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Posted July 17, 2017:
Running rivers. In June we did a
four-day trip on the Snake. Last week I was at the helm
as three of us went down the Grande Ronde. Beautiful
two-day trip on “a wild and scenic river” (which means
no buildings, roads, settlements or motorized boats).
The biggest rapids were class III, so exciting but not
as challenging as the class IV’s on the Snake. I love
the challenge of manuvering a boat among the rocks and
rapids. Actually prefer that to having guides, but
there’s a time and place for each.
Another summer reading suggestion.
“Born A Criminal: Stories of a South African Childhood”
by Trevor Noah is sensational. We listened to it on
Audible on the drive back to the Wallowa’s last week.
Noah is himself the reader/ performer and is great. He
hosts “The Daily Show” as Jon Stewart’s successor.
This was the 30th year for the “Fishtrap
Writer’s Gathering” at Wallowa Lake. We went
several evenings to hear readings by various members of
the teaching faculty, particularly enjoying Luis Alberto
Urrea, author of “Into the Beautiful North,” “The
Devil’s Highway,” and “Nobody’s Son,” among others.
Urrea is a great storyteller with a sense of life’s
magic amid its tragedy and strangeness. Recommended.
Here's a link.
Trump doesn’t care about the working class,
but if you do
here’s a good report from the Brookings Institution
and Carol Graham. I’ve read that J.D. Vance, author of
“Hillbilly Elegy,” (on that same working class) is
considering politics. If so, it will be interesting to
see how he positions himself vis a vis Trump, the faux
Will he or won’t he? That is,
will Eugene Peterson perform a gay marriage or not? One
day he said, “yes,” rocking the evangelical world. The
next day, the popular author and creator of “The
Message” paraphrase/ version of the Bible, said “no.”
Between yes and no, there was quite a backlash from
conservatives, including threats from evangelical book
distributors to boycott Peterson. One would like to
think that Peterson’s on-again/ off-again reflects the
toughness of the issue, not the boycott threat. Or maybe
it’s just that the guy is 86 and not thinking totally
Here's a link.
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