September 28th, 2020


Monday Update 9-28-20

These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Recipe: "Mango Chicken"
Community Building Tip: Suburbs
No Water, No Life
Self-Awareness Question: Three Words
Creative Uses for Invasive Species
Teach Them to Eat Them
Hard Things

Poetry in Microfunding:

There is one open epic at present.

"The Best Understanding of Their Differences" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Calliope and has 17 new verses. Calliope and Vagary start on couple exercises.

The weather has been mild here.  Last night it rained for a few hours, light and steady so it would soak in.  Hopefully that will do some good; everything was starting to wilt here.  Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a flock of mourning doves, a flock of sparrows, several house finches, several cardinals, a pair of goldfinches, a Bewick's wren, and a squirrel.  Several times I have heard bluejays screaming and woodpeckers drumming, but I haven't seen any of them.  Currently blooming: comfrey, violas, alyssum, petunia, purple coneflowers, cup plant, morning glory, hosta, black-eyed Susan, wild sunflowers, pink sedum, thistle, sunchokes, purple aster.

Feathering the Nest

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Feathering the Nest today with a theme of comfort reading.

Because the point of these prompt calls is both to have fun, sharing the storytelling with readers as participants, and to make a bit of money, I’m offering a bonus story of 7500-8000 words if I reach $150 in tips before the October Magpie Monday prompt call begins.

I Voted

I cast my mail-in ballot today.  (If you are voting by mail, it is best to do so as soon as your ballot arrives, to minimize opportunities for delays or other mishaps.)

So I am opening this year's voter perks.  If you vote, volunteer at the polls, or otherwise assist in the democratic process for this election, you may comment here and reveal a verse of any unfinished linkback poem.  (See the list of available poems in the previous half-price sale.) 

Divergence Point in Development

I've known for some time that Terramagne has far fewer suburbs than here, and their neighborhoods have a more traditional structure with some modern improvements to sustainability.  They realized rather quickly that suburbia was a bad idea, and quit building that way.  Today I stumbled across one of the divergence points, The Small Town Manual for Community Action, which was also distributed here but didn't catch on much.  T-America ran with it, well enough that when suburbs performed poorly in comparison, people protested and the model didn't gain much traction.

Compare this with current movements like Strong Towns and Transition Towns, made of people who have noticed that things are not going well and sooner or later will collapse, so they want to build something better.

See also my original thread on "how to make your hometown more like Bluehill" and links to the expanded posts on that topic. This is stuff that can be replicated with extant resources.