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A day for women’s rights


by Carolyn Pogue ‘This Thanksgiving, I’m celebrating the tenacity of women and girls’ This posting originally appeared on the United Church Observer’s website at ucobserver.org/pogue_blog/ . It will be a great day when “uppity women” are merely regarded as humans with brains, voice and strength. I agree with one sign I saw in a recent […]

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Solidarity without borders


by Carolyn Pogue While speaking freely about racism, one can always use a little bit of help from friends This posting originally appeared on the United Church Observer’s website at ucobserver.org/pogue_blog/ .    My husband Bill and I drove to Ontario this summer before heading down to New Hampshire and Massachusetts to visit friends. Still, […]

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‘Dear Doubting Thomas’


Dear Doubting Thomas ‘Your story reminds me to move through the fog of fear, doubt and cynicism’ By Carolyn Pogue Sightings:  May 3, 2017 at http://www.ucobserver.org/pogue_blog Dear Thomas, Doubt hangs everywhere these days. Back in your time, just after that first Easter, you had to go against your peers to express doubt; it likely took […]

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Perfumeries of Words: My Memorization Practice


 by Susan McCaslin This essay about poetry is written by Wood Lake’s author Susan McCaslin. Readers may also be interested in our latest poetry bundle:https://www.woodlakebooks.com/search/results/inventory/Books/Book-Bundles/Poetry-Bundle. Perfumeries of Words: My Memorization Practice[i] Since retiring from teaching English and Creative Writing at a community college in 2007, I’ve developed a fairly regular practice of memorizing poems while walking […]

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Many Ways To See The World


One of Wood Lake Publishing’s prized authors, Ward Kaiser, has been getting some press buzz in Boston (see article below). Ward’s two published books, “How Maps Change Things“- a conversation about the maps we choose and world we want,  and his revised edition of the previous best-seller, “Seeing Through Maps” both discuss the messages and meanings […]

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Haunting the Stacks


 by Susan McCaslin This short essay written by Wood Lake author Susan McCaslin first appeared in Dialogue Magazine: “Haunting the Stacks” in the column “Resonance” in Dialogue, Winter 2017, p. 41.   http://www.dialogue2.ca/susan-mccaslin-haunting-the-stacks.html Many writers I most love were avid readers as children or became so at some point in their lives. For me as a […]

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Letter to a spiritual ancestor


by Carolyn Pogue This posting originally appeared on the United Church Observer’s website at ucobserver.org/pogue_blog/  Reach out for what you need Dear Teacher, Thank you for demonstrating persistence, courage, belief in your own worth. We have your story although we do not have your name — only “The Woman who Bled for Twelve Years.” Was […]

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‘Feast for the Common Good’


by Carolyn Pogue Subversive gatherings are good for the body, mind and soul This posting originally appeared on the United Church Observer’s website at ucobserver.org/pogue_blog/ . If ever there was a time for soul work, subversive gatherings and renewed focus on the common good, it’s now. That’s why I had looked forward to this past […]

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Who is the God We Need Now?


by Donna Sinclair One of the great pleasures of retirement is having time to re-read authors who have been enriched your life over the years. After listening to the Trump inauguration speech, with its warlike image of a God who blesses America but not, apparently, Muslims, refugees, or the rest of the world, I felt […]

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Dear Jeremiah


by Carolyn Pogue ‘The year ahead will likely be called a year of change. But I’m afraid it won’t be.’ This posting originally appeared on the United Church Observer’s website at ucobserver.org/pogue_blog/ . Dear Jeremiah, You have a lousy reputation, even after all this time. Your sad-sack, prophet-of-doom label stuck like hot tar. I doubt […]

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