West By Northwest
online magazine

February & March
Early Spring 2001


"Spring Tides"
© 2001 Guy Weese

Welcome to West By Northwest online magazine, a progressive, bimonthly journal of rural and city life, ecology, arts and letters from a Northwest perspective.

Winter in the valleys of the Pacific Northwest maritime region is short, while the spring is a long, long affair with Mother Earth. In the mountains and east in the Great Basin, Winter still rules. But here, Spring starts early. The ancient Asians on the other side of the Pacific had it right. Truely, this is the new year. In this Early Spring issue of WxNW, we are celebrating our love of each other, of mothers and children, of animals, and of Earth.

Voices for the World

Norman Solomon reviews the recent history of the media and the national memory in Obstinate Memory and the Pursuit of the Present. And he looks at at Fighting AIDS in Africa and Brazil.

The second of a series:
African Notebook: Going to the Beach,by Alma Cunningham

Arthur Jones, editor of the National Catholic Review writes how the "World Holds Its Polluted Breath."

Peg Morton and Michael Carrigan report on the annual
Vigil to Close the School of the Americas.

Voices of the Nation

Peter DeFazio (D-OR), our voice in the other Washington, calls for an Election Reform Commission.

Social/media critic Norman Solomon --
50 Years Later, The Tragedy of Nuclear Tests in Nevada and From Global South's Side Of The Media Looking Glass.

Disaster Preparedness and Your Animals, Remembering the Flood(s) of 1996 by Kimball Lewis.


Elizabeth Engstrom's new fiction explores love and family roots in "Charlie's Grave."

Ryan Ramon spooks us with a tale of "
The Farm."

Voices of the Northwest

1000 Friends of Oregon hail
Court Decision on Measure 7. This ballot measure was crafted to gut model land use laws.

Pacific NW Sacred Harp Singing Convention Feb 24-25

Like a long-running play on Broadway, people around the world keep coming to Mary DeDanan's
Living the Labyrinth.

Truth may be more complex than fiction: here is Stan Thompson's saga of bittersweet life and technology, My Life In The Twentieth Century, Part 4, "
Turkey, Where East Meets West."

Mother love: "
Happy Birthday, Kathy" is a mother's ode by Barbara Kelley.

Letters to the Editor

Joseph Kinney's plea for a saner world where life matters.

David Freeman begins a 225 mile six week wilderness trip with his dog, Tundra: school classes can join him.

Peg Morton writes about the newly named, same old School of Assassins.


The editor's favorite saint taught the western world to rethink our relationship to creation. We revisit an old favorite that is always timely, "
Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi.

Book Reviews

James Gleick talks with Dave Weich about the nature of Time.

Voices of Spencer Creek Valley

Lois Barton, local historian and poet, writes about life On The Sunnyside of Spencer Butte in
Cauldron Tales. Also visit Old Stumps.

Art, Poetry & Photography

Another kind of Mother love: Nature photographer/ meditator
Ginger Thompson creates a vibrant medium for communing with Mother Earth.

A perfectly puzzling poem by Woody Carey, "
Cult of Personality" that is so right.

Two paintings by
Chamel Raghu, a new artist in the West

By popular demand we continue to present an amazing visual treat for our readers. East Coast artist
Harry Bartnick's aerial paintings looks at the issue of "urban-forest" interface.

Guy Weese's Photography, That Photo Guy springs into visual action. Also a new link to that great art co-op, the Photo Zone.

West By Northwest Online Store has your favorite cards, art, books, computers, pet supplies, food and more.

SETI@home: Join the West by Northwest SETI team to help look for ET.

Internal Search engine. Search the content of current and past issues.

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."

- Governor George W. Bush

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Featuring top retailers, such as L.L. Bean, REI and Dell.

Every order helps support West By Northwest.org., your not-for-profit green 'zine.

Check Back Next Week for Updates and New Postings!

Our apologies to contributors and readers for uneven updates last issue. As John Lennon once said, "Life is what happens while you are busy making plans."

Our Vision

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.

African Notebook: A Note on Transportation   Confirmation Path Greased For Ashcroft? Not So Fast!
America's Other Homeless Problem   The US Electoral Fiasco: A View from the Left
Open Letter: Dear Ralph & Trust The People   Is the next presidency going to be legitimate?
Earth Poem   A Christmas Story
Some Ideas For Celebrating Christmas   Olympic Peninsula National Forest Photo Essay
Engineering   Afterward
William Least Heat-Moon   Philip Pullman
City Slickers Get a Christmas Tree   Home, Home On Fire Road
Circles   Raven the Fire-giver
Guy Weese's Photography   "Cascade Camping Con Caballista or High ho, Silver

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