Friday, February 27, 2015


Alas, no g'days today.

A man has died, a man I never knew except from afar.  A man that I admired, who played a character that I adored.

Of course I speak of Leonard Nimoy and his most famous character, Spock.

I'm old enough to have been around in the early days of Star Trek.  By the time I was in my early teens, I had settled on Spock as my favourite.  He was my first crush (and I was glad to discover I was not the only geeky girl who thought he was the best!).  I spent a year when I was fourteen or fifteen trying to be Spock.

Yes I always was a weird one.  And that year was one of discovery of what it is to be human, what it is to feel and to smile and to rejoice in life.  In trying to be an alien, I found me ever more so than I ever had.  It gave me courage to ignore the kids who tried to bully me, the kids who tried to make my life a misery.

Spock made it okay to be different.  He showed us that we need difference, that we can't all be Captain Kirks, rushing in to save the universe and getting the girl, that we need balance.  (I'm not saying that I am the rational one, but I do have a certain pragmatism that keeps getting in the way of various pie in the sky ideas...)  It is okay to be bookish and to love learning and to be fascinated by life in all its various guises.

We are not all the same, and that is not only okay, that is good!

Thank you, Leonard, for all that you gave to us over the years.  Thank you for the deep humanity you displayed in playing an alien, in being Spock.  You inspired and deeply affected so many of us, and have become a part of who I and many others are.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Waves, I'm still here!

G'day all!

I've been slack and busy at the same time recently.  Sorry for not blogging!

Fab sunset from 17 Feb

I've also not had lots to say because:

a) the most exciting thing that has happened has been my colonoscopy, and
b) do you really want to know details of that?

Actually, the details aren't that gross....

I need to get some nice pics of the things I've been up to - I only remember to take pics under artificial light and my phone doesn't do so well then.

Pretty Seahawks Space Needle

I lie when I say only one exciting thing has happened.  Two exciting things have happened:

a) my colonoscopy, and
b) Spring has come early to Seattle, like 2-3 weeks earlier than normal.  I'm not going to send it back but I'm a bit worried because we are going to get close to freezing at night over the weekend and I've got a lot of plants budding out, if not actually flowering yet.  It's been a warm and sunny winter.
(I can't list c. because the Seahawks lost the Superb Owl)

Crocuses going nuts

So when I have decent pics of my knitting and quilting, I'll be back at you, showing them off.  Okay?