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Due to a variety of reasons, I have made my journal friends-only.

If you aren't currently a livejournal user, it's free to join. You don't actually have to *use* your account, but you will have to have one to keep reading me.

If you friend me, please leave me a message here telling me who you are, unless your username is clear

Thanks,
Laura

(ETA: I also did some friend-list pruning. Mostly it was just deleted journals, but in a few cases it was people I didn't really have any connection to. It wasn't personal and if you want back, let me know.)

6 Months!? Really?

Amazingly enough, having a new baby, a new love, and a phd to finish doesn't actually leave a lot of time for things like blogging.

*gasp* *shock*

And I lie. I've been blogging, kinda, over at blogger.

http://drawingablankhere.blogspot.com

But I'm alive still. Working on getting 2 papers out the door. And prelims. And admiring the most adorable baby on earth. And loving the most awesome man on earth. I am truly blessed.

If y'all ask me anything, I'll make a blog post out of it. With pictures, if appropriate!

Laura

Writer's Block: Super Bowl Sunday

Which team are you rooting for?


Gryffindor.

Writer's Block: Thesaurus Day

What is a synonym for your LiveJournal?


Neglected.

Writer's Block: Golden Globe Awards

What is your choice for best picture? (The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, The Ides of March, Moneyball, or War Horse)


Hugo, Help the Descendants with The Ides of March. For your reward, we will give you a War Horse. If you fail you must play Moneyball.

Writer's Block: Words to Live by

What is your favorite quote?


When life knocks you down, you can do one of two things: get busy living or get busy dying.

Although when I say it, I usually say that I have two choices. I can either keep going or lay down and die. There is no real in between.

Writer's Block: Thank You Month

When was the last time you said thank you?


Holy crap. Please tell me that saying "Thank You" is not such a rare event in one's life that you actually remember the last time you said it.

Perhaps it's because I'm Southern, but saying "Please" and "Thank you" are as natural to me as breathing. I might even have thanked the cat for moving the heck out of my way as I went to make tea.

Bin Laden:

Unless you're living under a rock, you've heard the news. I have a few comments to make:

I'm glad he's dead. There, I said it. That said, I don't think that we should be wildly celebrating, but rather praying (or meditating, or whatever it is your faith has you do) for the repose of his soul and the souls of his victims. He was an undeniably evil man, and his death does a couple of things: It robs Al Queda of their frontman. He was, arguably, one of *the* most recognizable men on earth. For any new motivational methods, they're gonna have to find someone else and get through that soup of "Who is that?" The fighters on their side may know who the new guy is, the western world will be collectively scratching its head.

Burial at sea. On one of my social networks, everyone is seizing upon this as new fodder for controversy. Something like "No body? No death!" And while trying to find the long-form death certificate is now a joke, I fear that it will become another rallying cry for the fruitcakes in this country. I agree with zoethe that this is, in fact, a brilliant move. It prevents his gravesite from becoming a place of pilgrimage and recruitment as well as honoring the religion of a man who honored no one else's. This allows us to rightfully claim the high ground in the treatment of this enemy when it comes to respecting what faith he held. And, I must stress, by respecting the laws of Islamic burial in the burial at sea of Osama's body, I have hope that if I were to die in a public way, my right/request to be buried in a Catholic manner would be respected. I'm not sure I have phrased this in a clear way, but I'm not sure how else to phase it.

I must confess that when I first heard the news via rumors, my first reaction was: "What? Really? THANK GOD!" and "We did it!" I think it is important to show that no one, even their rich, wily leader is safe from justice when we set our minds to tracking him down.

Having said that, let me say this: This is not the end of it. It is not a magical everything-will-be-fine-now miracle, but neither is it just another drop in the bucket. If killing one terrorist willing to carry out the orders of his leader is a drop, killing Bin Laden is at least a rainfall. I am not deluded enough to think that this will fix everything, but I am also not cynical enough to just brush it aside. Yes, Bin Laden has been effectively hobbled in his ability to lead by our failure to take him out before and being forced into hiding, but the fact that we couldn't find him was a shot in the arm to the terrorists. They don't have that now.

In this end, I have mixed feelings. I'm glad the chief planner of the horrendous 9/11 attacks has finally paid for his crimes. I'm cautious about what this will bring us in the form of future attacks by people trying to avenge him. I'm worried that in the end this will just become a political football to be batted around in the media while completely ignoring more important issues.

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