April 12th, 2015

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Morning Conversation

My partner Doug is watching some thing making fun of Rand Paul, and making side comments ...


Him: "His campaign slogan is 'Release the American Dream.'  It's not the Kraken!"

Me: "That depends on which side of Manifest Destiny you're on.  To me, it fits.  I think it fits perfectly."

Him: *cracks up laughing*

Me: "People on reservations all over America are probably having this conversation."
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Walking Outside

It's a warm, breezy, overcast spring day here at Fieldhaven.  I went for a walk outside and saw ...

* Full bloom: daffodils, jonquils, giant hyacinths, grape hyacinths, forsythia, domestic apricot, domestic plum, wild violets, trillium.

* Buds: redbuds, gold currants, columbines, Manchurian apricot.

* The first few stems of asparagus are sprouting, and should be ready to start picking in a day or two.

* A bumblebee servicing the daffodils under the maple southeast of our house, heavy with pollen.  This is a strong sign of spring, as bees rarely emerge when there is still cold weather to come.

* The mourning dove nest under the porch roof is still active.  The one in the crotch of the walnut tree has fallen to predation, with a broken eggshell still in the nest.
 
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Poem: "More Anxious to Agree"

This poem is from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "conflicting obligations / oaths" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta and Antimatter/Stalwart Stan threads of the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem contains flangst and canon-typical rough stuff. Further details contain spoilers; highlight to read. There is criminal activity, crisis negotiation, gunrunners and a BASH team with actual firearms, intentional and unintentional injuries, a few messy medical bits, angsting over whose fault it was, and so forth. On the whole, however, the tone is upbeat and the outcomes pretty good -- particularly considering the amount of physical and metaphysical firepower in play. Think about what you're in the mood for before clicking through.

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The Expense of Parenting

... prevents people from becoming parents.  

Something else that caught my eye, however, is that almost 75% of women seeking abortion cite financial hardship as the primary reason.  Thus, if someone wished to reduce the number of abortions that happened, many avenues are open to reach that 75%.  Increase employment opportunities.  Raise wages.  Make health care more affordable, or better yet free at point of delivery; same for child care.  Provide paid leave for parents.  Those would be actions a caring society could take.  A caring individual could simply offer to pay expenses one-on-one, as some adoptive parents offer.  But these are all very rare tactics for organizations which purport to want a decrease in abortions.