fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Default)
2012-10-23 06:44 pm

St. Kateri Tekakwitha


A brief story from my absence:

This past Sunday, seven men and women were canonized as saints in the Roman Catholic Church. Among them was St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint. Tekakwitha (Kateri was her baptismal name - the Mohawk version of Catherine) was born in what is now Auriesville, NY, which is only about half an hour from Albany. So to celebrate, I took a group of students to the shrine at Tekakwitha's birthplace for a joyful pilgrimage. It was an incredible Mass: several thousand people were there, and the Mass was celebrated in a combination of English and Mohawk.

Like all saints, Kateri Tekakwitha's life was not without problematic elements. Check out her wikipedia entry here for more info. (Trigger warning for self harm at the link.) She lived in the midst and mix of colonization, the clash of cultures, and a period in Christianity that emphasized extreme penance.

Yet for all that, I don't think we can overestimate the importance of Tekakwitha's canonization. She is a Native face of God, and her life and her story is not limited to the 24 years she lived on earth; she has become a symbol. She is an evangelist, a proponent of the simple life, patron of ecology, patron of young people making their own way. She did not rely on the white Jesuit fathers to tell her how to live her faith; she lived it herself, and indeed often refused to listen to them when they tried to correct her. She has long been considered a patron and prayed to as a saint among Native American and First Nations Catholics; frankly, it's about time that Rome caught up.
fialleril: [my unabating Malfoy problem] (Malfoys)
2012-10-03 03:28 pm
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this is the only "It Gets Better" video I approve of

In other news, still don't have a lot of energy for a real fandom post (alas for the halcyon writing days of summer), so here, have this instead.
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (light the sky and hold on tight)
2012-09-28 10:31 pm

Tesla! Storytelling! Science!

This is so cool!

Marco Tempest combines projection mapping and pop-up books to tell the story of Nikola Tesla, and everything about it is awesome. Give it a watch!
fialleril: [earth of light / sky of earth] (desert sky)
2012-09-26 01:05 pm

blah blah boring life updates blah

Long time no post. Life has been busy - the semester is in full swing, which means I have student activities, liturgies, service projects, and other events nearly every day of the week. It is wonderful work, and I love it, but it doesn't leave me with a lot of mental energy for in-depth LJ posts, alas.

Anyway, some things I have been up to since last posting:

- Saw Florence + the Machine in concert, which was AWESOME. It would have been more awesome if I didn't have a cold/sinus infection at the time, but it was still completely awesome.

- Went to a Scottish festival and found out a little more about my family along the distaff line: My mother's mother's mother's mother was a Calhoun, the name that particular branch of the Colquhoun clan took when they came to USAmerica. The clan badge is a stag, which I find interesting because I have always had a particular fondness for deer.

Also, on a very geeky note: I am Scottish-descended on both sides of my family. My mother's side is Colquhoun, whose motto is "if I can" (which to me sounds like "I do what I want if I can get away with it" - an excellent motto), while my father's side is part of the Robertson clan, whose motto is "glory is the reward of valor." Sounds like Clan Slytherin and Clan Gryffindor to me.

I have been oddly into family history recently, and am considering doing some more in depth research into my roots, since everything seems to be very mysterious. My parents only know their own history about two generations back, and then very hazy vague knowledge of the distant past (like, supposedly my dad's family came to USAmerica from Scotland via Nova Scotia, but nobody really can say how or when or who). My interest is probably partially because I'm now the family member who lives closest to my maternal grandmother, so we've taken to meeting up regularly, and she has always had an interest in family history. I got to visit her house last Christmas, and she showed me the old Colquhoun family silver and whatnot. So I do know a bit more about my mom's family history than my dad's, but the more I learn the more it piques my curiosity.

- Took a group of students apple picking, which was lots of fun. And also kind of amusing for me as a farm kid, because several of the city kids had never picked their own fruit before. It was great to see them get so excited about it, and to see their interest in how fruit grows, what the difference between varieties is, how you know when it's ripe, etc.

- I did get a couple days' vacation and went to Columcille in Pennsylvania. Such an excellent place. I spent a day just meditatively walking and being in nature and refreshing my energy. I wish it was a bit closer to Albany, so I could take students there.

And there you have it: the State of Fia.
fialleril: [my unabating Malfoy problem] (Malfoys)
2012-09-14 11:41 pm

because I still have HP on the brain

But I am too lazy to write an actual My Thoughts On Harry Potter post tonight. And anyway you can probably guess most of them because I am very predictable with my thoughts and tastes. As only one example, if you wonder about my thoughts on Dumbledore, they are virtually identical to my thoughts on Yoda.

So instead, please enjoy this list of books that would have been infinitely more interesting than Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:

under a cut 'cause I get a little long-winded )

On an entirely different note, I am debating whether I should make an actual HP tag, or just stick with "my ongoing Malfoy problem," since that seems likely to be the gist of it, anyway.
fialleril: [I am Anne Bronte. Anne Bronte is me.] (but he was an asshole)
2012-09-07 01:45 pm

another meme

Because I lack the emotional energy to make a real post at the moment, but maybe soon? Anyway, have a meme I stole from [ profile] elizabeth_hoot:

Pick a number from the list and I'll answer it in the comments.

1 - Your current OTP
2 - A pairing you initially didn't consider but someone changed your mind
3 - A pairing you have never liked and probably never will
4 - A pairing you wish you liked but just can’t
5 - Have you added anything stupid/cracky/hilarious to your fandom, if so, what
6 - What’s the longest you’ve ever been in a fandom
7 - Do you remember your first OTP, if so who was in it
8 - Do you prefer characters from real action series or animated series
9 - Has the internet caused you to stop liking any fandoms, if so, which and why
10 - Name a fandom you didn't care/think about until you saw it all over tumblr/your social network sites
11 - How do you feel about the other people in your current fandom
12 - Your favorite fanartist/author gives you one request, what do you ask for
13 - Your favorite fanart or fanartist
14 - Your favorite fanfiction or fanauthor
15 - Choose a song at random, which OTP does it remind you of
16 - Invent a random AU for any fandom (we always need more ideas)
17 - A ship you’ve abandoned and why
18 - A pairing you ship that you don’t think anyone else ships
19 - Show us an example of your personal headcanon
20 - Do you remember what your first fanwork was?
21 - Self-rec: What's your favorite fanwork you've created?
22 - Are you one of those fans who can’t watch anything without shipping
23 - 5 favorite characters from 5 different fandoms
24 - 3 OTPs from 3 different fandoms | Take Two!
25 - A fandom you’re in but have no ships from
26 - Just ramble about something fan-related, go go go
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (near the wall of a house)
2012-08-31 02:20 pm
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a writing meme

Stolen from [ profile] igrockspock:

Ask me a writing-related question in the comments. It can be about my writing or writing in general, whatever you want. Questions can be as wacky as you want. Ask me about characters, quirks, habits, opinions, favorites, difficulties, fandoms, inspirations, ficathons, challenges, specific stories. Ask whatever! I'll answer and, in return, I will ask you a question at least loosely connected to yours.
fialleril: [and I love you, random citizen] (hey)
2012-08-28 09:05 pm

this might my favorite review I've gotten on ff.n

You could "go pro"- just don't to another 50 Shades, k? ;) (It started as a Twilight fanfiction.)

Sage advice, anonymous friend. Sage advice indeed.
fialleril: [rebel girl you are the queen of my world] (rebel)
2012-08-25 05:32 pm

I am not a princess

My sister introduced me to this video when she was here over the summer, and it is one of the greatest things, you all should watch it immediately. You know, if you want.

A dance group put together a routine of "twisted fairy tales" set to a compilation of Marina and the Diamonds music. They use Snow White, Sleepy Beauty, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and the Little Mermaid, but the stories are put together so that they emphasize women's choices. I don't want to spoil the fairy tale endings too much, but I will say my favorite endings are the Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast story lines.

Basically, a great compilation of stories about women making their own destinies, with a wonderfully diverse cast and great choreography. Give it a watch.

fialleril: [the deepest commitment] (Shaak Ti)
2012-08-21 10:17 pm

icons // Star Wars, superheroes

The delightful [ profile] pokecharm requested Star Wars icons for her birthday, and after I made the batch I realized I also had a bunch of Justice League animated and general comics icons lying around that I'd never posted, so here, have them all!

[20] Star Wars
[6] Justice League/Justice League Unlimited
[17] comics

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[x] No hotlinking!
[x] Textless icons are not bases. Please do not alter.
[x] Resources are here.


the rest under here )
fialleril: [Sigyn has a crush on all the Lokis] (Lady Loki)
2012-08-19 05:39 pm

Norse myth fic // The Raven and the Milkmaid

Or, Trickster Courtship, A Slice-of-Life

I blame/credit [ profile] hermaion for the fact that I finally finished this one: our discussion of our mutual love for milkmaid!Loki definitely encouraged me.

Title: The Raven and the Milkmaid
Characters: Sigyn, Loki, Heimdall, Freyja, Sleipnir
Rating: PG I guess?
Word Count: 5,267
Summary: Freyja's necklace has been stolen, Heimdall is on the hunt for Loki, and Sigyn is just trying to milk the cows in peace. And maybe outsmart a trickster while she's at it.
Warnings: No real warnings, but lots of shameless flirting. Also shapeshifting.
Notes: Set pretty soon after Something there is that doesn't love a wall, with a few references to that story, but you don't really need to read it first. More notes at the end of the fic.

The Raven and the Milkmaid )
fialleril: [from which you will never recover] (this is a mystery)
2012-08-15 11:34 pm
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icons // stock (mixed bag)

Yet more stock icons.

[6] night sky
[10] food & drink
[6] tree houses
[10] nature & misc.

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[x] Textless icons are not bases. Please do not alter.
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the rest under here )
fialleril: [just pay attention, then patch a few words together] (universal translator)
2012-08-12 07:09 pm

I...I didn't expect the giant inflated octopus (or, here there be spoilers!)

I...didn't expect a lot of things in that closing ceremony. (Hell yes, Spice Girls! Eric Idle! Nuns on rollerblades!) But it was a lot of fun.

And really, what a good Olympics. In spite of NBC's fail, in spite of some judging issues and cheating scandals, on a whole, such a good Olympics. The phoenix rising above the Olympic flame at the end was such a good touch.

There's just something really beautiful about seeing people come together from all over the world to share a celebration of things they enjoy and, really, a celebration of humanity. There's a reason this is literally the only sporting event I really care about. And this year was really special. So many epic moments, so many amazing athletes from all over the world.

Such a good Olympics. I will miss it on my screen every day.
fialleril: [y'all don't know 'bout my flawless logic] (T'Pring)
2012-08-11 11:24 am
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rhythmic gymnastics

Just finished the rhythmic gymnastics individual final - what a gorgeous sport to watch!

Pretty much all of the finalists were incredible, and I wish there had been medals for the top five rather than the top three, but there you go.

spoilers for final results )

In conclusion, don't listen to anybody who tells you this sport isn't awesome. It takes so much skill and dexterity and practice and artistic flair. I mean, just check out this badass picture of Daria Dmitrieva with the hoop:

fialleril: [small, swift, and clever] (ermine)
2012-08-08 11:26 pm

icons // stock

Escaping the heat at Barnes & Noble again, so have some more stock icons!

[18] tea & food
[13] home & architecture
[9] ermines/stoats
[6] greek sculpture

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[x] Textless icons are not bases. Please do not alter.
[x] Resources are here.


the rest under here )
fialleril: [when the time comes to let it go, to let it go] (to live in this world)
2012-08-05 08:33 pm

Norse myth fic // comes first and follows after

Third in my series of character studies of Loki's monster children using riddles from Tolkien's The Hobbit. This one is Hel's (which you can tell because it's definitely the longest).

Previous parts: Fenrir | Jormungand

Title: comes first and follows after
Characters: Hel
Rating: PG
Word Count: 863
Summary: Hel is born in the shadow between the stars.
Warnings: passing reference to potential body horror Loki eating the witch's heart (highlight to read)
Notes: Hopefully it will be clear enough, but Hel refers to Angrboda as "mother" and Loki as "mama" (I've combined a couple of myths here - highlight that warning text and you'll know which ones).

comes first and follows after )
fialleril: [some day I will visit here] (Iceland)
2012-08-04 11:30 pm

icons // Iceland, Faroe Islands, Norse myth

It's been ages since I made a graphics post over here, but I went to Barnes & Noble to escape the heat today and ended up making some icons. I am in the midst of my annual and perennial longing to visit Iceland, but since I cannot afford that, I made some icons instead. Also some Norse mythology icons. By which I mean Loki and Sigyn, of course. So here they are!

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[x] Textless icons are not bases. Please do not alter.
[x] Resources are here.


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the rest under here )
fialleril: [Spock disapproves of your poor life choices] (what is this even)
2012-08-03 08:19 pm

it's like they're not even trying to disguise it anymore

Is NBC seriously running a fluff piece on Kerri Strug's 1996 team win right now, instead of talking about Gabby Douglas' win yesterday? Are you fucking kidding me?

God forbid we should talk about a black girl winning gold and make it sound like she won because of talent and hard work and determination, because obviously if she won it must have been because of something somebody else did, and hey, why don't we ignore her entirely and spend a huge segment of primetime talking about something that happened sixteen fucking years ago, because at least then the hero was a white girl.

NBC is the actual, literal worst.
fialleril: [the fires and the black river of loss whose other side is salvation] (Hatter and Alice)
2012-08-03 05:08 pm
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That women's 10,000 m race, though


Just. What a stunningly dominant performance. Wow.

Also that men's shotput. Damn.

Make sure you catch these things, if you haven't already! Some really incredible athletics.
fialleril: [look how they shine for you] (stars - Uhura)
2012-08-02 01:24 pm

women's gymnastics AA spoilers

Just watched it live, so spoilers under here, if you're planning to suffer through NBC's no doubt awful coverage tonight.

spoilers! )