The US Represented Weekly Update

Hello USR readers,

It’s good to see you enjoying our work and sharing it with others. This motivates us to give you quality work every day and expand our range of offerings. Along these lines, we’re working on a music site upgrade that, we hope, will be up and running within the next few weeks. We’ll keep you updated on this. In the meantime, we hope you’re having a great holiday season.

We had another solid week at USR. In Sandra Knauf’s Zera and the Greenman: Chapter 12, “Everyone in town knew Dan’s story. He happened through Ute Springs long ago, on his way to college in California, but he fell in love with the town and stayed. Dan abided by a personal philosophy of ‘love, live, and learn as much as you can.’ He’d sampled twenty professions so far in his life, a new one almost every year, and he’d done it all for fun. He’d been everything from bank teller to ice cream truck driver to city councilperson. Cosmic Dan had also been one of Zera’s father’s closest friends.” In “Dave Gardner: Interview with an Activist, Part 1,” Lindsay Deen discusses the life and motivations of a premier environmentalist and filmmaker who will “direct to save the planet.” Eric Stephenson’s “Ten Reasons to Treat Your Server with Respect” notes, “George Harrison once sang, “It’s all up to what you value in your motor car.” We can argue the same for how we behave in restaurants.”

Jerome Parent’s poem “Requiem for a Soldier” offers a sobering picture of what it was like to return home from the Vietnam War. Sandra Knauf’s third and final installment of her biography of Ruth Stout closes with a touching remembrance: “In Ruth Stout I found not only a gardening mentor but a mentor on living. In a difficult century for women she followed her bliss, doing the best she could with what she had, and she made sure to have some fun in the process. It made sense to me that it took someone unencumbered with ‘rules’ to see things differently, to create a small no-work gardening revolution all on her own.” Jerome Parent’s “There Oughta Be a Telethon” suggests, “There aren’t many people who would argue with the premise that people, in general, are getting dumber. Pursuit of 72 virgins, singing plastic fish, and the wide acceptance of the economic policy that letting rich people run things is good for the other 99% are all signs of our declining brain power. Only in America is calling someone Einstein an insult.” Jerome’s “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” describes an unsettling arrival to a Vietnam airbase. Delyn Martineau’s “Breaking Free” underscores the importance of outside friendships when someone needs to sunder and unhealthy relationship. Eric Stephenson’s “Beyond the Sandbar” describes a woman’s final moments of life and how she chooses those moments on her own terms. Jeff Cleek completes his hilarious Dick & Rosie trilogy by poking fun at the War on Christmas.

The USR Staff