July 30th, 2020


Self-Awareness Question: Meaning of Life

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.

41. How would you define the meaning of life?

To learn and grow.  More specifically, everyone comes in with a life purpose -- some key goal(s) and a set of tools for accomplishing it.  But this culture doesn't teach people how to identify and apply that, hence most people feel unfulfilled.


Unsold Poems for the July 21, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the July 21, 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," "Everything That Blooms," and "Two Ends of a Spectrum."

"The Blue People"
This poem explains their origin.
202 lines, Buy It Now = $101

Isla Carlisle woke with an aching head
and no idea why she was lying on the ground.

Looking around, she saw a sea of people
sprawled around her, all naked and
all in varying shades of blue.

"Bound in Primal Longings"
African-American and African-Cherokee people talk about primal superpowers.
239 lines, Buy It Now = $120

In summer, Tennessee was
already warm and humid, but
the meeting lodge -- due to
its polished concrete floor --
was pleasantly cool.

"Different Languages to Use"
Sounding Shell finds a new tribal ally.
171 lines, Buy It Now = $86

Culture Day at Rocky Boy's Reservation
was always somewhat chaotic.

Mostly it attracted tourists,
students, and relatives visiting
from neighboring reservations.

"A Hint of the Resurrection"
Aidan finds out about Saraphina's cousin Josué.
295 lines, Buy It Now = $148

Aidan was sniffling by the time
he made the call to Piotr.

"I need ... I need your help,"
Aidan said. "Legal things,
adoption, citizenship ..."

"The Respect That We Have for Them"
A cuddly day at the Tull house turns into a discussion of etiquette.
242 lines, Buy It Now = $121

The Tull house was crowded.

Pips was visiting for the holidays,
so Joshua and Griffin had help
taking care of the littlest ones.
Joshua was intensely grateful.

"This Mischievous Effect from Lead"
Boss Blaster meets with the manager of the water department.
435 lines, Buy It Now = $218

Not long after the "cape fight"
that had revealed the lead pipes
riddling the Lincoln infrastructure,
Boss Blaster had gotten a call
from Boss White offering to help.

"Unfolded by the Water"
Concerned by the mess left by the Big One, a Hawaiian oceanographer goes to San Francisco Bay and meets the Deep Old One.
202 lines, Buy It Now = $101

San Francisco Bay was
boiling with boats and
Navy personnel rolling out
modular docks as fast as
they could to accommodate
all the emergency traffic.

"The Unknown, Unpredictable Change"
Ansel visits a Renaissance Faire and helps find a missing girl.
477 lines, Buy It Now = $239

Ansel strolled through
the Lyonesse Faire
just outside River City.


Poetry Fishbowl Report for July 21, 2020

Our theme this time was "Characters of Color." I wrote from 1 PM to 6:15 AM, so about 15 hours 15 minutes allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 4 poems on Tuesday and another 8 later.

Participation was about the same, with 15 comments on LiveJournal and another 50 on Dreamwidth. A total of 19people sent prompts. There were no new prompters.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the July 21, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"If You Shine Like a Beacon" (sponsored, not posted yet)
"It's Not Easy"
"A Rainbow Is Not Afraid" (sponsored, not posted yet)
"Waiting for Sunset"

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list from July 21. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available. This month's donors include: [personal profile] janetmiles, Anthony & Shirley Barrette. There were no new donors.

The Poetry Fishbowl also has a permanent landing page.