It’s been a busy weekend. I’m happy to let readers know about, and provide links to, some of the things I’ve been involved with.
Friday night at the Capitola Book Cafe (a wonderful independent bookstore and local resource) I attended a reading from the Sisters Singing anthology. A couple of my poems appear in this beautiful, locally produced book which was launched in the fall of 2008. At the reading and singing event (the book contains music and artwork as well as writing by over one hundred women) we saw a trailer for the new DVD Celebrating Sisters Singing. This two hour DVD was filmed at the opening event for the book and was produced by the book’s editor Carolyn Brigit Flynn and Marigold Fine of Full Circle Video. Thanks to the Book Cafe and all the readers and organizers for a lovely evening. I was especially thrilled to see and hear my friend Sandia Belgrade read one of her complex and inspiring poems, as she has lived in Colorado for the past several years.
Saturday morning I attended a training for the Santa Cruz County Medical Reserve Corps (SCCMRC). The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a part of, and linked to, a complex system of organizations and government agencies which together provide a system to respond to emergencies and disasters, from bus accidents to earthquakes to terrorism. The MRC trains and provides a data base of mostly medical professionals who are willing to volunteer in a disaster.
That evening (still Saturday!) I attended the annual fundraising dinner and silent auction for my grand daughter, Luna Patience’s, school, Orchard School. Take a look at the web site. Luna is lucky to attend this small school on several acres outside of Aptos village. She has learned to walk on very high stilts (I can hardly watch!) as well as reading and carrying (addition).