July 31st, 2021


Poetry Fishbowl Report for July 6, 2021

Our theme this month was "Reality is stranger than fiction." I wrote from 1:15 PM to 6:30 AM, so about 16 hours 15 minutes, allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 3 poems on Tuesday and 10 later in the week.

Participation was similar, with 13 comments on LiveJournal and another 41 on Dreamwidth. A total of 16 people sent prompts.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the July 6, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Everything Turned Upside Down"
"The Nearest Star"
"A Place of Light, of Liberty, and of Learning"
"Reality Is Stranger Than Science Fiction"
"The Untouchable Undead"

"Generations of Cooks Past" (standalone, spillover from May 4, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl) (linkback perk)
"The Aftermath of Disaster" (Polychrome Heroics: The Big One, spillover from June 1, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl) (free epic)
"Oak Guilds" (Polychrome Heroics: Broken Angels and Shiv, outside prompt calls, 6/29/21)
"Nourish All Those Things" (Polychrome Heroics: Boss Finn and Shiv, spillover from June 1, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl)

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list from July 6. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available. All sponsored poems have been posted.

This month's donors include: [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] librarygeek, and Anthony & Shirley Barrette. There were no new donors. There are 3 tallies toward a bonus fishbowl.

The Poetry Fishbowl has a landing page.

Community Building Tip: Emergency Hub

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

83. Launch a community emergency hub. It’s not the most ideal circumstances under which to meet your neighbors, but knowing you have a local support network in place is critical for a crisis. Emergency hubs provide a centralized meeting place and a strategy that allows neighborhoods to remain self-sufficient in the days or weeks after natural disasters. In Seattle there are about 50 groups specifically organized for such events. This is especially good because climate change is making natural disasters—like the recent Hurricane Florence—worse.

Preferably, meet your neighbors before the shit hits the fan.  Talk about:
* what disasters are most likely in your neighborhood
* how you will handle them, with or without outside help
* what skills people have -- doctors, nurses, construction workers, teachers, etc.
* what tools people have -- a storm shelter, chainsaws, generators, floodlamps, canoes, etc.
* what special needs people have -- air conditioning, a wheelchair, gluten-free food, etc.


Today is cloudy and cool, in the low 60s.  :D  It rained again this morning.

I fed the birds.  I've seen house finches and doves, and I think a male goldfinch.  Yesterday I saw a male cardinal.

I pulled some weeds around the barrel garden.

Naked ladies are starting to bloom around the old fishpond.  Yesterday I thought there was only one stalk, but today I spotted several more.  Chicory and thistle are blooming around the savanna and prairie garden.  Read about the wildlife value of thistles.

EDIT 7/31/21 -- I pulled more weeds around the barrel garden.  The morning glories are still open.  :D  It's drizzling again, but not enough to dissuade me from working.

EDIT 7/31/21 -- I pulled more weeds around the barrel garden.

EDIT 7/31/21 -- I finished weeding around the barrel garden and started weeding around the septic garden.

EDIT 7/31/21 -- I pulled more weeds around the septic garden.  Everything is still soaking wet, but the weeds pull out easier that way.

Today's Smoothie

Today we made a honeydew slushie.  I quite enjoy the flavor and texture, but it was a nuisance to make, so we probably won't repeat it.  In particular, the contents didn't have enough liquid to blend well, nor was it liquid enough to pour when finished.  It will go through a straw, but we only had one, so I'm eating mine with a spoon.