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Today we got some free persimmons, so I made this. I probably put less than $1 of other ingredients in, so yay, almost-free dessert!

When I was little, my grandmother and I used to pick up persimmons from an empty lot near her house, and they are still pretty easy to find out in the world if you know what to look for: a medium-sized tree that drops most of its leaves and then has lots of little orange balls hanging from it. Pick them off the ground, not the tree. Persimmons make good pies, cakes, or persimmon butter.

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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," and "Little and Broken, but Still Good."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of human trafficking and nonconsensual drug use. Slightly offstage sexual violence. Dubcon/Noncon.
Summary: Sometimes the Black Widow needs to hunt, and sometimes she needs help settling her personality afterwards. Uncle Phil arranges an extra ageplay session.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. BAMF!Black Widow. Black Widow is creepy. Spiders. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Caregiving. Competence. Girl stuff. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13.

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This poem was commissioned by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer.  It also fills the "septicemia / infected wounds" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo  fest.  It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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A while back, a discussion with a friend led me to raise this question:

Does your kink polarity (Dom or sub, top or bottom, sadist or masochist, etc. if you have one) influence your taste in reading material?

Frex, a Dom might seek out character weaknesses while a sub might look for what strengthens them.  They might favor different points in the hurt/comfort plot cycle. Of course it also depends on which character people identify with and how.  

Thoughts?
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Here is an article with some video about a purple siphonophore -- it looks like a living dustmop. 
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 [personal profile] thebonesofferalletters wrote the ficlet "woven with words" based on my prompt about discovering identity.  Some stories are true more than once.
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 [personal profile] thebonesofferalletters has posted a call for prompts on the theme of "identity, urban legends, or anything autumnal."  Leave prompts, get ficlets.  You can donate to extend a story.  
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," and "Little and Broken, but Still Good."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of human trafficking and nonconsensual drug use. Slightly offstage sexual violence. Dubcon/Noncon.
Summary: Sometimes the Black Widow needs to hunt, and sometimes she needs help settling her personality afterwards. Uncle Phil arranges an extra ageplay session.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. BAMF!Black Widow. Black Widow is creepy. Spiders. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Caregiving. Competence. Girl stuff. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12.

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Read a spice guide. Not quite every spice we use is listed here, but most of them are. I'm surprised and pleased by the multicultural coverage.
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Today my partner Doug found these red-and-black bugs all over a fallen maple branch, and wanted to know if they're a problem. 

They are boxelder bugs.  Nymphs are oval and bright red, gradually gaining black as they grow; adults are black with small red stripes.  They eat the leaves and seeds of boxelder, ash, and maple trees; they will also nibble on fruits such as peaches or pears.  They do not do structural damage and are not considered agricultural pests.  They generally do not bite, but they make a stinky smell if annoyed.  They congregate in cracks or under loose bark for shelter, usually on the warm south side of trees or buildings.  Indoors, they are considered nuisance pests, because their droppings can leave stains and most humans dislike insects.

If boxelder bugs are bothering you in small numbers, they may controlled by:
* hosing with water
* soap solution
* diatomaceous earth
* borax
* removing host trees, primarily female boxelders but also ash or maple
* raking away seed pods, leaf piles, and other detritus
* introducing or encouraging predatory insects such as preying mantis
* vacuuming or hand-picking them
* stomping on them
* household bug spray

For large numbers of bugs, call an exterminator and specify whether you wish only the house protected, or want them removed from the whole yard.

Here is a guide to tree & shrub pests.  

Learn about controlling boxelder bugs.  Here are some more detailed instructions.

This has been a public service announcement from the Knight in Shining Armor Pest Control Service.
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This crowdfunding project focused on clothes for people with Down syndrome, who often have different body proportions from average.

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