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A library realized that homeless people were hiding books under cushions to finish later.  So the librarians designated a shelf for homeless readers to store their "in use" books.  This is a replicable solution that any library can use if they have a similar challenge.  Meanwhile over in Terramagne, this sort of thing is common.
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Risk Everything for Family
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 4 of 14
word count (story only): 1310



:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, the Mercedes story set, and picks up immediately after “Popping In,” continuing from Graham's viewpoint. ::




“Abioud,” Aidan began, a smile tugging at the corners of his mouth, “would you please keep an eye on Saraphina and Edison while I offer the good doctor a brief magical mystery tour?”

Graham chortled. “That's a description I can get behind!” He held up a finger. “One thing. If Aida offers to spar with you in the salle, I insist that full padding be worn.”

“I'm not much of a fighter, but I know enough not to hurt a teenage girl,” Abioud protested.

“The padding is for you!” Graham countered, still smiling. “Aida is… relentless, even when she's trying to relax. It's just her nature, even when asking you to spar is a gesture of friendship to her. If you don't want to risk it, believe me, I understand. It's perfectly fine to say no If she asks, though, she's likely to be ready to socialize a little more.”

“You have an interesting family,” Aidan mused, laughing softly.

“The longer you associate with us, the more that word will drift toward 'terrifying' instead,” Graham offered, then licked his finger and pretended to check for breezes. “So far, the wind is holding steady at Interesting-by-Weird-Interesting.”
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This poem is spillover from the November 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, and Anonymous on Dreamwidth. It also fills the "drunk girl / guy" square in my 11-1-16 card for the Fall Festival bingo. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Mallory thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes confusion, indecision, college party hijinks, Whitney sneaking alcohol into a non-alcoholic event, binge-watching television, Whitney passing out drunk on the couch, reference to past alcohol misuse, reference to past rape, Mallory having a panic attack with awful flashbacks and other intrusive images, Heron calling the Student Health Center for Whitney, Mallory crying on Heron, and other angst. But there's a lot of fluff too. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. However, this is a major plot point, so skipping it would leave a gap.

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Thursday Yardening

Oct. 19th, 2017 05:13 pm
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Today is sunny and warm.  Birds are fluttering around.

We went out and scraped ash out of the firepit, so we can build a fire for Samhain.  Then we picked up sticks out of a big pile of leaves that Doug raked up earlier. 

Put down that phone!

Oct. 19th, 2017 10:25 am
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Intensive smartphone use may be harmful to our cognitive capabilities, study suggests

ERIC W. DOLAN  October 10, 2017

A new study published in the journal PLOS One provides preliminary evidence that smartphones are linked to reduced cognitive abilities. The researchers found intensive smartphone use was associated with reduced math performance in particular.

Click title for story.

(Of course, you know how I'm posting this.)
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Risk Everything for Family
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 3 of 14
word count (story only): 1459



:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, the Mercedes story set, and picks up immediately after “Popping In,” continuing from Graham's viewpoint. ::




The front door opened, bringing two sets of footsteps, then closed almost silently. A teenage girl with sandy blonde curls paused in the kitchen doorway, glancing from Doctor Finn to the guests. “Hi, Da.” The teenage girl waved at the guests, her expression warring between curiosity and fatigue. “I'm sorry, but I'm all peopled out right now. It's nice to meet you, but I'll be much more civil in half an hour or so.”

“Are you going to your room, or the salle?” Doctor G asked.

“Salle,” Aida's shoulders dragged lower. “Mrs. Wu and Doctor Janice want to talk to you tomorrow about why we're closed until one, and Mrs. Wu said that if I go back in to volunteer, I can lock the door to the conference room.”
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What to Do About Kneeling

Oct. 18th, 2017 09:20 pm
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People are freaking out over football players kneeling as a civil rights protest. As I've said repeatedly, this should be encouraged, not condemned. It is a rational, legal method of solving problems. If you block that, people will resort to less rational, less legal methods. I would prefer not to have race riots all over the place. Again. The catch is, kneeling is an effective way to attract attention but it doesn't solve the underlying problems. For that we need more. And then [personal profile] dialecticdreamer came up with this gem:

"Kneeling falls entirely under right of free expression and social protest. Anyone who tries to decry that it 'damages' the corporation a public figure works for, whether a sports team or a bakery, is an authoritarian idjit. Were I the manager of a sports team, the SECOND one of my players knelt in protest, I'd arrange to meet them, and ask what can help. Public outreach. More sports camps and mentorships for youth in poverty, who are disproportionately darker-skinned (but I'd be careful not to make skin color a requirement-- you've heard this rant before)."

Well, the famous guys are difficult or impossible to reach, for practical reasons. But it's not just them anymore; players on local teams sometimes do the same thing. They can be reached, and so can their managers. Letters to the editor of any newspaper would be another way of publicizing this idea. We can also just put this topic in blog posts. Then if anyone is involved in sports where this is happening, they have a solution to try.
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Recently a friend mentioned looking forward to an event but worrying that it might be overwhelming. This can happen. It happens more often to people with special needs -- or introverts, who are a huge portion of the populace that is simply ignored in almost all event planning, thus necessitating additional accommodations. Here are some ideas to make your trip safer and happier ...

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Wednesday Yardening

Oct. 18th, 2017 04:00 pm
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Today is sunny, mild, and breezy.  I refilled the birdfeeders.  Birds are fluttering around in the nice weather today, although I haven't seen any on the feeders.

I planted 24 Muscari armeniacum  around bushes along the driveway.  This is a classic type of blue grape hyacinth which puts up spikes of tiny purple flowers shaped like bells.

We hope to get back out later and work on the area around the outdoor woodpile.

EDIT 10/18/17: We moved a wheelbarrow of firewood from the yard onto the porch.

EDIT 10/18/17: I went back out and fertilized the bulb gardens and some places where they're naturalized.  Thanks to whoever it was that reminded me of this.

Simply the most...

Oct. 18th, 2017 03:14 pm
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... jaw-dropping "Anywhere's Got Talent" performance I've ever seen.

And another pretty darn amazing one.

Parking Maneuver

Oct. 18th, 2017 01:08 pm
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How a strongman solves a parking problem.  More common in Terramagne than here, but fun to see. 

Dear Google...

Oct. 18th, 2017 11:22 am
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How can I grant RW permission to an app? SaneBox has modified its code and says that to change from the full access that it formerly required to RW, which is all it needs now, we have to revoke access and then grant RW. If we can do it thru you, please tell us how; if we have to do it through the app (in this case, SaneBox), please say so. Either way it won't take much work or space.
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Risk Everything for Family
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 2 of 14
word count (story only):



:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, the Mercedes story set, and picks up immediately after “Popping In,” continuing from Graham's viewpoint. ::




Abioud sighed, his whole body curling protectively around Saraphina. “I'm sorry, Aidan. I'm very sorry, but you need someone you can talk to frankly. Openly. About everything, and I'm not an idiot; I know that is a trainload of stuff. It's not like there are experts on superannuated gardeners hiding in the bushes.”

Aidan snorted. “Where else would a gardener hang out?” He reached out, his hand trembling faintly just an inch above Abioud's gleaming dark curls. “You're asking for more than you know. It would be like… telling your sister that I'm gay.”

Shock bloomed on the Egyptian's face, followed by a mask of horror. “Oh… that's… beyond not good.” He shook his head again. “I'm sorry, Aidan.” He glanced down. “At least we haven't woken Saraphina.”

“Baby gates,” Aidan replied dryly. “I reinforced them.”
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Hard Things

Oct. 18th, 2017 12:09 am
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?
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[community profile] fandomlovespuertorico is live! :)

Please, folks, if you have the means and the inclination, sniff around over there. Signal boosts are equally excellent and just as essential, as is simply knowing about the auction itself, so please don't feel unhelpful if you're not able to bid at the moment.

Again with the dual references in the subject lines, aieeeee! Otra vez, Sr. Miranda conoce exactamente que decir...

good things of late

Oct. 17th, 2017 08:00 pm
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Stunning views of Mt. Hood on the drive home on a couple of clear days lately.

Autumn leaves!!! The red-violets, the scarlets, the golden yellows, the lemon-lime yellow-greens, the rich bronzes, the purples and olive-greens! The chiaroscuro of wind movement, the ombre effect of different amounts of light on different heights, the subtle changes day to day!

Talked to my sibling B last weekend. They are doing well, being absurdly domestic with their adorkable partner, and in touch with our parents.

Noticed feeling unusually upbeat in car on the way home, compared to usual after-work blahs.

Food:

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signal boost: anyone in California?

Oct. 17th, 2017 07:04 pm
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A friend of a friend is looking for an apartment to share and/or a place to crash while apartment-hunting.

If this is not you, but you think you might know someone who knows someone, please boost the signal! You might save someone's life.

https://balsamandash.dreamwidth.org/107706.html


I mentioned a friend looking for roommates in California earlier this month. She's still looking, and it's getting bad -- the end of this month means basically be homeless in LA or come back to Florida, and both of those are gonna be really hard on her mental health. So I'm putting out the word again and hoping some kind of miracle comes through.

If anybody is looking for a roommate in the downtown LA/Hollywood/Wilshire area -- or knows somebody looking for, or knows someone who might be looking for, or knows someone who might know someone, or any kind of lead at all -- please, please hit me up and I can get people in touch with her. Or honestly, at this point, if anyone knows somebody in other areas of California willing to house a couch surfer for a month to give her a little more time to look, I can send that to her and maybe she can work things out. She's not good with dogs or cats but other pets are not a problem, and ideally looking to pay around $600/month.
EDIT: After some discussion, if there's anyone in the area of San Diego -- or possibly anything else within about that far from LA (so 2-3 hours, so not all the way up the state but a much larger range than before) -- that might be able to put somebody up for a couple of weeks to a month, that would be really appreciated as well, as it would give her more time to try and look.

Help seriously, greatly appreciated. I'm really worried about how this is going to end up.


Ask [personal profile] balsamandash for more details.

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