Nerdy, Wordy, and Over Thirty

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Ariel Birdoff is a writer, editor, organizer, librarian, blogger, and devout Hufflepuff. She is currently living the dream as an Outreach Librarian at the New York Public Library's MyLibraryNYC program. Ariel also freelances as an editor, proofreader, and organizer. When she is not busy working, she can be found making things out of yarn, binge watching nerdy television, reading copious amounts of YA literature, or referring to herself in the third person.

Besides Nerdy, Wordy, and Over Thirty, Ariel writes for several other blogs:

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Happy Pride Nation Wide!

In the wake of all the crap that can sometimes be the United States, today I can say that I am DAMN proud to be an American. You guys, I think we did something right! The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in favor of love and marriage for all its citizens. 

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy delivered the majority opinion with heartfelt words:
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
As well it should. I am amazed it took us this long to get here, but I am so glad we finally made it. 

Before I leave (to go find rainbow things to wear and then go dance in the streets), I want to remember a night not too long ago, when my state (New York) legalized same-sex marriage.  When I heard the wonderful news that night, I began to cry: big, happy tears. A few of the people that I was with asked me why I was so happy. "Are  you gay?" they wondered. As if, only someone who was gay should be this happy about a couple's right to marriage. I responded to their asinine question with a glare, and continued celebrating. What I now realize I should have said, when they asked me if the reason I was so happy was because I was gay, my response should have been: "It doesn't matter. I'm human."

LGBT rights are not solely an LGBT issue. These rights, as with ALL civil rights, are HUMAN rights. The oppressed should never stand alone. Stand for yourself. Stand with others. Stand for the citizens of the world who have a right to be themselves safely and happily. 

"If I am not for me, who will be?
If I am only for me, who am I?
If not now, when?"
-Rabbi Hillel 
 

Master of My Own Domain

Well, Internet, I purchased my own domain. All the recent shenanigans of the wrong (or perhaps right) people getting a hold of other people's domains, have inspired me to purchase my own. Behold: www.arielbirdoff.com. Isn't she beautiful?

It's Been a While, Internet

Hi there! Remember me? Got laid off in June? Is a giant nerd?

Yep. That's me.

So anyway, a lot has happened since I reminisced about Deathly Hallows back in July. Since things have been kind of hectic, I guess I could sum up the last six months in three easy bullets:

Seven Years Since Book Seven

Today marks seven years since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I remember sitting and reading, silently crying as I mourned the loss of my favorite characters, as well as the closing of the most magical story I had ever read. But even though the books are over, the gifts that Jo Rowling gave to me are still coming. Harry Potter changed my life. I have friends that I call my family.

I have The Group That Shall Not Be Named to fill my calendar with the most awesome events every month, I have Kelly Zepha Owen and her wonderful family who are so dear to me, it's as if we were blood, I have Adam Rothstein, my partner in all things... and while we didn't meet at a convention, pretty much the only reason we made it past round one of Jewish Speed Dating is because he mentioned the two words that touched my heart (Harry Potter), and I have everyone else in this wonderful fandom family. I am so grateful for all of you. You are all a gift to me every day.

And let's face it. It's been seven years since the end of an era... but the wonderful thing about books is that you can start all over again.