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May 14th, 2019 - The Wordsmith's Forge
The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Magpie Monday with a theme of "Strength when it's needed."  Leave prompts, get ficlets! 

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Here's a different look at arranged marriage than the usual perspective. Yes, some people are into this.  I've known a few.  

One of the storylines I'd like to do in T-Omaha is Chatura going through a matchmaker to find a husband.

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Today is mild and overcast.

I fed the birds.  This morning there was a male goldfinch on the hopper feeder.  I've also seen several grackles, sparrows, mourning doves, and a pair of brown thrashers.

Round one, we walked around the prairie garden deciding what paths and other parts to mow.  Then I cut brush from around where the mower used to rest, raked the bare patch of dirt there, and threw grass seed over it.

A previous patch near the telephone pole has the clover sprouting, but not the grass yet.  The first patch near the patio has quite a bit of new grass.  Some that I planted last year has taken hold in other places.  \o/ 

EDIT 5/14/19: Round Two, I planted milkweed, zinnia, and sunflower seeds in part of the prairie garden that was just mowed.

EDIT 5/14/19: Round Three, I pulled weeds, raked, and then sowed grass seed in a patch by the forest garden, trying to shrink the weedy area there.

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This poem came out of the May 7, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] bairnsidhe, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] iamnotgod, and [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron. It also fills the "Four of Stones - Protection" square in my 4-30-19 card for the Tarot Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] fuzzyred, [personal profile] mashfanficchick, [personal profile] redsixwing[personal profile] bairnsidhe, and [personal profile] kyleri. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, after "The Reality of Cruelty."

Warning: This poem continues the aftermath of a raid on a mad science compound, with references to assorted past trauma, but this is mostly the comfort part now.

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Here are some very interesting watercolors inspired by black women's hair.

While mine is not black, it is loosely nappy, and I can really relate to the descriptions of hair as a galaxy, a cloud, a wild and lively thing unto itself.  Mine can tie and untie knots, pick things up and throw them, break confinements.  I imagine it is all the more so for people whose hair is even nappier.

Some things aren't really meant to be tamed.

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This essay talks about hopping trains as a way to escape from depression.  It touches on the idea that sometimes, problems are so deeply circumstantial -- even if they are not obvious -- that radically changing the environment can lessen or even relieve them. 

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Here are the notes for "Comfort Always."

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