Drought Map USA 20140218

Jacob Bacharach: An Angel of the Lord Appears to a Newspaper Columnist

Essentially agnostic, he believes
the moral universe is of a kind
with the bureaucratic and efficient mind.
His is all incentives and reprieves.
He likes the rich. The poor are mostly thieves.
His paradise is just a well-designed
forced savings scheme, a contract signed,
less what the soul deserves than what it achieves.
If, alone, an angel of God most high
appeared to him beside a shallow stream
while on his way, a man in form, but bright
and terrible, he wouldnt strive; hed try
to reason the miracle down to just a dream,
the honor modest, the pleasure real, but slight.


Poem Tomas Tranströmer

After a Death
Tomas Tranströmer

Once there was a shock
that left behind a long, shimmering comet tail.
It keeps us inside. It makes the TV pictures snowy.
It settles in cold drops on the telephone wires.
One can still go slowly on skis in the winter sun
through brush where a few leaves hang on.
They resemble pages torn from old telephone directories.
Names swallowed by the cold.
It is still beautiful to hear the heart beat
but often the shadow seems more real than the body.
The samurai looks insignificant
beside his armor of black dragon scales.

Ten poems by Tomas Tranströmer
translated by Robert Bly

Is the Army Training to Attack Americans?

It sure looks like it. For it is indeed curious that the Army has built a mock-city that resembles a generic American city. Right down to a church (look at the photo here) and a subway station with DC Metro cars. The cost was $96 million, or about one-quarter the cost of a F-35.

The Army built a fake Iraqi village for training at Ft. Bragg. The Army built a fake Aghani village to train in and the Air Force built one to bomb. Fake Vietnam villages were built at Ft. Lee and Ft. Dix.

Before you go on an anti-Obama rant, this site took six years to plan and build, which implies that the original funds request dates back at least a year or more before that. You might recall who was the president in 2006 through 2008.

Source: http://eb-misfit.blogspot.com/

Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk 20140218

BY: Public Art Saint Paul – Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk presents

Saint Paul Poet Laureate Carol Connolly curates

WHAT:Reading by Writers Series – Free and Open to the Public

WHERE:Historic University Club Saint Paul, 420 Summit Avenue

Bar is open and serves throughout the evening

WHEN: 5:00 dinner Reservations 651-222-1751. No need to be a member.

MAIN PROGRAM:7:00 P.M. Prelude by violinist Mary Scallen. flutist Jim Miller. 7:30p.m. February 18, 2014


Featured Readers:

ANNA GEORGE MEEK, poet, widely published in dozens of fine national journals, The Yale Review, and more, is also the recipient of many prestigious awards: National Endowment for the Arts; Minnesota State Arts Board, Academy of American Poetry Prize, Minnesota Book Award, and more. Her first book ACTS OF CONTORTION won the Brittingham Prize in Poetry. Her chapbook ENGRAVED won the Snowbound Chapbook Competition. Meek, a Twin Cities professor of English, sings professionally with the VOCALESSENCE ENSEMBLE SINGERS.

LESLIE ADRIENNE MILLER, poet, whose collections include Y; THE RESURRECTION TRADE; EAT QUITE EVERYTHING YOU SEE; all from Graywolf Press, as well as YESTERDAY HAD A MAN IN IT; UNGODLINESS; and STAYING UP FOR LOVE, from CMU. Leslie’s poems have appeared in a wide variety of prestigious publications including BEST AMERICAN POETRY, AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW, ANTIOCH REVIEW, HARVARD REVIEW, and many many more. Leslie holds degrees too numerous to list, and is a revered Professor of English at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul.

MARTIN KIHN is a writer, digital marketer, dog lover, balletomane and spiritual athlete. His articles have appeared in NEW YORK magazine, the NEW YORK TIMES, GQ, DETAILS, COSMOPOLITAN, and FORBES, among many others, and he was on the staff of SPY, FORBES, NEW YORK, and VIBE. His books include BAD DOG, A LOVE STORY and HOUSE OF LIES, upon which the SHOWTIME series is based, starring Don Cheadle. Marty holds the distinction of being the only living author upon whom a character is based whose actor was nominated for an Emmy. Twice.

MARY MOORE EASTER,Pushcart Prize-nominated poet is a Cave Canem Fellow and Rae Schupack Nathan Professor of Dance emerita at Carleton College. Her nationally presented work gained national notice during her 40-year Carleton tenure. Her chapbook is WALKING FROM ORIGINS, Heywood Press. Widely published in a variety of venues:POETRY, Calyx, Seattle Review, Water Stone, more, she is the recipient of many fellowships and residencies, Bush, McKnight, Ragdale, more. Her memoir, THE WAY SHE WANTS TO GET THERE, One Dancer’s Journey, is forthcoming from North Star Press in 2014.

PHYLLIS GOLDIN is a singer-songwriter, composer, writer, visual and recording artist, with several publications and CDs. She has enjoyed a number of artist residencies and performs widely.

WANDA BROWN, poet, is a recipient of several writers’ residencies, her poems appear in anthologies, including WAITING FOR THE DOUGH, WRITINGS, DRAWINGS & NON-PRIZE-WINNING RECIPES, in collaboration with Phyllis Goldin.

As GOLDINBROWN, this duo presents collaborative performances of music and spoken word.

LYNETTE REINI-GRANDELL, poet, whose first collection APPROACHING THE GATE, Holy Cow! Press, will be released in October 2014. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, appeared in IT’S ANIMAL BUT MERCIFUL; MN ARTISTS.org; POETRY MOTEL; REVOLVER; EVERGREEN CHRONICLES, more. Her poetry is part of an art installation in room 5D of the Carlton Arms Hotel in Manhattan. In Minneapolis, she performs regularly at Dusty’s Bar with the Bosso Poetry Company, a subsidiary of Bosso Enterprises, theoretically based in Big Lever, Wyoming. Lynette, with musician Kari Tauring, will perform in WALKING THE BEAR at Bryant-Lake Bowl on Sunday, March 9, 2014.

DARA SYRKIN, poet, who when asked to deliver a short bio, does just that. Dara earns a living helping writers create their best work. She believes writing is a team sport and credits her writing group comrades, and a keen partner, for keeping her on track so she can create her best work.

Readings last just about an hour. Books will be available at the books sales table; writers will autograph.

THE STORY GETS WORSE… Drought Map USA 20140211

Aurora Marketa S Murray on February 7, 2014 @ Fairbanks – Alaska

I call this fun… Wisconsin Barns

Jim Widmer’s ‘Spirit of Rural Wisconsin,’ Part III [wisconsinhistory.org]


This is the third in a three-part series featuring the images of Jim Widmer. Widmer grew up in the Dodge County town of Theresa, population 611 in 1978. His photographs capture everyday life in a small town and embody the spirit of rural Wisconsin. Part Three of Widmer’s “Spirit of Rural Wisconsin” focuses on barns in Theresa Township. More about Widmer’s career and image collection is available in the first part of the series.

Barns and Their Owners in Theresa, Dodge County

This gallery consists of more than 300 black-and-white images of barns and their owners selected from 1,191 photographs in Widmer’s “Barns in Theresa Township” collection. Widmer photographed owners with their barns, taking two photographs of each structure, and often including entire farm families. Shirley Widmer took notes on addresses and history given to her by the owners. At the end of the project, Jim commented that the owners had become more interesting subjects than the barns because the stories they told or their peronsalities illustrated the self-sufficiency, creative invention and thrift that characterize Wisconsin rural residents.


Theresa Township is home to several notable barn types, including the Wisconsin porch barn and the Wisconsin dairy barn. The first consists of an overhanging upper floor supported by wooden posts and is related to the German bank barn. The second type is certainly a familiar sight around the state, with its gambrel or round roofs. Some barns consist of both types, having added sections and silos over the years. There are also several examples of rare Pomeranian-style barns in the township of Theresa.

Jim and Shirley Widmer photographed the barns during a deliberate documentation project between April and September 2004. They maintained a single photographic method throughout the project. In the first image, the owners stood five to 10 feet away; the second image consisted of the exterior taken from a different angle or of the interior.

Images of barn interiors have a magical quality to Widmer, who said stepping into the barns is like “stepping into another era.” In the notes associated with the photo albums, he nostalgically recalled the smell of hay and the shafts of light coming through the wooden slats of the walls.


Ardie in Chile…

My buddy Ardie’s in Chile for a couple of months… sending back some pics so I thought I’d try making some web albums… what I’d really like to do is make those albums interactive so when I get the uncounted stacks n bundles of family [Howe, Carlson, Buchholtz, Kolberg, Quast, Marks, Bollum, Schlueter, Jensen, etc etc] photos on the web people from these families can help identify some of the unknown faces… ya think ?
Anyway, here’s a link to Ardie’s snaps from Chile so far… http://hansragnar.piwigo.com/index?/category/1-from_chile

Drought Map USA 20140204