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Friday, April 24, 2009
Stop the presses! The Internet has now become the main news source. A recent survey has found that 40% of its respondents prefer online sources to get their daily dose of news instead of the daily print.
The end of print journalism will mean many things. For those of us old enough to still care about going out on a Sunday morning for our doorstop edition of The Times, it will mean the end of a certain kind of civilized ritual that has defined most of our lives.
More importantly, the use of those read rags and the roles they have played, how will we replace their function? Recycling newspapers makes us feel good. We become environmentally and economically righteous by doing so. I can only assume we will have to make substitutions accordingly.
1. Lining the bottom of the bird cage – Instead of reciting the current headlines, Tweety will become well versed in computer applications. No one ever reads those manuals. Right?
2. Cleaning windows – No, Bill Gates is not the go-to here. A window cleaned with a newspaper gives a streak-free, lint-free shine. I suppose we’ll just have to become use to that certain fog-type effect as we gaze out onto the garden only to realize the bright and sunny day when we walk out.
3. Gift wrap – Nothing quite says “Happy Birthday” like a gift cleverly wrapped from the Sunday comics. It makes me shudder to even consider plastering Sponge Bob Square Pants or Dora the Explorer all over any gift. Besides, who really recycles gift wrap? It’s tacky.
4. Packing material – You know your breakables are safe when they are wrapped in layers of newspaper. And, there are many uses for those papers after unpacking. Sure it’s available in bright colors and, yes, it’s fun to pop, but have you actually ever lined kitty’s litter box with bubble wrap?
5. Fly swatter – A folded newspaper has much more surface area, therefore, you have a much better shot at ridding your home of those annoying flying pests. Later, roll that same newspaper into a fire log. No fuss, no muss compared to its plastic counterpart.
This is just a small sampling of how we will have to adjust our lives without newspapers. But, I believe the absence of this source for news it is more about tradition and routine. I, for one, have the memory of being taught to read and teaching my children to read from the daily comic strips. Where will Nancy and Family Circus go?
Leisurely perusing the newspaper over a cup of coffee for community news such as the high school scoreboards, the society page and upcoming events will become a thing of the past. Marriages, births and deaths may escape us. However, the collapsing tradition of the daily newspaper is just one sign – for the times they are a-changin’.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
by James Orvil Beady
With fire in her belly her head in the clouds
Cloaked with robes of blue green waters
Where is she from Who placed her here
And how was her path determined
She is mother to all
Host to the living mourner of the departed
She drinks the blood of the fallen
And stores the dead in her belly
Here from the beginning
Her age and history remain her closely guarded secret
Her sunrises cannot be counted
Her twilights are without number
Her hosts are countless yet she provides for them all
Who is her counselor
Who is her mentor and guardian
Who is her provider
She rejoices in happiness yet is witness to all evils
Can anyone understand her workings
Or predict her future
Is she immortal
Her virtues are patience and tolerance
Her fury unmatched and unequaled
In anger she knows no compassion
Her beauty is boundless
Her mountains crowned with frost
Her glamour the sparkling oceans
The stars her halo the clouds her veil
And the green meadows are the pastures for her children
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
If you’ve had the pleasure of meeting IRU member Bob Finkbine, no matter how brief your encounter, chances are that you’ll never forget him. A history teacher by trade and a river rat and wilderness explorer by choice, Bob is one of those guys with more stories to tell than there are campfires to tell them at.
So last fall — just in case anyone has managed to miss spending time around a fire with him — Bob wrote about his life of river running and other adventures in a self-published autobiography: Inescapable Journey: The Life of a River Man.
Filled with plenty of humor and reflections from many nights spent in the wild, Bob’s book has touched those who know him, and has entertained many who don’t. “…I choose to share my stories because they tell of my haphazard journey into old age and toward a bonding with the land,” says Bob, who at age 75 joined IRU for our 2006 fund raising river trip to Costa Rica.
Inspired by IRU’s efforts to protect Idaho’s rivers, Bob chose to donate all proceeds from his book (collected voluntarily from friends, family members and acquaintances — the book has no set price) to IRU. He’s not even recouping printing costs.
Bob’s friends have responded. Since the book rolled off the presses last fall, donations in-lieu of payment for books have come to IRU from Arizona to Connecticut, and from France to Alaska. So far, Bob’s book has raised more than $3,000 for IRU and has brought more than 60 new members into the fold.
Copies of Inescapable Journey are still available. If you want one, just send Bob a note at email@example.com. When you receive your book, just send IRU a check for whatever amount you’re inspired to give.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
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Bloggers Unite is a community that cares.
Bloggers Unite is an attempt to harness the power of the blogosphere to make the world a better place. By asking bloggers to write about a particular subject on 1 day of the month, a single voice can be joined with thousands to help make a difference; from raising awareness for cancer, to an effort to better education systems or supporting 3rd world countries.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
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Sunday, March 8, 2009
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Please welcome my special guest author, Patricia Tye. Patti has recently published her first book and has more in the works.
RIGHTEOUSNESS is a poignant, suspenseful story about Tom Black and Sara Dobbs’ journey to save one of the world’s largest legacies that includes a
groundbreaking discovery ─ a potential cure that can save his client’s life.
Reclusive multibillionaire, David Sims, is dying from cancer so he must settle his estate quickly and quietly. Without any living relatives, he entrusts his lawyer, Tom Black to bring four people to Michigan for a meeting that will change their lives forever.
Word leaks out and Black and Dobbs, an Afghanistan battle-trained FBI special agent, find themselves on a collision course with criminals intent on killing the heirs and stealing Sims fortune. They travel to Austin, Lake Tahoe and Silicon Valley to solve the overwhelming case and restore Sims legacy.
From the Author…
The coolest part of writing a novel is that you decide the story, the characters, the setting and the intrigue. If you’re like me, you’ll write down everything about your characters on separate pages. Not only to flesh them out, but to remember them all.
As a fiction writer, you also decide what happens -- the good, the bad and the ugly. The most difficult task was to create the evil characters, but it was also the most fun and creative aspect. In the beginning, I wrote several possible endings and as I came close, I didn’t use any of them. The story and the characters produced a more powerful ending that I had planned.
My next project has already begun and it’s a mystery, taking a few characters from Righteousness along with me.
To learn more about Patti, her writing or to order a copy of this thrilling novel, please click here to view her blog. --MK