this into it but I kind of am. So it is very good. I have never done and organized weight loss program before but I am really into it. Keeping track of what you eat really helps and they have online tools that really are helpful. I can track on the web and on my phone. So I am digging it. I have good support on this at work, from friends and all that so very exciting. I have reached 5 percent of goal and I got a little charm for a keychain. It is kind of cute. :)

What else? So the big news with my family is this - we found my long lost half sister! My dad had an affair before he met my mom and there was a pregnancy from that. So I have an older half sister. Stuff was done and the girl was raised out in Ohio by her mother and her brothers. So years later my mom tells me about this (when I am in college) - that my dad has this other child. So at that time - I store it in my brain. I later told my brothers and we have decided that we should look her up and make contact. So we found her on It took all of five minutes to find her really - it was amazingly easy and we wrote her an email. She wrote back and now we are all friends on Facebook. We are talking about doing a meet up next summer on the East Coast. It is all kind of wild. My mom had some reservations about it but now is on board with it.

Work is work. Not much going on there. I am kind of bored there actually.

I am nervous about the season premiere of The Walking Dead. Looking forward to it but kind of not if you know what I mean.

So that is about all I have. Hope all is well with you there. This is my post. I will try and post more - even if I post about inane things.

Comments are most welcome. I will reply!

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Very happy birthdays to those with (visible) birthdays this September. Hope you have/had great times on your special days!

On LJ: 02: digdigil - digdigil 05: red_lasbelin - Red 06: slayer9649 - da slayer 06: faerycharmed - FaeryCharmed 07: deathangelgw - deathangelgw 07: mdarkdreamer - mdarkdreamer 12: denimblues - Donna 13: sardonyx_78 - september girl 15: gwaelinn - gwaelinn 16: dawn_felagund - dawn_felagund 19: mysweetheaven - MySweetHeaven 21: kali921 - Kali 21: elyxer - Rena 23: fimbrethiel - Fimbrethiel 24: catwench - Wenchy 24: alikat7 - alikat7 26: rumil_of_lorien - RunyoRonyo 29: ardisia - Ardisia 30: rolypoly_laurie - Laurie

On DW: 29: feralfae - feralfae 24: wyckkedwench - wyckkedwench
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OMG y'all. I finished this story! I might actually get it done in time. Thanks to the amazing [profile] aglarien1 doing my beta at crunch time. She totally rocks.

Here is the triumphant word meter.

7429 / 7429 words. 100% done!

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