November 2nd, 2004

buddha virgin

Day 2 (6)

Today, everyone should have gotten their packets, even the ones in New York. I'm hearing a lot of different opinions as to timelines. I'm figuring six weeks for the people who solicited my stuff, twelve for the ones who didn't. I don't even know if that's reasonable.

On the Nano side, did my first 2100 words yesterday. The nice thing is that I still managed to sew up a pair of the BG's pants and a cute little hat. I have one more pair of pants to sew and one to add fur trim to (goddesses should be fabulous) and then I can drag the sewing stuff back down to the basement.

Poor Peaches is sick. pirateguillermo is staying home with her. He's a saint, and I hope my other poor baby gets better soon.

Today is election day. I'm wearing my headphones ALL DAY, as I really don't want to hear it. I just can't.
buddha virgin

All Soul's Day

Today is the last day of Dia de Muertos - All Souls' Day. Today is the day we celebrate all those who have died before us.

Today, give a thought to everyone who died in a ship on the way from the Old World to the new to open the way for your ancestors and mine to come here.

Give a thought to every nameless settler who died to establish the colonies' right to rule themselves.

Give a thought to every slave who died far from home, brought here to build the foundations of our early economy, only to be denied its fruits.

Give a thought to every immigrant who endured prejudice and hatred from those who had only been here a little longer than themselves, and still counted themselves lucky to live and die here.

Give a thought to the people who still struggle and die by the thousands to come here, where they believe that they would be able to control their own lives in a way they can't at home. They die in boats, trains, rivers, deserts, cars, planes. They die from thirst, starvation, snake bites, drowning, burning, gunshots. They die to have the chance to do what you can do today.

Honor their memory today, on All Soul's Day.