Monthly Archives: November 2008

Weekly Silliness: Life Experience

The Life Experience Test

Overall, you have partaken in 108 out of 174 possible life experiences.
Your average life experience score is therefore 62%.

The average score is 51%, making your experiences more than 80% of the people who have taken this test.
The average for your age group (36-55) is 56%.

Broken down by category:
Art: 6/17 (35%)

Career & Work: 10/13 (77%)

Civics & Technology: 2/7 (29%)

Crime & Disarray: 5/11 (45%)

Education: 10/18 (56%)

Fashion: 12/15 (80%)

Fitness, Health and Sports: 4/7 (57%)

Life in General: 8/14 (57%)

Relationships: 11/14 (79%)

Religion & Politics: 1/4 (25%)

Social: 18/22 (82%)

Travel: 10/20 (50%)

Vices: 11/12 (92%)

Take the test and see how YOU compare

Interesting. There are some questions that were a bit leading, and its not nearly as detailed as it could be. but this is an interesting survey.

Thanksgiving Isn’t for Amatuers

I’ve got a pretty good family when it comes to working out the holidays. over the years we’ve all gotten comfortable with making sure we ask for what it is we really need, and make it clearly different from what we just want. (Which, I feel, is the secret to a good family gathering with a minimum of drama.) My sister had a very specific desire: to introduce her son C to Sasha so that she could begin her campaign to get a dog. (It seems that he’s had a few scary experiences with dogs coming right up into his face and he’s on the verge of being AFRAID of all dogs.) I had a desire to see the two of them interact. My mother wanted to spend time with the family as a group and with me individually. Overall, I think we succeeded, but the highlight was the boy-dog interaction. (And Sasha’s first trip to the beach, but that’s another post.)

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Weekly Silliness: My Intelligence Type

Your result for Howard Gardner’s Eight Types of Intelligence Test: Linguistic

31% Logical, 25% Spatial, 51% Linguistic, 27% Intrapersonal, 16% Interpersonal, 25% Musical, 18% Bodily-Kinesthetic and 45% Naturalistic!

“Verbal-linguistic intelligence has to do with words, spoken or written. People with verbal-linguistic intelligence display a facility with words and languages. They are typically good at reading, writing, telling stories and memorizing words and dates. They tend to learn best by reading, taking notes, listening to lectures, and via discussion and debate. They are also frequently skilled at explaining, teaching and oration or persuasive speaking. Those with verbal-linguistic intelligence learn foreign languages very easily as they have high verbal memory and recall, and an ability to understand and manipulate syntax and structure.

Careers which suit those with this intelligence include writers, lawyers, philosophers, journalists, politicians and teachers.” (Wikipedia)

I’m including the info for Naturalistic as well, since that is so (relatively) close to my linguistic score.

“This area has to do with nature, nurturing and relating information to one’s natural surroundings. This is the eighth and newest of the intelligences, added to the theory in 1999. This type of intelligence was not part of Gardner’s original theory of Multiple Intelligences. Those with it are said to have greater sensitivity to nature and their place within it, the ability to nurture and grow things, and greater ease in caring for, taming and interacting with animals. They may also be able to discern changes in weather or similar fluctuations in their natural surroundings. They are also good at recognizing and classifying different species. “Naturalists” learn best when the subject involves collecting and analyzing, or is closely related to something prominent in nature; they also don’t enjoy learning unfamiliar or seemingly useless subjects with little or no connections to nature. It is advised that naturalistic learners would learn more through being outside or in a kinesthetic way.

The theory behind this intelligence is often criticized, much like the spiritual or existential intelligence (see below), as it is seen by many as not indicative of an intelligence but rather an interest. However it might have been a more valuable and useful intelligence in prehistoric times when humans lived closer to nature.

Careers which suit those with this intelligence include scientists, naturalists, conservationists, gardeners and farmers.” (Wikipedia)

Heaven in a Bowl: Lisa’s Winter Stew

A few weeks ago, I’d asked J. to pick up a mix of root veggies so we could have them with various upcoming meals. He got a couple of sweet potatoes, garnet yams, russet potatoes, yukon golds (about 1 lb) and a couple of butternut squash. The law of cooking being what it is in my household, we ate one butternut and just haven’t gotten to the rest.

(Yeah, I know “just haven’t gotten to it” is a very lame excuse. It’s only redeeming value is that it is also true.)

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Facing North Update

Seven new reviews posted and an article from the venerable Matthew Fox.

Celtic Wheel of the Year
Magickal Progressions
Sekhem Heka: A Natural Healing &  Self-Development System
50 Ways to Leave Your 40s
Homeopathic Color & Sound Remedies
Psychic Energy Codex
Rock Your World w/ the Divine Mother


Interviewing Morgan and Illes

I have the opportunity to interview two Red Wheel/Weiser authors — Michele Morgan and Judika Illes — and I thought it would be a great chance for y’all to ask questions of them on your behalf.

Michele Morgan is the author of Simple Wicca (recently re-released) and A Magical Course in Tarot. Her website is

Judika Illes is the author of The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells, The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft, Pure Magic and the recently released Magic When You Need It. Her website is:

Please spread the word and let me know what you want to know from these very intriguing ladies! I can be reached at: or (replace the _at_ with @).


Weekly Silliness: My Dewey Decimal

I had a choice of three, the other two were 060 General organizations & museum science and 013 [Unassigned]. I chose:

Lisa McS’s Dewey Decimal Section:

441 French writing systems & phonology

Lisa McS = 2991339 = 299+133+9 = 441

400 Language

Linguistics and language books.

What it says about you:
You value communication, even with people who are different from you. You like trying new things don’t mind being exposed to unfamiliar territory. You get bored with routines that never change.

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Unassigned (as it turns out) also describes me pretty well:

Lisa McS’s Dewey Decimal Section:

000 Computer Science, Information & General Works

Encyclopedias, magazines, journals and books with quotations.

What it says about you:
You are very informative and up to date. You’re working on living in the here and now, not the past. You go through a lot of changes. When you make a decision you can be very sure of yourself, maybe even stubborn, but your friends appreciate your honesty and resolve.

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