The US Represented Weekly Update

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Hi US Represented readers,

As the year draws to a close, we continue to maintain a robust volume of quality content that supports free speech and creative expression. In Sandra Knauf’s Zera and the Green Man: Chapter 9, Theodore had “grown used to having Zera in his life. Yes, she could be a brat, yes, she didn’t like Tiffany, but he knew that underneath the acting up she was a good kid. Pangs of regret surged through him. I see a lot of myself in her. The way she loves botany. The way I used to. He picked up her suitcase, the box of plants. Got to stay on task. I need to focus on what’s happening today — with my career, with my future. This could be the biggest day in my life.” Rachel Silverberg’s “The Great Lakes Have an Asian Carp Problem” details a real environmental problem relating to an invasive species and how we should deal with it. 

In “Lessons in Action: An Interview with Jesse Wilson,” Lindsay Deen shares an illuminating conversation with Jesse Wilson, a talented writer, actor, and professional training and coaching mentor. Lindsay says, “[Jesse’s] recent TedTalks video focuses on his series for personal empowerment, Lessons from the Stage, and after watching the video, I was intrigued. His passion and surety that the technologies taught to actors could make a difference in average people’s lives seemed brilliant, and I wanted to understand what motivates him, what keeps him going, and how he even came up with the idea for his series.” Eric Stephenson’s “Ten Reasons to Write a Poem” offers a number of reasons to participate in a grand tradition that’s far from moribund. In “The Changing Face: Extended Longevity,” Michael Greenker states, “Though few if any cultures have changed to adapt to current life-spans, all of them must and inevitably will alter their perspectives on life — and death — in order to cope with the radical social change following in longevity’s wake.”

 

“Never Departed” is a poem of love and memory. Jerome Parent’s “Gratitude for your Latitude” points out that Thanksgiving is, in essence, a fine holiday. In our most recent installment of Emily Badovinac’s Deep Red, Bobbi says in her diary, ” I never mentioned this before, but Margaret is peculiar. I look into her eyes sometimes, and I’m not sure what I see. Derek once told me not to be afraid of the unknown, so I try not to be scared of what I see in her. It doesn’t feel dangerous, but, at the same time. . . .” In “Bake Day,” DeLyn Martineau describes a fun annual get-together that “occurs the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and a group of us spend a whole day baking everything we will need for the coming holiday season.” Jeff Cleek’s weekly comic Dick & Rosie takes a humorous look at holiday overtime policies. Finally, Eric Stephenson’s “Too Remote” studies the life of a man who can’t escape himself at the top of the world.

 

Best!
The USR Staff