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Notes for "The So-Called Truths"

Here are the notes for "The So-Called Truths."

Shiv (Egon Harrison) -- He has fair skin and silver eyes. His blond hair is straight and silky, worn long on top so that it that flops over his face. His head is a long triangle ending in a narrow chin. He has a lot of small scars from fights, but he heals well, having survived several injuries that could easily have proven fatal. Egon is currently 20 years old.
He likes dark flavors -- coffee, cigarettes, dark chocolate. He loves fish, especially tuna and fried catfish, and anchovies on pizza. Pistachio ice cream is another favorite. He's fond of exotic sodas, whether for flavor or medicinal effect; he discovered strawberry-mint as a child and several people have been sharing others recently.
His superpower is a narrow form of telekinesis. It lets him create knives out of almost any nearby material, or take control of small bladed weapons from anyone else. He can't manage anything larger than a machete, though. He can sculpt most rigid materials, although it's still easier for his superpower to grip an edge or a point than a round surface.
Origin: While in Juvenile Hall, he was stabbed by another inmate. Shortly thereafter, Egon developed his superpower. He believes that there was something on the knife -- or in the material itself -- which caused this to happen.
Uniform: Street clothes, but with several bandoliers of throwing knives.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Fast, Good (+2) Ambidexterity, Good (+2) Crafty, Good (+2) Hoodlum, Good (+2) Recovering from Injuries, Good (+2) Streetwise
Poor (-2) Personality Shear
Powers: Expert (+4) Control Sharp Things, Average (0) Super-Immunity
Motivation: Puncture ALL the egos!

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"As you recover, you will discover that many of the so-called truths you were raised with and forced to believe are not truths at all."
-- Beverly Engel

This shows the outside of Blues Moon with the main floor and two layers of apartments. The two flanking buildings also belong to the Ebonies & Ivories. The taller building on the left is an apartment building. The smaller building on the right is used as storage space for artwork and furnishings which can be used in any of the apartments above the jazz joint.

The basement contains the working part of the lair. The largest office below the lunch room belongs to Boss White. The one across from it is the guest room. The accounts/manager and board room offices are shared space. The big corner office in the upper right is the patch room. They actually don't have an exercise room in their own lair; instead they have a group membership at a nearby gym.

Here is the layout of the main floor showing the jazz club and restaurant.

The two floors above the club have apartments similar to these. The hallway extends all the way to the back stairs. The central stairwell and elevator is instead a common lounge area. On the lower floor, the front right "open" apartment is a flop room with multiple beds, which can sleep a total of 12 people. The front left "Mies" apartment is furnished normally, but not permanently assigned, used as temporary housing or extra function space as needed. Shiv gets the back left "standard" apartment, with the bathroom protected inside the bedroom. Popgun has the right middle semi-open apartment. On the top floor, Boss White has the back left "standard" apartment, and Lieutenant Brown has the back right semi-open apartment.

This is the key to Shiv's apartment over Blues Moon. Shiv's kitchen is a cozy little L tucked into the front of his apartment. He has three blue prints on the wall there. Shiv's dining room has a small table and a quote on the wall. Shiv's living room includes a black-bordered blanket spread over a large futon. On the wall he has a photoprint of saxophonist Mark Turner. This is one of Shiv's houseplants. Here is the mail sorter. This light switch has another sticker. Shiv's bedroom has the bed done in blue. Shiv's bathroom has a snowflake theme.

Here is Graham's Prada cityscape sweater from Leo.

Problem-solving requires chunking, the ability to break down a large challenge into small manageable parts. Learn how to divide a task into steps.

Executive function includes a wide range of skills necessary to organize everyday activities. This skillset can be impaired by poverty, abuse, brain injury, and other issues. There are ways to improve executive function and teach the skills to others. This is actually one of the things that Shiv relies on other people the most. He lets Boss White and Cook arrange much of his schedule, Dymin handle the budget beyond his ability, and he's started to turn to the Finns for managing strong emotions and life challenges. So Shiv is going back and learning some stuff that he missed at earlier ages, which is good.

Reflexes can change during adolescence, resulting in temporary clumsiness. There are ways to improve your reflexes and develop your body awareness.

Stretching has mental, physical, and general benefits. Here are some lower back stretches that make a good warmup routine before other exercise.

Self-image can be positive or negative. Worksheets can help improve self-image.

Not feeling like yourself can happen for a variety of reasons, such as a new haircut. Learn how to cope with that.

Validation is an important way of communicating acceptance. Validation therapy can fix a whole range of problems that relate to feeling uncertain, unheard, or disbelieved. Know how to validate people's feelings. Graham does a lot of that here because Shiv is freaking out over unfamiliar feelings.

Conscience typically develops in stages as people grow up. Abuse can damage this process. There are ways to cultivate a conscience and teach it to others.

Thse oil pastels are similar to Shiv's creme pastels. See the multicultural set and the full color chart. This is a pastel worksheet that Shiv likes to use.

These artist clipboards come in two sizes, and Shiv has one of each.

Hearing music relies both on neuroscience and education. You need some equipment to study these listening skills. Here is an extensive archive of information on learning about music.

A butterfly knife is often manipulated in a very flashy manner, although it doesn't have to be. These are basic text instructions. Watch some videos for a basic open and close, basic swirl, and basic aerial. Now watch an advanced twirl. This is Shiv's normal level of skill, and the kid even looks a lot like him. It's what Shiv does when he's bored. You can see why he freaks out over dropping his trainer.

Person-Centered Therapy, or Rogerian Therapy, relies on forming rapport between counselor and client to engage the client's strengths to solve their own problems. Materials for therapists teach them how to make the client central to the healing process and the skills they need to provide such services. Here's a guide to developing treatment goals within this system. This workbook helps clients think about what they want and set goals, and this one lays out a person-centered plan. Most of these things are aimed at children or at adults with developmental disabilities, but they generalize well to other folks. Terramagne-America generally favors a person-centered approach in therapy, social services, and so forth.

To make the Fruity Chocolate Eggs you need to melt some real white chocolate, then stir in the freeze-dried fruit powder. Local-American recipes generally use colored "candy melts" that taste like junk. Use real food. For Easter egg candy, you need to put the melted chocolate into a candy-egg mold like this silicone one. They should come out looking something like this. A challenge is that you need to mix as many batches of white chocolate as you want colors, with a different freeze-dried fruit added to each, and they have to be very close to the same temperature or they won't merge at the edges and the sections will crack apart as the white chocolate cools and shrinks. Work fast. Extra hands help.

Enjoy some recipes for Rainbow Deviled Eggs. You can do more, of course. Just think of your favorite brightly colored foods and consider which would taste good mixed with eggs.
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