Thanks for posting Chris.
The heron on the lake on sunset, digital watercolor painting Copyright Martina Vaculikova at 123RF
Summer has been slow to arrive this year. But finally the weather is warming up and soon perhaps we’ll be searching out shady places and even thinking of taking off our shoes and wading in the creek. But only if the heron has stopped stalking the bank, caught his fish for the day and left. He has an awesome presence and we celebrate his visits.
Image from Pixabay
Heron has an awkward grace. Sometimes,
rising from the creek, he claps his wings
then hangs, a grey angel above the bank,
austere and still until another thrust
lifts him into trees. The dog barks,
scared my grandchild grips my hand.
Spreading pennons cover us as heron sails
above our heads—both shadow and a blessing.
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Thanks to the Story Reading Ape for posting this!
Have I mentioned the Spirit of the Hills Festival of the Arts that we are planning to put on October 24-26, 2019?
I am chairing the Festival Committee and we are pleased that our programme is set and that we are now negotiating with artists of all kinds, whom we have invited to participate.
Of course there is still an enormous amount of work to do on the dramatic and musical events, our multi-media show, the anthology, the art show and all the other activities we have programmed for that weekend.
And of course we have to publicise and stir up excitement about the Festival, so this year we decided to set up a festival blog, taking people behind the scenes and letting them into some of the madness and fun of turning ideas into actual events.
The blog has been designed by Lauren Reyes Grange and administered by Cynthia…
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Thank you Christopher Graham
Why are some dreams so vivid but also so difficult to recall when one wakes? All I can remember of last night’s dream is sitting in the sun on a hillside while flocks of little blue butterflies gyrated around me.
But I know where those Chalk Hill Blues used to dance, skimming the dry thin grass on a hill over-looking Caterham valley. It was a favourite destination of mine and my friend Jenny, when out for a bicycle ride. We cast our bikes down by the stile, climbing over onto the white path which crossed the steep meadowland. We searched for arrow heads for there were bands of flint running through this chalk hill. I don’t think we ever found any. But I do remember the springy feel of walking there as though the hill itself bounced under our feet. Male Chalk Hill Blues are pale, spring-sky blue, their wings…
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Thank you Ronald and Chris!
Alone: A Winter in the Woodsrecounts a true Canadian adventure on the frontier. On a deeper level, it is a story about courage, self-reliance, love and community, about accepting responsibility for not only doing things right but doing the right thing, so that the common good is served. Author Felicity Sidnell Reid adroitly weaves these two themes together so that venture and virtue become a unified narrative that both enthralls and elevates.
The adventure plays out in the late 18thcentury as Upper Canada is being slowly settled by families cutting land-grant farms from virgin forest. United Empire Loyalist Elias Turner accompanied by his 13-year-old son is on his way from the Kingston area of Ontario to the Belleville area in mid-winter by ox-drawn sled to claim his land. After building a tiny cabin, Elias must leave his son with the oxen at the cabin and return to…
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Many thanks for posting this Chris!
Stephanie Chandler posted an article recently on this blog, “10 Tips to Compiling an Anthology Book”, aimed at business people. It listed the advantages to the initiator and editor of such a book, pointing out how much more quickly one can be put together, if the initiator doesn’t have to write a whole book, and how its marketability will be increased, as all the contributors will become sellers and promoters.
In the business world the author/editor will gain instant cred by publishing a book, thus bringing in more business and, because a non-fiction anthology usually accepts short articles, it will appeal to readers who want a quick way to engage with the subject matter. This all seemed practical advice from the point of view of a business person and set me wondering about the anthology that the organization I belong to, Spirit of the Hills Arts Association…
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I suppose it says something, possibly profound, about the state of the world, that there are now so many apps available which promise stories that will send the reader or listener to sleep. You can choose to listen to stories from the boring to the beautiful, from the fantastic to the hypnotic: or to find collections containing pieces only five minutes long, to ones where the average listening time is an hour.
However, the reader’s voice may be mellifluous, and the story un-alarming, but I have to concentrate too hard on those fleeting words to relax into sleep. So I have always been, and will remain, a bedtime reader, preferably of real books, though sometimes I do resort to the library on my iPad.
I am careful about what sort of books I allow on my reading list. I give high priority to old favourites, some from my youth, or…
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