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Well, actually, I nabbed it from [ profile] chez_maltesers:

Comment and I'll give you a letter; then you have to list 10 things you love that begin with that letter. Afterward, post this in your journal and give out some letters of your own.

She gave me the letter R. Here goes!

1. I love "R" itself--so satisfying to articulate; several of my favorite Romance languages (notably French and Spanish) make extensive use of it. Flipped, rolled or trilled, it's a great, richly textured sound that comes trippingly off the tongue.

2. Relatives, naturally--can't imagine my life without their loving, goofy, sometimes challenging but always valued presence. Also, props to a certain brother-in-law, the only specifically "R" person in the group!

3. Rounds--a musical form impossible except in community; spiritually centering to sing and exciting to teach.

4. There's a whole wonderful class of sound effects beginning with R that I particularly like, maybe because of the feel of natural forces and movement to them--ruffle, rustle, rumble, rush.

5. Roots, rivers, rebirth, regrowth, rotating, reaching: concepts, simultaneously entwined with and rising out of earth, that hold immense power for me.

Now entering fandom territory:

6. Revolutionary Girl Utena: One of my first and still dearly beloved anime fandoms. Wacky humor mixed with pathos; surreal symbolism; exploration of gender roles, power and sexuality; and the underlying mischief of fairytales and allegory, daring us to figure out what the series REALLY means.

7. Ren Tsuruga from Skip Beat!: My fears that he was going to be a "too perfect" love interest for protagonist Kyoko died the moment the latter first takes terrified note of his "lying gentlemanly smile." Their interactions grow increasingly comic as the story develops--and at the same time, stir up an affection for them that's only deepened by their flaws.

8. Rosemary Sutcliff for grabbing hold of my nine-year-old imagination and expanding my knowledge of history through her engrossing, poignant, emotionally vivid historical novels for children (some of my favorites: The Eagle of the Ninth, about Roman Britain; Knight's Fee, set in the time of the Normans in England; and Blood Feud, which follows a pair of Vikings from Scandinavia to Constantinople. Sutcliff also earned my eternal gratitude for sending me a handwritten, thoughtfully considered aerogramme in response to a letter I sent as one of those "write to a public figure you admire" assignments in high school.

9. Rugelach: When baked fresh, it's a melt-in-your mouth morsel of pastry, folded over several times to protect the flavorful fruits, nuts and spices hidden within.

10. Rest: It's something I put off, skimp on, yet adore when I finally let myself settle into it. What can I say, it restoreth my soul.

::sets out a sign:: I've got a whole alphabet of letters here, hand-picked and appetizing! Any takers?

Date: 2008-05-12 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I saw your subject and got 'Dream a Little Dream of Me' stuck in my head. XD

I had totally forgotten about rounds until you mentioned them. ^^ I remember we used to do them at school, and in choir. I used to really love them, but I'd get too interested in listening to other people around me sing instead of singing my designated part. XD

Date: 2008-05-12 03:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
But that's one of the coolest things about rounds--the opportunity to listen to the surround-sound effect! :-D I hope you get the opportunity to sing them again sometime.

BTW, I was thinking of putting in Shishido Ryou, Bakura Ryou, Otogi Ryuuji and Ryuuzaki Sumire and Sakuno--but I didn't want to scare off my non-fandom friendslist with too many anime allusions. o_O;;


Date: 2008-05-20 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Do you really like Ryuuzaki and Sakuno that much? XD

I've always found Ryuuzaki's such a no-nonsense sort of character that I can't really love her or dislike her, but Sakuno's always a bit lacking in Oomph or something for me. It's funny, because I love Tachibana An to pieces when I think about her character, and I guess normally I'd be more empathising with someone like Sakuno, who has to put up with Ryoma. :3

I remember liking Otogi. XD It seems like a really long time ago, but definitely - I used to like Otogi & Honda, but never as much as I liked Honda & Kaiba together. OTL Always the weird pairs.

Date: 2008-05-21 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Honda x Otogi FTW! (a definite favorite pairing for me).

With Ryuuzaki Sumire, maybe a lot of it is simply that I'm glad that there's a woman older than, say, twenty-five appearing in a shounen manga; she's been a mom but that's not what she does in the manga; she has dialogue that plays a role in the plot; she has wrinkles. I'm really grateful for those wrinkles, matched with that proudly swinging ponytail.

Hm. I do see your point about Sakuno, and maybe I like her more as part of the "Ryuuzaki women" than for her character, or lack of same.

Three other major omissions from my R list were reference service, reader's advisory, and reading. The first two are a big part of what keeps me in library work--I love spending time helping folks as they search for information or hunt for a book (or movie or music) in which they can immerse themselves. And reading itself is something that's been part of my life for over thirty-three years now--longer if one counts being read to.

Date: 2008-05-12 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
comments :)

Date: 2008-05-12 03:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Why, I think you should have the letter Y! ::grins::

Hope you're well!

Date: 2008-05-12 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
lol, uh, thanks.... *slinks off thinking about things that start with Y*


Date: 2008-05-12 10:14 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
This is a comment. ^^ (And nice to see you again!)

Date: 2008-05-12 12:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
How's this, then? Have the letter H. :-D

(Probably still won't post often, but I needed something to shake me out of my silence...)

Date: 2008-05-12 01:04 pm (UTC)
ext_84146: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
H... hmm, will have to think about this. xD

Date: 2009-04-12 07:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ohohoh, I want to play, too!


I share your admiration for Rosemary, only in my case it's the plant. I think the latin word meant "Foam of the ocean" = mare at first because the plant grows on cliffs near the ocean a lot. Could be wrong, but anyway it's a lovely herb.

Date: 2009-04-12 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
W for you!

Rosemary is indeed a lovely herb--great-smelling, great-tasting (we just had some in our olive oil at dinner (at a restaurant), accompanying fresh hot rolls).

I also love Ophelia's line in Hamlet about rosemary: "Here's rosemary, that's for remembrance. I pray you, love, remember..." Plus, it shows up in a wonderful song by Simon and Garfunkel ("Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme")--the herb names feel almost like an incantation.

Date: 2009-05-19 05:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fawatson
Me too! Me too! May I have a letter? Please, pretty please?

Date: 2009-05-21 01:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You may certainly have one!

The letter is...


Date: 2010-03-30 12:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Right. I'm actually blushing now from being so stupid. It's the bloody same entry and I got a letter already! I'm such a numbskull. Shoot me.

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