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Fireworks can upset veterans who have PTSD. The same can happen to other trauma survivors, people with anxiety, anyone with a low startle reflex, etc. Know how to help someone with PTSD or panic attack. Here are some concrete ways to say "thank you for your service" with more than just words ...

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Right now there's a rash of church burnings that targets all or mostly black congregations. There are things people can do to oppose that ...

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So nobody in power wants to admit that burning black churches counts as a hate crime.   Or terrorism.  Hey, let's get some black folks to comment on how they feel about assaults on black churches.  Now there's a clue.
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Akin to mudras, this hand exercise offers a discreet way to balance troubled feelings.  If you're freaking out and don't know what to do, try holding each finger one at a time with your opposite hand.  It's good for settling, even if you don't believe in the energy effect, because it gives you something very simple to focus on.
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This is actually one of the more supportive articles I've read on the topic of extreme food sensitivity. And it still primarily describes the problem as belonging to one person -- instead of, say, Asshole Relatives Disorder or Inedible Food Supply Disorder.

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Every time I read about people harassing transfolk for using a restroom, I think about things like this.  You are lucky they are using the toilet.  There are worse problems your civilization could be having.  
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See some OSHA guidelines on restrooms for people outside the gender binary.  My personal preference is that the first restroom installed anywhere be unisex, and after that, if you want to add gender-divided ones, you've got all genders covered plus the unisex one serves a bunch of other functions useful to many folks.
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So people are picking on college students again for needing safe spaces. I think the world would be a better place if we picked on people less and supported people more. In that interest ...

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This poem came out of the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ellenmillion and LJ user Wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "volunteering" 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 Torn World project.

Note: This poem has not yet been submitted for Canon Board approval, so it's not canonical yet.

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This poem is spillover from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Anthony Barrette. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.


"A Gentleman in Distress"


Love is

being a sixteen-year-old boy
and saying, "Not tonight, sweetie,
I'm all out of condoms.

I'll buy more tomorrow."

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Everyone has things they don't want to talk about, sometimes ever, sometimes just right now.  For this reason it helps to have conversational safewords that mean "Drop this and change the subject."

One of ours is "No torture at the dinner table."
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... staffed entirely by transfolk, so callers don't have to explain why being trans in this culture makes them want to die. They can just start working the problem.

Trans Lifeline can be reached at 877-565-8860. For LGBT youth (ages 24 and younger) contemplating suicide, the Trevor Project Lifeline can be reached at 1-866-7386. The U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 can also be reached 24 hours a day by people of all ages and identities.
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Here is my card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest, held in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. This fest focuses on taking good care of yourself.  See all my 2015 bingo cards.

Theme: Wellness Toolbox Bingo
Dates: May 2nd - June 1st
Public Card: Yes
Open Card/Amnesty: Yes
Fills: Anything goes. Remember to use your content warnings!
Prizes: banners will be available at the end of the month and beyond.

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.
Underlined prompts have been filled.

Blackout on 5/20/15!

WELLNESS TOOLBOX BINGO CARD

Be Here NowWalkingGood NutritionTalk with a FriendHobbies
Set Attainable GoalsForgiveSocializeVolunteeringTalk with a Counselor
Enjoy Some Private TimeBreathing ExercisesWILD CARD:
Break Problem into Small Parts
Go to the MoviesEnjoy Nature
Emotional First AidReadingSurrenderYogaRespect Limits
LaughterHealthy TouchSportsWatch TelevisionFamily Traditions
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This poem is spillover from the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] balsamandash, and [personal profile] librarygeek. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series, connecting with Danso & Family as Groundhog and Cassandra work through their challenges.

Warning: This poem contains some challenging topics. Highlight to read more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. Cassandra is still dealing with fallout from her overbearing parents, the suppression therapy, and the clipping. This time she latches onto alcohol as another symbol of adulthood, gets staggering drunk. and has a miserable time of it. Fortunately the people around her respond in helpful ways, but this is still likely to be a touchy read for people with substance issues. Consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem is from the March 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "Wild Card: Mirror, mirror: Doppelgangers, clones and evil doubles" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem contains frank discussions of reproduction and choice politics, along with examples of misogyny and hypocrisy.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] fyreharper. This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem deals with some intense material. The warnings are spoilers; highlight to read them. Hadyn is a survivor of child abuse, so extra alert to that kind of issue. She notices clues that make her suspect that her classmate Adriel might be abused. So Hadyn has to scrape up her courage to tell someone. It is scary and creepy. Plus Adriel gets mad at Hadyn for a while. It all works out in the end, though, and the environment is generally supportive. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your headspace before deciding if this is something you want to read.

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This poem was inspired by a comment from [personal profile] fred_mouse about superheroes with disabilities, especially dementia. It also fills the "Thank God It's Friday ... Again: Time Loops" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] fyreharper. This poem belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] stardreamer. It also fills the "vulnerability" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fyreharper. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem deals with some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Stan's football buddies take exception to his relationship with Lawrence. Jealousy, possessiveness, homophobia and biphobia, bullying, verbal abuse, and other obnoxious behavior ensue. Stan has very little idea how to cope with any of this, because his experience focuses on protecting other people, not himself. He's always been able to rely on privilege and popularity, which are suddenly not quite as reliable as they once were. Fortunately Lawrence comes to the rescue, and Stan is a resilient fellow, but it's still very stressful. If these are sensitive issues for you, consider your headspace before deciding whether to read onward.

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This poem came out of the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. It also fills the "abandonment issues" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest, and the "you are a blessing in disguise" square in my 1-31-15 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] fyreharper. This poem belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem is flangst. The more detailed warnings contain spoilers; highlight to read. Sloane jumps on Lawrence without warning, and he dumps her on the floor by sheer reflex. And then he freaks out. Stuart follows Lawrence and very carefully talks him down. Lawrence goes back to talk with Sloane, who is also upset and wondering if she's just lost a good friend. Among other things, they discuss gender identity and roughhousing rules, and eventually they make up. There is a lot of stuff that hints or references neglect, abuse, bullying, and other stressful background. The current environment is supportive and the poem ends on a positive note. If these are sensitive topics for you, consider your current mood before reading onward.

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