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Green Room - Week 8 - Day 8

This morning I woke up with one of those weird thoughts of "If LJ ever went away/if we decided to move Idol somewhere else, I could keep the name and just make the LJ stand for something other than 'Live Journal'!"

My favorite, in this daze was Literary Jihad! :)

So I went to see if this was a thing - and it kind of is... http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/06/08/battle-lines-jihad-creswell-and-haykel

Jihadists LOVE poetry. Who else do we know who seems to love poetry? Seaaon 10 LJ Idol contestants... Coincidence????

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See for yourself what "those people" are up to (and by "those people" I mean "current contestants" and by "current contestants" I mean hippies in the need of a good kicking. http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/979718.html


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One more day. One day more!

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roina_arwen
Feb. 13th, 2017 02:56 pm (UTC)
FIRST?? Yay poetry! LOL.
adpaz
Feb. 13th, 2017 03:33 pm (UTC)
What am I up to? Celebrating my eldest's 11th birthday. Where the heck has the time gone that this little one has turned into a big one and is 11 years old?!
murielle
Feb. 13th, 2017 05:05 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to your eleven year old!
roina_arwen
Feb. 13th, 2017 05:50 pm (UTC)
Insane!!! Happy Birthday to him!!
adoptedwriter
Feb. 13th, 2017 03:44 pm (UTC)

Happy Wedding Eve, Gary!

halfshellvenus
Feb. 13th, 2017 06:10 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited for you and Cynthia and your imminent bonus child.

Have fun tomorrow!
flipflop_diva
Feb. 13th, 2017 06:59 pm (UTC)
Yay, one more day! I'm so happy for you and Cynthia and I hope everything goes off wonderfully!
swirlsofblue
Feb. 13th, 2017 07:01 pm (UTC)
~*Happy Wedding*~
bleodswean
Feb. 13th, 2017 07:21 pm (UTC)
LESS THAN ONE DAY!!!

Go, youse two!
eeyore_grrl
Feb. 13th, 2017 11:45 pm (UTC)
1. Weddings are exciting and happy making. Early congrats-- may it go smoothly!
2. I am stoked to see so much poetry lately!
mac_arthur_park
Feb. 13th, 2017 11:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the earworm. ;P
sarcasmoqueen
Feb. 14th, 2017 03:30 am (UTC)
Hope you have a great wedding day, Gary!
tonithegreat
Feb. 14th, 2017 05:30 am (UTC)
Happy Wedding day, evil overlord!

For the longest time, I liked to refer to weddings as wettings, because at my sister's wedding our cousins changed the letters around on one of the hotel directories to make it a "Wetting." Plus it was an outdoor wedding in late summer in Orlando and we were dodging storms and watching Monsoon Wedding and wetting was thematic (the sun was gorgeous on the gardens for the anointed hours, luckily, allowing all this to be fun today).

Wishing you good weather and great memories!
murielle
Feb. 14th, 2017 07:56 am (UTC)
Happy Wedding Day!
Wishing you and your beloved all the joy and blessings life has to offer. Happy Wedding Day!
reckless_blues
Feb. 14th, 2017 08:31 am (UTC)
Just FYI for anyone who isn't really familiar with the word: the word jihad means "struggle." A jihad means a struggle towards living as a better Muslim/becoming a better person/strengthening your faith. If you have a roaming eye and you're a married man, then the struggle not to look at or flirt with other women is your jihad. If you have trouble getting up in time for the first obligatory prayer, that's your jihad too.

Jihads are almost entirely internal. They can be a combination of external and internal, like the film about LGBT Muslims called A Jihad For Love which is about the personal jihad of reconciling their orientation with their faith and cultural traditions, and also the fight to be accepted by everybody else. An example of a totally external military jihad could be that if you're in an oppressive country and being Muslim is illegal and Muslims are violently oppressed, and all peaceful methods had failed, a military jihad would be allowed to help the Muslims practice their faith and secure their human rights. (This is roughly what the jihadists seem to think they're doing.) This happened in Islam's early days and was called "the minor jihad" by the Prophet, reminding them that once their freedom was secured they were returning to the "major jihad" - the personal struggle of praying every day and performing religious obligations, of avoiding lying and cruelty and selfishness. Even the Prophet warned against using this term as a synonym for holy war.

I think a good example of a literary jihad (though not for Islamic reasons) is when Anthony Burgess wrote A Clockwork Orange trying to find sympathy for the drunk youths who beat his wife until she miscarried. I think if anything you write is personal to you and a benefit to you as a person it can be a literary jihad.

Also, happy wedding!
ryl
Feb. 14th, 2017 11:05 am (UTC)
Happy wedding!
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