“Rise Above” is out!

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Steve Roper and Al Steck created and recreated “Ascent” for more than thirty years. It was the premier journal for mountaineering photography, art and literature, both fiction and memoir. When they stepped away from the immense work each volume required, the publication became history. An enormous void took its place. There is now no meeting place where climbers can share and reflect upon the best of their images, the best of their words, the most intense of their experiences.

Most of my climbing fiction has gone begging these past ten years. I wrote “Moroni” far too late to have it considered for inclusion in “Ascent”, but it’s a good climbing story, one of my best. Imagine my gratitude to editor and publisher Cassie Newell that she agreed with my assessment of “Moroni” and offered it in Rise Above, her new e-book collection of prize-winning short stories. Please follow the link below to peruse Rise Above.

http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Above-eBook-Short-Winners-ebook/dp/B0147VZ4C6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1440164219&sr=8-1&keywords=rise+above+ebook+me+up+short+story+2015+winners

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“Shiloh” by Herman Melville

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Shiloh Church – “the log-built one”

Herman Melville never knew that he was one of America’s greatest writers and would become a world literary figure. Disappointed by the poor reception his novels initially received, he became a customs inspector and turned his literary focus to poetry. He expected to be remembered, if at all, as a poet. Moby Dick insured that this would never happen.

Melville volunteered in hospitals during the Civil War. His experiences with the wounded – their suffering and their bravery – greatly influenced him and resulted in some great American poems. One of these is Shiloh.

I’ve created some activities (common core, of course!) for teachers to use with students when they consider this poem. I’m pleased with what I’ve made and hope that the structures I’ve provided will open Shiloh for young people. It’s a good poem and needs to be read. It’s message of reconciliation and sharing of common ground is one Americans need to ponder. Here’s a link to my plans:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Poetry-from-the-Civil-War-Herman-Melville-2032013

This unit was endorsed by the Civil War Trust Teachers Regiment, by the by.

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Yosemite – Unnamed Falls

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You all know by now of my long enchantment with Yosemite. It’s ongoing and continues to spark my writing. Here’s a just published Yosemite poem I’d like to share:

http://www.yourdailypoem.com/listpoem.jsp?poem_id=1919

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“Moroni” takes first place!

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There are times when a story doesn’t come right until it’s been rewritten again and again. “Moroni” is my all time revisions champ, with more than a dozen versions in my computer. Finally, though, I felt that the story’s narrative fell into its simplest line and the characters spoke clearly. Editor Cassie Newell and the judges of the e-Book Me Up short story contest agreed and awarded it first place. I’m most pleased and honored by this recognition of “Moroni, especially after the extended tussle it gave me! The contest winners and finalists will be published on Amazon sometime this month. I’ll let you know when this happens. Here’s a link to eBook Me Up:

http://www.ebookmeup.com/home.html

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Darcy’s Tent – Banner Peak, High Sierras, 1983


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photo by Ansel Adams

Banner saddle copy

This photo is from our return visit in 1985. Michael takes a break with the Banner-Ritter saddle in the distance.

“I have climbed there once. One of the most beautiful places in the Sierras. The reflective 1000 Island Lakes, Banner and Ritter Peaks and the icy, cramponed scramble to their summits. But fortunately, it wasn’t like this typical Walton adventure. Lol.” – Wayne Thompson, climber and photographer

Wayne perfectly captured the essence of what Michael and I had in mind, so I took the liberty of quoting him here. Michael and I tended to learn our mountain lessons the hard way. We still do.

http://www.thewritersdrawer.net/banner-peak.html

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Steam Whistle

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I’m pleased and honored to again have a story published by Kids Book Review! Steam Whistle is a good story to share with grandkids and I hope you grandparents among my readers will give it a try!

http://www.kids-bookreview.com/2015/06/kbr-short-story-steam-whistle.html

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Yosemite in May

Falls

Snowmelt waterfall

Bursting bright,

Crystal tresses flung

Across ebon cliffs –

Impatient girl

With all of time

To brush your hair

But none to spare

This morning

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