The US Represented Weekly Update

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Hello USR readers,

Our site continues to grow in size and diversity of content. In our installment of Sandra Knauf’s novel, Zera and the Green Man, Chapter 4, Zera receives an interesting envelope: “Zera smiled. Her name, Zera, meant ‘seed’ in Hebrew. She took out the envelope and opened it. The outside of the card showed a gorgeous spring bouquet of flowers in reds, blues, purples, creams, and chartreuse, nearly exploding from an earthenware vase. Three tiny fairies flew around the blossoms. Zera instantly recognized it as one of her mother’s paintings. ‘Dad had this painting in his music studio. Nonny made it into a card.’ Zera’s throat tightened. ‘Nonny, you’re the greatest.'”

In “Venetucci Farm: An Agricultural Role Model,” Kelsey Gregg details a beloved asset of the Southern Colorado community and the Pikes Peak Community Foundation’s fine work in ensuring that the operation serves as a true community farm. In honor of Homer, we included the passage where Menelaus recounts to Helen and Telemachus an incident regarding the Trojan Horse from The Odyssey, Book 4, translated by Robert Fagles. In honor of Halloween, Lindsay Deen offers “Ten Reasons to Visit Your Local Haunted House.” We also advertised Lindsay Hand Art’s open studio, which went very well. DeLyn Martineau’s “Have I passed the test?” explains why she’s a dog person. In the last of his three-part series, “AP History, Part III: It’s No Secret, Victoria,” Jerome Parent argues that “Manipulating the AP History curriculum is not going to do anything except make it harder for students to get college credit for high school classes.”

We included a Viktor Frankl discussion on the last of the human freedoms from Man’s Search for Meaning, and we also added Jimi Hendrix’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” In this week’s installment of Emily Badovinac’s Deep Red, Marlo begins her first sleepless night by rethinking her approach to The Plan. In “Hard Living,” this week’s Local Time feature, DeLyn Martineau recounts how her ancestors migrated to the Colorado plains, homesteaded, and built a family tradition that continues to this day. We offered a farewell to Jack Bruce, one of modern music’s premier bass players and singers. In Eric Stephenson’s short story “Misty,” Wes searches for the words he needs to finish a revealing letter. Finally, as always, we included a new comic in Jeff Cleek’s series “Dick & Rosie.”

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

Best!
The USR Staff