March 2nd, 2020


The Nile in Terramagne

I came across this long-rolling clusterfuck in the countries of the Nile.

It reminded me that, a while back, I saw the Nile Project perform at Krannert with musicians and dancers from those neighboring countries. That performance got me thinking about how Terramagne had managed somewhat better results, because those countries form one of the stronger unions on the continent. So tonight I put together some pieces of the timeline ...

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Monday Update 3-2-20

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Serenity, Hope, Balance"
Food Fest Bingo Card 3-1-20
Poem: "No Authority at All"
Poem: "Another Expression of Art"
Unsold Poems for the February 4, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl
Poetry Fishbowl Report for February 4, 2020
Poem: "Making Eyes"
Poem: "Maple Everything"
What's Wrong with Women's Clothes
Poem: "Watching The Water Department"
Poem: "Alstroemeria"
The Most Endangered Plant in Each State
Self-Awareness Question: Death
Poem: "Without Diversity"
Eating Cycads
Poem: "Strange and Twisted Creatures"
Hard Things

There will be a Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, March 3 with a theme of "Broken Angels."

The Rose and Bay Awards have completed their season. See the winners here.

Poetry in Microfunding:

There are two open epics at present.

"To Be Something Stronger and Better" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv.  Tolli, Shiv, and Caroline hang out in the workshop after the sculpture show.

"Pride Against Prejudice" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 46 new verses. Find out what happened to Aconite.

The weather has been mostly mild here. It rained yesterday. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a giant flock of assorted blackbird species, a flock of sparrows, a flock of mourning doves, several cardinals, several dark-eyed juncos, a downy woodpecker, and a squirrel. 


Today is mostly cloudy and mild.  I fed the birds.  I also cut some brush.

Signs of spring: Winter aconite and snowdrops are blooming. Tulips and daffodils are well up.  Daylilies and naked ladies are sprouting.  The first of the honeysuckle is leafing out.  Some other buds are swelling.  Catkins on the hazelnut bush are long and soft.


 We had a hailstorm  here.  Usually when we get hail, it is pea-sized and only lasts a few seconds.  A vigorous whacking alerted me to the problem, so while I did what I could to reduce it, I also went to look outside.  The hail was up to half an inch wide, and came down heavily enough that it almost covered the ground.  It continued for several minutes, gradually getting smaller and sparser.  

Hopefully it didn't do any significant damage.  It doesn't take much to shred plants, but most are dormant at the moment.  Though I probably lost the few flowers that are poking out.