textileowl said: I also petition for my cat Oscar, who may not make it to my birthday. My kitten who once fit in my palm to be bottle fed is dying slowly from kidney failure. This is the worst betrayal of this year, for I will probably return home without him. But the Birthday Unending has proven to me that good things do not have to end, even if the day for it has passed, and so I know he will enjoy being groomed by the fluffy kittens and scowling at the screams from the corn maze as they interrupt his nap.
OH. OH, THE BIRTHDAY IS SO SORRY FOR YOUR IMPENDING LOSS.
HELLO, OSCAR. YOU HAVE BEEN A GOOD CAT, AND YOU HAVE BEEN A BAD CAT, AND THESE THINGS TOGETHER MEAN THAT YOU HAVE BEEN THE BEST OF CATS, FOR ALL WONDERFUL CATS MUST HAVE A VEIN OF BADNESS IN THEM, TO REMIND US WHY WE LOVE THEM SO FIERCELY, AND SO ENDLESSLY. YOU HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL.
IT IS HARD, TO GO. IT IS HARD TO HURT, AND TO KNOW THAT EVERY DAY WILL HURT A LITTLE MORE, BUT IT IS EVEN HARDER TO GO. THERE IS SO MUCH GOOD IN THE WORLD, AND YOUR PERSON! YOUR PERSON IS IN THE WORLD. SO YOU STAY AS LONG AS YOU CAN. BUT WE WILL TELL YOU A SECRET, OSCAR, IF YOU WILL DEIGN TO LISTEN.
YOU WILL BE LOVED FOREVER, AND BECAUSE YOU WILL BE LOVED FOREVER, YOU WILL NEVER TRULY GO. NOT COMPLETELY. YOU WILL NOT BE SOLID AND PRESENT AS YOU HAVE BEEN; HANDS WILL REACH FOR YOU AND FIND ONLY AIR, AND THAT IS A GREAT SADNESS. BUT YOUR PURR WILL ECHO FOREVER IN THE CHAMBERS OF THE HUMAN HEART. YOU ARE IMMORTAL, OSCAR, BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN LOVED SO WELL. YOU ARE LOVED SO WELL YOU WILL ALWAYS BE LOVED SO WELL.
IT IS HARD, TO GO. A POINT WILL COME WHEN IT IS HARDER, TO STAY. WHEN THAT HAPPENS, WHEN YOU GO, KNOW THAT YOUR HUMAN WILL SEE YOU AGAIN; KNOW THAT YOU ARE COMMITTING ONLY THE BETRAYAL THAT ALL CATS COMMIT, WHEN THEIR TIME COMES, AND THAT YOU WILL BE FORGIVEN, BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN LOVED.
BECAUSE YOU WILL ALWAYS BE LOVED.
HERE IS YOUR SEAT AT THE TABLE. HERE IS YOUR CONICAL HAT. HERE IS A LAP, AND ANOTHER LAP, AND AS MANY LAPS AS YOU WILL NEED, UNTIL YOUR PERSON COMES TO GATHER YOU CLOSE, AND WHISPER YOUR NAME, AND LOVE YOU.
YOU ARE SUCH A GOOD CAT, OSCAR. YOU ARE SUCH A GOOD, GOOD CAT, AND IT IS ALL RIGHT TO STAY, AND IT IS ALL RIGHT TO GO. YOU WILL BE FORGIVEN. YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN BLAMED.
WELCOME TO THE BIRTHDAY. WELCOME TO THE BIRTHDAY. WELCOME TO THE BIRTHDAY UNENDING.
The fact that the ALA shared this link is so gloriously bitter and angry and I love it.
Is there a portmanteau for that? Angritter? Bangry?
My library card already gets me multiple “real” books, e-books, audiobooks, magazines and movies per month. For free.
Kindle Unlimited offers nothing from big presses, and no guarantee the authors will get paid fairly for their work. Libraries buy the book up front for a higher price (and a better binding). Kindle Unlimited offers the authors a variable percentage of a as-yet-undetermined-and-unannounced amount of money.
While Amazon touts Kindle Unlimited at “Netflix For Books!” the reality is Netflix signed contracts with everyone whose work they offer so that actors, screen writers, best boys, and the rest of those people get paid for the shows and movies you watch. Amazon does not.
That means your favorite author isn’t being compensated for their time or work. If you love a book series and want to see the next one get published: buy the book or hit the library. Starving authors quit writing because they like eating.
Most libraries offer these services for free already - even ebooks and audio books. The fact that Amazon isn’t paying it’s authors is super shady though :/
The biggest issue with equating the library with a Netflix for books is that it sends a false message that libraries are worth little more than $8 or $12 or $20 a month. That the services offered in libraries are little more than options to which people can subscribe, rather than actual services anyone can utilize at any time.
When the library is made to be seen as a business, rather than the heart of a community or a fundamental service made possible through citizen-approved tax dollars, it makes the library expendable. That expendability then moves down the chain: staff salaries get cut, then staff withers, then more programs and projects that benefit the community — books and movies and CDs and magazines and newspapers and wifi and computer access and database subscriptions and programs for all shapes, colors, and sizes of people — disappear, too. It detracts from the unique aspects that make a library what it is: a place for all, rather than a place for some.
Libraries reach out where Netflix reaches in.
“Women of Power is Warsaw-based photographer Katarzyna Majak’s series celebrating the spiritual women living in Poland. Ranging in ages 30-80, Majak’s subjects are modern-day witches, healers, Wiccans, Druids, spell casters and visionaries, channeling the pagan and shamanic beliefs of their ancestors. Intrigued by these unconventional spiritual paths existing within the predominantly Catholic country, Majak traveled throughout her native land collecting portraits and stories from 29 women. Her resulting images catalog a variety of wise and powerful practitioners, standing solid with their talismans and tokens of choice.” (x)
- Elwinga, a Druid
- Paraskiewa, a whisperer
- Kasia Emilia, the one who is
- Larhetta, practitioner of the left hand path
- Enenna, a Wiccan
- Joanna, leads women’s circles and ceremonies for women
- Bea, the one who listens to the woods
- Natalia, an artist
- Maria, a healer and a visionary