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June 3rd, 2019 - The Wordsmith's Forge
The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
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Visiting a filthy city can reduce lung function very fast, and it takes a week or more to recover, even for previously healthy people.

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Here is a new process for capturing carbon dioxide from the air and turning it into useful things.  If it pans out, this could be useful both in manufacture and in climate repair.

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Climate Change in the Ocean
Sunday Yardening
Flower Salad
Money vs. Space
Cottoncandy Bingo Card 6-1-19
Bingo
Co-extinction
Friday Yardening
Read "Nesting" by Dialecticdreamer
Thursday Yardening
Poetry Fishbowl Report for May 7, 2019
Emotional Intimacy Question: Strengths
Poem: "The Heart of Creativity"
Wednesday Yardening
Poem: "The Child Who Survived"
Unsold Poems for the May 7, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl
Poem: "Hyggelig"
Hard Things


There will be a Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, June 4 with a theme of "Oaths and Promises."


Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics.

"Learning the Vocation" belongs to Path of the Paladins. Shahana and company play games in the common room.

"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie and Pretty Ears talk about counseling styles.


Weather here has been mild. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a flock of mourning doves, a small flock of sparrows, a few grackles, a pair of house finches, a pair of goldfinches, a pair of cardinals, two robins, two gray catbirds, a brown thrasher, an indigo bunting, and two rabbits. Currently blooming: violas, violets, honeysuckle, petunias, pinks, marigolds, alliums, chives, lantana, torenia, million bells, moss rose, firecracker plant, salvia, and a bunch of other things.  I've finished planting everything from the garden center except the tree.  Mulberries are ripe. Cherries and raspberries have green fruit. Blackberries are blooming.

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... exceed "safe" levels, sometimes by 300 times.

I'm more worried about smuggling ordnance to the enemy.  The more sublethal exposure bacteria get, the faster they learn to beat the antibiotics, and we are running out of things that still work.

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 ... is increasing in frequency and severity due to climate change.  Basically, everything is getting more extreme and less moderate.  This not only increases danger and damage, it worsens drought because all the water comes at once and runs off instead of soaking in slowly and staying.  To cope with this, people need to build water-handling systems that can contain massive amounts of water and route it to places where it can be stored safely for later use.


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Today is mild and hazy.

Round One, I fed birds.  Then I picked the first of the mulberries.  Only one tree is really ripe so far.  

Some fluffy pink thing is blooming in the border between the south lot and the forest yard.

Round Two, I trimmed weeds around the forest garden so Doug can see where there is a section to be mowed.

EDIT 6/3/19: Round Three, I watered plants.

EDIT 6/3/19: Round Four, I trimmed weeds around the strip garden beside the patio.

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I made this yesterday but forgot to write it up last night. We enjoyed it very much.

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Continuing to mull over this article about lack of space, I have more thoughts about owning vs. sharing. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, mostly counterbalanced equally against each other.

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