We live in Colorado now. In a small city. In a condominium. Done with the wilds, and the wildlife.
Or are we? Last night there was a band of coyotes gathered outside our window. It sounded like the whole choir was singing for us. Quite lovely, in a feral sort of way. The music carried me back to those nights in Sleeping Moose, when I would slip outside at one or two in the morning to pee beneath the stars. If I was lucky, sailing through the empty dark there would come a call like no other. Ripples of insane laughter sailing upward from the boggy flats. A Loon! My favorite night friend of the woods.
A Rant about the situation in today’s schools.
Teachers face insult, and even physical assault daily—
But don’t grab a kid. Even if he is a mean brat.
Er, I mean “oppositional” child.
Is this fair to the others?
But what if his mommy is an “exotic dancer?”
Maybe he really does “just need loving.”
But maybe not.
Scenic Photography by Atwood Cutting
Books Designed with Waiting in Mind.
In addition to Images and Impressions from Atwood, (a line of budget-priced, softcover photo essays) new series of quick-read, lightweight, reasonably priced hardcover Coffee Table Books designed specifically for office waiting rooms will debut in early 2020.
Our world has changed so much, so fast. My mom and I can barely hack modern technology and 21st century tech-speak. A case in point: I fear I’ve used the term “hack” as one from a time gone by.
So, what does “hack” mean today?
Like everyone else, I don’t want to get a hacking cough, and I hope my accounts don’t get hacked by some web-surfing miscreant. Is a “hack” still a taxi? How about “hacking” up a dead body? That thought used to cause shivers. But today, bloggers brag that they have the secret to “hacking” this or “hacking” that. And they are bursting to tell me how to do it. Nowadays it seems to be a good thing to “hack” anything you can.
And now, let us address the suddenly ubiquitous “hashtag.” Apparently, # does not mean “pound” or “number,” anymore. When did it morph into . . . whatever it means now?
It seems that, if we want readers of this millennium to find (and buy) our books, we’ll need to put a # in front of whatever word might foster further investigation. If all goes well, a simple # should lead you straight to Atwood Cutting.com through the #magic of #SEO and the newest, greatest wonder of our world, the #Internet.
So, we’re gonna try it.
Here are a number of stories that we would like to write about. Each #magic word has a # in front of it. Please look over the list below and see if you are gripped by one of these themes.
Do any of these titles pique your interest? If you are curious, please vote for the story you would like to hear, and one of us will happily oblige by creating a blog post especially for you. Or you may ask a question, which we will use as a starting point for expatiation or digression.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Attie and Kate
P.S. Atwood’s books are available through Amazon.com and Ingram Book Distributors.
Some of My Heroes
By Kate Peters
Hero: a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. After contemplation, I have sifted out four, of many greats, who fit this bill for me:
Isadora Duncan (1877-1927) was a pioneering artist who heralded the noble philosophy of freedom through beautiful choreography and natural body motions. She defined dance as, “luminous manifestation of the soul,” and, inspired by her lead, I left college with the heart of a dancer. I believe my desire to dance naked among wildflowers bears Isadora’s free-expression stamp to a “T.” She is one of my muses, for sure.
I also appreciate Wm. Blake, who wrote, “…exuberance is beauty.” When I find myself overflowing in some excessive form of expression, I am consoled to know that, as an Aesthetic Expressionist, I do show a good and beautiful soul.
My mother was wise. She was vivacious. She allowed me to grow up as a free spirit. She loved music and, already the mother of five, played the French horn in a local college symphony while I rode along, in utero. I attribute every bit of my love and talent for music to her.
When I was eight, she rousted us and took us outside to see Sputnik pass overhead. My two sisters and I stood beside her, out in our luscious-smelling blackberry patch, and we watched that man-made object slowly traverse the blackened sky like a shiny mite crawling across the interior of a huge celestial dome. I’m glad she hauled us out of bed that night. Years later, I did the same for my own children when a comet orbited near Earth.
My mother also demonstrated good citizenship. To this day, I remember the hike she took her three girls on, through one of ancient Hawaii’s sacred passes. Halawa Valley had been slated to become H-3 highway, crossing Oahu to the windward side, and she wanted us to see it before it changed forever.
As we walked between its steep volcanic walls, we saw bits of trash that modern humans had discarded. My mama never could abide by littering, and she started picking up all the refuse. When her hands got full, she found an “opportune” paper bag, and stuffed the trash inside. There was more, and more, and soon she had us girls collecting, too, filling discarded bags with papers and bottles and everything that lay out of place on the sacred ground.
When we came upon a pad of blood and puss-covered gauze lying where someone had unwound their bandaging and left it behind, we three girls recoiled. That’s when my mother grabbed up a dead branch the length of a walking-stick, and impaled the disgusting sign of a human presence. She wound the long bandaging strip around and around, until it was secure, let the last two or three feet of gauze streamer float loose at the end of the stick, and carried it out like a flag. My mother carried that standard like the true Girl Scout that she was. What a gal! I was extremely proud to be marching in her Litterbug Patrol as we came out of that fated valley, and returned to “civilization.” She was a perfect role model.
Although in some ways I still fall short, throughout my adult life I have tried to reflect her good and peaceful nature, to do the best that I can do, and not to leave too many craters behind.