March 30th, 2020


Wind and Rain

 Yesterday was mostly rainy.  Today was howling wind.  I have a new package of plants that I haven't even opened to keep the light off them.

So that got me thinking, this is a good time of year to track those factors in your yard.  Is it generally windy, or does it have "wind tunnel" spots?  Choose plants that can cope with it.  Wind is drying, so if you need to cover a large area, consider a dryland wildflower mix.  These plants have massive root systems that anchor them -- and your topsoil -- against the wind.

Does your yard have wet spots?  Most do.  Plant water-tolerant species there.  Is it really  soggy, especially near downspouts or low areas that water drains into after a rain?  Consider a rain garden.  Large area?  Look at these wetland seed mixes.  You could even choose more than one for different patches.

In both cases, prefer native plants.  They're adapted to your local environment and will help wildlife.  Exotic ornamentals tend to be more delicate, which is the opposite of helpful in harsh conditions.

Think about these things as you consider what to plant this year.  

Monday Update 3-30-20

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Fighting the Obesity Epidemic
Community Building Tip: Infrastructure T-shirts
Avocado Cartels
Stoic Exercises
Lost Fantasia: The Disappearance of Sunflower
Disaster Response Game
History of Roleplaying
Self-Awareness Question: Coping Skills
Fruit and Vegetable Leathers
Cuddle Party

I am hosting an Arts and Crafts Festival to connect sellers with buyers. Please spread the word.

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. Find out what happened to Aconite.

The weather has been mild here, and it rained several times. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a large flock of  blackbirds, a flock of mourning doves, a flock of sparrows, several cardinals, several dark-eyed juncos, several house finches, a couple of robins, a downy woodpecker, a squirrel, and a rabbit. Currently blooming: snowdrops, Cornelian cherry dogwood, crocus, daffodils, forsythia.  Apricot has buds but they are not open yet. I have a shipment of plants waiting to be put out, and it's nice today so I plan to start on that project.


Unsold Poems for the March 17, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the March 17, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods. There are still verses left in the linkback poems "Mysterious and Impermanent," "Greater Than the Sum," "A Lively Feast," "Always Carry Your Goodness," "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey," "Gökotta," "The Arc of the Mental Universe," "So Often Alone," "An Iron Fist," "The Bushfire Shawl," and "Petrichor."

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Today is sunny and warm.  Apricot and plum blossoms are opening.

I fed the birds.  The roofed suet feeder is now fully horizontal.

I planted a bush apricot.  That was the only thing in the box. 

Round 2: I cut more brush along the edge of the south lot.

Round 3: I mulched around the bush apricot.

Talking about Astrophysics

Neil deGrasse Tyson wants people to talk about astrophysics like they do about Beyoncé.

Well, I feel sorry for him, because people don't give a flying fuck about astrophysics.  They should, but they don't.  They care about pop music and celebrity sex lives and other people's dietary choices.  They do not care about stars, exoplanets, or even the planet they're standing on.  This is a problem.  But if you talk about astrophysics, you will bore and annoy most people, who will then either ostracize or attack you.  This is a lesson every nerd learns in kindergarten or whenever else they get thrown in with a pack of baby mundanes.

Now, I love astrophysics and don't give a flying fuck about pop culture.  Eventually, I found other folks who also enjoy these topics.  But such people are few and far between.  Most people are not big-picture thinkers.  Being that way tends to set you apart.  I'm smooth with that.  I just understand that I'm no more likely to change other people's interests than they are mine.

Almond Milk

 ... has complicated ethical issues.  Whether it works out more good or more bad depends on what kind you buy.  Organic is much better for the environment.  A brand low in added ingredients and high in supplemental nutrients such as calcium is better for you.

You can also make your own almond milk.  If you want to enhance the taste, you can add almond extract, vanilla extract, spices, or other flavorings.


I have made blackout on my 3-1-20 card for the Food Fest. \o/

B1 (Farmer's Market) -- "The Health of Our Civilization" (Polychrome Heroics: Broken Angels)
B2 (Blend) -- "Brief Bright Flames" (Polychrome Heroics: Broken Angels)
B3 (Clarify) -- "Exist Without Permission" (Polychrome Heroics: Broken Angels)
B4 (Pressure Cooker) -- "Not a Sudden Problem" (Polychrome Heroics: Broken Angels)
B5 (Punch & Smash) -- "How to Hold the Darkness" (Polychrome Heroics: Aquariana)

I1 (Blood, Sweat, & Tears) -- "Doing Business with Lead-Pipe Cruelty" (Polychrome Heroics: Broken Angels)
I2 (Popcorn) "Boston Wives" -- (Polychrome Heroics: Fortressa)
I3 (Nothing to Eat) -- "The Highest-Paid Professional Women" (Polychrome Heroics: Broken Angels)
I4 (Sharing a Plate) -- "In Some Home Neighborhood" (Polychrome Heroics: Broken Angels)
I5 (Take Out / Take Away) -- "By the Action of the Muscles" (Polychrome Heroics: Shiv)

N1 (Pie) -- "Pie Day" (Polychrome Heroics: Shiv)
N2 (Waitress) "With a Mystical Pass" (standalone)
N3 (WILD CARD: Rice) -- Spring Haiku 3-18-20
N4 (Coffee) -- "My Coffee with Cream, My Literature with Optimism" (Polychrome Heroics: Marionettes)
N5 (Water) -- "Before the City Sinks" (standalone)

G1 (Grind) -- "Reflected in Her Soul" (Frankenstein's Family)
G2 (Sweet Potatoes) -- "Their Wings Too Heavy" (Polychrome Heroics: Shiv and Broken Angels)
G3 (Old Fashioned) -- "That Time It Rained for Two Million Years" (standalone)
G4 (Energy Drink) -- "Think First of the Action" (Polychrome Heroics: The Big One)
G5 (Ghost Colors) -- "Ghost Colors" (An Army of One)

O1 (Basmati Blues) -- "No Interest in Sharing the Secret" (Polychrome Heroics: Officer Pink)
O2 (Dice) -- "Rolling Darwin's Dice" (Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies)
O3 (Fed Up) -- "Releasing the Parts from False Position" (Polychrome Heroics: Shiv)
O4 (Blood Orange) -- "A Fresh Opportunity to Make a Mark" (Polychrome Heroics: Shiv and Pain's Gray)
O5 (Red Drink) -- "Who Chose the Darkness" (Polychrome Heroics: Shiv)

Poetry Fishbowl Report for March 17, 2020

The bonus fishbowl was "anything goes." I wrote from 1 PM to 5:15 AM, so about 14 hours 15 minutes, accounting for breaks. I wrote 7 poems on Tuesday and another 9* later in the week. * Counting the 137 haiku as verses of an epic.

Participation was lower but still good, with 20 comments on LiveJournal and another 47 on Dreamwidth. A total of 21 people sent prompts, which is up a little. There were no new prompters.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the March 17, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Before the City Sinks"
"Boston Wives"
"The Once-Were Animals"
Spring Haiku 3-18-20
"That Time It Rained for Two Million Years"
"With a Mystical Pass"

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list from March 17. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available. All sponsored poems from the fishbowl have been posted. This month's donors include: rix_scaedu, [personal profile] janetmiles, Anthony & Shirley Barrette. There were no new donors.

The Poetry Fishbowl also has a permanent landing page.