In another of the endless ways people on the Internet are trying to make a living, an email notification arrived in my inbox telling me that Many Hands had won an award. A little research (Better Business Bureau and several spam-watching sites and scam alert sites) turned up the info that there's no real award; it appears to us to be just another money-maker like the "You've been selected for inclusion in the 2010 Annual Who's Who of Websites whose webmasters drive their Hyundais with the hubcaps off because the winter roads will remove them anyway."
Isabel Williams laughs while taking part in a Hippotherapy exercise during a horse & pony camp in Dubuque, Iowa, Tuesday, June 21, 2011. Hippotherapy is a speech, physical, and occupational therapy that utilizes horse's movement in its treatment. (AP)
after Robert Francis
Say oxeye daisy tansy yarrow orange hawkweed
purple clover Say skipper mourning cloak silver-
bordered fritillary monarch clouded sulfur Say
blue-eyed grass blue toadflax ragged robin rosa
rugosa shinleaf pyrola jewelweed white campion
Say bluebird swallow purple martin Say dragonfly
honey bee bald-faced hornet Say downy brome
curly dock barnyard grass hop clover Say warbler
— WALLY SWIST
In this photo taken May 18, 2011, Illinois State Capitol Police stand guard in front of the Governor's office as members of the Health Care Council of Illinois deliver to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, a large "stop sign" banner signed by thousands of seniors and supporters who are strongly opposed to the Governor’s proposed cuts in Medicaid funding at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., Wednesday.
We receive a number of books on different subject. Sometimes, they're right on target. Leslie Cerier, for example, will often send her latest cookbook to us, and we have reviewed (and recommended) her work before (Cont'd).
This week, I found a copy of Marie Gauthier's Hunger All Inside. She's a very good poet, in the school of Many Hands' regular contributor, Mr. Swist.
She turns to the natural world for inspiration. But as a parent, she also turns to her son as a source for her creative work. And her poetry about watching him grow captures the essence of being a parent (and a child). Here is one example, from "The Second Miracle":
we yank him back,
over and over, as irresistibly he goes,
over and over, to that verge.
This is referring to keeping kids safe: that quick grab that every parent has made a hundred times--to stop the road-ward sprint, to prevent the fall, to prevent the flame, to stop the imminent accident...and it also refers to the child's need to push the envelope--to discover what is and is not possible. It's a delicate balance that Gauthier captures nicely in her work.
African leaders claim abuses like those alleged in Pfizer's testing of Trovan are continuing, and they call for an end to the testing of drugs by large corporations on their citizens.