February 21st, 2021


Poem: "Defined by the Patient"

This poem is spillover from the November 3, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron and Soupshue. It also fills the "skin pressure" square in my 11-1-20 card for the Sense-Ation Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] fuzzyred, [personal profile] janetmiles, and [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes anxiety, reference to past abuse, struggling to deal with a new doctor, messy medical details, vulgar language, and other challenges. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Today is cold, though less cold than yesterday -- the snow is starting to melt a bit, and it might rain later.  It was clear earlier but is now cloudy, and quite windy.

I fed the birds.  The only one I've seen today was a cardinal.  Can't blame them for wanting to huddle somewhere out of that wind. 

Native American Recipes

I have found a few archives with many native recipes.  Some of these predate the European Invasion, while others come after and mix American and European ingredients.  Oh, and yes frybread is historic, but it used to be made with corn, cattail starch, or other things than white flour.  Consider the modern version like a donut: fine as an occasional treat, but eating it frequently can kill you.










Half-Empty Cities

This article explains how most of the land in most cities is used 50% of the time or less

An excellent solution is to pair daytime businesses with nighttime businesses, maximizing use of the land and especially the parking.  In fact, one of the few ways to cut parking minimums without immediately causing a problem is to allow businesses with opposite hours to use the same parking.  Otherwise, you have to establish alternate travel before you can reduce parking without disaster.  So this is a fast solution as well as a smart one.

As for housing, some people want to live in a 24-hour zone and others definitely do not. Cities should provide housing both in busy areas and in quiet ones.  Also, high-rise apartments tend to soar above the worst noise as street level.  Villagescrapers with a bottom retail floor, middle office floors, and upper layers of apartments and amenities are especially well suited to city cores.