West By Northwest
online magazine

June & July
Early Summer, 2001


"These days, a centaur has a lot to ponder."
Michael Kemp ©2000

Welcome to West By Northwest online magazine, an independent, progressive, bimonthly journal of rural and city life, ecology, arts and letters from a Northwest perspective. We enjoy this beautiful early summer while the "energy crisis" builds up watts, the drought continues and the fire season begins too soon.

Life can get serious and sometimes we need a bit of fey and fantasy to remember what is really important beyond current difficulties. This early summer issue is dedicated to the memory of writer Patricia Gray, our mother, who knew what was important -- the spirit and the imagination. She encouraged and inspired her family and friends. Pat never met a stranger but said good-bye to a friend. She taught us all to see. This fantasy issue is for you, Mom!

Voices of the World
Faery - A Special Feature by Mary DeDanan looking beyond Victorian sentiment to a world wide phenomena of the Otherworld through time and place. Companion piece is Faery Lore, Folk, and Fine.

Voices of the Nation
Mr. Solomon dreams of Mr. Orwell in
George Orwell in 2001: Speaking from the Grave.

Also Norman Solomon tackles virtual reality and the World Bank in
Simulating Democracy...

National Catholic Reporter's Guest Editorial says
Nuclear Power Industry is Dangerous to Taxpayers.

Member of Congress Peter DeFazio considers the recent Summit of the Americas world trade conference in Quebec with
Rushing to Extend a Failed Trade Policy and Energy Deregulation-The Big Lie.

Maura McGoorty begins Chapter I of a serialized fantasy adventure for children of all ages in The Mermaid and The Dolphin.

Voices of the Northwest
Stanley Thompson presents Chapter 6, The Cabinhill Tree Farm as the ongoing saga reveals "My Life in the Twentieth Century". Stan is an retired nuclear engineer and anti-nuclear activist.

Spiritual networker Nancy B. Wright updates her
Manna Seed readers with a glimpse of Idaho.

Oakland writer and poet Patricia Frank
Loves Libraries!

Letters to the Editor

Readers are sharing ideas and impressions --Justine Couts reports on life in Quebec during the Summit. A school windmill? And what about this voluntary rolling blackout as protest? And a curious letter about Mr. Bush...

How to Save Social Security from Low End Mac's Dan Knight.

Authors Interview

Sarah Susanka talks about her book The Not So Big House with Dave Weich of powells.com.

Voices of Spencer Creek Valley
Rural preservationist Norman Maxwell updates us on
The Tentative Truce of Fire Road as the hopeful citizens await the Oregon Court of Appeals decision.

Michael Kemp, artist, builds himself a
Yurt, Sweet Yurt.

Sunnyside of Spencer Butte's Lois Barton remembers the old
Chicken House and The Old Man and the Fairies.

Rayon Ramon salutes summer
Lawn Care.

Spencer Creek Journal records trees and sky.

Art, Poetry & Photography

That Photo Guy somersaults into summer with a trip to the zoo and more. And a link to that great art co-op, the Photo Zone.

Michael Kemp uses computer graphics to open his
Fantasy Art Gallery for WxNW readers.

Syrena Glade (by day an Internet techie) presents her powerful poetry. She soars.

Jane Cox Farmer paints an original watercolor celebrating summer in
The Moth -- painting on poetry page.

Young People's Writing,"
The Abundance of Wild Roses" by Jacquie Nicholson-Black is a sweet walk in the country.

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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.

Late Spring 2001
Ryan Ramon - The Farm   Moxie and the African Queen by Elizabeth Engstrom
To Kill or Not to Kill. Is that the Question? - Kimball Lewis   Court Decision on Measure 7
My Life In The Twentieth Century, Chapter 5, Washington, D.C. and Howard University   The Day of the Quake - Nathan Morgan
To Grandmothers House We Go ... tra la la - Lorna Manderscheid   Lois Barton's Spring in Rural Western Oregon, The Snows of Spring,
Early April Morning
Dave Weich interviews Deepak Chopra   Wings by Doug Tanoury
Sam & His Amazing Catch by M.G. Hudson   The Northwestness Of Spring by Patricia Frank.
Paintings and sketches by Chamel Raghu   Guy Weese's Photography
Mary Gallinger recently returned from Honduras and filed A Limon Journey   Norman Solomon - U.S.-China Dispute, The Digital promise of a global village, and Bad News Bears Change Tone of Media Script.

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