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A Beautiful Virago Named Hope

proud to be a southern oddity. with such a pretty face....

You got to go there to know there!
-paraphased from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different!
-Kurt Vonnegut in Timequake

Rest in Peace Emma Jean Kimmer Cooke. August 22, 1928 - October 6, 2006

I'm Hope. I'm a walking contradiction. Mainly I'm happy these days. I've been married to the most wonderful man on the planet for almost eight years (anniversary June 28!!) and it's so fabulous. Allen is the most wonderful amazing fantastic person I've ever had the joy of being around and I'm so lucky he found me. I have two cats (Flora the white and Bullitt the gray). Our Sunney girl passed away on 4/24/10. I love music, reading, writing and travelling, as well as messin on the Net! Ice cream is my addiction! :) I'm normally a "the glass is half full" kinda girl, unless I'm hit with something really hard, but I usually snap back into my normal cheerful outlook. I decided to stop eating meat about three years ago. It's a big step, but I feel better abount myself now. I'm on a spiritual journey right now. I am a Virago...
virago: a woman of great stature, strength and courage, who is not feminine in the conventional ways.

My view on relationships.... to me, relationships are similar to gardens. You have to work on them to make them good. You can have the best location, soil, weather and plants; but if you don't water, fertilize and weed the garden, it won't be as fruitful (or vegetableful?) as it could be.

In NC? Interested in ghosts? join theparanormalnc!

give sunneyone more *HUGS*

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Here are different way to help Hurricane Katrina Victims.
shop new orleans! there's a link in this blog entry to a list of NOLA stores you can shop at online.
habitat for humanity builds houses that will become a musicians' village to bring the music BACK to new orleans
help bring the music back to the gulf coast through this program that assist musicians with replacing their lost instruments.
The Episcopal Disaster Relief Fund
Noah's Wishes Animal Rescue
PetsMart Charities
The Humane Society of the United States
Fundraising collar made by the Humane Society
Louisiana SPCA
The Houston, TX SPCA - NOLA SPCA transported their animals here before Katrina hit
SPCA press release about animals needing to be evacuated thanks to nlm32 for posting this
Network For Good (featured in my icon, made by easter - and she doesn't mind if you use her icon, too. i ask that you credit her if you take it)
The Louisiana Library Association
America's Second Harvest
Cafe' Press I know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
gulfcoastgowns - see this post for imformation about this community
helpers information about helpers and katrinahelp
fandom_charity, members are writing fic, in exchange for people donating money to various charities
icon_charity members will make icons in exchange for donations to charities
also, people have been selling things such as souvenirs, mardi gras beads and jeremylelii is selling photographs of new orleans online to donate money. my friend mike is selling his bourbon street sign on ebay. all profits are going to charity for this event.
Katrina Fundraising Bracelets
syndicated blogs of information from the city:
mb_neworleans and nola_view also check out neworleans for updates.

Save The World - One Click At A Time!

On each of these websites, you can click a button to support the cause -- each click creates funding, and costs you nothing! Bookmark these sites, and click once a day!

Click here to post this on your page or 'blog

one of my favorite links! gonads and strife
operation paperback
wounded warrior project help wounded soldiers learn to live with their injuries
how was your day, dan? blog of MTV star and journalist, dan renzi
the writers featuring the pen stylings of my friend lowercaseb
check out driveforlife and save an animal!
dance white boy, dance!
The end of the World!
A Fat Rant by Joy Nash! I love this video!
Chris Rock: How NOT to Get Your Ass Kicked by the Police!!!
The History of the F Word.
I laughed so hard at this my stomach hurts! Watch the Hilarious DWI stop
In an emergency situation, every second counts.
I participate in the LJ Abuse Emergency Contact Information First Post program.
Do you? The life you save may be your own.

here's some photos of us:
this is a picture of us and my grandmother at our wedding.

this is us in n'awlins! we had a blast and i can't wait to go back. we're on the riverwalk at the edge of the mississippi here!

this one is us at belmont abbey college near charlotte.

this is us at my mother's right after our wedding. we'd just changed out of our wedding clothes.

this is me christmas 2003.

this is allen in afghanistan in their tent, in 2002.

this is my kitty sunney. :) she's my pretty wild child.

and this is our flora! :) isn't she pretty? she's my sweet polite girl.

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hope is a virago, meaning she is a woman of great stature, strength and courage, who is not feminine in the conventional ways. music runs in her veins and stories flow through her heart. but don't fuck with her, she's got a cold, dark streak.
Strengths: stubborness, intelligent, fun-loving, witty, positive thinker, cool-headed in a crisis, good listener
Weaknesses: stubborness, procratinates, falls apart when the crisis passes
Special Skills: singing, bossing police officers around, typing, can read a book in a day, listening to friends in need and being there for them
Weapons: sharp wit, intelligence, karma
pet peeves: stupid people, people with no common sense, people who don't know how to use google, mean people, anyone who hurts animals, violence, pornography, liars, hypocrasy, egomaniacs

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