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NaBloPoMo 2012: November 1st

I have this tendency to get involved with blogging or life challenges, and I almost always get caught up in life and completely forget about whatever goal I’m trying to accomplish.

A few years ago, I participated in National Poetry Month where you write a poem a day for the entire month of April. I almost didn’t make it out alive.

This time around, I’m participating in NaBloPoMo 2012, otherwise known as National Blog Posting Month 2012. Basically, I have to write a blog every day and add it to the Blog Roll on BlogHer.  I know things have been crazy and I’ve kind of stunk at blogging regularly since student teaching began, but I’m hoping participating in NaBloPoMo will motivate me to get back in the game. Additionally, on weekdays, BlogHer has writing prompts already created and waiting so I can plan ahead and get all of my posts in.

I’m really excited about this, and I hope you are too. Soooo join in on the madness, and enjoy my adventures in NaBloPoMo.

Thursday, November 1, 2012 Prompt:
Tell us your favourite quotation and why.

I hate being asked to choose my favorite anything. My “favorites” constantly change, but this is even more true with quotations. Instead of choosing just one, because I simply cannot, I’ll share 2 that have stood with me for a very long time.

“Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.”
-Albus Dumbledore

“But why different, and how different?”
-Lily Briscoe

Both of these quotations are from literary characters.

The first one, spoken by Albus Dumbledore, and written by J.K. Rowling, expresses the power of words, word choice, and language. There is a certain power associated with language, and the sage character of Albus Dumbledore captures this sentiment perfectly. Words have more power than anything else in the universe, and it’s so incredibly important to remember this.

The second quote, spoken by Lily Briscoe, and written by Virginia Woolf, was something that resognated with me when I was 16 and read my first Virginia Woolf novel (To The Lighthouse) in 11th grade. I was coming to terms with my sexuality at the time, and that book changed my life. Lily Briscoe WAS me, and her crush on Mrs. Ramsay echoed the admiration and awe I felt towards the strong, out women I interacted with on a daily basis. To this day, I will occasionally ask myself the same question Lily asked herself– “But why different, and how different?” I never want to be another person blending in with everyone else, especially as I move forward and grow as a person, a writer, an individual, and an educator. I yearn to be different and stand out, and, hopefully with my words, I am able to do so.

What’s your favorite quotation? Why?


Give me hope: Celebrate Gay Christmas with me.

I’ve been feeling kind of depressed this week. Halloween is my favorite holiday EVER, and for years, or at least since I came out, I’ve heard people calling it “Gay Christmas.” It really is almost as good as Christmas for me, and, as I expressed in my last blog post, Sandy is the Grinch Who Stole Halloween. My state (Jersey girl representin’ here!) was hit pretty hard by Hurricane Sandy, and Halloween was indefinitely canceled.

Do me a favor… Cheer me up. Send your Halloween pictures to, and tell me what you were grateful for this Halloween.  I’ll put them all into a nifty slideshow and share them with the world…or at least my readers. I’ll accept Halloween picture submissions until Monday, November 5th at 12:00am.

Who knows? Maybe this’ll even turn into a contest!

And yes, I did manage to dress up before the storm hit. I was Miss Frizzle from The Magic School Bus.