About me, Syrbal.


Otherwise known by friends on the web as Labrys, which is the name of a ceremonial double -headed axe.  Also used as a symbol by lesbians, and I am frequently mistaken for one and sometimes called “Dyke” which makes me say “Oh, thank you.” even though I am in a committed (if troubled now blissfully working-it-out 35+ years) hetero marriage.  I use the backwards spelling now and then for variation….so hey, variable! I have opinions on damn near everything and likely will post several times per day, so if I don’t hit a button at first read? The internal weather, it is a-changing.
(Also, the other “dramatis personae” in my life.)

I have limits and comments or statements like the following get you excised from my life like cancer:

“The only choice women have about getting pregnant is to cross their f’ing legs.”

“Those LGBT people have the same rights as everyone else already.”

Make any sort of “Hrrrumph” sound at the mention of “Black Lives Matter” in my presence – go ahead, I double dog dare you.  

“Crying rape is just ‘buyer’s remorse’ anyway.”

“Obama isn’t even American.” (‘Course they mean, really, he is the wrong COLOR of American)

“Oh, she is just PLAYING victim.”

“What are those veterans bitching about; it IS a volunteer Army, they weren’t drafted after all.”

I could go on and on, but I think that gives you sufficient idea of what lights my fuse.

I served in the US Army as a Russian linguist and analyst, and yes, my language skills have gone to hell….it’s been that long.  After all, I was one of the last of the WACs!

I was born in Kansas, no, I no longer live there and Auntie Em can keep the dog, thanks. I am, however, no longer very fond of the Emerald City, either.  (nickname of Seattle, WA.) I prefer Portland or little Olympia — our state capital.

I’ve been forced to join the Mormon Church as a child, I escaped to the Catholic Church on my own; and then left them, too, when a Pope declared his decree more valid than human conscience.  Now, I wonder as I wander the metaphysical wilds as a solitary hermit armed with Occam’s Razor.

Among my heroes: Doris Lessing, Georgia O’Keeffe, Olive Schreiner, Isak Dineson, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln

I like to read. I like non-fiction in the form of history, philosophy, and I like science fiction of the social sort more than the physics geek sort.

I have favorite profanities.  I may show you them, do not be shocked.

I keep that Labyrinth there at the right…it is made of stone beneath those luminarias. It is dedicated to the men and women falling in the current pair of wars.

Just because I call myself a feminist, it doesn’t mean I don’t consider myself a humanist FIRST; nor does it mean I won’t point and laugh if other feminists indulge in victimhood, semantics, and other useless wastes of time instead of giving a REAL damn about female lives. Just because I call myself a Liberal doesn’t mean I won’t clock you with a liter sized glass bottle full of sand if you startle me in the dark.  You’ve been warned!


20 thoughts on “About me, Syrbal.

  1. Penny Foreman says:

    Hey woman!
    I no longer have a phone number for you. I got lost the last time I upgraded my cell.
    How how you dear friend.

    Tommy Jean now works in the marketing division of Zodiac Aerospace. They bought a house in Kent a few years ago.

    I have missed you greatly.

    Vis, the bunny slayer

  2. I must admit to a moment of squee-filled delight when I first saw the luminarias in the background — reminds me of some of the beautiful moments from my younger years. Then I read why they were there, and I think the emotion became something between gratitude and ache.

    Also raised by Mormons, myself, only got out of that mess about 5 years ago!

    So far reading through your most recent posts I think I like you (or at least your mind and wit and tongue) a whole lot.

    And… I don’t know why, but I could have sworn that

    I may show you them, do not be shocked.

    was a quotation from… something, somewhere. Perhaps it just seems fitting and right? shrug!

    • I think the phrase was used somewhere…possibly several somewheres, simply not necessarily regarding profanity, lol. I was not precisely raised Mormon, I was a parentally enforced convert…for a couple years. But interestingly, the local Mormon ‘elders’ on mission must have made their version of a hobo’s “don’t even bother” mark on my gate — they don’t even try any more.

      • Sometimes you just get lucky that way… or the folks around start to realize that they reach the same outcome by taking the same steps, and move on to other experiential testing?

      • Oh, I am not sure. I’ve been modeling experimental behaviors for a long time, and there just isn’t much of a conga line forming! Damn it.

      • Multiple guess:

        A. They don’t hear the music, ask they think you’re just crazy
        B. Their dance looks different to them so they don’t recognize it’s the conga
        C. They’re standing back and watching in amazement at your incredible ability to shake your ass
        D. They think it might be nice to join the dance but they’re too nervous to be seen in a conga line by their peers
        E. They all left the party ages ago and don’t even know you’re showing them the moves
        Or F. Some combination of the above.

        Maybe? It could happen!

      • :::sigh::: Nice metaphor extension — were you a skater you’d be heading for the medal platform. On this cold rainy morning with icy patios awaiting me, my ass feels too old to shake!

  3. I loved your “about” page. You are a cool character, tats and all. I see you have some nice back muscles, too! 😉 We’re in sync about a lot of things.

  4. Peter says:

    Hi Syrbal,
    thanks for your blog. I happened upon it by way of badattitudes. People like you shaped my mental image of the “good American” as a kid. It has changed a lot meanwhile, unfortunately.

  5. LanceThruster says:

    Interesting back story. I never used to read the “About” links till my friend Deborah at “Kids Without Religion” – http://raisingkidswithoutreligion.net/ – said that was her favorite part.

    Linked your excellent “Pro-Life, My Left Tit!” piece there – http://raisingkidswithoutreligion.net/2013/06/24/recommended-pages/#comment-10098

    Happy Trails, Syrbal/Labrys!

    • syrbal says:

      Thank you for the linkage. I think calling bullshit on the alleged religious uprightness of the pro-fetus crowd is one of the most important things in the world right now. If the children and mothers walking the planet right NOW are not worth a warm thought to these piss-down-your-back types; it needs sunlight bleaching their bones before they enforce more births through religious propaganda.

  6. Ravemore says:

    I love reading your blog. You raise interesting issues and tend to make me think of things I normally would not. I have nominated you for the Liebster Award via my Ravemore’s Notes blog… http://ravemore.wordpress.com/ 🙂

    • syrbal says:

      Oh, that is very kind of you. Thank you. I hope you can make it thru my newest very, very long post. It is not nearly so slender as the New Moon.

  7. I can read nothing in the gray area to the right. I don’t even see a place to follow.

    • syrbal says:

      The place to follow is up at the very top of the page, usually….above the title. As far as not being able to read the blogroll, I have no answers for you, perhaps your browser doesn’t work well with this format.

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The name of this blog, and my Dreamwidth blog, Herlander Refugee, is taken from a 1915 feminist novel "Herland". It makes my heart sing that modern women are experimenting with creation of a new "Herland"! Yes, comments are closed. Anyone who just MUST reach me can do so at syrbal6 at gmail dot com.

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