This Week at Gatewood: August 9–15, 2015

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by Frasier MacKenzie

Hello, and thanks for stopping in!

Here are our features for the week of August 9–15:

Monday:Some Day I’ll Fly Away,” digital art by Margaret Orr

Tuesday:Looking for Love with a Radio Telescope,” poetry by K.C. Collins

Wednesday:Waves in Flux” black and white photography by Teran

Thursday:Advice to a Daughter Leaving for College,” a humorous essay by Rob Colfax, with header art by Jonny Lindner

Friday:Streaming Consciousness,” photography by P.L. Miller with a quote from psychologist Carl Jung

Remember, the Friday photo can be downloaded for free as a meditation card for your phone, tablet or computer. Share, print, ponder… enjoy!

Be sure to follow @docnicholas on Twitter for daily updates on Journal posts as well as humor, thoughts on books, animal pics and rescues, and all your behind-the-scenes Journal action. It’s like getting all the extras that come with a DVD, only with cat hair.

Did you know you can subscribe to Gatewood Journal and receive a monthly newsletter with all our features for the month? Like a weekly wrap-up, only monthly, so your e-mail box won’t get cluttered. Like a magazine, only digital, because we love trees.

That’s it for the Gatewood Weekend Wrap-Up for the week of August 9–15, 2015. Enjoy your weekend, and visit us again soon!


Header art by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay.

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Looking for Love with a Radio Telescope

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by K.C. Collins

“Someone for everyone?”

I don’t believe the universe has that much interest
in micromanaging details,
preoccupied as it must be
with spacecraft escaping boundaries,
unintended species so close to mingling
among the galaxies,
asteroids hurtling around and
threatening to erase some of its more
vivid displays of talent.

If the universe is sentient,
it’s got bigger things on its mind.

No, under the circumstances,
I’d have to say
there’s no planning –
more like random fish dumped into an aquarium
to see who lives best with the least care,
or mice in a maze,
avoiding shocks, looking for cheese,
and the odd copulation in the sawdust.
You’re on your own, kid.

© Copyright 2015 by K.C. Collins


 

Photo “NGC 2818 by the Hubble Space Telescope” via NASA.

 

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This Week at Gatewood: July 26–August 1, 2015

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by Frasier MacKenzie

Hello, and thanks for stopping in!

Here are our features for the week of July 26–August 1:

Monday:Dead Roses,” black and white photography by Nez

Tuesday:That Awkward Ride Home,” poetry by Erin Abernethy

Wednesday:Fogged Doorway” photography by K.C. Collins

Thursday:Not Coming to TV This Fall,” humor from Johanna Rigby

Friday:Human Nature & Society,” photography by P.L. Miller with a quote from psychologist Abraham Maslow

Remember, the Friday photo can be downloaded for free as a meditation card for your phone, tablet or computer. Share, print, ponder… enjoy!

Be sure to follow @docnicholas on Twitter for daily updates on Journal posts as well as puzzled commentary on current events, animal pics and rescues, cartoons, and all your behind-the-scenes Journal nonsense.

Did you know you can subscribe to Gatewood Journal and receive a monthly newsletter with all our features for the month? Like a weekly wrap-up, only monthly, so your e-mail box won’t get cluttered. Like a magazine, only digital, because we love trees.

That’s it for the Gatewood Weekend Wrap-Up for the week of July 26–August 1, 2015. Enjoy your weekend, and visit us again soon!


Photo by Alain Audet via Pixabay.

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Fogged Doorway

KC Collins Fogged Doorway

Photo © Copyright 1999 by K.C. Collins. All rights reserved. Shown here by permission of the artist.

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This Week at Gatewood: July 19–25, 2015

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by Frasier MacKenzie

Hello, and thanks for stopping in!

Here are our features for the week of July 19–25:

Monday:Down the Rabbit Hole and Onto the Bus,” artwork by Zengael

Tuesday:Bottle-Rocket Joyride,” poetry by K.C. Collins

Wednesday:Sunken Mysteries” artwork by Lolita-Artz

Thursday:Aspie Boy,” short story by Phil Mayhew

Friday:Truth,” photography by P.L. Miller with a quote from psychologist Irvin D. Yalom

Remember, the Friday photo can be downloaded for free as a meditation card for your phone, tablet or computer. Share, print, ponder… enjoy!

Our Special Assistant brought us some fun this week:

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Be sure to follow @docnicholas on Twitter for daily updates on Journal posts as well as all sorts of humor, animal pics and rescues, and other tidbits of interest.

You can also subscribe to Gatewood Journal and receive a monthly newsletter with all our features for the month. Like a weekly wrap-up, only monthly, because we don’t want to overload your e-mail box. Like a magazine, only digital, because we love trees.

That’s it for the Gatewood Weekend Wrap-Up for the week of July 19–25, 2015. Enjoy your weekend, and visit us again soon!


Photo via MorgueFile.

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Bottle-Rocket Joyride

STS-51-L by NASA

by K.C. Collins

This is the brain:
the organic machine
humming on caffeine
steady as she goes, sir
unleaded chocolate
and vitamin routine

This is the brain on fire:
critical mass of all the Right Stuff
rocket-fuel injected ignition of neurons
bombs bursting in air
barrel-rolls and loopy-loops
and never mind the cranial stress-cracks

I could go straight to the moon
if it weren’t for this distraction of stars
How can I stay the course when there’s a
whole bleeding sunset to fly through and see?

Control tower barking about
constellations of symptoms
Rip off the com-link and go solo
so high
higher
higher

We could take a lightning tour of the planets
or crash the gate at the edge of the universe
Haven’t you ever wanted to explode your horizons?

When I was a child
I put a pinhole in a birthday balloon
we all shrieked with laughter as it
zipped and zoomed on its crazy flight
defying gravity until its air was spent
and it fluttered to the floor:
empty,
lifeless,
and once again subject to all the rules.

We could boldly go
We could slingshot ’round the sun
We could have a high old time
We could hijack Spock for fun

A crackling voice from
someplace on the groundfloor:
“What goes up…” 
Yeah, yeah,
we know the rest.
Just
shut up and let me fly
while I can.

 

© Copyright 2007 by K.C. Collins. Republished 2013, 2015.


Photo: “STS-51-L” by NASA – Kennedy Space Center Photo Archive. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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This Week at Gatewood: July 5 – 11, 2015

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by Frasier MacKenzie

Hello, and thanks for stopping in!

We’ve finally done it: added a subscription box to our site! Frankly, I’m a little intimidated by MailChimp, but I held my breath and poked around until I felt we had something usable, and our tests showed it to be in good working order. Our e-pigeons are standing by to bring you your newsletter!

Don’t worry – all the hard part is done on our end. Your part is easy. Just put your e-mail address in the box, click the button, and wait for your confirmation e-mail. Then click the button when your confirmation e-mail arrives. That’s all. (One note: I have noticed that subscriptions managed through MailChimp take a little while to send out the confirmation e-mail. It doesn’t instantly show up in your box. Our tests ranged from 5 to 15 minutes.)

What do you get when you subscribe? Well, currently the plan is to send out a monthly newsletter with all our features for the month. Like a weekly wrap-up, only monthly, because we don’t want to overload your e-mail box. Like a magazine, only digital, because we love trees.

Needless to say, we won’t share your information, and you won’t get a ton of useless stuff or spam from us. We have no relatives in Nigerian royalty, and no one here has the slightest idea what to do if your penis isn’t everything you’d want.

Here are our features for the week of July 5 – 11:

Monday:Corpus Libertas,” photography and digital artwork by K.C. Collins

Tuesday:Thievery,” poetry by Rowan McConnell

Wednesday:Seven Questions on Life & Death” an interview with D.V. Gray from Hunter MacKenzie

Friday:Monsters and Fear,” photography by P.L. Miller with a quote from Mike Carey

Remember, the Friday photo can be downloaded for free as a meditation card for your phone, tablet or computer. Share, print, ponder… enjoy!

Be sure to follow @docnicholas on Twitter for daily updates on Journal posts as well as all sorts of humor, animal pics and rescues, and other tidbits of interest. If you have ideas for things you’d like to see included in the newsletter, or general suggestions, we’d love to hear from you. E-mail us or contact Doc on Twitter with your ideas.

That’s it for the Gatewood Weekend Wrap-Up for the week of July 5 – 11, 2015. Enjoy your weekend, and visit us again soon!


Photo via MorgueFile.

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