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Twice a year in March and September, Rattle releases an eIssue, a special newsletter featuring original poems and interview excerpts from upcoming issues, selected e-reviews, and artwork. I was approached by editor, Timothy Green, to consider submitting some of my fractal artwork as this issues Featured Artist and I enthusiastically agreed! Inside, you'll find a collection of fractals as well as an artist's bio and short introduction to my work. It's now available for download as a free PDF file, so please do check it out, not only for the eye-candy, but for the mind-candy as well!
P.S. Past eIssues are available for download here.

Get yourself a copy of this book! No, not because Erecting the New Zion adorns the cover, but because the poetry and prose on the pages within evoke a dream-like and surrealistic portrait of life and love in America.

Some reviews:
Each portion forming a reduced-size copy of the whole, a fractal is forever fragmented, both chaotic and ordered, endlessly complex. Timothy Green’s American Fractal sees this pattern emerge from the fabric of modern culture, as it navigates the personal, the political, and the metaphysical, in a lyric dreamscape in which an eerie chaos lurks just behind the façade of order—where “what looks like / a river…could be a log,” “…as if accident were / the fundamental attribute of life.” In separate poems, one man sells ad space on his forehead, while another examines the multitudes of his own voice on an audio cassette recorder. Each life is but another section of the fractal, the past and the future two mirrors that face each other to perpetuate the illusion of infinites. At turns evocative and sweetly ironic, Green straddles the line between accessibility and complexity, exploring “how the wind whispers our secrets,” how “that little tremor” of understanding “touches your sleeve, lets go.”

“The poems in Timothy Green’s American Fractal find love within love; landscape within landscape; the ‘I’ and ‘you’ nestled within the bigger ‘I’ and ‘you.’ Unpredictable, uproarious, and true to the wonder of the moment, Green’s poems are chockfull of magical imagery that blurs the waking and dream life.” —Denise Duhamel, author of Queen for a Day and Kinky

“Looking for the order within disorder, Timothy Green would “wake the body from its only available dream.” Green appreciates how strange this order can be, and that the extraordinary is the hallmark of the individual. In these poems, a man auctions his forehead as ad space, cutlery rains from the sky, spiders devour their mother: in other words, here is life.” —Bob Hicok, author of This Clumsy Living

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I'm proud to announce the newly redesigned, Librarian Chick, a wiki that provides links to hundreds upon hundreds of the best free educational resources! By popular demand, Librarian Chick now has a Category Breakdown page so you can see the contents of each category separately. Navigation and layout make a bit more sense now and it's less cluttered. Thanks to all of you who have supported Librarian Chick over the last couple years. With your help, we were able to move to our own server, which was a big step in having more control over the layout and content. Keep on spreading the word!

https://www.mrsnv.com/evt/e01/part.jsp?id=2735&acct=9000968607&rid=0

Please help my friend raise $1000 for The American Lung Association. If she reaches her goal (she’s SO close) she has promised to climb Salt Lake City’s Wells Fargo building wearing a coconut bra and a grass hula skirt! Even the smallest donation helps a good cause.

Librarian Chick was recently updated to PBwiki 2.0 complete with a new design and cool tools. I've been getting a lot of submissions flowing in and haven't had the time to add them. Seriously, I need to take one evening and do nothing but add, add, add! Who knew there were so many fantastic and FREE educational resources available out there?
Go learn something!

I also updated FOSSwiki to the new version as well. I'm still dealing with some left over text reformatting issues for both sites, but all in all, I'm pleased with the new features PBwiki has introduced. I know I've complained about them in the past, but they seem to have listened to their users and with this new version, they implemented enhanced customization tools and security controls, and also made it easier to collaborate with others.
Maybe I'll stay a while longer. :)

Volunteers are needed to help cleanup Flint's Kearsley Park this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be many free family events happening this summer at the park like concerts, art fairs and festivals, so bring your rakes, shovels, paint brushes, and gloves and help us spruce up the place!

It's one of Flint's oldest parks, designed by influential and world-renowned landscape architect, Warren H. Manning. Kearsley Park was established in 1917 and it covers aprox. 57 acres right near the Cultural Center on Flint's Eastside. If you look on the map, you'll see Missouri Ave. just to the right of the park. My family moved to that street when I was 12 and the following year, I met my husband Michael, who lived with his mother on Kentucky Ave, one block south.

Since 2002, restoration and renovation of the park have been funded largely by grants donated by foundations like the Department of Natural Resources, the Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery Program and Michigan Department of Transportation. It most certainly would never have happened without the resourcefulness and dedication of park project director, Kay Kelly. We loved this beautiful park as kids and we appreciate it still today as adults, so we can't thank her enough for what she's done to turn our park around!

Earlier this month I was a featured artist at Future-Art-Magazine at Deviant Art. I had an opportunity to talk a bit about my interest in fractals and just thought I'd share this great page layout with you. I also want to point you to their growing gallery where they feature many artists (index). My thanks goes out to my friend, Carolyn for nominating me!
Here's another hip DA art zine, if'n yer interested: Arts-Magazine