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Here is the inspirational prompt for
our readings on Trees, Tuesday May 26th
A chapter called “Trees” from Herman Hesse’s book “WANDER”
and a video of the chapter, read by Linda Birmingham
For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfill themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.
Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.
A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.
A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live.
When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts… Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.
A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one’s suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.
So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.
For a lyrical kindred-spirited counterpart, visit one of Earth’s greatest forests with Pablo Neruda and astronaut Leland Melvin, then savor Amanda Palmer’s reading of Mary Oliver’s spare and splendid poem “When I Am Among the Trees” and this cinematic love letter to the wilderness, inspired by the great naturalist John Muir, who saw the universe as “an infinite storm of beauty.”
PathwaysARTS is proud to partner with the Keepers of the Light documentary to bring you this special event.
This film about the Gay Head Lighthouse can be watched online now.
Be among the first in the nation to watch, and then join in on May 7th at 8pm EST for the online launch celebration on Zoom where the Ken Wentworth & Liz Witham and special guests will discuss the film with you and answer your questions.
Special guests include:
Jeremy D’Etremont, Lighthouse Historian
Kristina Hook, Wampanoag Tribal Elder
Richard Skidmore, Gay Head Lighthouse Keeper
Isaac Taylor, Musical Guest who will perform his song “Red Queen.”
Martha Vanderhoop, granddaughter of Keeper Charles Vanderhoop
Built over 200 years ago in a small Wampanoag community at the tip of Martha’s Vineyard, the Gay Head Lighthouse is one of America’s most famous beacons. From whaling days to electrification, “Keepers of the Light“ tells the story of evolving technology, heroism and shipwrecks, and the people who are called upon in each generation to keep the light, woven with the story of the recent race against time to save the historic beacon from falling over the edge of the rapidly eroding cliffs.
What do you do if you’re living alone and missing the companionship of others? The answer for the protagonist of Morph is to try looking at the world from a smaller perspective. A new episodic short story by Gwyn McAllister.
ROB HAUCK – another chapter from Three Sisters of Provence
GYWN McALLISTER – Morph – a new episodic short story
CAT FINCH – another chapter from Quintessence Book II: her Mythological Trilogy:
BENITA JANE – another chapter from her series See Oh Vee I Dee Dash One Nine
SCOTT CRAWFORD – short story The Floating Molotov Cocktail
EUGENE JOHNSON – On being boarded at night, anchored outside a marina in an isolated cove.
Winona Harrington also read this evening.
VIDEO PROGRAM DIGITAL VISIONS by RICHARD SKIDMORE
Click poster for the recordings of each reader this night
Music Video for Song, “Island Girls, “
from recording : “Blue, Blue Box.” by Rachel Elion Baird
Filmed on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard.
Cameras,- Dan Martino/Martha’s Vineyard Productions,
Adrianne Ryan and Rachel Elion Baird.
Also reading with us this Zoom meeting was,
CLAUDIO deCHIARA, RAJKA UNGERER & CAT FINCH
Jennifer Smith Turner – reading a section from her debut novel, Child Bride.
In the segregated South of the mid-1900s, fourteen-year-old Nell bears witness to a world that embraces the oppression of women. She is fascinated with the prospect of being an independent person—but when she turns sixteen, she is married off and brought to the city of Boston as a bride….
Barbara Peckham reads from her new book “Forgotten But Not Gone.” “We were treated to a couple chapters 2 seasons ago before Barbara left the area. I am really excited to hear what is happening next in this mysterious story.” KT
A story about a middle aged woman who seems to be living a normal life in coastal Massachusetts with her husband, except for one thing. She doesn’t remember anything about her life before she was about fifteen. She has managed to put her past more or less out of her mind until strange incidents begin happening, each one more frightening than the last, and she is sure they are connected to the part of her life she can’t remember.
Rachel Baird –
Interpreting the pulse of current events via the lens of ecstatic poetry.
Rachel will read a selection from her Weather Girl Blog.
We might have time for a 5 minute Round Robin.
For our weekly Writing & Poetry evening March 31st, 2020 we bring you this treat from 2017. Every Tuesday we will bring virtual programs either from the past or new recordings by participants. Coming next is an homage to celebrated poet Mary Oliver. We will do a Zoom meeting reading of her works or your work or other’s inspired by hers. Contact us to be involved.
Our scheduled “3 Pianos” events had to be cancelled this year, so we brought you these vids from 2017. You might have missed the Tim Ray Trio that Sunday afternoon. See it now! Also we show insights into how grand pianos are brought in by David Stanwood & team. CLICK to see it.
ON TUESDAY, MARCH 24th, 2020 – We brought you vintage videos from John Hough’s writing group; INDIAN HILL WRITERS dating back to 2017. We hope you enjoy this substitution.
WE COULD NOT SHOW “VAI” TONIGHT, BUT WE HOPE TO SHOW IT LATER IN OUR SEASON.
CLICK TO SEE MORE INFO ON THE FILM. ALSO, YOU CAN FIND IT ON AMAZON PRIME.
SEE FIVE VIDEO CLIPS TAKEN AT OUR LAST EVENT WITHOUT AN AUDIENCE. SEE & HEAR JENNY ALLEN, RAIJKA UNGERER AND BENITA JANE THAT NIGHT, BELOW.
VIDEOS COMING SOON
Between the Sacred and the Sublime: Two Weeks in Tibet Landscapes and Holy Sites.
Valerie Sonnenthal traveled to Tibet for two-plus weeks in September 2019. She will present a slide show of photos from her travels to monasteries and the surrounding landscapes.
Valerie Sonnenthal lives in Chilmark where she writes the town column and other stories for the MV Times, offers Sound Healing and Kaiut Yoga on Island through her studio Peaked Hill Studio and loves to walk at our beaches and on our trails. Learn more at http://www.PeakedHillStudio.com.
Lanny McDowell has been a fan of David Stanwood’s piano playing as long as David has been a fan of Lanny’s artwork, over twenty years. The two friends have developed a collaborative program which combines the art forms of piano improvisation and bird photography, which they call Avian Improv. The two friends will present a 45 minute slide show of bird photographs accompanied by live piano playing that is responsive to the onscreen images. The program is both meditative and inspiring, a peaceful journey and a cause for celebration.
TUESDAY DECEMBER 10th, 2019
WRITING & POETRY SERIES PRESENTS
Though he insists that he is just a first time author Wayne Miller has been traveling extensively to read and promote his book. Boston’s WCVB-TV Channel Chronicle recently aired the story behind the book. We are honored to have him read chapters from this fascinating
true crime work of non-fiction.
Wayne Miller was a Special Agent, Criminal Investigator and Certified Fire Investigator for the U. S. Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for 25 years. He has been involved in numerous high profile criminal cases involving illegal firearms, bombings and arsons. He was also a member of the ATF National Response Team, responding to major fire and explosion incidents. For the past 17 years, in the private sector, Mr. Miller has been a fire and explosion analyst for the Massachusetts – based Wright Group, Inc.
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 19TH WRITING & POETRY SERIES
Featuring MVCC Grant Recipients
Friday November 15th, Multi-Arts Event feat. MVCC Grantees
SUSAN KLEIN – Susan Klein is noted for a variety of presentations involving Story. She tours her one-woman storytelling concerts internationally in theatres, at conferences, at special events, and for special interest groups. Susan’s substantial repertoire includes selection from the world body of folklore and mythology and literary stories. Her stories of personal narrative encompasses growing up on Martha’s Vineyard in the 1950s and ’60s, waitressing and teaching school in the ’70s, her work as an itinerant storyteller in Alaskan Yup’ik Eskimo villages on the Bering Sea and native peoples of the Alaska. She is also an editor, workshop leader, narrative/story consultant for the stage and page, and presentation coach. She leads Story Wisdom workshops on storytelling, writing, memoir organization, public speaking, and obituary writing. An award-winning author, she has written three books, several trade guides, articles, and essays. She has directed and produced 25 storytelling recordings. She also crafts histories for individuals and organizations.
ANN BASSETT – “MVTV Producer, Ann Bassett talks about her ongoing television series, The Vineyard View, with video excerpts. The interview-style show airs weekly, in which she interviews islanders from all walks of life and areas of interest.
NIKI PATTON – Niki Patton presents two multi-media short stories, Vineyard Hauntings of the Hurricane of ’38, and Why Do We Love Wild Animals So Much?
Patton is a writer who has been active in the Island’s music, theater and writing communities for several decades, both as a performer and a supporter. She lives in West Tisbury. Starting as a writer for her own commercial production company in New York, she has since added a book, local and regional magazine articles and essays, songs, performance pieces, and monologues to her writing resume.
MARK LOVEWELL – Mark Alan Lovewell a folksinger, storyteller, writer, poet and photographer, received a MVCC grant to complete a compilation CD of songs, stories, and poetry.
With the Fishes, completed in July of 2019, is a collection of seafaring songs and stories, most of them fishy. The album is made primarily to support our region’s struggling fishing community, to draw attention to the work they do, and their importance to our coastal community. Copies of the CD are available after the event. https://www.capecodfishermen.org/item/taleslovewell-926?category_id=9
LEN MORRIS – Len Morris of Gallen Films presents a multi-media talk on the realities of child labor, and the Beneath the Barcode exhibit. He explains and directs the audience to resources of The Action Kit for Beneath the Barcode, which provides the tools and information needed to get started as an advocate for children.
“Hopes and dreams are not visible on a barcode. The price the scanner reads does not include the childhoods lost by those who labor to produce the food we eat, the clothes we wear and the electronics we buy. It can’t register the inequality depriving these children of the basics for a decent life: food, medical care, shelter, education, personal safety and dignity. The choices we make as consumers can save their lives, restore their childhoods and change our government’s policies to reflect our collective morality, ethics and generosity.”
RICHARD LIMBER – Local artist and filmmaker, Richard Limber talks about the inspiration and influences that result in the artworks he makes in various mediums.
Saturday November 9th, Artists’ Reception followed by
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DELICIOUS SOUP DONATED BY MORNING GLORY FARM WAS SERVED
CLICK POSTERS FOR VIDEOS FROM EACH NIGHT
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Dolls for Haiti @ Pathways, April 2010
A workshop in doll-making for Haiti led by Sandy Bernat, founder of Seastone Papers.