Got Poem?

Posted by Tom

It’s National Poetry Month once again, and as usual, Seattle and its libraries are awash in poetry events.

The Northeast Branch is hosting its annual all-ages poetry contest, in which everyone is invited to submit a poem at any time in April, and potentially win prizes (including the Wedgie grand prize trophy) and read their poems aloud at the awards ceremony and poetry reading on May 20. Several other library branches are also hosting poetry events in April, which you can find by searching the library’s online calendar of events  for “poetry.” Continue reading “Got Poem?”

It’s Rhyme Time in Seattle: Poetry events around town

Poetry Contest Beat PoetIt’s National Poetry Month once again, and Seattle’s got it covered. First of all, Seattle Public Library offers many opportunities to write, read, and hear poetry all month long at various branches around the city:

Give wisely and give often

We’ve worked hard for our money. And now we want to give some of it back to the community. We’ve seen the donation kettles and the Seattle Times Fund for the Needy ads. But my watchword is to check before I write the check. Is the charity legitimate or has it just picked a worthy-sounding name? And how much of my donation goes to the cause as opposed to administrative costs? Continue reading “Give wisely and give often”

It takes a village

No matter what the government says, to my family and maybe to yours, we’re still in a depression. I’m remembering the stories my parents told me about the last Great Depression and glad that I hadn’t been around for that one. Now it’s my turn to worry. Continue reading “It takes a village”

One giant leap for mankind

What the country needs now is more heroes. Not the celebrities that the media fixates on, but the real deal.

That’s what I thought after reading Rocket Men: the Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon by Craig Nelson. I picked it up after hearing about the winding down of NASA’s manned space shuttle program – and all the excitement came back. The author recreates the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing, and gives us compelling details about the astronauts, the mission, and the space race. Continue reading “One giant leap for mankind”