Poem: "Uncertain Miracles"

Jun. 25th, 2017 04:59 pm
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This poem is spillover from the January 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] daisiesrockalot and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "transformation" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics, directly following "Insha'Allah" so read that one first or this will make no sense.

WARNING: This poem contains topics that many readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Patches and Rampart help Buraq find Haboob to use miracles to make him stop being a supervillain. This includes a manhunt, terrorist activity, Buraq getting shot, messy medical details of a serious bullet wound, flashback to prior injury, the bad guys fragging their own sniper for violating medical neutrality, taking items from a corpse as a point of positive etiquette, teleporting while injured is no fun for anyone, kidnapping Haboob and fixing him by force, when you apply miracles to a terrorist it kind of sounds like you're torturing him, and not everyone is comfortable with this, dubious consent once Haboob starts to regain some sanity, distressing inability to pray in the customary manner, but Buraq is creative with solutions and it works fine in the end, another overwhelming prayer experience ending in a faint that scares the team healer, traumatic guilt, renaming, radical forgiveness of a divinely repaired terrorist, miracles have a blest radius of extra healing, loss of homeland, austere living conditions, feeling unclean, but fortunately Buraq knows how to fix that, uncertainty, and other challenges. On the whole, however, everyone is better off in the end. Because this poem contains a major plot development in world politics, skipping it would leave a gap, even though it doesn't fall into main storylines. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you wish to read.

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Sophingo!

Jun. 25th, 2017 10:22 pm
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Sophingo! My Free Bingo Card

Kept seeing these on twitter and had trouble figuring out how they were made. So glad to see folks here explaining it so I could play too!

This is from myfreebingocards.com

Row 1: laughing out loud, superheroes, disability, Big Brother, intersectional feminism
Row 2: memes, friends & family, speculative fiction, Books, tumblr
Row 3: bamf ladies, John Hughes films, Star Wars, Christmas, queerness
Row 4: Veronica Mars, WisCon, Cats, fandom, gender
Row 5: jokes that are punny, The Hunger Games, Table top games, Television, soap operas

Wonder Woman

Jun. 25th, 2017 08:18 pm
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Just saw Wonder Woman and it was awesome!!!! Not perfect, but still awesome!!!!

I may have more articulate thoughts at a later date when my brain has calmed down, and not to worry, those will get put behind a spoiler cut.

Apparently it's been in cinemas just under a month and is already the highest grossing movie ever directed by a woman. It stole that crown from Fifty Shades of Grey, which was a TERRIBLE movie. So yay for it doing so well!

P.S. Can anyone let me know where I might be able to find WW icons, please?
lizbee: (DW: Bill (garden))
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I can't believe it's taken the show more than fifty years to use that title. Teaspoon has ... okay, only four fics using it. That's less than I expected.

Anyway.

'No, dear, those were spoilers.' )

Thought for the Day

Jun. 25th, 2017 10:57 pm
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Lately I’ve found myself spending too much time arguing with “allies.” Whether it’s explaining to them, as a black gay man, why racism in the Gayborhood is a serious issue or why nondiscrimination laws should be statewide, it feels as though I’m having to defend myself to those who should be advocating by my side. What I have realized is that too many allies conduct themselves as service providers: They show up only when there’s an immediate need, they require me to explain the problem again and again, and they may or may not actually fix anything.

In other words, allies are more trouble than they’re worth.

— Ernest Owens, “Why I’m Giving Up on ‘Allies'”

Mirrored from Under the Beret.

July 4th

Jun. 25th, 2017 08:38 pm
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theexoticvet:

July 4th is almost here, please take the time to ensure you and your pets are prepared. Many pets have noise phobia and fireworks can be torturous to them. We see lots of hit by car cases and lost pets this time of year because pets get afraid and run away, sometimes even breaking through windows and doors because they are so scared.

  • Make sure your pets are microchipped AND that all the information is up to date. This is the best way to reunite you if the worst happens.
  • Keep pets inside during the holiday, even animals that seemed fine before can become scared and will bolt or injure themselves.
  • If you know your pet is scared, go to the vet now. There are lots of solutions ranging from Thundershirts to a really great medication for noise phobia called Sileo. Your vet can help you choose.
  • If having a BBQ or cookout, make sure guests know not to give food to your pets. Our ER’s are full of dogs with pancreatitis and other GI disorders the day after.
  • Clean up! Pets will eat trash, firework wrappers, wooden skewers, etc. Never underestimate what they will and won’t eat and play it safe and don’t leave anything around.
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flowersandeverythingelse:

realsocialskills:

I think that picture books with disabled characters are probably really important, but I don’t know of many.

I’m looking for books that are *not* disability awareness books, but books where disability is just part of the world.

Eg: I saw a picture book once that was about going to the doctor, and one of the people working in the office was an adult wheelchair user. She wasn’t sick, she was just at work working. 

Does anyone know what that book is called? Or other picture books where disabled characters exist but the story isn’t about disability awareness?

http://offbeathome.com/book-for-child-with-disability/

This is a link to the author’s piece about the children’s book they published, Meet Clarabelle Blue. In the author’s words, they tried to focus very much on the character’s life, as she happens to be disabled, and not on her disability. It might fit a bit of the kind of books you’re looking for.

Thank you!

Picture book recommendation

Jun. 25th, 2017 07:54 pm
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Ettina Kitten said:

I haven’t read it, but I’ve heard that So Don’t! & See What Happens by Sarah Leal is a picture book with a main character in a wheelchair who uses AAC and the plot isn’t about her disability.

realsocialskills said:

Thank you! It looks like it might be hard to get ahold of a copy, but it’s good to know it exists. 

Does anyone else know of books like that?

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