Sharing Some News About Me

This past spring I was extremely awestruck and happy to have earned a statewide award for my support of California Writers Club (CWC), an organization founded in 1909 by Jack London and a number of influential young writers of their time.

They enjoyed each others company, discussing writing style, marketing their works, and supporting other up-and-coming writers. They met in Oakland at a park now designated as Joaquin Miller Park.

As the history goes, a very young Jack London had an insatiable appetite for reading, as a young boy, adventuring, selling newspapers for a short time, and hunting and fishing as boys do. Yet, he made plenty of time for reading.

Rusty LaGrange to receive two awards in October

The local librarian Ina Coolbrith, saw a passion in him that she often allowed him to sign out many books over the weekends. Monday mornings he would be there at the door to return them — having read all of them— sometimes as many as a dozen.

With Ms. Coolbrith’s mentoring and support, Jack London began his early writing career. So it is easy to see why the Jack London Award is bestowed on one member of each of 22 branches of the CWC on alternate years. I’m receiving the Jack London Award from my peers of the High Desert branch.

Ina Coolbrith: California’s Poet Laureate and
Hall of Fame Librarian

Later on in California’s history, Ina Coolbrith became the official First California Librarian, distinguished for many years of service to the public. With her strong interests in the Bohemian Club and her influences in the cultural scene of San Francisco, she was appointed the first poet laureate of the state.

High Desert Blogging is back!

Finally up and running with my revamped website.

My focus, as most of my loyal visitors know, is to keep you informed about High Desert events that appeal to authors and writers, but also Deep Space news and technology that effects our lives, plus regional news that peaks our curiosity.

That should keep me busy. I originally used this website as a news source, but since this facelift, I’ve decided to write more personal views and impressions. Our TV and digital news resources have overwhelmed my senses. It’s time to a handle on the topics I care about.

If you’re still following me, terrific. If you have certain topics you’d like to see, let me know.

Reality: you have thousands of places to go, but then, if you stop and follow me, I hope what you like to read will bring you back regularly.

Welcome aboard! Again.