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In one way or another, I have kept a journal since age 12. I've kept an online journal called Musings since late 2002. My topics range from things that happen in my daily life to my thoughts on pop culture to my ponderings about everything from dreams to the secret thoughts of pets. In November 2007, I began mirroring it here, although I often included extras to this version, such as memes and quizzes. In February 2010, I stopped updating the original journal on my home page and instead started a writing journal there.

For some insight into who I am, read Intro to Alyce. For a guide to the many nicknames I use in my online journal, check out Who's Who in Musings.

The beautiful, sweet dog in one of my icons is Una, my best friend and nurse dog for nearly 11 years, who passed away on October 22, 2010. She was my inspiration, and she taught me how to be a better friend and mother; a better person. My son, Kung Fu Panda (KFP for short), benefits from all the caregiving skills I learned in those 11 years. My husband, The Gryphon, probably does, as well!

The goals I established when I first begin an online journal remain the same: this is a way to explore the tangential, the seemingly accidental observations many of us overlook but which may, ultimately, be where all life and all mystery hinges.

LJI Week 19 Home Game - Internal Jukebox

This is my Home Game entry for LJ Idol Friends & Rivals (therealljidol). It's a day late, but since I'm no longer competing, that doesn't matter. I chose the topic "Greatest Hits," which happens to be a topic I suggested, but I hadn't yet thought about what I was going to write when I suggested it.

What will your greatest hits be?Collapse )

Vote - Week 18

Although I am out, I highly recommend reading and voting for the remaining contestants, many of whom are being unfairly overlooked in the polls.

Originally posted by clauderainsrm at Vote - Week 18
A few words from clauderainsrm:

For US residents, today is “Tax Day”. (Although because of Emancipation Day - tomorrow - there is an extension until Monday to actually get your taxes in.)

Why am I bringing this seemingly random thing up in a post about voting?

Because we are paying a toll.

This was the first week without byes, without a safety net.

Which means anyone who misses the deadline is eliminated.

In this case, that means impoetry is leaving us.

*kicks Brian*

Usually I’m sentimental. Not this time. *kicks Brian for such a hippie that he missed the deadline*

*kicks him one more time*.

Anyway - that’s one more spot forward for everyone else. Two more steps if you count that there is a sacrifice in this week’s poll. But that hasn’t officially happened yet, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves!

As for the rest of you - just because you are a little closer to the end, doesn’t mean you are safe.

The only thing “safe” about this week is that it’s safe to assume that you have some really good entries to read!

We are losing three contestants this week!

So make sure to read, comment and vote for your favorites! Then tell a friend to do the same!

The poll closes Monday, April 18th at 9pm EDT

Good luck to everyone!

Poll #2042403 Friends and Rivals, Week 18
This poll is closed.

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LJI Week 18 (Home Game) - Memento to Myself

This is my Home Game entry for Week 18 of LJ Idol Friends & Rivals (therealljidol). I chose the topic "We must bear witness so that it scars us" which I would rather had read "We must bear witness to that which scars us."

Memento to self: remember... or not.Collapse )


LJI Week 16: Dear Diary, Love Toby Monster

This is my entry for Week 16 of LJ Idol Friends & Rivals therealljidol. Of the many topics, I chose "When is a monster not a monster? Oh, when you love it."

Straight from the mind of Toby Monster.Collapse )

"American Idol" Recap: Top 5

"American Idol" kicked off with a clip of Adam Lambert singing "Mad World" during the 2009 season, then live to host Ryan Lambert, who introduced Adam, live, to sing the song again, bathed in blue light. Nice.

The run-down of the rest of the show, including who was eliminated.Collapse )

"American Idol" Recap: Top 6

OK, I did it again. I wrote the recap right after the show last week and forgot to post it until tonight. But since I took the time to do it, here it is.

The Top 8 become the Top 6.Collapse )

LJI Week 14: Incantation for My Mother

This is my entry for Week 14 of LJ Idol Friends and Rivals. I chose the topic "Saudade" (defined below, for those who aren't familiar with the term).

A poem for my mother, gone these many months.Collapse )


LJI Week 13: Looking for Quartz in Gravel

This is my entry for this week of LJ Idol Friends & Rivals (therealljidol). We got to choose from amongst a number of topics this week. I chose "Life is Art."

Yes, you can find it, even at a time like this.Collapse )


"American Idol" Recap: Top 8

I actually had this ready to go last Friday but neglected to post it. Too much going on!

The Top 10 become the Top 8.Collapse )

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