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Today's Cooking

Today I made another loaf of banana bread, this time adding 1/3 cup of honey-roasted peanut butter and using 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds instead of the black walnuts.  With luck, it will come out similar to a peanut butter, honey, and banana sandwich.

EDIT 5/6/21 -- Well, that turned out awesome.  :D  The honey-roasted peanut flavor is subtle and blends in with the banana, nothing overwhelming.

Another variation we want to try is cardamom and cashew butter.
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Poem: "A Crazy and Drunk Life"

This poem is spillover from the December 1, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter1944 and Anonymous. It also fills the "International Day of Persons with Disabilities - December 3" square in my 12-1-20 card for the Winter Fest Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek in honor of the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. It belongs to the Iron Horses thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. For the introduction of the main characters, begin with "Whatever You Do to the Animals," "Reaching Out to Rescue One Another," and "To Prevent Future Tragedies." This poem is the third in a set of four, after "Ways to Make the Pain Go Away" and "Quicker Than You Can Lower Them," followed by "Repair Just About Anything."

Warning: This poem contains intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes the aftermath of a drinking binge, needing to talk with someone, rude language, panic and anger, arguing over consent, feelings of betrayal, example of a drunk tattoo and other unfortunate experiences, reference to physical roughness, self-condemnation, violation of personal standards, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Poem: "Quicker Than You Can Lower Them"

This poem is spillover from the December 1, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter1944 and Anonymous. It also fills the "Baby It's Cold Outside" square in my 12-1-20 card for the Winter Fest Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek in honor of the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. It belongs to the Iron Horses thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. For the introduction of the main characters, begin with "Whatever You Do to the Animals," "Reaching Out to Rescue One Another," and "To Prevent Future Tragedies." This poem is the second in a set of four, after "Ways to Make the Pain Go Away" and followed by "A Crazy and Drunk Life" and "Repair Just About Anything."

Warning: This poem contains intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes a trivial hangover, panic and anger, arguing over consent, feelings of betrayal, physical roughness, self-condemnation, violation of personal standards, needing to talk with someone, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Coping Skills: TV and Movies

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 of coping skills.

6. Watch television or a movie.

If you have trouble thinking what to watch when stressed, consider making a list or keeping a shelf of EFA videos.  I prefer rewatching things I've seen before, usually lighter stuff, often animated.

Further ideas ...

63 Comforting Movies

65 Comforting TV Shows

All the episodes of The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross <3
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Poem: "The Greatest Accomplishment of a Bartender"

This poem came out of the May 4, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "feeling out of place" square in my 5-1-21 card for the Leaky Pipeline Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis.

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Call for Cosponsors

[personal profile] librarygeek has sponsored "Quicker Than You Can Lower Them" (the second in the latest batch of 4 poems about Warshirt and Spotted Deer) and hopes that someone(s) else will sponsor "Ways to Make the Pain Go Away" ($115, the first in that batch). The main connection with the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls is detailed in the previously published poem "To Prevent Future Tragedies," but the background of violence against women makes the relationship between Warshirt and Spotted Deer pretty fraught. Later on, they will also have to deal with the other rescued victims, some white, several from various reservations around Montana; I have more ideas for that, not written yet, that will build on the first (already posted) and second (in progress) sets of poems in this thread.

Ideally the four poems should be posted in order. Is anyone else interested in chipping in for "Ways to Make the Pain Go Away" so I can post "Quicker Than You can Lower Them" ...? This is the set:

(sponsored by [personal profile] fuzzyred and [personal profile] hangingbyastitch)
"Ways to Make the Pain Go Away" 12-11-20 (fishbowl spillover)
Story Date: Friday, October 2, 2015
Summary: Warshirt deals with a bad day by getting drunk. Spotted Deer takes care of him.
229 lines, Buy It Now = $115

(sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek)
"Quicker Than You Can Lower Them"
Story Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Summary: The morning after, Warshirt feels fine, until suddenly he doesn't.

(sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth[personal profile] fuzzyred[personal profile] technoshaman, and [personal profile] mama_kestrel)
"A Crazy and Drunk Life"
Story Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Summary: Upset by everything that's happened, Warshirt seeks advice from Many Tongues.
358 lines, Buy It Now = $179

"Repair Just About Anything"
Story Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Summary: Warshirt and Spotted Deer work things out.
426 lines, Buy It Now = $213
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No More Stolen Sisters

Today is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. This is a longstanding human rights issue. Many jurisdictional barriers, racism, sexism, and other problems mean little or no investigation into these crimes; they are rarely solved. It's not an accident; it is one facet of the continuing genocide. We can fight back; we are not alone. Mitakuye oyasin -- we are all related.

2021 MMIWG National Week of Action banner with red handprint

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Birdfeeding

Today is sunny, mild, and calm.

I fed the birds.  I've seen a small flock of doves, a small flock of grackles, a small flock of house finches, several sparrows, several bluejays, a robin, a lady cardinal, and a rose-breasted grosbeak.  :D

EDIT 5/5/21 -- I pulled some weeds from the septic garden.

EDIT 5/5/21 -- I pulled more weeds from the septic garden.