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~writing on a whim~

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22 September 1977
I am easily distracted and easily amused. I think the more things you love, the happier you are. I make wishes on the first star I see at night although thanks to my sister I now am educated and make certain it is actually a star I'm wishing on and not a planet. Stars twinkle, you know, planets don't -- scientifically speaking.

I lived in Japan for about six years and I love many things about it. I enjoyed collecting stamps from various temples and shrines that I visited. I collect them all together because, "Buddha and Kamisama are friends." I believe my star wishes and my prayers at temples and shrines are all valid ways of talking to God. That is to say, I am a "good little Catholic girl" but a rather open-minded one.

I was born the type of girl who adores pink, princesses and perfume. I fought it in high school in my attempt to be a grrrl. I finally discovered that you are not an empowered woman if you are denying who you are. So now I collect beautiful beads, lovely pictures, satin and velvet ribbons, lace, old books and new books that look old, bird cages, flowers, old glass bottles and anything else that catches my eye to feather my nest and to inspire and create art.

When I find myself in one of my blue funks, I remind myself, "How can you be sad when there are sparkly things in the world?"

"There's such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I'm such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn't be half so interesting." -Lucy Maud Montgomery Anne of Green Gables

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