Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Oregonians are invited to submit an essay or article for Oregon Humanities magazine’s spring 2013 issue on the theme “Me.”
Who is me? Me is the cover of every magazine you see on any newsstand. Me is the hero of every book you read, of every movie you watch. Me is the only one on the interstate/in the restaurant/on the bus/in the grocery store who matters. Me is the public. Me is the commons. Me is an island. Me is a universe. Me is both the center and the end. My tragedy is yours (as is my grief, my anxiety, my concern), but my joy is mostly my own (maybe my pain is, too). Why is it this way?
Contributors are encouraged to visit oregonhumanities.org to review the guidelines and call for submissions, and to familiarize themselves with the publication. No phone calls, please.
Submit a proposal or draft by Nov. 18 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Kathleen Holt, Editor, Oregon Humanities magazine, 813 S.W. Alder St., Suite 702, Portland, OR, 97205.
Oregon Humanities magazine, a triannual publication, welcomes all forms of nonfiction writing, including scholarly essays, journalistic articles, and personal essays. It accepts proposals and drafts of scholarly and journalistic features, which generally range between 1,500 and 4,000 words in length. It accepts drafts only of personal essays that consider larger thematic questions in well-developed, nuanced ways; essay submissions should run no longer than 2,000 words. All contributors receive an honorarium. Currently the magazine is distributed to more than 12,000 readers. Work from Oregon Humanities has been reprinted in textbooks, the Pushcart Prize anthology, Utne Reader, and Best American Essays, and featured on public radio programs Think Out Loud and This American Life.
Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about its programs and publications — which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab Summer Institute, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine — can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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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 www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge