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2021-10-17 04:31 pm

Index: RevD's Dubious Poetry and Some Fanfic 'Sticky Post'


Firefly, BtVS and BtVS/Crossover Fanfics (last updated 6/28/13) Read more... )

Fanfic-Inspired Poetry (of a kind!) and Song Lyric Parodies Read more... )

Miscellaneous Bits of Doggerel (not related to any particular fandom, really) Read more... )
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2018-06-29 04:08 am

Index of LJ Posts (since I don't often update here)

Since I rarely remember to copy my posts from my LiveJournal to this journal, here's a directory of quick links to my current calendar of posts and most recently-used tags over on LJ:































revdorothyl: missmurchsion made this (With Beer)
2014-09-27 09:36 am
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Our New, Funny-Looking Cat Hogs the Bed

My sister is evil.

I know this probably goes without saying, but just in case, let me reinforce this inevitable truth: My sister IS EVIL!

As evidence, let me tell you the sad tale of our new house pet.

Sister convinced me to welcome yet another little furry creature into our house as a short-term foster pet, which is how I became acquainted with Tillie, a possible Cairn Terrier-mix who's not yet three years old but has a cat-like fondness for sleeping in close proximity to her humans about 20 hours a day, with short bouts of incredibly energetic play in between lengthy, lazy naps.

In addition to Tillie's agreeably cat-like habits, I soon discovered that her scruffy hair-like coat doesn't shed as much and doesn't trigger my allergies at all (so far!) . . . which is a good thing, considering that Tillie quickly decided that my little twin bed, with its handy access to a sunny window, is the optimal place to sleep most of the time:

Funny-Looking Cat )

As of yesterday, I've added my signature to the shared adoption papers to make Tillie (or, as Sister wants to call her, "Queen Mutt-Tilda I") our very own.

So, . . . EVIL, right? :)
revdorothyl: missmurchsion made this (Laputa)
2014-09-07 01:03 pm
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Goldfinches on Purple Coneflowers

I'm taking it easier on my ankle again today, after having pushed my limits a bit on Friday's Racine outing, but I'm being thoroughly entertained just looking out the window next to my bed, where American Goldfinches have been busy all morning feeding on the seeds in my sister's Purple Coneflowers.

If I had anything other than an older cellphone with which to take a photo, I'd try to catch a pic, but for now I'm just reveling in the beautiful colors and the dainty skill of the finches in clinging to the flowers and industriously picking out the seeds from their cones.

I could kick myself for all the time and money I used to waste on keeping a thistle seed feeder filled for the Goldfinches and House Finches outside my picture window back in Iowa, when I could've just planted some perennial and hard-to-kill native prairie flowers to feed them for free! :)

And speaking of, now I see a red-tinged House Finch joining the Goldfinches. Neat!

For anyone who's not sure what purple coneflowers are . . . )
revdorothyl: missmurchsion made this (Totoro)
2014-09-06 05:16 pm

On the road again . . . at least as far as Racine, WI!

My ankle has been feeling much better lately, to the point where I can limp around in my huge, padded boot/cast without a cane a good bit of the time (as long as I'm inside or on really level ground with hand-holds available should I need them), so I was able to go along with my sister and two friends on a short trip to nearby Racine yesterday, to take advantage of the free art museum admission there on the first Friday of the month. I took my Dad's old walker along to use in walking to and around the museum, just in case, but limped around okay without it for short excursions from the car later in the afternoon.

My sister had been planning this trip as a treat for me for some time, so I was especially glad that I was well enough to go along and get so much enjoyment out of it. Several of the exhibits involved depictions of pop culture or mythical characters in various media, and even though the upstairs galleries were closed yesterday, we enjoyed the exhibits we did get to see -- especially those with sci-fi/fantasy/superhero connections.

We only got to see the Ruffo Gallery portion of the exhibition of pop-up books and art-works (for instance, there was a wall plaque depicting "A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros" for George R. R. Martin/"Game of Thrones" fans), but what we did see was wonderful, reminding us of our favorite pop-up books in childhood (we had one about Robin Hood from 1969, and another from 1968 for Alice in Wonderland, and still another from 1970 on 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea).

I really enjoyed the gallery notes on this exhibit, as well, tracing the origins of pop-up books back to medieval monks working on ecclesiastical manuscripts! :)

Popular Culture that really POPS )

Here are some of my favorites (photographed by my sister) from the other main exhibit on the ground floor of the museum:

Pop culture icons in ceramic, glass, and needlework )

On the way out, we took some time to enjoy the museum's window exhibits of Charlotte Kruk's 'Consumer Couture' recycled art (see also gallery notes here).

'The Politics of Having' )

Then we had a mid-afternoon lunch at Kewpee's Hamburgers, a well-preserved example of the 1950s 'Malt Shop', complete with home-made root beer and incredibly affordable but very tasty burgers and fries that don't start cooking until after you've placed your order.

Pictures of the Racine Kewpee's )

Since Racine is the home of malted milk, I figured I ought to order a chocolate malted as my beverage/dessert, but I'd have been better off going with the much larger and less-expensive root beer float chosen by the rest of our party. The malted was tasty but somewhat gritty in texture, as though the soda jerk had simply smashed some malted milk balls and stirred them into a regular chocolate milk shake as an after-thought, rather than properly dissolving the malted milk powder in the shake. Well, if we ever go there again, I'll know that the root beer with free refill is the local specialty to order instead.

Most of the rest of the day was spent driving around, sight-seeing some Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, enjoying the breeze from Lake Michigan, and window-shopping at the unique shops in downtown Racine.

Even the pouring rain on the drive home couldn't dampen our spirits after all that. :)
revdorothyl: missmurchsion made this (Xena)
2014-08-31 02:21 pm
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When the Going Gets Tough . . .

The Tough Crochet Afghans!

Or, "What can you do while laid up with a broken ankle for weeks on end? Why, crochet a king-sized wool afghan for somebody, of course!"

Or, "I have many skills!"

Here are some pics my sister took with her digital camera of the completed afghan (unfortunately, it turned out to be more king-sized than I'd planned, and there's nowhere in our house that we could spread it out full-size).

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revdorothyl: missmurchsion made this (Laputa)
2014-08-15 03:50 pm
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Pictures of My New Garden

Some pics my sister took of our garden and SOME of our freshly picked produce today.

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revdorothyl: missmurchsion made this (With Beer)
2014-08-15 03:08 pm
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RevD "At the Movies"

Just a few quick thoughts on some of the movies I've seen on the big screen with my sister in the past few months, working backwards from the most recent:

Guardians of the Galaxy: Yes, it really is as good (surprisingly good) as people have been saying. Possibly even the most enjoyable Marvel-related movie to come out this year (at least, on the first viewing -- we'll see how it stacks up to repeat viewing).

Divergent: Not a great film, but better than I'd been led to expect from the reviews, and an excellent bargain at a two-dollar ticket price at the budget cinema.

X-Men: Days of Future Past: Lots of Wolverine and double doses of both young and old versions of Xavier and Magneto, with hope for a much better future? What's not to love?

Grand Budapest Hotel: Didn't love it as much as my sister, but it was gripping and entertaining, and the all-star casting didn't distract too much.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Sister and I felt compelled to see this the first week it came out, in order not to be spoiled by watching the upcoming episode of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." on TV, but in spite of feeling somewhat manipulated we DID enjoy every minute (well, except for the too-long chase scene with Nick Fury in the early part of the film, which left too much time for thinking about other things) and found it a worthy follow-up to the much-loved first Captain America and Avengers films.

Frozen: Admittedly, we might not have gone to see this even at the budget cinema if we hadn't had a friend's grand-daughter to act as our 'beard' (we could claim we were only seeing it to keep young Lucy company, all six of us adults in the party!), but we were both impressed (read, 'blown away') by the quality of the animation, the story-telling, and (of course!) the songs. And it enabled us to get even more enjoyment out of the various versions and parodies of "Let It Go" on-line (including Arthur Darvill's "I am not Rory!" version, which is hilarious).

And that's all the movies I can remember, for now (not counting the many, many films we got on DVD from the library while we were getting by on digital antenna broadcast TV only for the past six months). :)
revdorothyl: missmurchsion made this (Donna Super Temp)
2014-08-15 02:35 pm
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'RevD is alive and well and living in Wisconsin'

Okay, so it's been six months since I last posted anything, anywhere, pretty much. And I'm sorry for that.

Here's a quick rundown of some of the highlights: Six Months in Six Minutes (or Less) )

So, except for the broken ankle and current lack of mobility, life is going okay for now. We all still miss my mother every day, but we've drawn closer to one another and made some positive changes in all our lives as we deal with our loss.
revdorothyl: missmurchsion made this (Aslan)
2014-02-12 02:14 am
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Safely arrived in Wisconsin

Just a quick note to thank all of you who've been so supportive as I try to come to terms with my mother's sudden death on Monday, and to let you know that I'm okay, so far.

I got a late start leaving Nashville this afternoon, but I arrived safely at my sister's house at 12:30 AM, and now I'm just trying to decompress.
revdorothyl: missmurchsion made this (BtVS Heroes)
2014-01-18 06:17 pm

one-shot ficlet, "COUNCIL BLUES" (BtVS/Undercover Blues)

I caught a re-run of the 1993 film "Undercover Blues" on cable this morning (my umpteenth re-watching of this film, which remains one of my perennial favorites), while I was enjoying a lazy day in honor of my birthday, and I was suddenly inspired to write a quick Buffy the Vampire Slayer crossover fic based on that film.

If you've never seen the film, I highly recommend that you DO see it at your earliest convenience, and this fic probably won't make much sense without at least a passing familiarity with the characters and situations.



Disclaimer: I do not own BtVS or the 1993 Dennis Quaid/Kathleen Turner film "Undercover Blues", but I'm celebrating my birthday today by playing with their characters and situations. This one-shot is written for my own enjoyment only, not for profit, and blessed is the one who takes no legal offense at me! :)Read more... )
revdorothyl: missmurchsion made this (With Beer)
2013-12-27 06:38 pm
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movie review: "Dhoom 3"

I'm still eager to see "Saving Mr. Banks", but I took the opportunity today to see the Bollywood heist flick "Dhoom 3" instead, for fear that it might not still be playing at my local multiplex when I get back from my trip to Wisconsin this coming week.

First, let me say that I strongly recommend "Dhoom 3", though it doesn't get really compelling from a character standpoint until after the Intermission. For the first half of the film, you're saying, "Okay, Bollywood action flick set almost entirely in downtown Chicago -- that's different, but not all that intellectually stimulating, perhaps." But then . . . THE TWIST!

It's only after the Intermission that you realize that the actor playing the thief who's being hunted by Detective Jai Dixit and his sidekick Ali (the pride of the Mumbai police force, and on loan to Chicago to catch a crook who leaves taunts in Hindi) this time around is actually a lot more than an athletic body and a broody face.

possible spoilers )

It actually kept me guessing and surprised me a couple of times before the ending. If you're up for an action flick that includes a couple of very athletic dance numbers, with some character surprises in the second half, then this might be the film for you.

Oh, and be sure to stay through the ending credits, because the scenes never shown during the film that are screened behind the credits are just adorable!
revdorothyl: missmurchsion made this (Chlex)
2013-12-26 08:18 pm

SV fic: "The Biological Progenitor Trap" (2/?)

Okay, so there's still no actual Chloe and/or Lex appearing in this chapter, but after this, I PROMISE there will be actual Lex, Chloe, and possibly Clark. It's taken a while to lay out the back-story, but we're nearly there.

For summary and disclaimers, see the Prologue.


Chapter 1: "The Other Generation"

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revdorothyl: missmurchsion made this (BtVS Heroes)
2013-12-25 06:38 pm

Trying my hand at "Smallville" fic: "The Biological Progenitor Trap" (1/?)

Since I had a preaching job last night (Christmas Eve, you know!) and won't be driving up to Wisconsin to celebrate with my family until next week, I decided to use my free time today to finally revise and post the first installment of a new fic I've been working on.

Surprise! I'm writing again! It's a holiday miracle. :)


Summary: In the 32nd century, Brainiac Six (the young, partly organic offspring created by Brainiac 5, using the preserved genetic material of two humans with Kryptonite-enhanced healing abilities to supplement his own inorganic code) watches one too many ancient Disney films from the archives and decides to use a 'borrowed' Legion ring to go back to the early 21st century and try to spring his own version of "The Parent Trap" on his unwitting ancestors: Chloe Sullivan and Lex Luthor.

Author's notes, disclaimer, and dedication )


Prologue: "Parenthood"

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Chapter One: "The Other Generation"

revdorothyl: keswindhover made this (Belief)
2013-11-28 10:03 pm
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Dad's home from the hospital, so we're 'go' for Thanksgiving tomorrow

My thanks to all of you who've kept a good thought for my family over the past week.

Dad was allowed to come home from the hospital this afternoon, and he's definitely in better shape than he was earlier this week. Therefore, we're going ahead with plans to have Thanksgiving dinner at my sister's house tomorrow noon.

I'm very thankful for this, and for all the kind thoughts and words. :)
revdorothyl: missmurchsion made this (Aslan)
2013-11-28 11:53 am
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A Thanksgiving Sermon (from 1992, but still . . . !)

Looking back, I realize that I haven't posted a Thanksgiving sermon since the sermonette in 2011, and though I preached on this year's Thanksgiving Day lectionary on November 24th, I must confess that I didn't feel as confident in that sermon's worth.

So, in case anyone's interested, here instead is an off-lectionary sermon from Thanksgiving of 1992:

revdorothyl: missmurchsion made this (Riddick)
2013-11-27 12:23 pm

Catching up on movie reviews for the past couple of months

I've fallen behind in my movie reviews for September through November (partly because I've seen relatively few movies during that period, and partly from sheer procrastination), so here's a quick, largely SPOILER-FREE run-through of the films I've seen in the theater lately, starting with the most recent:

Krrish 3 )

Thor 2 )

Gravity )

The World's End )

Riddick )

White House Down )
revdorothyl: missmurchsion made this (Future)
2013-10-24 07:48 pm
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I survived a family visit!

My mother and sister drove down from Wisconsin last Friday to spend five days helping me clean house (and do some local sight-seeing) and headed out very early this morning. They're now home safe, and I'm congratulating all of us on getting along so well and getting so much done.

Yes, there were a few hiccups during the visit (like my mother bundling up all the winter clothes I'd set out -- intending to replace the summer clothes currently taking up all the space in my dresser drawers -- and taking them to GoodWill in five bags as donations while I was away preaching for the Hispanic worship service late Sunday morning, because she didn't hear me say repeatedly that those were NOT discards and not to touch them), but we all managed to stay civil and have some fun times together.

And I'm trying to look on the absence of so many of my sweaters and turtlenecks and heavier slacks and jeans as an opportunity, rather than a shortage. Now I have the fun of trying to figure out what's left to wear, with so many of my tried-and-true favorite outfits for cold weather no longer available!

Positive mental attitude, here -- that's the ticket!
revdorothyl: missmurchsion made this (Your Fault)
2013-10-15 03:33 pm

"Sleepy Hollow" -- How you try my patience!

Some weeks, I get a good chuckle out of "Sleepy Hollow" . . . when they stay far, far away from anything I've ever actually studied seriously.

Sometimes, they even seem to learn from their early mistakes -- for instance I've noticed that they've been careful to say "Revelation" when speaking of the last book of the New Testament instead of the incorrect "Revelations" after that first, teeth-grinding episode.

But just when I thought it was safe to sit back and enjoy the silliness, an episode comes along like last night's, where suddenly they think that people in the 1580's were still speaking MIDDLE ENGLISH instead of Elizabethan English (think closer to SHAKESPEARE, people, not CHAUCER -- you're at least a hundred years too late for Middle English as common speech!). Ack!


How you task me, you silly show, you! :(
revdorothyl: missmurchsion made this (Thumbs Up Spike)
2013-08-15 09:04 pm
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"Pacific Rim" -- don't know why this movie wasn't more of a hit, 'cause it's quite GOOD!

I was glad I finally made the time to see "Pacific Rim" this afternoon, 'cause it was a very effective and affecting giant-monsters-from-the-deep-vs-family-piloted-giant-robots flick!

And that's something I NEVER expected to see myself write! :)

Seriously, if it's still playing inb your city, or is about to open in your local second-run budget theater, and if you've not yet seen it, DO make the effort to watch this on the big screen. It's got more emotional depth and character development than you'd expect, from the previews, and it's ALSO very funny and almost heart-stoppingly scary at times.

(Oh, and don't leave before you've seen the bit at the end of the closing credits. Ron Perlman rules!)

After sitting through the first showing of "Pacific Rim" this afternoon, there wasn't another film starting that I really wanted to see, so I contented myself with watching the last hour of "The Wolverine" all over again (it stands up well to repeated viewing, I must say!), and then caught the second and last showing of "Pacific Rim" all the way through again, in order to enjoy any bits I might have missed the first time through.

It was still fun and watchable the second time through on the same day, so I'm giving it two thumbs up!