June 26th, 2019


Cuddle Party

Everyone needs contact comfort sometimes. Not everyone has ample opportunities for this in facetime. So here is a chance for a cuddle party in cyberspace. Virtual cuddling can help people feel better.

We have a
cuddle room that comes with fort cushions, fort frames, sheets for draping, and a weighted blanket. A nest full of colorful egg pillows sits in one corner. There is a basket of grooming brushes, hairbrushes, and styling combs. A bin holds textured pillows. There is a big basket of craft supplies along with art markers, coloring pages, and blank paper. The kitchen has a popcorn machine. Labels are available to mark dietary needs, recipe ingredients, and level of spiciness. Here is the bathroom, open to everyone. There is a lawn tent and an outdoor hot tub. Bathers should post a sign for nude or clothed activity. Come snuggle up!

For the upcoming 4th of July, enjoy some of my previous posts about fireworks.  Watch a video of fireworks going off and fireworks fail.

In Which California Is Evil

While researching something else, I stumbled across an evil practice in California: it forbids students without a high school degree from attending trade schools.  Unless you can perform as demanded in the state education -- and are permitted to do so -- you get no education, ever.  This discriminates against students with disabilities that may prevent them from finishing, those moved so often they can't meet requirements for graduation, anyone with a bad enough illness or injury that costs them too much time to catch up, neurovariant kids who just aren't suited to conventional schools, and so on.  It means forcibly depriving people of the means to work, for their whole lives.  And then they'll be blamed for being poor and "lazy."  >_<  Evil.

It's also anti-capitalist.  If customers aren't free to spend their money however they please, then the free-market-selection process stops working.  That's a problem, and it is increasingly a problem in education today where students are forced to buy more and more classes they don't want and can't use to get at they few they really need.

Poem: "Sojourners"

This poem is spillover from the March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and rix_scaedu. It also fills the "Understanding" square in my 2-1-19 You Are card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Strange Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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