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Sep 26, 2016 dianasquiver commented on Remembering the Black Central District, Part One: Two Small Dogs and a Great Fire.
Charles, this is the most complex, devastating piece of yours I've ever read. I am flattened.
Mar 14, 2016 dianasquiver commented on The Morning News: This Windstorm is Scary & Three People Were Killed Over the Weekend, But At Least It's Pi-Day.
"Washington State University Names Anna King Woman of the Year: King is an alumnus from the university"

Since she's a woman, the correct form is "alumna." But at least you didn't use the plural form the way so many do, so kudos for that!
Nov 5, 2014 dianasquiver commented on A Thought on the Pedestrian Crossing Button.
Charles's interpretations of life have sometimes opened my eyes to new ways of seeing the world. Let me return the favor by letting him know two things:

1) Kids LOVE to press buttons. Kids will press ALL the buttons, every time, for the sheer joy of it. That's all it means!

2) Sometimes the other person has in fact NOT pressed the button. Pressing it again is not rude and requires no apology. If anything, the other pedestrian and I are now united in a common ritual: the ritual of pressing the button and then waiting. It builds civic engagement. It is not rude.
Mar 19, 2014 dianasquiver commented on SL Letter of the Day: Object Lesson.
I am a hot woman who digs being objectified by men; it's one of my main kinks, in fact. I've been a table, pillow, footstool, and (yes) a statue -- the special jiggling type. :)

Speaking for myself, I'd be happy to engage in some consensual statue play with someone I was seeing, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. So hang in there, OP; this kink is fulfillable!
Sep 11, 2013 dianasquiver commented on The Wednesday Morning News on September 11th Twelve Years Later.
Wait -- where is the poll option for people, like me, who LOVE THE PONIES????!?!
Jun 22, 2013 dianasquiver commented on A Few Words on Our Use of "F" and "Sh".
I read every issue and Slog post, and appreciate what you do, but no one swears that much in real life! Or at least I've never heard that much swearing in real life, even when waiting for the bus at 3rd & Pine, or taking the 358.

It feels like you can't think of more descriptive adjectives and adverbs, and so just default to the easiest option, which is also the least creative.
May 28, 2013 dianasquiver commented on SL Letter of the Day: Pray Away.
Dan's answer may have been the cold splash of water in this young man's face that woke him up to the reality of his situation. When I was 20 and writing in overblown, self-centered prose very similar to the letter-writer's, an answer like Dan's would have shocked me utterly, because no one had ever, EVER spoken to me in such a blunt way. During my sheltered upbringing, I seldom needed any correction, and if I did, it was delivered in a gentle and roundabout manner. No one ever told me to grow up; instead, I was encouraged with reams and reams of flowery prose... prose very similar to the letter-writer's, btw.

So advice like this would have been a refreshing, bracing, scary, and challenging thing for the 20-year-old me to take in. I might have just disregarded the advice because of the tone, which I would probably have used as more fodder for my own little martyr complex ("see how persecuted she is: truly, those who are of this world do not understand those who store up their treasures in the next world!", blah-de-blah). But underneath that defense mechanism, I bet Dan's advice would have been percolating away...

Reading this letter in 2009 -- and other letters to similar advice-seekers -- led me to embrace my own "weird," "deviant," "perverted," etc. desires. And I'm so much happier for it than when I was up there on the cross congratulating myself on how happy God was going to be over my self-abnegation.
Feb 28, 2013 dianasquiver commented on Savage Love.
I've had my Paragard copper IUD for over 5 years, and I love it! After the time it took my body to adjust, I've had no problems whatsoever. My periods are shorter and less painful than they were before, and I love the peace of mind that comes with having a highly reliable birth control device already implanted. No hormones, shots, patches, pills to remember to take, diaphragms that are impossible to insert, etc.

I also use condoms to prevent against STDs. Having the IUD inside me gives me more confidence than using just condoms alone. I've had one break on me (well, not "on" me; heh). The IUD gives me more peace of mind than just using condoms alone.

As for the pill: I had heard that birth control hormones in the water were doing weird things to wildlife. (It's one reason I went with a copper Paragard, which is not enhanced with hormones.) But now I see that the issue of birth control hormones in the water has been vastly overstated. Good to know!


Jan 31, 2013 dianasquiver commented on Are You Excited About Duncan Jones's Warcraft Movie?.
Adding my agreement that Resident Evil was a good movie. I liked Mortal Kombat, too.

Now, if only they would make a movie adaptation of Soul Calibur! :-)
Jan 27, 2013 dianasquiver commented on SL Letter of the Day: Poly Problems.
And you definitely know you're doing it rong when you spend more time figuring out what relationship graphing software would be most optimal to chart out all the various connections in your extended polycule(s).