Car bomb strikes Cairo security building, wounds 6 police
Associated Press - 20 August 2015 05:17-04:00
News Topics: General news, Bombings, War and unrest, Improvised explosives, Accidents and disasters, Government and politics
People, Places and Companies: Mohamed Morsi, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Egypt, Cairo
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Last year I had a big poetry manuscript project that I was working feverishly on. This year, I knew that I would finish that project in the first quarter, and I worried that I might just stop writing. This is a common fear of writers, that the last thing we’ve written will be the LAST thing we’ll write. I wanted to have a continuous practice that was small. So small that I would be able to do it every day. So small that I couldn’t ever say I don’t have time to do that. So starting on January 1st, I began to write a haiku each evening before I went to bed. I thought it might last a month. Each evening I would sit down, write a haiku about something I’d seen during the day, and then post the haiku on Facebook and Twitter. Seventeen syllables, one image, in and out. I finished the month and kept going. About two months into it, folks began to comment. Sometimes it was an appreciative nod. Sometimes it was to chime in with their experience of whatever image was featured in the haiku. Sometimes it was to share their own haiku. Two months turned into three, and now into eight. Every evening, a haiku. This practice takes so little time, but it changes the way that I move through the world. I pay closer attention. I start to notice what I see during the day that seems to resonate as bigger than just a pretty “image.” I am acutely aware of how time influences both the physical environment around us through the seasons and the weather and the patterns of sunlight, and how I feel about those things. There is a sadness at the heart of most haiku, acknowledgement that what is beautiful will also pass, that all things are impermanent. Haiku is also a celebration of the simple. Its language is often sparse, imagery stripped down to the essential. By practicing each night, I remind myself to get out of my own way. To not try so hard, to not overthink. If I can’t write a haiku in under five minutes, I know that I’m forcing it, that I’m not bowing to the fact that in their dailiness, each is expendable. Some good, some mediocre, some downright bad. To make our writing an essential part of our life, this is one measure of success. I leave you with a few spare haiku. May they spark your own writing practice. 1/3/15 two coyotes watchthe thumbprint moon disappearfrost clings to their feet 2/21/15 we are all walkingtowards a place we don’t knowlooking at the stars 3/12/15 memory finds meas I put on your black glovesmy hands shaped like yours 4/17/15 a sudden snowstormcatches earthworms unawarebleak calligraphy 5/22/15 those three piercing noteslike a child left all alonegolden-crowned sparrow 6/23/15coyotes singingancient voices entanglemuscle, bone, and sky 7/8/15squadrons of swallowsswooping above dusk-hushed roadslife-spark acrobats 8/17/15leaf tips kindlingthose first bright sparks of autumn breath cold in my throat
The ninth annual Poetry Omnibus program is now accepting entries from Juneau residents for the 2015 competition. Winning poems will be read at a to-be-announced celebration and then displayed on Capital Transit buses for a full year.
The deadline for submissions is October 15. There are two age categories: fifth through twelfth grades and adults over 18 years old. Poems can be on any subject, but must be suitable for public display and not exceed ten lines. One poem may be submitted for free and additional poems may be submitted for $3 each. Entry forms, which contain complete rules and instructions for submitting, are available at local public libraries, the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, and the Canvas Community Art Studio.
Questions may be directed to juneaupoets_AT_gmail.com
The Juneau School District has concluded our investigation into allegations that on or about May 30-31 of this year a group of incoming senior boys hazed/initiated a group of incoming freshmen boys by paddling them multiple times.
These events were first brought to our attention in early June. At that time the district began an initial investigation, which, due to an active police investigation and summer vacation, was put on hold. When we were informed that the police had concluded their investigation we resumed our efforts.