"Money was maliciously introduced in ancient times as a tool of enslavement" -
Michael Tellinger

"The present belongs to the future and future generations, and all old laws, religious and other, should be abrogated immediately. Free us!" - Vinay Gupta on Twitter

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." - R. Buckminster Fuller

"You find the strangest ways to be positive!" - Diane Duane, Wizards Abroad

Who are SITA AND GABBY, and why am I on the road with them?

"On the road with Sita and Gabby"...that's where my head was in November 2009, when I started this blog. It's still all good, but the right-hand column was getting awfully long with all the links. So I collected them all here, in one yummy page, for your edification and my nostalgia. Explore, enjoy! (And for the skinny on this blog and how it works, see this page: http://mypersonalblogccm.blogspot.com/p/whats-blog-about.html )

Sita as drawn by Nina Paley, from Sita Sings the Blues
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Renee O'Connor as Gabrielle (Gabby)

Out of Poteidaia and into the blogosphere...
Emulating Sita (of Nina Paley's Sitayama) and the bard Gabrielle (of the Xena universe), who both left old ways of life behind, I left old print publishing behind and set out to explore this opportunity in free blogging. My first aim was to collect and share some of my published book reviews but I soon found myself making more and more side trips into new territory, exploring all the Web and the Blogger template offers. Here are my goddesses of the day:


Sita's dilemma: see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxnZUjeLw08


Gabby's journey: see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e4EV3G9fmw   

Those two images (and the linked videos) pretty much sum up the characters, and a woman's transformation. Here's more...

Not only did I fall in love with  Sita Sings the Blues, the brilliant film by Nina Paley, which celebrates Sita's liberation--the story of how the film was made also opened a path for me, into the complex territory of copyright, the cultural commons, and related issues that will continue to dog us all as we live on the Internet in these creative new ways. Here are links to the film, and to the issues Nina Paley has done so  much to teach us all about.

Gabby (Gabrielle, the Warrior Bard of Poteidaia)

On the Road of Life with Gabby and Xena...
(click on images for more fun stuff!)

Xena, Gabrielle, and The Horse (Xenaphile quiz: can you name the horse? - answer at bottom)


Xena and Gabby



Answer to Xenaphile quiz: "Argo" is the name of Xena's horse. Bonus info: Argo was played by at least two different horses during the course of the series. Yes, even Argo has her own fandom. Click on image.

Gabrielle, the Bard of Potadeia, with her mentor Xena - on the set, on a boat! (I love boats too, though I no longer live on one)

AND FINALLY... THE TRUTH ABOUT BLOOPERS: face it -- our lives are full of them.

My heroes!