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The August Creative Jam is now open with a theme of "manipulation." Come give us prompts, or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written:

"Manipulating the Materials" is today's freebie, prompted by [personal profile] alexseanchai.


From My Prompts:

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Friday night: rain spell.

Saturday morning: farmer's market.

Perhaps a slight miscalculation on our part.

Happily, the downpour (which we really needed) dwindled to a light rain by the time we were ready to leave, and the sky was mostly clear by the time we reached the farmer's market.  We saw several little kids splashing in puddles there.  Everyone smiled.  Once in a while, I see little reminders of the good things in life.

We bought ingredients for the Cutie Joes.  We also got some ground bison for later use, and even a bison tongue.  I have no real aspirations of being able to peel that thing, but I can always just use a paring knife.  Then again, it's bison, not beef; maybe it'll come clean if I sing to it.

We tried the Burrito King Mexican food truck, which turned out to be excellent.  Doug got a spicy chorizo burrito and I got a chicken taco that was not spicy at all -- literally mild enough I can eat it when I've had to get up early and my tummy might be touchy.  \o/

Elsewhere in town we explored a couple of places we hadn't noticed before: Caribbean Grill is a restaurant that serves mostly jerk meats and sides like plantain chips.  :D  We want to try that some time.  Wild Birds and More has bird houses, bird feeders, seeds, all kinds of things.  I'm quite taken with their proprietary birdseed blends.  Also they have an old-fashioned solid  cast concrete birdbath or feeder.  Nowadays most of them are flimsy two-part things; pretty, but I have no illusions of them lasting more than a season or two.  The one I saw today is built like a brick shithouse.  It's also deep, and my birds don't like shallow birdbaths like they're supposed to.  They want either something like a dog dish -- which is what I put under the hose from the sump pump -- or they use the puddle at the end of the driveway.

All in all, it's been a very productive day.  \o/

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I love this picture. 

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The general fund poll is now up in Dreamwidth.

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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.

Share small neighborhood gifts at holiday times. It’s rare that anyone gets anything fun in the mail these days. Why not surprise your neighbor with a holiday treat? Keep it simple.

Some places sell gifts in bulk if you want to give the same or similar thing to everyone.  Swag makers are also an option if you look at their nicer items -- I've found some amazing swag in the last few years.  A pen with a flashlight in it.  An insulated lunch bag.  Reusable shopping bags with cool pictures.

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This is the freebie for today's Creative Jam, inspired by [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "taking it slow" square in my 2-1-19 Romantic card for the Valentines Bingo fest.


"Manipulating the Materials"


Crafting is all about
manipulating the materials.

In knitting and crochet it's yarn,
and before that, raw wool
twisted into spirals.

In ceramics it's mud
made into smooth clay,
then dishware and sculptures.

In painting it's pigment
floated in oil and brushed
onto the waiting canvas.

In baking it's everything --
milk and butter, flour and yeast,
herbs and spices and fruit and nuts.

Crafting is all about getting
your hands dirty, or at least involved,
and especially, taking it slow.

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Based on an audience poll, this is the free epic for the August 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl meetings its $200 goal. This poem is spillover from the July 16, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, [personal profile] curiosity, and [personal profile] inky_magpie. It also fills the "asking for help" square in my 6-18-19 card for the Hurt/Comfort Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. Its sequel is "Not a Drug on Earth." 

Warning: This poem contains intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features smuggling, drug distribution, untreated medical issues, extreme pain, being ignored, endometriosis, sexism, racism, male uterine issues, malpractice, discrimination, vulgar language, and other angst. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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