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Yesterday we went to see the Harp Twins perform in St. Louis.  They play rock music on acoustic concert harps and smaller electric harps.  They are exiting in person!  Among my favorites: "Stairway to Heaven," "Carry On, My Wayward Son," "One," and "The Imperial March."  (I imagine Darth Vader is spinning in his grave over having his scary music played by hot chicks on electric harps.)

We have the first two albums, and bought the second two, plus a couple of t-shirts.  Their stuff is available online too.  We also found out that they've been crowdfunding the purchase of new instruments, so this counts toward us supporting crowdfunded projects.  \o/  We actually got in line before the concert, but they had to close the line to start the concert.  I suggested giving out numbers to those of us who hadn't gotten through -- we'd been standing there for 20 minutes -- which the staff did.  If this happens to you occasionally, you can write numbers on scratch paper.  More than occasionally, just buy a strip of tickets you can tear off and hand to people, it's faster.  So we were able to get our swag quickly after the show.  :D

I suggest booking these talented ladies at Worldcon some time.  They have played other conventions, they already know a bunch of fan-relevant material, and there is nothing else like them.

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This is spillover from the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "Friends in Low Places" square in my 12-1-16 card for the iPod Music Shuffle Fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem is spillover from the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] zianuray and [personal profile] mirrorofsmoke. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted the story "Connecting Family" in which Shiv is informed of the diving incident.  

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The February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl met its goal of $200, so you get a free epic.  Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I'll keep it open until at least Sunday afternoon.  If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.

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 Yes, really.  It's just not audible to humans.

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We hauled two wheelbarrows of firewood from the outdoor pile into the woodbin on the porch.  This removed all the firewood not covered by the tarp.  \o/ 

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Here's a huge list of exotic fruits. Some of them I'd love to try.

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... with the successful launch of 104 satellites from a single rocket.  That's almost three times the previous record, 37 from Russia.  Cluster rockets are fantastic tools.  \o/

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The Cherry-Picker in Chief is having a hard time keeping all his fruits in the basket.  His putz of a labor secretary nominee just withdrew.  You know, that severely anti-labor guy?  Gone.  \o/

Keep nagging.  The more humiliations heaped on the party, the easier it is to divide and conquer.  The resistance is working!

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We went out to run errands today, and scored several excellent boxes of chocolates on the cheap.  \o/

I also discovered that Big Lots has fantastic garden goods this year.  I found several things I want, and started by buying a plant tower with multiple shelves and a solar light at the top.  They also have three-part folding planters like one I already have, a new style of garden table with mesh sides that I could pop over plants to protect them from critters, and a gorgeous foil mosaic table in which the design is made on the underside of the glass so the top is smooth.  I hope the other stuff will still be there when I go back for more. 

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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?

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The following poems from the February 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," and "The Golden Peaches of Peace."  Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever poem you request.



"An Audience Worth Cooking For"
This inspired the free-verse poem "An Audience worth Cooking For." Heron and Josphine talk while making green curry.
207 lines, Buy It Now = $104

"Best Measured in Friends"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Best Measured in Friends." Nebuly is working the Renaissance Faire circuit. While he is not doing okay compared to healthy people with normal lives, he is doing better than he was and has some supportive friends.
161 lines, Buy It Now = $81

"Even If You Stumble a Little"
Your Cassandra prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Even If You Stumble a Little." Cassandra's parents track her down to harass her some more. Cassandra's friends are having none of this shit.
192 lines, Buy It Now = $96

"Everything You Are Chasing"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Everything That You Are Chasing." Calliope and Vagary go to the Tranquility Center. Vagary gets to meet one of Calliope's friends. During the counseling session, they talk about demisensuality and the importance of taking it slow.
384 lines, Buy It Now = $192

"My Girl, My Mama"
Your hair prompt inspired the poem "My Girl, My Mama." It's a look at mother-daughter bonding through hair care, an important part of African-American culture.
24 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"Shared Vulnerability"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Shared Vulnerability." Shiv and Pain's Gray talk about kinky stuff the day after their initial encounter, over delicious food. Shiv is a food-reward fellow, Pain's Gray is a cook, won't this be fun?
350 lines, Buy It Now = $175

"A Wizard's Fingerprints"
A Dreamwidth prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Wizard's Fingerprints." It reveals what Capricorn knows about the computer wizards of Terramagne ... which is a lot.
77 lines, Buy It Now = $39

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Today I trimmed grass from around the row of hedge plants along the western edge of the savanna.  I think most of them survived; certainly a couple of the red-twig dogwoods have.  Some look dead, but may be dormant.

Many of my spring flowers are already showing sprouts.  The earliest -- some snow crocus and snowbells -- were up in January.  Now I can see those, grape hyacinths, iris, and naked ladies.  Also there was a fully active housefly on the birdfeeder when I went out to feed the birds.  0_o  The mild winter will mean a buggy, weedy summer.

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 This article has many pictures of clove plants and fresh-picked cloves.  I knew they were flower buds, but did not know they were such a bright pink-and-green when fresh!

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Magpie Monday today, with a theme of "courage."  She's also interested in continuing the diving incident storyline.

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Today is still mild, so I went out for more yardening.  I've started trimming grass around last year's seedlings so I can see what survived.  This time I did the row of five short-growing trees that form the inside edge of the savanna, and it looks like all of them survived.  \o/ 

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "The Form of Every Virtue"
Self-Care Links
Poem: "Their Old Familiar Carols Play"
Poem: "To Feel Your Bare Feet"
New from Dialecticdreamer
Poem: "A Kiss of Insight"
Jackfruit
Toward Impeachment
Nevertheless, She Persisted
Poem: "Spontaneous Vacations"
Poem: "Essential for Human Survival"
Poem: "A New Truth"
Moment of Silence: Richard Hatch
Good News
Snow


The Poetry Fishbowl went well last week, and I've already posted a good handful of stuff.

Voting is currently open for the 2017 Rose & Bay Awards. These are the categories:
Art
Fiction
Poetry
Webcomic
Other Project
Patron


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Saraphina interact with new friends.  There is plenty of room to open a new epic or two for the Tuesday fishbowl.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra.  Groundhog shows Cassandra a brochure for the Kwan Yin House of Compassion.


The weather is warm and damp.  Last week it snowed, just enough to cover the ground, but only lasted for a few days.  Recently at the birdfeeder I have seen a huge flock of mourning doves, some sparrows and grackles, and several cardinals.  My father invited me to pick out things from a summer plant catalog, so I marked the "Here Lies Butch" daylily as highest priority and then a bunch of other stuff.  This could turn into a lot of fun.  :D

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Today was warm, so I went outside and cleaned off the two-hook hanger beside the barrel garden.  I took the dead morning glory vines off it, and straightened from its tilted position to upright.  A little progress. 

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This poem is spillover from the January 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] lone_cat. It also fills the "strategy" square in my 10-4-17 card for the Games and Sports Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Turq and Ansel go to the police station to plan a raid on Mr. Dipper's place, and being there makes Turq anxious. There are awkward interpersonal complications, food insecurity, hypervigilance, stage fright, references to faginy and child abuse, poor self-image, and other challenges. If these are difficult issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. Understand that this is a major plot point, so skipping it would leave a gap.

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