April 1st, 2021


Coping Skills: Diversions: Write

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 previous list on self-awareness. Here is the new list of coping skills.


1. Write, draw, paint, photography

Obviously, writing is one of my go-to coping skills, and it's more than a mere diversion. It's the most effective activism tool I've found. Art is powerful stuff. The medium doesn't matter, only the message. If you feel sad, angry, frustrated, empty -- go make something. It can help.

How to Write

How to Draw

How to Paint (and of course, happy little trees)

How to Photograph

What are some of your favorite creative activities?

Caterpillar Garden

If you have yard space, consider growing a caterpillar garden. This can reduce nibbling on your food or flower gardens, support beneficial insects such as butterflies, and support birds that raise their young on caterpillars. If you find chewed leaves unsightly, just put the garden somewhere it's less noticeable.

Of course, if you like watching birdfeeders, put it within range of your windows -- a caterpillar garden is just a birdfeeder that blooms. :D For best results, place a birdhouse facing the caterpillar garden. Sadly I was unable to find calculations for how many square feet of garden would support one family of songbirds. However, it looks like one oak tree can support at least one family of songbirds.

It takes a LOT of caterpillars to raise baby birds:
So the Chickadee parents need to find 350 to 570 caterpillars every day, depending on the number of chicks. Multiply that by the 16 to 18 days it takes to fledge, and that’s a total of 6,000 to 9,000 caterpillars to bring a clutch of chickadees to maturity.

Resources to help ...

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Today is my birthday.  So far I've gotten huckleberry taffy, a space video, and a fantasy novel.  Also my computer is due back from the shop shortly.  :D  Most gifts are still in transit, but that's okay.

This is a prank-free zone if the rest of the internet is annoying you today.  Enjoy!


Doug is making my birthday supper, and it needed mint.  I went outside to pick some.  A pair of crows were freaking out in the ritual meadow.  (I had to look up whether they were crows or ravens.)  Well, I didn't want to ignore an alarm call, so after getting my mint I went to see what the problem was.  A great horned owl flew out of the trees, followed by the screaming crows, who chased him all around the yard and back to the ritual meadow.  I shooed him away again.  They chased him into the orchard, through the ritual meadow, and around again.  I gave up and went back to the house -- where Doug was outside to dump vegetable scraps, and pointed out the owl.  I explained about the chase.  The owl flew away, again chased by the crows, back to the meadow.

Two crows won't be enough to drive away an owl, and they don't tend to form large flocks like ravens.  But I have seen and heard many other crows around here.  They just don't come into the yard very often.  Possibly they are looking for a place to nest, as we have many large trees.  It will be interesting to see who wins.

:D  Happy birthday to me.

Skills Heroes Need: Psychological Fitness

Psychological fitness is a key trait, for heroes, helpful in most heroic situations. Train your mind to be alert and responsive. The more mentally fit you are, the better prepared you are to handle psychological challenges. Even if you are not an expert, do what you can to prepare yourself for likely situations. Think about the kind of issues that heroes most often face. Decide which of those you are willing and able to do. Then develop a plan that will prepare you for those challenges. Psychological skills offer heroic opportunities without requiring physical aptitude.

If you have mental limitations, then you will need to think about how to work around them. Scroll down for some ideas on that.

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