The Birthday Season

Being single on Valentines Day doesn’t ever really bother me because my birthday comes three days later. (Although in my childhood birthday photo, I look like I had a little too much cake and ice cream)

Yes, I have officially entered The Birthday Season. This business of just celebrating on ONE DAY is so lame. One’s birthday needs to be padded with several days of celebration.

This year though I am not just celebrating my birthday. After finishing her book Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, I fell hard for Audre Lorde. What a mind, what a heart, what a woman. Her birthday is February 18 and had she survived breast cancer, she would be 73 this on Sunday.

Over at Craig Hickman’s blog, he honors Audre with a summary of her life.

Here are some quotes by Audre Lorde:

  • “If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.”
  • “When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid”
  • “The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives.”
  • “The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot.”
  • “As we come to know, accept, and explore our feelings, they will become sanctuaries and fortresses and spawning grounds for the most radical and daring of ideas-the house of difference so necessary to change and the conceptualization of any meaningful action.”

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    nonsequitur on February 14, 2007 at 3:43 am

    Happy Birthday and Valentine’s Day in advance!!!

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    Susanne on February 14, 2007 at 4:49 am

    Birthdays….don’t think of them as yet another candle on the cake but rather as more light in your life…

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    Anna HP on February 14, 2007 at 5:21 am

    You are so qute in that picture … 🙂

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    brittanicals on February 14, 2007 at 8:16 am

    Happy Birthday season to you, Peterson! Hope you have something special happen soon.

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    KJ on February 14, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    I call February “Birthday Month”, but not for you Peterson. My birthday, like Audre’s, and John Travolta’s, is on the 18th.

    Happy Birthday!

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    nonsequitur on February 14, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    BTW… that pic of you as a youngster is adorable!!!

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    Jennifer on February 15, 2007 at 12:56 am

    Happy birthday and Valentine’s Day!! Hope all is well with you.

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    Elliot on February 15, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Adorable “kid pic”, P!

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    Bruce Garrett on February 18, 2007 at 12:28 am

    Awww…that photo of you at your birthday party is just adorable. Hope your day today was just as fun.