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A dozen different authors from West Seattle will present their books throughout the one-day event 10:30 am to 6:00 pm as a part of the Morgan Junction Festival on Saturday, June 20th
Merryweather Books on California Avenue has agreed to be the official bookseller for “Meet the Authors” both at the festival and at the bookstore year round.
Lists of authors, their featured books and the time of their individual presentations will be available so audience members can choose which authors they want to hear, which books to purchase, what time the writers will be appearing, and whether to stay for just a while or for a relaxed hour or more. Included in the presentations will be books of memoirs, Greek mythology and mystery novels, grief guidance, adult fantasy, poetry, prose, fiction, “true life (archery) adventures” and inspirational/motivational literature.
The purpose of this particular activity within the Festival is to promote the books of local authors of all genres, and the writers themselves, as individuals and as a group of cooperating West Seattle authors. Presentations will be scheduled every 15 min. and will include readings, book signing, questions/answers, a musical performance, or whatever the author wants to do. Some audience seating will be provided in booths behind Zeek’s Pizza, on the corner of Morgan and California.
Author of Steel, Blood & Fire, Immortal Treachery, Book One, a gritty, epic fantasy that centers on the conflict between a mad sorcerer and a legendary warrior called The Reaper, and, As Flies to Wanton Boys, Immortal Treachery, Book Two, that follows the Reaper and his companions on a quest across the world. Their discoveries will change everything, forever. (Each book published by Amazon Digital Services, Inc., 2013).
Batchelder is also a professional actor, educator and former stand-up comedian. In addition to the two novels, he’s also written plays, screenplays, online articles, dialogue for computer games, greeting card sentiments and more. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in acting from the National Theatre Conservatory and a Master’s in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University. Allan lives in Seattle with his wife and son, where he enjoys walks on the beach, reading in the garden and puttering around on his computer.
Christine Brant – www.christinebrant.com
Red and Grey is a recreation of the folktale “Little Red Riding Hood”, appearing to be heavily influenced by other stories from the collection of the Brothers Grimm but is so much more than a simple retelling of the original. “Extensive world-building is used in this story to construct a mystical universe that contains a rich history and many layers of detail.”
Christine Brant is a West Seattle author who lives with her husband, children, and pets. She won the Surrey International Storytellers Award in 2007 with her short story “A Decade of Scottsdale”. She’s worked at West Seattle High School and in her spare time, when not herding cats and kids, she loves to read and gaze out her window at the Puget Sound.
The Flowers of the Field mystery novels: Fireweed Glow, Sunflower Dungeon, and Bluebonnet Meltdown – The Hammer in the Stone (self-published).
After 20 years of teaching college composition classes, Chaplin, author/educator/ editor/mentor, is making her experience and expertise available to other aspiring authors and has been giving writers’ workshops and helping individual authors with their writing projects. Her writing includes mystery novels, articles, short stories, poetry, and a one-act play. She has been published in inspirational publications, writers newsletters, and online “how-to” sites.
Confessions of a Latter-day Virgin (Hachette Books, August 20, 2013) In this achingly candid memoir, Hardy delves more deeply into the dilemmas faced as she aged out of the church’s “single ward” and into her thirties. At a time when her mind should have been on the Mormon tenets of marriage and motherhood, Hardy found herself more interested in writing. Chronicles the extraordinary lengths the author went to in an attempt to reconcile her human needs with her spiritual life. Neither secular pursuits nor church guidance could help Hardy prepare for the dilemma she would eventually face: a crisis of faith that caused her to question everything she’d grown up believing.
Hardy is a writer of memoir, poetry, and essays. She’s also a waitress, teacher, and would-be tambourine virtuoso. She lives in West Seattle, in her opinion, the best city for writers and readers.
A Dress Walked by with a Woman Inside – contemporary poetry and prose featuring material previously published by The Atlanta Review, The Seattle Review, and numerous other literary publications. http://tinyurl.com/oujr5xl
Counterclockwise – a novel set in 1980 in which a world famous rock ‘n’ roll singer meets a grocery store clerk, and they inspire one another to face unresolved conflicts in their respective pasts. Sometimes one has to go backward in order to go forward. http://tinyurl.com/ouzuw4k
Hickey was born in southern Illinois and is the oldest of eleven children. He received a BA in creative writing from the University of Arizona, 1987, and an MFA from the University of Washington, 1992. He has written a novel, two books of poetry, and is a tenured writing professor at South Seattle College. In 2008, he was elected as Seattle’s eighth “Poet Populist” for 2009. His life goal is to take over the world 25 students at a time.
Alice Ann Kuder – www.SinceILastSawYou.com
Since I Last Saw You (The Telltale Scribe, Seattle, WA, December 12, 2013) is the story of one woman’s personal road trip from tragedy to gratitude. It is an uplifting tale of love, loss and discovery with a Pacific Northwest backdrop. The narrative will warm your heart and perhaps inspire a new Thanksgiving tradition or two for you and your family.
Like her protagonist, Alice Ann Kuder is an ardent, card-carrying native of Washington State. Having spent her formative years in Centralia, WA, Alice earned a BA in Business Administration at Western Washington University. Afterward, she reluctantly left the state for a few years of in-country travel and self-discovery. With her love of the Pacific Northwest reaffirmed, she moved to Seattle in 1988, working for the University of Washington for several years before choosing a new “day job” selling residential real estate. Ms. Kuder now resides in West Seattle with her canine companion and muse, Tess.
Kuder says, “In my heart-of-hearts, I am a teacher. Unfortunately, I don’t possess the temperament to be happy or successful teaching in a traditional classroom setting, so I have always found other ways to fulfill my perceived vocation. For many years, I developed and presented workshops on topics as varied as personal budgeting, leadership development and catechism. Someone once pointed out to me that storytelling is the most powerful and well-received form of teaching. That’s one reason that Jesus, among other great teachers, used it so liberally and to such effect.
Since that time, I have dreamed of coming up with an entertaining and inspiring story that would allow me to share some of the life lessons I’ve learned. In particular, I wanted to tell a story that would elucidate the role of gratitude in creating and living a joyful life. Since I Last Saw You is the result of that desire.
Thanksgiving—the most underappreciated holiday on the American calendar, in my opinion—seemed like a perfect backdrop for such a tale, and is featured prominently in my novel. It’s my hope and my dream that Since I Last Saw You becomes a holiday tradition— a story that readers will want to revisit year after year and share with their families—much in the way that watching It’s a Wonderful Life is for me.”
A Far Cry From Here – Growing Up and Out of Fundamentalism (UBS Press, 2014) Overlapping threads about the impact of racism and sexism and fundamentalism weave throughout this memoir making it a timely and compelling book laced with humor and love of family. Features adding to the feeling and tone of intimacy of the memoir include letters, diary entries, newspaper articles, family photos, and the essence of a few personal interviews. Readers will find this memoir full of distinct imagery that evokes a rich sense of time and place in stories rendered with love, care, and respect.
This memoir tells the story of author, Theresa Mickey McCormick, Ed.D., Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University, growing up in rural Texas in a fundamentalist Christian family. It’s the story of her struggle to maintain the love and connection with her family while developing her own identity as a feminist activist professor, writer, and artist.
Her other books include: Creating the Multicultural Classroom–A Multicultural Approach (Teachers College Press, 1994); and Multicultural Education-Awareness & Activities (Kendall/Hunt, 2000). Theresa’s art may be seen at various venues in Seattle and at: www.theresamccormick.com.
Archer Addy: Trying Something New (“Archer Addy, The True Life Adventures”) published by 1iOpen Productions, LLC; 1st Edition edition (9 Oct. 2014)
Addison “Addy” Nachtrieb’s journey to become a champion Archer. The story uses original Facebook posts and training journal entries as inspiration for every chapter. Addy’s perspective is funny, sassy and shows the heart of a champion; she shares insights on her parents, her new challenges and how her world works. She’s strong-willed and will inspire other children to work hard and never give up.
Addy Nachtrieb is a competitive target archer and currently shoots a Compound Bow Freestyle; she has been practicing archery since 2012, competing since 2013 and has just begun her archery journey and is having fun learning, practicing, and competing. Besides learning archery skills, Addy has learned how to be dedicated and focused on achieving a goal. She has seen success. She lives with her family in West Seattle and is now eleven and in the 5th grade. Stories in the Archer Addy book series are based on true events, and most are taken from Addy’s archery journal, where she records her experiences.
Addy shoots out of Next Step Archery on the select archery team and shoots for Team Nock Point in Washington State. She is currently the, two time – NFAA 3-D National Champion and National Record holder. Score (1533/1540).
Molly Ringle – www.mollyringle.com/persephones-orchard.html
Persephone’s Orchard and Underworld’s Daughter (Central Avenue Publishing, 2012)
The love story of Persephone and Hades is retold and revived when memories of ancient Greek gods are awakened in modern youth. The adventure begins with Persephone’s Orchard and continues in Underworld’s Daughter.
Ringle has been writing fiction for over twenty years. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and lives in West Seattle with her husband and children. Her studies include a bachelor of arts in anthropology and a master of arts in linguistics. She also loves folklore and mythology, and has recently completed three novels about the Greek myths. ‘Persephone’s Orchard’ is the first in the series. When not writing, she can often be found experimenting with fragrances, chocolate, and gardening.
“Never settle for less than what you truly desire.” writes Sontag, a co-author of the anthology, Women Living Consciously Book II – the perfect guide for your own journey of self-discovery and conscious living.
The book features stories to enable living in a space of consciousness requiring intention, attention, and openness, asking that you explore and reveal parts of yourself previously hidden and perhaps parts you didn’t know existed. Living consciously takes true strength, practice, and devotion, and courage.
Besides writing, Sontag, M.S., is the “Break Free” to an extraordinary life relation-ship coach, psychotherapist, educator, trainer, catalyst, and Hendricks Institute Transformational Leaders Program graduate. Morgan specializes in employing cutting-edge approaches that help dissolve negative mental patterns–criticizing, defending, denying, withholding, etc.– which prevent full self-expression. Weaving quickwitted humor with fun, Morgan guides clients to expand their capacity for joy by opening “stuck” places to unleash freedom and hidden potential. Daily doses of tear-streaming laughter, surprises, theater, writing, traveling, meeting people, and learning as much as possible keep life fresh and enlivening for Morgan.
Heart Tending (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, October, 2014) offers a way to notice opportunities for creating rituals from the things you are already doing. Nurturing and inspirational, the book empowers you with permission to turn accidental rituals into intentional rituals, filling your life with vitality and spirit. With visual cues, anecdotes, poetry, music, further reading for adults and children, and a contemplative query incorporated into each chapter, Heart Tending is a resource for young families and anyone involved in helping families meet today’s challenges.
Watson has had a long career in education and includes a BA in Sociology from Augsburg College, certification in Early Childhood Education from the University of Minnesota, and American Montessori certification. She has had forty-five years of teaching experience in community colleges in Washington and Minnesota and worked at the Island County Health Department in Washington, developing parent education programs. Watson was inspired by her own family experiences, as well as by encouragement from colleagues and families to author the book, Heart Tending. She has two grown children, whom she credits as her best guides and teachers.
Running Secrets (The Alki Trilogy Book 1) – attendant Chris Stevens, bent on self-destruction until she meets Gemi Kemmal, an Ethiopian home healthcare provider. Their friendship gives both women the support each needs, and together the women learn that racial identity is a choice, self expression is a right, and family is a personal construct. (Booktrope Editions, 2013)
Biking Uphill (The Alki Trilogy Book 2) – a story of unlikely friendship invites the reader into a world of undocumented immigration, where parents are deported, and a young girl is abandoned to face life on her own. (Booktrope Editions, 2014)
Walking Home (The Alki Trilogy Book 3) Despite escaping his country’s violence in the Horn of Africa, Kidane is never too far from the nightmares and despair of his past. In Seattle he finds a new country, a new hope, and a new love but it may not be enough to save him. Only when he is able to face his worst fears can he have any hope of being truly free. (Booktrope Editions, 2015)
Williams is a Seattle novelist, memoirist, and co-author of a dozen short books in easy English for adults. She teaches English as a Second Language at South Seattle College and has worked with immigrants and refugees for close to three decades.
Just released, the times for the Pooch Parade and Canine Contest!
Call to Order and Introduction
The meeting was called to order at 7:05pm by MoCA President, Deb Barker.
Ms. Barker led an introduction of the other current MoCA board members including: Vice President, Chas Redmond; Treasurer, Eldon Olson; and Executive Member, Cindi Barker.
Election of New Board Members
Elections for the 2015 MoCA Board were held, with all meeting participants having the option to cast their vote for the following positions and candidates:
Treasurer Eldon Olson tabulated the Voting results and indicated that the majority of the 21 ballots cast voted in favor of the new Officers and Executive Board Members. The new members were welcomed.
Outgoing Vice President, Mr. Chas Redmond was recognized for his significant years of service to the MoCA Board and his local community.
District I Candidate message
MoCA had an exciting opportunity to meet three of the nine individuals with interest in representing West Seattle as a District I candidate. Each individual was allocated 5 minutes to share information about their background and campaign. Speaking were Lisa Herbold, Phillip Tavel and Tom Koch.
MoCA Minute Updates
City of Seattle - Special Presentation
MoCA was joined by special guest Dove Alberg, Director, Capital Development and Construction Management, Finance and Administrative Services, City of Seattle. Ms. Alberg was invited to share information relating to her department and how they help serve the local community. Ms. Alberg provided several handouts and highlighted some of the following:
Morgan cut-through traffic study
Chas Redmond provided results to the Morgan cut-through traffic study conducted by SDOT. The study, requested by neighbors, was to identify the increase of traffic on SW 37th, 38th, 39th, and 41st streets. Results confirmed an increase in traffic, although the increase is not considered excessive until results show over 1,000 vehicle usage. Specific information based on measurements going Northward from Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Morgan St. included the following:
Affected residents may be interested in applying for traffic calming measures through city programs, and contacting SPD as noted below.
Morgan Junction Business Association
Eldon Olson shared that the Morgan Junction Business Association is still planning phase. The intent is to offer a non-formal structure, similar to a Booster Club, for the 110 businesses of Morgan Junction.
New Bike Racks
Cindi Barker indicated that 9 new bike racks will be installed and maps were provided as a handout. The schedule for the installation is currently underway.
SW Precinct Advisory Committee
Cindi Barker also shared information relating to the SW Precinct Advisory Committee, who meets monthly. Some of the highlights from the meetings include:
Sidewalk Improvement Grant
Deb Barker provided an update on the Sidewalk Improvement Grant indicating that Ginnie Hance, the owner of Ivy Court Apartments received notification from the City that the project has been granted for full approval for sidewalk improvements on the west side of California Avenue SW from Fauntleroy Way SW to 6533 California Ave SW, next to Ivy Court, as well as the Fauntleroy Way SW side of Starbucks. The project will include new sidewalks and replacement of current trees.
Nazarene Church Comprehensive Plan Amendment
Deb Barker shared that Morgan Junction related code amendment changes are currently on hold for the proposed rezone, building of 6 townhomes, and renovation of the church building located at 42nd Ave SW and SW Juneau. The code amendment changes approved by MoCA and forwarded to the City are part of a City-wide collection of code amendments going through the SEPA process. Unfortunately, someone filed a SEPA appeal on a non-Morgan amendment, which halts review of all of the proposed amendments. Notification of appeal hearings will be shared and it is hoped that more information can be provided at the next MoCA meeting in July.
Receivership Committee report – Proposed By-Laws Changes
YMCA Funding Endorsement Request
Josh Sutton, YMCA Regional Executive shared information relating to the YMCA Funding Endorsement Request. The West Seattle YMCA is working on an expansion that will increase family program space, accessible locker room space and include a healthy kitchen, community meeting room and underground parking. Mr. Sutton is requesting letters of support to request funding for $100,000 from the City of Seattle to establish SW Snoqualmie Street south of their building as a Festival Street in the expansion plans.
MOTION: A motion to approve a letter of support for $100,000 funding from the City of Seattle for the West Seattle YMCA.
Following discussion, the motion passed without objection to approve a letter of support for $100,000 funding from the City of Seattle for the West Seattle YMCA.
SW District Council – Design Review Concerns
Tod Rodman and Cindi Barker shared that the CNC council would like to create a letter to combine input of various neighborhoods citizens relating to design review. Each district council would share the top 5 recommendations for consideration. The recommendations would be forwarded to the City’s Design Review Program Advisory Group. Feedback received from the Morgan Community Association meeting participants:
In closing, Mr. Rodman shared the next West Seattle Land Use Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 29 at 6:00pm at the SW Library. Additional feedback or comments are to be sent to Mr. Rodman.
Neighborhood Conservation District Proposal
Deb Barker shared that she recently attended a City Neighborhood Conservation District meeting at High Point Community Center. The meeting included a proposal by Seattle City Councilmember, Tom Rasmussen for the City of Seattle to consider the design and implementation of a neighborhood conservation district strategy as a means of achieving neighborhood preservation goals for those neighborhoods interested in preserving the unique character of their neighborhoods. The proposal would not apply to Urban Villages, like Morgan Junction, but could be in commercial zones. The Planning Commission will continue to review and provide feedback. Once additional details are received, MoCA can review its neighborhood plan and develop a line by line assessment to see how the proposed program would work with our neighborhood plan goals.
Workshop Invitation – Things to know now that you are 50
Lyle Evans, Interim Director, Senior Center of West Seattle “Not your Momma’s Senior Center” introduced Dori Gillam and shared that all of the proceeds from the workshops go to the senior center. Ms. Gillam provided information on a Four-Session workshop called “Things to know now that you are 50.” The workshops provide valuable information to help prepare for your next exciting life stage including tips and resources. Cost is $100 in advance for all 4 sessions or $135 at the door. Workshops are 2 hours each and include:
Closing Comments / Save the Date
Motion to adjourn the meeting was seconded and passed with no objection. Meeting adjourned at 9:14pm.