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Pride isn't just a celebration. It is that and that is important. But it's also a lifeline to young queer kids. It's a protest and a form of action and so many other things.

https://fontfolly.net/2017/06/20/gay-it-forward/

Whether you are queer yourself or (hopefully!) an ally to queerfolk, please look up your local pride event. Or Google "queer homeless teens." Or "black trans lives matter" or "Two Spirit Native lgbtqia+"... Support as you can.

And remember: survival is resistance.

ETA: Also: There is no one right way to Pride

http://www.robot-hugs.com/pride-2017/

(Comic Transcript linked at bottom of comic now)

You matter. THANK YOU.
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Do you want to watch a video of a hedgehog or guinea pig being cute and cuddly? What about reading up on honeybees or listening to some birdcalls?

I am taking time to appreciate the soothing, the informative, the beautiful, and yes, the adorable. Yes, the world is a mess and humanity is busy making it even more of a mess, but there are still good things. It is important to me to notice them. Read more... )
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Thanks, friends, for recommending things - and for making things!

I've been reading rather a lot, as a way to de-stress. Gorgeous, queer, friendship-centric, wtf-romantic, fiction about love and helping people and coping with screwups. A few rereads of familiar novels and some snippets of fic I've read over and over. And a book about plants. But nonetheless, it has been a busy weekend, and I'm wondering where it went.

https://the-comfortable-courtesan.dreamwidth.org/

http://archiveofourown.org/works/2306315/chapters/5074574
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This rescue kitty in Baltimore is looking for a forever home. The people who found her love her and she is super human-friendly, but she can't live with other cats!

http://synecdochic.dreamwidth.org/777659.html

Comment over there, not here please...
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This would be a poll if I had a paid account, but I don’t. So - please reply by comment, if you are interested! I will respond with at least one CUTENESS THERAPY item for you!

Q1. A favorite fuzzy animal for adorableness purposes?
(Or fluffy, feathery, scaly, etc…)

ETA: Species posted so far: Red panda, elf owl, great horned owl, domestic cat, fishing cat, tiger, red fox, sheep, rabbit, human, capybara, hedgehog... Formats so far: Descriptive text, picture, video.

more_questions )
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[personal profile] alexseanchai is destashing some assorted necklaces and earrings, and asking $5 per piece. They will ship them for free within the U.S. If you have room in your life for some pretties from a friend of a friend, you might consider checking this out:

https://alexseanchai.dreamwidth.org/1633155.html
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Time to drop your prompt-bait into the muse's well, and see what Ysabet Wordsmith the bard pulls back up by way of poems...

http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10880022.html

Leave prompts, get shiny writing! Tip moneys, get shiny writing posted for all to appreciate! Linkback, spread the word, and reveal the linkback poem!
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Need a little art against oppression in your Monday? [personal profile] siliconshaman is taking prompts for 500-word ficlets, in any of their original universes or fandoms, and you can get MORE GOODEEZ for just a dollar or by boosting the signal.

http://siliconshaman.dreamwidth.org/1237254.html

Go ye forth and leave prompts!

***

Also, I'll be listening to my Bone Walker CD on repeat in the car this week. It goes along with a very cool series of fantasy books, but it's also just a great mix of energizing flavors from traditional sea chanties to instrumental dances to a wildly energetic nerdcore remix of said dance music. The lead musician is also blogging extremely useful news updates for the resistance, here on Dreamwidth. Dara Korra'ti is a self-identified principled supervillian and one of the most badass people I've had the pleasure to listen to.

http://music.crimeandtheforcesofevil.com/album/bone-walker

https://solarbird.dreamwidth.org/

***

ETA: For anyone using a screen reader, the following links may be more compatible, if you wish to get a taste of the music.

Content advisory: May contain supervillains, creepy monsters creeping up, snatches of story, traditional ballads with their silly sexism, brief ableist language in the form of commonly used metaphors, politically aware perspective pointing out that things really suck, deeply nerdy concepts, musical genre puree, epically noisy instruments, sounds that send shivers up my spine, and other scattered things.

Direct link to album:
http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=915171139/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/transparent=true/

YouTube examples:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTWV9fu1ARY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwpic9iDkdU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFLMcauyWnE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gbaXmDLBQI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MffSBEKeeCg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkpW7d6n5to

So there's a thing!
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Via kyleri. (I am not very good at noting where I get things. Sorry.)

A bit of poetry to stoke your fire...

"And of course it’s not fair but rest assured,
anxious America, you brought your fists to a glitter fight."

http://ecc-poetry.tumblr.com/post/153369153630/revenge
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For those wondering how to survive the current political climate in the US (and elsewhere).

Our activist elders who are who are trans, queer, black, POC, disabled, different, who are intersectionally oppressed, have done this before. They know how to fight and how to build while under threat. Let's listen.

One resource is this collection of writings:

https://olderqueervoices.com/
put together specifically to highlight the voices of the LGBTQIA+ elders who are still with us and teach us how they have done survival activism and superb art in a time and place that hated them.

I haven't read everything there, but enough to know I'll turn to it when I need it.

I'll be back with more another time...
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Quote:

I was all out of choices
But the Woman Of Voices
She came round the corner
With music around her…

…And she said
‘I’m so glad you finally made it here
With all the things you know now
That only time could tell…’


— From: lyrics 'to You're Aging Well', originally by Dar Williams (thanks comments!), Leela & Ellie Grace, self-titled CD.

I am grateful to the following scattered assortment of filk and folk musicians for being the soundtrack that got me through my week: Kerry Stanley, Steve Savitsky, Leela Grace & Ellie Grace, Leslie Fish, and all their friends and musical associates.

Cut for length: Read more... )

And THANK YOU to my dad for giving me the music bug in the first place. *wink*

(Apologies that I haven’t gone through and sorted out better formatting and alt-text for links; I think I’d never post this if I did; I’ll try to come back and edit it later.)

Apologies again; first edit didn't take, let's see if this does...
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Content Notes: General blather. A day that is neither good nor bad. Gratitude. A quote with warnings attached. Read more... )

Remember: Resist. (And remember that self-care is resistance.)
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To resist hatred, make art and music and stories and love and learning and community.

The poem by Hal Duncan linked below was the first thing that made me really feel unfiltered hope in recent months, with its total defiance and unashamed cry of love. It is queer and chaotic and intersectional and anti-fascist. It is not work safe, it has numerous triggering topics and explicit images, and it is worth it. Please. Read it.

A brief quote:

Bring me New Sodom! Bring it! Bring it on!
where shall we phoenix cuckoos
hatch in fire a city spilling out of us
weavework of nest wiring the world
Where?
Here!

http://notesfromthegeekshow.blogspot.com/

Remember: resist.
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Signal boosting Ysabetwordsmith's Poetry Fishbowl.

http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10842665.html

Feeling blah? Looking forward to spring? (Or autumn, as the case may be...or whatever seasonal cycle is local to you.) Care for a few little blossoms of hope in the form of poems?

This month's theme is nature and the bard is hoping to write primarily short stand-alone poems this time. It's a perfect time to get your feet wet ... in the fishbowl ... which I guess would make you an early heron. Or else just very confused? :D

Oh, and
:bird:
is apparently the text equivalent for the Unicode symbol for a bird. Go figure.
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Some soothing links since I'm sure we all need them:

PG:

Cats:

Kitten Academy Livestream:
Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPv9yKC76hE
ETA: Ooooooooh KITTANS SO SMOL SO SOFT YAY. Purr squeak bounce wobble nap nap.


Purring Lynx:
Video & Audio:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKJkKnaImic

Purr Yoga:
I'm so pleased this exists. I've been to the cat cafe and I've done (Westernized) yoga; I have not yet done yoga *with* cats BUT I WANT TO.
Website:
http://purringtonscatlounge.com/home/p484/yoga/

Cats 'Helping':
Text:
Humans carefully remove opossums, alive and well, from their barn. The barn cats watch ... and lend a paw, even ... or do they?
http://www.chickensoup.com/book-story/54873/25-a-captive-moment
(PS: Please be aware that Chicken Soup for the Soul is a franchise with some questionable corporate choices and lots of failure to warn. This story was OK for me; it features outdoor/semi-indoor cats, other domestic and wild farm animals, and humans trying to cope with that interface by clumsy tactics such as improvised live traps.)

Relaxation Soundtracks:

Binaural Beats for Gamma Brainwaves: (audio in video format)
(I don't know if it *works* exactly, but it puts *me* in a bit of a trance esp. when I can feel the vibration.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVPLIZotdrg

Crickets: (audio in video format)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKmRkS1os7k

Adult:
(may contain R-rated fanfic, adult beverages, and complaining about the weather): Read more... )

Oooh, did I mention blankets? Are you chilly at all? Do you have access to a soft blanket? *pets silky-fuzzy blue microfiber* Thaaaat's right. Nice blankets.
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Peoplefolk, the artists of the internet worlds can be so generous and amazing.

I wish to highlight the talents and thoughtfulness of the amazing [personal profile] ratcreature!

While wandering around my network (as one does (right?)) I stumbled upon a thread offering to draw quick sketches based on one's interest list. I posted a brief remark. And then I got a gorgeous pencil sketch!

Image below cut: Read more... )
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I appear to be teaching myself how to put pictures on Dreamwidth by way of Imgur. This pleases me, as spontaneous nature photography is a way I feel connected to the beauty of the world.

Picture and suchRead more... )
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If you want to cheer someone up and don't know how...

If you need to cry and can't quite find the tears...

If you want to support an amazing wordsmith with an astonishing range...

Feed the Fish!
http://ysabetwordsmith.dreamwidth.org/10827263.html

Quoted description:

Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. ..In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "a glitch in the matrix." I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.

... I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard.

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