Review of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Pioneer Girl’

the New York Review of Books reviewer is a wise woman: [Link]
“Another great danger of sentimental nostalgia is that it can bring the bitter taste of a lost paradise, and with that bitterness, a sense of grievance against what has replaced it. Most cults, and most tyrannies, thrive on nostalgic grievance—it is their life’s blood; and so my own affection for these books must be tinged with a wariness brought on by that unpleasant thought. There is no rest for the wicked, as Ma might say.”

Last night’s aurora on the Iron Range by Paul Pluskwik

This is why the southwest is in trouble. Building like they’re in a rainforest while in the middle of a desert

EVENT – Reading by Writers Series TUESDAY 3-17-15

Reading by Writers Series TUESDAY 3-17-15

Saint Paul Poet Laureate Carol Connolly curates at the

Historic University Club Saint Paul 420 Summit Avenue

Bar is open and serves throughout the evening.

6:00 dinner, not connected to the performance and you are welcome.

Dinner reservations 651-222-1751. No need to be a member.

7:00 P.M. Prelude music by violinist Mary Scallen and flutist Jim Miller

7:30 p.m. Tuesday March 17, 2015

Featured Readers:

CASS DALGLISH, fiction writer and prose poet, has written television news and documentaries as a broadcast journalist. Her published books include the novels NIN, from Spinsters Ink; SWEETGRASS, a Minnesota Book Award finalist. Her book length prose poem, HUMMING THE BLUES, Calyx Books. is a jazz interpretation of the Sumerian cuneiform signs in Enheduanna’s Song to Inanna, 2350 B.C.E.

Cass is working now on a novel set in the Alhambra Palace in Spain, and is Director of the Augsburg

College MFA in Creative Writing.

KEVIN FITZPATRICK, poet, author of DOWN ON THE CORNER and RUSH HOUR, both from Midwest Villages & Voices, and GREATEST HITS from Pudding House Press. Kevin, for many years, was the editor of the LAKE STREET REVIEW. His poetry has been read by Garrison Keillor on THE WRITER’S ALMANAC. About his poetry, MERIDEL LeSUEUR has written: “He is a wonderful chronicler of the people’s journey.”

CARY WATERMAN, poet, is the author of five books of poems. Her essay HORIZONS appears in the anthology THE HEART OF ALL THAT IS. She teaches in the low-residency MFA program at

Augsburg College.

NICK HAYES, writer, professor, and commentator for the media. A frequent guest on television and radio,

he has published nationally and internationally in newspapers, magazine, and journals. He has received awards from the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Fulbright Program, and also won an Emmy in 1991 for his work on Twin Cities Television TPT’s – Television and Democracy in Russia. He is a professor of history and holds the University Chair in Critical Thinking at Saint John’s University in Minnesota. He is a contributing writer for – the premier political blog in Minnesota.

ETHNA McKIERNAN, poet, lives in Minneapolis and works full time as an advocate for the homeless. Her poems have been anthologized in such collections as 33 MINNESOTA POETS and the NOTRE DAME ANTHOLOGY of IRISH AMRICAN POETRY. Her third book, SKY THICK WITH FIREFLIES, was published by SALMON POETRY, Ireland.

KEVIN O’ROURKE, poet, twice winner of the SCOTTISH INTERNATIONAL OPEN POETRY COMPETITION, received the KVP JACK KEROUAC AWARD, as well as THE OUTERMOST POETRY AWARD, and the JOHN KEATS SONNET AWARD. His poems have appeared in POETRY IRELAND REVIEW; BLUE COLLAR REVIEW, and a great variety of other distinguished journals.

MARY BETH YARROW, documentary film producer, began her career in 1980 with THE WILMAR 8,

PBS/TV. Her many other credits include WHEN WOMEN KILL and WHAT SEX AM I, both for HBO;

A MATTER OF SEX, NBC/tv Movie of the Week based on THE WILLMAR 8; NO PLACE LIKE HOME,

CBS/tv Movie of the Week; INTIMATE PORTRAITS, Lifetime Channel, with Vanessa Redgrave, Liz

Tilberis and Bella Abzug. SIDNEY POITIER – ONE BRIGHT LIGHT – American Masters Series WNET -PBS TV; SEAN O’CASEY – UNDER A COLORED CAP, a documentary film in re the life and legacy fthe great Irish dramatist. Mary Beth is beginning a documentary on her uncle – EUGENE J. McCARTHY – scheduled for completion in 2016, his centenary.


JIM ROGERS is the director of the CENTER FOR IRISH STUDIES at Saint Thomas University. He has

Published many articles on Irish American literature and is the author of a chapbook of poems,

SUNDOGS (2006). His essays have twice been chosen as NOTABLES by Best American Essays. His book NORTHERN ORCHARDS Places Near the Dead is a current nominee for the Minnesota Award in memoir and creative non-fiction.

Readings last just about one hour.

Readers will have books to sell and sign at our well managed book sales table.

The bar remains open and is serving.

2015 RxW March 17.docx

2015 RxW March 17.docx


Great Horned Owl with owlet by David Cooper in Minnesota Birding 20150314


Paradise is relative…

nutters… Lindsey Graham: As president I would deploy the military against Congress

good god – these people are beyond nuts…

New Solar Capacity Beats Coal and Wind, Again – Slashdot

from slashdot…
Solar energy installations beat both wind generated and coal-fired energy for the second year in a row, according to a new report from GTM Research. While solar only makes up about 1 percent of U.S. energy, in 2014, it added nearly as many new megawatts as natural gas, which is approaching coal as the country’s primary energy source. Solar capacity grew 32 percent from 2013 to 2014 and GTM is predicting it will grow 59% YoY this year. Just two years ago, in 2012, coal represented 41% of new energy capacity and solar only 10%. Last year, coal was down to 23% of new electrical capacity. Solar capacity growth last year represents a 12-fold increase over the amounts being installed in 2009. Key to solar adoption has been falling costs across market segments and states…