Copyright © Spencer Creek Press 2000. All Rights Reserved by Spencer Creek Press,
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Welcome to West by Northwest,
a progressive journal of rural and urban life, arts and letters, ecology
and opinion from a Northwest perspective.
Who are the readers united by reading West by Northwest? We see you as seekers of
truth and joy, hope and dynamic democracy. You believe that life and love are essential.
You love to explore the world of ideas and places in person and in your armchair.
You care passionately about the fate of humanity as well as the planet's.
You support good causes as best you can. You know we must find peace and justice
for all beings, especially we humans who have such a profound effect upon this world
(and maybe others) and each other. You seek a wide community of committed world citizens
who work in their own "back yards" to make a difference. You read West
by Northwest because you know that from the particular to the
universal is a matter of a few degrees of the compass.
Our range of emphasis corresponds to the historic bio-region of the Pacific Northwest
which stretches from the coast of Big Sur, California to Southern Alaska and points
in-between. This is the area of the world we shall look at through the lens of our
own 'observatory' based in Spencer Creek Valley, Oregon. Spencer Creek Valley is
not on the maps but is a very real place whose people face many of the issues of
people all over the world including the challenge of change and preservation.
This debut issue is blessed with contributions from friends and neighbors
from Spencer Creek Valley and beyond. They are all talented writers, artists, photographers.
Hope you will agree. Eugene author Elizabeth
Engstrom contributes a weird and wonderful tale, The
Rivering. We are grateful to Ms. Engstrom for her encouragement and support. Marge Zane takes us to
the spring meadow. Lois Barton, our local poet and historian gathers a verbal spring bouquet On
The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte. Jane Cox
Farmer, artist and grandmother, paints a spring songster
and writes a villanelle poem to a child. Metal artists Brooke
Stone Clement and Jim
Clement reclaim an ancient technology as an art form.
For Barbara Kelley,
every day is Earth Day. Mary DeDanan and Bill Nygren share a good read in Book Reviews by Writers. Nancy
Burckhard-Wright shares her Manna Seeds, her meditations
on God. Our Congress member, Peter DeFazio looks at the WTO. By day he sells homes, by night Guy
Weese photographs. Gabriel
Frayne Jr. takes us on a road trip to visit an endangered
species, loggers. Gary Kutcher is not a man easily discouraged. With the third re-writing of a
people's sustainable foresty measure for the ballot, we think eco-forestry principles
may do more this year than just deepen public discourse.
Regular columns include: Life On The Forty-fifth Parallel By Ryan Ramon, Ask Dr. Addy
Gabby by Dr. Addy Gabby Gray, and Spencer
Creek Journal By M.G. Hudson. Thank you for joining
us - hope you have a good read.
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Next issue will be on line June 4, 2000. We will look at Summer in the City and Country.
Meanwhile there will be updates on Spring 2000 issue.
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