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I am an incurable romantic
I believe in hope, dreams and decency
I believe in love,
Tenderness and kindness.

I believe in mankind.

I believe in goodness,
Mercy and charity
I believe in a universal spirit
I believe in casting bread
Upon the waters.

I am awed by the snow-capped mountains
By the vastness of oceans.

I am moved by a couple
Of any age – holding hands
As they walk through city streets.

A living creature in pain
Makes me shudder with sorrow
A seagull’s cry fills me
With a sense of mystery.

A river or stream
Can move me to tears
A lake nestling in a valley
Can bring me peace.

I wish for all mankind
The sweet simple joy
That we have found together.

I know that it will be.
And we shall celebrate
We shall taste the wine
And the fruit.

Celebrate the sunset and the sunrise
the cold and the warmth
the sounds and the silences
the voices of the children.

Celebrate the dreams and hopes
Which have filled the souls of
All decent men and women.

We shall lift our glasses and toast
With tears of joy.”

—  Leonard Nimoy, A Lifetime of Love: Poems on the Passages of Life

She told herself later that she didn’t see the inevitable coming until it was much too late. But secretly she would always wonder if maybe she hadn’t intentionally ignored it.

Five years of unfulfilled possibility burned between them, and Kathryn found her body responding automatically to his as she tasted from his lips the first sip of real passion she had known since the night Mark had asked her to become his wife. Though she had always taken pride in her self-discipline, she was a woman, not a saint. Before her higher brain functions had a chance to kick in, she found that her hunger equaled, if not surpassed his.

For a few moments that could have been hours, they stood suspended in a desperate storm of physical pleasure that was every bit as satisfying as it was chaotic.

— 

- Kirsten Beyer, from the short story “Isabo’s Shirt” … from the Voyager anthology “Distant Shores.”

For the record: I love Kirsten Beyer so much that I almost want to read the two novels that happened after Captain Janeway’s death in the TNG novel “Before Dishonor.”

Almost.

:)

STILL BOLDLY GOING

Another Reason We'll Miss Leonard Nimoy: He Championed Full-Figured Women

In real life, Leonard Nimoy found it highly illogical that American women are bombarded with unattainable body images.

When actor Leonard Nimoy died at age 83 in Los Angeles on Friday, Star Trek tributes lit up the Internet like the starry skies his character Mr. Spock explored.

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There’s little doubt he’ll be best remembered as the pointy-eared and highly logical half-Vulcan science officer who flanked Captain Kirk as they boldly went where no man had gone before.

But in the years since his 1966–69 run as the notoriously cool-blooded Spock, there was an issue Nimoy was very passionate about: women’s body image.

In this 2008 interview on The Colbert Report, Nimoy challenges Stephen Colbert to think differently about the full-figured women he photographed for his book of nude photography, “The Full Body Project.

“The standard is presented to us by the women who model the clothes that are being sold to the women in this country,” Nimoy told Colbert. “The issue is this: The average woman in this country weighs 25 percent more than those models do, and they’ll never attain that body shape, so they’re being sold on the idea that they don’t look right.”

Nimoy points out that there are entire industries that have succeeded by exploiting the insecurity that has developed in that 25 percent size gap. From weight loss pills to surgery, women are bombarded with invitations to buy their way out of their bodies—with few guarantees that any of it will work or proof of whether it’s healthy. The shame and dysfunction that brings is something Nimoy disliked.

In real life, Nimoy may not have been a supernatural genius like Spock’s character was, but his assertions are backed up by science. Brown University researchers have said that the difference between the ideal women we see and reality is not just “biologically unattainable for most people, but downright dangerous.” The researchers cite Barbie as an example: If the famous blond doll were life-size, she’d be at 76 percent of healthy body weight and would require hospitalization.

By that standard, it doesn’t feel like a stretch to imagine that Nimoy, like Spock, wanted American women to live long and prosper.

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for tvwrambling and anyone else on here who reads the voyager trek novels: the blurb for atonement is up on amazon here

i was hoping to get a good night’s sleep but i’m just too damn excited now. i so called it tho - as soon as i heard they were going back to the DQ my head ran off with visions of some of the aliens they encountered clamouring for janeway’s head

and it comes out on my birthday!!!! i’m so excited for this why is it 8 months away????

So. Um. last night I finished Acts of Contrition, the most recent Star Trek: Voyager book. Meaning that I have read ALL OF THESE BOOKS in the last 5 weeks (oops). I have a lot of feelings about them that will be under the cut, but I have been also rating/reviewing them on my goodreads profile so feel free to check that out if you want.

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