Jul. 30th, 2017

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Here's an article about school segregation, which is still a problem.  There are two things it doesn't talk about, though.

1) Forcing children to travel to a distant school instead of one close to home burgles their time.  Children are largely powerless to prevent this type of abuse.  They get little enough time of their own regardless; it is wicked of adults to steal even more of it. Of course, as children grow, they gain more power -- and one thing they do if they don't like the school they're shoved into is first skip it and then quit it.  This is a serious and growing problem.

2) You can make something happen, but you can't make it work.  You can trap people in an enclosed space with people they hate, but you cannot force them to like each other, to become friends, or even to be civil.  It has been tried and has failed miserably; as soon as you lose the ability to use force, they spring apart like two north magnets.  If you want to desegregate society, you cannot simply dump people who hate each other into the same place and expect it to work.  You have to teach not just tolerance, but cultural awareness and teamwork -- how to get the advantages out of diversity, and minimize the disadvantages.  Without those skills, people constantly rub each other the wrong way and hate it and look for ways to escape. It is possible to promote diversity and multicultural society, but the ways America has tried on a large scale are neither effective nor popular.

We should be looking for better solutions than trying to force people back into a situation they wish to flee.
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COME PLAY @ THE [ FIC POSITIVITY FEEDBACK MEME ]
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I'm hoping that some of the fanwriters I read will post on the meme. So far they're all folks I don't recall reading.
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This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ellenmillion and [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It also fills the "genderfluid" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest.


"The Declension of Gender"


The Tiresians had not just two genders
but dozens -- nearly a hundred,
according to some counts.

Instead of putting gender into language,
they put language into gender,
shapeshifting as they went
from one topic to another.

Humans wrote whole books about
which gender went with what topics,
but still didn't understand them.

The only humans who could
speak Tiresian even minimally
were genderfluid folks, and
even they struggled with
that degree of flexibility.

Meanwhile, the Tiresian scholars --
to whom the declension of gender
came as naturally as breathing --
struggled to comprehend

how gender could be sessile.

* * *

Notes:

Declension is a type of grammatical change that inflects nouns and pronouns to indicate things such as gender or number. When someone says, "My pronouns are ze, zer, zem," that is declension.

Sessile means stationary or nonmoving in biology.  Sharks are mobile, while barnacles (as adults) are sessile.

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This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] siliconshaman, and [personal profile] conuly. Special thanks to [personal profile] kengr for help estimating the weight of the donation and to [personal profile] siliconshaman for help estimating its worth. This poem also fills the "silver and gold" square in my 7-1-16 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Today is cool and bright again.  :D  I'm being extra-careful about my sun exposure after yesterday's splendid excursion. We picked up three big piles of grass, and fortunately, much of that work was done in the shade.  \o/

EDIT 7/30/17: I pulled more weeds around the barrel garden.

EDIT 7/30/17: I trimmed weeds and brush from in front of the grass pile in the south lot.
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I came up with this the other night. It is quite tasty. Also chicken breasts are cheap and good for you.

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This month's theme was "Gender, Orientation, and Identity." The first session was on July 4. I wrote from 12:30 PM to 5 AM, so about 14 hours 30 minutes, allowing for breaks. I wrote 5 poems on Tuesday and another 7 later. The second session was July 18 and spread through that week. I wrote 14 more poems.

Participation was quite lively. Session one had 17 comments on LiveJournal, 176 on Dreamwidth; session two had 7 on LiveJournal, 23 on Dreamwidth. There were three new prompters: [personal profile] bairnsidhe, [personal profile] kengr, and SlytherClaw Kid. You have them to thank for the second freebie, "Clutching at Pearls."


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Alpha Bets"
"And Thunder Calls in the Distance"
"Boston Pride"
"Bulletproof"
"Chipped"
"Clutching at Pearls"
"The Declension of Gender"
"Missing"
"The Order of Their Stars"
"This Hazardous Business"
"Treasure Box"
"The Women Who Live in Themselves"

"The Emulsification of Humankind" (Torn World, June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"No Power Like the Power of Youth" (Polychrome Heroics, June 6, 2017
Poetry Fishbowl)


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for July 4, 2017. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

Currently sponsored poems poems from July 4 have all been posted.  (I have another poem to post.) Donors this time include: [personal profile] kengr[personal profile] redsixwing[personal profile] alatefeline[personal profile] ng_moonmoth[personal profile] janetmiles[personal profile] across_space_and_time[personal profile] technoshaman[personal profile] bairnsidhe[personal profile] mama_kestrel[personal profile] gingicat, Anthony and Shirley Barrette.  Thank you for your support!

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "No Power Like the Power of Youth" is the free epic. We also made the $250 goal, so that's three tallies toward a bonus session.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.

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