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Signal Box Wrap Art Project
Jennifer O'Neill Pickering's signal box at 29th St..
and Meadowview, Sacramento
This is the signal box I created from several water colors based on my Goddess series. These images were changed with additional elements added to them. I also, incorporated a short poem...Our peaceful hearts lift others into flight.
Hi friends, I am pleased to announce my new poetry book, Fruit Box Castles: Poems From a Peach Rancher’s Daughter is available for pre-order from Finishing Line Pre ss . I hope you will find a poem or many that resonate with you. Please support small presses and my goal of selling 55 books by August 15! You can pre-order here . The book will be released in October 2020. Watch for book launch events that most likely be online due to Covid-19. I hope to have an “in the flesh book event” (that includes peach cobbler) when this pandemic dims. Thank you again for your support and that of a small press. Below are two of my new poems included in the book. The photo of me was taken by Mike Pickering at O’Neill Castle outside of Belfast, Ireland. It is where my Irish ancestors originated. The photo of the fruit stand is on highway 70 out of Marysville, CA where I was born and near where I grew up. Bountiful Mom midwifed rows of freestones Late July we’d sit under umbrellas of the waln
December 15th Featured Writers are: William Burg and June Augusta Gillam William Berg-Author Wicked Sacramento W illiam Burg, a Sacramento resident since 1993, is a California historian whose work focuses on Sacramento history, including seven books and approximately one hundred articles about the city's history. He holds a Master of Arts degree in public history from Sacramento State University. J une Augusta Gillam- The Hillary Broome Mystery Series June is a native of Sacramento, California, born to a Czechoslovakian dad and Irish/Welsh mom. In 2010, June moved to Auburn and joined in with the energy and enthusiasm of fellow Gold Country Writers. She also belongs to Sisters in Crime, Capitol Crimes Sacramento chapter. A founding member of San Joaquin Valley Writers, the 22nd branch of the California Writers Club, meeting in UOP's School of Education in Stockton, CA, every 2nd Saturday of the month at 12:30 pm, June was honored with a Jack London A
Nature is my great source of solace and joy during this pandemic which has brought human contact and activity to a great stillness. Now is a time of physical distancing, turning inward, slowing down, finding new ways to connect on zoom, texting, talking on the phone, meditating and sending healing thoughts out to the world. The pandemic has arrived just as nature is awaking sending life out in all directions. We want to follow her too and celebrate this rebirth. Instead we must find other ways to focus our energies safely, find ways to connect virtually, and work in solitude. Lately, I wake up at 3 a.m. my heart pounding from a nightmare. I wake and remember the virus. Slowly my heart-rate slows and I am reassured with my husband lying next to me, the cat at my feet and the dog curled up between us. But I find being outdoors seems to center me the most. I am lucky to be in California with its relatively calm weather. Sinking my hands and boots in the mud, reaching for the great