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Just Jot It January: Skeletons, Headaches, and Mountains #JusJoJan

I wrote using the word “skull” in my previous JJIJ, but I really owe it a lot.

I used to press my fingers against my cheek, under my eye socket, and along the bone of my upper nose. I would press my fingertips against my temples to create the kind of pressure, almost my own brand of acupressure, when the headaches were particularly bad.

I imagined those skeletons at Halloween, that under all the coverings of skin and muscle, there was something basic and strong.

My skull, my scalp, where the pain seemed worst. I wondered where all the pain came from.

Recently I imagined it again, holding the brain inside. I was so grateful for it, for the skull itself, the structure that was keeping safe a very important brain, one that was uniquely belonging to a one-of-a-kind personality. If it hadn’t been for it, a fall would have spelled disaster. It saved all the intelligence and all the character that made up my one-and-only younger brother.

Then I read this prompt and thought of the sound all those fake skulls made when they fell down on the three brave characters, in that scene from Lord of the Rings, Return of the King, as they went to find the King of the Ghost Army in his forbidding, forbidden mountain tomb home. It was a mountain of skulls raining down upon them.

Music is on all our minds.

Under Pressure

Linda’s inspirations range from Japanese artist to British rock legend:

Just Jot It January 12th – Skulls

Just Jot It January, #JusJoJan

The rules are

RIGHT HERE.

The “skulls” prompt is brought to us by the brain of an artist named Dean, over at

Deanz Doodlez.

Check him out over there.

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What Do Gloria Steinem and J.r.r. Tolkien Have In Common?

What do one of the leading women in the feminist movement and the father of fantasy have in common?

I wrote a post, when I was still new to blogging, about Tolkien Reading Day. I didn’t even know how to space out my writing effectively at the time, but I was certainly passionate about the subject matter.

Instead of writing about this day from a purely new perspective, it’s one year later and I am sick and don’t think I exactly have the energy to come up with a whole new piece of thoughtful writing, without repeating myself.

Here

is the original post.

My brother and I are attempting to read Lord of the Rings together, like we once did with Harry Potter. We like to read out loud, in braille, but it’s taking us a while. It’s such a large and long book and we only read when we see each other.

He is busy finishing up his first year of audio engineering and doesn’t exactly have much time for leisure activities such as reading. We should make it through Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and Return of the King by the year 2020 or later.

🙂

Also, another cause important to me is worth highlighting today.

I was not able to secure an interview with Gloria Steinem herself, but I did come close with the next best thing really.

Check the interview out…

Here.

Happy Birthday Gloria.

And now I am off to read some Riddles in the Dark.

What do either Steinem or Tolkien mean to you, if anything?

I would love to hear about it in the comments.

Come on…give me something to do to get through this nasty cold.

🙂

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