Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It's all in the family, isn't it?

First of all, thanks for inviting me to contribute. As a naturalist, I am continually surprised by my species. One of my most recent fascinations has been that crazy family of plants, Ranunculaceae. This family, according to botanists, includes buttercups, larkspur, columbine, monkshood, among others, an incredibly diverse group. Yet the species that came up with this, US, has a lot of trouble seeing US as being in the same order, much less the same family, as the other apes. They are in the Pongidae, and we are in the Hominidae. As far as I am concerned, I am much closer to a chimpanzee than a buttercup is to a columbine. Whadaya think?
Joe Willis

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Plumas Arts calendar submission

FOUND OBJECTS

Stone, antler, feather, leaf and bone
Child’s eyes squinting in morning mist
Found forest objects, sugar pine needles and cone

Nature’s rich tapestry so finely sewn
Like the aspen, child flutters and twists
Stone, antler, feather, leaf and bone

Yellow-winged dragonflies we yearn to own
Child so still, one lights on her wrist
Found forest objects, sugar pine needles and cone

Most princely of the pines known
Child reveling in her innocent bliss
Stone, antler, feather, leaf and bone

There in the opening a fawn quite alone
We praise Gaia for the glory of this
Found forest objects, sugar pine needles and cone

A sense of wonder to savor and hone
Child grasps smooth, flat rock in her fist
Stone, antler, feather, leaf and bone
Found forest objects, sugar pine needles and cone




Maria Teresa Garcia 8/23/2009

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Poem

Before
LF Barker



Didn’t I know you,

Ages back?

Before the pitch pine dried up -

Before the winds became irrelevant -

Before the monks in their abbeys bore fear -

Before the sky tumbled into oblivion.

Didn’t I know you

Before?

When I had pockets

When I was a man.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Announcements

Hey there writers.....

So a few announcements:

1) Our book is almost done. I have about 5 pages left of comma issues to deal with and then we are good to go. Thanks John, Danielle, and Hannah for your eyes last Thursday. I decided the book should have an ISBN number which costs a bit extra but then you can order it easily off Amazon.com any time you want. The ISBN number costs about $150. Any contributions towards this is appreciated. The putting together the book itself does not cost anything. So far two of us have donated. Don't feel you have to but if you can that's great. 

2) I'm thinking I might host a bakesale on campus to give the writers visibility and some cash to work with.

3) I"m scheduling a Saturday writing workshop in October on campus. I need you guys to tell me what I should focus on (dialog, playwriting? poetry?)

4) Talked to Chris at the bookstore about having some local authors come do a 'meet the author' this was my path to glory workshop in November. Anyone you want to hear from?

5) FRC wants us to have a Constitution. I've got a makeshift one made up. It's very basic but it needs an Ay or Nay so they'll let us do what we want and not charge it.

6) So, tomorrow? Alley Cat? I can't be there until 4 on the dot but I'm sure those who want to meet earlier can.

Would love input from all.

Can we start posting work to the blog? I'm willing to check and give feedback.