ALDO LEOPOLD’S A SAND COUNTY ALMANAC

Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) is one of America’s pioneer conservationists. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service and helped establish the first designated wilderness in the country. A Sand County Almanac, first published in 1949, is his best known work. Here is a brief sample of his intimate and direct style: “On April nights when it has … Continue reading

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

The Dumka by B. H. Fairchild for Valentine’s Day: His parents would sit alone together on the blue divan in the small living room listening to Dvorak’s piano quintet. They would sit there in their old age, side by side, quite still, backs rigid, hands in their laps, and look straight ahead at the yellow … Continue reading

THE POETRY OF ROBERT OKAJI

Robert Okaji’s work has appeared in various reviews, anthologies, and chapbooks. His inciteful and often whimsical poetry celebrates the ordinary as extraordinary. This poem Two Cranes on a Snowy Pine (after Hokusai)  is taken from his latest book From Every Moment a Second. Who knows where bird begins and tree ends, which branch shifts snow, which bears … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR FEBRUARY 2018

Novelist, memoirist and magazine journalist Anne Patchett, (b. 1963) was given the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction for her novel Bel Canto. “I don’t write for an audience, I don’t think whether my book will sell, I don’t sell it before I finish writing it.” “The question is whether or not … Continue reading

FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

It seems fitting in honor of Martin Luther King Day to re-post Emma Lazarus’ The New Colossus, the poem that graces The Statue of Liberty. When this country’s president is dismantling its democracy and leaving its reputation in tatters, it’s well to remember that  stronger and finer minds, spirits, and ideas have prevailed in the … Continue reading

FLASH FICTION FROM WRITER DEBBI VOISEY

Fellow writer and long-time friend, Debbi Voisey, is making a name for herself in the vibrant area of flash and short fiction. Her work is on-line with Litro Magazine, Ellipsis Zine, and Storgy, among others. She was included in the Bath Short Story Award Anthology for 2015, as well as the National Flash-Fiction Day Anthology 2016 … Continue reading

WRITER’S QUOTE FOR JANUARY

Minneapolis-born Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), writer, editor, and teacher of writing, was part of the Greenwich Village of John Reed, Louise Bryant, and Eugene O’Neill. She published many articles and short stories, but is perhaps best known for her book If You Want to Write, a Book about Art, Independence and Spirit, from which these quotes … Continue reading

WISHES FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR

Monday “is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one!” — Brad Paisley

BEST WISHES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

A CELTIC BLESSING for the season: Wisdom of serpent be yours, Wisdom of raven be yours, Wisdom of valiant eagle. Voice of swan be yours, Voice of honey bee be yours, Voice of the son of the stars. Bounty of sea be yours, Bounty of land be yours, Bounty of the Heavens.

FOR THE WINTER SOLSTICE

In honor of the sun–that singular manifestation of the Divine–on the Winter Solstice this Thursday, here is a Hymn to Aten from the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten (1353-1336 BCE): All cattle rest upon their pastures, The trees and the plants flourish, The birds flutter in their marshes, Their wings uplifted in adoration to you. All the … Continue reading

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