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 [personal profile] siliconshaman tipped me to this report about humpback whales forming superpods.  He's already working on a story about it.  :D

I figure, in Terramagne, they're either discussing "Should we all move to the Maldives?" or "That really romantic bay in Japan has stopped murdering everyone who goes there.  Who wants to go on a mating trip?"

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Today I planted three Here Lies Butch daylilies beside the patio where the herb gardens are, and mulched around them.

Weather is warm but very blustery.

There are still two white eggs in the mourning dove nest by the kitchen window.

The barrel garden has a purple hyacinth budding beneath it.  The first of the purple grape hyacinths have opened near the patio.  Daffodils are budding in the inner ring around the maple tree, and a purple crocus is blooming there.  I saw the first blue-and-white violet blooming today. 

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The newsletter from Trails for Illinois encourages forwarding. So here is some nature and pathfinding news from my area.

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I didn't find time to post this on Wednesday. I planted three irises in the wagonwheel garden.

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This poem came out of the March 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. It also fills the "money" square in my 12-1-16 card for the iPod Shuffle Music Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Cuoio & Chiara thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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New studies indicate that Earth may make its own water deep below the surface.  Just in case Gaia wasn't awesome enough already.

As a Pagan scholar, this makes me think about goddesses who created life by themselves, without assistance from a god. Parthenogenetic life formation relates closely to a shift from celestial water to cthonic water.  Alternatively, one might argue that either underworld gods are more life-oriented than formerly thought, or we should really be looking for cthonic goddesses.  On the third hoof, this raises interesting points regarding those underworld deities who are hermaphroditic. This could make for some fascinating ritual inspiration.

Discuss. 

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Someone finally got around to fielding a study which indicates that milkweed is necessary but not sufficient for monarch butterfly survival.   Other factors contribute to their steep decline.  Sure, you can grow milkweed, that's a great thing to do.  But don't think it will "save the butterflies."  It just slows the loss a little.  Other factors lie outside what humans are willing to change, such as pesticides; or able to change, such as climate change.  Even on a national scale, responses are limited, because monarchs have transnational migration routes.  Serious conservation efforts would require collaboration between America and Mexico, which seems unlikely.

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Thanks to a donation from Anthony & Shirley Barrette, "The Whip of His Own Remorse" is now complete.  Read about Stylet's crushing discovery of what his precious berettaflies have been up to.

This unlocks the next poem in the Berettaflies thread, "The Inner Transition," which can be posted as soon as it gets sponsored.  That will feature Stylet approaching Valor's Widow.

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls and fills the "I'm on Fire" square in my 2-1-17 Love Songs card for the Valentines Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains intense material that many readers may find disturbing. It also contains a hefty serving of poetic justice. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is mad science, Carl Bernhardt is always a warning, graphic description of medical torture and experimentation on sapient people, centaurs produced by mad science, a distorted response that could be learned helplessness or Stockholm syndrome, references to sapient trafficking and sexual exploitation, graphic description of injuries, messy medical details, unethical employees, and other challenges. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read. It does advance the plot a bit, but a lot of the general trajectory is already established, so it's only a minor gap if you choose to skip this one.

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This poem came out of the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "Rosa Parks Day -- December 1" square in my 7-1-15 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

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This poem came out of the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rowyn. It also fills the "mystery to investigate" square in my 6-10-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

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The following poems from the March 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poems "Testing the Metal," "Dangerous Refuges," "The Marble and the Sculptor," "Picking Up the Litter," "The Golden Peaches of Peace," and "Leaves Upon the Water."  Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever poem you request.



"A Dangerous Thing with Style"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Dangerous Thing with Style." Salvo has a surprise for Cuoio and Chiara, taking them out to the boardwalk.
155 lines, Buy It Now = $78

"I've made some plans for today,"
Salvo said to Cuoio and Chiara
over breakfast one morning.

Cuoio leaned back, surprised.
His bodyguard rarely took the lead
with such enthusiasm, but seemed
quite excited about this. "Do tell?"

"The Inner Transition"
Continuing along the Berettaflies line, I wrote the free-verse poem "The Inner Transition." Valor's Widow is surprised when Stylet comes to her and surrenders. He is not in great shape, either.
684 lines, Buy It Now = $342
[Available for posting after "The Whip of His Own Remorse" has been sponsored and published.]

Valor's Widow sat in the living room
of little lakeside cottage that she had
rented in Easy City, listening to the sound
of rain on boardwalk and wind in the rushes.

Balancing her tablet on her knee, she collated
today's notes on the berettaflies case.

"Pebbles in the Path"
"Pebbles in the Path" is a free-verse poem about Jules and Mariset getting a private lesson in rescue work.
270 lines, Buy It Now = $135

When Sandy and Danys pulled
into the driveway of Sandy's cottage,
the teenagers had already recovered
from their slump and bounced out
of the car like two tennis balls.

"The Quick Brown Fox"
A backchannel prompt from my_partner_doug inspired the free-verse poem "The Quick Brown Fox." Not all therapy animals are formal ones.
41 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Reveal to the Universe"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Reveal to the Universe." Steel and Gladhammer want tool hands. Moderato throws a fit.
327 lines, Buy It Now = $164

Aquariana was working on the Bilimbi
when Steel abruptly thrust into her mind
and said, I need your help. Moderato
is not being rational about this.

"About what?" she asked,
straightening up to look
around the Malé harbor.

"To Appreciate Small Victories"
Your Shiv prompt inspired the free-verse poem "To Appreciate Small Victories." Dr. G brings a show soup to a group therapy session, and not everyone behaves.
537 lines, Buy It Now = $269

After Dr. G had completed
an art therapy session with Shiv,
he headed for the group therapy room.

Mr. Hatrack had already set up by the door
with his chair and table full of handouts
for the inmates. Today's batch covered
diversity, tolerance, and respect.

"A Tornado of Thought"
Your prompt about Calliope and Vagary inspired the free-verse poem "A Tornado of Thought." A therapy session is interrupted by the weather.
401 lines, Buy It Now = $201

Calliope had noticed a pattern
forming in their therapy sessions.

As soon as Mr. Gallagar asked
how things were going for them,
Vagary would launch himself into
an enthusiastic description of
the classes or support groups
he had been frequenting.

"The Willingness to Surrender Ideas"
Third in the Berettaflies triptych about Stylet's surrender is "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas." Valor's Widow takes Stylet to the police station for the first round of negotiation.
821 lines, Buy It Now = $411
[Available for posting after "The Whip of His Own Remorse" and "The Inner Transition" have been sponsored and published.]

In the morning, Valor's Widow
informed the New Orleans police
and SPOON that she had Stylet
in custody and would bring him
to the police department.

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This is the linkback poem from the March 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was originally hosted by Dialecticdreamer. It is spillover from the December 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl, inspired by zianuray.

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Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good. It can be personal or public. We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone. It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently? Are you anticipating any more?

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Today I finished planting the last few Asiatic lilies, and mulched around the telephone pole.  Then I planted 3 Siberian irises in the wagonwheel garden. 

Apricots and plum are blooming.  So are some crocus along the driveway.  

There are still two white eggs in the mourning dove nest.

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Someone asked me about emotional first aid for adults, so here are some ideas about increasing access to that ...

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Here's a fascinating case where humans (dolls) and nonhumans (other toys) are taxed differently.  The argument was that, since the X-men are canonically not humans, but rather mutants, their action figures should be taxed as toys.  That worked, although the change was then applied to all  Marvel action figures whether mutant or not.

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Marvel action figures are now legally considered not human (toys) instead of human (dolls), which makes the tax cheaper.

Another economic factor is dolls vs. action figures.  For years it was all but impossible to market human representations to boys, because they were called dolls.  Then some genius invented the term "action figures" and it became socially acceptable for boys to play with such toys.  Calling them "dolls" could have made them unmarketable.

Personhood is different; that's another category which may be considered both psychological and legal.  Divergences between the two have ghastly results, as both Marvelverse and local history have indicated.  Psychological personhood is sapience -- the presence of an intelligent mind, or soul if you prefer.  It's often thought of as pigeonholes, but in practice, is more of a spectrum, which is very awkward.  Legal personhood is supposed to match, but often does not.  Slaves weren't legal persons, for example, despite being quintessentially the same as free humans.  Marvel has very patchy standards regarding mutants; sometimes they are treated as legal persons, but very often they are not.  The most salient character who consistently objects this is ... Magneto.  Well, that's a bit embarrassing, isn't it?  

From an anthropological perspective, of course, the concept is much broader: a doll is any effigy of a creature, human or something else, played with or otherwise handled in a representational way.  It doesn't have to look  representational, though: if a child picks up a stick and declares it to be a baby, that counts as a doll.

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This poem is spillover from the March 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt  from siliconshaman.  It also fills the "Truth" square in my 12-1-16 card for the iPod Shuffle Music Bingo fest.  This poem belongs to the Berettaflies thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them.  The rate is $.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.
So far sponsors include: siliconshaman, Anthony & Shirley Barrette

FULLY FUNDED
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Amount donated = $2
Verses posted = 1 of 30

Amount remaining to fund fully = $45
Amount needed to fund next verse = $1.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $.50


WARNING: This poem contains some touchy topics.  Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers.  It features gengineering, Stylet's discovery of the bug-eyed puppies, acute stress response, guilt, and other angst. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Sunday Yardening
The Personhood of Rivers
Saturday Yardening
Read "Play the Pipes, Beat the Drum" by Siliconshaman
Poem: "Spooked"
Read "What Real Courage Is"
2017 Rose & Bay Awards
Wednesday Yardening

The crowdfunding Creative Jam went well this weekend.

This week there is a half-price sale in Schrodinger's Heroes.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 2 new verses.  Aidan and Saraphina interact talk with a new teacher.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra and has 4 new verses.  Groundhog and Cassandra learn about a craft class.


Weather has been cool, but was warmer today.  Recently at the birdfeeder I have seen a flock of doves, lots of grackles, some sparrows, a pair of cardinals, and a northern flicker.  The mourning dove nest by the kitchen window has two white eggs.  Currently blooming: snowdrops, forsythia, miniature Dutch iris, crocus, daffodils, tulips, apricots, plum.

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The half-price sale for Schrodinger's Heroes will run March 20-26.  It features quantum science fiction about saving the world from alternate dimensions.  Prices run from $25 to $41.

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