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Sean Jordan: Finding my Zen

Sean Jordan

This is the first week that the training wheels have come off.

I am pleased to say that I am up to speed and 100 percent emerged in the job as your features and Prospector editor.

The lull in the entertainment department is no more as we approach the fall. This week I had the opportunity to talk to an author, Jason Wirth, and learn more about the amazing people in our area then I knew before.



Wirth has been collaborating with local Zen legend Gary Snyder on a book called “Mountains, Rivers, and the Great Earth: Reading Gary Snyder and Dogen in the Age of Ecological Crisis.” The book goes into great detail about Snyder and his relationship to the 13th century Zen master Dogen.

Wirth and Snyder will be appearing at the Open Book at 2 p.m. this Saturday to do a reading from the book as well as a book signing.




Snyder will be reading his poetry, something that he hasn’t done here since the 1970s, while Wirth will be reading and discussing the book.

Wirth’s brother Nathan Wirth, who took the photo of the cover art for the book, will also be there to sign copies and talk about the art.

This truly is a special treat and if you have time to go be sure to be there as there will only be enough room for 80 people. If you cant make it, dont worry, just be sure to check back online as we will be filming the reading so everyone can enjoy it.

You can find out more about Wirth and Snyder on page 20 of this week’s Prospector.

If you go to the book reading on Saturday and your feeling groovy you should check out “Jerry Bash” and help celebrate what would of been Jerry Garcia’s 75th birthday.

The celebration extravaganza will be held at the Miners Foundry and starts at 2 p.m. continuing on into the night until 10 p.m. There will be food, fun, and local favorite Deadhead cover band, The Deadbeats.

This years Jerry Bash is so much more than just a tribute to Garcia, and you can find out everything you would need to know on pages 6-7 of Prospector.

If you cant make the Jerry Bash then you should check out Katie Rubin at the Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. also on Saturday.

Rubin is a hilarious stand up comedian who has been touring our country making everyone grab their gut from laughing so much.

Her style of comedy is telling it like it is. Rubin points out daily human struggles and makes you laugh out loud about them.

You can learn more about the show on page 22 of Prospector this week.

As always with life there is so much to do and so little time. Be sure to check out the calendar (page 15-17) for more events happening around town and start prepping for the Nevada County Fair, which starts next week on Aug. 9.


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