July 28th, 2020



Today is sunny and mild.

I fed the birds.

We cut brush in the streetside yard.

My Cornelian cherry dogwood is fruiting for the first time that I've seen!  :D  This thing is 10-15 years old.  The fruits are fingertip sized, mostly still green or yellow-green, but one is turning orange.  They're supposed to have sort of a cranberry flavor.  I don't know if I'll even get any, as birds love them.

EDIT 7/28/20 -- I picked a handful of blackberries.

EDIT 7/28/20 -- I picked up sticks in the west half of the south lot and along the street.

Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, August 4

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Unconventional Problem-Solving."  I'll be soliciting ideas for outcasts, rebels, revolutionaries, protesters, neurovariant people, tyrants, saboteurs, supervillains, superheroes, social engineers, failure analysts, intelligent nonhumans, ethicists, activists, diverse teams, inventors, other people who think outside the box, troubleshooting, adapting, editing, rebelling, social engineering, making changes, cooperating, bartering, speaking, listening, reading, writing, taking over in an emergency, discovering yourself, testing boundaries, creating connections, coming of age, learning what you can (and can't) do, shocking people, upsetting the status quo, changing the world, accomplishing the impossible, recovering from setbacks, returning home, workshops, laboratories, classrooms, meeting halls, rebel bases, back rooms, wilderness, rural areas,  supervillain lairs, alien planets, fantasy worlds, other places that require creativity, scientific discoveries, innovation, just messing around with things, old tools in new applications, logic vs. intuition, civil unrest, sea change, teamwork, found family, complementary strengths and weaknesses, confusion, independence, cooperation, values conflict, loyalty, personal growth, and poetic forms in particular.

Among my more relevant series for the main theme:

An Army of One is all about neurovariant people.

Arts and Crafts America uses art in creative ways.

A Conflagration of Dragons requires new approaches after the fall of civilizaton.

Frankenstein's Family shows what happens when the scientists teach  the villagers.

Hart's Farm features unconventional relationships.

Monster House is pretty much all unconventional.

The Moon Door centers around a chronic pain support group, necessitating many novel solutions.

The Ocracies is about all different types of government.

One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis features the God of Drunks and his followers.

Polychrome Heroics has many different organizations and groups, and quite a lot of unconventional problem-solving.  In particular, check out the Maldives adopting soups.

Seeing Hearts is all about upsetting expectations.

The Steamsmith engineers a lot of changes.

The Time Towers is about subtle alterations or examinations of history.

Or you can ask for something new.

I have a linkback poem, "In the Shade of the Mighty Oak" (8 verses, standalone).

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

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