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May 11th, 2019 - The Wordsmith's Forge
The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
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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.

Address concerns or issues directly with your neighbor. Don’t let a problem fester and escalate. And, don’t immediately call to report a problem to the city without first trying to work it out with your neighbor directly.

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Here's an essay about speaking to the future. It's a much shorter piece, but contains many of the same examples, than the book Deep Time. If you like the essay, read the book.

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I use the demographic dotmap of America for various purposes.  Today I stumbled across this article explaining that you can find all the correctional facilities just by looking for the green blobs that represent black people.  The discrimination is that sharp.  Prisons are where America keeps its African livestock these days.  (If you don't think they're livestock: remember they're in cages, may be worked for little or no pay, and many prisons are now run for profit.)  So that's fucked up.

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Here's a discussion of the common writing workshop methodology. In a class, one person's work is discussed by other people, and the author is not allowed to participate. This makes it nearly useless. Even if people are being gentle -- which is rare -- there's no way to steer them or refine the interaction. You can't tell them "I need help with characterization, not plot." You can't agree with something that obviously needs fixing, so they argue about it for 20 minutes. Most of it wastes everyone's time. This is not how people normally interact, and because of that, it's inefficient and minimally effective.

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We went up to the Native Plant Sale in Urbana today.  It was nearly a bust.  Two hours before closing, almost everything was gone.  I did get a flat of plants from Grand Prairie Friends, just not as much variety as usual.  Plus one Solomon's seal, one bellwort, and one yellow violet from the lady selling woodland flowers. The last of the herbs were marked down to $1/pot though, so that was a great bargain -- I got another flat of those.  

For lunch we stopped at Maize, their new full-size restaurant.  We split a queso fundido appetizer, which is basically a skillet of melted cheese with stuff in it, zucchini blossoms and mushrooms in this case.  I got a chicken soft taco -- in which the cheese had been similarly skilletted and then scraped onto the tortilla before adding the chicken.  *drool, slobber*  Used to be they just put grated cheese on top like everyone else. But what I used to do was put some of the fundido cheese on my taco, and now I don't have to, it just comes that way.  :D

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This poem is spillover from the May 7, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills the "Ten of Bows - Responsibility" square in my 4-30-19 card for the Tarot Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony and Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It comes after "Comfort Always." You need to read the raid storyline starting with "When You Strike and Overcome Him" for this to make sense.

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The tally for the May Poetry Fishbowl will close Sunday night, so if you're still shopping, please do that before then.

EDIT 5/13/19: "Comfort Always" is fully funded, pending arrival of the donation.
[Unknown LJ tag] is seeking cosponsors for "Comfort Always."  An update on that would be helpful.  If it doesn't raise the whole amount, a slot is available to open it for microfunding

"Where Your Powers Live" and "As Guardians of That Legacy" have been sponsored and posted.

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This poem is spillover from the May 7, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] erulisse, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, and [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron. It also fills the "15 - The Guardian" square in my 4-30-19 card for the Tarot bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. Read "Where Your Powers Live" before this one.

Warning: This poem includes some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features the aftermath of trauma, choice paralysis, deadbeat grandfathers, reference to the messy past with American soldiers making war babies, abandonment issues, reference to past adultery, adoption, family dynamics, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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