Should You Quit Writing?

How do you know if you are good enough to be a writer?  Do you need outside validation to know whether you are Write or Wrong (to write)?  Read this informative piece and remember that you may not be right unless you re-write…via Should You Quit Writing?

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Cabrillo National monument is a wonderful jewel in San Diego’s  crown. The VIP s, volunteers in parks, are now trained (pun intended) to tell train passengers about the park and the passing scenery between San Diego and LA.

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Cabrillo National Monument Partners with Amtrak to Connect People with Places

By VIP Karen Scanlon

Amtrak’s Surfliner rolled into the Old Town Station as usual the early morning of June 2. But on this day, three specially trained volunteers from Cabrillo National Monument boarded this inaugural Trails & Rails route San Diego to Los Angeles. They board as history guides educating travelers on historic sites along the way.

The Trails & Rails program is a partnership between Amtrak and the National Park Service. Locally, ten trails’ volunteers at San Diego’s only national park have jumped on board and will journey two-at-a-time on summer Saturdays through August. Guides travel as crew and are well versed in passenger and on board safety, as well as knowing the route’s history and natural resources. Each volunteer must also meet Amtrak’s requirements for physical fitness.

(Incidentally, do not be misinformed: the infamous statue of Cabrillo…

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Good Friday, Virginia

In 1974, I did my student teaching in Wythe County Virginia.  One of my friends from college lived in Wytheville.  Her family had lived there for generations.  As we drove around the county, she pointed out some of the flowering trees and told me the legends surrounding them.  The dogwood tree and the Judas tree are relevant on Good Friday.

dogwoods pink and whiteAccording to legend, the dogwood was originally a tall, strong tree and provided the wood for the cross where Jesus was hung.  The dogwood was so ashamed of that role, that it prayed to God.  God answered it’s prayers.  The dogwood would be a smaller tree whose wood could not longer be used to make crosses used for crucifixions.  The flower of the dogwood was shaped with four petals to represent the four nails that affixed Jesus to the cross.  In the center of each flower would be a small red seed that represented a drop of Christ’s blood.

When I looked this legend up, I found the following poem, author is anonymous.

When Christ was on earth, the dogwood grew
To a towering size with a lovely hue.

Its branches were strong and interwoven
And for Christ’s cross its timbers were chosen

Being distressed at the use of the wood
Christ made a promise which still holds good:
“Not ever again shall the dogwood grow
To be large enough for a tree, and so

Slender and twisted it shall always be
With cross-shaped blossoms for all to see.
The petals shall have bloodstains marked brown
And in the blossom’s center a thorny crown.

All who see it will think of Me,
Nailed to a cross from a dogwood tree.
Protected and cherished this tree shall be
A reflection to all of My agony.”

The Judas tree, which is also known as the Redbud tree,  is allegedly the tree where Judas Iscariot hung himself after he betrayed Christ.  It’s once white blossoms blushed pink with shame.

Happy Easter.

 

 

More about Little Free Libraries

via Library Closings & Little Free Libraries

I can not fathom why Canadian librarians might view LFL as the competition, but to each their own.  Mirable Dictu does a lovely job with words and picture about LFL in her neighborhood.  Interesting Read.

To read more about Little Free Libraries, check this out too:

https://equipsblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/taking-books-to-the-people-part-1-little-free-libraries/

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Little Free Library at the Peaks of Otter Lodge, off the Blue  Ridge Parkway near Bedford, VA

Flexible Flyer Sleds: From New Jersey

If you are a child of a certain age and live where you have access to snow, you  are probably familiar with a Flexible Flyer sled.  Probably the most famous Flexible Flyer was Rosebud, the mysterious sled in Citizen Kane.  Flexible Flyers also accompanied Richard Byrd on his 1928 expedition to the South Pole.

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Long before sleds were round, made of plastic and became a symbol of public disregard for private property in the mountains of Southern California last winter, sleds were made of wood and had two runners.

Atlas Obscura has written an interesting article on the Flexible Flyer Museum in Mooresetown, NJ.  flexible flyer--sam leeds inventorThe sled was invented in 1889 by Samuel Leeds Allen (right), a local farm and garden equipment manufacturer. Although Leeds was better known for his potato diggers and grass edgers, his desire to keep his factory workers employed during the winter gave him the idea to manufacture a winter product

His sled was flexible and steerable.

The museum is part of the Moorestown Library.

 

HippoCamp 18 Call for Speakers

If you like writing retreats and would like to be a speaker (even if you are not famous), then read on!

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hippocamp17 tee shirt - SIZEDWe’ve posted before about how much we enjoy the HippoCamp experience.  Well folks, they just posted their call for speakers for the upcoming 2018 event. (BTW: When HippoCamp says “Speakers,” they don’t mean famous people.  They mean working, sometimes struggling, writers.)  See here:

HippoCamp’s programming is mostly for-attendees, by attendees! With the exception of keynotes and a few panels, our conference is built from the proposals YOU submit!

We’re enthusiastically inviting attendees who also are interested in being part of our speaker line-up to submit a session proposal for HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers (Aug. 24-26) in one of our three traditional tracks, our new addition of a special topics track, or our flash sessions:

  • Breakout Sessions in four tracks: 
    We’re looking for dynamic speakers and engaging, informative, practical 60-minute sessions that will give our attendees actionable takeaways. Breakout session presenters will receive a special discounted attendee…

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Call For Brevity Submissions: One-Minute Memoir

If you like it short and sweet and/or the sound of your own voice, this may be the contest for you.

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Rufus P. Turner, developer of the first transistor radio & a professor of literature–Brevity’s kind of guy

We’re trying something new.

The Brevity Podcast is seeking submissions for our One-Minute Memoir episode. We’re looking for ultra-flash nonfiction of 100-150 words (on paper) and up to one minute (recording time). Accepted pieces will be broadcast in our February episode and receive a $25 honorarium.

Deadline for submission is January 6, 2018.

 

You may submit in one of two ways:

 

1) Text only. Submit a .doc. We will record accepted pieces in the Brevity studio.

 

2) Audio file. Submit an MP3 or WAV of your own recording PLUS a .doc with the text. Read our blog post about recording your own work for basic sound guidelines. We will master accepted pieces. Recordings should be a maximum of 60 seconds.

 

Please start your recording with your name…

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Book Clubs–Not just for Reading

Do you belong to a Book Club?  If so, where do you meet?  Is it in somebody’s home, a library, or some food and/or beverage establishment?  Is the purpose of the group to discuss a mutually agreed upon title, to discuss books in general, to meet socially, or is it an excuse to eat and drink?

Book club-modern dayIf your book club is more social than literary, more defined by who you talk about or what you eat and drink than what you read, then you book club is following a fine tradition that goes back to the 18th century..

“Ever since the advent of book clubs in 18th-century England, when books were scarce and expensive, these organizations have been about more than reading. Book clubs were organized to help members gain access to reading material and to provide a forum for discussion of books the club held. But they were also about gossip and drinking. ”

Sometimes book clubs end because they  no longer meet the needs of the members:  books are not getting read, too much/ not enough socializing, differing objectives for the purpose of the club.

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