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"She told me that she didn’t call herself an anarchist because she didn’t feel that she deserved to—she didn’t do enough. I asked her if it was OK for us to call her one. She said she’d be honored."

cwc.im/LeGuin

Happy birthday, Ursula Le Guin.

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#Maille going out of business sale: I am putting down my pliers once and for all, and need to raise $1200 by Oct 31 to avoid a lease default. Prices cut across the board. Pride jewelry, superhero bracelets, necklaces, purses, earrings. On Nov 1, the shop closes.
ko-fi.com/andrewragland/shop

The chickadees seem to approve of the ivy bird feeder out with the suet balls i made!

The suet (beef fat) was mixed with bird seed and some oat flour. They probably aren't great for the warmer months. But now that its getting colder I'm hoping itll be good.
The holder thing is woven out of english ivy vines. It was woven fresh and then i did some adjusting as it dried.
I'm thinking of making up some more balls and feeders to give away in my buy nothing group.
I'm also now realizing that i should move it further away from hummingbird feeder so they don't scare the humming birds away.

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I've also been thinking a lot about this idea of ancestry and invasive plants.
Many of the plants invasive to where i live are native to europe. Since I'm curious about exploring uses for these plants i want to know how they were/are used in their native range.
Do i have ancestors that harvested them? Did they bring it over? Can i find tools in their knowledge to prey on these plants and control their proliferation? Do i have a responsibility to these plants that might be a part of my family history?

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Thank you everyone who replied!
For a bit more context, I've started noticing in spaces people talking about and naming their ancestry. (Talking about how they came to be on this land).
I also do some things that fall into the vague category (tbh I don't really know what it means) of ancestral crafts. Things like dyeing and basket weaving.
I %100 see the worries about falling into a nationalistic identity. And the concerns of talking over people currently living in those areas.
What I'm envisioning is a much more personal view. Something like, where did your grandparents grow up? Or your great grandparents? How did they come to be on that land? How have you come to be in relationship to land?

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Anyone know how to trick slack into thinking im active, even when im not?
I have some sleep issues and often take accidental naps. Which... i persinally hate.
But, it turns out my boss is monitoring slack activity. Is there a way to make my computer do something every 30min so it looks like im online? Pr something on my phone?

Help me lie to my employer!!

Here's a photo of the other side of the trail from the pandemic patch. I never took any before pics, but this is a pretty good approximation of what it was like before.
And two photos of the entrance to the pandemic patch

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pro-tip: if you ever get a bit.ly link that you don't trust, add a "+" to the end of the URL so you can be taken to the info page instead

e.g.: bit.ly/3AOKQTQ -> bit.ly/3AOKQTQ+

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Today’s card is The Sun, wishing you warmth and light and renewal today

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Made a Viking hood for tiny child! Next up is the rest of the costume. Made of wool and lined with cotton. It’s super warm. I’ve made a few for myself and others and they are great in winter because they cover down over your shoulders.

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Canpol, land acknowledgements 

As if it wasn't already clear that the government in power sees the relatively new ritual of acknowledgement that the indigenous peoples never actually gave up their land is not reflective of who they think actually owns the land...

The province of New Brunswick has told its employees to use "ancestral" rather than "unceded" and are currently fighting the nations in that area in court about land title.

cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswi

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I've been thinking about how aromanticism is intertwined with environmental activism.

The aromantic struggle is one that fundamentally opposes and works to dismantle amatonormativity. Amatonormativity works to privilege romantic and sexual monogamous relationships above all else and to obscure and punish other ways of relating. That includes not only the relationships we have with each other but also our relationship to land, nature, plants and animals.

Amatonormativity works to divide the world into small isolated family units. It defines in ways that center the couple form. It devalues and dismisses the connections we have outside of that. It works to isolate us in small definable units.

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I've heard something about the idea of white people reconnecting with ancestry as a way of decentering whiteness and building a different cultural identity.
Does anyone know anything to read on this idea? Terms to look up? Criticisms of it?
Its an idea that I've seen floating about in some of my circles. So I'd like to get a better grasp on it

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if settlers spent half as much time supporting indigenous peoples as they did trying to indigenize without leaving colonialism, maybe they wouldnt be avatars of genocide

White settler trying to figure out how to talk to my family about colonization 

But i also am talking about the very real violence both of our lives are built on. And about how we continue it today.
And i don't want to shy away from that so that my mom feels unthreatened. But, having her shut down at my mentioning how, while out in the woods, i often ask myself how the land is shaped by colonization and what role i play it, makes it impossible to even find somewhere to start.

I want to learn to have these hard honest uncomfortable conversations with her. But i dont know where to start

Ive given her my copy of braiding sweetgrass to read. Maybe the soft voice of robin kimmer will be a better bridge

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White settler trying to figure out how to talk to my family about colonization 

Over the past two years (which, yes, is very much a proviledge) I've been developing a deeper understanding of settler colonialism and how its constructed and maintained. I still have a lot to learn, but developing that understanding has become a central part of my land work.
But, i can't talk with my mom about it without having her feel like I'm attacking her heritage, demonizing her ancestors, and saying she has no right to a connection with this land.
And she just shuts down the whole conversation. To the point that me saying "colonialism" feels like an attack to her.
Ive tried talking about how colonialism has hurt settlers (similar in concept to how patriarchy hurts men). Settlers cant build honest reciprocal relationship with land in the context of colonization. We abandoned large parts of our ancestral and culture identity to instead adopt the category and power of whiteness.
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I scattered some goldenrod seeds in the pandemic patch. Idk if they'll take, but I'd love to have some to work with.
Its native to the area and makes a really beautiful dye. Plus, you can apparently extract rubber from it!

youtu.be/VqgH5zkKTKc

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it's been 3,000 years.... but i have finished the froggy terrarium by @Ansitru@twitter.com

alternative colors, for reasons of "I want to use the colors I have on hand" >.> but still, I like it :) also her other pixels are also great u should go check it out

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icollectiveinc.org/gathering-b

'Rooted in the cultivation of Indigenous food sovereignty and elevating and preserving Indigenous Narratives, I-Collective is developing a Cookbook and Community Journal with supplemental Webinar Series to assist in strengthening the connection of our people to their food. Indigenous food sovereignty is critical because many health issues are tied to colonialism and the exploitation of resources, land, and people.'

*Costs $7 bucks.

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