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Poem: Porcelain Women drink

#poem Porcelain WomenPorcelain women
drink coffee
discuss velvet

Life is
Broken cake
Taking just one bite
so much spills
to the floor

a waitress sweeps by
for the crumbs.

The painting is by Gerald Murphy – Wasp and Pear – 192929

 What struck me was it was a gift to the Modern Art Museum from Archibald MacLeish, who wrote poetry as a cockroach who hit typewriter keys with his head.  The poems aren’t popular now.  And Murphy himself only painted 14 works.


Our Town Tuesday

Nevada Theater, Nevada City, CAOur Town Tuesday

“Does anyone ever realize life
while they live it…
every, every minute?”

What if we lived one day a week
Not looking for the meme –
Hump Day

Not focused on its end
Getting through
Getting it over with
Finishing up
in favor
Of a better future
that more Special Day

Stay in this day – Our Town Tues.
Please note:
The oatmeal – steel cut or not
The song on the playlist
The mustard between the winter vines
Unbroken shoelaces

A place to go
A voice who answers
Electricity and hot water

Acknowledge the pennies
From the cashier
as if
It were your last sentence

Celebrate the ordinary
the sky held overhead by mysterious forces
The earth that this morning, remains still.
Air – Flush toilets – Delivered mail

Realize life
In this least important day
This Tuesday
Like a saint
Like a poet

It will be important enough.

While driving to work I realized that we don’t often focus on the present, we are obsessed with the future, with our plans and with our to-do lists, and the line from Our Town came to me, imperfectly.  I looked it up and the lines were even more beautiful than I remembered:

EMILY  “Does anyone ever realize life

while they live it…

every, every minute?”  

STAGE MANAGER: “No. Saints and poets maybe…they do some.”

On Tuesday, celebrate the small, either the bright yellow acacia trees or the new snow.  Celebrate the smooth road, that all the children are either healthy or at least aren’t telling you about it.  Celebrate everyone you love and everyone who loves you.

I thought, I should appreciate everything, just in case it all changes tomorrow.

Future Girls Book II

Future Gold cover

Future Gold

Jordan Ellert doesn’t believe in Time Travel. Except when it finally worked. One minute she’s ready for another Time Cult failure, the next she is blasted back to the California Gold Rush.  Everything she thought she knew is wrong:  she is not the only time traveler, the past is hard to alter, and falling in love while in the past is a very bad idea.

Can you really be the change you want to see in the world?

The second book in the Future Girls Trilogy, Future Run is set in the California Gold Country where the author grew up and knows first hand how difficult gold panning is  and why Jordan made other choices.  Mixing the past and the future, Future Gold is  a thrill ride on a rickety rollercoaster.

   Closeup half face portrait of girl

Future Girls

October 10, 2145: eighteen-year-old Charity Northquest’s whole future is ahead of her–and the future sucks.

October 11, 2145: she unexpectedly has a chance to fix it.

When her best friend is reported killed, but then re-appears the next day as an old woman, everything Charity has been taught is called into question. Even if she does not believe in time travel, she has little choice. So the ill-prepared Charity travels back to the mysterious and captivating 21st century where her single purpose of changing the future fades with the increasingly more urgent question of whether she can survive the past.

Where did Future Gold take place?

Nevada Theater, Nevada City, CANevada Theater

This is California’s oldest existing theater building, it opened in 1865 and hosted celebrities like Mark Twain, Emma Nevada and Jack London.  It closed in 1957 the same year my parents decided to move to Nevada City.  The theater re-opened again in 1968 and is still a lively working theater.

The dragon can be found floating through many a parade as well as making his annual  guest appearance at the Children’s Festival in Pioneer Park.

Yuba River

Future Gold, the Yuba RiverThe Yuba River and its forks were one of the more popular destinations for the gold miners who moved from the back-breaking, freezing gold panning methods to the more efficient and devastating hydraulic mining.  The practice was banned in 1884 following lawsuits by farmers who had been affected by the debris flows. Much of the debris left by the destruction of hydraulic mining remains as the Yuba Goldfields.

The large-scale mining with the extensive use of mercury lead to a contamination of a relative large area. By 2013 the contamination is still detectable and will be so for an estimated time of more than 10,000 years, yes but we were wealthy at the moment.

The Clampers

From as official as these fellows get and special thank to Honorable Brother Al Shumate, M.D., ECV who has no idea he contributed to this content, here is a little about the popular Clampers:

No one knows what  E Clampus Vitus means.

The purpose of the society is still under debate: it’s either a  historical drinking society or a drinking historical society, the debate has never been solved. 

Members swear to take care of the widows and orphans — especially the widows.
All members are officers and all officers are of equal indignity.

Clampers in a Nevada City ParadeThat’s as good as it gets, as no one who bothers to attend   meetings is in any condition to take minutes, and no one in attendance can remember  what happened during the meeting.    But they give good parade.  My dad was a member.


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