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Celebrating the Day of the Dead

Linda Neale - Wednesday, October 02, 2013

     Because they occur around the same time, the Day of the Dead is sometimes confused with Halloween in modern American culture.   Unlike Halloween which involves costumes, parties, and trick-or-treating, the Day of the Dead is a very old Indo-Hispanic ceremony that demonstrates a strong sense of love and respect for one’s ancestors and celebrates the continuance of life and family heritage.  It helps us remember who we are and provides us a structure to pass on the stories of our ancestors to our children and grandchildren.  In today's modern American culture, there are few structured opportunities to honor our ancestors in this way.
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Women Writing the West

Linda Neale - Sunday, October 16, 2011

Women Writing the West is a nonprofit organization of professionals writing and promoting the Women's West http://www.womenwritingthewest.org/. Members' stories are set in the Western United States — past and present — but WWW considers the "West" as more than a geographic location. The West represents a way of thinking, a sense of adventure, a willingness to cross into a new frontier.  WWW is open to men as well as women. I'm here in Lynnwood Washington at their annual conference -- about 150 writers who write fiction and nonfiction, adult and youth stories, about any topic related to the West.   I'm listening, learning, selling a few books.  The Power of Ceremony doesn't quite fit comfortably into any WWW category, although it might be called "creative nonfiction."  More typical is the book by Evelyn Searle Hess, To The Woods: Sinking Roots, Living Lightly, and Finding True Home, or a "romantic suspense" by Mary Trimble about a working cattle ranch near Mt. St. Helens in 1980 entitled Tenderfoot.   Read More


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