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Award-winning film “Los Lecheros” explores ramifications of Trump immigration policies on Wisconsin Dairy

Award-winning film “Los Lecheros” explores ramifications of Trump immigration policies on Wisconsin Dairy

Nationwide, 51% of dairy workers are immigrants. Congrats to Jim Cricchi and Susan Peters for the much-warranted success of their recent short film “Los Lecheros.” You can now watch the twenty-one minute film online, thanks to the Atlantic, as part of “The Atlantic Selects.”   […]

Superb Production of Antigone Presented by the Poseidon Theatre Company

Superb Production of Antigone Presented by the Poseidon Theatre Company

Two brothers kill each other. Authorities — afraid of losing power, influenced by familial disagreements — determine that one brother is worth mourning and the other is not. Everyone tries to do the right thing and society is ripped apart, a family destroyed. The recent […]

An Interesting Blog from Poet and Artist Mary Wehner

An Interesting Blog from Poet and Artist Mary Wehner

My dear and talented friend Mary Wehner continues to create beautiful art in so many ways. I came across her blog the other night, simple and intelligent.

altered churchesThis post consists solely of two lovely photos of altered churches:

http://marywehner.blogspot.com/2015/10/altered-churches.html

And in this blog post from last year at this time Mary collected a few poems from across the centuries about the moon and fall, and added a lovely one of her own:

http://marywehner.blogspot.com/search/label/The%20Question%20of%20Originality

I hope more people can enjoy the many delightful musings, observations and artful poems from  Mary Wehner!

About Mary Wehner

Mary Wehner is the author of …or the opposite, a letterpress chapbook edition, To Sit with the Animals, a letterpress miniature chapbook edition in collaboration with printer Steve Miller and Miami artist Sigfredo Mendoza. Red Hydra Press of Alabama published a letterpress broadside of her poem The Chinese Painting, as well as a lithograph Broken Shells at Dusk, in collaboration with Pollyanna Fernández Fernández, a Cuban artist, with Spanish translation by Maria Vargas. She has published poems in Southern Indiana ReviewWisconsin TrailsThe Writer MagazineRed River ReviewArbor VitaeqarrtsiluniHummingbird ReviewVerse Wisconsin and WFOP Poetry Calendar. Her poem “Raising Windmills” was nominated for a Pushcart prize in 2012.  A poem, “Bi-polar,” was included in the anthology Echolocations, Poets Map Madison; the poem “Museum Theft” was included in the recent Madison WI Hybrid Project; and “Minocqua Cottage” was included as part of a 2014 Poetry Jumps off the Wall project. Wehner is also a visual artist; her paintings have been on exhibit in several Wisconsin galleries.

Apples, Academia, and Lessons for Big Business: Part 1

Apples, Academia, and Lessons for Big Business: Part 1

Deutsche Pomologie
Deutsche Pomologie
In 1892 you could purchase over 700 apple cultivars from commercial nurseries in the United States. By the nineteen-sixties you could most likely find only three varieties in your grocery store: McIntosh, Red Delicious, and Golden Delicious. Many popular and prize-winning pome varieties are now lost forever, including hundreds of well-documented varieties. While I tend to wax perhaps hyperbolic concerning this incredible fruit, we are, at least, currently enjoying the dawn of a new golden age of apples, due in no small part to the efforts of conservators and pomologists over the past fifty years who have worked patiently and creatively to undo the damage that globalization wreaked on the mighty apple – at once the humblest and the most emblematic of all fruits.

 Minnesota Goddam!

Before refrigerated transportation in the early twentieth century, apples were a local affair, and consequently far more interesting and varied. Apples for eating were available when they were in season and regionally. Most apple-producing states boasted fifteen to twenty chief varieties. While Rome commanded Ohio, Empire ruled New York. Shapes from round to oblong to conical, smooth and bumpy, colors red and green and speckled on the outside, and pale or pink or red or green or ribboned on the inside. Mottled, russeted, sweet, tangy, or tasting of rose, banana, pineapple, berry, or nut, regional apples were a triumph of diversity and growers’ pride.

When technology allowed apples to be shipped thousands of miles away from the originating orchards, a new set of commercial demands arose that literally reshaped the apples for a wider market. In the first half of the twentieth century, farmers, responding to the needs of the larger and more profitable markets, artificially selected for propagation only varieties that were extremely durable,  uniform in shape, as large as possible and deep in color.  A king was born: Red Delicious. Unfortunately, taste was not an attribute in which this variety excelled. On a personal note, I would add here that I have had a good crispy, sweet Red Delicious apple on occasion, but mostly I find them bland and either mealy or grainy in texture. And I haven’t done enough research to know whether an apple growers association or the like was instrumental in promoting only specific varieties, or if word simply spread through the apple grapevine (as it were!), but in any case, by 1980 little else was available on the American market.

To be continued…

 Best Apple (no trademark!) Sites

  • Orange Pippin – a worldwide apple registry with information on over 600 varieties and over 2000 orchards including user reviews and photos.
  • List of Apple Cultivars – from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
  • Adam’s Apples – an amateur explores the pomaceous fruit.
Susan Channels the Barefoot Contessa – Endive Style

Susan Channels the Barefoot Contessa – Endive Style

Barefoot Contessa - Recipes - Endive, Orange & Roquefort Salad

Thanks, Susan. This was incredible. Such a lovely meal, also including an amazing paella, Val’s homemade gingerbread and apple pie brought by Nadia.

Barefoot Contessa – Recipes – Endive, Orange & Roquefort Salad.

This Charming Charlie

This Charming Charlie

Bravo to Lauren LoPrete, creator of this mashup tumblr combining the images and art of Charles Schulz’ Peanuts series with the lyrics of Morrissey, Johnny Marr, and The Smiths. I find This Charming Charlie incredibly powerful, perhaps because they combine the art with which I […]


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from http://thischarmingcharlie.tumblr.com/
from http://thischarmingcharlie.tumblr.com/

Bravo to Lauren LoPrete, creator of this mashup tumblr combining the images and art of Charles Schulz’ Peanuts series with the lyrics of Morrissey, Johnny Marr, and The Smiths. I find This Charming Charlie incredibly powerful, perhaps because they combine the art with which I most strongly identified in the first and second decades (roughly) of my life, respectively. The lost years!

from http://thischarmingcharlie.tumblr.com/
from http://thischarmingcharlie.tumblr.com/

Lauren LoPrete is a graphic designer living and working in the Bay Area.

from http://thischarmingcharlie.tumblr.com/
from http://thischarmingcharlie.tumblr.com/

 

 


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