Posts By: Hawthorn Mineart

Broken Links Corrected

I did a design theme update to the site, so it looks a bit different these days. There will be some more tweaks as I customize the theme a bit more, but it looks a lot more simple than it did. I have also gone through the entire site and updated all of the broken

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2019 Indiana State Legislature: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Source: Indiana Senate Democrats – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: 2019 Edition The Ugly Bias Crimes This session, Governor Holcomb made it a priority to pass bias crimes legislation. With the governor’s support, Senate Democrats were confident that Indiana would finally get a comprehensive bias crimes law on the books. Sen. Greg Taylor

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The New Ride – a Honda CR-V

After a great deal of research involving spreadsheets, auto shows, test drives and quite a few anxious phone calls with Stephanie’s dad (who had lots of opinions about what we were buying) I bought a new Honda CR-V on March 27th. It is “Dark Olive Metallic.” It is nicknamed Godzilla. I finally gave up on

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Salem and Baxter

Our new kitten Salem was born on August 15th, and we adopted him on October 15th. Our new puppy Baxter was born on November 29th, and we adopted him on February 2nd. His mom is a Corgi. We’re not sure about dad. He may have been a spaniel? We think that’s possible because of the

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Who I am

I was “born as” a baby – 5 lbs, 16 inches. The clothes my parents gave me then don’t fit me anymore than the arbitrary labels they gave me as identity markers, so I changed them to real ones. In 48 years I’ve outgrown onesies and other people’s expectations and grown into the person I

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Death of blogger Gary Welsh officially ruled suicide

Goodness knows I did not love prolific local blogger and attorney Gary Welsh. Over the many years he wrote about local and national politics, he penned things that were complete libelous falsehoods, and he should have been sued many times over. Fortunately for himself, he was shrewd enough to aim his worst defamatory lies at

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I’m legally changing my first and middle names

I’m changing my first and middle names. I am getting rid of Stephanie Ann. My first name is going to be Hawthorn. (no e- like the tree, not the author.) My middle name is chosen, but I’m keeping to myself for now. This is something I’ve been actively planning for over two years, but I’ve

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2015 List of “Best of” Lists

Source: The Year in Fungi – The New Yorker Five mycological highlights from 2015, including banana killers, rainmakers, and the zombie cure. Source: Top 25 News Photos of 2015 – The Atlantic The past year has been a series of tumultuous news stories, from the massive migration crisis and the war and terror those migrants

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“Arabian Street Artists” Bomb Homeland: Why We Hacked an Award-Winning Series | Heba Amin

The series has garnered the reputation of being the most bigoted show on television for its inaccurate, undifferentiated and highly biased depiction of Arabs, Pakistanis, and Afghans, as well as its gross misrepresentations of the cities of Beirut, Islamabad- and the so-called Muslim world in general. For four seasons, and entering its fifth, “Homeland” has

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2015-10-13 Recently Read

Down the Rabbit Hole The rise, and rise, of literary annotation Press Rewind by Brendan Fitzgerald What one journalist learned by vicariously sitting in on David Carr’s master class—with only his teacher’s reputation, extant syllabus, and students’ recollections to guide the way. Press Play David Carr’s journalism syllabus – “Making and distributing content in the

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This is why I no longer read anything from DC Comics

This is a scene from the brand-new video game Batman Arkham Knight, in which Batgirl (Barbara Gordon), after she has been injured and is in a wheelchair, is held captive under the control of the Joker, and is made to kill herself in front of Batman. The scene is “Fake” in that she’s “not really

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2015-05-27 Recently Read

Wikipedia: Mudra A mudra is a symbolic or ritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism. While some mudras involve the entire body, most are performed with the hands and fingers. A mudrā is a spiritual gesture and an energetic seal of authenticity employed in the iconography and spiritual practice of Indian religions. The classical sources for

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2015-03-15 Recently Read

Cool stuff I’ve read recently. Andrew Keir: Split ink Fountain Printing ypically when printing, a single colour only is used in each ink fountain (pictures to follow), and while gradients can be printed using modern process colour printing – the standard mix of cyan, magenta, yellow and black found in your average home/office printer –

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2015-02-19 Recently Read

The New Yorker: R U There? “A new counseling service harnesses the power of the text message.” David Carr, New York Times: “Calling Out Bill Cosby’s Media Enablers, Including Myself” “What took so long is that those in the know kept it mostly to themselves. No one wanted to disturb the Natural Order of Things,

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