A Bracelet of Barbie Hands for Everyone!

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  1. kmkat says:

    You sent the sky lantern in my direction! “Unconfirmed reports of tiny UFOs in northwestern Wisconsin,” read the headlines in the local paper. Not really, but wouldn’t that have been a kick?

    Cloud Cult: #2 Son’s former girlfriend (aka “The Crazy One”) ‘s uncle is in CC. Such is my brush with greatness.

    Personally, I am haunted by a scene in “Winterdance: The Fine Magic of Running the Iditarod” by Gary Paulsen, wherein he describes seeing two buffalo on a frozen lake somewhere along the Iditarod trail. The buffalo would run onto the ice, which the wind had blown clear of snow, then slide stiff-legged across the ice bellowing in glee. Then they would do it again. And again. iirc, Paulsen became a vegetarian after that; he couldn’t bear the thought of eating creatures that were capable of having fun.

    • Jocelyn says:

      Oh, kmkat, it’s been years since I read Winterdance! You have reminded me it’s worth another read. I am still haunted by how hard Paulsen can make me laugh.

      Your brush with greatness is duly noted. “The Crazy One’s Uncle.” Got it.

  2. I have recently discovered Bon Inver–thanks to my 21-year old son. I love to hear your voice on those videos–I can imagine sitting with you, drinking beer and eating Triscuits and talking books and Fresh Air and laughing; lots of laughing.


    Happy New Year, J-Bomb!

  3. elizabethm says:

    I came to you via Deborah at Temptation of Words. Too much to take it right away. I am haunted by the garden in my dreams which I am trying to create high up on a hill in Wales and by my brother, now in a wheelchair after a huge stroke. His utterly changed life haunts me sometimes when I am walking or running or doing any of the so many things he can no longer do.

  4. Jess says:

    Oh, J-Dog (this was my nickname once but you can share it. Yeah, you’re welcome)

    This was possibly my most favoritest of all your blog entries and I think I need to go back to the beginning and read it all over again while listening to that Cloud Cult song. You do know that Maclean is one of my favorite writers of all time, right? And that particular quote is just… haunting, in the best way. Something about his writing and the way his heart shines through it and the fact that he was an old man before he started writing and didn’t even live long enough to finish his second book but what he did leave behind was so tangled up with that free-form universe stuff you talked about, which the band captures with music. I’ve often found myself wishing he’d started writing as a younger man so I’d have more to read, but I suspect that it requires a lifetime of living before one can write like that.

    Have I told you that you’re one of my favorite people in the whole world? And that I made you a pair of disembodied Barbie earrings for Christmas so I’m thrilled to see that they capture your personal style? That is what you were trying to get across, yes?

  5. Jess says:

    Oh and thank YOU for joining Goodreads. Do you have any idea how fun it is to have access to your reading list?

  6. magpie says:

    Oh, how I love those Barbie items. It makes me want to take a sharp saw to the collection upstairs in my daughter’s room. 🙂

  7. Yo, J-bomb, wattsup!

    Fun to travel back again over the past year with you. I remember noticing the bizarre mannequins in Turkey and Greece, too. But that bracelet Totally creepy.

  8. tattytiara says:

    I’ve always loved the experience of coming back to personal normalcy after an extended period of culture shock and/or deprivation. Everything new again, falling in love with your old life and familiarity all over again – it’s a fabulous romance!

  9. I was haunted (still am, actually) by the number of books I had on hand that I had not yet dug into and read until this past week when I now have four of ’em finished! Haven’t read that much in ages and ages! I still have about 10 or so left though that have been waiting for 2-3 years for me to get around to reading a bit again. Now, how to balance embroidery with reading? My goal for 2012 to try to equalize my time between the two things as much as possible. There are times when my grandkids haunt me -sometimes really they do by their obnoxious behaviors from time to time and other times, it’s their loveliness, or ingenuity as they discover new things along their way too and I’m lucky enough to be along for the ride! So nice to learn too that those of us who love your writings are able to do a little haunting of you too! Hope you and yours have the Happiest of New Years and Peace -lots and lots of peace!

  10. Lil says:

    That is some creepy jewelry… Even the mannequins look good beside the jewelry.

  11. Deborah says:

    You know people say ‘Love this post’ all the time? I really try to avoid that. It’s so easy, so unoriginal, but it’s sincere. Isn’t it? Yes, most of the time. So since I don’t really want to slide into unoriginality, I will say something similar, which is that I really, really enjoyed this thoughtful piece. I liked the larger sense of the word ‘haunted’ and felt like I had a good long look at the reflective you, which you have to admit is a rare apparition on this pages!! Not that I’m complaining…nonono. But I like the multiple aspects of you and hence appreciated this very much. I see that the lovely Elizabeth came here, and am haunted by one of her haunting thoughts – that of her brother.
    Your kids together. That alone is enough. When I see my kids like that (yes, they still are!) I am overcome with what I label a mild melancholia but is perhaps the same thing as your haunting feeling.
    Not being able to stream anything interesting over here, I have recently taken to buying entire season DVDs, conveniently available in English in France. You’ve sealed it – Mad Men will be next.
    This is the kind of piece that is like a fulll-course meal to me. There is nothing I like better than getting deeper into the psyche of someone I find interesting. Thank you for my New Year’s prezzie, Jocelyn. And wtf with the Barbie jewellery??? I just explored a museum this afternoon in Brussels that had some of the most original art I have ever seen but I think disembodied Barbie bangles take the cake.

    I loved this post. Heehee.

  12. lime says:

    and may i say how you’ve haunted me this year in so many ways i’m not sure you even know, though some you can now imagine after your experience in turkey. your writing and your observation, you, j-bomb. and thanks for the intro to cloud cult. i quite enjoyed that. it whispered to me in ways i needed this week….so very much. thank you. finally, can i be your goodreads pal?

    • Jocelyn says:

      Limey, baby: we are now hooked on Goodreads, too–in addition to other ways social media and ways Cloud Cultish. Can you email me your home address again, so I can burn you some Cloud Cult cd’s and send them on?

  13. Maddy says:

    I would like to say that the Barbie stuff makes me feel queasy although I’d have a tough time explaining why.

    There’s nothing like uprooting yourself and your family to experience a whole new strata of fear and delight. It never ceased to surprise me how some the very tiniest and insignificant things are missed the most and all those things that we thought were frightfully important don’t matter one jot.

  14. ds says:

    “I am haunted by fine writing, well packaged.” Me, too. That’s why I come here. Thank you.

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