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  1. blackshire commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 4 days ago

    Although I too give no consideration to what’s cool, ignoring it can, paradoxically, make one cool to some people. And:

    I like Marigold’s little “transaction” with Ethan; she is learning human ways and demonstrating a growing knowledge of the human sense of humor, including how it affects specific humans (Phoebe, in this case).

  2. blackshire commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 4 days ago

    At that point, Princess Phoebe could probably have gotten Marigold #2 to grant any magical wish, in exchange for a mirror…held between the two heads… :-)

  3. blackshire commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 5 days ago

    Heh, heh. No—she said “We are mollified” (appeased or pacified), but if one of the heads was that of Florence Unfortunate Nostrils (Marigold’s somewhat less attractive sister), the Marigold head might have been mortified… :-)

  4. blackshire commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 5 days ago

    In Linda Chapman’s “Unicorn School” series of books, the headmaster of the school, in the magical land of Arcadia, is the Tricorn. (He is physically normal, but has an alicorn [horn] that is striped in three colors—gold, silver, and bronze; every other unicorn there has an alicorn that is just one of those three colors.)

  5. blackshire commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 11 days ago

    This one, while it’s a repeat, never “wears out” for me (ditto for the “Phoebe as a princess of suburbia” [in Marigold’s words] and “Monday’s mare through Saturday’s unicorn” ones). All of these “poetry with pictures” installments would make great greeting cards—and the one whose theme is fall would also make a wonderful greeting card, appropriate for that upcoming season (which is a rather “thin” season, ‘greeting card-wise’)!

  6. blackshire commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 12 days ago

    It might be (gentle) payback for the time when Phoebe asked Marigold—who was busy grazing at the time—if unicorns were bothered by anything, and she said, “Oh yes, every time we go out, we are beset by nosy little girls.” Seeing Phoebe’s nonplussed expression, Marigold added, “This takes hours of sarcasm practice,” to which Phoebe replied, “You know, I could sell that horn on eBay and totally clean up.”

  7. blackshire commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 16 days ago

    I hadn’t seen your earlier posting, but it sounds like a splendid idea! Amateur radio (ham radio) operators around the world would love such scarves, and ham radio clubs would love to offer such items to their members. So, I suspect, might national amateur radio governing organizations; the American Radio Relay League (ARRL—their site is arrl.org) has a list, with contact information, of all U.S. ham radio clubs. I hope this information will be helpful.

  8. blackshire commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 16 days ago

    If Phoebe asked her parents to get her an Omnichord or a keytar (with a built-in synthesizer), she might practice whether she had homework or not. But the comedy associated with her (almost total) piano non-practice is so much richer and more insightful than the opposite that would occur if she practiced an instrument (that she liked) so much that it drove her parents crazy.

  9. blackshire commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn 18 days ago

    This may have been a rare instance of self-checked vanity on Marigold’s part. Unicorn lore mentions unicorns being able to stare unblinkingly into the Sun even at noon with no ill effects, and that their alicorns can outshine the Sun (although without magical protection—or a blindfold—Marigold would blind Phoebe [and every vision-endowed creature] within sight of her if she tried that trick).

  10. blackshire commented on Phoebe and Her Unicorn about 1 month ago

    At Lord Splendid Humility’s birthday party (which was a ruse for several unicorns to perform an intervention regarding Marigold’s “Icky”—in their words—friendship with a human child), there was a black unicorn (that is a common color among the Arwehari House of unicorns, who are bold).