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Kate @katebowles@mastodon.social

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I'm window watching my wife planting flower bulbs in Autumn soil. (I provided her with grass cuttings from the lawn). It occurs to me how her efforts in the soil now is based solely on hope for the days yet to come. That's not just metaphorical musing. Many Spring bulbs became food for squirrels and chipmunks. Still, she plants and nurtures and then will wait at winter's end for these flowers to arrive. I'm so grateful for her foresight and patience and love of the world.

This day. Two hours of listening and thinking and drinking coffee with a hospital colleague, learning about how both cancer and mental health services fail to offer meaningful non medicalised welcome to patients and families.

Planning research, but really planning for community care.

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The world can be unkind, oftentimes.

The way I see to stave off such woe is to redouble efforts of kindness- to eachother, and to ourselves.

That includes forgiving ourselves for the flaws and sleights we feel we carry.

Whatever shape that innermost self has
it will change
and it will grow

and you will have another chance
to improve.

So just...be kind to yourself.
Say it, if you need to.

'It's okay to be me. I am enough.'

And whatever parts that aren't?
You have the power to improve them.

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I think they thought I swallowed a bird and it was trying to get back out.

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So I'm fighting a cold and tonight I learned that if you want your cats to make the most amazing facial expressions, the thing to do is gargle with salt water in front of them.

I tilted my head back upright and looked down and they were both on the bathroom counter just staring at me, their eyes huge with concern. "Dude OMG are you okay? Should we call someone? Do you need a boop?"

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Let's play a game, to help some of the newcomers make connections: name 5-7 things that interest you but aren't in your profile, as tags so they are searchable. Then boost this post or repeat its instructions so others know to do the same.


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I'm following @timrowe into the murky Waters of a getting to know you meme. Here's five things that interest me that aren't in my profile:


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in what I will assume is a rare moment of corporate introspection, target bought ads against "trash furniture" for some reason and if you click through will happily list the trash furniture available for sale there mastodon.social/media/CoeVmmbm mastodon.social/media/MHbTpaUc

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Let’s play a game, to help some of the newcomers make connections: name 5-7 things that interest you but aren’t in your profile, as tags so they are searchable. Then boost this post or repeat its instructions so others know to do the same.


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I feel "softened", in the combative sense, by the political climate. It softens me up, leaving me open for real hurt.

Workaday setbacks hit me like a sack of hammers. A meeting with a client that didn't go quite according to plan used to fill me with resolve o do better. Now it knocks me on my ass, leaving me feeling bruised and dispirited, needing days of recovery.

This day. I got out of the lift on the wrong floor, and walked into the office of someone I don't know well. We chatted for a while and then unexpectedly he showed me photos of himself in uniform, standing in front of tanks, in the Gulf War.

I had no idea. I had no idea of the extent of his story, this quiet man.

An irrational thing that happens to me when I have to travel for work: I become uneasily convinced that I've lost my passport, and so can't bear to look for it.

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Our friend @cogdog has put out a Daily Create request in the ever-expansive ecosystem, asking us to create Photo Messages for digital media university students meeting for classes under tents in Puerto Rico, where recovery from the hurricane is slow. Info on how to help reach out and send a message of support is here daily.ds106.us/tdc2109/ (and yes, sharing is mostly done over at birdsite).

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This is the season where we tell how I wanted to show my 3 year old I could cut out the face she drew on a pumpkin. She markered gleefully and I spread the newspapers on the back stoop, then took the knife and removed the pumpkin top, inviting her to help me scoop the orange guts. She came close, then ran off screaming at how yucky it was. So I scooped alone.

A few minutes later she ran back over, "Look, mom! I found slugs!" she said, her hands oozing full of them.


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I can't believe no one has invented a bedside coffee maker. I mean, it seems like a no-brainer??

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I may be showing my age, but really gives me cozy feels... like back when Twitter was a baby and it felt like you knew everyone on it.

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Btw did I tell y’all that I went to Zoe Quinn’s book talk and was the only one there that went “YEAH!” when she mentioned mastodon?

Because that is a thing that happened. 😂

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WikiHouse is an open source project to reinvent the way we make homes.

It is being developed by architects, designers, engineers, inventors, manufacturers and builders, collaborating to develop the best, simplest, most sustainable, high-performance building technologies, which anyone can use and improve.

Our aim is for these technologies to become new industry standards; the bricks and mortar of the digital age. https://wikihouse.cc/ !hnpa 
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TLDR: Living near forestry and green areas changes the physical makeup of the brain, making it easier to cope with stress.
another reason to fight for foliage rich cities.
#solarPunk #anxiety #mentalHealth

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Hello! I couldn't help but be drawn to this (currently) smaller, relaxed Mastodon instance. I'm a fan of using the written form as a way to explain the world to myself or express whatever I feel is good to let out.

My track record with online communities is a bit spotty, but I remember the times before Facebook and Tumblr, when dedicated smaller websites and forums reigned supreme. With that in mind, and a bit of Twitter before it became so hostile, I dip my toe into this pond.