Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Country Music Jamboree

June 13,14, 15, 2013
Country Music Jamboree
Harney County Fairgrounds,
Burns, Oregon
An event designed for musicians of all levels to gather and jam
together. It’s primarily country/old-time/traditional in genre with
a few swing tunes, bluegrass or Celtic thrown in. The format is
an open sign up jam on the main stage. Additional jam and
performance opportunities may be available.
Parking for RV’s and tent campers is available at the Fairgrounds.
Cost is $10 to dry camp and $15 for hookups per day.
Grass or gravel sites. Showers, restrooms, RV dump included
in fees. Motels are available in the Burns/Hines area. Harney
County Chamber of Commerce: 541-573-2636
Concessions will be available at the Fairgrounds including
nightly dinner specials.
Main Hall: Doors open 7:30 am. Daily shows at 1 and 7 pm.
Pre show jam begins 30 minutes prior with everyone jamming
on stage.
Other Activities
Jamming is encouraged
Workshops will be held each morning.
Visit the Exhibit Hall and Sale Barn for informal jam sessions.
We pass the hat. No set fee. Donate what you like and we’ll
thank you very much.
PO Box 904 Hines, OR 97738 541-573-1323

Monday, May 20, 2013

Publish the Book Workshop June 1

Publish the BooK!
A hands-on workshop for people who want to publish a book

Saturday, June 1, 2013
Harney County Courthouse Basement Conference Room

Presented by Marjorie Thelen,
Indie Publisher and Author of The Forty Column Castle, The Hieroglyphic Staircase,
Designer Detective, High Desert Detective, and an upcoming sci fi series

Traditional Publishing 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Indie/Self-publishing 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Register by emailing Marjorie at or by calling her at 541-493-2213 to sign up for the workshop you will be attending or with any questions you may have. You need to register to attend so she can plan for handouts and space. You can attend all day or morning or afternoon session only. Fee is by donation. There will be no food or beverages provided so if you plan to attend all day, you’ll need to provide your own sustenance. Bring a sack lunch if attending both sessions, your own caffeine and water.

This is a hands-on workshop.  In the traditional publishing workshop you’ll begin composing a query letter and synopsis.  In both workshops you will start on the back cover copy, elevator pitch and your bio. Bring your computer, and/or writing paper and pen/pencils. You will be researching agents and publishers on the Internet, which is available at the courthouse. Know the total word count of your book.

Traditional publishing topics include but are not limited to: overview of the industry, The Big Publishers,  selecting agents and publishers, formatting, elevator pitch, back cover copy, your bio, query letter, synopsis, the first three chapters, send off and wait or what, web site.

Indie Publishing topics include but are not limited to: overview of the industry, digital vs. print, print-on-demand, formatting, “back cover” copy, bio, Bookbaby, Createspace, Avidreader, Powell’s Expreso Book Machine, Smashwords, web site and platform.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Potted Cat Reported in the East

Brindle Potted Cat
Alert reader, Kimberly, who also happens to be my niece, reports the unique phenomenon of Potted Cat has been spotted at her home in Pennsylvania. We seem to have an eastern species of the western variety of Potted Cat that I reported in a previous post. Kimberly sent photos of this unusual potted growth. This Potted Cat is a mother stray who showed up at Kimberly's house with two kittens about a year ago. One of the kittens adopted Kimberly and family. Her name is Onyx. She walked inside one day and never left.

In Kimberly's words: "I call the mother cat, Brindle.  The day Onyx decided to come into our house was the last time I saw her brother, who looked very similar to the mother cat.  Brindle had been biting at Onyx and growling at her, when only weeks before, had been nursing the two kittens.  I guess mother cat was telling her 4 month old kittens to get lost.  Onyx was very intrigued by our resident male cat, Majik, who used to be Mom and Dad's cat.  At first, he was not thrilled with his new little friend, but Majik has never been mean to Onyx.  She has followed him around from day 1 and does exactly as he does."  See photos.

Brindle continues to live outdoors and sleep in pots, preferring independence as cats often do. She enjoys leg rubs and allows a few pets from time to time. It seems Onyx has taken over the family.

Thank you Kimberly for that report and photos!

PS.  In her spare time Kimberly is a volunteer costumer for local school plays, musicals and other events. This has been going on for the last ten years. She also enjoys gardening and is a fabulous cook. 

Onyx takes over

Majik and Onyx

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Fire Trucks

 Fire season is early this year. Not much snow this winter which meant not much snow pack. No water in the ditches. Two years ago we were an island in a lake. This year we are dust and blowing away. The good news is the weather is hot and sunny and we're getting some thunderstorms. Bad news is the thunderstorms bring lightning in a dry year. Though T-storms don't usually bring much rain. We need a soaker.

John and I went to Prineville, a small town to the west of here (in better shape than Burns and Facebook is setting up a campus there). The Oregon Dept. of Forestry had a fire truck for him to pick up to bring back to Burns for the Crane Rangeland Fire Protection Assn. It is the white one in these photos. But it was the wrong truck. So we went back two weeks later to pick up one of the three green trucks. These are old military vehicles with a flatbed. The rangeland fire protection volunteers put tanks on the back of these vehicles to haul water to fires. We have one sitting in our farm yard now -- a 1962 Studebaker 6 x 6.  John wanted one of the green ones which is newer. He drove it back to our place at 55 MPH, just about the top speed for these trucks.  He has fire training this Saturday and then two days in June.  He's not sure which truck he'll end up with this year but he's been keeping the fire truck's 1,000 gallon tank filled from our neighbor's irrigation pivot well just in case. Pray we don't have a bad fire season. I think most of the region is in the same shape. Dry year.  Fighting fires is a summer industry in the west.

The green mobiles. They take off the back and put a tank on the flat bed.

John checks out the trucks with an ODF guy. Hills of Prineville in the background.

This truck hauls back hoes to fires.

One of the newer trucks with a tank.