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[sticky post] Welcome to Wonderland

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.

My Husband, The Pilgrim

My husband is in the kitchen cooking our Thanksgiving dinner, an arrangement that makes both of us happy. He enjoys cooking, and I don't mind doing the food shopping or cleaning up afterwards. In fact, I wish we could divide up the tasks like this every night.

This year, for the first time, my husband also has some confirmation of his family lore, that he is descended from religious pilgrims who came to Massachusetts on the Mayflower. Through my genealogical research, I've determined he is, in fact, descended from at least six. Given how interconnected families became in the early days of Massachusetts, it's possible he's descended from even more.

Details on how The Gryphon is descended from six Mayflower passengers.Collapse )

My Philcon 2017 Schedule

I got my panel requests in late this year, so I'm not sure they'll be on the official schedule. Here they are:

Fri 7:00PM in Plaza V (Five) - Learning to be an Effective Panel Moderator

Moderating a panel is more than just showing up and asking people to quiet down if a discussion gets out of hand. Learn what the best mods do to prepare for and handle the panels they are responsible for managing.

Sat 2:00PM in Plaza V (Five) - SciFi from the Parents' Eye

How to shepherd our children through the modern age of SF.

Sat 3:00 PM in Plaza II (Two)—If Christianity Had Never Come Along

Imagine what the 21st century would be like without Christianity in history. Would we be worshipping a different god or gods? Or would society have developed in a different direction? What fiction is already exploring this idea?

Hope to see you there!

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Vote - Week 22

The poll is really tight this week for LJ Idol, and I'm currently in danger. Just three to four votes would be enough to keep me in the competition. If you haven't voted yet, could you please take a moment and do so? You can vote from the embedded poll in this post.

Originally posted by clauderainsrm at Vote - Week 22
A few words from clauderainsrm:


The Top 20!!

I know I said “Top 21”, but as many people pointed out to me, I had left mrstotten off my goodbye list. Everyone seemed to have figured that out though!

It’s been a journey to get here, but now the end is within sight.

There were 2 topics this week, “Turn Back or Forge Ahead?” and “Trespassers William”, which clearly means that there is going to be 2 polls this week and we are going to be eliminating 1 from each… since that is clearly what is going to happen, that is *NOT* what is happening this week.

There is only 1 poll. We are losing 2 contestants though. So you got it half right!

You know the drill - Read the entries. Comment on them. Vote for your favorites!

The poll closes Thursday, June 29th at 9pm EDT

Good luck to everyone!





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This is my entry for Week 22 of LJ Idol (therealljidol), Season 10. We got to choose one of two topics. I chose "Trespassers William."

And here's my favorite one, and she's my favorite.Collapse )
This is my entry for Week 21 of LJ Idol (therealljidol), Season 10. This week's topic was Current Events. It's supposed to be inspired by a story in your local or state news. Mine was inspired by this story about the Philadelphia soda tax being upheld: https://billypenn.com/2017/06/14/pennsylvania-commonwealth-court-upholds-philly-soda-tax/

The sweet one is booted from town.Collapse )

LJI 10 Week 20: Filaments

This is my entry for Week 20 of LJ Idol (therealljidol), Season 10. This week was an Open Topic.

A tapestry of souls surrounds us.Collapse )

LJI 10 Week 18: Party Planning for Dummies

This is my entry for this week in LJ Idol, Season 10 (therealljidol). The topic was "Invitation."

One of these days I'm going to get it right.Collapse )

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LJI 10 Week 18: Family Harvest

This is my entry for Week 18 of LJ Idol, Season 10 (therealljidol). We partnered up. I wrote about the topic, "The distance between us."

Traveling together into the future.Collapse )

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