May 5th, 2021

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Cuddle Party

Everyone needs contact comfort sometimes. Not everyone has ample opportunities for this in facetime. So here is a chance for a cuddle party in cyberspace. Virtual cuddling can help people feel better.

We have a cuddle room that comes with fort cushions, fort frames, sheets for draping, and a weighted blanket. A nest full of colorful egg pillows sits in one corner. There is a basket of grooming brushes, hairbrushes, and styling combs. A bin holds textured pillows. There is a big basket of craft supplies along with art markers, coloring pages, and blank paper. The kitchen has a popcorn machine. Labels are available to mark dietary needs, recipe ingredients, and level of spiciness. Here is the bathroom, open to everyone. There is a lawn tent and an outdoor hot tub. Bathers should post a sign for nude or clothed activity. Come snuggle up!
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Birdfeeding

Today is sunny, mild, and calm.

I fed the birds.  I've seen a small flock of doves, a small flock of grackles, a small flock of house finches, several sparrows, several bluejays, a robin, a lady cardinal, and a rose-breasted grosbeak.  :D

EDIT 5/5/21 -- I pulled some weeds from the septic garden.

EDIT 5/5/21 -- I pulled more weeds from the septic garden.
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No More Stolen Sisters

Today is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls. This is a longstanding human rights issue. Many jurisdictional barriers, racism, sexism, and other problems mean little or no investigation into these crimes; they are rarely solved. It's not an accident; it is one facet of the continuing genocide. We can fight back; we are not alone. Mitakuye oyasin -- we are all related.

2021 MMIWG National Week of Action banner with red handprint

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Call for Cosponsors

[personal profile] librarygeek has sponsored "Quicker Than You Can Lower Them" (the second in the latest batch of 4 poems about Warshirt and Spotted Deer) and hopes that someone(s) else will sponsor "Ways to Make the Pain Go Away" ($115, the first in that batch). The main connection with the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls is detailed in the previously published poem "To Prevent Future Tragedies," but the background of violence against women makes the relationship between Warshirt and Spotted Deer pretty fraught. Later on, they will also have to deal with the other rescued victims, some white, several from various reservations around Montana; I have more ideas for that, not written yet, that will build on the first (already posted) and second (in progress) sets of poems in this thread.

Ideally the four poems should be posted in order. Is anyone else interested in chipping in for "Ways to Make the Pain Go Away" so I can post "Quicker Than You can Lower Them" ...? This is the set:

(sponsored by [personal profile] fuzzyred and [personal profile] hangingbyastitch)
"Ways to Make the Pain Go Away" 12-11-20 (fishbowl spillover)
Story Date: Friday, October 2, 2015
Summary: Warshirt deals with a bad day by getting drunk. Spotted Deer takes care of him.
229 lines, Buy It Now = $115

(sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek)
"Quicker Than You Can Lower Them"
Story Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Summary: The morning after, Warshirt feels fine, until suddenly he doesn't.

(sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth[personal profile] fuzzyred[personal profile] technoshaman, and [personal profile] mama_kestrel)
"A Crazy and Drunk Life"
Story Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Summary: Upset by everything that's happened, Warshirt seeks advice from Many Tongues.
358 lines, Buy It Now = $179

(sponsored by Anthony &  Shirley Barrette)


"Repair Just About Anything"
Story Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
Summary: Warshirt and Spotted Deer work things out.
426 lines, Buy It Now = $213
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Poem: "The Greatest Accomplishment of a Bartender"

This poem came out of the May 4, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "feeling out of place" square in my 5-1-21 card for the Leaky Pipeline Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis.

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