Bitches Loves Freedom

Subtleties of freedom lay in something as sublime as picking up a book to read. That’s just what these derbyladies are doing! By reading banned books, they are exercising the freedom of their birthrights given to us by our forefathers. It’s a beautiful thing.  See for yourself.

Freedom is subtle & sublime as seen here

Freedom is subtle & sublime as seen here

These ladies of the Roller Derby league The Elm City Derby Damez in Keene, New Hampshire answered a call to action in celebration of freedom.

Meet now, Bitches Bruze,  who writes The promise of derby and share in her knowledge & inspiration. Take some time to visit all the many facets of her blog and read her response to the call of action.

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                  Bitches Bruze/Amy Jo Moore  Reading SEX by Madonna

  • Mostly I play blocker, but I pivot often and some times jam. I’m in my 7th season of roller derby.
  • I am currently the co-Captain of the Elm City Derby Damez, a world-wide travel coach having coached around the US as well as England, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
  • I referee and NSO which means over some 275 bouts I have participated in every single position on the track except for scorekeeper (for some odd reason).
  • I am also an announcer having started announcing in 2008 as a guest of the Ithaca League of Women Rollers. I’m unaffiliated, but I can often be heard on WFTDA.tv during ECDX and usually one of the playoffs. Last year it was Eastern Regionals. This year I was on the stream for D1 Richmond. I also announced for World Cup 2011 and had the honor of covering the stream for Stars vs. Strips at that event.
  • If I had to pick a favorite album I guess it would be Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew – after which I named myself. I feel that it is the jazz representation of roller derby.
  • I’m a Libra and I teach computer programming and applications at my local community college.
  • My personal derby web site is Promise of Derby
  • Outside of derby I enjoy sailing, but I also spend pretty much all my spare time pioneering with my husband to build our new house on 10 acres. We’re cutting down the trees ourselves, milling our own lumber, working the land with heavy equipment (backhoe, bulldozer, skid steer, concrete mixer) that we own and maintain. It’s a very long term project.
  • Not much scares me except the idiocy of crowds.
  • I have a new puppy this year and she makes me laugh and keeps me entertained. She’s very energetic.
  • Elevating awareness of banned books is important because art reflects our humanity. Trying to sanitize away our selves and the things that live deep inside us serves no one. There is no such thing as “bad words” or even bad images (so long as bad things weren’t done to create them).

Find out more about the awesome people behind ECDD and support these wonderful people! 

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Banned books that Shaped America

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Banned book weekly readers

Fight The Power of Oppression!

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Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
11. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
12. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
13. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
15. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
16. Forever, by Judy Blume
17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
18. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
19. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
20. King and King, by Linda de Haan
21. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
22. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
23. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
24. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
25. Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan
26. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
27. My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
28. Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
29. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
30. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
32. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
33. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
34. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
35. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
37. It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris
38. Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles
39. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
40. Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
41. Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
42. The Fighting Ground, by Avi
43. Blubber, by Judy Blume
44. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
45. Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly
46. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby: The First Graphic Novel by George Beard and Harold Hutchins, the creators of Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey
48. Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
50. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
51. Daughters of Eve, by Lois Duncan
52. The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
53. You Hear Me?, by Betsy Franco
54. The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole
55. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green
56. When Dad Killed Mom, by Julius Lester
57. Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause
58. Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
59. Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
60. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
61. Draw Me A Star, by Eric Carle
62. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
63. The Terrorist, by Caroline B. Cooney
64. Mick Harte Was Here, by Barbara Park
65. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
66. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor
67. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
68. Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
69. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
70. Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen
71. Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park
72. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
73. What’s Happening to My Body Book, by Lynda Madaras
74. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
75. Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry
76. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
77. Crazy: A Novel, by Benjamin Lebert
78. The Joy of Gay Sex, by Dr. Charles Silverstein
79. The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss
80. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
81. Black Boy, by Richard Wright
82. Deal With It!, by Esther Drill
83. Detour for Emmy, by Marilyn Reynolds
84. So Far From the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Watkins
85. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
86. Cut, by Patricia McCormick
87. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
88. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
89. Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissenger
90. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
91. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
92. The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
93. Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
94. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
95. Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix
96. Grendel, by John Gardner
97. The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
98. I Saw Esau, by Iona Opte
99. Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
100. America: A Novel, by E.R. Frank

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Fool’s Cobbler recipe

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“Everyone will be fooled by this great zucchini squash recipe! It looks and tastes just like apple cobbler! I serve it warm with vanilla ice cream or the next day room temp with whipped cream. Use one of those giant ‘I’ve been hiding’ zucchini you find in the deep vestiges of the garden! A real family favorite! Even people who think they hate zucchini will love this recipe!”

    Ingredients

    8 cups peeled, seeded, diced zucchini
    3/4 cup fresh lemon juice approx. 4-5 lemons
    3/4 cup sugar
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 tsp nutmeg
    2 cups flour
    2 cups rolled oats
    1 1/2 cups sugar
    2 Tb. molasses
    3/4 cup butter
    3/4 olive oil (or applesauce)
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1 tsp cinnamon
    1/2 cup sliced almonds
   
    Directions- Preheat oven 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Butter a 9×13 baking dish.
 Peel. Seed. Chop. Cube squash into large chunks. It already pretty much looks like APPLES!
Cook zucchini with lemon juice in a covered saucepan over medium heat for 15 minutes or until tender, stirring     occasionally. Stir in 3/4 cup sugar & 1 tsp cinnamon & nutmeg. Simmer for a min. Remove from heat, set aside.
    Combine flour, oats, molasses, 1 tsp cinnamon & 1 1/2 cups sugar. Cut in butter (or melt & drizzle) & olive oil into coarse     crumbs (or applesauce). Add (optional) vanilla & almonds.
    Stir 1/2 cup of crumb topping into cooked zucchini mix.
    Pour into dish. Top with remaining topping. Bake 35-40 minutes until light golden brown & bubbly.
    Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Great the next day.

    Prep Time: 25 min.  Cook Time: 35-40.  Ready In: 1 hr.  Servings 16.

This is a cinchy recipe that adapts well to experimenting & altering. I didn’t have lemon juice so I made a batch with orange juice and my daughter thought it was peach cobbler! (I stayed up late and made it while everyone was sleeping so I could fool them! HEEHEE). Feel free to adjust any ingredients as you know your family’s taste. Almonds & vanilla are optional. Don’t press top crust in or it can become a challenge to spoon thru. I use all the topping on the top but you can make a bottom and top crust if that’s your preference. I usually use a large deep dish corning ware pan and a small one so I can share. SOOO GOOD! And wait until you see their faces when you tell them it’s ZUCCHINI!?!

Even the staunchest zucchini naysayers will rave & crave this recipe! I get such a kick out of making stuff my husband thinks he doesn’t like then watch him gobble it up and ask for more! This stuff rules!

2nd place ribbon in the Gold Country fair. We’re #2! We’re #2!

 

  

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ZOMG!

I’ve been speculating on Roller Derby and the role it plays in women’s lives. I think it’s safe to say if RD doesn’t steer your life in the direction it needs to go, then you are doing it wrong.  On the same note I don’t know anyone who has been a part of RD who hasn’t been thrust into their truth!

I watch in amazement as girls become women. I see ladies getting married or divorced. Coming out of the closet. Losing or finding their religion. Going back to school for degrees or following their dreams as artists, writers, musicians, comedians. Having babies & raising strong children. Starting their own businesses. Doing something for themselves. It’s very empowering to watch and be a part of something so dynamic.

Roller Derby has a way of sifting out the unnecessary;  simmering everything down to it’s concentrated essence. It’s like an alchemy. Take strong women. Give them all a common goal. Change your world. It’s a beautiful thing.

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Fire me already

I’m no good at blogging. I don’t have the self discipline to come on here and write up all the things going round & round in my mind. I dialogue to myself in my brain so much of the time of all the expert things I have to share. Funny, witty, good timing all exist in my mind. I’m brilliant! But when I come to actually write something, I become a Zen Buddhists blank slate ready to be filled. It’s embarrassing, really. It makes me wonder do I even have any good ideas or something worth sharing at all? Who knows! But maybe one day I will sync my wit with my typing and get something entertaining for you to read.
Until then, I will be busy making decals. We also are now branching off into the shirt biz. I am very excited. My hopes are to eventually get into silk screening. Right now we are working with heat transfer & a clam shirt press, which is perfect for custom designs. My cutter/plotter is just as adept at cutting iron-on heat transfer as it is vinyl. The silkscreen I want to use for multiple single image, limited edition, numbered runs of unique designs. This thrills me!

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Fonts and more fonts F#CK MY FACE!!!! MY EYES!!!

I have a disc that brags as it’s name 5000 FONTS. WOW!!!!!!!! 5000! Five Thousand! 5 thousand! Anything & everything ever woulda coulda been there! Ya think? But no. Fonts spill over like beer head foam wetting the soles of my shoes and making me walk sticky. I hate you 5000 Fonts! You dissect my eyes into pustules of globule blobs retreating until words are weapons gouging out my brain making a spot repetitively worn down where words are without any comprehension or meaning! Gibberish! All a blubbering mukluk of rambling nonsense passing before my eyes.*%@#$ ^KFCD#@ & O@IUB :LJJ HYR%# *^(& amp;* Y_ )(_)!@#$%^&*UIJZVDGSTFJYUHG:LH
Until my brain is saturated; dripping beer foam from my head holes. Grab a mug! 833R!

Don’t see a font you would like your name cut in on my font board?
Just give me the name of a font or a link or a style you like-retro, classic, geeky, horror, script, country, alien, stencil, metal, goth, modern, bats, graffiti… and I can find something to show you that you might like.

FONT, FONT, FONT, FONT. FONT.

Not all fonts can be used in a cut vinyl art medium format. Scuffed, excessively jaggedy, worn, splattered, messy, extreme fine lines and points all aren’t able to be read and cut by the cutter/plotter machine and/or don’t wear well on something that gets a lot of use (hopefully) like a Roller Derby helmet. We are willing to do finer lined fonts if your black heart is set on something in particular. But we don’t have the same satisfaction guarantee for they may not wear as well as the heavier styled fonts we have chosen for you to match our vinyl medium. If you do opt for the more delicate styles, I recommend using a drawstring helmet bag so it doesn’t bash around inside your skate bag scuffing and peeling your decal.

I’ve got no bones about telling you it like it is.

Derby Luv always, Blastfemi

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TL Kelly Graphics

This blog is to pimp my Roller Derby decals.
I’m having a great time doing up Roller Derby names for leagues all over the world. It started as a hobby, became an obsession and is now my profession.

You want them, I have them.

We are as flexible as our market is demanding. I love my job and working with all the hard working women & men of Roller Derby. It’s my passion and my love.
I’ll be taking the time to explain some of the different idiosyncrasia of designing graphics.

Until then, feel free to ask my any questions you may have. I am happy to help. In fact, I’m known for (and take great pride) in my ridiculous customer service. No request too bizarre or big! Try me! We work for you. Fast & fresh!
OXO Blastfemi


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