North Coast of California’s Objects of Art

Objects of art all around

pronounce beauty even on the ground.

Delicate flowers, leaves of grass

Shoot up around trees at last.

Big rolling clouds fly in

the sun shines down in between.

Sparkling waves twinkle and shift

crashing on sand teaming with life. redwoods stream

Crisp clean air so oxygenated

by redwood trees living for ages.

Stretching tall, majestic 300-500 feet

thick red roots underground do meet.

Large birds and sea creatures, deer

meet foxes, raccoon, skunks and bears.

Nature’s objects of art so sweet

resonate beauty in an environment complete.

 

 

Take a Moment

Take a moment to wonder why
Feel the earth as the days go by

Enjoy the plants their colorful array
Savor the tastes that give us flavor

Feel the love of kith and kin
Hugs all around, again and again

Mark the days as they go by
Happily sing I am alive, I am alive

We are here temporarily, our spirits celebrant
Take a moment to praise the firmament

Wondering why but happily I thrive!

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Librarian Musings and Reviews

I greeted this lovely foggy Fall day in Humboldt County California early at 6:40 am. I enjoyed a good breakfast with my husband which included a homemade meal that I cooked in 15 minutes while unloading the dishwasher, and preparing tea to drink later at my job. I made fried eggs in olive oil, apple crisp which I prepared yesterday, and a seeded baguette toasted, and coffee.

I quickly read the Times-Standard the local newspaper and was saddened by the struggle of the local Eel River King Salmon. The article called Eel River Salmon Go Blind” (cheery huh?) started like this: “Recent high tides and brief mid-September rains gave some Eel River salmon a fleeting chance to move closer to their spawning grounds. But a lack of adequate flows on the river is causing many fish to fall ill as they crowd within small pools for the week…”. I thought of all the beautiful and struggling salmon waiting to spawn in an increasingly hostile environment and wondered how the drought inflicted river could support these wonderful fish. I thought of all the delicious fish I have had in my life, including salmon, and hoped that these strong and powerful fish could make it up the river to spawn and create a new school of fish to survive next year. I was somewhat cheered by the lovely foggy and moist weather as I drove at 7:35 am to the College of the Redwoods to my job as a reference librarian. The eery fog along the Bay evoked memories of living on the coast and how I have always enjoyed the lighting with varied views and weather patterns that the Bay and seashore inspire us with. The autumn is a relief from the on slot of warm sun and lack of moist weather. The rain has been peacefully falling off and on the last couple of weeks.

My librarian work is rewarding and calming. I found three books to display for our “staff picks” book display. I chose The Alchemist: a Fable about Following your Dream by Coelho, Paulo. The book details that what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods and turns into a discovery of the treasures found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts. The other book I chose was: A walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson. In this travel writing expose Bryson uses his acute powers of observation to conjure a poignant backdrop of silent forests and sparkling lakes, thereby making a gentle but unforgettable plea for the ecological treasures we are in danger of losing. Fresh, illuminating, and uproariously funny this book, now a movie with Nick Nolte and Robert Redford is worth reading and watching the movie. Finally, the 3rd book I recommended is called 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Shultz. This book has encyclopedic and descriptive listings of where to go and stay during travel adventures around the world. If only I had enough money for these wondrous journeys.

Other things about my job I like are the varied and contrasting questions  I get sitting at the beautifully appointed reference desk at the college. I also work on a library subject guides, do library instruction classes, and keep busy in general with librarian projects. I would love to have more hours and am considering teaching online so I can work more with distance learning and other colleges. My occasional extra help librarian work at Humboldt County Law Library and Humboldt County Public Library has kinda dried up this autumn.

Additional book recommendations which I have read lately are the listed next. I just finished Alice Hoffman’s The Marriage of Opposites. This was a fiction about the life and family of Camille Pissarro the great French Impressionist. Much of the story took place on the Island of St.Thomas and in Paris, France. The strong persistent Jewish Mother, her husbands, and friends make for a powerful read about this great historical figure. I am also reading  The Public Library: a Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson. This visual essay takes a person across the U.S on a journey depicting new and older libraries. The photos and essays definitely give a picture of the beauty, struggles and inspirational aspects of  libraries. It really is a gorgeous visual celebration of America’s public libraries including 150 photos, plus essays by Bill Moyers, Ann Patchett, Anne Lamott, Amy Tan, Barbara Kingsolver, and many more. Public libraries have been my predominant work background for 25 years. They continue to inspire me and their missions and democratic access are close to my heart. Finally, I recommend The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry it is a  handy guidebook that teaches the reader how to get through writer’s block, and shows tasks on producing successful poetry. From the nuts and bolts of craft to the sources of inspiration, this book is for anyone who wants to write poetry and do it well. These book suggestions are all for now but check back for other musings and reviews.

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Poem in Honor of Uncle Ted

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My Uncle Ted

By Terri (Wade) Bonow

Daughter of Virginia Walker who was Ted’s older sister

June 2, 2015

Tall with a long stride, bright smile, hearty laugh, and jolly mood

Uncle Ted came and went at different times in my life, he was always on the move.

As a Walker family man, survivor of hardships as a child,

He was full of stories of adventures and always remembered the bible.

His Jehovah’s faith took him traveling to many places such as –

The near and far: Oregon, Alaska, Arizona, Mexico and Honduras.

He visited me on the Greyhound bus in Texas on one occasion.

Ted was dedicated to his sweet daughters who have brilliant smiles and abilities

His handsome smile is seen in their faces.

His beautiful grandchildren live on with his legacy.

Wife Elisa was an amazing support and his true love

Only God knows how much he was adored.

Respected and remembered Uncle Ted reflects our human family

With our unique mortal struggles, searches for peace and spiritual serenity.

May Uncle Ted rest in peace, and in his memory let’s make love grow endlessly.

Ted

BEING A STRANGER IN NEW PLACES

Being a stranger in new places

Geographies unknown, new faces,

Foreign and ever-changing…

Travel makes for adventures

A challenge to get by

To prove value, believe and to try.

Running to new counties,

So geographically

Beauteous and varied

Can they guess how I cared, or am I scared?

What do I prove with my mate

Moving, trying, striving so hard

To tell each we can survive?

We explore new places with strange faces

Various customs, cultures

New languages, historical places.

Love is the answer, amazing is the lesson

So many souls surviving, striving, learning

Getting through the maze of seasons.

Exploring the human condition

with a story, a meal, music, glances

Artist creations,a poem by any chances?

Being a stranger in new places

Geographies unknown, new faces,

Foreign and ever-changing…

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Quotes I like regarding women, education, etc.

“The highest result of education is tolerance” by Helen Keller

“Sit down and read and prepare yourself for the coming conflicts” by Mother Jones

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think” by Margaret Mead

“A strong woman builds her own world. She is one who is wise enough to know that it will attract a man she will share it with” by Ellen Barrier

“When you absolutely positively have to know, ask a librarian” American Library Asociation

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Resolutions

The new year 2015 is now upon us, it is January 5th. Today was a really busy business day with political persons being appointed and inaugurated into office, new laws were in effect, and the start of economic statistics and new tax rolls were initiated. Personally my bank account was busy with withdrawalstroll in the snow in the redwoodss, mortgage payments and Christmas visa bills paid. I walked, shopped, enjoyed a Japanese lunch with Tim my husband, and prepared a delicious crab sandwich with locally baked fresh bread for dinner. Yesterday we spent time with son Andrew, Clare, and their children Walter and Olive. I have a full life and am glad I am well.

My resolutions are similar every year: 1. Live well. 2. Exercise regularly. 3. Help others. 4. Make a difference. 5. Write regularly. I resist making goals but sometimes they keep a person on track and focused. This is a picture of the Redwoods near where I live.