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Metallic plaid

From the Dior fashion exhibit, Philadelphia Museum of Art, yesterday.

Because metallic plaid.


Nothing and not

I've been reading Ursula Le Guin's English version of the Tao Te Ching. I love this piece:

Nothing and not

Nature doesn't make long speeches.
A whirlwind doesn't last all morning.
A cloudburst doesn't last all day.
Who makes the wind and rain?
Heaven and earth do.
If heaven and earth don't go on and on,
certainly people don't need to.

The people who work with Tao
are Tao people,
they belong to the Way.
People who work with power
belong to power.
People who work with loss
belong to what's lost.

Give yourself to the Way
and you'll be at home on the Way.
Give yourself to power
and you'll be at home in power.
Give yourself to loss
and when you're lost you'll be at home.

To give no trust
is to get no trust.


Lines 6 - 7 are wonderfully funny and serious at once in a way that reminds me of Terry Pratchett.

That part might also make eloquent words to favor keeping peerage speeches brief.
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In collaboration with JP Seaton, professor of Chinese at UNC. I love her little footnote commentaries.

World Parrot Trust donations will be matched for the next 47 days. Here are a couple pics of the kinds of things they help with.

There's a confiscation rescue in the bottom pic. Capture of wild parrots for the pet trade still happens. The animals are often taken from their forest roosts or nests and shoved into pipes and other small confines for hidden transport, since the captures and movement across boundaries are illegal.

When smugglers are caught and the birds confiscated, the birds need a place to go. The ones who were taken from nests when young will not have learned how to take care of themselves. They need rehabilitation and eventual release. That's the top pic. :-) Looks like a snack stop for birds after their release, while they acclimate.

If you'd like to help support this effort this season, I and the birbs will appreciate the kindness, and the donation is matched. I've made mine.

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First pic: The hooligans today.
Second: Not from today, just testing adding more than one pic. Can only do this from PC so far. Friendica doesn't line them up side by side in the way that FB and G+ do.

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Why does the heart icon say "e" or "e never"?

Where did that come from? I don't know, either. It's not a field in my profile that I can see. 8-)

If you know, let me know. Building the mystery...
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I'm not completely sure, but in the profile editing section, there's a toggle for "Show More Profile Fields." I didn't explicitly do anything except add a short text block and a link to my website, but after I had, those icons vanished. I think that simply setting more profile fields toggles that.

Thanks. I think it's fixed.