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zird is the word
Birthdate:
10 August
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Schools:
Motor City baby, Air Force brat
Leo, born in the Year of the Dragon

Nutshell Bio: Met and married my Swede, Anders, in Chicago. We moved to Sweden in January 1997, and have two bilingual, dual national children: Martin, born in 1997 and Karin, born in 1999. I work for Axis Communications and keep extremely busy outside of work with the AWC Malmö, kids' activities and a hectic social calendar. :)

Findus the Cat, as used in my userpic and header, is the creation of Sven Nordqvist.

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What I've been reading lately
My Amazon wish list
Alibris Books you thought you'd never find
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Languages
There are no handles upon a language
Whereby men take hold of it
And mark it with signs for its remembrance.
It is a river, this language,
Once in a thousand years
Breaking a new course
Changing its way to the ocean.
It is mountain effluvia
Moving to valleys
And from nation to nation
Crossing borders and mixing.
Languages die like rivers.
Words wrapped round your tongue today
And broken to shape of thought
Between your teeth and lips speaking
Now and today
Shall be faded hieroglyphics
Ten thousand years from now.
Sing—and singing—remember
Your song dies and changes
And is not here tomorrow
Any more than the wind
Blowing ten thousand years ago.
~~Carl Sandburg

Kafka on Books: Altogether, I think we ought to read only books that bite and sting us. If the book we are reading doesn't shake us awake like a blow to the skull, why bother reading it in the first place? So that it can make us happy, as you put it? Good God, we'd be just as happy if we had no books at all; books that make us happy we could, in a pinch, also write ourselves. What we need are books that hit us like a most painful misfortune, like the death of someone we loved more than we love ourselves, that make us feel as though we had been banished to the woods, far from any human presence, like suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is what I believe.

Bachelard on Words: I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the word begin to move around. Stressed accents begin to invert. The word abandons its meaning like an overload which is too heavy and prevents dreaming. Then words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young. And the words wander away, looking in the nooks and crannies of vocabulary for new company, bad company.



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Dislikes:13: bad books, black-eyed peas, bug legs, feeling stupid, high electric bills, in-your-face evangelism, lima beans, my weight, obnoxious drunks, phlegm, shoppingcarts with free-wheeling front-wheels, spitting, waiting
a capella music, alphonse mucha, alternative worlds and histories, an organized life, anne mccaffrey, anne of green gables, annie dillard, architectural details, arrestingly beautiful photography, art deco and nouveau, artichokes and avocados, barbershop quartets, batik, beauty and the beast, being surrounded by books, belleek antique open-weave porcelain, bizarro, black and white cats, board and card games, books books books books, build me up buttercup, bursting into song, calligraphy and penmanship, calvin & hobbes, castle ruins, chicago, children's books, children's literature, chocolate-covered raisins, choirs of angels, christmas cookies, cicely barker's flower fairies, cinnamon sugar toast, coca cola, connie willis, cookie monster's googley eyes, crosshatching and pointillism, cultural differences, dangerous liaisons, diana gabaldon, diana wynne jones, dictionaries, dodie smith, dorothy dunnett, eeyore, embroidery, endless body massages (mine), etymology, eyvind earle, fairy tale illustration, fantasy and speculative fiction, finding old friends, fonts and typefaces, four part harmony, glass bird swizzlesticks, good graphic design, greek mythology, hair the musical, historical fiction, i capture the castle, ignoring life for reading, illustration, indigo girls, james tiptree jr, just about everything disney, kd lang, knowing names of things, languages and linguistics, leo and diane dillon, leo sun virgo moon, leonardo da vinci, little house, madeleine l'engle, make believe, making lots of lists, maurice sendak, mellow and melodic music, michelangelo, michelle pfeiffer, mindgames with small animals, moorcroft, moose, my grandma's gingersnaps, my spotify playlist, myths and legends, natural history, not procrastinating, orphan black, pamela dean, peridots and pearls, pettson and findus, pixar, pretty pink dahlias, puns, putting words together well, quilling, rainer maria rilke, reese's peanut butter cups, robert a. heinlein, robin hobb, robin hood, robin mckinley, rooster artwork, rutger hauer, salmon nigiri and sushi, sandcastles, scotland and scottish history, sesame street songs, sharon k. penman, sharon shinn, sheri s. tepper, siamese and siberian cats, sleeping in, songs from musicals, spelling, sudden bursts of enthusiasm, sunshine on my face, surfing illustration websites, swallows and amazons, sweden swedes and swedish, taking time off, tapestry, the changing seasons, the chronicles of narnia, the intricacies of english, the smell of bookstores, the things people say, thing-finding, tiffany stained glass, time travel, toot and puddle, travel writing, trees and leaves, two dots, typography, unconventionalism, veritable plethoras, watching pairs figure skating, where's my water, william bouguereau, winging it, wizard of oz, word games and origins, writing and reading poetry

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