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"Carve your name into my arm."

Sunny, the sky a wide and carnivorous blue, but that's a vast improvement over the last couple of days. The snow didn't come, and for that I am grateful. Currently, it's 47˚F, with the windchill at 41˚F. In Birmingham, it's currently 70˚F.

There is almost nothing worth saying about yesterday. So, I'll leave it at that.

Today, we're driving out to the Scituate Reservoir. There are some things I need to see up close before beginning a ghost story I'm going to write for Ellen Datlow. The Route 14 Causeway and the horseshoe dam north of that, on the Danielson Pike. The Scituate Reservoir, operated by the Providence Water Supply Board, supplies 60% of the state's water supply, including pretty much all of Providence's. The reservoir was constructed between 1921 and 1925, and it flooded the villages of Ashland, Kent, South Scituate, Richmond, and the western part of North Scituate. All that land was condemned by the state, so that the reservoir could be created. All those towns were drowned. There were people who committed suicide rather than be forced out of their homes. It's the largest body of water in Rhode Island, at 7.2 square miles of surface area.

I wish people would understand that "flyover country" is as offensive and dismissive and absurd as is "coastal elites."

Resistance, Peace, and Compassion,
Aunt Beast



11:59 p.m.

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John Auber Armstrong
Apr. 2nd, 2017 04:06 pm (UTC)
So winter lasts a while in Providence? Our neighbour to the east, Alberta, had snow today. I've looked at houses in Prov. and there's some lovely places, but don't know if I'm na enough for the winters
sovay
Apr. 2nd, 2017 06:08 pm (UTC)
All that land was condemned by the state, so that the reservoir could be created. All those towns were drowned. There were people who committed suicide rather than be forced out of their homes.

That sounds like a very good place for a haunting and a very bad place for anything else.

I wish people would understand that "flyover country" is as offensive and dismissive and absurd as is "coastal elites."

The weird thing is that I didn't hear either term until this past election, when all of a sudden they were exonyms to be reckoned with. I don't like either.
greygirlbeast
Apr. 2nd, 2017 07:39 pm (UTC)

I first heard "flyover country" in 1996. A friend who had moved to LA from NYC introduced me to it. It offended me then, and it offends me now.

Edited at 2017-04-02 07:40 pm (UTC)
faffinz
Apr. 3rd, 2017 06:46 am (UTC)
Blue, blue, electric blue
That's the color of my room
Where I will live
Blue, blue

Pale blinds drawn all day
Nothing to do, nothing to say
Blue, blue

I will sit right down, waiting for the gift of sound and vision
And I will sing, waiting for the gift of sound and vision
Drifting into my solitude, over my head

Don't you wonder sometimes
'Bout sound and vision
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