Character notes for "Come Together to Learn and Create"

Here is Part 2: Patina Park of the character notes for "Come Together to Learn and Create." There are so many character sheets, and some are long, so I'm dividing them by housing cluster. (See Part 1 Sunset Green. and Part 3 Linsey Corner.)

Patina Park
* mosaic paver
* stained glass artist
* metalworker
* ceramic artist
* painters (2+)

Gentle Life is an organization for people with PTSD or similar situations who want to treat their condition with lifestyle changes. It works very well for those who want a peaceful place to concentrate on healing, although not so much for those who keep wishing they could get back to their old activity level. Gentle Life mostly features farms and artistic communities far out in rural areas, although they have some cohousing locations for suburban or urban dwellers. They concentrate on building a support network in the community and making happy new memories. Art therapy, music therapy, organic farming and cooking are typical offerings. Some of the farms also work with abused animals or do other animal-assisted therapy.  Patina Park, Tranquil Table, and Todos Santos are among the Gentle Life communities.

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Review: Eat at Naf Naf

The other day, I spotted a Naf Naf restaurant in Champaign, which turned out to be a Middle Eastern grill. Yesterday Doug spotted another in Greenup of all places, so we went back to that one today. See a locator page to search for one in your area. So far they're mostly in the Midwest with a few farther east. It is absolutely worth your while to watch for if you are in range. Helpfully, the logo has a camel on it, which is distinctive and easy to spot.

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Poem: "Come Together to Learn and Create"

This poem is spillover from the December 1, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] bairnsidhe, [personal profile] mama_kestrel, and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "Baking / Cooking" square in my 12-1-20 card for the Winter Fest Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] fuzzyred, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] bairnsidhe, [personal profile] erulisse, and [personal profile] edorfaus. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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How to Starve Capitalism to Death

People have talked about how much they hate capitalism and want to destroy it. Okay, I get that capitalism is toxic; see "The Green Frog Skin" story. I'm also aware that all the bad things communists predicted about capitalism came true, just all the bad things capitalists predicted about communism came true. (They all would've done better to listen to each other and fix the flaws, but none of them were having any of that.) However, destroying capitalism is risky business.

I favor walking away and creating alternatives. Turn on, tune in, drop out! It is not necessarily required to destroy capitalism. It does a lot of that to itself. Use everything from communes to co-ops to swaps and giveaways to take energy away from capitalism. Starve it to death until it is weak enough to drown in a bathtub.

Mostly capitalism relies on making people want things. There is a very limited amount that it can force people to buy before either they revolt or they simply don't have the money to pay up no matter how much they are hurt for not having it. So it can pretty much be starved to death. Here are some ways ...

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