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Why Do We View Fairies As Nature Spirits?
While many modern pagans and some non-pagan academics may view fairies, in toto, now as nature spirits that is definitely not how they have been understood across history, although as noted some nature spirits do fall into the wider definition of 'fairy'. ... This modern view of fairies as nature spirits then is one that has been woven across the last 150 years or so initially coming from groups who did not necessarily believe in fairies but were indulging in a need for entertainment using fairies as the players on the stage, taken from there back into belief, then out again, then back in. This process has largely divorced the fairy-as-nature-spirit from the folkloric fairy, and even perhaps the actual nature spirits from the popular culture ideas of nature-fairies.

Also touches a little bit on differences between faeries and elementals and the influence of Theosophy.
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How has South Park been on for more than 20 years now? Wow.
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The recipe is not actually as precious as this sentence makes it sound, but... "Place fillets on celery raft". Oookay then.
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Just some quotes I've collected lately...


It is said that the land of Faery is as near as breath. So it is. And as far away as a land beneath the waves or deep underground. That is true too. Faërie logic allows for this contradiction.
     --Greg, "The Faery"

As through the hard rock go the branching silver veins; as into the solid land run the creeks and gulfs from the unresting sea; as the lights and influences of the upper worlds sink silently through the earth's atmosphere; so doth Faerie invade the world of men.
     --George MacDonald, Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women

I longed with all my heart for a fresh green silence between living water and forests.
     --Renée Vivien (tr. Jeanette H. Foster), A Woman Appeared to Me

The fae breathed magic. They were magic. To separate a faerie from magic was to cleave them from life.
     --India Drummond, Blood Faerie

...the mere presence of the Otherworld kindles in us the spark of higher consciousness, or imagination. It is the stories and tales and visions of the Otherworld--the magical, enchanted land just beyond the walls of the manifest world--which awaken and expand in human beings the very notions of beauty, of reverence, of love and nobility, and all the higher virtues.
     --Stephen Lawhead, The Paradise War

The land changes. Faerie overlays the land and comes and goes with the waxing and waning of eldritch tides. And those follow the lead of faerie time, which is no' like time in this world at all. It does no' flow straight nor consistent, and I canna' help ye understand its passing. Indeed, it does no' quite pass. It ... spirals. It goes and returns, always moving, never changing, for Faerie is an eternal world.
     --Cliff Seruntine, An Ogham Wood

Legend-making is not something that took place in the dim and distant past but a continuing process.
     --Jennifer Westwood, Albion: A Guide to Legendary Britain
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Besides half upending my mental picture of what forms I need to file [personal profile] enotsola's and my taxes (spoilers: if you have self-employment income it isn't really any simpler, and some schedules are still called the same thing while some aren't), this year's tax quandary is whether we can take the "Qualified Business Income" deduction. We seem to meet the requirements as to our total income and the nature of the business, but the forms all expect you to fill in an EIN (Employer Identification Number) for the business. It doesn't have one; it's a sole proprietorship with no employees and no legal entity of its own (LLC, S corporation). Trying to take this deduction if we're not actually eligible would not be a small error (something on the order of $1600-1700 difference in taxable income). Does anyone know anything about this one? I fear I may wind up having to actually call the IRS, which I would dread in any case but even more so this year due to the recent unpleasantness.

eta: I may have created a problem where there wasn't one. I am at work without my draft filled forms and am quickly glancing at fresh blanks, so I need to review this more carefully again when I get home. See my reply to [personal profile] elf.
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This is The Onion, of course, but still.

Report: Mueller Investigation Nearly Done With First Day Of Trump Campaign
“After two years of thoroughly pursuing all leads and documenting any evidence that suggests a connection between the Trump team and Russia, the Mueller investigation is almost ready to reveal the crimes and misdeeds that occurred within the first 24 hours of his campaign,” said a source who spoke on condition of anonymity, adding that Mueller’s investigation was nearly finished compiling the Trump campaign’s illicit behavior during working hours on June 16, 2015 and could finally move on to indictments for the early evening.

PCon room

Jan. 25th, 2019 11:56 pm
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Hi-ohhhh, we have a room at the DoubleTree Thursday night for PCon! Woo! We can set up for the party then and not have to rush to do it Friday afternoon, and don't have to plan to arrive even earlier on Friday morning than we have already been (ca. 11 AM) just to be able to park!

...WAIT NOW ALL MY OTHER PLANNING HAS TO BACK UP ONE DAY AAAAA WHAT DO
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Washington could become the first state to legalize human composting
... Sen. Jamie Pedersen, a Democrat, who is sponsoring a bill in Washington’s Legislature to expand the options for disposing of human remains. The recomposition bill would also make Washington the 17th state to allow alkaline hydrolysis, the dissolving of bodies in a pressurized vessel with water and lye until just liquid and bone remains. Pedersen plans to introduce the bill when the new legislative session begins next month.

Is it me, or is that kinda like how murderers dispose of bodies on TV? That's not the composting, here called "recomposition", though:
The process involves placing unembalmed human remains wrapped in a shroud in a 5-foot-by-10-foot cylindrical vessel with a bed of organic material such as wood chips, alfalfa and straw. Air is then periodically pulled into the vessel, providing oxygen to accelerate microbial activity. Within approximately one month, the remains are reduced to a cubic yard of compost that can be used to grow new plants.

There's a picture in the article which looks pretty much exactly like a larger version of our backyard rotating-drum composter.

It seems to me that after a month you would still have bones and the article doesn't address what is done with those. But hey, I'm all in for turning my body into compost when I'm done with it.
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Welp, PG&E is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. I am not really surprised. Of course, what actually happens to it remains to be seen.

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