Guantanamo Reading Project - 8 Steps

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A reading of the play Guantánamo: ‘Honor Bound to Defend Freedom’. The project’s goal is to encourage local debate and action to support the remaining detainees’ habeas rights to challenge their detentions in federal court, as upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2004.

The steps to organize such an event can be seen here:

8 Steps to Host Your Local Reading:

1. Get a location and choose a time. This reading can be on any scale:

* Living room with friends
* Community center, library, church hall
* Local cafe
* Steps of city hall or town hall
* Theater (Mondays are often “dark night

Attention Writers!

The Writer's Guild is hosting the 1st Annual Spring Writes Writer's Conference Saturday, May 6th from 9am to 6:30PM at The Evergreen State College Longhouse Cedar Room. Tickets are on sale April 24th through May 3rd at the Evergreen Bookstore. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for community members. There is limited seating, so don't delay in buying your tickets. If tickets do not sell out, they will be available at the door.

Sandra Yannone will give a workshop on line breaks from 9AM to 10:30AM. Writing Poetry requires consummate juggling skills: attention to sound, metaphor, form, and individual words. In fact, writing poetry requires keeping so many balls in the air that a few tend to get overlooked in the blur of motion. Her workshop will focus on a key aspect of poetry, the line break. Sandra Yannone is the Director of the Writing Center at TESC. She has published book reviews and poetry in Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, Calyx, Connecticut Review, The Laurel Review, and 13th Moon in addition to her poetry chapbook Top, published by Ultima Obscura Press. She is the recipient of both the AWP Intro Award and the Academy of American Poets Prize.

Steven Hendricks' workshop is called Structure Combinatorics and will run from 10:45Am to 12:15PM. Drawing on concepts and methods employed by the Oulipo and in particular Italo Calvino, the workshop gives participants the opportunity to play with strategies for broad manipulations of narrative structures, to experiment with combinatorial approaches to developing fictions, and to use these methods to create new approaches to works-in-progress. Steven Hendricks is a visiting member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College. He teaches writing, book arts, and letterpress printing. Learn more about him at

After a break for lunch, we'll reinvigorate our brains and bodies with Painted Word from 1:30PM to 3PM. Paper, paint, and brushes will be available to explore the meaning of words through an action other than writing. Supplies for making altered books will also be available. Altered books are pieces where the artist takes an old book and uses it to tell a new story. The artist can use some or none of the original text and pictures. Paint, collage, string, and ink are a few of the objects used to alter books.

The 5th Annual Evergreen Herbal Fair

Saturday May 13 & Sunday May 14

Saturday, May 13 at the Longhouse

Introduction to Herbal Medicine
– with local herbalist Corinne Boyer

Wild Herbs and Edibles Walk through Evergreen Woods
– with Corinne Boyer

Time TBA
Energetics of Food and Herbs According to Chinese Medicine
– with Dr. Haosheng Zhang of National College of Naturopathic Medicine

Sunday, May 14 at the Organic Farmhouse

12-2 Kombucha-Making Workshop: History, Properties, and Making of Kombucha (a health-promoting fermented tea drink)
– with David Platt

2:30-5 Bodycare Workshop: Making Healing Salves, Lip Balm, and Bath Salts
– with Sarah Jones & Leilani Wong

Reservations are appreciated but not required. Please contact us at (360) 867-6143 or so we know to expect you or for more information.

Operation OlyBlog Conservative 1

To put conservatism in a bottle with a label is like trying to liquefy the atmosphere … The difficulty arises from the nature of the thing. For conservatism is less a political doctrine than a habit of mind, a mode of feeling, a way of living.

Quote from R.J. White, I'm looking over the Wikipedia definition of Conservatism.

This quote in the Wiki article is helpful too:
To a conservative, the goal of change is less important than the insistence that change be effected with a respect for the rule of law and traditions of society.

It is Monday, I am not fully awake yet, and it is May Day. What do OlyBlog conservatives think of May Day, especially here in Olympia?

South Park was suggested as part of my conservative curriculum, I think I've already failed that test, I wasn't able to get through the second season copy I got from public library. But there have been some South Park episodes I've appreciated in the past, especially the Scientology episode "Trapped in the Closet". Does that count?

I have a copy of Fahrenheit 451 and will start reading that today, I've read it several times before and also have seen the original movie.

I decided to dive right in by starting with The John Birch Society, viewed their video clip on Morality. Now I want to know what The John Birch Society and those who agree with it believe should be done with atheists and any others that they see as immoral.

Also, on May Day here in Olympia, any ideas from conservatives here on how to view the local festivities?

Gardening...Gardens...Sacred Food

Thankfully yesterday was sunny again.

Days of straight sun then grayness and sweeping rain Saturday until right before the Procession of the Species started was a shock.

My roommates started a garden awhile ago and yesterday I helped them lay down hay to kill the grass around the beds of potential eatables.

I've noticed the semi-religious importance of food here in Olympia. Maybe its just the folks that I interact with, but when people talk about growing food in this city its like they're talking about something sacred.

In the neighborhood where I live on the Westside almost everybody has a garden. Some are quite large with a variety of vegetables. Some appear to produce year round.

A number of people I've met who, for a variety of reasons and to greater and lesser extents, believe that an economic collapse is eminent and when it happens local gardens will be the savior of mankind.

It would be interesting to do a count of all the gardens in Olympia to figure out how much each one produces and if the city could support itself when this collapse occurs-when and if it does.

If any city has the capabilities to support itself with self-grown food Olympia probably does.

I'm curious to learn more about gardening in Olympia. If anybody has any information or would like to show me their garden please get in touch.

Samba OlyWa

The jumping fish

Town Photo

Come one come all with your banners and love on your sleeves, we will shine for the camera, order our own pictures and then go see the documentary film "Conviction" at the Capitol Theater. What fun!

Powerhouse Road

There’s a new development on the road along the bluff, through Heritage Park to the powerhouse on Capital Lake. On March 13, The Olympian reported that Ben Livingston had received a $101 ticket for walking on the road. Nothing special about that day, except, perhaps, the State Patrol officer Livingston encountered – hundreds of citizens walk the road daily.

Since then, General Administration has been back-pedaling on the rule under which Livingston was ticketed. They added signs that indicated that pedestrians should yield to vehicles (duh) and should not actually go to the powerhouse. In addition, they added a crosswalk across the road to the hillside trail up to the Temple of Justice.

Yesterday, while walking along the lake trail, I noticed another enhancement in the campaign for clarity: a stripe, the length of the road, indicating a pedestrian zone on the pavement. Now, I think that the rule that reserved the road for vehicles was too much, but if that rule is still in place, then how is a pedestrian lane in the road itself consistent with it?

Since GA has now painted a pedestrian symbol on the road, I hope they let Livingston off the hook for being a pedestrian on the road.

NW Premier of Documentary: Conviction

Conviction is a documentary film about three Dominican nuns convicted and sentenced to Federal Prison for their non-violent protest at a Minuteman III missile site in Northern Colorado. This 48-minute film evokes important conversations about the role of religion in politics, the role of nuclear weapons in national defense and the role of International Law in the Federal Courts.

You are invited to welcome Sister Jackie Hudson back to Washington after completing her sentence in prison and to engage her and the filmmaker, Brenda Truelson Fox in a question and answer session following the film.

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