Saturday, September 21, 2013

Poetry on Oak

I thought it was about time to change the image.  These little creatures are providing a major part of my enjoyment of fall, which doesn't actually begin until tomorrow. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Nature Literature in America

 Check out this new class at FRC, English 180, Nature Literature in America.  Taught by Dr. Joan Parkin and Joe Willis, Wednesday afternoons, 1:00 to 3:30, the class will include an historical survey of nature writing and other literature heavily influenced by authors greatly influenced by nature.  There will also be periodic nature walks on local trails and along stream banks during which we will practice nature journaling.  For further information about the class, email Joe at or Joan at  Class begins next week, August 21, somewhere on the FRC campus.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Fun with sound

This space has been dead for quite a while now, so I thought I'd share a wonderful alliteration written by my Australian friend over 50 years ago.  You'll see why I could never forget it.  She was responding to my description of a hike up New Hampshire's Mt. Washington.  "What a wonderful way to while away a weekend." 

Monday, May 20, 2013

My visit To Powell's Book Store

As expected Powell's Book Store is overwhelming.  Four stories of stories.

Quincy Writing friends, in case you missed it, Natalie Goldberg has a new book out.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

We have a very cool local author coming to town on March 16th for a book signing at Epilog Books from 2-4. She's also reading from her work on Under the Covers on Thursday the 7th at 12:30 pm.

Monday, March 4, 2013


Let's talk about sustainability.  And property rights.  And paranoia.  The current rant about Agenda 21 in our region reminds me of a poster I saw many years ago that read "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you."  I think that people who fear that the government is determined to take away their property rights need to examine just what those rights are.   Do property rights include the right to undertake any activity whatsoever on one's property?  Of course not.  Do they include the right to dump used motor oil in your back yard?  To shoot any wild animal passing through?  To set up a cattle feed lot on one acre?  We all accept some limits on our so-called property rights.  Where I live, I can't burn my trash, including fallen tree branches, in my yard.  I voluntarily limit my production of loud noises and toxic fumes, and I don't speed in our shared driveway.  So, I am wondering what specific rights the people frightened about Agenda 21 are afraid of losing.  Are they rights they actually have? 
I'm concerned about sustainability and it seems to me the human species is not doing well with it.  I would also love to see this blog sustained.  Sustained by regular contributions from more writers and responses to those contributions by other writers.  To beautify this sermon a bit, I'm adding a photo which I'll call "An invitation to spring."  I hope spring will accept the invitation.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Hannah Hill is writing from afar!

Hannah Hill is our foreign correspondant for FRC's The Plumas Weekly. Check out her latest post: