About that Face to Face Book Group: On Reading and Writing

I live on the edge of a very small town in Sussex County, Virginia. It is the home of those staples: peanuts and bacon. I moved here about five years ago and have spent most of that time working rather than getting involved in community life. This year, I decided I needed more non-work interaction … Continue reading About that Face to Face Book Group: On Reading and Writing Continue reading About that Face to Face Book Group: On Reading and Writing

Building Community Around Reading

I attended the book group at the local library today. Today’s group was fun! A welcoming group of women who had smart and intriguing ideas about the book. One woman, in particular, had several interesting ideas about characters and their motives that I simply hadn’t considered. I am looking forward to next month. I was … Continue reading Building Community Around Reading Continue reading Building Community Around Reading

Beyond Work: Finding Your Own Space in the Day

My “of interest” post this week focuses on a Washington Post reporter even though it’s really supposed to focus on poet Donald Hall. The reporter exposed Hall to ridicule and was criticized. I’m thinking about Donald Hall because I’m reading Essays After Eighty and The Selected Poems of Donald Hall, a collection published in 2015. … Continue reading Beyond Work: Finding Your Own Space in the Day Continue reading Beyond Work: Finding Your Own Space in the Day

It’s Complicated

I tweeted about this Smithsonian Magazine article about Buffalo Bill this week: “The reality was more complicated” could be said about lots of news/issues. In this case, applied to Buffalo Bill https://t.co/ekH2dlBkkD — Karen Richardson (@witchyrichy) January 13, 2017 The headline for the article is pretty sensational: Murder, Marriage and the Pony Express: Ten Things You … Continue reading It’s Complicated Continue reading It’s Complicated

My Digital Blindspot

I have never been a fan of the digital immigrant/digital native comparison. I’m reasonably old in technology years, having grown up with cabinet televisions, rotary telephones and “hi fi” systems to play records and later cassette tapes. We continue to store lots of music in those so-archaic-they-are-coming-back-again formats. We’re ready for the 21st century vinyl … Continue reading My Digital Blindspot Continue reading My Digital Blindspot

What Would You Add to the List?

The National Park Service has just announced 24 new national historic landmarks.  They include sites related to some more recent path including the Civil Rights movement (Medgar and Myrlie Evers House) and the Vietnam War protests (Kent State shootings site). One quirky addition is the Davis-Ferris Organ, which can be found in Round Lake, NY, … Continue reading What Would You Add to the List? Continue reading What Would You Add to the List?

Poetry All Around Us

I continue to pursue getting more poetry in my life. This week, an email from James Madison University highlighted the Furious Flower Poetry Center, introducing me to the nation’s first academic center devoted to African American poetry.  The center is dedicated to Gwendolyn Brooks and the name comes from  one of her poems.  During this year’s National Poetry Month, they … Continue reading Poetry All Around Us Continue reading Poetry All Around Us