The US Represented Weekly Update

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Hello US Represented readers,

We should first mention that our new gallery design is close to being complete, at which time we’ll begin rolling out a series of photo galleries we think you’ll like, most notably by the talented painter Lindsay Hand. With this said, the past week has been a smart and often significant mix of writings. In this week’s installment of Sandra Knauf’s novel, Zera and the Green Man: Chapter 5, some changes are taking place:

“It was harder to even think of him as ‘The Toad’ lately. He had changed a lot since the opening at All-American Burger Depot. As they’d talked about during the ride home that night, The Toad and Tiffany began to focus on making big changes in Theodore’s life. Zera noted that while he kept his vintage spectacles and watches, almost everything else about his appearance had changed. His fanatical working out had paid off. In just two months he’d dropped over thirty pounds and seemed determined, almost self-assured. Although his dorkiness hasn’t disappeared, and he still slouches over his notepad, he’s different; a buffer, better dressed, more formidable Toad.”

David LaPlant’s “A Healthy Watershed Now and In the Future” explains how the Coalition of the Upper South Platte “is the backbone to providing clean municipal water to over a million [Colorado] residents while promoting educational efforts to cultivate more eco-friendly residents.” In her sobering essay “Our Food, Our Right to Know,” Sandra Knauf says, “the potential problems I read about fourteen years ago—gene contamination in wild species and non-GMO varieties, death of beneficial pollinators, the speculation that these products would eventually require higher and more frequent doses of toxic pesticides and would bring about superweeds—how sad it is that these and other horrors have come true.” Cheryl Ray’s “Ten Reasons Why You Should Hang Out with Count Dracula” honors the Halloween season in grand style. From The Doors of Perception, Aldous Huxley discusses the private nature of experience, and Amie Sharp’s poem “Garden Constellations” paints a vivid picture of a world seen more clearly with a careful eye.

In “#1%,” Jerome Parent states, “Here in the U.S., 10% of the people own over 70% of the wealth, with the top 1% controlling most of that. . . . Bernie Madoff’’s mistake was stealing from the rich. If he had stuck to robbing the poor and middle class like the rest of Wall Street, he’d still be a free man.” Then Jerome offers and intriguing suggestion to mitigate the problem. We shared one of Malcolm Gladwell’s thoughts on work, and in Emily Badovinac’s Deep Red, Chapter Thirty, a month of difficult training passes, during which time Marlo is consistently reminded of the mistake she made with Katrina.

In “Call Me If You Need Anything,” DeLyn Martineau argues, “unless it is a person you spend time with regularly, don’t say ‘Call me if you need anything’ unless you really mean it.” We shared the final stanza from John Milton’s Paradise Lost, and in Eric Stephenson’s “A Gifted Bartender,” Kenny evaluates his professional identity. Finally, Jeff Cleek’s “Dick & Rosie” takes another wry look at the American education system.

As always, thanks for spending time with us, and please keep being who you are.

Best!
The USR Staff