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A new-old option is entering the field.  Remember that everyone used DIY medication until it became a viciously protected industry.  If you find the health care system accessible, affordable, and effective then by all means use it.  But if you can't access it, then studying how to do things for yourself is better than dying because some bastard decided to murder people by jacking up the cost of lifesaving medication by 6000% or whatever.
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 ... is not a binary, but rather a spectrum with many variations.  They're just kind of hard to see when doctors routinely cut off genitals they find offensive.  It particularly aggravates me when people argue the "isness" of gender not based on scientific fact but a casual glance at the crotch, which is often wrong in intersex cases.  At least a chromosome reading would tell you what the sex chromosomes say.  Which is sometimes XXY, XYY, X0, or other things that aren't the standard male or female -- leaving those people legally obligated to lie about their sex on almost every form, which only offer male/female in official contexts.  Someone really needs to sue the government for rampant sex discrimination.  I mean, imagine if the forms only offered "male" and all women had to lie or go without services.  They'd be as pissed as they were back when a lot of places had only men's toilets.
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 ... have been sighted making waves together.  This is cool.  However, these discoveries are moving humans closer to graviton technology.  This concerns me.  While it's always exciting, it's also extremely dangerous.  They haven't even figured out how to use nuclear power safely, which could largely destroy the biosphere.  A graviton accident can crack a planet in a half, a developed weapon can pulverize one, and farther up the scale you get sunkiller bombs.  *looks at the steaming pile in the Oval Office*  I am not sanguine about Earth's survival.  :(

We should probably mail some algae and tardigrades to Mars and the water moons while we can.
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We bought a board game called Planetarium. Tonight we playtested it in preparation for playing with friends later this month. I'm not inclined to do a full review based on one round, but I want to record some preliminary observations so I don't forget them. After I've played some more, I'll add more details and clean up the descriptions.

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The unsold poetry list for the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl is now up on LiveJournal. 
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Read "Real Friends Help You Hide the Bodies" by Bairnsidhe
Poem: "Digging In"
Poem: "The Green Monkey"
Read "Rule 34" by Siliconshaman
Sunday Yardening
Reward for Impeachment
Poem: "Come Closer in Kinship"
Crowdfunding Creative Jam
Kneeling
Poem: "Liminality"
Toward Activity Scouts
Friday Yardening
Poem: "Transpeciation"
Thursday Yardening
Poem: "Transcend Apparent Limits"
Moment of Silence: David Patterson
Wednesday Yardening
A Word for America Today
Good News


There is a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics this week.  Shop for poetry, or watch for new goodies to appear.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and has 7 new verses.  Stylet comes out of the shower.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Pips and Jules discuss what to get for G and Joshua after the fire.  

We got a little rain, and the weather turned much cooler.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, firecracker plant, morning glories, frost asters, goldenrod.  Most of the fields around us have been harvested.

I saw a couple of sparrows around the birdfeeders this week.   Right now there is a male cardinal around my office window.  :D 
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I have sponsored the poem "Real Friends Help You Hide the Bodies" by [personal profile] bairnsidhe.  It's about an intersex supervillain and friends, and actually quite touching.
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This is the freebie for the October 2017 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills the "autumn" square in my 10-1-17 card for the Fall Festival bingo, and with that, I have made bingo down the B column! \o/


"Digging In"


A true friend is someone who,
when you tell them to bring a shovel,
they don't ask if you're planting roses
or burying your ex,

they just come dressed to dig.

It's tulips, this time,
fringed and French,
parrots and peonies,
Darwins, Greigii, Fosteriana.

It's tulips, this time,
their brown bulbs
whispering triumph,
against autumn winds,

but it isn't always.

* * *

Notes:

Tulips are planted in fall to bloom in spring.  They come in many different styles.

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This is the second freebie for the October 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl courtesy of new prompter [personal profile] elinox. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] acelightning. It also fills the "frighten" square in my 10-1-17 card for the Fall Festival bingo.


"The Green Monkey"


It's hard when you're born
technically human, visibly human,
but so weird you don't fit in --

when your body looks female
but your soul feels male,

when you're so smart that
you finish the worksheet before
the teacher finishes handing them out,

when you can hear things that
humans aren't supposed to hear
or say things that everyone claims
only babies can learn to pronounce --

and you can't help but remember
that experiment with the monkeys
where the scentist dyed one of them
and the others tore it to pieces,

when you keep seeing murders
of trans nerdy freakish people
whenever you turn on the news,

when every time that you go out
you feel people's eyes on your back,
crawling over your skin like spiders,

and you don't know why you
seem to frighten them so much
but it's clear enough that you do,

and you can't help but wonder
if you're the green monkey.

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[personal profile] siliconshaman has posted a Polychrome Heroics story set in Rapid City, very explicit and NSFW.  Check out "Rule 34." 
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Today is partly sunny, chilly, and blustery.  We got more rain late last night and early this morning.  Most of the fields around us have been harvested.

I planted 20 Iris 'Harmony' in the wildflower garden.  These are miniature iris with lavender uprights and bright purple falls.

I also gathered more wildflower seeds and planted them in the prairie garden.

EDIT: I went back out and planted 6 Daffodil 'Thalia' in the purple-and-white garden. They are narrow-leafed white daffodils.

EDIT: I planted 12 Puschkinia / Lebanon Squill in the purple-and-white garden.  These put out clusters of star-shaped flowers in white to pale blue.
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In a delightfully responsible use of extreme wealth, Larry Flynt has offered a $10 million reward for information leading to the impeachment of #45. 
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This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] redsixwing, Deacon of [personal profile] antisocialite_forum, [personal profile] curiosity, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] callibr8, [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, and [personal profile] helgatwb. It also fills the "homelessness" square in my 7-1-17 card for the Winter Fest in July bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Iron Horses thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. Posting this means that the sequel "Come Out of the Darkness" can be posted as soon as it gets sponsored.

Warning: This poem contains a few touchy tidbits. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features partial helplessness, awkward gender dynamics, help with personal care, dramatic scars, unannounced arrivals, insecurity, low self-worth, emotional overload, confusion, and other challenges. Mostly it's fluff, though. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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I have finished writing for the fishbowl.  The general fund poll is closed and those verses have been posted to "The Inner Transition."  I still have one sponsored poem to post, "Come Closer in Kinship."

There will be a half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics from Monday, October 16 through Sunday, October 22.
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Based on an audience poll, "The Inner Transition" has 7 new verses.  Stylet emerges from the shower in rather better shape than he went in.
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We missed the beginning of the Grand Prairie Friends Fall Fete today, but got to part of it. 

They had live music this time, quite a charming band, including a mountain dulcimer player.  It's not often that I like live music because my tastes are different than the usual, but this was really nice.

The food was a huge disappointment.  It was catered instead of the usual potluck.  I had high hopes because it was catered by Smokey's, a favorite restaurant.  Their catering is greatly inferior to the restaurant.  The barbecue pulled pork was fine -- but they had grilled pineapple and portabellas that they wouldn't let me have, because they were "for vegetarians only," and the two sides they had weren't suited to me.  >_<  So all I left with with was the sandwich.  Later a couple other people shared some of their food with me, which lifted my mood a little, but this is probably the last time I'll eat a meal catered by this restaurant.  It was completely inappropriate for a whole host of dietary needs, and most people won't say anything about those because it embarrasses them.  They just won't come back. 

Compare this to the dessert potluck last month where we had over a dozen delectable things to choose from.  The usual Fall Fete potluck would have over two dozen sides and desserts brought by members, plus hot dogs, beef hamburgers (with or without cheese), and veggie burgers bought by the organization.  You could take whatever you want, depending on your personal needs and tastes.  There were usually plenty of things to please a very wide range of folks.  A lot of people layered a beef burger and a veggie burger together.  Today was one main dish, you couldn't take both options even if you couldn't eat the other stuff, two sides, a pre-mixed salad, and soggy cobbler for dessert.  Total mood-killer.

They had printed plastic cups, though, in four colors.  Those were new, and really cute.

We didn't spend half as long there as usual.  It was nice to see some people we knew.  We did stop to explore part of the new trail, which has a very nice little parking lot at the far end.  The forest is in great shape -- oaks, hickories, maples, sycamores, all kinds of trees.  The trail is pretty good, a nice moderate challenge level.  But it's going to need maintenance by spring.  They cut of a lot of saplings at chest level which are, obviously, already sprouting new branches and will be right across the trail in late spring.  To say nothing of spiderweb frames in any season.  Also I spotted at least one trickle cut across the trail, which means they didn't put pipe cuts or even gravel under it for drainage, making it prone to wash out in the rain.  The concrete blocks across the creek (currently dry, but it'll fill with rain) were turned holes-up, which is not only a tripping hazard but will make the creek back up.  Turn them flat side up, and the water goes right through the big holes.   :/  But eh, it's a beautiful new route for hiking, and I don't have to maintain it.

After that, I had great luck shopping for flower bulbs.  Mixed tulips, white narcissus, pale blue squills, all kinds of stuff.

Not a bad day overall, just had its ups and downs.
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The Crowdfunding Creative Jam is open with a theme of "moving the body." 


What I Have Written

"Digging In" is the freebie.


From My Prompts

"Real Friends Help You Hide The Bodies" by [personal profile] bairnsidhe  
It's a character introspective poem in the Calamity Johnson thread of Super Queers about her unique way of feeling dysphoria and how her friends help her.

[personal profile] bairnsidhe has listed more Creative Jam items for sale here.

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