August 2nd, 2017

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Hard Things

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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Poetry Fishbowl Update

Okay, I just got two donations and I'm already juggling a bunch of other stuff.

Yesterday's prompter copies are out. If you didn't get yours, ping me, it's missing in action.  That was this morning's work.

I have two obligatory poems left to write, one probably sub-epic, one probably mega-epic.  I will get these written when I can.

The donations cover "Passage Rites, and Rights of Passage", "The Fool at the Threshold", "Shopping for Privileges", "All a Man Can Do", and possibly part of "A Series of Transitions" from [personal profile] daisiesrockalot and part of "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  I'll have to sort out exactly details presently.  In any case, we're full on microfunded epics for now.  I will get these posted when I can.

EDIT 8/2/17: [personal profile] janetmiles has sponsored "Approaching the Faery Ring" and "Humanwatching."

EDIT  8/3/17:  Poems slated for my parents:  "The Four Gates,"  "A Series of Transitions," and "Find Yourself in the Garden."

Thank you for your patience.
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Wednesday Yardening

Today is warm and muggy, although not as hot as it has been earlier.  We hauled three huge piles of grass.  

Sweat bees are out in force.  :P  AAAAAAA stop licking meeeee!  O_O  Yes, I was wearing repellent.  No, it didn't help.

The faery ring is still going strong.  Biggest mushroom has opened its cap and has a long skirt flapping in the breeze.  Literally. That thing looks like Marilyn Monroe standing on the fan grate.  :D

Butterflies everywhere today.  Monarchs, including a mating pair.  Painted ladies.  Cabbage whites.  One that's either a black-phase tiger swallowtail or a mourning cloak, couldn't tell from a distance.

My naked lady lilies are blooming.  \o/  
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Poem: "Passage Rites and Rights of Passage"

This came out of the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "acceptance" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the Blueshift Troupers project.

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Poem: "The Fool at the Threshold"

This poem came out of the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "meditation" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot.


"The Fool at the Threshold"


It's right there at the beginning
of the quest that is to come:

the Fool is the first card of the Tarot,
dancing fearlessly-ignorantly
at the edge of the cliff.

The white dog of motivation
yips close at his heels,
urging him onward.

To take up the Tarot cards is
to take your own fate in your hands,

and to meditate upon the first
is to begin the Fool's journey.

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Notes:

The Fool is the first card in the Tarot.  He is accompanied by the white dog of motivation.

Meditation is one way of learning how to read Tarot cards.  Understand that when you interact with a card, its energy tends to manifest in your life, both the positive and the negative.  If you're not prepared to handle it, the results can be upsetting, which causes some people to think that Tarot is dangerous.  So is a bicycle if you don't know what you're doing.  A very good piece of advice is to study the cards, at least the Major Arcana, one at a time, preferably one a week but you can go as fast as one a day if you think you can handle that ride.  If you're still interested, then follow the steps and explore an exercise in Tarot.