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Here's an interesting piece on albinism and discrimination. I have no idea why people pick on albinos, other than the generic hatred of anything different; it makes even less sense than the large-scale ethnic discriminations where at least one might conceive of seeing another large group as competition. Vision problems are a key aspect of albinism. There is a trend toward albino villains in entertainment, although it has a matching heroic version. This association with evil can cause problems for people with albinism. It also spills over to characters with similar appearance, even if they are not specifically identified as albino: pale skin, white-blond or white hair, light (blue, green, hazel) or pink/red eyes. Actually it turns out that in humans, albinos more often have lavender or blue eyes rather than pink/red, although the ruddy tones do occur.

Well, once you count "albino-like" features, my characters cover the whole spectrum because I happen to think it's a picturesque color range. (I am also into dark characters, and dark with light hair. What can I say, I like diversity.) Also albinos and other very light-colored people are just like anyone else, so they can be good or evil or most often a mix of both. So let's see...

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This story came out of the May 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "healthy touch" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This story belongs to the Don't Try This at Home series of Schrodinger's Heroes.

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This poem came out of the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kelkyag and LJ user Marina_bonomi. It also fills the "socialize" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to The Steamsmith series.

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This poem is spillover from the April 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills "the sky at night" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been selected in an audience poll for the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl making its $200 goal. It belongs to the series The Clay of Life.

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 "A Small Needful Fact" by Ross Gay is a brilliant poem about the life and death of Eric Garner.  This is why society needs poetry.
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This poem came out of the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] corvi, and [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. It has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. This poem belongs to the Valor's Widow thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, after the introductory events of "Valor's Widow."

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This is spillover from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills the "phobias" square on my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. Based on an audience poll, it has been sponsored by the general fund.

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This poem came out of the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] moongoddessgirl, [personal profile] lynnoconnacht, [personal profile] kelkyag, and [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "mothers and fathers" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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So Obama went to Jamaica, and being a civilized person, opened a speaking event with, "Greetings massive.  Wah gwan, Jamaica?"  (I believe that says roughly, "Hello, everyone.  What's going on, Jamaica?")  Now look at all those grinning faces.  That is the "Oh hey WOW this foreigner is a PERSON!" face.  That's the face I got whenever I said so much as "Hello" in the local language.  (Well, except in Tblisi, where the Georgians were completely flabbergasted first.)  It's a way of being a polite guest, and showing respect for the local hosts.  And then they see you as a person, not just a tourist they have to put up with.

Here we have a fundamental disagreement about what it means to be Presidential.  For me, it's about leading by example, getting the job done, and part of that job is diplomacy.  You can't get other countries to go along with your ideas, or get them to pony up their good ideas for you to share, if they think you're a dick because you're acting like a dick.  Leadership requires mutual respect and cooperation.  Conversely, some people view being President as all about force.  Never giving an inch, making people do what you want whether it is good for them or not.  That way causes more problems than it solves.

*wist*  Imagine how much progress in world diplomacy could have been made if President Obama had been free to do things like this all along.
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This is the second freebie for this session, courtesy of new prompter [personal profile] moongoddessgirl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. It also fills the "winners and losers" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest.

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This poem is spillover from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman.


haiku in English
kitsune wags her three tails
haze of thoughts and words

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Notes:

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry, which you can learn to write.

A kitsune is a Japanese fox spirit, with power indicated by the number of tails.

haze (kasumi, all spring).

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This poem came out of the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "spring" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to The Time Towers series, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

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Poem: haiku

Apr. 7th, 2015 02:55 pm
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This poem was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman.


shining wind whispers
enlightenment of language:
words, thoughts, yin and yang


* * *

Notes:

Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry which is fairly simple to write.  However, for more challenge you can include things like the season words characteristic of classic haiku.  In this case, "shining wind" (kaze hikaru)  refers to the entire spring season, also blending auditory and visual imagery which I followed through with language and enlightenment.

Taijitu is the yin-yang symbol, opposites in dynamic balance.  This is how I think of linguistic relativity: language influences thought, and thought influences language, forever touching but never blending away their differences.

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Usually it's the Christian holidays that get the epic displays of brilliance.  Today, I bring you a Jewish one, courtesy of my partner Doug.  As you can tell from the title, this is a tongue-in-cheek celebration, so if you prefer solemn ones, you should probably skip it.  If you believe that play and laughter are sacraments, click through.
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Here's an interesting computer game called Flight to Freedom, based on the Underground Railroad. Things I see as positive: a black protagonist, a female protagonist, and a plot about something more constructive than killing or looting.
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Sweden has officially added the gender-neutral pronoun "hen" alongside the masculine "han" and feminine "hon" in dictionaries.  That is just so awesome.
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Here's an article about (mostly problematic) representations of Native Americans in speculative fiction. Well, yeah, that's what you get if you read only or mostly wasicu history books. If you grow up on Naya Nuki and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee ...

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Here is an illustrated discussion about racism in comics. First, it's an example of the peskiness that people of color deal with all the time. Second, it's a sharp reminder to build clear character sheets if you are working on a team, and what can go wrong if you're careless about that or change things over time. Whitewashing tends to annoy people a lot.

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