#florespondence from Seattle: violas in front of Shifu Viola's taiji studio.
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These keep popping up each year in the front yard. They’re like the greatest weeds ever #florespondence
Patreon News (-)
As many have been expecting, Patreon is unveiling the multi-tiered funhouse version of it's service to pointlessly try to siphon more money from you and your supporters.
Part of this change is to try to reintroduce payment processing fees charged against low pledges, but to prevent another backlash, this is only for creators that join after the transition date, so if you want to set up a Patreon, you should do it soon.
Some people who are dear to me need help with medical expenses, because this is how we do things in the USA:
Taiji has helped me a lot in a lot of ways, and they are the ones who brought it to me.
They have created a really wonderful community in Seattle through taiji and qi gong. If my partner or I don't come to one of our regular classes, people there ask about us. We take care of each other.
If you can spare any money, can you throw in a little? Anything helps.
And yes, it is horrible and infuriating that they have to do this. The injury and its fallout were bad enough, but at least those were unavoidable. This fundraising--as familiar as these sorts of campaign now are--would never be necessary if we had a decent system for providing medical care. But here we are.
Last year, my taiji teacher's partner had an injury which left him in intense pain, unable to walk for some months, and in a probably years-long recovery process. He's making good progress these days, but the expenses are overwhelming them and now they're asking for help: https://www.gofundme.com/rus-demaria039s-recovery-fund?member=1269176
If you can afford to donate, please do. These are 2 people who've made a huge difference in my life, and continue to share their gifts with a broad community even in the face of this.
If you record a Zoom meeting you also get auto transcripts, and frankly they sound like these _ebooks accounts. Here's a bit from someone particularly soft spoken: "Yeah, you know, in my my feelings have been more terms, I believe the ladder where there's, you know, each stage has very discreet versions and and which are then traceable back to, you know, to the extent that we're open sourcing everything we're doing" --I swear he was talking sense in the meeting.
I've always felt kind of meh about The Grateful Dead, as both performers and songwriters. Somehow neither loving nor hating them feels like a character flaw. But I _adore_ Norma Waterson's cover of Black Muddy River: https://www.whosampled.com/cover/516817/Norma-Waterson-Black-Muddy-River-Grateful-Dead-Black-Muddy-River/ [the rest of the album is great too, but this is the song on it that can get stuck in my head from hearing 5 seconds of someone else's version of the song, and one of those earworms I'm always happy to have]
A community that skews thoughtful and weird. Everyone who abides by the code of conduct is welcome, thoughtful weirdos most of all! :)