June 24th, 2013 | 8:00am

There are countless books written on what to do after an extra-marital affair, advice custom built for the betrayed and the betrayer.  I’m not sure if any of them suggest quitting jobs, selling the house, and moving 2500 miles west to Oregon.  But that’s what we did.  A friend who lived there said, “There’s something to be said about traveling across the entire continent, coming to the point where there is no more land, and throwing all of your problems into the Pacific Ocean.  There’s no choice but to start over.”

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Multiple Authors
June 20th, 2013 | 1:00pm

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Poems by five new contributors to the print journal:

          Julie Marie Wade

                   “When I Was Straight”

                   “When the Police Officer at the Private School Learns I Am a Lesbian”

 

          L.S. Klatt

                   “STARBUCKS”

                   “DOW”           

 

Photo by Joey Dean Hale.
June 19th, 2013 | 8:00am

When I’m there I never think about Mr. Sam O. Dale, an eight term state representative for whom this site was named.  Actually, I’ve never heard anyone call this 194 acre lake anything other than Johnsonville Lake, that being the nearest town.  I’m not sure if this is because in southern Illinois there seems to be a common disdain for politicians or if it’s just that Johnsonville Lake seems like a more fitting moniker.  All I know is this Sam Dale guy never crosses my mind.  Usually I’m trying to stay focused on the subject at hand, be that catfishing, building a campfire, or trying to land a nice rainbow at the trout pond.  Regardless, when my mind does wander, and it often does, especially while I’m waiting for a fish to bite, I often find myself thinking about my grandpa Dutch Hale who drove down from Clay County to fish here.    

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user Chris Evans
June 18th, 2013 | 11:10am

“Life has gotten real complicated, and when you think of Enchanted Forest, it’s not.”  --Paul Kennedy, documentary photographer of Enchanted Forest


On August 15th, 1955, a month after Disneyland Park opened its gates, the second theme park to be built in the US lowered its drawbridge for the first time to a humbler fanfare. “Enchanted Forest” was constructed on nineteen acres of farmland on the Baltimore National Pike, a Sunday’s drive from Washington, DC. As the story goes, Howard Harrison Sr. got the idea to build the place after reading nursery tales to his thirteen grandchildren, and soon running it became a three-generation family effort. “There are no mechanical rides in the park,” Howard E. Harrison, Jr. told the Baltimore News-Post in an article that appeared on Enchanted Forest’s opening day. “Instead, we hope that the children will enjoy the make-believe figures that are before their eyes.”

artist: Noah Schenk
June 14th, 2013 | 8:00am

Curated by Amy Sande-Friedman and Sylvia Li

Conceptual artist Noah Schenk collects unwanted artifacts and prioritizes squandered moments of daily life: he archives our litter, objects that are available everywhere but seen by very few. Litter Study relocates these everyday items to a specific geography. In “One Block of Litter: Muncie, IN,” Schenk assembles every piece of litter from one square city block. “Collected, Mapped, and Tagged” zooms in even closer, tying each object to its exact geographic coordinates. Each piece is a portrait embodying a place and the lives represented by plastic containers and paper.