November 28th, 2017

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Cross Puzzle

Doug received a beautiful 4-5-6 cross puzzle as a gift.  As you can see in these pictures, it has 4 wooden bars going vertically, 5 going left to right, and six going front to back.

Unfortunately, it did not come with instructions.  Doug is quite good at working puzzles, but this one makes a terrific sculpture, so he's hesitant to take it apart for fear of not being able to get it back together again.  I tried looking it up online but could not find anything similar.

Does anyone know an official name for this thing, and preferably, where we could find the instructions for it?

EDIT 11/28/17: Doug finally found it as a Lumberjack 3D Puzzle, and here is the solution.  \o/

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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, December 5

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Hearth and Home." I'll be soliciting ideas for homemakers, couples or moresomes, odd couples, zucchini, construction workers, chimney sweeps, hosts and guests, people who work from home, outcasts, the homeless, beat partners, other work relationships, building houses, installing woodstoves or fireplaces, setting up fire circles or other outdoor hearths, building fires, cooking, crafting, grandmothering, creating your own job, facing thresholds, belonging, learning what you can do, discovering new relationships, learning what 'normal' is, woodstoves, fireplaces, fire circles, summer kitchens, outdoor brick ovens/grills, other places where fires are built, housing design, houses, apartments, vardos and other traveling residences, other types of home, neighborhoods, lairs, alien residences, fireplace tools, firewood or other fuels, household supplies, work ethic, housework, equality and inequality, emotional labor at home and at work, self-discovery, self-awareness, erasure, alienation, rejection, personal space, privacy, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Growing Green, Growing Gold" (9 verses, standalone). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

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Poem: "Dynamic Balancing Acts"

This poem came out of the November 21, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "stars" square in my 10-31-17 Space card for the Space and Time Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series Feathered Nests, which you can explore via my Serial Poetry page.

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Poem: "The Touch of a Friendly Hand"

This poem is spillover from the November 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] lone_cat. It also fills the "huddle for warmth" square in my 7-1-16 card for the [community profile] trope_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 touchy topics.  Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers.  It includes time-sensitive pressure to do things that Turq isn't ready for yet, stress, social awkwardness, sharing a bed (platonically) for the first time, unaddressed issues caused by adding another person to a previously stable couple, temporarily treating a furry person as a nonperson, snappish behavior, sudden nudity, misunderstandings, hurt feelings, partial reconciliation, and other challenges.  It's more fluff than angst, though.  If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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