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    Lesbian Pride In Fashion: My 2024 Rutland Vermont Pride Outfit

    For the 2024 Rutland Vermont Pride Event, I’ve put together an outfit that truly reflects my spirit and pride. Here’s a detailed description of each item I’ve chosen to wear. I have linked to where these items can be purchased; I am not currently an affiliate and as such, I am not earning a commission from referrals. This outfit is a wonderful reflection of who I am and my commitment to celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ+ community. The combination of colors, the thoughtful customization of my sneakers, and the mix of practical and stylish accessories all come together to create an ensemble that is both expressive and functional, perfect for…

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    The Muses Companion – June 20, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is June 20th, the 172nd day of the year 2024, with 194 days remaining. The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places. Ernest Hemingway Today in Literary History: On this day in 1905, Lillian Hellman, an American dramatist and screenwriter known for her success as a playwright on Broadway, was born. Her notable works include The Children’s Hour and The Little Foxes, both of which are celebrated for their intense exploration of human morality and social justice. Notable Birthdays: Jean-Paul Sartre, born on June 20, 1905, was a French philosopher, playwright, and novelist. He was one of the key figures in…

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    The Muses Companion – June 19, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is June 19th, the 171st day of the year 2024, with 195 days remaining. To be a person is to have a story to tell. Isak Dinesen Today in Literary History: On this day in 1865, Juneteenth was commemorated for the first time in Texas, marking the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy. This day has inspired numerous works of literature, including Ralph Ellison’s Juneteenth, which explores themes of identity, freedom, and the complexities of American history. Notable Birthdays: Blaise Pascal, born on June 19, 1623, was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, and Catholic theologian. His works, such as Pensées,…

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    Through The Viewfinder

    June 2024 Many people mistakenly assume that my profession as a photographer is effortless. “Just point and press the button,” they say, trivializing the craft. Similarly, they underestimate the complexities of my career as a Fire Department Lieutenant. “Just drive the truck to the fire and spray water on it,” they suggest, reducing a highly skilled and demanding role to a simplistic task. These assumptions reflect a broader misunderstanding and lack of appreciation for the extensive training, honed skills, and years of experience required in both fields. Photography demands a keen eye for detail, mastery of technical equipment, and an artistic sensibility to capture the perfect moment. It involves more…

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    The Muses Companion – June 18, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is June 18th, the 170th day of the year 2024, with 196 days remaining. The universe is made of stories, not of atoms. Muriel Rukeyser Today in Literary History: On this day in 1815, the Battle of Waterloo took place, marking the end of the Napoleonic Wars. This historical event has inspired countless literary works, including Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, where he dedicates a significant section to this monumental battle, weaving its impact into his characters’ lives. Notable Birthdays: Salman Rushdie, born on June 18, 1947, is an acclaimed British-Indian novelist known for his intricate and imaginative storytelling. His novel Midnight’s Children won the Booker Prize…

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    The Muses Companion – June 17, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is June 17th, the 169th day of the year 2024, with 197 days remaining. Writing is the painting of the voice. Voltaire Today in Literary History: On this day in 1871, James Weldon Johnson, an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, and civil rights activist, was born. Best known for his poetry and as the lyricist of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” Johnson’s works often explore the complexities of African American identity and the fight for equality. Notable Birthdays: John Hersey, born on June 17, 1914, was an American writer and journalist renowned for his novel Hiroshima, which detailed the lives of six survivors of the atomic…

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    The Muses Companion – June 16, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is June 16th, the 168th day of the year 2024, with 198 days remaining. The only journey is the one within. Rainer Maria Rilke Today in Literary History: On this day in 1904, James Joyce’s Ulysses is set, famously known as “Bloomsday” after the novel’s protagonist, Leopold Bloom. This day is celebrated worldwide by Joyce enthusiasts who relive the events of the novel in Dublin and beyond, honoring Joyce’s revolutionary stream-of-consciousness writing that captures a single day in exquisite detail. Notable Birthdays: Laurie Lee, born on June 16, 1914, was an English poet, novelist, and screenwriter best known for his autobiographical trilogy which includes Cider with…

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    The Muses Companion – June 15, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is June 15th, the 167th day of the year 2024, with 199 days remaining. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. Anaïs Nin Today in Literary History: On this day in 1917, John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author for his book Profiles in Courage, was born. His literary contributions, though overshadowed by his political career, provide insightful reflections on the qualities of courage and integrity in American leaders. Notable Birthdays: Edvard Grieg, born on June 15, 1843, though known primarily as a composer, greatly influenced the literary world through his musical settings of poems, most…

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    Home Sweet Home

    Vermont has truly become my beloved forever home. The farm, with all its demands and endless tasks, is a significant part of my life, but it’s something I adore. The joy I find in working the land, being surrounded by nature, and nurturing this vibrant space is incomparable. Despite the hard work and constant challenges, I wouldn’t have it any other way. This is the life I’ve chosen, and it fills me with a deep sense of purpose and contentment. June 2024

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    The Muses Companion – June 14, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is June 14th, the 166th day of the year 2024, with 200 days remaining. Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet. Plato Today in Literary History: On this day in 1811, Harriet Beecher Stowe, the American author and abolitionist whose novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin energized anti-slavery forces in the American North, was born. Stowe’s work remains a pivotal piece in the genre of social protest literature and is credited with helping to advance the abolitionist cause. Notable Birthdays: Jerzy Kosiński, born on June…