July 24th, 2021

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Poem: "Bound in Primal Longings"

This poem is spillover from the July 21, 2020 Bonus Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "Memory" square in my 6-1-20 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Community Building Tip: Show Up

For my current set of tips, I'm using the list "101 Small Ways You Can Improve Your City.

82. Just show up. "Most public zoning and development meetings are dominated by people who have a vested interest in the project. When a citizen shows up without a fish to fry, and expresses an opinion for the good of all, it’s a breath of fresh air." — Jeff Speck, author, Walkable City

This is good advice, but disproportionately difficult to follow for diverse people.  Statistically men have more moey and free time than women, white people than people of color, rich than poor, abled than disabled, and so on through almost every division.  So white men get more attention at events because they can  show up, if they want to.

Therefore, my advice as an activist is not just to show up, but bring someone(s) else who differs from your traits.  Think about the current topic of the event and try to estimate who would be the most affected by it -- and the least likely to have access on their own.  Then volunteer to take them with you.  If you have a car, you can be an activist!  Even if the people in power ignore everything that citizens say, you can still drive them up a wall by forcing them to spend an hour or few listening to the people they usually step on.  

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Birdfeeding

Today is hot and muggy.

I fed the birds.  I've seen house finches and doves.

While we were out driving, we passed acre after acre of restored prairie.  This is a big deal because so little is left, and most of it is an acre here, a half acre there.  These were multiple patches of at least 10-20 acres with different plants -- purple coneflowers, yellow coneflowers, black-eyed Susans, Queen Anne's lace, milkweed, goldenrod (not blooming yet), and one had bluestem grass with its turkey feet open.  :D  My suspicion is that somebody, or several somebodies in close proximity, read about the prairie loss problem and went, "Welp, I got land, I can fix that," and drove their tractor around for a weekend.  If they didn't get the seed free from a state program, that represents thousands  of dollars of native plant seed.





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Poem: "Caterpillar Park"

This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, based on discussions with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "Jumping / Skipping Rope" square in my 6-1-21 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest, and the "Nuts" square in my 7-1-21 card for the Winterfest in July Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Shiv and Broken Angels threads of the Polychrome Heroics series. It comes between "Oak Guilds" and "The Power of Food to Bring People Together."

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Poem: "The Power of Food to Bring People Together"

This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, based on discussions with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "Feast" square in my 7-1-21 card for the Winterfest in July Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Shiv and Broken Angels threads of the Polychrome Heroics series. It comes after "Oak Guilds" and "Caterpillar Park."

Warning: Graphic descriptions of food may cause cravings for things you might or might not be able to procure.

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