December 9th, 2019

monster house

Poem: "In Language Gender Is Particularly Confusing"

This poem came out of the November 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] kelkyag. It fills the "Gender Markers" square in my 11-1-19 card for the [community profile] transbingo fest. This poem has been posted in barter with [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Monster House.

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Magpie Monday

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Magpie Monday today with a theme of "endings and beginnings." Send prompts, get ficlets!

As a pennysmith, a goal of $75 for sponsored stories seems both reasonable and attainable. If that happens, I’ll post a Strange Family story which is tentatively titled “Testing Recipes” right now, and which is rapidly approaching the goal length of thirty pages (7500 words). Everyone benefits!

Poetry Fishbowl Update

"Friendship Recipes" has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles, and can be posted whenever someone else covers "What Lies Within Us."  These two wouldn't make any sense out of order.

"What Lies Within Us"
Hatter flibbers about friendship. Pips assures him that he's better at it than he realizes.
161 lines, Buy It Now = $81

"Friendship Recipes"
Genna sends Hatter some resources about friendship that make sense to him.


Monday Update 12-9-19

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Read "Lighting a Fire / Fighting a Liar"
Moment of Silence: Carroll Spinney
Poem: "What Will Become of His Carrots"
Poem: "The Wheel Closet"
Low-Calorie Foods
Community Building Tip: Seating
Today's Adventures
Self-Awareness Question: Spending Your Time
Poem: "Cooking from Old Scratch"
Hard Things

See Welcome to Winterfaire 2019 for an opportunity to buy or sell holiday gifts and services. We now have links to several other such lists.

The Poetry Fishbowl went well.  \o/  I still have some prompts to write.

Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics.

"A Different Vision of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Marionettes and Mercedes. Griffin begins to learn Italian the fast way.

"Goldilocks and the Genderbears" stands alone. Goldilocks explores the cottage.

The weather has been cool and intermittently damp. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a large flock of sparrows, a small flock of mourning doves, a small flock of dark-eyed juncos, a pair of cardinals, several house finches, a downy woodpecker, and a squirrel.

Moment of Silence: Rene Auberjonois

Actor Rene Auberjonois has passed away.  He was known for playing Odo on Deep Space Nine as well as many other roles.

Looks like a lot of people want to get Home for the holidays this year.  :(

But I bet he spends a week finding out how fun  shapeshifting actually is.  The fans will see him when he's done playing with his tentacles or being fog or whatever.

Today's Adventures

We went out shopping today.

The parking lot at the mall was so full we stopped to take a look.  I haven't seen it that busy in years.  There are only a handful of holiday kiosks, and it didn't seem very crowded inside, but more people were moving around, so that's good.  Also there was a dance class of a couple dozen people, which is a promising sign.  They had the holiday village of figurines up, too, which is always fun to see.  :D  Also, there's a food booth again, which there wasn't for a while.  This ones sells fair food -- corn dogs, funnel cakes, shakeups, that sort of thing.  I've only seen one store like that before, in another mall, and I think they're nifty.  We plan to go back another day for some clothes shopping and lunch.

We ate supper at Denny's.  They have a great holiday platter, and we shared an apple crisp for dessert.

Then we drove through the local display of holiday lights, Mattoon Lightworks.  Everything is LED now.  There are a bunch of new figures this year.  The cement truck was particularly amusing.  :D  I'm happy to see more local businesses represented.  I dropped $5 in their donation bin.

We went grocery shopping too.  We'll need to go back out later in the week to get some fresh ingredients for a planned meal with friends. 

Gifts for Bird Lovers

Here are a few gifts for bird lovers.

I will add:

* Birding-by-ear recordings to identify birds by song.  These come in various formats.

* Does your friend like squirrels?  Get a squirrel-a-gig.  Do they hate squirrels?  There's no such thing as a 100% squirrel-proof birdfeeder, but the gravity models come close. 

* A birdbath of basalt or other dark stone will keep water liquid longer using passive solar heat.

Poem: "Because I Said I Would"

This poem is spillover from the June 4, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] kelkyag. It also fills the "Promise" square in my 6-1-19 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem is posted in barter with [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis.

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A Creche in Cages

You just know Jesus put them up to it, and a few of his followers went, "Aw, man, that's a GREAT idea!" and ran out to buy some barbed wire. There are evidently several iterations of this across various churches.

I mean, think about it. That's exactly what would happen to Him today. He was poor, brown, homeless, and born into a refugee family. So refugees, those are his people. Not the ones building cages.

I imagine some people who think they are Christians will get a very rude awakening at the Pearly Gates on account of this family separation wickedness. They like to talk about how bad it was to put the holy family in a stable and how they would do better. Well, look at how you're treating refugees, and you have your real answer. I'm a Pagan, and I'm stuffing money into every Hispanic business I visit, because I disapprove of the American Gestapo.

Don't forget good old Homeless Jesus, either.

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
-- Matthew 25:40