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Today I went back out with the stump killer.  I remembered to get a rag to brush sawdust off the stumps, and gloves to protect my hands.  I did the stumps around the septic tank and the ones around the parking lot. 

EDIT:

Second round: started killing stumps in the prairie garden.  I worked around the south edge and some in the middle, then moved partway up the north side.  There is still a lot left to do in the north though.
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I was appalled, but not surprised, by Marvel's recent storyline that Captain America is Hydra.  Yes, they're really paddling that douchecanoe for all it's worth.  I am pleased to find a post by a Jewish writer, who speaks with more cultural right than I could, explaining why this is so very wrong. 

It's not just about the current fetish for brutalizing and/or distorting heroic figures, this persistent desire to destroy all that is good and hopeful in the world, to convince everyone that they can't have  heroes.  It's that this twist hurts living people  as well as mocking the dead.  That is not okay.

Art is power.  You use it responsibly, because if you don't, you're a bully.

I really hope, in some just and well-deserved afterlife, the people who perpetrated this meet with Steve Rogers so can ... explain ... a few things to them.
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I found this fantastic documentary about real-life superheroes. It features a variety of people in cities across America who dress up in costumes and work on making the world a better place. They're a very diverse group.

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Today we bought some stump killer to put over the cut ends so they won't resprout.  Instead of a sensible spray or squirt top, this stuff comes with a 1/4" brush and instructions to cover the entire surface.  0_o  I really hope this works because it is fucking tedious to apply.  So far I've done the stumps around the rock garden tree, the saplings and forsythia stumps on the south side of the house, and a couple of saplings on the west side.  There is a ton more to do.  Bleah.
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Is mostly being done by a crew of tree guys, who are making fantastic progress.  Our part is just occasionally walking around to supervise and give further input. 

EDIT: The tree guys are done and gone.  They finished both items on our required list, everything on the urgent list, and one on the would-be-nice list.  For the price originally quoted to do the two required items.  \o/  Also they were very insightful about interpreting things I would want.  I love working with people who realize that I understand their profession quite well, just lack the body and equipment for doing the actual work.  So now all the limbs are away from the house and driveway, and a lot of brush has got cleared away so there is more sunlight.  Also I have another mulch pile approximately the size of a car.  :D
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This poem came out of the January 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba and [personal profile] dreamwriters. It also fills the "day at the beach" square in my 1-3-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem was inspired by a conversation with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer about how tiresome it is when the supposed good guys fight in front of the bad guys, and how differently that would go in Terramagne. It also fills the "marriage" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: Graphic marital conflict is the whole point of the poem.

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Today we went out to shovel wet ash from the firepit in the ritual meadow.  I got about half a wheelbarrow full before wearing out, and managed to clear a shovel or two distance from the nodestone. 

*gasp, pant, wheeze*  *goflopnow*

Second round: shoveled another ring around the firepit, moved another half-wheelbarrow of wet ash.

Third round: shoveled to the edge of the firepit, moved about two-thirds wheelbarrow of wet ash.
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Round one: walked around the yard with the tree guy to talk about the most important stuff we need to have done, like cutting limbs away from the house and over the driveway.  Plans are in action and they'll get our project when they can.  \o/

Round two: went back out to trim grass around the barrel garden and the Japanese red maple. 

Good News

May. 25th, 2016 11:20 pm
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Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good. It can be personal or public. We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone. It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently?
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This poem came out of the February 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "sleeping with a comfort object" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and follows the stories "Warm Fuzzies" and "Outside Influence" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.

Warning: This poem contains some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is confusion, angst, trust issues, eating more high-caliber licorice than is advisable, Shiv wondering what his body is doing, and also what his mind is doing, because the inside of Shiv's head is always a warning, asking for help and getting it, more past references to Shiv's wrecktastic education, minor medical details, Dr. Bloch carefully testing how much dominance Shiv will actually go along with, the challenges of multiple layers of relationship packed together, Shiv tripping over paperwork triggers due to past mistreatment, cross-cultural translation challenges, Dr. Bloch taste-testing the licorice that Shiv is concerned about, Shiv realizing in retrospect that some of the rules he's broken had serious safety reasons behind them, somewhat awkward teamwork, Shiv struggling to wrap his mind around complex concepts of addiction and habituation, ambivalence about study-scale and personal-scale scientific method, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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The half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics made over a thousand dollars.  \o/  So I decided to close out one of the linkback poems in thanks for general support.  You can now read the whole of "To Choose a Direction."  Enjoy!
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This poem came out of the March 1, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "love" square in my 2-29-16 card for the Villain Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Note: Yona's having a baby! Offstage childbirth, male mothering, minor angst, and baby-typical chaos ensue. But it's mostly fluff. :D

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