Archive for January, 2011

Olga Grushin writes like a sgraffito potter, except she uses sharpened words sparingly to scratch below the grim. decay, and cold depression of recent Russia to reveal an underlying material  veined with passion, fears, and desires.  Her characters begin too stiff to move or smile, but the Russian memory never throws away an emotion, all are banked at the back of their heart to burn for decades if need be.  Slowly that memory is revealed by the author in strong, contrasting colors that give the characters renewal.

Her second novel, The Line, is a simple story of conflicted relationships running hot in a very cold city.  If you enjoyed The Dream Life Of Sukhanov, you will enjoy her new novel.  If you enjoy a tense, well paced novel that ends in time for you to do errands before supper, put it on your to do list.  Charles Marlin

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Dana Milbank, an op-ed columnist for The Washington Post, is pledging to spend February without mentioning Sarah Palin in print, online, or on television.  He is calling on others in media to take the same pledge.

Clarion Friends is ready to take the pledge but we need sponsors.  What will you give to the Clarion County Community Foundation for every day in February we are SP-free?  Here is your chance to join a good cause in a cheap month.  February only has 28 days.

A dollar a day?  Two dollars a day?  Or $100 if we are standing SP-free at the end of 28 days?  You can use our Donations page to complete your pledge come March 1st.  Charles Marlin

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If your boss looks like

And your financial advisor looks like this

And rush hour traffic is

Rebuild your harassed life by coming to Clarion County Community Foundation

And donating to RARE GIFTS FUND.  First click on the Donations page, then click on the web address that comes up.  From there you click on Donate and select Rare Gift.  PayPal does the rest for you.

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The best news since moveable type has come to the Knox Public Library.  With cuts in state aid a yearly event, there is not a public library in Clarion County that is not starved for good news.  This is better news than all delinquent borrowers returning their overdue books and paying their full fines.

An anonymous donor has through the services of Clarion University Foundation given $120,000 to the library to help them relocate to their own building.  The library board in response, negotiated with the Clarion Forest VNA and have an agreement to purchase the current office building of the Clarion Forest VNA for $65,000.

Clarion Forest VNA will move to be close to the Clarion Hospital in Monroe Township.  The Knox Public Library will move down Main Street to their first stand alone building.

This is a wonderful move for the library, but for it to succeed and also expand services, the Knox community has to step forward in mass and give as they have never given before.  The building needs upgrades, and as everyone knows, owning your own home does not come cheap.  There are new yearly expenses.  There are emergencies.  There are costs to looking loved and well cared for.

You have hopefully already responded to the library’s yearly letter asking for support.  Expect more appeals for support.  Please don’t think of them as a burden because they are first and foremost an opportunity to build your community.

If you decide you would like to make a bequest in your will to create an endowed fund for the Knox Public Library, then the Clarion County Community Foundation are the people for you to talk to.  We are a Commonwealth chartered nonprofit authorized to serve as trustee for community endowments.  We protect and grow those endowments in perpetuity.

When a fund contract is signed by CCCF and you, your family, or your executor, you know with certainty your wishes will be followed as to purpose and administration of your endowment.

You may contact the CCCF President Dr. Jerry Belloit, home (814) 227-2673, or cell (814) 221-5537; or our Interim Executive Director Dr. Bill Kaufman, home (814) 226-8216, CELL (814) 229-8622; or call me at (814) 797-2233.  Charles Marlin

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Nadine Gordimer has lived so long and accomplished so much there is no human response to her she has not received in uncounted multiples.  She is South Africa’s most noble and Nobel white citizen.  You can cut the cake anyway you like.  The result is the same.

Her latest book is Telling Times: Writing and Living, 1954-2008, a collection of prose writing broken into decade segments.  Some pieces are travel writing and reporting, essays on authors and political leaders, introductions to other author’s books, book reviews, and most importantly commentary on the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa within the collapse  of colonialism across Africa.

As a privileged white in a society based on the repression of all other racial identities, and as a free writer stalked by complete censorship, she fought  to claim a place for herself in the country that is her native home.  She became the champion of all writers in and from South Africa, advocating for total political and cultural freedom.  Her mantra is that imaginative writers should be free of all constraints to write about what is common in all of us–the human experience.

Most of the book is sharp and stirring.  Little seems dated.  When she wades deep into the theoretical issues of her topic, the writing slows down to a crawl.  There is enough there to please  any reader, so skip the crawl if it bothers you.  Charles Marlin

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,600 times in 2010. That’s about 11 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 156 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 399 posts. There were 349 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 93mb. That’s about 7 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 22nd with 169 views. The most popular post that day was CCCF Annual Meeting.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, blog.modularsystems.sl, alphainventions.com, tips-tools-tutorials.com, and studentloansinterest.org.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for burmese python, as seen on oprah and 20 20 letter, james eugene ewing, gooey duck, and rhubarb meringue pie.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


CCCF Annual Meeting March 2010


A Man And Place Of Extremes July 2009


Make $250,000 In Weeks As Seen On Oprah And 20/20 April 2009
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Ten Advantages Of An Endowment Fund With The Community Foundation October 2008


Ol’ Time Corned Beef June 2009

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