Apr
24

Meditate on the positive

I’m blue © Ellen Wade Beals, 2018

I’m blue © Ellen Wade Beals, 2018

Greetings. It looks as if Spring may come to Chicago after all. How’s the weather by you?

This weekend came and went. I saw the aftermath of a fatal highway crash on Friday. I went to the funeral of a young father on Saturday. I thought about my own father who was born on April 22, which was Sunday, which was also Earth Day.

One of the readings from that funeral was from Philippians 4:4-9 (Final Exhortations). I don’t usually share scripture, but the last two verses made me think. If you’re not a God person, you can substitute “Grace” and the sentiment remains intact.

Peace, love, and solace

 

 

Meditate on These Things

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Scripture copied from the New King James Version ® © 1982 by Thomas Nelson

 

 

May light © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

May light © Ellen Wade Beals, 2016

Apr
16

Facebook & new books (and poetry & taxes)

Hole world © Ellen Wade Beals, 2018

Hole world © Ellen Wade Beals, 2018

Happy (almost) Tax Deadline Day! Hope you have your return prepared and that you are receiving a refund. Also hope you did not wake to snow as we did in Chicago. It’s odd certainly to get snow in mid-April and odder still to hear that baseball games are cancelled because of snow.

Facebook has been in the news.  I have used this spot previously to discuss my qualms about social media. Sometimes, more often than it used to be, I am tempted to quit Facebook etc.

But in addition to leaving the big data collector I would be leaving friends and family I otherwise would not be able to keep up with so easily. Still, leaving FB has been on my mind. What about you? Are you more aware of your social media use?

If I exited from FB, I might not have heard that SISMW contributor Kathleen Kirk has a new book of poetry coming out today. Congrats! The book is called The Towns and is out from Unicorn Press.kathleen-kirk-photo-credit-dana-colcleasure

Also, I learned Kathleen Kirk and I are both reading another Kathleen – Kathleen Rooney (Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk). You can keep up with Kathleen Kirk’s reading through her blog, Wait, I Have a Blog?!  It’s always interesting.

Also, don’t forget that Kathleen Kirk is the Poetry Editor for Escape into Life, a site of much beauty.

redlined-600x840-1I also want to commend a friend from The Writers, Linda Gartz, who has a new nonfiction book—it’s called Redlined. Congrats to Linda Gartz!

I did not go to the launch of Redlined because I was reading for the SalonSeries, which was great occasion, one that reminded me how much I love reading/performing. Thanks again to Beth Snyder and Stacy Foisy.

Jorge Sanchez also read that night and his canoe poems captivated us — they are philosophical and spiritual and beautiful. Here is a link to a poem by Jorge Sanchez – it is called Plaint in a Major Key. You can read the poem and hear Jorge recite it.

Poetry is always a good antidote to bad weather and taxes.

Peace, love, and solace

 

And don’t look back © Ellen Wade Beals, 2018

And don’t look back © Ellen Wade Beals, 2018

Apr
10

Glimpse of solace: Tooting one’s horn

Music caught in the air © Laura Rodley, 2017

Music caught in the air © Laura Rodley, 2017

Don’t forget Laura Rodley has two new books of poetry.

If you are in Turner Falls, MA, Laura is having a double-duty reading there on April 15 at the Gill Montague Senior Center at 1:oo pm.

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Also, toot-toot, if you’re from around here, I’ll be reading tonight at seven at Evanston Art Center with Jorge Sanchez as part of the SalonSeries.  I am excited because I have not read in a while — toot-toot, I’ll be like the Little Engine That Could.  Thanks again to Beth Snyder and Stacy Foisy.

 

Peace, love, and solace

Mar
27

Poetry reading: April 10, Evanston Art Center

Winter sunset © Ellen Wade Beals, 2018

Winter sunset © Ellen Wade Beals, 2018

I’m happy to tell you that I will be reading two weeks from today in celebration of Poetry Month. It’s been a while!

I will be reading with Jorge Sanchez on Tuesday, April 10, at seven p.m. at the Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central Street, Evanston, 60201.

The reading is put on by SalonSeries in partnership with the Evanston Art Center. All gallery spaces are handicapped accessible. There is a parking lot adjacent to the Center and street parking on Central (and a suggested donation of  five dollars at the door to cover refreshments).

The SalonSeries is a renaming of the original TheNewStudio, which was conceived in 2008 as a creative and intellectual community that began in Evanston—and has included Portland, Oregon—focusing on individuals of age 40 and over who want to exhibit their artwork, present various forms of creative expression, and share knowledge pertaining to all areas of learning.

I better start getting my act together.

Peace, love, and solace

Branches at the park © Ellen Wade Beals, 2018

Branches at the park © Ellen Wade Beals, 2018

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