26th Reading


4th SUNDAY 04-22-12

Featured Poet Brigit Truex

Brigit Truex has settled in California’s Sierra foothills for the past dozen years. Traveling across the country after living on both coasts, north and south, has afforded her a multitude of experiences and sights to draw upon for her poetry.

Her latest book, Strong as Silk (Lummox Press, 2012), was inspired by the historic Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony which was established in nearby Gold Hill during the late 1800s. She has woven a story around factual and imaginary events and characters, letting them speak in both traditional Japanese poetic forms as well as from their private journals.

Her other collections include Satuit Seasons, Of A Feather, Leaf by Leaf, and A Counterpane Without (Rattlesnake Press). Publication credits include Atlanta Review, Canary, Tule Review, and Manzanita. Selected anthologies include Yellow Medicine Review, Fog and Woodsmoke, and I Was Indian.

Brigit Truex is founder of Red Fox Underground, a poetry collective in Placerville, California. She is a member of Wordcraft Circle and of Native Writers Circle of the Americas.

Email: cedarwoman@comcast.net

“What day is it?" asked Pooh.
"It's today," squeaked Piglet.
"My favorite day," said Pooh.”
A. A. Milne

Poirot," I said. "I have been thinking."
"An admirable exercise my friend. Continue it.”
Agatha Christie

Write it. Shoot it. Publish it.
Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.
Joss Whedon

This Showcase is Dedicated to Gail Lee White

All you need is trust
and a little bit of pixie dust!
J.M. Barrie

Flowers In Honor of Gail Lee White

D.B. Pacini introducing featured poet Brigit Truex

Brigit Truex

First Poem Dedicated to Gail Lee White

If I must fall, may it be from a high place.
Paulo Coelho

Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens,
or half their greatness goes unnoticed.
It is all part of the fairy tale.
Peter S. Beagle

People pay for what they do,
and still more for what they
have allowed themselves to become.
And they pay for it very simply;
by the lives they lead.
James Baldwin

When you see a good person,
think of becoming like her/him.
When you see someone not so good,
reflect on your own weak points.

The deeds you do may be the only sermon
some persons will hear today.
St. Francis of Assisi

The cause of most of man's unhappiness
is sacrificing what he wants most
for what he wants now.
Gordon B. Hinckley

We enjoy warmth because we have been cold.
We appreciate light because
we have been in darkness.
By the same token,
we can experience joy
because we have known sadness.
George Will

The achievement of your goal is assured
the moment you commit yourself to it.
Clarence Day

There is no duty more obligatory
than the repayment of kindness.
J.R.R. Tolkien

Refreshment/Social Break and Book Raffle Drawing

Nothing's a better cure for writer's block
than to eat ice cream right out of the carton.
Don Roff

The great thing about getting older is that
you don't lose all the other ages you've been.
Madeleine L'Engle

If the real world were a book,
it would never find a publisher.
Jasper Fforde

There are truths of which I have an inkling,
but of most I have only a penciling.
Robert Brault

Do or do not; there is no try.
George Lucas

Reading good books ruins you
for enjoying bad books.
Mary Ann Shaffer

D.B. Pacini introducing Tim Christensen

Songwriter/Musician Tim Christensen

Song Dedicated to Gail Lee White

There are never enough "I love you's."
Lenny Bruce

I used to think anyone doing
anything weird was weird.
Now I know that it is the people who
call others weird that are weird.
Paul McCartney

Katy Brown

Every human is an artist.
The dream of your life is
to make beautiful art.

Many candles can be kindled from
one candle without diminishing it.
Spencer W. Kimball

Imagination rules the world.
Fred Allen

Hatch Graham

Except our own thoughts,
there is nothing absolutely in our power.

There is nothing the body suffers
which the soul may not profit by.
Thomas Barron

Wisdom is oft-times nearer
when we stoop than when we soar.
William Wordsworth

Vincent Westphal

You can't know where life will take you,
but you can commit to a direction.
Wendell Berry

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told,
I am with you kid, let's go!
Maya Angelou

You can search throughout the entire universe
for someone who is more deserving of your love
and affection than you are yourself,
and that person is not to be found anywhere.
You, yourself, as much as anybody
in the entire universe,
deserve your love and affection.

Wallace Condon

You can't have everything, where would you put it?
Steven Wright

Don't worry about the world coming to an end today.
It is already tomorrow in Australia.
Charles Schulz

They're book addicts.
Lemony Snicket

Michael Borboa

Live so that when your children
think of fairness and integrity,
they think of you.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Each moment is a place you've never been.
Mark Strand

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.
Steven Spielberg

The very least you can do in your life
is figure out what you hope for.
And the most you can do is
live inside that hope.
Not admire it from a distance
but live right in it,
under its roof.
Barbara Kingsolver

Taylor Graham

Genius is nothing more nor less
than childhood recaptured at will.
Charles Baudelaire

You may not control all
the events that happen to you,
but you can decide
not to be reduced by them.
Maya Angelou

When it was dark,
you always carried the sun
in your hand for me.
Sean O'Casey

Never let your sense of morals
get in the way of doing what's right.
Isaac Asimov

A goal without a plan is just a wish.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Mat Sand

Once you have tasted flight,
you will forever walk the earth
with your eyes turned skyward,
for there you have been,
and there you will always
long to return.
Leonardo da Vinci

You are the product of your own brainstorm.
George Eliot

Live to the point of tears.
Martin Schulze

Jim Turner

The greatest discovery of any generation
is that a human can alter his life
by altering his attitude.
William James

If the only prayer you say
throughout your life
is "Thank You,"
then that will be enough.
Elie Wiesel

Obstacles are what you see when
you take your eyes off the goal.
Benjamin Franklin

Jerry Swafford
A Song Dedicated to Gail Lee White

If you want to make
the world a better place,
take a look at yourself,
then make that change.
Dom Helder Camara

I don't believe in atheism.
Author Unknown

Stop talking, stop thinking, and there
is nothing you will not understand.

Everybody can be great because anybody can serve.
You don't have to have a college degree to serve.
You don't have to make your
subject and verb agree to serve.
You only need a heart full of grace.
A soul generated by love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

D.B. Pacini

Two Poems Dedicated to Gail Lee White

It is very risky.
But each time a child opens a book,
he pushes open the gate that
separates him from Elsewhere.
Lois Lowry

In the hope of reaching the moon men fail
to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.
Albert Schweitzer

Songwriter/Musician Tim Christensen

A Song Dedicated to Gail Lee White

Brigit Truex

Katy Brown

Hatch Graham

Wallace Condon

Michael Borboa

Flowers for Brigit Truex

Image of mural created by local artist Tony Segale.

Tony Segale's Website