Tuesday, January 08, 2008

3rd issue of Press 1

I'm happy to announce that the 3rd issue of Press 1 is now officially up and running — with fantabulous poetry and prose by Ruth Altmann, CL Bledsoe, Michaela Gabriel, Louisa Howerow, Miriam Kotzin, Jayne Pupek, Renato Rosaldo, Paul Siegell, J Michael Wahlgren and Tim Wells. The stunning surreal visuals are provided by Paul Bleiweis.

Departure time again:

Am leaving in a few hours to go home again. My mom's been having a lot of breakthrough-pain days and keeps asking for me. She wants to discuss her funeral. It's creepy and distressing, yet surreally mundane. She has already chosen what to wear. WOMEN, huh?

Not sure when I'll return to Italy. This will probably be my last post for January. When I get back, I always get stuck with the night shift... which doesn't necessarily mean I can sleep during the day since there's some kind of crisis every day — like that time when my sis-in-law locked the gate keys in the bedroom and couldn't let her husband (my brother) in, or when my mom gets her breakthrough pains and someone has to run to the pharmacist. In-between I play hide-and-seek with Niece #1... she's absolutely tireless, unlike my aging pooches.

A ten-wheeler load of hugs and thanks to everyone who have offered prayers and support. You are the GREATEST!!


Collin Kelley said...

Safe journey and love to you and your mom. She sounds very brave.

michi said...

oh sweetie, i wish i could do something besides sending good vibes and hugs and thoughts. be safe. and if you can, send a note.

m xx

Liz said...

Oh Arlene, gawd, your mum is so brave...thinking of all of you and sending strength and prayers.

Take care


Tommaso Gervasutti said...

All my best Arlene for you and your Mum, and for your poetry that I'm sure is brewing inside your hard travelling.

Anonymous said...

having someone to talk to about these things is really important for your mom and also for you. It's wonderful she has her family close. Peace to you girl, and safe trip.

Jude G

Jayne said...

Stay safe and well, Arlene. Our thoughts are with you, your Mother, and the rest of your family. Many, many hugs.