Music and ice cream: If you have never heard the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir, you’re missing something. They are fantastic! (By the way, has Arnold taken over the word “fantastic?” I almost can’t say it without thinking of our governor’s pronunciation, “faantasstiic.”) You have an opportunity to hear them sing and slurp ice cream on Saturday night at 6 at the Ice Cream Social & Song event at the United Methodist Church, 236 Church St., in Grass Valley. It’s $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Writer on tour: Wylene Dunbar of Nevada City called after she returned home from a book tour of the south supporting her second novel, “My Life With Corpses.” It’s not about real dead bodies, really, but more about life and being full of life. I heard her read at The Book Seller a few weeks ago … she drew a large and enthusiastic crowd. The Book Seller has signed copies, by the way.
Oh, and I learned an interesting fact about large, chain bookstores. When books are displayed prominently in the front of the store, publishers pay for that placement. I had no idea! Kind of like the chain grocery stores being paid to display items at the end of rows or at eye level.
Tribute to Cassie: Tom Gleason of Rough and Ready didn’t know Cassie Schley-May – who died in a tragic car accident on Highway 49 recently – but he had mutual friends who knew her, and he realized she touched many people here in her short life. He wrote this poem about her:
Our Beloved Friend
When we were born
Our lives were unknown to us
As we grew, the Spirit of Awareness
Was kindled out of our experiences
Shaping us into
Each Unique Individual
Whom you eventually found
On those days
Our lives became known to us…
In such a way
As to illuminate Our Beings
Making our lives
Rich…in the fullness
So how can we now deal
With the loss of you?
The Loss of You
This utter emptiness
Which yawns so contemptuously
Our Hearts go out to you
But they won’t come home
Yet we know
The Spirit of Awareness
Came not from nothing…
It was focused and brought together
As yours has now been freed into the stars
Know that we long to be with you
But we will Live For You now
And tomorrow…We’ll be free together
Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at email@example.com, or by fax at 477-4292.
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Today there was a fire at Idaho Maryland and Brunswick roads. Fortunately our amazing response team was able to put it out quickly and save our community.