Archive for October, 2007

Poem – “Elk River Falls” by Billy Collins

Posted on October 26, 2007. Filed under: Poems | Tags: , , |

Elk River Falls”

is where the Elk River falls
from a rocky and considerable height,
turning pale with trepidation at the lip
(it seemed from where I stood below)
before it is unbuckled from itself
and plummets, shredded, through the air
into the shadows of a frigid pool,
so calm around the edges, a place
for water to recover from the shock
of falling apart and coming back together
before it picks up its song again,
goes sliding around the massive rocks
and past some islands overgrown with weeds
then flattens out and slips around a bend
and continues on its winding course,
according to this camper’s guide,
then joins the Clearwater at its northern fork,
which must in time find the sea
where this and every other stream
mistakes the monster for itself,
sings its name one final time
then feels the sudden sting of salt.

–By Billy Collins

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Meetup.com

Posted on October 18, 2007. Filed under: Educational, Fun, Resources |

I’m celebrating my 6 month anniversary as a proud Meetup.com member and could not help but christen the momentus occasion with a blog post.  Meetup.com is a social networking site that aims to connect people with similar interests by allowing them to post notices of events and meetings. 

Say you love kayaking.  You can sign up to be a “member” of the local New Haven kayaking group and be informed of any kayaking trips they are taking.  More importantly, you are able to meet people who share your love of kayaking and make new friends to share new adventures with.  I personally could not be more happy to receive email notifications of new group activities and always look forward to upcoming meetings of my favorite groups.  But don’t just take my word for it, here’s what bigger publications with better writers are saying about meetup.com:

Time“A convenient, non-threatening way to connect to other people who share similar interests and live nearby.”

Newsweek “…helps groups of strangers organize monthly powwows at local watering holes.”

Toronto Sun“…it’s important to stay true to your passions or interests, whatever they may be… An opportunity to reconnect with yourself and others in a stress-free environment. It’s as simple as that.”

Not convinced? Check it out for yourself!  Meetup.com

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