February 1st, 2017
Winter into Spring – an evening of myth and poetry
The traditional story ‘The Coming of Bride’ is a tale that depicts the struggles between Winter
and Summer and the necessity of both. The cold and the warm interweave as the beautiful Bride, held prisoner by the Winter Queen, the Cailleach, is rescued and married to the god of love, Angus, the King of Summer. Animals and mankind alike, struggle through all of the storms and gales that the Winter Hag can throw. But as Winter weakens with age, Angus and Bride prevail at the Vernal Equinox, ushering in the abundance of summer and the blessing of lovers. At the far side of the year, though, at the Autumnal Equinox, the King and Queen of Summer must relinquish their power in their turn as the Cailleach wakes anew, rested and powerful once more.
And what an event it was! As the crowd gathered Cecelia Brownfoote and I could feel the magic building. The story spirits perked up and took notice, the ancestors lent us their voices, and we couldn’t have asked for a more crystal-diamond experience for the maiden voyage of our storytelling partnership. We are so grateful for the generosity of our audience, for the lovely space and support from Tom Potter and the Trinidad Carnegie public library, for the help of Wordsmiths Jan Meserve and Bob Spears, for the support and camera work of Gordon Lucero, and for the cozy accommodations gifted us by Cy Michaels of Trinidad’s La Quinta Inn & Suites.
We’re looking forward to visiting Trinidad again very soon!
October 2-8, 2016
Fall Writing Festival – Ghost Ranch, New Mexico
A week in the New Mexico desert with old friends and new, sharing our stories and writing our hearts out. Class with Ina Hughs is always a wonderful growth experience with her direction and thoughts about this crazy thing we all feel compelled to do. Thanks to her, to Ghost Ranch, and to all my wonderfully creative classmates.