Good Morning!

It is Mother’s Day.  Self’s first thoughts upon rising to consciousness this morning (while trying not to let whiney dogs hear her get up  —  some mornings, their ears are so sharp that self barely even has time to crack open a book before they start pestering her) were about yesterday’s “Star Trek” movie.  Zach Quinto/Spock, Leonard Nimoy as Old Spock, Chris Pine as new-and-improved James T. Kirk, Zoe Saldana as hot new Lieutenant Uhura, John Cho as sword-flashing Zulu, and so forth and so on.

And then she realized that she had an on-line class that she begins teaching on the morrow.  Which then led to two hours of frantic up-loading of course materials and drawing up of “Welcome” announcements (Self never uses canned ones —  something about “keeping it fresh”).

Then she read e-mail from someone in New York, which confirms that she will indeed be returning there next month.

Then she picked up latest issue of Poets & Writers (to clear her head), and found, on p. 19, an item about sending your words up to space on the KEO Satellite (projected launch date:  2010 or 2011), and then read this:

What sort of enlightened perspective might the planet’s progeny form after processing the seventy-two issues of Calyx (, the thirty-three-year-old journal of women’s writing based in Corvallis, Oregon?  The biannual was the first —  or one of the first, anyway —  to publish the work of Julia Alvarez, Chitra Divakaruni, Linda Hogan, Molly Gloss, Natalie Goldberg, Barbara Kingsolver, and Sharon Olds.

Calyx published self’s first book, Ginseng and Other Tales From Manila (It amuses self to remember now:  son was a mere five-year-old).  And they published, one year when they were so broke that all they could publish was one book, the anthology of Filipino women’s writings that self and Virginia Cerenio co-edited, Going Home to a Landscape (and saved self’s life, for that was a time when self was having trouble even thinking of herself as a writer, much less an editor).

Happy Mother’s Day, Calyx, for you birthed self and so many many other women artists, who pay obeisance to you now, with gratitude and love.


  1. Penny said,

    May 10, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day, Marianne!
    Are you indeed returning to NYC? Yay!
    I am so crazy about The Norman Conquests which is now playing on Broadway at The Roundabout Theater. Just remarkable so if you have time, I would definitely recommend at least seeing the first of the three plays
    Are you active on Facebook?

  2. May 10, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Hi, Penny,

    I am indeed headed back to NYC! Yay! Wow, would you want to see the first play of The Norman Conquests again with me? I would love that!

    I have to see “Exit the King”!

  3. Penny said,

    May 10, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Yes, I would see The Norman Conquests again. When will you be here? I’ll be away from June 1st to the 12th.

  4. May 10, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Towards the end of the month. I’ll let you know as soon as I have my ticket!

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