counterculture, folk music, Uncategorized

A Joni Mitchell kind of day

It’s cloudy and misty in Oregon and just the kind of day that a Joni Mitchell song takes you back to the early seventies. “A song for Sharon” is a melancholy song about how women can lead such different lives but at the core still see unity in each other. Women are and will change the world.hummingbird eugene

counterculture, Music, Uncategorized

“Shipwrecked” a song about a relationship  

Downtown Vinnie and SmartyPants sing this witty ditty about their relationship. You can see more of their music on Bandcamp under Diane DeVillers or more of his music under FiftyStillRocks at youtube. Check out our music from the Blues capital Eugene Oregon a plethora of who’s who in all things music.dide-and-vinnie

counterculture, feminism, Fiction, Uncategorized

Oregon author publishes book “The Eve Chronicles”

Check out my book page on Goodreads site click here

From my profile page:

I grew up in Wisconsin and moved up to mid-WI to live on a farm near Marion. I learned how to live off the land, growing our own food and milking goats, raising bees and we had lots of dogs and cats.

I became a tree camp cook for a crew of tree planters and worked all over the south, seeing the beauty of the forests in Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. I then moved West to Oregon to work as a forester apprentice working all over in Oregon’s national forest. My work took me into wilderness areas near John Day and to the Wallowa Mountains near Joseph Oregon.

I lived the life of a nomad, moving our camp every few weeks whenever we finished taking inventory of the forests trees, shrubs, and grasses.

I eventually came back to social serves and landed a job at the University of Oregon Semi-Independent Living Program as an outreach worker providing support to a dozen developmentally disabled adults living in their own apartments. The non-profit was formed and the birth of Oregon Supported Living Progam occurred and it turned out to be the top progressive agency in the Northwest. It was rather ironic that I became disabled myself by Multiple Sclerosis and was forced to retire.

So one day I pulled down a box of my journals and started reading. I found them amusing and started writing them up into three books. “From the Waters of Coyote Springs” was about my forestry days. “Felix and Eve” is about when Eve finds a job as a live-in caregiver for a man recovering from by-pass surgery. He hires her for the summer. He’s a grumpy person who she eventually smooths like the stones in the river. He tells her stories every night while they play cards. He tells her about the good old days when he worked for the notorious gangster Al Capone.

The third book “The Arrangement” is about the now retired, baby boomer Eve, who now owns property on Moon Mt in Eugene. Vinnie an old friend lives in his yurt in her backyard. Every year she gets the same letter with the same skeleton key and she flies down to Catalina Island to care for her former lover who has Multiple Sclerosis.

Vinnie stays behind and caretakes her gardens and flower beds. Vinnie is in love with Eve but remains silent.

Cover-Coyote Springs-resized

The first book of “The Eve Chronicles.

babyboomers, Books, counterculture, Uncategorized

A review of my book “The Eve Chronicles” by Diane DeVillers

My old friend Nancy gave me this wonderful review of my book “The Eve Chronicles” by Diane DeVillers, I now have two reviews which make the book more sellable. She and I worked together during the eighties at a nursing home, she was the activity director and I was her assistant. She taught me so much about how to keep the elderly interested in activities.
She had me do short works about the lives of so many of our residents. To this day I have them and from time to time I read them about their lives during the beginning of the 1900’s, in the day where living in Oregon meant they had father’s that worked as loggers one woman said her dad was a powder monkey, the loggers who used dynamite in certain situations to take trees down.We had sing-alongs, we played bowling, bingo, and other games, we helped them write letters, we listened to their stories. we gardened out back on the patio using raised beds so the people in wheelchairs could still garden. We took outings out into the community, and we read them the newspaper and chapters of books every day. Nancy taught me many good life skills which I used years later when I worked with adults with disabilities. The culture of acceptance and giving people dignity has served me well this day. She was one of my mentors and helped me grow and know my strengths as an independent woman.
We both loved literature and to this day talk about the books we were reading. She still lives over on the Oregon coast and her farm style home is filled to the brim with eclectic furnishing, she collects teacups, plants, cats, dogs, paintings. Whenever we get over to Yachats where we stay at the Adobe which is perched on the Oregon coast, we stop by her house. She’s one of those friends that when we get together it’s like no time has gone by, we are sisters, we are like Joni Mitchell sings about “Ladies of the Canyon.” She was one of the first people who encouraged me to write. She is still working as an assisted living activities director but has recently earmarked one day a week to do her own writing. Currently, she is working on a book about ghosts that we all live around every day. Her narrative style brings the reader into the moment and describes the sights, sounds, smells of the scenes her characters are in.
Here is the review my friend Nancy gave me on my author page of my Amazon page:
In the interest of full disclosure, I must say at the outset that I know the writer of The Eve Chronicles. That said, the impressions I experienced reading this work gave me insights and pleasures I did not expect! I was enchanted by her descriptions and details of the forester’s life I had not given thought to. I’d been aware of the remarkably hard work, of the constant exposure to (inclusion in) the demanding and beautiful natural world. I had forgotten, however, that to live in the wilderness means to live there at night too. I found myself mesmerized by the beautiful nocturnal descriptions in From the Waters of Coyote Springs —the sounds and images gleaned from inside a small tent, a tent that often felt to me like a personal space capsule, a private bubble that this remarkable sojourner inhabited at night, reflecting on her life, on the forest mysteries, reading, journaling, quietly playing her guitar, occasionally communing with another soul. Some of my favorite passages and moments take place inside that wondrous, womb-tent at night. The tent was a nursery-place for the formation of river dreams, vision, and a future self. A place of pure magic, that tent. I had never realized what the tent had been for her. ‘Eve’ was in the making; as a reader, I got to share that naissance. In the subsequent two novellas, Felix and Eve and The Arrangement, the evolution and maturing continues. Water and rivers are still the conveyors for the journey and form some of my favorite passages, but for me, the revelations from within the tent are the lasting images of The Eve Chronicles.”
Nancy always made me look good, thank you, dear friend.cover frontThe Eve Chronicles cover (2)
Environmental disaster, Uncategorized, Wildlife

Jeff Merkley opposes offshore drilling off Oregon coast

In Jeff Merkley’s words, “I’m leading more than three dozen of my colleagues to urge the Trump administration to abandon their ill-advised effort to expand offshore drilling to 90% of our outer continental shelf against the will of hundreds of impacted communities Heron from Oscar's friend in CAand to instead maintain the protections outlined in the existing 2017-2022 plan. Expanding offshore drilling into nearly all of our publicly held waters at a time when we’re already dealing with the devastating impacts of climate disruption is extremely reckless and shortsighted. It would threaten coastal communities, fragile ecosystems, subsistence hunters, and indigenous tribes, all while further exacerbating climate disruption.

In Oregon and all along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, offshore drilling is a threat to the way of life for our coastal communities. Offshore drilling will diminish tourism, harm commercial fishing operations, and pollute the water, not to mention the devastating impacts of likely spills, as we’ve seen time and time again, such as with Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon. We cannot sacrifice our coastal communities and environment for the short-term gain of big oil companies. I’ll keep fighting to protect our coastlines.

Uncategorized, Women, Women's rights

Roy Moore’s denial and desperation news conference. 

Come on, really, all those women are lying? And the citizens of Alabama are going to vote him in any way? A child molester? It’s all about winning. About spreading the alt-right agenda to keep the country being led by the evangelicals, who don’t believe these women. A sad day in America.Resist

babyboomers, counterculture, folk music, Uncategorized

Joni Mitchell’s lyrics spoke and speak about women’s awakening during the 60′ and 70’s and beyond A new biography by David Yaffe writes about the ageless Joni Mitchell in his book “Reckless Daughter” A Portrait of Joni Mitchell tells about how her lyrics spoke the hearts of millions of baby boomer women who were awakening during the 60’s and 70’s. I was one of those women who when listening to her Blue Album spoke as if to me directly of our journey toward independence and grace.purple_heather_for_prince2b252812529