‘Way back in November I threw out this question: If you could keep only one piece of modern technology, which one would it be? As I wrote the post, though, it became clear how much of our technology today relies on a functioning electrical grid. Without the grid, it would be almost impossible to keep any one device or technology. Modern batteries need the grid to be constructed, but keeping even primitive batteries around to power something else would violate the terms of the question by adding a second retained technology.
OK, so maybe that was an interesting thought problem,
but not even close to realistic. Here’s a different scenario that might even
slide into the realm of realism. Let’s suppose that the electrical grid
remained just barely intact, but power was extremely limited: you or your household
could use only one electrical device. Not one at a time; just one, period.
To grow as a writer, you know that you have to do two things: read, and write. Without accountability, reading seriously or writing regularly can be a real challenge.
One easy way to gain accountability and to force yourself to read outside your genre is to join a local book club. I belong to the “Lit Guild,” which is a student club sponsored by Cochise College and open to all members of the community. Every semester there’s a different theme. In the past we’ve read dystopian novels, magical realism, and books about trains, to name a few topics.
This semester, the theme is Literary Memoirs. Here’s the skinny on upcoming meetings:
Friday, February 15th, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy Room 901, Cochise College, Sierra Vista Campus (901 N. Columbo Ave).
Friday, March 22nd, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM Educated by Tara Westover. Room 901, Cochise College, Sierra Vista Campus (901 N. Columbo Ave).
Friday, April 26th, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. Off-campus meeting at Get Lit. Bookstore, (1502 E. Fry Blvd. Sierra Vista)
Club facilitator Mary Coyle says, “Roxanna at Get Lit Books carries our titles, often at a discount. Please support Sierra Vista’s great little bookstore! Go to http://www.getlitbooks.com or call (520) 843-0101.”
For more information, contact Mary Coyle at <email@example.com>.
Huachuca City Library offers a free “Spotlight on Speakers”
series at 10 a.m. on Thursdays.
February 7th, Kartchner Cavern Ranger Ann Gurr and
volunteer Jean Sneed will present “Bats of Arizona.” They will
discuss which species of bats live in Arizona, what they eat, and the
benefits they provide.
part of Black History Month, on February 21st, Retired
Army Sergeant Major Charles Hancock will present “The
African-American in Times of War: Revolutionary War to the current
War on Terror.” Mr. Hancock is President of the Buffalo
strongly encouraged as seating space is limited.
in becoming a future Speaker? Contact Library Director, Suzanne
Harvey, or Janet Weir. For more information, please call (520)