Friday, August 30, 2019

Three Weeks to Arts in the Heart of Augusta, August Georgia!

   I will be back at the Book Tavern's Author's Alley from 2-5 pm on Saturday, September 21 at this amazing festival!  936 Broad Street is the location, but the festival is all over downtown!

     All of my poetry books will be available, and there will be other fantastic authors/artists there as well all weekend!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Which Poems Should I Read at Rosewood Arts and Music Festival 5 October?

    I have one suggestion, and it is a good one! But what do you think? Readers, let me know either here or wherever you can contact me!



Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Poem from "Gemini" Used in Research About Adjunct Faculty

I went to a focus group last year at Midlands Technical College led my colleague Dr. Melodie Hunnicutt conducted as part of her research into adjunct faculty. We adjuncts teach the majority of college classes here and nation wide. I told her I had a poem in "Gemini" entitled "Scholarly Mercenary" and she wanted to include it in her research.

"Gemini" © 2018 Broad River Books available from the usual vendors!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Peter Fonda, RIP

     Born into Hollywood royalty, Peter Fonda leaves behind an interesting and uneven cinematic legacy. You can read about that in the obituary.
     But to me he will always be the reflective, thoughtful Captain America from the 1969 classic
Easy Rider. Paired with the loquacious and impulsive Billy, the motorcyclists set off to find America. Back then I had never been across the Mississippi, but had been from Quebec to Miami. I wanted to head west on a motorcycle, but only had a Schwinn bicycle. Travel had to wait a few years.My Wanderlust was there already, but the movie played a role in travel and in attitude. 
     What a great soundtrack to the movie! Here i the title song. Bob Dylan wrote the first line and told someone to get it to Roger McGuinn of the Byrds.


Author's Alley- Arrts in the Heart of Augusta 2019 8/21 2-6 pm for me

    Just over one month away! Excellent event!

All of my poetry books will be available from 2-5 pm, Saturday, September 21.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A Many-Layered, Thought-Provoking Film

    A Fortunate Man (Lykke Per)  is a 2016 Danish film now on Netflix. Running almost for three hours ( it's based on eight novels), , the film probes issues of faith, character, and overcoming childhood problems. There is also a glimpse into the healing power of nature.
   Lest anyone think that any state church stifles true religion, any religious expression can do so. Yes ,I am a Lutheran pastor, and know about "gloomy Danes", but there are some positive examples portrayed
   The cast and cinematography care exec. I want to visit Denmark!


Saturday, August 10, 2019

New Slideshow for Arts in the Heart of Augusta (GA) 209, 9/21, 2-5 pm

     The Slideshow says it all. This time I will have five books available at Author's Alley at the Book Tavern. This will be my third time there!

   If you can't make it, contact the Book Tavern or me for a book!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Toni Morrison, RIP

Picture from the NYT 6 August 2019

First black woman from anywhere to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, and winner of a Pulitzer, also.

I need to re/re-read some of her work. 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

"Est'd 1969" Impresive New Music from Steeleye Span

     From the opening notes of the first song, I felt that I was listening to an older album by Steeleye Span. Not the oldest, since there was percussion. While I knew it was a new release to celebrate 50 years of the group, the sound essentially was the same. There have been personnel changes, and obviously new traditional folk ballads are not being written. But the way in which the music is arranged, adapted, and performed is superb.
     To understand what an accomplishment this is, compare/contrast Steeleye with the other venerable folk/rock group, Fairport Convention, who has been around roughly the same amount of time. Fairport’s lineup has change many times over the decades. Their current line up could not be expected to play, for example, Liege and Leaf. To me that says that they have decided to branch into new directions, and more power to them. Their annual Croperdy Festival carries on the old ways and features newer music.
     But that Steeleye has found younger musicians who play traditional material says to me that it is possible to re-create the past. There are two songs from the Child book (The Boy and the Mantle- Three Tests of Chastity) and Mackerel of the Sea. Along with more traditional material are some newer songs. Roadways is based on a John Maesfield poem, ad Reclaimed written by Rose-Ellen Kemp, daughter of Maddy Prior and Steeleye alumnus Rick Kemp.
     I remember hearing both Steeleye and Fairport in concert during the 1970s. Steeleye came to a folk music festival at Penn State; since I was with campus radio, I was fortunate to interview them and hung around with a number of the band (also Aly Bain and the Boys of the Lough).
     Est’d 1969 is a good introduction to a seminal band. They intentionally chose not to put together a release of earlier recordings, but to present new material. And may they continue!


Saturday, August 3, 2019

Back at Author's Alley- Third Time! Art in the Heart of Augusta 2019

I will be back at Author's Alley for this spectacular event! Thanks, Book Tavern! Third time! More details later. 

All four poetry books will be available, and one new painting/poetry
book! Carol Worthington-Levy, whose art graces my covers, asked me to write some poems about some of her paintings based on family photographs!

Friday, August 2, 2019

And Paperwork Is Not Limited to South Caroina Teachers!

Oh yes! I had to waste time once sending forms about four or five students over to the main building to be printed so I could hand deliver them to the Main Office to be sent over to District Office. Everything could have been done eletronically. But someone WANTED hard copies. So my ability to plan for approximately 70 students was negatively impacted. And all on a split planning, I must add.

   There was also a survey that took 20 minutes to do. My administrator at the time claimed I had not done it (I did it wihtin minuts of having receivedf it), so I had to waste more time. Game people play!

Reviews Are So Very Important to Writers, and So Hard to Get

      When my first poetry book was published seven years ago, I dutifully asked readers/friends to review it. That book, Places and Times, ...