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Atul Gawande @ the New Yorker: The Heroism of Incremental Care
Success, therefore, is not about the episodic, momentary victories, though they do play a role. It is about the longer view of incremental steps that produce sustained progress. That, such clinicians argue, is what making a difference really looks like.

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Manufacturing (and exploiting extant) crisis is a way of destabilizing polities and shifting the balance of power. Hardening a society against that line of attack is a matter of civil defense.

Ta-Nehisi Coates @ the Atlantic: My President Was Black
It was birtherism—not trade, not jobs, not isolationism—that launched Trump’s foray into electoral politics.“
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It is a quintessentially Obama program—conservative in scope, with impacts that are measurable.
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six narcissus and two peppers in terracotta pots on a table; a spider plant hangs in the background . two peppers in terracotta pots on a table
1) six narcissus, two peppers (and a spider plant), Monday, 16 January 2017
2) two peppers, Monday, 16 January 2017


a small green pepper plant in a terracotta pot . two small ripening bell peppers, with human fingers for scale
3) the Lazarus pepper, still cheerfully doing nothing in particular
4) the decapitated pepper, which I will probably harvest later this week


As you can see, my kitchen table is pleasantly green. :) Most of the narcissus have opened their secondary flower clusters to at least some degree. I have also given every plant at least one stake -- a couple have two -- to keep them from falling over. That sort of floppiness is fine outside, especially when the plants are growing in a thick bank of flowers and can lean on each other to some degree, but it looks tacky indoors: hence stakes.

The Lazarus pepper still has that one tiny unopened bud, but it doesn't seem in any hurry to develop; I very strongly suspect it never will. The decapitated pepper is about ready to harvest, and in fact I plan to snip off those peppers on Thursday or Friday and use them to make another batch of fajita filling. We shall see how well that plan holds up in practice. *wry*


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stuff done: Friday-Sunday

Jan. 16th, 2017 12:24 am
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1. First shift of the year at Not the IRS! ...Where I sat around doing pretty much nothing for five hours, because most people don't have their documents yet, and even if they do, efiling is not yet open for state returns. *sigh* I did make a few phone calls, but that was it. (The mall office is closed this year, so we have to notify all clients who used that office that they should come to the plaza office instead.)

more items under the cut )

13. Touched up Mom's sixth picture frame -- by which I mean, I removed the masking tape (this was harder than usual, since the slight looseness of the frame meant that in several cases the tape was now a couple milimeters under the wood, and I had to pry it out with a knife blade) and applied a final coat of paint to problem areas. I will have to slice off a few bits that smudged over the glass in that process, but as with the laundry, I'll get to that Monday or Tuesday.

Because, why not.... 2017 Future Meme

Jan. 14th, 2017 07:23 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] roxymissrose did it, and I replied in comments, and it seemed so fitting, so....

Grab the book nearest you, turn to page 117. The second sentence will be your life for 2017.

I traveled with my pack and my own following

Aeschylus - The Libation Bearers
Spoken by Orestes to Clytaemestra

It's my dad's copy, that he used in college when he came home after the war and was learning to be an anesthetist. I've been reading it over, just lately, really enjoying the language.

Snowflake Day Three

Jan. 14th, 2017 01:49 pm
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I'm back! Heh.

We had an ice storm, starting Thursday night. Fortunately, not a killer storm like we had way back in 2007, which destroyed trees and took the power down for almost a week. We just got a sort of glazing, this time around, and the streets are basically clear, and the power only went out a couple times, briefly, over night.

No damage this year, so glad! )


Now on to the challenge! Not as interesting a one, to me, as the others, but....

In your own space, set some goals for the coming year. They can be fannish or not, public or private.

I am definitely setting the goal of *finishing* my space AU, Yesternight. My gods, I can't believe how long I've been writing it. I'm *so close*, but as usual, lately, I seem to seize up at the penultimate moment. So frustrating! I hope to finish it before my birthday, in April - long before! And I really, really want to write more in general this year.

Personally - I need to get up and move. I am getting older, and exercise needs to be a regular thing for me. It's just very hard to motivate myself when it's just *me*. I can't afford a gym membership (though I'm looking into it), and I know if i were paying for that sort of thing, I'd use it, because - paying! So we shall see. But i really want that to be my personal 'thing' this year.

And there we go. Stay warm out there, folks - especially my Canadian flisties - seems like you guys are getting deep-frozen!

Snowflake Day Two

Jan. 13th, 2017 02:24 pm
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*waves*

So, this challenge is:In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul.

My goodness, that sounds...dire. Heh. A mark on my sooooooul. (Yes, it just sounds a little pretentious. But in thinking it over...there is a mark, and I know what made it.)

Brace yourself!

Star Wars )

All of that, from one movie, one summer, forty years ago, when one small-town Missouri girl had her eyes opened wide. And never closed them again.

stuff done: Sunday-Thursday

Jan. 13th, 2017 11:14 am
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1. Taped, sanded, and painted the remaining picture frame. I still have to do touch-ups on it, and I am quite sure Mom needs to take it to a frame shop for repairs (the wood on the back side of the frame is all chewed up where the hanging wire tore out, plus the frame itself is kind of loose and badly aligned with itself), but anyway, I am almost done with the project. :)

2. Changed linens.

3. Began repotting various spider plants, which is a project that will take a few months and also requires me to buy at least two new pots. I combined Stheno, Nefertiti, and Euryale into one pot (now named Medusa, for obvious reasons), and I snipped all the segments of Babylon free from their roots and dunked them in a big vat of water to grow new ones, which will take at least a month. Then I will repot those segments in their old (now cleaned) pot with new dirt, and in locations where they won't be trailing six inches over the edges at the ends of long, spiky brown snakes of old dead leaves and a roots. *sigh* Then I will do the same to Damocles, which will take at least another month -- probably more like six to eight weeks, in both cases.

I also want to put both Castor and HayJay into bigger pots (not combining them, just giving them some breathing room), but I don't yet have the pots, plus I think I will need another bag or two of soil to deal with all this repotting plus my eventual pepper project.

more items under the cut )

16. Wrote six three-sentence ficlets (one is... really not three sentences anymore, whoops), which I will post as soon as I get one more finished.

And now to go knock off some things from today's to-do list. :)
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If I get one more three-sentence ficlet done, I will have written exactly thirty fills for this year's ficathon. (I use 'this year' loosely; I mean the ficathon that started in December 2016.) I really want this, just for nice round number reasons (I get weird about stuff like that sometimes), but I am kind of... really, really blank on inspiration for any of the remaining prompts.

Well, I have the ones I like best collected into a list, and presumably I will figure out something to do with one of them tomorrow, at which point I will post my last eight fills to both Dreamwidth and Tumblr, and then gradually get them up on AO3. And then I will be free to focus on other stuff again.

Yeah. I'll write something on Saturday and we'll go from there. :)

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