Wednesday, January 1, 2014
To celebrate the birth centennial of Oregon’s most famous poet, William Stafford, a poetry writing workshop will be held on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 1-4 p.m. at the Hood River Middle School library, 1602 May St. in Hood River.
Anyone who aspires to write poetry, wants to learn more about William Stafford’s practices and inspirations, or feels “stuck” in their writing process may wish to register.
Space is limited to 25 participants. Early registration is advised; registration will be open Jan. 1-10. Donations are appreciated. Email request for registration to email@example.com (put “poetry” in the subject line) or write to Poetry, 3301 Kollas Road, Hood River, OR 97031.
Instructors are Portland-based writing instructors/facilitators Tim Barnes and Ilka Kuznik.
Barnes edits the Friends of William Stafford newsletter and is also the editor and compiler of “Everyone Out Here Knows: A Big Foot Tale,” a children’s book based on a poem by William Stafford which was selected as one of the books for Oregon Reads 2014. He knew William Stafford, meeting him in the mid-1970s when in graduate school at Portland State University. His latest book of poems is “Definitions for a Lost Language.”
Kuznik was the project advisor for “Everyone Out Here Knows: A Big Foot Tale.” Her photos have appeared in The Friends of William Stafford newsletter, the chapbook “Definitions for a Lost Language” by Tim Barnes, as well as other publications.
William Stafford would have celebrated his 100th birthday on Jan. 17. In his honor, many state and county libraries and writing organizations are commemorating his life with poetry readings, writing workshops, dramatic presentations and other community events.
Hood River’s reading and writing community begins the celebration with this special winter writing workshop. Early this spring, look for information about Hood River Library’s “Hood River Reads” complete list of Stafford-inspired events.
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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