Feast of the Elfs

23 June 2017 11:49 pm
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Feast of the Elfs by John C. Wright

Second book in the Green Knight's Squire trilogy. Serious spoilers ahead.
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BIG GARDENS small spaces
BIG GARDENS, small spaces
A Self-Guided Tour of Member Gardens, 
Presented by the Somerville Garden Club 

When: Sunday June 25, 2017, 11:00 am. – 4:00 p.m.,
Rain or Shine! (Should be a sunny day!)
Where: Somerville and Cambridge
Cost: Tickets are $18. Ticket holders receive a brochure with a map to the featured gardens.

The SGC 2017 Garden Tour, Big Gardens, Small Spaces, celebrates the creativity and variety of compact gardens.

Walk through gardens of different styles, featuring shady perennials, colorful sun-loving flowers, statuary, vegetable plots, ponds, bee hives, unusual shrubs and trees, native plants, and interesting hardscaping surrounding Somerville Garden Club member homes, and three of our garden sites. Proceeds support the educational programs and public plantings of the Somerville Garden Club.

Advance Tickets are on sale at:
Pemberton Garden Center, 2225 Mass. Ave., Cambridge
Porter Square Books, Porter Square Shopping Center, Cambridge
Capone Foods, 14 Bow Street, Union Square, Somerville
Through our website: www.somervillegardenclub.org.
Day of Event Tickets: Sunday June 25. 11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m., Davis Square Statue Park, opposite the MBTA Davis Square Station.

There are some amazing private gardens on this tour! (including mine)!

Butterflies!

23 June 2017 08:52 am
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When I was at the botanical garden, I went into the glasshouse this time to look at the butterflies. I must have timed it right near a release because there were butterflies galore. One rested in my hair for awhile, and I got one to sit on my hand, too. I wanted to share a few of the pictures I took. I hope you like them! :D

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Swan Knight's Son

22 June 2017 10:24 pm
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Swan Knight's Son by John C. Wright

The first in the Green Knight's Squire trilogy.

Gil, just thrown out of school, is asleep in a park when a raven wakes him. He learns that magic is afoot with all sorts of people walking their sleep, but he manages to take refuge in an abandoned church, with the help of a monk named Francis.
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Sudden Rescue

21 June 2017 08:14 pm
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Sudden Rescue by Jon Mollison

Ah, the trials and adventures of E.Z. Sudden, master and sole crewmember of a tramp starship, Jade Rose. In a galaxy with a human civilization held together by nobles and royals, threatened by an AI civilization of genocidal intent -- he has problems of his own.

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Adventures Elsewhere — May 2017

21 June 2017 06:21 pm
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Adventures Elsewhere collects our reviews, guest posts, articles, and other content we've spread across the Internet recently! See what we've been up in our other projects. :D


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On Garden Pollinators

20 June 2017 05:59 pm
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 Over the years, I've noticed that my garden has a range of different pollinators. Sure, the European honey bees do show up, but it's for the big events, like almond or lemon trees in blossom. Less glamorous pollinators, like native bumble bees and various flies do the everyday pollination of my squash, eggplant and plum trees. 

Here's a link to an article that describes the connection between the honey bee and modern agriculture, and points out that in a thriving diverse ecosystem (like our gardens) we still can rely on the more natural range of pollinators.

www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2017/06/13/532729268/why-honeybees-are-the-wrong-problem-to-solve
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EDIT: I am adding, the next day, that the owner of the shop has reached out to me, and offered an apology and to try to get to the bottom of what events unfolded outside the store that left me so upset. I will be speaking with him in the next few days and appreciate that they reached out.

Original vent / post:
West Somerville folks - I just had a terrible experience in Teele Square, bad enough that I would like to spread my rage at the proprietor of a local business, the Knight Moves Cafe on Broadway. Please stay far away from this business with kids. If you have any kids who walk to and from the west somerville school, please make sure they steer clear of the business as well.

The proprietor (edit: manager) of this business threatened to call the Somerville police and made my children cry, for the crime of disagreeing over what to get with a few bucks each at the conveience store, and the crime of waiting for me on the sidewalk rather than inside the dry cleaners on the same block, and then choosing to get into my unlocked car with the cold drinks they had bought at the convenience store, while my 5 min errand lasted 15 min because the folks at the dry cleaners were trying to repair a broken zipper for me on a coat I had cleaned out of my closet and intended to donate.

Seriously if you have any choice in ever doing business with them, and support the right of elementary school kids to have a little independence and learn from their disagreements on whether mom said they could get ice cream, I urge you steer clear.

I am FURIOUS at having been confronted for going to the dry cleaners and letting my kids go to the convenience store to enjoy their refreshing cold drinks. And I even like board games and was pleased when they came to town.

I am SURE that plenty of kids the age of mine walk home from WSNS through Teele Square every school day. Yes, even when it's hot out. But if your first grader has an argument with their big sibling in the vicinity of Teele you can expect the police to be called, next time.

Parkour!

19 June 2017 07:20 pm
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Sadly, I didn't have a phone on hand to try to get a photo.

But I just found out that a startled fox on a London balcony will, if feeling cornered, drop two storeys onto the top of a garden wall, bounce off that onto the ground, land with somewhat less dignity than it had intended but apparently without injury, and trot off hurriedly.

In my defense, I really didn't mean to make the fox feel cornered; it's just that my immediate, automatic response to "unexpected furry cat-sized creature" is "stay still, make crooning noises at it, try to edge a bit closer." Had I fled, it would have been able to go round to the other side of the balcony, where you only have to drop down half a storey to an adjacent roof.

ETA: I can't help noticing that there is a very well-chewed yellow foam ball on my balcony, which I did not put there.

Also, by way of apology, I have left a dish of water out on the balcony, because it is a heatwave.
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I know that you can get free passes from the libraries that are good for a specific day, and I was wondering if anyone had more than they need for any days coming up soon. And I know that members get free passes as well. I would love to go, but can't afford the normal cost.

Thanks!

Ducklings

19 June 2017 02:08 pm
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Ducklings!
[Two ducklings, one facing the camera and one showing us its fluffy backside.]

Someone left the top gate on our canal lock open today and these two plus their four siblings got stuck at the far end of the lock next to the closed gate. They couldn't scramble out to meet their momma standing on the lock edge. I went out to chivvy her back toward the open gate, and luckily the ducklings trapped in the lock followed her all the way out the gate, which I shut behind them. All seem to be okay if a little peeved with me, and I can take it!
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Over the past few days I was surprised to walk by these three businesses and find them closed. Anyone know when they closed, and why?
  • The Shawarma Place, in Cutter Square (EDIT: moved to 215 Highland Ave)
  • Aguacate Verde, in Wilson Square
  • Union Mart and Subway, in Union Square
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Hi everyone!

I'm a sysadmin from Perth (Western Australia), and keen photographer. I rarely manage to get out of the metropolitan area, but we have a wonderful variety of wildlife right on our doorsteps.

For example...
Hirundo neoxena, or Welcome Swallow, shot at a jetty on the Swan River, just a couple of minutes' walk from my office, and taken during my lunch break.
Cut for size )

You can also find me on G+ - where I have a collection dedicated to nature - https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/IauoY - including many of my better shots.

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Eight Book Minimum: This edition brought to you by Fangirl Happy Hour.

Some of you may know that I do the transcripts for [personal profile] renay and [twitter.com profile] booksmugglers's podcast, Fangirl Happy Hour. This is where it really starts to show up in my reading. It turns out that if I read the books they're gonna be talking about, I know how to spell everyone's names! And don't get spoiled, but no, seriously, being able to spell all of the character names is my favourite thing and makes everything infinitely less stressful, 10/10 would recommend.

... Of course, now [personal profile] renay can use her powers for evil to get me to read all the stuff she's recced to me over the years, but no one tell her that.


  1. Avengers: The Children's Crusade by Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung [Jump]

  2. Another Castle by Andrew Wheeler and Paulina Ganucheau [Jump]

  3. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Volume 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North and Erica Henderson [Jump]

  4. Ms Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Jacob Wyatt [Jump]

  5. Ms Marvel Volume 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, and Elmo Bondoc [Jump]

  6. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo [Jump]

  7. Ms Marvel Volume 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona [Jump]

  8. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo [Jump]


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Reading Goals


Reading goal: 32/150 (8 new this post) Prose: 13/50 (2 new this post)
New-to-me female authors: 6/75 (1 new this post: Erica Henderson)
#getouttamydamnhouse: 18/90 (6 gone this post)
#unofficialqueerasfuckbookclub: 9/32 (4 new this post: Avengers: The Children's Crusade, Another Castle, Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom)

Are there any realtors here?

16 June 2017 04:31 pm
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Are there any realtors here? Commercial realtors even better.

I'd like to get a reality check (is that an inadvertent pun???) on the viability of doing a storefront "pop up" art gallery in and around Davis Sq and the environs. I have some questions about what to consider when approaching building owners and how to make my "pitch" more attractive and acceptable.

Please PM me
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I hope everyone's doing well. I've had a busy week, and spent yesterday totally wiped out with an awful migraine, so. I have not been very productive this week. I haven't even thought about writing. But there you go. That's how good my brain has been this week.

So I hope you've had a better week than me. Share your successes with us, or your failures. Let us know if you want any prompts, advice, or anything else.

Bonus prompt: Ten song ficlets! If you're stuck, put your music on shuffle, take a fic you're stuck on, and write something for the length of the first ten songs, just to see if that gets your inspiration going. Feel free to share with us in the comments, if you like.

Sidetracks - June 15, 2017

15 June 2017 05:18 pm
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Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag. For more links and commentary you can follow us on Twitter, Tumblr. You can also support us on Patreon.


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The Fortune-Tellers

15 June 2017 12:25 am
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The Fortune-Tellers by Lloyd Alexander

A delightful little tale of some sillies and a man who discovers the trick of being a fortune-teller.
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It looks like the national discussion of climate issues may be stunted for a while. But that's all the more reason to get involved locally on making changes and influencing directions for our city. There's a meeting coming up to discuss this, details at the link.

https://sustainaville.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/get-involved-in-developing-somerville-climate-forward-somervilles-first-climate-change-plan/

Short version:

We are launching this project at the first Somerville Climate Forward Community Meeting on June 26th. Meeting details are as follows:
When: Monday, June 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross Street, Somerville
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The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Volume 3: The Saturn Game by Poul Anderson

A collection of his science fiction stories, one fantasy one, and several poems.

A sampler. There are several stories from different universes of his: Time Patrol, Operation Chaos, several of the Technic History (one apiece of Nicholas van Rijn, David Falkayn, and Dominic Flandry). Also stand-alones. Some are puzzle stories -- sometimes with tragic implications.

Uneven in quality, I think not so good as the other series. "Sam Hall", however, is one of his best and it has many other good ones.
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“Hardscaping” for Your Urban Garden

Somerville Garden Club members Dorothy Africa and Eleanor Ramsay will give presentations on the creative use of plantings and materials to mask unfortunate views or brighten up dark areas, in the small gardens typical of many Somerville and Cambridge neighborhoods. Dorothy Africa will present practical ideas for “hardscaping” -landscaping in a hard place – with inexpensive and creative materials. Eleanor Ramsay will present a slide show of how she turned her literal hardscape, an asphalt parking lot backyard, into a shady garden retreat.

Tickets for the Somerville Garden Tour will be on sale at the meeting. There will also be the usual Q and A and raffle. All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and open to the public. 7-9pm. Meetings are held the at the Tufts Administration Building, (TAB), 167 Holland Street, second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available, and the building is a ten-minute walk from the Davis Square MBTA stop.

Also, we hope you'll join us for our first Garden Tour since 2013
SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017 11:00 am. – 4:00 p.m. Rain or Shine! $18.
Big Gardens, Small Spaces
A Self-Guided Tour of Member Gardens 
Presented by the Somerville Garden Club
The SGC 2017 Garden Tour showcases the creativity and variety of compact gardens. 21 gardens will be open to ticket holders. Proceeds from the 2017 Garden Tour support the educational programs and public plantings of the Somerville Garden Club.

Arborist?

13 June 2017 09:25 am
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Can anyone recommend an arborist? I've got some trees that need cutting back and I want someone who won't kill the tree and won't fall off a ladder (both of which are things I could plausibly do by accident).
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Details of the event:

http://tuft.su/TuftsOutdoorMovie2017

We invite members of the Medford/Somerville community to an Outdoor Movie Night at Tufts University on Friday, June 16, 2017. The event will be hosted by Tufts University's Office of Government & Community Relations.

We will be showing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2017 version) on the Residential Quad. Arrive early to grab a space on the lawn and get some free popcorn. The movie starts at sundown, approximately 8:24pm.

Link includes parking and rain site info.
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Hi all! I have a bunch of baby pea plants (~8" high) in need of a trellis. I know it's late in the season, but I just thought I'd put it out there!

Stolen Magic

11 June 2017 01:03 am
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Stolen Magic by Stephanie Burgis

The third book in the Kat trilogy. More magic and adventure in a semi-Regency setting.
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I used to live in Bloomington, down about an hour south of Indianapolis. About twenty minutes east of Bloomington, the state of Indiana maintains the home of T.C. Steele and his wife as a state historical site. I was sure I remembered posting to [community profile] common_nature about it before, but all I can find is a post I made about it in my journal last year.

Steele was a prominent Midwestern artist around the turn of the twentieth century; he trained in Europe and hung out with the Cincinnati artist colony crowd in the late 1800s. He lived in Indianapolis most of his career, but towards the end of his life, he had a house and studio built on a ridge in Brown County, which had its own little artists' colony. At the time it was apparently nothing but fields and hills; he chose that spot for the house because of the view across to the next ridge. At some point over the last century, the land on the ridges was left to grow wild again and now most of the land around it is Yellowwood State Forest and Brown County State Park. So Steele's sweeping vista is gone, but there's still this lovely old house and gardens up on the ridge.

I moved to Ohio a couple years ago, but I still stop through the Steele house site every time I go back to Bloomington. I was down in mid-April and went to look at the progress they've made restoring the grounds and gardens.


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Boston Restaurant Talk discovered a Craigslist post (now removed) seeking employees for a potential new club located somewhere in Davis Square that would host bands, open mic nights, and interactive music experiences where the crowd would be encouraged to play along with cover bands. A little more info and a logo on Vanyaland.

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