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Poem: "A Different Beat" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "A Different Beat"
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thnidu From: thnidu Date: July 4th, 2013 04:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh I like this, in so many ways besides the story itself.

• We lived in Boston and near it for 20 years; raised the kids in Framingham.
• I have a special interest in sign languages, even beyond being a research linguist: I did my doctoral work on ASL, and am currently assembling pointers to resources on many other sign languages as well for something at work.
• I like neighborhood maintenance. One of my ... odder (though maybe not in this crowd) practices is cleaning up as I walk around, by taking down out-of-date signs on lamp poles and other public property, picking up and disposing of broken glass (and bottles that'll get broken before long if they stay where they are), and similar tikkun olam, as we call it in Judaism: repairing the world.
From: technoshaman Date: July 4th, 2013 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I *love* that phrase, tikkun olam...

And I did not know that about Boston. Today I have learnt something...

And one of my favourite friends, who is also Jewish, is as we speak engaging in neighbourhood community-building not dissimilar to this...

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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 4th, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I love it too, and that led to a new poem.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 4th, 2013 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>>Oh I like this, in so many ways besides the story itself.<<

I'm delighted to hear this.

>> We lived in Boston and near it for 20 years; raised the kids in Framingham. <<

I'm surprised by how many people in my audience are familiar with the setting I picked not-quite-randomly.

>>I have a special interest in sign languages, even beyond being a research linguist: I did my doctoral work on ASL, and am currently assembling pointers to resources on many other sign languages as well for something at work.<<

That's really cool. I'm not fluent, but I'm interested in sign languages -- Plains Indian Sign is a personal favorite.

>>I like neighborhood maintenance. One of my ... odder (though maybe not in this crowd) practices is cleaning up as I walk around, by taking down out-of-date signs on lamp poles and other public property, picking up and disposing of broken glass (and bottles that'll get broken before long if they stay where they are), and similar tikkun olam, as we call it in Judaism: repairing the world.<<

This fit so well, it spawned another poem. "Tikkun Olam" is about Dale and Kelly meeting folks outside a relatively new synagogue, and finding some common ground.

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