- Calvin: I've been thinking, Hobbes-
- Hobbes: On a weekend?
- Calvin: Well, it wasn't on purpose.
A sleuth of bears.
A sedge of bitterns (I had to look up what a bittern is).
A quiver of cobras.
An intrusion of cockroaches.
A murder or parliament of crows.
A crash of elephants.
A flamboyance of flamingos.
A kindergarten of giraffes.
A bloat of hippopotamuses.
A charm of hummingbirds.
A loveliness of ladybirds (ladybugs).
A leap of leopards.
A pride of lions.
A business of mongooses.
An enchantment of nightingales.
A study or wisdom of owls.
A prickle of porcupines.
An unkindness or a murder of ravens.
A mutation of thrushes.
A creep of tortoises.
A fantasy, blessing, or glory of unicorns.
A zeal of zebras.
Spiders in Japanese superstition are messengers of God, meant to eat away the evil that get in the way of our lives. Spiders were praised by farmers because they would eat the pests in the fields.
Another Japanese superstition concerning spiders is it is bad luck to kill a spider at night. At night, however, it is alright to kill a spider.
I was purging through all the screen names on my AIM buddylist. I went from 384 friends to 88. Before, this would have bothered me, the idea that all the friends I had were “gone” but I’m grateful. That I have 88 friends I would talk to on a day-to-day basis. And even that I have friends that I would say more than just the typical “how-are-you-I’m-good-how-are-you-same”. If there is a phrase I dislike so much right now, it would be “not much”. If really there was not much to talk about, then why IM me? And if there is “not much” to talk about, let’s talk about something worth it then.
You meet so many people in your life. We have to keep the ones who get you, even if it is the little things. The ones that are willing to love you.
I wonder if I could manage to purge my facebook.
I’m in the middle of the Secret Garden (for my children’s literature class). I love how Burnett shows the double-edged sword of being alone. Is it solitude, which one can love and enjoy, usually with age, or is it loneliness, an absence of people in one’s life? It’s just one of those things that life throws at you and you handle it in the way you best can.
(PS. the above picture is by Julia Kuo, a very talented artist whose art is whimsical, light, and beautiful. Check her out!)
The hedgehog’s dilemma, or sometimes the porcupine dilemma, is an analogy about the challenges of human intimacy. It describes a situation in which a group of hedgehogs all seek to become close to one another in order to share their heat during cold weather. However, once accomplished, they cannot avoid hurting one another with their sharp quills. They must step away from one another. Though they all share the intention of a close reciprocal relationship, this may not occur for reasons which they cannot avoid. The hedgehog’s dilemma suggests that despite goodwill, human intimacy cannot occur without substantial mutual harm, and what results is cautious behavior and weak relationships.
If you’re not depressed, those bipolar depression commercials will make you depressed.