Emotional Intimacy Question:

Apr. 18th, 2019 12:13 am
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Folks have mentioned an interest in questions and conversations that make them think. So I've decided to offer more of those. This is the current list.

28. Let’s alternate sharing three positive characteristics of each other.

This one is awkward to do online, so I'll just list three positive characteristics of my audience.

* You're smart.  You know all these incredibly cool things and you love geeking out about them together.

* You're diverse.  You take my writing in directions I'd never find without you, and give me details that make it solid, even when the "official" sources suck.

* You're generous.  Your donations keep our household budget going.

I squish you all so much.  :D
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And/or record turning it on so I can inflict the sound on Twitter, and then link it here to inflict on everyone here as well.

*noms at the mochi ice cream thing* ...yeah, dusting that with flour was NOT tasty, however much it helped things not stick. Ew. I shall have to try to dust these off. *lets the thing thaw more*

Kid had a dr appointment. Doctor was running way late and sort of went ZOOM through the appointment, which is reasonable, and she was trying to be thorough, but not the best pace for Offspring. Still, we got through it. I have to make an appointment for the vaccination that they need.

I have a headache above my right eye and a neck-ache (I believe these are likely to be related), and this is annoying. It is at least not a caffeine withdrawal headache.

Havva Quote
I'm not sure we can set a town on fire... I mean, we can, but we shouldn't. Plus I'm not sure we can; it's raining.
--Bryn. Podcast: "Hit & Abyss, Episode 7: Deadly Secrets." (I was listening, so this may not be an exact quote.


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Wednesday Yardening

Apr. 17th, 2019 10:27 pm
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Today was sunny, mild, and blustery.  We bought more birdseed, three bags of topsoil to fill the hollow beyond the patio, and a couple bags of flowers and herbs.

A Bad Take on Going Nonverbal

Apr. 17th, 2019 01:06 pm
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(Trigger warning for mishandling of disabilities and twisted assumptions.)

While looking for something else, I stumbled across this helpy article on people who go nonverbal sometimes. It's horribly intolerant, and reminds me of when Deaf people were abused for using sign language because hearing people demanded speech from them. It just pissed me off, so I decided to kick the skeletons out of the closet.

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Hard Things

Apr. 17th, 2019 12:46 am
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do? Is there anything your online friends could do to make your hard things a little easier?
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Oops! Next week. (Tired this week, so understandable.)

I have finished editing that chunk, but I foresee there will be a third go-over at some point, because I have found illogic. There was shouting. There was, in fact, swearing. -_-

There is a lot of yelling about commas. PSA: A PARENTHESIS IS NOT A COMMA. YOU MUST USE COMMAS AS IF THE PARENTHESIS WAS NOT THERE.

I at least got probably around 8 hours of sleep, for a change.

I need to take the New Cheap Speaker out to the car. Where I should probably not leave it on-and-ready-to-be-paired all the time, because someone else might pair up with it and try to blast out rock music at some ungodly hour of the night. >_> This means I will be hearing the nice Chinese voice saying that the Bluetooth Device Is Ready For Pairing a lot, I wager.

Oh, and it's trash night. Time to go sift the litterboxen. Or maybe eat a dinner.

Havva Quote
Two-hundred pairs of eyes on you, waiting for you to frig up, and half your staff can’t tie their shoelaces yet. And if you do make a mistake? You explode. But even worse, you prove to God and everyone else that you really are a worthless fool.
--https://unsoundedupdates.tumblr.com/post/184124040419/ch14-page-28

Tuesday Yardening

Apr. 16th, 2019 05:14 pm
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Today is sunny, mild, and blustery.  I fed the birds.  I need to get more birdseed soon.

Round One, I took the clippers and cut more brush from the prairie garden. 

Round Two, I went back out and cut brush from the strip between the mowed path of the prairie garden and the treeline of the savanna.

Round Three, I cut brush from the middle of the savanna.  I still need to do the edge near the north field and the berry patch.  It's getting dark, though, so I'm done for tonight.

Bird Murdering a Plant

Apr. 16th, 2019 03:34 pm
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I just watched a bird murder a plant.  There's a brown thrasher out in the forest garden.  I saw it vigorously digging with feet and beak.  Then it ripped a small plant out of the ground, and proceeded to tear into that thing like it was the spawn of Satan.  Full-on hammer blows with beak, raking claw strikes, slamming the plant against the tree trunk and shaking it until pieces flew off.  I have no idea why.  I don't know if the plant was a weed or a flower.  There probably isn't enough left to tell.  0_o 

Maybe the plant was really an invader from space that just got obliterated by a random Earthling.

EDIT 4/16/19 -- Closer examination revealed the victim to be a crocus.  I still don't know why the thrasher felt that a crocus needed to die such a horrible death.
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] librarygeek, there are 9 new verses in "A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life."  Pretty Ears and Kenzie talk about his current limitations.

Poem: "Becoming, Evolving, Ascending"

Apr. 16th, 2019 02:58 am
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This poem is spillover from the September 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fill the "helping a stranger" square in my 9-1-18 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek in memory of the fires today at BOTH Notre Dame Cathedral and Al-Aqsa Mosque. What is remembered, lives. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics and follows "In the Light of Creative Altruism."

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This poem is spillover from the August 7, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Jessica on Dreamwidth. It also fill the "errand" square in my 8-7-18 card for the Fairy Tales Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek in memory of the fires today at BOTH Notre Dame Cathedral and Al-Aqsa Mosque. What is remembered, lives. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics. and leads into "Becoming, Evolving, Ascending."

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Poem: "The Pursuit of Happiness"

Apr. 15th, 2019 11:05 pm
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This poem came out of the March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek and [personal profile] bairnsidhe. It also fills the square "The Pursuit of Happiness" in my 9-2-18 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek in memory of the fires today at BOTH Notre Dame Cathedral and Al-Aqsa Mosque. What is remembered, lives. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem came out of the March 2019 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai and [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "mistake" square in my 2-28-19 Words and Phrases card for the Meet Ugly Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Switching STO night

Apr. 15th, 2019 07:54 pm
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I forgot till just now. Oops!

I NEED TO GET SLEEP TONIGHT. *sigh*

Got a little $10 buck Bluetooth Speaker in Target (GEMS brand), that charges via USB-to-micro-USB, and therefore I can haul it into the car. It says, when turned on, "Bluetooth Device is ready for pairing." Except it says this in an Asian accent, such that I suspect the poor woman was reading it off a syllable-sheet -- not even English-as-second (or third, etc.) language. It's a bit hard to understand (might even be a computer voice, programmed with syllables?), but I suspect I'd sound the same trying to read syllables... Or worse.

(I say Asian because I really don't know if the accent is Japanese, Chinese, or Korean, or something else. It's got a Made in China tag on it, so probably Chinese? The company is in MN. (gemsfindyours.com).

Not a bad sound from it, so pretty useful for $10. Hopefully not full of chinese malware to try to take over my phone. >_>

Havva Quote
Then, then, little fellow -- madness is the best possible response.
--http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20190415


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Poem: "After the Wave"

Apr. 15th, 2019 05:35 pm
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by a discussion with [personal profile] siliconshaman.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem deals with the aftermath of a major earthquake and tsunami.

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Notre Dame Cathedral Burning Down

Apr. 15th, 2019 03:49 pm
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The landmark cathedral of Notre Dame is on fire and massively damaged.  :( 


EDIT 4/15/19 -- Understand that it is natural to feel sad and upset over losing something big, even if it is not something you own or have visited personally.  The cultural relevance creates a connection that most people feel, whether or not they can articulate it as such.  Some resources that may prove helpful in coping with the aftermath:

Coping with Stressful Situations

Self-Care Links

Emotional First Aid

Helping an Online Friend in Difficult Times

I have not yet seen fundraising for any of the obvious things that are going to need money -- either reconstruction or site clearance, and support for people exposed to toxins such as lead released by the fire -- or other methods of direct support relating to this tragedy, so if anyone else spots those, please include a link.

Check for historic buildings near you and inquire about their fire safety status.  Many operate on a shoestring budget and may not have enough funds for things like smoke alarms, annual examination of fire extinguishers, or security to watch for problems.  Most have a donation page where you can contribute to the upkeep.  Drop them a few bucks and mark it "in memory of the Notre Dame Cathedral" or the like.

It's also a good time to check your fire alarm batteries, fire safety plan at home or at work, etc. 

Does your local fire department offer fire safety classes?  Do they have the funds to do that for free, or some kind of subsidy for people who need it but can't afford it?  Do you have skills to offer fire safety presentations yourself, even if it's just for your own area?  Those may be useful responses too.

Enjoy some pictures of the Notre Dame Cathedral.  If you have visited there, share pictures or descriptions.

Watch The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  It's a breathtaking movie in which the setting really acts like a character.  

Write, paint, or otherwise depict Notre Dame in creative works.  What is remembered, lives.


EDIT 4/16/19 -- The fire is mostly out now.  Despite massive damage to the cathedral and the loss of its spire, the towers remain standing and firefighters have declared it "saved."  Reconstruction should be possible.

EDIT 4/16/19 -- Many artists have drawn tributes to the fire of Notre Dame.  Check out the repeating motifs!  Quasimodo, tears, hearts, the red-white-blue of the French flag, and horizontal striped tops all appear in multiple images.  While disasters like this are awful, they do create a great opportunity to see cultural works about the same thing at the same time.  I hope that when the cathedral is rebuilt, it will include -- or have added nearby -- an exhibit about the fire featuring some of these passionate pictures.  For students of art, it's a valuable lesson to see how artists respond to a major cultural upheaval, and how their expression homes in on a small cluster of closely related symbols.  That offers inspiration for others to do likewise, and making art is a very healthy way of dealing with tragedy.

Monday Yardening

Apr. 15th, 2019 03:14 pm
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Today is sunny and mild.  I fed the birds.  There were grackles under the feeders.

Round One, I carried 4 buckets of mulch to put around the older privets along the street edge of the savanna. 

EDIT 4/15/19 -- Round Two, we went out and cut brush from the prairie garden.

EDIT 4/15/19 -- Round Three, I hauled 4 more buckets of mulch to the privets in the savanna.

Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

Apr. 15th, 2019 12:53 pm
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The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics is now live.  The quarter-price option for donations $100 and up is active this time.

Monday Update 4-15-19

Apr. 15th, 2019 11:55 am
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
New verses in "The Open Gyre"
Poem: "The Apprehension of Math"
Poem: "Bitter Melon"
Saturday Yardening
Grand Prairie Friends Warbler Ridge Open House
Poem: "Growing Slowly"
Community Building Tip: Book Club
My Prize
Friday Yardening
Poem: "Designing an Experience"
Poem: "If Your Actions Inspire Others"
Today's Adventures
Ubiquitous Weight Gain
Emotional Intimacy Question: Legacy
Wednesday Yardening
Good News




There will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics from Monday, April 15-Sunday, April 21.


Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics.

"Learning the Vocation" belongs to Path of the Paladins and has 33 new verses. Shahana and company play games in the common room.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie goes to Pretty Ears for counseling.


Weather here has been mild and intermittently rainy.  Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a small flock of sparrows, a small flock of mourning doves, a small flock of dark-eyed juncos, a small flock of house finches, several grackles, a pair of cardinals, a pair of brown thrashers, a robin, a red-winged blackbird, a rabbit, and a squirrel.  Currently blooming: violas, daffodils, Cornelian cherry dogwood, hyacinths, purple grape hyacinths, forsythia, violets.  I finished planting the mail-order seedlings for this season.

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But I was awake, and the offspring was awake, and if we got dressed reasonably quickly, we could go to the lunch place that's only open till 2, so...

Reader, we got to the lunch place. O:>

We then walked around outside for a moderately long time (as the weather was still good, but not so hot that we will have to go back to the gym).

I have posted a bunch of stuff from here to AO3.

Having done taxen, Spouse is watching the Sword Art Online (I think that's the title?) dubbed anime. I can hear him doing so, and the female voice is annoying me somewhat. *sigh* It feels like, often, English voice actresses are trying to hit the Japanese high-pitch genki/kawaii tones, and it really doesn't work well most of the time. (Like, Disney does good dubs...) *claws ears off*

SUBTITLES FOREVER.

I am very tired. Bed around 6am is blah.

Havva Quote
     Armageddon.
     It's the Final Battle, with the Host of Heaven against the Hordes of Hell. Michael and Baal step forward, for their fated, destined duel.
     But God stacked the deck a long, long time ago...
--https://archiveofourown.org/works/18469603/chapters/43759876


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