Saturday, February 7, 2009

On a Personal Note: Continued

Well, for now it looks like the internet will stay on because we've decided not to buy the house we were looking at. The realtor had shown it to us in the midst of renovations and assured us the price would be much lower than the final asking price turned out to be from the seller. While we were sent into a scramble to try and figure out the financing at this much higher price we stood teetering on the edge of potential financial ruin and realized this is similar to how the housing market crashed. So we backed out.

My husband's hours are still short. He is an auto mechanic who gets paid per car, not by hour, and people haven't been as eager to get necessary repairs done or pay for quality work when they could get it done cheaper and faster elsewhere but with far less trained technicians. The auto shop he works in specializes in correcting other shops' mistakes and fixing problems that dealerships can't figure out. Right now, those specialties seem to fall on deaf ears of the folks hoping to just get something done cheap or not at all and I can't blame them when so many people are out of work or struggling to make ends meet. We're right there with them.

In the meantime I am still here pursuing poetry and promoting poets themselves in the hopes of a brighter future for all of us.

I should have all regular posts up starting Monday and hope you'll drop in again soon, thanks for your support and kind words...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A Review of Edgar Allen Poe by David Rosenthal

This week I have been saved by Mr. Rosenthal of the Baltimore Sun!

While I don’t have a review for this week, David Rosenthal of the Baltimore Sun found I had mentioned Edgar Allen Poe for readers timid in poetry and provided a link to his review in the Baltimore Sun about a new book Poe: A Life Cut Short by Peter Ackroyd for those of you who love to read and want to find out more about Edgar Allen Poe.

Also, David Rosenthal provides an excellent interview with Marilyn Robinson commemorating the 200th Anniversary Celebration of Edgar Allen Poe, also here at
The Baltimore Sun site. I love the emphasis on the words having an impact on Marilyn Robinson’s writing. Yes, Poe wrote great poems and stories but the words individually and aligned in sentences have such an impact that they make Ms. Robinson think about her own choice of individual words in her own writing.

Please click the links within the paragraphs to find out more.

Thanks for stopping by, I will have regular posts up next week...

Monday, February 2, 2009

On a Personal Note

I haven’t found time to ready the posts for this week because my husband and I are about to draw up a contract for a house and we are first-time home buyers. As a result we have discovered that we really can’t afford a house in this economy since we have now faced the reality that he is in danger of being laid off or the business he works for may close since work has been so slow. His paychecks have become increasingly unsteady and we have decided he needs a second job or a new full time position. This has all been discovered in the past 48 hours and I have not had the willpower to set up posts for this week.

I will be working on posts for next week but thought that I’d fill you in on a slice of my life that may eventually affect this little blog. I’d like to think we will be able to make enough money to allow for continued internet access but that will be one of the first things we trim from our budget if we don’t find second jobs soon enough. For all of you in the same boat I wish you luck and good fortune in the near future.

Please stop by next week and thanks always for reading…