liv: Stylised sheep with blue, purple, pink horizontal stripes, and teacup brand, dreams of Dreamwidth (sheeeep)
I really enjoyed the experiment of filling your prompts every day in January. Thank you all for coming up with such a good set of questions and topics.

looking back )
liv: bacterial conjugation (attached)
Wow, I can't believe I've posted every day in January! Final prompt is from [personal profile] angelofthenorth who asked about polyamory.

relationship noodling )

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liv: alternating calligraphed and modern letters (letters)
[personal profile] ceb asked: What kinds of music do you enjoy and what do you get out of them?

music musings )

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liv: cast iron sign showing etiolated couple drinking tea together (argument)
My excellent brother gave me a challenging prompt: can we have a post about Charlotte Cooper's criticisms of the body as a locus of health, and the way even fat activism focuses on health issues. That's assuming you have thought about her stuff. I figured it might be interesting to hear a biologist respond. The problem is that I'm not at all familiar with Charlotte Cooper. Furthermore, between my trying to make daily posts and the fact that Screwy is buried in the very final stretch of writing up his PhD thesis, we haven't managed to find time for a conversation clarifying what exactly he wants me to talk about. I can talk a bit about fat activism being fixated on (a narrow definition of) health, and follow up with a more detailed post once I've had time to do the reading.

bodies and body image )

Not at all sure if this is what Screwy was after; I'll either follow up with more detail or I'll write an entirely different post if I've got the wrong end of the stick.

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liv: Table laid with teapot, scones and accoutrements (yum)
[personal profile] ephemera wanted me to talk about childhood memories of food. If there's one thing I've learnt from this meme it's that I'm not cut out to be a food blogger, but I'll have a go.

fooooood )

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liv: In English: My fandom is text obsessed / In Hebrew: These are the words (words)
[personal profile] mathcathy offered a very thought-provoking prompt: Reflections on the beginning of a new year, both calendar and Jewish - compare and contrast.

ring in the new )

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liv: alternating calligraphed and modern letters (letters)
[personal profile] zhelana asked me about Non DW blogs I read. So let's see.

vestigial blogroll )

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liv: In English: My fandom is text obsessed / In Hebrew: These are the words (words)
[personal profile] angelofthenorth asked me about Jewish history that resonates the most. This is going to be a short post, partly because I'm away for [personal profile] nou's Croydon Fun Weekend and haven't got much time online. Also partly because I really don't know very much history; my history is anecdotes and stuff I happen to have read popular books or historical fiction about.

the golden age )

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liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
[personal profile] wychwood asked about books that I wish more people in my circle would read. She originally asked for ten, and I'm not sure I'm going to come up with quite that many, but let's see how far I get.

bookies )

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liv: cast iron sign showing etiolated couple drinking tea together (argument)
[personal profile] zhelana filled the last lonely-looking gap in my January list by asking about social Causes I work towards

not an activist )

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liv: In English: My fandom is text obsessed / In Hebrew: These are the words (words)
[personal profile] jack asked me to write about God, knowing that the stereotype that Jewish people don't really like to talk about God too much is rather applicable to me. But I said I would fill prompts, so I'll give this a go.

theology )

I don't know if that actually gives you any new information about me, or if it's just a muddle, but it's an attempt, anyway.

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liv: A woman with a long plait drinks a cup of tea (teapot)
[personal profile] mathcathy asked for my favourite 3 places in the UK

I love this country )

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liv: Table laid with teapot, scones and accoutrements (yum)
[livejournal.com profile] rysmiel asked me for some reasonable number of most memorable positive food experiences. [livejournal.com profile] rysmiel is a great person to give me this prompt since when we spend time together is things like this happen. So, food experiences that haven't been in [livejournal.com profile] rysmiel's company:

tasty )

I realize I don't have a tag for eating out, even though recording dining experiences is something I do use this journal for. I shall make one, though I suspect part of the reason is that I often go out for nice meals when I'm also seeing friends, so lots of the relevant posts are tagged 'friends'.

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liv: cast iron sign showing etiolated couple drinking tea together (argument)
[livejournal.com profile] shreena asked for my views on single-sex education (schools/colleges/universities). I like this prompt, it gives me an excuse to pontificate on a topic I don't get into too often.

views, I have them )

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liv: ribbon diagram of a p53 monomer (p53)
[personal profile] ceb asked me about ambitions, continuing her trend of coming up with excellent prompts.

when I grow up )

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liv: Detail of quirky animals including a sheep, from an illuminated border (marriage)
Another excellent prompt from [personal profile] ephemera: What sorts of art you do you have on display in your space?

pretties )

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liv: alternating calligraphed and modern letters (letters)
[personal profile] forestofglory pointed out that 16th January corresponds to the 15th Shevat in the Jewish calendar. This date is mentioned in the Talmud as being the new year for trees, and in modern times it's become the festival of Tu biShevat in which we celebrate all things tree and nature. The middle of January is kind of a ridiculous time to be celebrating the first signs of spring growth in England, though we're told that almond trees come into blossom at this time of year in Israel.

[twitter.com profile] velveteenrabbi explains the spiritual significance of the festival, even when it doesn't quite match our experience of the climate. [personal profile] kerrypolka celebrated with fruit cocktails, and [personal profile] forestofglory herself had a fruit party. Anyway, my last minute attempt to mark the festival is by filling [personal profile] forestofglory's prompt to talk about trees that matter to me.

trees )

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liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
[personal profile] syderia asked me about e-books and paper books. It's possible everything there is to say about this topic has already been said, but let's give it a go.

yay living in the future )

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liv: cup of tea with text from HHGttG (teeeeea)
[personal profile] ceb is another person who's given me several really excellent prompts for this meme. Today's is What was different about living abroad and would you like to do it again? (if so, where?)

distant climes )

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liv: A woman with a long plait drinks a cup of tea (teapot)
I am really enjoying this daily prompt meme, and one of the reasons is because [personal profile] ephemera has come up with several really excellently thinky prompts. This is particularly great because [personal profile] ephemera's DW schedule is just enough out of synch with mine that I quite often don't get to her comments, but the longer time scale of putting up a post soliciting prompts a couple of weeks ahead of filling them has worked really well. Anyway, one of [personal profile] ephemera's excellent suggestions was: you have a month of leave and an unlimited travel budget - where do you go?

imaginary voyage )

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