June 18th, 2020


Self-Awareness Question: Yes or No?

Folks have mentioned an interest in questions and conversations that make them think. So I've decided to offer more of those. This is the current list on self-awareness.

35. Do you say “yes” or “no” more often?

Probably no.  It lets me accomplish more from my list of things to do.  But in certain areas I'm much more likely to say yes -- any request for information is very likely to get a positive answer.

Poetry Fishbowl Report for June 2, 2020

Our theme this time was "Quiet Revolutions." I wrote from 1 PM to 6:30 AM, so about 15 hours 30 minutes allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 6 poems on Tuesday and another 10 later.

Participation was up a little, with 14 comments on LiveJournal and another 69 on Dreamwidth. A total of 20 people sent prompts. There were no new prompters.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the June 2, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"The Evolution of Fuel Cells"
"In the Main Movements"
"The Map and the Menu"
"Révolution tranquille"
"Tada Gan Iarracht"
"Whatever Is Left Within"
"The Wolf of the Galleries"

"Everything That Blooms" (Arts and Crafts America, April 19, 2020) (linkback perk)
"The Festival of Wine and Song" (One God's Story, May 5, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl) (free epic)

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list from June 2. 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: [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, Anthony & Shirley Barrette. There were no new donors. There are 3 tallies toward a bonus fishbowl.

The Poetry Fishbowl also has a permanent landing page.


Today is partly sunny and hot.

I fed the birds.

No yardwork so far, but maybe after it cools off.  Besides, we're making nut'n'seed butter. 

EDIT 6/18/20 -- I picked up sticks in the yard by the house.

EDIT 6/18/20 -- I picked up sticks along the back path, and I watered plants.  Fireflies are taking wing.  :D

Nut'n'Seed Butter

Today we made nut'n'seed butter in the Vitamix.  (my_partner_doug was right: that thing really is useful.)  We found that the raw nuts roasted faster than the listed time, so if you roast your own, keep a sharp eye on them.  They creamed down to a very smooth butter.  I'm pretty sure this is the best textured homemade nut paste I've had.  (It has a lot of failure modes.)  Adding a few chia seeds doesn't change much, but at the 2 tablespoons level I found them sticking in my teeth.  If this bothers you then remove, replace, or reduce them.  The flavor is just sort of generically nutlike; it doesn't taste like peanut butter, but neither are any of the components recognizable, which is a bit disappointing.  However, if you can't have peanut butter and can have other tree nuts, this is a great substitute.  Add salt SLOWLY.  One of our nuts was already salted, but the butter was bland, so I added 1/4 teaspoon instead of the 1/2 teaspoon recommended, and it was saltier than I wanted.  I should've added it by pinches.  I used Himalayan mineral salt for nutrients and flavor.

Overall, the result is agreeable but not spectacular, particularly considering the amount of labor and expensive fancier nuts going into it.  But all it contains is what we put into it, which today is a big plus, and the mix of ingredients delivers more nutrients and fiber compared to a single nut butter.  We'll try it in a smoothie at some point.  I expect it would work great in foodcookies or powerballs, or otherwise as an ingredient replacing peanut butter.  We may tinker with the ingredients -- for instance, I'm curious whether increasing a fancy nut (like the Brazils), adding one honey-roasted nut type or some spices would punch up the flavor.  We love honey-roasted peanut butter and have made candied nuts many times.  I imagine this would be a most excellent base for nut curry.  *ponder*  And people make meat sauces from nuts, so that would make masala stick to things and that gives me further ideas to try.

A very interesting experiment, worth trying if you like nut/seed butters.

Unsold Poems for the June 2, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the June 2, 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," "Petrichor," "Putting Everything in Its Place," and "Everything That Blooms."

"Ethical Rebels"
An interfaith chaplain, a rabbi, and a supervillain minion work on the issue of forced marriage.
166 lines, Buy It Now = $83

Girom Achivir was an interfaith chaplain,
of Pictish heritage though he didn't mention it.

Bookish and quiet, he wasn't the sort that
people thought of when imagining an activist;
he preferred to work his works out of view.

"The Evolution of Society as a Whole"
An observer from the Global Looking Glass visits Thalassia to do a human rights report on the new nation.
1046 lines, Buy It Now = $523

Just over a year after Thalassia
formed, the Global Looking Glass
requested permission to visit and
make a human rights report.

Thalassia accepted, and that
brought Deepu Balakrishnan
out to the teleport pad.

"Give Back Grace and Delight"
In spring, Boss Blaster decides to launch more parks.
619 lines, Buy It Now = $310

It was early when Boss Blaster
went out for a walk, the spring air
still brisk despite the sunshine that
promised a beautiful day to come.

"Satisfied, Calm, Cared For, and Carefree"
Heron and Mallory do a class on Deliberate Intimacy that teaches people how to reimprint comfort foods.
384 lines, Buy It Now = $192

Heron ushered Mallory into
the Group Therapy Room of
the Sanger Women's Center.

"When Someone Else Believes in You"
Dr. G reaches out to supervillains in unconventional ways, and it works.
325 lines, Buy It Now = $163

The door opened, letting in
a gust of brisk spring air.

Dr. G recognized the girl
who slipped into Soup to Nuts.
At least she was visible today.

These poems form a triptych:

"Vulnerable and Bound"
Oscar and Yael talk about Oscar's business plans for Rutledge.
202 lines, Buy It Now = $101

Oscar met Yael at the edge
of Pine Hill Park, where a trail
led toward the picnic tables.

"No Idea What's Going to Happen"
Theodore has a possible solution for Oscar's challenges.
244 lines, Buy It Now = $122

Oscar strolled down Main Street,
asking people to do park surveys.

"Hope and Faith in Their Abilities"
Oscar and Labib discuss their hopes for the future.
646 lines, Buy It Now = $323

Oscar walked out of City Hall
with Labib in tow and headed
toward Mandy's Diner.