By Ron Fritze
Most people have read something by Jules Verne whether it be Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea or Around the World in Eighty Days. A lot of his novels have been made into movies, some more than once. Verne was an early contributor to the genre of science fiction when it was first blooming. He wrote during the late nineteenth century and shared its faith that Western Civilization had entered into a permanent age of progress. His fiction predicted various technological innovations such as the submarine (Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea and Mysterious Island), the helicopter (Robur the Conqueror alt. title The Clipper of the Clouds), or a combination, submarine/airplane/automobile (The Master of the World). Little remarked upon is that Verne also envisioned the recreational vehicle.
By Guy McClure
This may or may not have actually happened, but it happened in my head and it is happening on the paper on which I’m writing so that’s good enough for me. The following is a story about fear, trust and an unspoken friendship that I have encountered along a wooded path. It begins with a first step and I’d like to take you with me. Believe it if you need to.
By Ron Fritze
Lucie Duff Gordon: A Passage to Egypt by Katherine Frank is the next book on the literary itinerary of the day-time book discussion group. Who is Lucie Duff Gordon, you ask? In a nutshell, she was a woman author and translator who lived (1821-1869) during the first half of the Victorian era in London. I am sure most people have never heard of her. Certainly I hadn’t until I started doing research on Victorian travelers in Egypt. But once I started reading about her life, I found out what a truly fascinating person she was, as was her family.
By Jessica Williamson
My Momma and Granny used to ride the dirt roads in search of some flowers to dig up or a forgotten old juke joint. Every weekend, they would ride with me and my sister in the back seat and play music. I can remember the first time that I ever heard his voice. I was a little girl sitting in the back seat of the car when my momma put the tape in. That unforgettable voice came pouring out of the speakers, and I was hooked. They listened to mostly country music, but sometimes they would throw something else into the mix. That day it was Rod Stewart’s greatest hits. Rod has been making women fall in love with his voice since he started singing in the mid-sixty’s, and I was no exception. At five years old, I was in love.
By Tony Ricks
At home, my children are learning to blog on a private, password-protected website and with parental supervision. They are doing things I never did. They are composing with words, images, even video: it’s easy once you learn the basic blogging tools available. And I wonder: how will these experiences impact their educational or lifelong goals? I really have no idea. But the fact that they are composing blogs and using tools that didn’t exist when I was a child are perhaps omens of what the future holds in regards to new media and its possibilities.