Categories
films, music, video games & more!

The Legend of Korra: a Worthy Sequel


The Legend of Korra focuses on the next installment in the Avatar Cycle. As young Korra–who is the Avatar, and is able to bend three of the four natural elements–proudly displays her abilities to a small group of adults, she shows that she’s clearly capable and very headstrong.

Categories
#personal

Why I Write LGBTQ+ Characters

LGBTQ pride flag
  1. While I am not a person who identifies as LGBTQ+, I do identify as an ally. I’m very passionate about LGBTQ+ rights, and read and think about these issues a great deal.
  2. I have friends who are LGBTQ+. I fully love and support every one of them.

Categories
#randomopinions

4th of July

My whole life I’ve celebrated the Fourth of July as a day of freedom. Today, July 3rd, I watched a moving reminder by Daveed Diggs based on Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

Here’s the article that features Daveed Digg’s spoken-word piece.


Categories
films, music, video games & more!

Hamilton comes to Disney+!

Today’s the day, everyone!

If you’ve ever wanted to see one of the most amazing plays in history, now’s your chance!

Hamilton tells the story of one Alexander Hamilton, a man who was self-made, and self-taught. He learned how to become a part of history by taking control, and by being a little full of himself sometimes.

This is one of the plays that I got to see in New York with my family. It was positively amazing!

Here’s to Hamilton Day,

Meghan B.

Categories
books, movies, music, & more!

Looking

The friends (left to right): Augstin, Patrick, & Dom

title


Three gay friends–Dom, Patrick, and Agustin–all live in San Francisco. All three guys are looking for love.

Categories
#personal

Yakisoba Supper!

Chicken yakisoba from the site Cooking Classy.

From the site Cooking Classy: “Chicken Yakisoba is sure to satisfy those Asian food cravings! It’s a delicious Japanese noodle dish that’s packed with chicken and veggies and tossed with a simple, flavorful sauce. Easy enough for weeknights but delicious enough to serve to guests on the weekend!”

Last night, my sister Abbie and I made yakisoba! Yakisoba is a comfort dish from Japan, and is a mixture of spaghetti and stir fry all rolled into one. You’ve got noodles, vegetables, and various sauces to spice things up. It’s a delicious noodle dish.

Categories
#poetry

Advice for Dating Someone with Asperger’s

  1. I listen to his concerns, for what clothing issues he might have. Note: When you go clothes shopping, you let him pick out comfortable articles of pants and shirts.
  1. Dear Self: You can tell him when you’re tired of his rants (for example) about the gaming company AE. It’s okay. Don’t feel bad about needing to change the subject.
  2. He is smart, his experiences are valid, and he is loved by his family, friends, and (most importantly) by me.
  3. Your relationship may not move along as quickly as some, but he doesn’t stray. He loves you more deeply than you can imagine, deeper than any pool of water, stronger than any yarn I’ve knitted.
  4. Believe that he can do things, because he believes in you.
  5. Rory is special, because I’m special, too. I understand what it’s like to struggle with making friends, that being social can tire us both out.
  6. I have PDDNOS, which means that I’m on the autism spectrum, but don’t fit under the umbrella like someone with Asperger’s. I have autistic tendencies, I say, because it’s easier to explain. I’m passionate about Blue October, the novel A Little Life, LGBTQ+ rights and issues, and learning new knitting patterns. I can talk your ear off about any of my favorite subjects. Rory knows this, and he can do the same for video games, science, history, and psychology tidbits . (He’s gotten better about listening to the flow of our conversations since I first started dating him.)
  7. Love on the autism spectrum is magical, because you’re both unique. We’re both living unicorns, wild and free in the shimmering forest. We’re eating from the same rainbow cup of ice cream. We’re animated about our different passions: writing, reading, and gaming. You like the prettiness of video games, and I love the pretty knitting patterns I discover on YouTube. We both light up when we’re together, a halo of light ringing our bodies.

M.B.B.
6/29/2020

Notes: Every person with autism is different. Every experience with autism is different. Some are high-functioning, while some people just need more love and care navigating our crazy world. This is my personal experience with dating someone who has Asperger’s, a form of autism. I too am on the autism spectrum. Both Rory’s and my experiences are unique. We have mutual friends who are also on the autism spectrum. We get along really well! It’s important to spread awareness (even in today’s world) about autism. For example, autism is not caused by vaccines. This is a myth spread through fear tactics and misunderstanding of vaccines and what science can do for us as human beings. I’m on the autism spectrum because of my prematurity at birth. On the other hand, my boyfriend Rory wasn’t born premature and happens to also be on the autism spectrum. He is high-functioning. Thank you for taking the time to listen and to read my poem.

Categories
#poetry

six years

six years ago,
I started blogging.

six years ago,
I started putting my thoughts to my keyboard,
connecting the words in my brain
to the words on the electronic screen.

six years ago,
I was still in college,
in my final year at Morris, MN.

six years ago,
I created On the Prairie
my very first blog ever.

six years later,
I’m writing at a break-your-neck speed,
fingers dashing toward the black-and-white ribboned finish line,
the muscles in my hands dancing to a drummer’s steady rat-a-tat-tat beat.

six years later,
I’m reading more,
I’m writing more,
I’m blogging almost every day.

six years later,
I’m still a writer.

M.B.B.
6/12/2020

Categories
#personal

What inspires me as a writer

Jude &
JB &
Willem &
Malcolm.

Categories
#poetry

morning pages

I’m up early & writing,
laying down words
like laying fresh bricks:
one word in front of the other, rapid-firing on my keyboard

I’m up early & writing,
creating with the right side of my brain,
writing with my left hand
splaying out the pages on my desk,
getting ink smudges on my wrist

I’m writing to give my characters life,
to solidify their world swirling around in my mind:
a paper apple becomes a juicy, fresh-off-the-tree-limb Granny Smith

I’m up early & writing,
because if I get the words down—
flowing from my head to my wrist,
a conduit like electricity through my synapses—
I will feel fully alive

M.B.B.
6/11/2020

Categories
#personal

When I Knew I Wanted to Write for Forever

I have always wanted to be a writer.

Categories
films, music, video games & more!

The Wonderful World of Harry Potter

Harry Potter is a huge part of my childhood.

Growing up, my dad started reading the books to me when I was quite little. When the first book was published, I was around six or seven years old. By the time the book series ended, I was still listening to Dad read Harry Potter to me, even though I could’ve read them on my own.

I also listened to Harry Potter voraciously on my own, using the Jim Dale audiobooks to listen to them on my own. I would often draw scenes from the books, or in later years, be knitting.

I had the first five books on cassette tape, and the last two on CD. #throwbacktohe90s. Now, I’ll be listening to those same books on Audible.

As an adult, I want to return to the world of Harry Potter. The magic, the mystery, and the adventure (as well as the Quidditch) keeps me wanting to return. I remember being obsessed with wizarding world, and still am, Muggle that I am.

I miss re-reading the series, and will soon be returning to Platform 9 and 3/4.

I solemnly swear that I’m up to no good,

Meghan

Categories
#poetry

Straight-Laced

Your textile mill
& your straight-laced columns of mathematics
kept me in line—
but when I sent kiss-o-grams
to the cute boy in cubicle three,
you crippled me with laughter,
a bruised knee,
& sideways shoves into the lockers.

When I held his hand for the first time,
—fly-me-to-Jupiter, over-the-moon happy—
you said I was gross
& plenty of other terrible things, too.

I still work at the mill,
& keep my records straight,
tight as a wound ball of yarn,
tidy as my pencils, neatly ordered in lines—
but he’s the only one I tango with at night.

M.B.B.
2/17/15
(edited 6/4/20)

Categories
#poetry

goldfinch

I hop from branch to branch,
peeping & tweeting,
as I collect small sticks for my nest

I’m a goldfinch,
yellow & black,
tiny feet gripping the branches as I flit to & fro,
munching on sunflower, alder, & birch seeds

M.B.B.
2/20/14
(fixed 1/29/16)
(edited 5/28/2020)

Categories
#poetry

The Science Guy

Bill Nye was amazing. His lecture was funny, poignant, hopeful, personal, and highly informative. The gym in the RFC (our workout center at Morris) was packed with students of all ages. (A mom with her husband and their elementary school aged daughter and son sat in front of me. The girl thought that Bill Nye looked like he was “seventy.” A Google search revealed that he’s actually fifty-eight.)

There was a beautiful roar when he finally took the stage. Phones lit up the dramatic dimming of the lights. I sat in the bleachers next to Rory & Leon with blue hair. We were three of 1,700 people.

Bill Nye said that he doesn’t want to be around scientists who don’t appreciate poetry, or poets who don’t appreciate science. There were made up words for the different shades of shadows, some starting with X. His dad helped create the sundial while in a Japanese POW camp, with a shovel rammed into the stiff earth. Venus is so hot that the rain there never reaches the surface: it gets sucked back up in the thunderheads overhead. If there is life on Europa, we’ll know by flying through the geysers and counting the enumerable bugs on the windshield.

We can, dare I say it, help change the world! Laser bees are going to chop up oncoming asteroids.

And people say that science is boring.

M.B.B.
10/23/14
edited 5/26/2020