The US Represented Weekly Update

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Courtesy of Christine…

Hello USR readers,

We’ve made a few major upgrades to our Galleries section, and we’re pleased with its form and function. Please review the Painting archives, for instance, which currently features some superb work by Lindsay Hand. Just click on the link below:

In our weekly feature Perspective for Hire, Gail Bicknell shares a poignant reflection on her relationship with her great-grandmother in her memoir “Sunshine on Apricots.” She mentions, “canning brings me to the awareness that I am a compilation of all the women who came before me.” In Sandra Knauf’s novel, Zera and the Green Man: Chapter 6, Tiffany and Theodore have some decisions to make:

Tiffany flashed her eyes up at Theodore’s. “I didn’t mean to sound like I was pressuring you, but we’ve been together for a long time now. I just don’t want you to forget that. That we’re a team.” The last line hung in the air like a tease — and a threat.

“That I know.” Theodore took another gulp of wine.

“Now,” Tiffany said, “what are we going to do about Zera?”

In “Ten Reasons to Participate in Your Local Zombie Crawl,” Lindsay Deen points out, “Sometimes it’s better to really get into the apocalyptic vision and embrace it, if only to desensitize yourself for the inevitable future of humanity.” In “Seeds Community Café: One Mouth at a Time,” Stefani Martuscello explains the concept behind Seeds Community Café, a Colorado Springs establishment that “utilizes a pay-what-you-can concept to provide healthy, restaurant-quality meals to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay. . . . Anyone can come to Seeds and enjoy excellent food and kind service without having to pay a printed price on the menu. Those who cannot pay are asked to exchange an hour of their time by volunteering to clean tables, serve food, or wash dishes.”

In the poem “Waking Dreams,” Lindsay Deen says,

“I took a microscopic journey,
Immersing my consciousness into your veins,
Moving toward the heart,
And I took moments to examine your neurons to see
If they matched the structure of my universe.”

In “BSCS: An Essential Element of American Science,” Jake Reed discusses the importance of Biological Science Curriculum Study, “one of the most beneficial American organizations for providing a service for higher education in scientific literacy in citizens.” In “The Other Gap,” Jerome Parent argues, “Non-rational thinking (by which I mean emotionally-driven, magical, unsupported, or contradictory thinking) poses a serious threat to the survival of mankind.”  In DeLyn Martineau’s “Candy Kitten,” readers meet Sammy, a Lilac Lynx-Point Siamese with a purple face. Sammy is a fun little guy who loves to run and play! In last week’s installment of Emily Badovinac’s Deep Red, after an uneventful Fullmoon, Marlo attempts to upgrade her powers.

In “Education Apocalypse,” DeLyn Martineau asks, “Students tell me that cursive is no longer taught in schools. I feel old saying this, but, what are people thinking? Why would such an essential skill be abandoned?” In “Yellowstone: A Ticking Time Bomb,” Stefani Martuscello notes, “A modern-day eruption of Yellowstone would obliterate a unique ecosystem and catastrophically alter the world in which we live.” Jeff Cleek’s weekly comic “Dick & Rosie” takes to task American education’s common core curricula. In Eric Stephenson’s “Bright Idea,” Cody takes revenge on those who wronged her.

As you can see, these and other postings over the past week show that we’re serious about keeping you informed, entertained, and thinking interesting thoughts. Thank you for spending time with us, and please keep being who you are.

The USR Staff