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When does a firefly soar with light?

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In the city of Auburn in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York stands a walled institution that has defined the intricacies and livelihood of the City and its residents for centuries. From its inception in 1816, Auburn State Prison was the 2nd NYS prison; established a new system of inmate incarceration called the “Auburn or Congregate System;” was home to commercial silk production with the purchase of cocoons in 1841 and became the principal cash market for silk cocoons and raw silk; holds ownership to being the first facility in the world to use the electric chair for an inmate execution in 1890, and in 2010, Auburn Correctional Facility, a maximum security state prison, serves as manufacturer of NYS license plates. So, what does this backdrop have to with a firefly and light?


Patricia Roth Schwartz, poet, memoirist, writer of fiction and creative non-fiction, and editor will be the featured speaker at the September 28th session of “word, revisited” starting at 6 PM at the

When is waiting a joy and not an inconvenience?

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Well, if you are a fan of the ‘word’ then you wait with a joyful expectation for the next book, collection of poems, essay, play, lyrics, screenplay or any other creative endeavor that centers around a special person weaving and positioning words in forms that intrigue, empower and stretches our imagination and sense of our life.  And your joy will continue to broaden!





On Thursday, September 14, Syracuse based poet Elinor Cramer kicked-off the fall 2017 season of “word, revisited,” a bi-monthly literary program produced by The Cayuga Museum of History and Art, Olive Trees, and aaduna. And she created a wonderful ambiance of celebration, pathos and intriguing poetic tales of the colorful denizens of a cooperative apartment called the Mayflower from her recent chapbook aptly titled, “Mayflower.”


Ms. Cramer wasted no time in capturing her audience’s imagination and creating an ambiance where her characters became real and evocative of several layers of human and complex emotions. Cramer w…

POP THE CORK!!!! The aaduna summer 2017 issue HAS LAUNCHED

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Go to www.aaduna.org and click on current issue. Read it. And then…

You decide its value to you.  We think you will be enlightened and challenged after reading and seeing what this issue contains whether you are in agreement with what you experience or not. 
You decide.

Stay creative, 

bill


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Let me introduce my colleagues and members of our community…

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They come from all over the globe…not just the United States where states like Connecticut, Louisiana, and New York are represented. In New York State, contributors call Rochester, Syracuse, Auburn, Moravia, Albany, and Kingston home. They reside in Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; St. Paul, Minnesota; Los Angeles, California and California’s Bay Area, which “encompasses the major cities and metropolitan areas of San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland, along with smaller urban and rural areas.”  Bulgaria, Mongolia, United Kingdom, Nigeria, Mumbai, India, Hong Kong, Vancouver and British Columbia in Canada play host to their residencies.   The contributors featured in aaduna’ssummer 2017 issue are diverse and represent the nuances, intricacies and contemporary world view associated with a multicultural grouping of writers, poets and visual artists.  
Their names are Serafimova, Junhua, Oquendo, Mbaye, Byer, Kapungu, Taiye, Gayle, Ligüera, Jain, Blinkley, Au, Barr, Nelson, Bassin, A…

Is a picture worth a thousand words?

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Cleopatra, a Sphynx feline, shared aaduna mascot status with her brother, Cairo, until he passed away last December due to congestive heart failure.  Whenever, I am working on aaduna (especially now as we do final edit and review on the next issue,) she routinely sits next to the laptop or on my lap and watches what I am doing, or she goes off into a cat trance. 
This picture is worth 80 words because it conveys more than words do.


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Watch for aaduna's Summer 2017 issue - LAUNCHING SOON!


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On September 14, 2017 the fall series of word, revisited kicks off!

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Monday, Monday, so good to me…Monday mornin´, it was all I hoped it would be

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Another week is starting.  Possibly a new and different chapter in the USA’s pathway towards a more “perfect union.” Maybe.
Chaya Bhuvaneswar shares,
"Today: a hopeful conversation with a passing police officer, who was gracious and pale and stately in his well-pressed uniform, a "life-er" at least sixty years old, a fit sixty. I wished that there had been more cops like him in Charlottesville, to prevent violence. He said, "It's not a good time for the country right now, but you and me, we're going to make things better" even though I'd never seen him before. All he knew about me was that I'm here, American.
"A citizen. Bringing to mind Claudia Rankine's magnificent poem, "Citizen", winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry and joyously so. 
"It's in that hope - that there is going to be a better time, that there will have to be a time we will look back on these years and cherish our freedoms all the more because of the w…