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Happy May Day, Beltane, Walpurgis Night, etc.!

And happy early birthday to [livejournal.com profile] angelinehawkes, with best wishes for many happy returns of the day.

* Now that it's May, my thoughts turn to ConCarolinas. Will I see any of you there? I hope so!

* Also, I want to give much love to Black Phoenix Trading Post's Lovecraft-inspired limited edition series: Miskatonic Valley Junior Baseball Association Team Gear: The Innsmouth Guppies vs. the Dunwich Whippoorwills. Check it out: "Due to the unforeseen consequences of last winter's Rite of the Black Goat, we have been temporarily downsized to two teams. Our thoughts and prayers go to the families of the Kingsport Moonbeasts and the Aylesbury Zoogs who are currently resting in Arkham Sanitarium." Ha!

And a quote for the day:

"The month of May was come, when every lusty heart beginneth to blossom, and to bring forth fruit; for like as herbs and trees bring forth fruit and flourish in May, in likewise every lusty heart that is in any manner a lover, springeth and flourisheth in lusty deeds. For it giveth unto all lovers courage, that lusty month of May... Nowadays, men can not love seven nights but they must have all their desires: that love may not endure by reason... Right so fareth love nowadays, soon hot, soon cold: this is no stability. But the old love was not so; men and women could love together seven years and no licours lusts were between them, and then was love, truth, and faithfulness; and lo, in like wise was used love in King Arthur's day."
- Malory, Le Morte D'Arthur
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Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] elwe and [livejournal.com profile] mamomo! May you both have wonderful days and fantastic years to come!

And happy New Year's Eve to all!

I've updated my list of favorite links once again, FYI. And I also have a few random thoughts to share...

Re: Recent Films
Here are my quick reviews of three films currently in the theaters. )

Re: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
As some of you know, I am a fan of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. I first became interested in BPAL when I learned they had an entire line of scents based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. I soon discovered many of their perfumes had literary inspirations, and since then they've added lines based on Neil Gaiman's work, as well. What's not to love? Because I know several of my friends are also BPAL fans (and some of you have been my enablers, as a matter of fact), I thought I'd do an end-of-the-year summary of my experience with their scents thus far.

My Very Favorite BPAL Scents )

BPAL Imps I Have Available to Trade/Share )

BPAL Scents I Hope To Try

Incidentally, I also love and highly recommend the related soaps offered by Black Phoenix Trading Post. My favorite thus far is the Lovecraft-inspired "Al Azif Soap."

Through bare trees
I can see all the rickety lean-tos
and sheds, and the outhouse
with the half-moon on the door,
once modestly covered in
summer's greenery.

Through bare trees
I can watch the hawk
perched on a distant branch,
black silhouetted wings
shaking feathers and snow,
and so can its prey.

Through bare trees
I can be winter's innocence,
unashamed needfulness,
the thin and reaching limbs
of a beggar, longing to touch
but the hem of the sun.

- Lisa Lindsey, "Bare Trees"


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