May 29th, 2019

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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? Is there anything your online friends could do to make your hard things a little easier?
polychrome

Unsold Poems for the May 7, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the May 7, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods. There are still verses left in the linkback poems "The Open Gyre," "Growing Green, Growing Gold," "Mysterious and Impermanent," "Greater Than the Sum," "Nascent Wisdom," "A Lively Feast," "Between the Normal and the Abnormal," "Always Carry Your Goodness," "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey," and "Gökotta."

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polychrome

Poem: "The Child Who Survived"

This poem is spillover from the November 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] torc87. It also fills the "T-shirt with words / picture / tie-dye" square in my 11-5-18 card for the Family Ties Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] fuzzyred, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] zianuray, and [personal profile] book_worm5. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It follows "The Test of Freedom," so read that one first for maximum effect.

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Wednesday Yardening

Today is warm and mostly sunny.

I fed the birds.  The indigo bunting was out, and robins are all over the new-mown grass hunting for bugs. 

Round One, I trimmed a little brush from the forest garden and planted a 'Ruby Slippers' Solomon's seal there.

EDIT 5/29/19: Round Two, I started trimming brush around the purple-and-white garden to clear space for later planting.  Several of the remaining items are intended to go there.

I have seen a male goldfinch, several mourning doves, a robin, and a brown thrasher at the feeders today.  There are also two gray catbirds.  At first I thought they were a pair, but then they started chasing each other away from the food, so maybe not.  Doug saw a bluejay while out mowing.  \o/

EDIT 5/29/19: Round Three, I trimmed more brush around the purple-and-white garden.  It is more than half done now.  I sprayed weed killer on some of the stubs to discourage regrowth of things like honeysuckle and burdock that won't pull out.
polychrome

Poem: "The Heart of Creativity"

This poem is spillover from the November 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] torc87. It also fills the "helping someone" square in my 9-5-18 card for the 1000 Words or Less Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It follows "The Test of Freedom" and "The Child Who Survived," so read those first or this one won't make much sense.

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