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Volume: 03   Number: 04   Date: June 2007
Site News

After spending the last month sifting through some great applications, I'd like to welcome our newest staff members.

Heading up the new Uranus team (fanfiction), is SailorUranus (aka lbeth). If you have ideas about setting up the new fanfiction library, you can help out with them here.

A second brand new staff team, the Chibimoon team, was created to help out all the new users. We know the site can be a little confusing when you start out, but thanks to Chibimoon (aka AquaReflections), Cloudburst, and tux, things are going to get easier. The Chibimoons have been working hard to update the FAQs and to create some new documentation that will be even more helpful.

I'd like to thank every single person who applied for these staff positions. It means a lot that you enjoy your time here enough to want to volunteer. On behalf of all the webmasters and staff, I'd like to say, "We appreciate you!" :)

Staff Member Spotlight: Chocoholic Pianist or Profile of a Hamster's Minion

Username: evelyn
Team/Position: Jupiter senshi

What do you get when you mix a college student, chocolate ice cream, and a piano together? You get evelyn, who is one of the three Jupiter senshi that help with topic moderation. Evelyn is a college student from Stanford University who needs more sleep, wants to get some non-dining-hall food, and likes to laugh & sing in her dorm. Physics is her favorite subject, and she has a real weakness for chocolate ice cream and any kind of dark chocolate in general. "Nothing can beat chocolate ice cream and dark chocolate together; I know, I have a sweet tooth for chocolate ice cream." Aside from chocolate, evelyn likes egg rolls and chicken as long as it's not all dried out. She's also been playing piano since she was five years old. She loves playing Chopin's pieces; Fantasie Impromptu, the "Revolutionary" Etude, and the third movement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata are all favorites. Utopian visions are fascinating to her, and as a result, two of her favorite books are 1984 by George Orwell and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Full Moon wo Sagashite and Full Metal Alchemist happen to be two of her current, favorite anime titles.

As a Jupiter senshi, evelyn helps moderate the topics. That includes checking topics to make sure nobody has broken any rules, reminding people about breaking those rules when it happens, and taking action against users who have repeated offenses or who break certain rules by deducting points or, in extreme instances, placing people on detention. She dislikes the possibility of having a prolonged conflict with another user by doing her job. "Fortunately, there have not been many misdemeanors ever since the site opened again, so I don't have to use my Jupiter wand often anymore." She enjoys working with Hammy [Hamstergirl], because she is helpful and fun to work with. "Plus, I get to take part in the siggy wars and make fun of the Venus team." Despite this, evelyn discredits the rumors that Hammy has any plans for world domination and wants to establish a rodent world order.

Having been around since 2001, evelyn knows her way around grep SailorMoon *, and it's rewarding to use that experience to help people out when they first get started. When she first joined the site, she came looking for images and Sailor Moon information. Shortly after she became a Moonatic, staff applications for the Jupiter team came up, so she decided to apply. "I knew my way around the forums pretty well, so I thought, 'Why not?' It was the first time I applied for staff, so I was pretty surprised and happy when I received the e-mail from Zephy [former Sailor Jupiter] telling me that s2kitty and I were selected."

What does evelyn like best about being on the Jupiter team? She really likes the fact that, "As part of my job, I read posts from forums that sometimes really interest me. I am also one of the first to probably notice a new forum pop up and to check it out for cool stuff. I may not have discovered some of the cool topics in the Moon Kingdom if I were not a Jupiter senshi. Although I do not often post, I still enjoy reading what people have to say in forums like Living in Japan and Military Families. It is really cool to learn about what people go through in different situations that I have never experienced before. Central Control is also interesting at times."

GEMINI: THE RESTLESS SEARCHER

In modern times, the sign of Gemini (May 21 - June 20) is often represented as a pair of male and female figures, but the twins of the original legend of Gemini were both male. In ancient Greek mythology, Castor and Pollux were half-brothers - the former mortal and the latter immortal - and completely devoted to each other; thus when the mortal Castor was killed, Pollux was inconsolable and prevailed upon his father Zeus to let them be together again. In the original legend, Zeus then arranged for the brothers to share both death and immortality, spending half of their lives in Hades and the other half at Olympus, but the brothers were also remembered as the two brightest stars of the constellation Gemini, still visible today.

THE GEMINI KOU TAIKI

Unfortunately, there were no major Gemini characters in Sailor Moon until Kou Taiki (Sailor Star Maker, born May 30) appeared in the Sailor Stars, so American fans who only saw the first four seasons may not be familiar with him (or her, given her apparent change of gender when transformed). Nonetheless, his mission as a member of the Sailor Starlights is quintessentially Gemini; just as a Gemini seeks the spiritual twin who would complete him and make him whole, Taiki and his comrades Seiya and Yaten seek a missing princess from their destroyed homeworld and are willing to go to any lengths to find her (even so far as taking on the elaborate disguise of a male pop group called the Three Lights).

As Gemini natives go, Taiki is very serious and studious, which is in contrast to the stereotype of Gemini as light-hearted, glib, and superficial, but the characterization is still true to the sign of Gemini, because Gemini natives tend to be emotionally detached. Not surprisingly, Ami (whose sign of Virgo is ruled by the same planet Mercury as Gemini) is fond of Taiki because of his studious nature, but Taiki is revealed to be much less sentimental than Ami in episode #177 when he dismisses sentimental notions about an approaching comet shared by Ami and one of their teachers. Even Taiki has a heart though; in that same episode, Sailor Star Maker pulled back from using her full attack power on the teacher (transformed into a monster) at Ami's request. Later, Taiki showed considerable tenderness to a sick little girl named Misa in episode #185, who had seen a vision of the missing princess while watching the Three Lights perform. Ruled more by his mind than his heart, Taiki was the first of the Starlights to doubt their mission, but Misa restored his faith and also helped to demonstrate that even Taiki had a softer side.

FORECAST FOR GEMINI

For Gemini natives, the retrograde motion of the ruling planet Mercury may create disorder in the area of communication between June 15 & July 10 and October 12 & November 1; this could be as trivial as losing an occasional letter, but natives are still advised to avoid making major financial decisions at these times because of potential misunderstandings among those involved.

Also important for Gemini natives will be the movement of Saturn into the fourth house of home and family on September 3, where it will remain until October of 2009. Saturn's negative influence may create additional stress when dealing with family members such as children or parents, as well as family finances; thus, a Gemini native might wish to delay selling a home until Saturn moves on in a couple of years.

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Con-Verse: Issue 3

It's now one month before my convention season officially starts. With Otakon and AnimeNEXT within two weeks of one another, I'm certainly going to find myself with way too much to do. I guess I'm lucky I love this stuff as much as I do.

Convention-Side: So you want to run a panel?

Panels and programming are keys to a successful convention. It is the duty of a show to give the fans a line of panels, workshops, and events that will keep them happy, engaged, and informed for the whole weekend. The best shows try their hardest to put on as many good programming tracks as possible. It may seem unusual to you, but the best complaint any convention can receive is "There was so much going on, I couldn't do everything I wanted to." I would much rather hear something like that than "I had to wait three hours between panels I was interested in".

It's very exciting to run your own panel. I personally have been running Anime Parliament since 2001, and its popularity continues to grow, my time blocks keep getting bigger, and more conventions want me to come and run the event at their shows. This is not to say you should aim for a panel that will go on forever; mine was just built like that. Parliament is an interactive, courtroom-style event where cosplayers or fans can come up and debate on issues in the anime multiverse. For instance, Sango (Inu Yasha) has gotten a restraining order against Miroku, Sephiroth (FF7) has been put on trial for murdering the Midgar Zolom, and Lina Inverse (Slayers) has been charged with reckless acts of violence. With as many series as there are, and with so many more coming out all the time, you can understand why a panel like this has a great deal of momentum behind it. However, I'm getting off topic...

Running a panel at a show is a wonderful way to take all the knowledge you have about something and use it for the betterment of your fellow fans. Are you a Bleach fan who truly believes nobody comes close to you in overall knowledge about the show and its characters? Are you one of the precious few anime fans who actually know how to perform a Japanese tea ceremony? Did you do your Engineering PhD dissertation on the possibilities of Gundam construction? If your answer to any of these questions is "yes", then please... get a life (just kidding). These are the types of people who should try their hand at running a panel. You may be very surprised at how many people have interest in the topic you are trying to present. I have seen panels on traditional things like kimono, go & shoji, kendo, and taiko drums, to more fan-based things like cosplay, Gundam making, plushie making, cel painting, and sake tasting, to series panels on Ranma, Final Fantasy, Evangelion, Bleach, and Naruto.

If you have an idea and you're going to a convention, pitch it to them! Who knows, you may get your panel (and with it, usually a free registration badge). As always, if you want feedback on an idea, you're welcome to e-mail me personally, and I can tell you if I've seen it done, or if similar ideas have worked well in the past. Every convention page (except for Katsucon) makes their panel information easy to find, and you normally have to fill out some sort of application or answer some questions on your panel. It usually takes no more than five minutes to do this.

Just a few things to remember:
1. Not everyone who comes to your panel knows what you're talking about.
People may show up to your panel because they find the idea of your topic interesting, but have absolutely no knowledge of what it's all about. It's always best to assume that everyone in the room is "green" on the subject.

2. Even if you're famous, people don't just want to listen to you talk.
Make it interactive! By interactive, I don't mean that you should have color handouts, or a killer PowerPoint presentation. I mean you should ask questions to your audience and get them involved. Don't let a Q&A take up all of the time, but the more you involve your audience, the more they will get out of it.

3. Don't be disheartened by your time slot.
My second year running Parliament at Otakon I was placed at my usual time of 7PM-8PM on Friday (I was given a two-hour block and the largest panel room the next year). Unfortunately, at this point in time, Puffy Ami Yumi was starting their panel, and the L'arc~en~Ciel concert was starting their lineup. Normally, people would assume that being sandwiched between events like that would spell death for any panel, but I still packed my room solid. With a 30,000 attendance, and knowing the room capacities, even if I got .3% of the attendees to show up, that was still 90 people, and more than enough to run a successful panel (I was just upset that I couldn't see Puffy Ami Yumi).

4. Feedback after the panel is just as important as activity during the panel.
You never know who might be attending your panel or workshop. If someone in charge of panels for another convention is there, you may be asked to do the panel for their show. You may also get ideas on how to expand your panel, or even ideas on a completely different one. Parliament wouldn't be as big as it is if I didn't spend 30 minutes after my panel just talking to the people who were there, exchanging e-mail addresses, and getting feedback.

Panels, workshops, game shows, and demonstrations are all a part of the convention programming lineup. Every show wants to have the newest and greatest in panels, so if you have an idea, develop it, and you may be surprised at how receptive the conventions can be. Just one more piece of advice... When it comes to pitching your idea to the shows, it's something I was told many years ago, and I have applied it to everything I do: "Don't be interesting, be interested." If you show a general love for your topic and the idea you have, it will come through, and people will get as excited as you are.

Next month we will take a look into Dealers Room strategy. How to spot a bargain, when to buy, and how NOT to go into debt in one day.

My Side of the Table: Oh the things I've seen...

Funny things happen when someone from the general populace encounters an anime convention for the first time. Here are some things I've seen in my time (these are all true stories):

Funny Stories

Shoujocon 2002. On the Saturday of this show, a wedding had been booked in one of the smaller ballrooms at the same hotel as the convention. The bride, in her gown, was traveling from her hotel room down to the ballroom, and encountered a Wedding Yuna in the same elevator. Oblivious to the fact that a real wedding was going on, the Yuna turns to the bride and asks "How long did it take you to make that dress?" The bride, noticeably insulted by the insinuation replies, "I didn't make this, I bought it. Who MAKES a wedding dress?" After being laughed at for the remainder of the trip down to the lobby by the Yuna and the other five otaku in the elevator, the bride went to the front desk and complained. Nothing happened.

San Diego ComiCon 1997. The center was double booked with a Southern Baptist convention. A group of god-fearing older ladies were waiting for the elevator in their hotel, and when it arrived a guy in a Diablo cosplay (horns, wings, red makeup and everything) was standing in the middle of it, practically taking up the entire compartment. Out of nowhere, and in the most convincing voice he could muster, he looked at one of the ladies and said "Going down?" None of the ladies moved, and the doors closed. It was discovered later that one of the ladies had a heart attack shortly after.

Funny Statistics

Katsucon 2005: Despite warnings from convention staff many weeks before the show, every restaurant within a two-block radius ran out of food and closed Saturday afternoon. Fortunately, three pizzerias still had supply and could deliver.

AnimeNEXT 2005: Same problem, but unlike Katsucon, these weren't mainly fast-food chains. There were two sushi restaurants, one Outback, one Chili's, one TGIFridays, a Quiznos, a Burger King, and a McDonald's that ran dry. Fortunately, it took them until Sunday morning to run out, because there were more of them and fewer attendees.

Otakon: During the summer tourist season, Otakon brings more money to the city than all other events (sports, travel, and business) combined. It is rumored that the new hotel being constructed next to, and being adjoined to, the BCC is for the purpose of keeping Otakon in Baltimore as it continues to grow.

There are obviously other stories, but I think that should keep you laughing until next month. My next segment will focus a bit on how conventions have evolved over the past few years. The changes haven't been subtle, but neither has the growth of the fandom.

Tonight I will be going into the studio to produce the AnimeNEXT TV commercial which will be shown on the Funimation Channel and Cartoon Network on Cablevision. Keep your eyes out for it!

Sailor fuku

So you see Usagi and the gang in the anime all the time. Maybe you wonder, "Do those crazy Japanese kids really wear clothes that look like that?" The answer my friends, is a reluctant "yes." As scary as it sounds, people over here actually wear the kinds of clothes you see in Sailor Moon. "But, but tux," you say, "the show is so old that the styles have to be outdated. They just have to!" Wrong again. Even scarier is that the styles don't seem to have changed much since the show aired. I can't speak from personal experience because I wasn't here when it started, but the clothes still look very similar to the ones in the show, and I'm here to prove it!

As always, all the pictures I'll show you are my own, ones that I've actually taken quite recently and not just dug up from the internet somewhere. Just keep that in mind during our little journey today. (I love these trips, don't you?)

The first thing that has to be mentioned and positively cannot be skipped over is the school uniforms, or seifuku. According to Wikipedia, "The Japanese junior and senior high school uniform traditionally consists of a military style uniform for boys and a sailor outfit for girls. These uniforms are based on Meiji era formal military dress, themselves modeled on European-style naval uniforms." So there you have it. The girls do indeed have sailor outfits they wear to school. And whose outfit would be complete without school socks? School socks! and Sailor fuku! (By the way, I'm sorry for any pictures of my kids that have the faces blurred. I know they look like something out of Ju-On, but I don't want to post pictures of them!) The "loose sock" fad is dying out, thankfully. Not all students wear formal uniforms all the time though. At my schools, the girls are only required to wear the sailor uniforms about 3-4 times a year for special events. They may wear them any time they like, but they prefer the more comfortable warm-ups that are their alternate uniform. Warm ups... Obviously Usagi had to wear her sailor uniform all the time, which lent itself to her transformed fuku. It would have been much less glamorous as a warm-up with glitter and bows!

Well, now that we have that out of the way, we can see what the kids are wearing outside of school. First, the functional. If you've ever seen episodes or pictures with the gang baking cookies (check the libraries here), then you've seen them in aprons. At first I just thought that was a cute anime thing, but alas, like everything else, it's not. Cleaning and cooking aprons are serious business over here. If you're cooking or cleaning something, you probably have one on. Stylish aprons. They range from the mild to bizarre. There are plain colors, characters, camouflage, even Harajuku-esque black lace ones!

I think I heard someone in the back complaining that things were too weird... you might want to just step out then because they only get stranger. Another thing that's quite popular is layers. It's a little hard to see in the anime, but I poked through some pictures and found some. The odd thing is that they don't care how the layers get there, or even if they're real. There are lots of shirts that look like they're three or four shirts, when in fact it's just one and really only one layer. Also, stripes with prints with paisley with plaid with solids is just fine. There's no end to the fun. [Does this match?, Lace + lace + lace = OK, Wow, Assortment] I had to have some help from my costume-savvy wife for this one, but empire waistlines are huge as well. Waist or neckline? All right, this is getting a little long, so here are some other popular items with no further explanation: lace, hoods, leggings, dangly things, and purses made from old jean tops that make it look like you're carrying around a big butt. No lie. [Leggings, hoods, butt purses] Also, the ubiquitous Engrish tee. Say what? Actually, explanation or no explanation, I don't know what I could have said about most of those things.

After a long day of looking at crazy clothes, Usagi needs some rest. What does she change into for bed? Why, her cotton PJs of course! I think I heard a gasp. Do we have a disbeliever in our midst? Fear not, for I have proof. Pretty in pink. Since I haven't been in anyone's bedroom at night, I can't say exactly how many people wear these, but since they're at the store I would assume at least a few do.

So that concludes our short excursion through Usagi's closet. I hope you had a good time and weren't too scared. For the people in the back, try to keep the heckling down next time! This has been tux, writing to you from Crystal Tokyo. All right, all right, Hokkaido! Geez.

Seen any good websites, lately? Well, we're looking for them, too. The Crystal Key needs your submissions. Tell us about any great sites you've visited. What are you waiting for? Bring us some links!
Japanese 101

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a nice break at the end of the term. Let's not get lazy, though... Japanese waits for no one!

Recall that we talked in previous lessons about hiragana and katakana. They are the two syllabic alphabets of the three writing systems used in the Japanese language. The third system, kanji, is the pictograph system, and its use is essential in differentiating between meanings of the same syllables and in understanding Japanese. Successful use of Japanese involves the systematic mix of kanji and kana, which is potentially confusing at first, but in time proves quite simple with practice and further comprehension.

Background: A Brief History of Kanji
The pictographs used in the kanji system are borrowed from the Chinese writing system. The Chinese readings of the characters were adopted and modified for the Japanese syllabary when the system was first introduced in Japan, and when the characters were later used to represent Japanese words, they were given new, Japanese readings. This is the reason two readings exist for many kanji -- and both the Chinese (on) reading and the Japanese (kun) reading are used in the language today.

Originally, kanji, hiragana, and katakana were completely independent of others. After the Meiji Restoration, however, the government decided to simplify the writing style. A reform after World War II included a simplified, uniform set of characters, readings, and methods of writing. This reform, which extended to what was learned in school and what can be used in official publications (the Jouyou kanji), was essential in the understanding of the language as we know it today.

The officially recognized Jouyou kanji number 1,945 -- these are the kanji one would have to know in order to read a newspaper with relative ease. The average Japanese person knows about 3,000 kanji, and about 6,000-7,000 kanji are in use.

Culture Note
Honorifics run rampant in Japan. Japan is a country with a very heavy basis in politeness, and different degrees of politeness are shown in the language. The typical honorifics that most people pick up in casual glances at the language are "san", "chan", "kun", etc. These are used as suffixes to names to show politeness based much of the time on rank, relationship with the person, and age. Another common honorific is the use of the prefix "o", which is added to nouns to show respect for them. Looking at some popular "o" nouns can give a sense of just what Japan thinks is important -- both "osushi" (honorable sushi) and "osake" (honorable alcohol) are quite common.

Useful Phrases
I'm throwing some katakana in here as well. Watch out!

おたんじょうびおめでとう (o-ta-n-jyo-u-bi o-me-de-to-u)
otanjoubi omedetou
"Happy birthday."

はじめまして (ha-ji-me-ma-shi-te)
hajimemashite
"How do you do?"

そうですか (so-u de-su ka)
sou desu ka
"Is that so?" A very versatile phrase.

おにのパンツはいいパンツ (o-ni no pa-n-tsu ha i-i pa-n-tsu)
oni no pantsu wa ii pantsu
"The devil's underwear is good underwear."

Supplementary notes, including an in-depth look at some honorifics and a fresh batch of useful kanji, are available here. As always, feel free to direct any questions, comments, concerns, etc. to me! I welcome your input.

Class dismissed!

Now Playing

Been a little strapped for time in watching anime this month, so I'm doing something a little different this time. Instead of 3 currently airing (or recently finished) series, I'm gonna have two series that ended a while ago, but it'll make sense when I finish with them.

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Shining Tears X Wind is quickly becoming tied with this series for my favorite. Like STXW, Harukanaru Toki no Naka de ~Hachiyou Shou~ is also based off of a video game, but not an RPG like the other series. No, HaruToki (for short) is based off of a dating sim. Yes, that genre of games that is pretty much unheard of in the US.

Similar in theme to Fushigi Yuugi, HaruToki's protagonist, Akane, is a normal high school girl, until she, along with two of her friends, gets pulled through a well into ancient Japan, where she finds that she has been summoned as the Ryuujin no Miko, the priestess of the Dragon God (for those who enjoy mythology, the Ryuujin, or Dragon God, is also known as the Celestial Emperor, who is the god above Genbu, Byakko, Seiryuu, and Suzaku, the four guardians of Kyoto). Of course, to help her control the vast power of the Dragon God are the Hachiyou (eight leaves) who bear the Dragon Jewels.

Now, HaruToki has an interesting set-up. Everything started with the original game. From that game, came the manga, which was done by the character designer from the game. Also from the game came a 2-episode OAV. From the manga came the TV series, and from the TV series came a movie (which I haven't seen yet... it's only available subtitled in .mkv format). Confused yet? It gets worse. There are multiple re-releases/remakes of the original game, plus two more games with new stories, each with their own spin-offs.

The series is extremely good, though. Why bring up a series that's fairly old (it ended well over 2 years ago), in a "now playing" column? Well, that's because the manga just got licensed by Viz, and will be going into their Shojo Beat magazine! I highly recommend everyone checking it out.

Harukanaru Toki no Naka de ~Hachiyou Shou~
First Airing: October 5, 2004
Last Episode: March 3, 2005
Official Website (Japanese only)


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Next up is Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni. Yes, the red in there is part of the title. Higurashi is also based off of a game (I'm starting to see a trend here), but it's a little different than the other games. You see, Higurashi is based off of a series of doujin games that were released at the Comiket in Japan. There were originally 8 of them: Four "question" arcs, and four "answer" arcs. Later, the playstation game and the manga would add in more arcs, including alternate "answer" arcs to the orignal story.

The anime follows the four original question arcs, and the first two of the answer arcs. The basis of the story is that it is June of 1983 in the small rural town of Hinamizawa. It's nearing the night of the Watanagashi Festival, where Oyashiro-sama's curse has come into play for the past 4 years. Ever since the Japanese government tried to build a dam through the village and the people rioted 5 years ago, culminating in the murder of a dam worker, on the night of the Watanagashi Festival, one person has died, and one person disappeared. Keiichi, a new resident of Hinamizawa, finds himself caught up in the mystery of his new home's dark past.

What makes Higurashi unique, though, is that, while each story arc builds upon the character development and story pieces established in the previous ones, it's as if they never happened. Which is good, considering a majority of the 6 main characters end up dead by the end of each arc. Of course, the reason for this is part of the mystery, as well...

Higurashi has been licensed by Geneon, and the first DVD was released on June 5th. But that's only part of the reason why I'm reviewing it this month. You remember when I mentioned that only 6 of the original 8 story arcs were animated? That's because season 2 starts this July, finishing those last two arcs, as well as a new arc unique to the anime.

Before I conclude, I must point out that even though Geneon has seen fit to rate this series at 13+, this is not a series that minors should watch. It is unknown on if Geneon's DVDs will be the television broadcast version or the DVD version (the television broadcast version was heavily censored, from what I understand), but even the television broadcast version is severe enough to warrant at least a 16+ or 18+ rating. This is NOT a series for the faint of heart, nor is it one to watch soon after eating, or late at night. You have been warned.

Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni
First Airing: April 5, 2006
Last Episode: September 9, 2006
Official Website (Japanese Only)

Japanese Proverbs

You can tell a people's character from that people's proverbs. Therefore any friend of the Japanese will know already what he will find here: a sentimentality about flowers and a cynicism about people; a confidence in the eternal and a distrust of the immediate, a seriousness about shrines and a jocularity about priests.

This combination of spirituality and worldliness is not unique to the Japanese, but they show it perhaps more sharply than any other people.

In any collection of proverbs you can always find another kind of contradiction: a yes to each no on any question, and a black to every white. This collection is no exception. National traits are not involved by such contradictions: they are simply mirrors of human pessimism and optimism, bad experience and good. We hope your experience here will be all good?


--Japanese Proverbs & Traditional Phrases © 1962 Peter Pauper Press

Evil Comes Full Circle
Home To Us

The Neighbor's Blossoms:
Pinker

No One Sits Still
When The Next House
Burns

Kindness: Not For Others
But For Ourselves

Monthly Fun

~Sailor Moon Birthdays
June 30: Tsukino Usagi / Sailor Moon
June 30: Chibi-usa / Sailor Chibi-Moon

~ Horoscopes
Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Don't let things pile up!

Cancer (June 22-July 22)
Happy is as happy does.

Leo (July 23-Aug 22)
Don't look now, but you're being watched...

Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22)
Not all email is spam; it just seems like it.

Libra (Sep 23-Oct 24)
Your lucky numbers are 12 and 786 this month.

Scorpio (Oct 24-Nov 22)
You will come into some unexpected money.

Sagittarius (Nov 23-Dec 21)
If you want to make sure it's done right, do it yourself.

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 20)
Someone is thinking about you right now.

Aquarius (Jan 21-Feb 18)
A misunderstanding can be avoided by keeping your ears open.

Pisces (Feb 19-March 20)
Make your own tin foil hat; the manufactured ones are too expensive.

Aries (March 21-April 20)
Beware of a person mixing plaid and polka-dots.

Taurus (April 21-May 20)
Good things come in small packages.

May's Caption Contest Winner

Sailor Moon and Luna on the floor
Sailormoon and Luna realize that on the planet Jupiter those few extra pounds really do count...

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