Good Sunday Morning Everyone!
Let’s go to British Columbia to visit Lardeau Valley Time. My spirits were lifted to know that environments overflowing with unspoiled abundance and beauty still exist on the planet. Imagine the gift of having retired there with an excellent eye and matching camera gear? Imagine the gift of a WordPress website created to share those photos and experiences with us? I sat mesmerized looking at close up photos of Grizzlie Bears, Salmon Spawns, and then I got to the Eagles and I caught my breath! The Last Hurrah is imposing and dazzling.
Broke’ n China is riveting, fast, often hard to read, I kept on reading, no choice but to keep on reading, and I think often brutal honest.“How Facebook and social Media Saved my life in a country where they are illegal” is the descriptive phrase for the site. This young man is writing raw here. I read Naked and realized I had met men like him when I was young, and I had met men like him as an old woman, and it was interesting to finally hear it said out loud what their thinking process had actually been. I wanted to tell him that women can and often do think like that too. Written in spewing forth prose form. I do not believe that Facebook saved him. I think he is saving himself with his writing, even though he claims to hate the process.
Writing Moose is written by Nicole Sharp. She says she ‘is a writer who is trying, like Hemingway to write one good sentence.’ I think she wrote alot of good sentences in her piece called From My Bookshelf To Yours. For the last year I have been sorting through a library full of books that goes back to Nancy Drew in 3rd grade, through my burning obsession with Sam Irwin years and charging right through until planning my retirement with Suzie Orman. I am just humbled how well she captured the experience of what our friends the books are to us, and what it is like to let go of them. She takes us on the journey of reducing herself to ten boxes of volumes. I was shocked that she did it, but hey, she is decades younger than I am! She is an excellent writer, and whether you are downsizing your books and need someone to share your pain with, or you want to read about what a writers life looks like in this twenty-first century, Nicole Sharp is soooo good!
Pacific Paratroopers is an aviation site full of Pacific War era information. While my own piloting experience is limited to a Cessna Skyhawk 172, and sadly my education and knowledge of US history spotty…perhaps that is why I find this site so interesting is the very personal human face it puts on the time frame and events. There are first hand accounts, sections on the Korean War, Vietnam, World War Two, and my favorite which was Letters Home. There have been contributions to this site of knowledge, experiences, found items in trunks and scrapbooks, photos. The political and military cartoons provide an insight and perspective of such clarity to the various time-frame. And of course there is the Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum which is a great place to learning about the planes. A great and important website.
On Jannistyles you will find a beautiful sonnet called Future. I hesitate to comment as I believe you must read it with your own fresh eyes and heart. Janni also has a book of short stories called One Part Good . It is such a great pleasure to read a fresh new voice. Go listen to Janni’s voice!
This is what Joefingas has to say for himself live from Niceville Florida:
I am a songwriter, poet, blues singer, and a boogie woogie piano player. I have a grandson but I have no children of my own. All my women have wised up and left me. I was a bum, a wino, a drug/alcohol counselor, a prevention/intervention specialist and a pretender. I have no more time to pretend.
You must go read White Flag Surrender and let this lived and living in real time performance artist speak to you.
That is it for this week. I thank all of you who are supporting my efforts here, hope there is something here of interest for you.