October 23, 2014
Amazon.com, Made and Remade
Not many people order my books through this site. Today I’m reminding you of another option. I’ve just added Made and Remade to my listings on Amazon.com. Yes, you can buy it from the publisher, and from various other sources on Amazon, but if you buy it from my seller listing, ERYbooks, you can get a signed copy, at a competitive price.
Both Map of Longing and John Emerson Roberts: Kansas City’s “Up-to-date” Freethought Preacher are also available through my ERYbooks channel.
Place your order just like anything else you get on Amazon, and all the connecting happens for you. It’s like a bridge built over a river.
October 20, 2014
chamisa, gardening, native plants, New Mexico
Some days I miss the many fall colors of the east. There’s no question that the dominant fall color where I live now is yellow. I chose the chamisa for my garden because it does have great fall color. The photo above is carefully framed. Here’s the general view:I think the plant got too much water from the new watering system I put in last year. It’s a problem I saw coming, but I didn’t crawl into the plant to adjust the emitter near its base, knowing it would be easier to reach when I cut it back At least the clothesline holding parts of it from falling further doesn’t show up too much in the photo!
Gardening is ever an experiment.
October 4, 2014
Las Cruces, New Mexico, roadrunner
When we first arrived in Las Cruces, the huge Roadrunner at the rest area looking over the city from the west seemed like a major symbol for the city. After a few years he had to be taken away for maintenance. He is made entirely of old “stuff” and pieces were coming loose.
While he was under repair there was a great deal of discussion about where he should be re-installed.
We were pleased to see, on our first trip west in some time last week, that the original site won out. He looks very grand there, and very perky.The giant roadrunner has his eye on the city once again.
Photos courtesy of Paul Young.
September 28, 2014
book launch, Made and Remade, poetry reading
Good friends came to my book launch last week, and we had a good time together. Thanks to Susan Gomez for taking photos with my camera for me, but as you see she was not the only one.
Made and Remade is off to an auspicious start.
From one of the poems, “Time Past, Time Present”:
What’s the time on Paley’s watch?
Without hands it would still be
a watch. It’s mechanism matters
to him, springs and metal, not hours . . .
We had a lovely hour together.
September 9, 2014
book launch, Made and Remade, poetry
My first full-length poetry book is out! I will be giving readings from it locally at the following locations:
Palacio Bar, Mesilla
Tuesday, September 16
This is the regular monthly SPLAT open reading night, the third Tuesday of the month. I will be featured at the beginning of the readings at 8:00 p.m. (Come at 7:30 to get your beverage and/or sign up to read after my presentation.
Café de Mesilla
2190 Ave. de Mesilla
Saturday, September 20
I will be reading shortly after 3:00 p.m., so be on time! I will read a different set of poems, so if you’d like to come both times just to support me, I certainly wouldn’t mind. I will have plenty of copies available at both events.
For those of you who aren’t in the area, I have a give-away going on Goodreads:
It runs from now until September 20. And you can also use the contact page here to get in touch with me about getting a copy in the mail.
I would like to schedule other readings in partnership with other poets. They will be listed here when/if they happen.
August 27, 2014
atheism, John Emerson Roberts, Kansas City, Oasis, religion
A friend brought my attention to an article from Time magazine earlier this month about atheist “churches.” I was interested to learn that there is a new “freethought church” in Kansas City, MO. I wonder if they know about the long tradition they belong to, about the “Church of This World” founded in 1897 by John Emerson Roberts.
So many of the leaders among the atheist/agnostic communities have come out of the Christian denominations. Leading a community is what they have been trained to do. When their beliefs change, they take these skills to a new audience.
There are some who think these communities are a bad idea. Bill Maher is quoted in the article as saying, “It undermines the whole point of atheism, because the reason why people need to get together in religion is precisely because it’s nonsensical.”
Would it parallel this statement to suggest that people attend football games in great numbers to support each other in the nonsensical belief that these games really matter?
If Maher can’t separate a belief system from the human desire for community, I wonder what he thinks the “whole point of atheism” is. To reject the idea of god does not require one to be live in isolation. To enjoy fellowship is not a crutch. Nor is the idea of finding like-minded people to join in doing good in the world a statement of faith.
I have a sneaking suspicion that when convinced atheists reject fellowship it is because they really would rather not put up with agnostics, who have not committed themselves to the understanding that there is no god. This reflects another element which I think is characteristic of humanity: the desire to draw lines and strive for purity.
John Emerson Roberts, on the other hand, would be delighted to know there is a new community of freethinkers in Kansas City, MO.