Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Peter M. Wood 9/29/03

When he shall die
Take him and cut him out in little stars
And he will make the face of heav'n so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.
~William Shakespeare, 
Romeo and Juliet

I think about you everyday, which is weird, because its been quite a while buddy.  I hope things are good where ever you are.  
With love, Em

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Books and Things

After I graduated from Northern Arizona and moved out to NC, I found that I didn't have enough time to actually take pleasure in reading.  My English classes at NAU let me basically spend days reading novels, memoirs, essays and poems - it was awesome.   But being an art student, I was reading art history, staying up late drawing the interior of my apartment and finding myself so burnt out from hours of lecture the only thing I could do was sit in front of the TV.  Being home (and unemployed), I now have as much time as I want to read.  I am a big re-reader, so since moving back from AZ I have re-read the Harry Potter and the LOTR series, random novels from my childhood, plus 12 books that are listed on the side of the blog.  My latest book?  The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.  WOW.  I read it in one sitting (about 5 hours) and it was great.  My friend recommended it, and without knowing she picked a book that is in one of my favorite genre's of writing - post apocalyptic/post american society.  I know, I am weird, but books like The Handmaid's Tale and The Road are among my absolute favorites.  The Hunger Games is the first in a trilogy (should have gotten the boxed set at Target when I was there!) and this first book was descriptive, well paced and completely entertaining.

I will definitely be buying the rest of the series tomorrow...

Thursday, September 16, 2010

What do you say?

So today, one of my closest friends called me to tell me that her friend got horrible, devastating news yesterday.  Her little boy has cancer.  The bad kind.

(pause, breathe)

I've met this friend, and her little boy.  I actually didn't hold him when we were visiting because babies tend to SCREAM when they are in my arms (also they scare me, because they are so small and I drop small things a lot -- you know, cellphone, keys etc... so yeah didn't hold him).

But what do you say?  I don't even know what to say to my friend, and its not even her child.  I am the kind of person who wants all the facts.  When K's mom had cancer, I needed to know EVERYTHING.  I am sure that it drove her nuts, and she probably thought I was insensitive, but when I see a problem, I want to find out solutions immediately.  It's how I deal.

This cancer is one that I am familiar with.  While I have never experienced it first hand, I have read, researched and cried about it on more than one occasion.  And while I dont know her very well, I feel like I can be of some support, and I want to.

But what would you say?  What would you send?  I also need to be there for my friend, but I don't know what to say to her either...

cancer sucks.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Cause Worth Fighting For

Here are two of the many MANY organizations dedicated to finding cures, treatments and providing support and hope to children and their families.
Alex's Lemonade Stand

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

I hate living at home.