Jul. 31st, 2017

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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poetry Fishbowl Report for July 4, 2017
Recipe: "Smoky Chicken"
Sunday Yardening
Poem: "Treasure Box"
Poem: "The Declension of Gender"
Coins of the World
Saturday Yardening
A Perfect Trip
Unsold Poems from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
Read "Moon Ghazals"
Friday Yardening
Economy for the Common Good
Read "Defending Their Own" by Dialecticdreamer
Poem: "No Power Like the Power of Youth"
Nerd Sex Joke
Moment of Silence: June Foray
Wednesday Yardening
Poem: "This Hazardous Business"
Good News

There will be a Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, August 1 with a theme of "Rites / Rights of Passage." I hope to see you then!

Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" is now complete.  Aidan and Saraphina explore the roof garden.  "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.  "The Order of Their Stars" belongs to An Army of One.  Astin takes V shopping.

Weather has included some beautiful temperate days here.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, yellow coneflowers, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, cup plant, black-eyed Susan, torenia, purple aster, naked ladies.  Corn ears are thickening and the corn seems to be done emitting pollen.  I have been weeding gardens, so they're more visible now.
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Once upon a time, the roots of Monopoly began with a board and accessories that could be used to play two diametrically opposed games: the Landlord's Game and the Single Tax (aka Prosperity).  The first is similar to the familiar version, in which players try to gain as much money as possible to bankrupt everyone else as a means of winning.  The second does the exact opposite, collecting money into public funds and distributing it for public good.  There's a version where everyone wins when the person who started with the least money has doubled their holdings

I find the earlier versions of the game much more engrossing, as they use the same set of gaming equipment to explore different economic principles and practices.  In essence, it's a simulation, not just a game.  I wish that these earlier versions were available.  The boards can be seen and are described in the rules, but the cards are described only en masse, and not all could be recreated by examining the board.  There aren't many cooperative board games available, and I think it would be fun to play either the Single Tax or Prosperity versions.
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Today we visited the Coles County Fair Fail. Now I have been to some sad and dilapidated fairs in my time, but this reaches a whole new level of pathetic. Allow me to set the stage a bit: some decades ago, when I was a wee little tadling, this fair was the big event of the summer, a bright and lively event that everyone went to because it was full of fun stuff to do. Today, one of the gates was open, but very little else was. So now, it's not sufficient to check the hours the fair is open, you have to check the hours of individual things inside to determine whether it is actually active. Today it wasn't. And this is the first weekday of the fair; Monday-Tuesday used to be the busiest weekdays when all the animal shows happened. We walked in and it was just dead. O_O We literally wondered if we had misread the signs and come in when it was exhibitors-only, except that this was after noon on the first weekday. Turns out, the fair has been cut back so much that the midway and other stuff didn't even open until 4:00. What the fuck even. >_< Total score: 3/10, and I was going to give it a 2 before my partner Doug talked it up a point on grounds of some partial successes.

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Once upon a time, there was a lovely community called [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo. It hasn't been active since 2014. So I launched a fest over on [community profile] allbingo using the same set of prompts from the last round, running August 1-31. These prompts angle toward upbeat content, although creators can do whatever they want with them. This fest encourages people to create and share material focused on what is variously called fluff, schmoop, gentle fiction, light reading, comfort reading, positive thinking, chicken soup for the soul, or anything else that offers a fun alternative to usual run of sex, violence, and angst of modern media. It's open to all fandoms plus original content, and all kinds of material. (See all my 2017 bingo cards.)

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. I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far. 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.


Cafe / Coffee ShopMagical / Soul bondFamily of choiceLearning how to be lovedOn Grandpa's Farm
Being helped Hobbies HomeComfortArt
Acceptance"I" becomes "we"WILD CARD"Me and My Gang"Adoption
Healthy TouchChangeSafeFoodTrust
"One Call Away"Naked / VulnerableEnemies become friends "Perfect Day"Apology / Forgiveness


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