Monday, April 11, 2005

110 Banned books, Well... yes if I've read it .... no if not
#10 Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman... no
#11 The Prince by Niccoli Machiavelli ... no
#12 Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe... of course
#13 Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank... yupper... and I own it
#14 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert... no
#15 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens... I think so
#16 Les Miserables by Victor Hugo... no but I have seen it does that count?
#17 Dracula by Bram Stoker parts... no
#18 Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin... no
#19 Tom Jones by Henry
#20 Essays by Michel de Montaigne... no
#21 Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck ... no
#22 History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon... no
#23 Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy... no
#24 Origin of Species by Charles Darwin... I'm sure I have read parts of this... well I know I have
#25 Ulysses by James
#26 Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio... no
#27 Animal Farm by George Orwell.... of course... doesn't everyone read this at some point
#28 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.... yeah but as much as I know it's a sacralige... I didn't really like it.
#29 Candide by Voltaire... no
#30 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee... read it... own it
#31 Analects by Confucius... I think I might have it but I haven't read it yet
#32 Dubliners by James Joyce... no
#33 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck... no
#34 Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway... no
#35 Red and the Black by Stendhal... no
#36 Das Capital by Karl Marx... no
#37 Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire... no
#38 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle... no
#39 Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence... no
#40 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley... no
#41 Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser... no
#42 Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell... actually no
#43 Jungle by Upton Sinclair ... I have at least read parts of this... very disturbing
#44 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque ... no
#45 Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx ... no... maybe parts
#46 Lord of the Flies by William Golding... no but i own it
#47 Diary by Samuel Pepys... no
#48 Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway... no
#49 Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy... part of it... maybe all of it
#50 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury ... no
#51 Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak ... no
#52 Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant.... no
#53 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey... yes, yes, yes... I loved it
#54 Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus... no
#55 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller... no
#56 Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X... no
#57 Color Purple by Alice Walker... no but I think I am going to... saw the movie :)
#58 Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger ... one of my absolute favorites
#59 Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke... I dont' think so
#60 Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison... no
#61 Moll Flanders by Daniel
#62 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn... no
#63 East of Eden by John Steinbeck... no
#64 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison... no
#65 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou... no but I want to
#66 Confessions by Jean Jacques Rousseau.... no
#67 Gargantua and Pantagruel by Fran?ois Rabelais... no
#68 Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes... no
#69 The Talmud... no
#70 Social Contract by Jean Jacques
#71 Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson... yes... why is this banned???
#72 Women in Love by D. H.
#73 American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser... no
#74 Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler... no
#75 Separate Peace by John Knowles... yes... but I didn't know this was banned.. why??
#76 Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath ... no
#77 Red Pony by John Steinbeck... no
#78 Popol Vuh... no
#79 Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith... no
#80 Satyricon by Petronius... no
#81 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl... no but I didn't know it was possible for Roald Dahl to be banned lol
#82 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov... no
#83 Black Boy by Richard Wright... yes
#84 Spirit of the Laws by Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu.... no
#85 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut .... no
#86 Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George.... no
#87 Metaphysics by Aristotle... no
#88 Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder... no
#89 Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin... no, maybe parts.. I'm really not sure
#90 Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse... no
#91 Power and the Glory by Graham Greene... no
#92 Sanctuary by William Faulkner... no
#93 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner... no
#94 Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin... no
#95 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig... no
#96 Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe... no
#97 General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud .... no
#98 Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood ... I love this book... read it... own it
#99 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown... no... but it's a great song
#100 Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess... no
#101 Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines... no
#102 mile Jean by Jacques Rousseau... no
#103 Nana by mile Zola... no
#104 Chocolate War by Robert Cormier... no
#105 Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin... no
#106 Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn... no
#107 Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein.... no
#108 Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck... no
#109 Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark... no
#110 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes.... yes... great book... read it... own it

Okay... so the conclusion that I have come to after going through this list... I have my work cut out for me... I have a lot of reading left to do... I have read Heather Has Two Mommies though.. I know that was banned... does that count?? And Jessie Owns it :) yay for banned books!

more updating... copied from live journal

Ok so I am just chilling, waiting around for Bren to get out of the bathroom so that we can finish are card game (yes, I know, laugh all you want. We're old) and then it is off to bed. Well this week is looking up actually. Tomorrow is probably going to be the longest day ever let's see... 1st Take Bren to work for 7:00 get Jess off to school by 9:00, me to class by 11:00 then it is over to talking leaves and back to campus reading the book I buy at talking leaves inbetween. Class at 2:00 that goes until 5:00 then get Bren from Alumni and back home to pick up Jessie and finish puppy proofing the house. That's right I said puppy proofing. Bren and I picked out a dog on Friday... very exciting... and he comes home on Tuesday. His name is midnight. We got him at the spca in angola and he is the cutest friendliest little guy you will ever see. And he absolutely adores Brenda. He cried everytime she walked out of sight. So we have been spending the last 3 days shopping for puppy stuff which I must admit... although it is expensive it's a ton of fun. So now we are all set for the new addition to our family and you all have to come over and see him. He is a Lab and they think Terrier mix. I will admit that his head is slightly out of proportion to his body right now but all kids have big heads right. lol He is only 2 months old and he is all black with just a couple white hairs on his chest (hence the name). I just can't wait til he is home. Jessie is really excited. She has been helping to clean up and get ready for the dog. She shopped with us and she is counting down the days. It's great. Puppies are fun. The best part is that I told her we could walk it down to the bus stop every morning with her and she was so excited. She hasn't seen him yet except for his picture online which I must be honest does not do him justice at all. Just wait until you all see him. So, moving on from there... considering that he is estimated to get to be about 50 pounds and does not therefore fit into our landlord's category of a small dog I guess that means that we are moving this summer. We have already started to look and if anybody has any ideas let us know. Of course... it must allow pets and we are looking to rent like the lower of a house or something with a yard... preferably fenced in for both Jessie and Midnight.... aww every kid should have a dog... this is going to be great. I just hope that he ends up likeing me as much as he apparently likes Brenda or I might feel just a tad bit left out. Oh well, other than the dog everything is going well. This saturday was penguin days which is always fun. We took Jess to the aquarium and that was fun than we headed down to anchor bar for some wings... it doesn't get much better than that let me just tell you. Today was kind of a quiet laid back kind of a day. Complete with cleaning and shopping. The house is looking pretty good. Well not including the bedroom of course... I dont think we will ever get to the bottom of this bedroom no matter how hard we try.. and believe me on occasion we try and that just leads to me getting discouraged. Ok well I guess that is enough for now even though bren isn't out of the tub yet... I guess it's time to wake her up.. something tells me she is sleeping in there.. leave me some love :)
PS... It looks like everything is working out school wise and with a little bit of hard work it looks like I will pass all of my classes and be able to graduate this summer.... THANK GOD!!!

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Fun times

Lori Anne Stein's Aliases

Your movie star name: Cookies Al
Your fashion designer name is Lori Venice
Your socialite name is Baby Dyke New York
Your fly girl / guy name is L Ste
Your detective name is Dog White Plains High School
Your barfly name is Nachos Long Island Iced Tea
Your soap opera name is Anne David Terrace
Your rock star name is Rieces Pieces Jaguar
Your star wars name is Lormid Stebre
Your punk rock band name is The Ok Computer

The Amazing Meganame Generator

Saturday, April 09, 2005


hehe.. puppy, tuesday, rock on.. isn't he cute. This picture does not do him justice at all though.>

Cookie Monster

Ok so Bren read me something last night about how Cookie Monster is essentially going to learn how to eat cookies in moderation due to the new sesame street kick on health this season. I for one am very dissapointed. There was a lot of talk saying that childhood obesity is higher than ever and that it is a way to teach kids that "cookies are a sometimes food"... NO. What the hell is this world coming to that even kids tv show characters can't eat tons of cookies anymore. Ok here is my real WS approved problem with this. First of all... the government has been making such a big deal about the amount of people who are obese etc... but what they don't tell you is that they changed the standards on obesity not so long ago and using their standards my father is obese and believe me if you met him you would think that that was obsurd. So yeah obesity rates are climbing and the requirements for being considered obese are dropping... hmmm correlation there maybe. Ok so moving on to argument two, we already live in a culture that is absolutely saturated with body image problems due to media, 7 year olds dieting to be as thin as the models they see, people having gastric bypass surgery and literally stapleing their stomachs to lose weight. Do we really need to add to this? I think not. These inane ideas about putting puppet monsters on essentially a diet is teaching kids the wrong message. It's making kids that are 5 and under think about what they eat and what it can do to your body... essentially making them a new generation of kids that are going to grow up with even higher rates of eating disorders and such because of poor selfesteem and body image distortion. I never thought I would see the day when sesame street was contributing to this phenomena. ahhh it's just not right. We want our lovable monsters from old school television back on... they didn't do us any harm!!

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Pride Baby

Marriage is love.

Dyke Rating

You're butch. You have little use for femininity
because frankly, it never got you anywhere.
Guys may find you intimidating, but once they
get to know you, you're not so bad. You're
empowered and sometimes stand up for women's
and gay rights. If you own a motorcycle, you
probably also know how to strip it and perform
your own repairs. If something bugs you about
your house, fixing it is no problem. You may be
a little shy about decking, tile work,
electrical work, plumbing or hanging windows.
Once you figure out how to do it, there isn't
much holding you back.

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Sunday, April 03, 2005


Seven things in your room:
1: Tv
2: computer
3: desk
4: dart board
5: lamp
6: bed
7: dried roses
Top seven things you say most:
1: I love you
2: you suck at life
3: I miss you
4: stuff
5: shit
6: fuck
7: crap
Do You:
Smoke? yes
Do drugs?: I’ll admit it but not as much anymore
Read the newspaper?: not usually
Pray?: nope
Have a Job: I'm a student and I am helping to raise a five year old... job enough for me
Attend Church: no
Attend Synagouge: no
Have you ever:
Gone skinny dipping?: nope
Had a medical emergency?: yes... asthma attack
Had surgery?: no
Swam in the dark?: no
Been to a Bonfire?: yep
Got Drunk?: definitly have 21st birthday was a killer
Ran away from home?: no not really... I was all set to once though
Played strip poker?: yep
Gotten beaten up?: not unless you count my sister and the neighbors when we were little
Beaten someone up?: nope
Been on stage?: yep
Slept outdoors?: yep
Pulled an all nighter?: yep
Been on radio/tv?: yep
Been in a mosh-pit?: yep
Do you have:
Any gay/lesbian friends?: gee this is a tough one... I would have to say yes
A wallet?: yep
Coffee?: not right now
Cologne/Perfume: yes... eddie bauer baby
In the last 24 Hours have you....:
Cried: nope... but I did a whole lot this past week
Bought someting: nope
Gotten sick: nope
Sang: yea I think so
Been kissed: yupper
Talked to an ex: yes
Talked to someone you have a crush on: if you can count my gf here than yes
Missed someone: yep
Hugged someone: yep
Sex with someone: hell yeah

Life Catch Up...

Ok so the last week has been quite hectic so here is the catch up. So lets start on sat... my parents decided to come up by train to see grandpa after I went to the nursing home on friday night so they were scheduled to get in around 3 in the afternoon. Bren went to work in the morning and I got a phone call around 11:30 from aunt Linda asking for dad's cell phone number because Grandpa passed away that morning. So unfortunately mom and dad missed out on seeing grandpa but I think he was really just ready to go. Apparently while uncle Dave and Aunt Linda were visiting him in the home he actually asked Uncle Dave to Kill him... "Dave come here... I always liked you... do me a favor... KILL ME" "I can't do that dad they would put me in prison" "Well, I don't care... I won't be here" So yeah I think he had enough ... so I picked up mom and dad at the train station and we went to the apt for a little bit, went out to eat and took them to Aunt Linda's. Mom was being mom and I think that's all there really is to say about that. Spent some time talking with Aunt Linda and Uncle Dave and headed up to get Jessie from Grandma's so she could be home for easter... we brought her home... she went to sleep and then woke up and we went back to grandma's for easter dinner. Bren and I took Jon and Jessie for a couple of days which I have to admit was a little hectic givin the timing. We ended up leaving Jon with Jessie alot and although they were fine... kids will be kids to say the least. Well... Grandpa's wake was pretty much all day on Monday I headed down there on my own cause Brenda had to work and both the kids were here... so I headed down there and actually got there without getting lost which I must say was amazing... It was really hard... I mean my cousins are always funny and they definitly lightened the mood a bit but it was still really, really hard... grandpa didn't look good at all. I am pretty sure that alot of it was because we were so used to seeing him up and about and active which had not been the case with Grandma but honestly just looking at him was enough to make me cry... coming home that night I was honestly wishing that I had a picture of him somewhere that I could have looked at to get rid of that image in my head... I dont think I would have even recognized him had I not known who it was. So spent so well overdue time with my cousins and their kids and learned quite a few interesting family secrets to say the least... Then I came home and Bren and Jon had fixed up Jessie's room and had rearranged some stuff in the living room... which I have to admit I loved... then it was off to bed becuase it was a long night had by all and only more of the same to follow.
Tues: Ok so Tuesday is funeral day... Wake up run to old navy to get Jon some clothes because after monday I knew I couldnt' do the funeral by myself... and off to make the funeral by 11. We get there... Dad, myself, Uncle Jim, Michelle, Jenny and Tim were pall bearers for grandpa and I have to admit that was really hard... not to mention that grandpa's coffin contained his playboy calendar... again only my family could smuggle porn into a church and actually get the priest to bless it. So we did the funeral thing and then it was off to the reception... pretty much the same as grandma's at the fire hall and everything. They brought an album of grandpa's and I sat down with aunt betty (grandpa's sister) for a while to try to have her tell me who it was in the photos and all that... it was almost entirely a pre-grandma album but there were a surprising amount of pictures of his ex-wife and children in Hawaii.. which for some reason I found extroadinarily intriuging. Scratched off some lottery tickets in grandpa's honor and we were on our way to aunt linda's house. Where Brenda, Jenny, Tim, Mike, Michelle and I decided we were going to break out the old Ouija board and so we did. It was fun... who knows if Tim was pushing it or not but the things that got said were some scary and some funny as hell. Apparently even the Ouija board believes that my mother is a rag lol. Anyway so yeah... lots of time with the Ouija but apparently Jon decided to curse and uncle Dave yelled at him about it... he wouldnt' come back in the house... but really he doesn't know uncle dave... its' just his personality... he jokes around and he comes off really really harsh. So yeah then it was back home... fun times.
Wed: Went to my Spanish class... took a test that I was totally unprepared to take but she said she wouldn't count my absenses against me and whatever grade I pull off is mine so that was good... I waited around on campus for a while and went to what I thought was my 3:00pm meeting with my undergraduate advisor... wrong.. after waiting around til about 4:00 I went to check my email and found out that the meeting was really at 2:00 which means I missed it so I emailed the professor back and asked if we could meet during her office hours the following day... then I made an appt to meet with Masani the following day as well. Went home dropped the kids off at brenda's job and then it was off to TJ's wake... ahhh hard.... that's all I can really say about that right now... the computer just erased everything I wrote about it previously so ... Come home take the kids back up to grandma's and back home to sleep.
Thurs: Off to TJ's funeral... once again HARD... then it was home and back to north to make those meetings... well I get there to find that Masani cancelled our meeting and piya wasn't in her office hours... another pointless trip... yay... so did some stuff with Iris to work out the summer session stuff for next semester and I was off to go home and help brenda cook and clean for dinner.... but not without stopping at the grocery store first and spending enough money to make it so we don't have all of our rent money anymore... ooops... we will have to figure something out there.. so home... clean, wait for people to come... a much needed break.. the dinner went off without a hitch and I think everyone had a good time I know i did... so so much food that I am still eating the leftovers... Shaun gave Brenda and I tarrot card readings and Bren had a great one but mine on the other hand...
Tarrot Reading: Well let's see... First off... my mother and sister are a combination of worried about me and mad at me... they are constantly talking about me and why I am doing what I am doing... (very true... this I knew) My dad is the buffer between me and my mother and sister... he is the one sheilding me and protecting me from them (also true)... Ok now... Dad apparently although he is showing me one face and protecting me from them he has another face that he is not showing yet... he apparently has something that he needs to talk to me about that won't be too hard necesarily but it won't be great we just have to work through it... let's see then there is going to be "just one more death"... Ahhhh no more deaths... enough is enough... it's apparently going to be accidental which means it could pretty much be anybody because they don't have to be sick which is oh so comforting... but that is all he could tell me about that. Then let's see... I am going to walk away from this shitty semester with a new appreciation and closeness to my friends and the people around me due to the numerous deaths.... The two meetings that I have scheduled to talk with my professors are going to go unnecessarily harsh apparently... he even asked me if I was in danger of being dropped from my major... not that I know of... scary thought though.. considering I am going into my last semester... ok so everything is supposed to somehow work out in the end... I dont know ... no more deaths and why do people have to be mean... I don't get it... ahhh
Up til Now: Everything has pretty much calmed down now. things have settled... we go up and get Jessie today and then it is back to school for her. And lots of catch up for me... I have been hanging out with my friends a bit more since the dinner which is good... I miss everyone but life has just been too busy and too hectic for me...

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Playing Catch up With Books.

#5- Getting Mother's Body by Suzan-Lori Parks So... I really thought that I had written this up already so if I just couldn't find it I apologize. This was another book pick by Rocky... another good one if I do say so myself. I enjoyed this novel alot. It's quick to get through because it is hard to put down. I suggest that everyone read it.

#6- Like Coming Home: Coming out Letters Edited by Meg Umans
Ok this was great... A bit redundant but then again I guess a lot of people go through alot of the same things when coming out to their family and friends. I found myself connecting to alot of the things that were talking about... it really makes you think... a quick read and I recommend it.

#7- In Your Face Stories from the Lives of Queer Youth by Mary L. Gray... Ok this book kinda went along with #6 it was a group of young queers sharing their ideas and experiences about different issues. Each of the people had an essay in each of the chapters discussing many of the issues that young queer people face in their daily lives... from school to the internet it's all there. It was interesting and again I could see the connections between their expereinces and mine on numerous accounts. another good quick read. (They have to be quick when you are only reading for fun inbetween school books).

#8- Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat... this was another book that I read for my Global Literar4y Discourses class. It's about a young girl sent from Haiti to New York to live with her long estranged mother. It's really a great novel and I would definitly recomend it to anyone who has the time to read it... (also an Oprah book lol).