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UPSTREAM: A Book of Selected Essays ~Mary Oliver

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Mary Oliver beloved poet takes a look at the beauty of the natural world and offers the reader an opportunity to investigate the mysteries and bounties of the world and the world of literature.  UPSTREAM could be a series of lectures that as one reads takes you down the paths her feet have taken and dazzles the senses with the whole adventure.

UPSTREAM is prose with poetic license and glorious word descriptions, which allows the reader to understand life through the experience and to understand how Oliver’s life developed and her worldview was enhanced by the glories of earth and walking through.

UPSTREAM is a meditation on the books and experiences that allowed a child to grow and become; forcing a life to create on it’s own strength, knowledge and power.

“UPSTREAM follows Oliver as she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, her boundless curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her, and the responsibility she has inherited from Shelley, Wordsworth, Emerson, Poe, and Frost, the great thinkers and writers of the past, to live thoughtfully and intelligently, and to observe with passion.  Oliver positions not just herself upstream, but us as well, as she encourages us to keep moving, to lose ourselves in the awe of the unknown, and to give power and time to the creative and whimsical urges that live within us.” (Book Cover)

UPSTREAM is a memoir of the child to the learner, to the writer, to the poet, and to the teacher we so admire and study.

UPSTREAM is a book I purchased for my own library to read, contemplate and enjoy for many years to come.  I wanted to share it with you because it means so very much to me.

“Born in a small town in Ohio, Mary Oliver published her first book of poetry in 1963 at the age of twenty-eight.  Over the course of her long career, she has received numerous awards.  Her fourth book, AMERICAN PRIMITIVE, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984.  She has led workshops and held residencies at various colleges and universities, including Bennington College, where she held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching.  Oliver currently lives in Florida”   (Book Cover)

Mary Oliver Wikipedia
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On Being Interview with Mary Oliver entitled “Listening to the World”

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FIXED IN FEAR: A Justice Novel (#5) ~T.E. Woods

Monday, December 21st, 2015

I have never been a great fan of murder mysteries, although in the last 5 years I have read and reviewed a great many of them.  I know that quite a few of my readers like them very much and I am amazed at how many of my older followers enjoy them to the max.  Along came T.E. Woods’s series of mysteries and I just can hardly wait to dive into each one that comes my way.  FIXED IN FEAR came my way via Net Galley and I am delighted to say there is at least one more in the series to come.  We are left with quite a cliffhanger of an ending with this one.

FIXED IN FEAR continues the story of Matt Grant and his role as Chief Homicide Detective for the Seattle Police Department.  It begins at a healing sweat lodge in Washington State inside 5 people have been killed and then the lodge was set on fire.    Detective Grant teams up with a small community Police Chief who needs some assistance in solving this crime.  This book pulls together some old murders that have never been solved and of course the psychological thinking that has affected the lives of so many people over the years.

Dr. Lydia Corriger, a psychologist working in Olympia has figured out a most wanted person’s current identity and gotten a murder victim’s wife the return on her stolen funds and Lydia now moves her computer skills and wisdom towards helping Grant solve yet another case and figure out his daughter’s complicity.

The story moves right along and I love the psychological dialogue, which attends the story and the thinking of the characters.   How are we to grasp a hold on life and yet still sort out the harsher realities?   How do we move on from a death in the family and live our lives fully and with meaning?  How do we see and understand the truth of our own situation?   How does a family cope with the reality that faces them and the pain that might attend each action or murder?  Gritty questions which are present and stoke the fires of each novel at quite a fast pace.

“Has Allie gone too far?”  You are invited to comment on her Facebook page.

T.E. Woods is a clinical psychologist and author living in Madison, Wisconsin.  For random insight into how her strange mind works, follow her at: tewoodswrites.com or Facebook.com/TEWoodsWrites

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