What good news have you had recently? Are you anticipating any more?
Basically the whole camping trip. Though not the getting ready for it, which was a Thing.
Especially the ocean. Ocean!!!
The gift of time, and listening, and care.
Solar eclipse!!! Eclipse glasses in the mail, not a day too late. Early grumpy wake-up. Dawn while driving dark winding roads; morning by a wild river. Stopping at a camp store on a highway deep in the woods. Rambling around, looking at the sun through trees, judging angles. A book, a fern meadow, a cup of hot coffee, a path by a pond, a return just in time. Unexpected friends with a telescope!
An orange bitten circle, crescent, sliver, shrinking.
Ripples of auroral light along the road. Dusk over the pine trees, and a planet shining in twilight blue. A blazing ring around the dark circle, and light expanding to impossible brightness. The sun revealed again.
Seeing friends; visiting their farm; horses, chickens, dogs, alpacas!!!
A tuft of alpaca wool. A handful of blackberries. Cold water given in hospitality.
Getting some chores done. Fine sandpaper, good work gloves, and other tools. Cookies.
A favorite sweater.
Uncertainty. It may be uncomfortable, but it is a gift.
(I'm going Out East to a funeral, with S, and when I come back it'll be the new school year at work, and there's so much I was going to get done that I haven't, and so many experiences I've had that I would not have traded away. I'm not feeling ready, but I'm not totally lost either, I think...I have some hope, and some foundations to build on, and some goals, and some good reassuring things; what I don't have is clarity. I guess I'll muddle on ahead.)
And oh, the light...
WARNING: This poem contains some controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. In this poem, alter!Alex is Harley Quinn, a conflation which may bother some readers. It also features dimensional travel, impaired consent and mental functionality, forceful interventions to address an abusive relationship, vehement objections to well-meaning help, attempted assault, use of a previous name for constructive but nonconsensual purposes, allergies, reference to vigilante activity, reference to Quinn's past abusive relationship, communication failures, confusion, mixed signals, awkward family dynamics, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.
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I've been seeing lots of butterflies today. There was a monarch around the barrel garden and various small butterflies when I was weeding.
EDIT 8/22/17: I went back out and pulled more weeds farther along the patio edge and by the birdgift apple tree.
Because of my linguistic coprocessor, it's very easy for me to hack a pidgin if I know any of its main antecedents. So for instance, I can clock "don" as the past-tense marker: "BBC Pidgin don start today" = "BBC Pidgin started today." Take a look at the new materials and see what bits of grammar and vocabulary you can identify. \o/
Meanwhile over in Terramagne, I bet their BBC offers a whole bunch of different overlays like this. France probably does too, because they spawned a lot of colonial languages, including the Haitian French that Saraphina speaks. Hmm, I wonder how long it'll take Aidan to catch onto that resource, because he's not much of a TV junkie. But an hour of French-national Haitian French overlay would be good practice for them, and a nice change from the much scarcer pure Haitian programming.
One reason I've been writing down a lot of T-American food choices and linking similar local recipes is because they're a lot farther along the path of using dietary choices to support health. That's mostly replicable here. You can see it with Shiv in particular, how much better he feels now than several months ago. That's not all due to the extra psych support he's getting; it's also because he's eating better.
The whole world whispering
Born at the right time…
We danced in graveyards with vampires till dawn
We laughed in the faces of kings, Never afraid to burn
Everything not mandatory is forbidden
The sun set quickly, as if it wanted to get out of the way.
This story comes after Hostage Situation, Ketchup, Salt, and Released. Jin, Aud & Sage’s teenaged child, has dealt with a hostage situation in unique fashion. 🥞
Police Captain Iverny was not having a good day.
That was not true: Some parts of his day were very good. The part where the monster in the bank had only managed to kill one person – that was wonderful.
The Tzarin and his people wanted to leave slow and late the next day, so Raizel and the DIamond crude mountain people, and they found themselves angry and uncomfortable with their result.
The Raven was quiet as they walked, which suited Raizel. It was early, the sun was low and rising lazily, and she wanted to make good time while the weather was clear and cool.
When he started humming, she tried to ignore it, but the tune was catching, the sort of thing that spiraled its way into your ear and took up residence there. She found herself humming along.
It was only when she caught him glancing at her sidelong, smirking, that she stopped the humming, flustered. “What?”
“You sing very nicely. and you handled those idiots quite well.”
None of the plants in Addergoole’s grotto were, technically, toxic. That is, they might cause you to have convulsions, visions, insomnia, narcolepsy, or possibly just a warm and fuzzy feeling, but they would not kill you — or, at least, they wouldn’t kill an ordinary human or Ellehemaei child. Some of the Changes, normal air would kill them, and Valentina could not speak for her plant life in those cases.
She enjoyed encouraging experimentation and enjoyed more watching the results of the experimentation. After all, every plant in the grotto was the result of“hey, what happens if…?” — Hers and Laurel Valerian’s, mostly, although students other staff had put in their ideas from time to time. Isabella Even-hand in the kitchen had the most brilliant ideas. Most of her plants lived up in the orchard or the sunlight gardens, but there were a couple, including the Angry Peach, that deserved their place in the grotto — and made the most aggressive desserts.
“Hey.” One spikey-haired first-year student flopped down on the soft moss next to another first-year, lanky and dark-clad and serious-looking. “Have you tried chewing on the purple leaves? They make sort of a tingling feeling, and then you just don’t feel anything at all for a while.”
Emotional numbness, Valentina wrote, in her unseen perch up in a prickly-pear tree. She’d been growing the purple-leafed plant for its bark and the bast fibers in its stem.
“Don’t feel anything at all? Sounds better than those yellow berries. Give it here.”
Long-term effects? She’d have to keep an eye on these two.
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"Only in the Gift"
I have seen the moon-shielded sun
and the Father God winking
as he turns his one wide eye
back toward the waiting world
a reminder that we live,
moment by moment,
only in the gift of
his infinite light.
Poem: "To Appreciate Small Victories"
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Poem: "Tricky Treats"
Today we saw the eclipse in Chester, IL. :D 3q3q3q!!!
The bonus fishbowl last week went well.
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"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies. Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack. "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics. Pips gets worried about Jules and drops by for a visit. "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie hears that the Iron Horses are going after the gaybashers, and feels uneasy over his own reactions.
Weather has been warm to hot here. Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, cup plant, black-eyed Susan, torenia, purple aster, rose campion, some yellow thing in the wildflower garden, thistle.
|Labyrinth (film)||Virgin Sacrifice||Vampires||Fairies||Witch|
|Wrath/Rage||Spider||Iron||Thing in the Closet||Alone in the Woods|
|Watching You||Possession||Urban Legend||Autumn||Pretty Prey|
|Don't Turn on the Light||Sleep||Thanksgiving||Wolfman/Werewolf||Apples|
|Shadows||Creepy Children||Slutty Costumes||Refusal to Dress Up/Non-costume||Tombstone|