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Saturday, February 7, 2015

It's cold, pain level is up and a freebie for you

Its freezing here but no precipitation so that's okay. Unfortunately, the weather has set up a fibro flare. Well, it's not gottne much better since the bad flair occured over a week ago. In consequence, I'm not getting much done. Tomorrow I face a load of chores and only the most important will get my attention. I am still working on the Bohemian Boudoir kit and wanted to make a couple of comments about some words that get tossed around. "Gypsy" is a word that we often hear but did you know it can refer to: 1 Ethnic groups, 2 Literature, 3 Stage and screen, 4 Music, 5 Transport, 6 People, 7 Places and more? This from Wikipedia. The problem is that while many of us (me rising my hand) tend to think of "gypsy" as romantic, unconventional, colorful, it when referring to people it is a derogatory term for the Romani and Pavee people. As Wikipedia says, it is "The generic usage that refers to any itinerant person who is suspected of dishonest practices derives from traditional racist stereotypes of the Romani people." The free dictionary on-line defines it this way: Gyp·sy also Gip·sy (jĭp′sē) n. pl. Gyp·sies also Gip·sies 1. Often Offensive a. See Romani. b. The Romani language. 2. A member of any of various traditionally itinerant groups unrelated to the Romani. 3. gypsy One who follows an itinerant or otherwise unconventional career or way of life, especially: a. A part-time or temporary member of a college faculty. b. A member of the chorus line in a theater production. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.) I started to call this kit in the works Gypsy Boudoir but I don't want to offend anyone. (I knew one person of Romani heritage in grad school and she was beauitiful, kind, talented, and honest.) And the more I thought about it, the more I realized that we often use "gypsy" in descriptions when the proper word (more syllables) is "bohemian." Still with me? Sure the first definition fro "bohemian" is that it's an adjective relating to people from Bohemia but the second meaning is the one we use most. That is, a person who has informal and unconventional social habits, especially an artist or writer. If you remember the late sixties and the seventies, we saw a lot of bohemian influences in life styles, clothing, and decorating. A "Hippie" was "a person, especially of the late 1960s, who rejected established institutions and values and sought spontaneity, direct personal relations expressing love, and expanded consciousness, often expressed externally in the wearing of casual, folksy clothing and of beads, headbands, used garments, etc." In other words, bohemian. That said, here is your first paper:

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