In honor of spring's arrival in the Northern Hemisphere, Red Room asked its members to blog last week about spring. As happened with our winter blog topic, the changing of the season brought out the lyrical in our bloggers. Many more poems were posted, and even the prose entries were bursting with vivid imagery of new life, energy, and hope.
Three blog posts stood out this week:
For J. Conrad Guest, spring has meant the same thing over the years: BASEBALL! In his lovely, nostalgic post, "Opening Day," he blends vernal imagery with statistical detail to demonstrate why the game means so much more than balls and strikes.
We enjoyed new member Rebecca Brown's first Red Room blog post, "Spring Cometh in the Pacific Northwest," for the tumbling lists of flora and fauna returning to life in her home state of Washington.
Jodi R. Thompson posted an extraordinary short-short story about a woman for whom spring offers an oppotunity to come to terms with death. Don't miss "grave rubber."
These bloggers will receive books by Red Room authors. Rosy Cole's newest novel, The Wolf and the Lamb, is set in Regency England, whose green countryside she often evokes in her writing. If you're thinking of gardening this spring, remember that Amy Stewart's Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities, just won the American Horticultural Society's 2010 Book Award. Steven Travers's book, The 1969 Miracle Mets, tells all about the sport's best known underdog success.
You can see all the spring blog posts here. I hope you'll choose your favorite, and leave a comment letting the blogger know why you enjoyed it. See all of Red Room's past blog topics listed here, and suggest a few more in the comments. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room