The US Represented Weekly Update

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Hello USR members and guests,

We’re still in the process of upgrading our site and hope to have our new look rolled out sometime this week.

In the meantime, we’ve been publishing engaging, thoughtful works. In “Listening for Possibility,” Lindsay Deen says, “As creators of our lives, we all have the innate capacity to build, inform, move, transform, and deeply touch others. The teachers and artists who went to San Luis for the Move Mountains Project, teaching, sharing, and encouraging students to express themselves, are a special group of people.” Eric Stephenson’s “Ten Reasons to Participate in a Tweetup” encourages you to “pull yourself away from your computer or smart phone for a while” and participate in an innovative get-together that will “allow you see the world in a unique way.” In “Alchemy,” we become “inventors, hosts, and cupbearers, / serving ourselves and our guests / the flavor and finish of our secret recipes.” Anjelica Cordova’s “Thinking of Affordable Education” discusses strategies for getting by in school. In this week’s installment of Emily Badovinac’s novel Deep Red, Jack and Victoria go head-to-head about Marlo’s future, all while confronting their shared past. Pete Howard’s “Popular Music: A Different Taste from the Same Well” says of modern music, “Technological corrections to basic deficiencies of the actual musician (such as pitch adjusters for singers who are out of tune) open the door for less talented individuals, offering them a handicap that, in the long run, can only lower standards for musicians in general. Those with natural musical gifts will be not be rewarded, but rather discouraged.” In the short story “From Somewhere Else,” Lorna struggles to get through another day.

As always, thanks for keeping us company, and keep being who you are. We’ll talk to you soon.

Best!
The USR Staff