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Good morning, everyone!  I'm Phoenix Woman, and the fine folks at FDL have invited me to do some posting.  My normal watering hole is a blog called Mercury Rising, but I've been known to hang out at Eschaton, DailyKos, FDL, and a whole host of other sites.  If you want to know what I'm all about, you could do worse than check out MR.  Our topics of interest include, but are not limited to, vote suppression (both here and elsewhere), Mexico, Haiti, Iraq, Our Sucky Media, and of course cats.

For my initial FireDoggy post, I'd had planned to do this really long grandiose epic on my Grand Unified Field Theory of Why Big Media Sucks So Badly, but it just wasn't coming together.   So I thought I'd shelve that for another day and share this picture with you instead.  Really is worth a thousand words, isn't it? 

Isn't that a lovely view?  That's a shot of a quiet spot along the North Shore of Lake Superior, just off Highway 61 north of Duluth, on a rare October day when Superior was as still as glass, in that ethereal calm of the year when the summer and its storms have passed and winter is still a ways off, and there was quite a bit of color remaining on the trees.  One could hop into a canoe and explore the craggy shoreline from a boater's eye, but it would be such a pity to disturb that exquisite mirrored sheet of water, wouldn't it?  I took that in the fall of 2004, and though the composition leaves a bit to be desired, I still like how it makes me feel.  (Come to think of it, that sort of thing could be said about my writing, much of the time.)

So go get a cup of hot cocoa or the beverage of your choice and feel free to ask me about anything and nothing.  What's on your mind?  Got any questions for me?  Got anything to share?  It's all the same to the lovely lake.

(Quick update:  I've got another post coming up today around 4:00 pm Eastern, 3:00 Central.  Hope to see you there, too!)