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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?

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Reflections" in which Bennett talks to someone about domestic violence.  Things are rarely as simple as they seem.

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 See some cool trains.

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This week, the poetry of The Moon Door is on sale for half price.  The sale runs from Monday, September 19 through Sunday, September 25.  This series is fantasy about the members of a women's chronic pain support group, some of whom decide to trade their current conditions for lycanthropy.  It features themes of werewolves, women's relationships, disability, endurance, diversity, family of choice, and friendship.  Sale prices range from $34.50 to $80.50.  There are three epics in microfunding at present, so I'd rather not open another.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Multifunction Chips
The Rope Trick
Police Brutality
How to Build Community
Good News
New verses in "Bearers of Witness with Justice"
Wednesday Yardening
Epic Domino Spiral


There is a half-price sale in The Moon Door this week.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"Holding Hope and Love" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Cheersquad gives Zima some ideas for helping Lakia.  "A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Saraphina wrap up in the Wood Room.  "Bearers of Witness with Justice" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 36 new verses.  There is more whinging from the Japanese whalers and no sympathy from anyone.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Unicorns on Parade" "Spruce Deer" "Wandering the Heights" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Winterheart" (parts 2-3), "Stinging Like Nettles"  "Off the Clock" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board: "Ghost Bat" (nonfiction). Drafted: "Like Ash Before the Wind," "From Dark to Bright," "The Inappropriate But Useful Disposal of Lettuce" "A Thin Red Trail" (fiction), "Changes in the Wind" (poetry), "Southern Breads" "Tangleweed Article" (articles), Jularei (character sheet).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," "Raining Kittens," "Finding the Holes," "Broken Hopes," "Brewing Beauty," "Little Paws in the Licenses" (fiction), "The Smallest Invaders," "Raising the Future" "Beach Pies" "Unsolid Ground" "Riding from the Rescue" "To Ride Death" (poetry), "Rammer" (nonfiction).  Currently writing: "Catch of the Day," "A Cold Clear Night" (fiction).


The weather has been variable with some rain.  Currently blooming: petunias, marigolds, million bells, moss rose, pansies, echinacea, morning glories, chicory, compass plant.  Hazelnuts and crabapples have green fruit.  Black walnuts are dropping green balls everywhere.

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This is the linkback perk poem for the September 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by . It came out of the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from . It also fills the "vivid" square in my 4-19-16 card for the fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One. So far, 5 of 14 verses have been posted. Linkers include DW user Dialecticdreamer, technoshaman, DW user Librarygeek, and kestrels_nest.

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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has finished "Repercussions" with part 7.  Find out who's behind the bank robbery.

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Black students are more inclined to enroll in black colleges now

Amazingly, if you shit on people then they don't want to be around you and would rather be around others like themselves. Also if you refuse to allow them safe space, they will seek to create their own.  

For black folks, that means don't expect white people to protect you; take care of yourselves.  And if their goals are not yours, then don't give them your money; keep it in your own cause.

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 Possible avenue for nanotech.

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"Cut and Restored Rope" is a basic trick in stage magic, with many variations.  My partner Doug found this one, which is the best I've seen.  It's more impressive if you are already familiar with the more common presentations.

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Here's an example of police brutality. This is what terrorism looks like. It is the use of violence and fear in an effort to control people, promoted by the government. It also illuminates some problems common among police today.

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Someone asked me about resources for building community. This is a favorite topic of mine.

The most important thing is to start by identifying values. Usually individuals and groups will have some different and some common values. Begin building on common ground. Use that to lay out shared interests and goals. Then make plans to pursue those. Where these factors diverge but are compatible, individuals or groups can take responsibility for developing different projects so as to create a more diverse community. Especially, use community values to set priorities, settle conflicts, and make decisions between different possible options.

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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?

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The new monitor and mouse have been installed, so my computer is working normally now.  I'm striving to catch up with backlog.

Thanks to assorted donations, including some nice big chunks from ng_moonmoth and smaller tidbits from the general fund, there are 36 new verses in "Bearers of Witness with Justice."  See more whinging from the Japanese sailors and everyone else's thorough lack of patience with it.

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Today I planted about a dozen daffodils in the prairie garden.  These were a gift from my father, leftovers from his big bags of bulbs for naturalizing.   

My birthday present -- a big bundle of various bulbs -- has not yet arrived.  It claims to have shipped, though.

The blackberry lilies are going to seed.  A few thistle blooms remain, but mostly the thistles are clouds of fluff now.  The frost asters are blooming.  The prairie garden is all over goldenrod, taller than I am and swarming with insects.  

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This now has a Part 2 courtesy of the Magpie, which is still open for donations and signal boosts to extend the stories.  Agent Tamson and Elisabeth Finn talk about how to solve the problems at hand.  And then we find out that some supervillain somewhere has his head up a camel's ass.

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My partner Doug tipped me to this video of a domino spiral.  It is epic.  I took one look at it and thought, "How do you even firewall that?"

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, and fills the "secret allies" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It was inspired by the "Policing with Velvet Gloves" article. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and directly follows "Show a Genuine Concern" so make sure to read that one first.

Warning: This poem contains some sensitive subjects. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes emotional angst, reference to past debates over city planning, an extremely hidebound academic advisor, intense academic stress, bureaucratic bullshit, and other challenges. However, it ends with plans for positive changes to Kyle's major, so the overall effect is upbeat. Readers with past or present academic conflicts may find this poem unsettling. This is the middle of three poems about Kyle, so skipping it would leave a gap. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Based on an audience poll, there will be a half-price sale in The Moon Door from September 19-25. 

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We went out to a Krannert show today. Since we had to go out for that, we rolled in a bunch of other things ...

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