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Bill Sutton
24 July 2019 @ 09:51 am
The 1991 UK filk con (Treble) changed my life for the better in too many ways to count. One of the finest, however, was meeting Zanda Myrande, my co-guest under her fannish name at the time of Zander Nyrond. Her songs knocked my socks off, and her kind and gentle presence made her someone I sought out at every opportunity.

Sadly, her presence in recent years was greatly diminished by health and financial issues, but her presence on line filled some of the holes.

Online I could always count on her to have compassion for the humans behind the positions, and her consistent defense of belief even as a non-believer (or at least a constant questioner) was brilliantly stated. Zanda epitomized kindness in her actions and reactions, but not without continuing her fight against anything she saw as oppressing the best humanity could offer.

We had many discussions and shared many songs. I've been blessed to sit with her in circle, to watch her in concert, and to share her and the Countess' living room. I have been touched by her music and changed for the better by her writings.

A light has gone out of my universe, and while new light always comes to fill the darkness there will never be one quite as bright and quirkily colored as Zanda's.

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Bill Sutton
21 December 2018 @ 09:22 am
This is a dark time for many, and the leak of the figurative into the literal is far wider this year than in recent memory. Media and memes remind us daily that compassion is not automatic, that humanity seems to have limits, and that those in charge have their tribe and all others can just sit in the storms of the world and die.

This is the lesson of the Winter Solstice. Any changing world must spend time revealing its dark side before it can begin to move back into the light. Our job, as loving siblings to all people, is to try to make sure that the darkness is a bit less deep each time around the cycle. Even though we seem to have taken a step back, it is vital to remember that there have been steps forward in the past and that, as dark as it seems, it is still lighter than it was even half a century ago. As the light shines brighter, shadows stand out in stark contrast - this does not necessarily indicate the power of the shadow, it shows the strength of the light to define those edges. We eliminate the shadows not just by making the light brighter but by adding to it - by reflecting it or becoming smaller sources of that light. We have that power. It only remains for us to use it.

So hug your loved ones, either physically or via whatever contact you have. Know that you are loved even in the darkest time, and that the glow over there is the sunrise that will get stronger from this day forth. With your help, we will shine it into every dark corner we can reach throughout the coming year.

I wish you all joy in whatever way you celebrate the Returning of the Light. My annual blessing to you all, with the help of [personal profile] cflute in giving them their final polish:

- as the sun increases, so may your joys increase.
- as the nights become shorter, so may your sorrows shrink.
- as those you love surround you, feel my love there as well.
- may you be blessed by your Gods, be they within or without.
- may all your dearest dreams come to you in time.

May the light that returns fill your hearts and souls, and may the next year be better than the last.

Joyous Yule, Merry Christmas, Happy Dongzhi, Inspirational Kwanzaa, and hopes that Hannukah renewed your spirit even though the oil of hope may have seemed low.

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  • Fri, 18:52: Tonight "Spot the Cavs Fan" is like "Where's Waldo?" Well done Pacer fans!
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  • Thu, 18:48: Here we are at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for another "away game at home". Big crowd must have flown in from Oakland.
  • Thu, 18:57: I am pretty impressed by the number of Warriors wagoners wearing Big Mac's number. Seems pretty gracious, bless their hearts.
  • Thu, 20:05: I just wanted a home Oladipo jersey. Nuthin. Nike screwed the pooch https://t.co/UWyjDhHUsP
  • Thu, 20:52: Up 20 on GSW going into the 4th. Whodathunkit?
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