Author Archives: Jeff

Nick Cave on Prayer

A Prayer to who? is the most powerful thing I’ve read on prayer. Requires no belief except the possibility that prayer will change something, perhaps ourselves.

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COVID-19 in Travis County, Update

Below is the chart from COVID-19 in Travis County, updated with data though today, April 22, 2020. Additional data series have been added: New case (raw data point), EMA (smoothed new cases), Inpatients (hospitalizations), ICU, and patients on ventilators. The … Continue reading

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Corona Creatives – Austin History Center

The Austin History Center is soliciting materials for their “The COVID-19 Files: Austin Responds to a Pandemic” archives. Their archivists encourage you to keep a journal, write poetry, pen a script, draw or paint, start a video or audio blog … Continue reading

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Corona Creatives – Luchadors

Mexican professional wrestlers (luchadors) had to stop working after social distancing rules were instituted. Face masks are now compulsory in Mexico City and other parts of Mexico. Coronavirus: Mexican wrestlers sew Lucha Libre face masks tells of their creative response … Continue reading

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C-19 Pandeme

In a recent open mic, Geoffrey Hall, an Austin poet, proposed a new poetry form, C-19 pandeme: 100 words in 19 lines. He read two fine examples. C is the Roman numeral for 100. Pandeme is not an English word. … Continue reading

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Visual Rhyme

One thing new I’ve learned from on-line Open Mics is visual rhyme, also called eye rhyme. During a recent on-line open mic, the poet shared the word processor screen as he read the poem. The first three lines all ended … Continue reading

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COVID-19 in Travis County

Austin is largely contained in Travis County. The county publishes an update every evening of the COVID-29 cases. The questions are, “Have new cases peaked here?” and “When can we go back to work/normal?” The Travis COVID-19 Dashboard shows confirmed … Continue reading

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What to Write

Writing in the Time of Global Trauma looks like it might be a topical blog post about the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a timeless meditation on what to write, what calls to the writer, grounded in the author’s life and … Continue reading

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Austin – Sinatra Serenades

About once a week, usually Fridays, we get take out. Last Friday it was Reale’s, our favorite New York-style Italian Restaurant. It has a small stage for live music, room for just one musician and their equipment. Wednesday is usually … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Good News – 100% Testing Key

Early on the fight against the coronavirus in Italy, the University of Padua did a study in the small town of Vo. The lockdown was enforced and everyone in town was tested, all 3300 residents. They found over half of … Continue reading

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