Author events coming April 7, 10

Author reading: Jane Kirkpatrick

Waucoma Bookstore and the Hood River County Library are hosting author Jane Kirkpatrick for a reading on Sunday, April 7. The reading will start at 2 p.m. and will be at the Hood River County Library, 502 State St.

Kirkpatrick will be discussing her new book, “One Glorious Ambition,” a compelling women’s historical novel based on the life of a woman who refused to be defined by her past, conventional Victorian thinking or the people around her — and changed the face of mental illness in the 19th century.

About the book

Growing up in household full of pain and tragedy, Dorothea Dix thought she was destined for nothing more than teaching and to raising her two younger brothers. She opened her first school for girls when she was 15 and by 23, was a best-selling author living an orderly and disciplined Boston life.

But a visit to a prison to teach Sunday school to women in 1841 launched a new path for Dorothea, one that would turn her personal hardships into great strides for the less fortunate. Dorothea fought for the lives of those with mental illness, the poor and prisoners.

Her political savvy, rare amongst women in her time, challenged those who made the rules in the almshouses, debtor prisons and private homes where mentally ill people were often chained and forgotten. Those tragic souls changed Dorothea, too, illuminating the path of peace within her own suffering and bring her “a happiness which goes with you.”

About the author

After 26 years living on Starvation Lane on a remote ranch in Oregon, Jane Kirkpatrick and her husband, Jerry, moved back to Bend, Ore.

Before writing, Jane worked as therapist, a licensed social worker, a mental health director and consultant for nearly 20 years. She is the author of 17 historical novels. Her works have been finalists for the Christy, Spur, Oregon Book Award, WILLA Literary Award and Reader’s Choice awards.

Book release party and presentation: David Cobb

Waucoma Bookstore and Columbia Center for the Arts are hosting local photographer David Cobb for a book release party and slide show presentation for his new book, “Quiet Beauty: Japanese Gardens of North America.”

The presentation will be Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. at Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Ave. Suggested donation is $5.

About the presentation

Join photographer David Cobb as he presents a virtual tour of Japanese Gardens of North America. Showing images from his book, he’ll discuss the elements of style and finer points of photographing Japanese gardens.

You’ll learn how to see the Japanese garden from a larger perspective as a cohesive entity down to the intricacies and smallest details. Learn to appreciate both the commonalities and individual aspects of these gardens, and how best to capture their unique beauty through the seasons.

About the photographer

David Cobb says, “As a long-distance hiker, I have sharpened my photographic perspective over the years on the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide, the Canadian Divide and most recently, walking across Iceland.

“After years of capturing images along the trail and becoming more and more passionate about the art of photography, I took the leap and ‘quit my day job’ to devote myself full time to my photographic work.

“Now as I photograph throughout the U.S. and around the world, I am continually awed by the broad spectrum of nature’s offerings — from a delicate heliconia flower on the exotic island of Roratonga to the sweeping Icelandic landscape.

“My particular fondness for the Pacific Northwest is reflected in my local outdoor shots. My goal is to capture the wonders I see in nature for the enjoyment of all those with an eye for the extraordinary.”

Cobb’s images have won awards from Nature’s Best Photography, the International Conservation Photography Awards, and the International Garden Photographer of the Year Awards. His images have recently exhibited at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C., the Kew Botanic Garden in London, England, and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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