April 13th, 2019

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Community Building Tip: Book Club

In today's fragmented world, people can improve it by reaching out to each other. Here are some ideas for building community in your neighborhood.

Start a neighborhood book club. In my last neighborhood, we had a block book club. When you only have to walk two houses over, it is a lot easier to be able to participate. Or if that feels like too much commitment (and when your kids are young, reading an entire book each month can feel like an unattainable goal), consider something slightly different…I love this idea for an “articles club.”
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Grand Prairie Friends Warbler Ridge Open House

Today we went out to Warbler Ridge for the Grand Prairie Friends Open House. 

We took a short hike and saw some early wildflowers.  I recognized mayapple, ferns, trillium, spring beauties (in bloom), serviceberries (in bloom), and redbuds (almost ready to bloom).  One I didn't know turned out to be cutleaf toothwort.  Further research at home indicates the leaves and roots are edible.  :D

They had some interesting new educational materials.  BrandenBark is an artificial bark used to make bat roots.  Sadly the information page doesn't seem to have sale options.  :(  Here's a more detailed report of its use.  At Fieldhaven we have several standing dead snags -- we leave dead trees in place if they're not in the way.  And we definitely have bats in the area, as they are visible after a rain when the insects hatch.  One or two evenings later -- BATS BATS BATS swooping over the south lot and the prairie. \o/

I picked up some free seeds: milkweed, marigold, and two kinds of sunflowers.  Those will be fun to plant.

It's really cool to see how the place has grown.  A couple years ago they started cutting trails. They've torn down the ratty old shed and put up a nice new metal barn, along with the little old wooden one originally used for function space.  The parking lot is graveled in too.  I'm really looking forward to the native plant sale coming up.
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Saturday Yardening

Today is mild and gray, very nice for working outside.  I fed the birds.

Round One -- I planted 2 American persimmon trees in the  streetside yard.

EDIT 4/13/19 -- I planted a pink dogwood in the forest garden near the kitchen window, and a heartnut along the line that divides the savanna from the prairie.  That's the end of the last batch of mail-order seedlings.  \o/

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Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

The April 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl made its $300 goal, so there will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics from Monday, April 15-Sunday, April 21.  Please mark your calendars accordingly, and I hope to see you then.  Our household finances are a bit scrambled this month and won't clear up until early May.  :/ 
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Poem: "Bitter Melon"

Based on an audience poll, this is the free epic for the April 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. It came out of the March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ravan asking for a square from my 2-28-19 Situations card for the Meet Ugly Bingo fest: "You were shopping and mistook me for someone who works in this store. I decide to mess with you instead of telling the truth." This poem belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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