Gossip & Tales for Other Times.

Little Miss Crabbypants
15 June 1976
I don't really know what you would like to know about me. I'm a writer (in the sense that I write every day, if I can) and a voracious reader (without fail, every day.) I love a good turn of phrase, which makes my interests diverse and common all at once.

My undergraduate degree is in Women's Studies, and I just finished my first year of law school at the University of Oregon.

"There are no events but the thoughts and the heart's hard turning, the heart's slow learning where to love and whom. The rest is merely gossip, and tales for other times." --Annie Dillard

And she answered: "All your words are but to say: you are a woman, and your place is in the house. But when the men have died in battle and honour, you have leave to be burned in the house, for the men will need it no more. But I am of the House of Eorl and not a serving-woman. I can ride and wield blade, and I do not fear pain nor death."

"What do you fear, lady?" he asked.

"A cage," she said. "To stay behind bars, until use and old age accept them, and all chance of doing great deeds is gone beyond recall or desire."
--J. R. R. Tolkien

"This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem, and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body."

- Walt Whitman, preface to Leaves of Grass

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