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June Contributor Of The Month - Morgana

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A force since she joined, the gracious Morgana enlightens us about what keeps her tick tick ticking away at the keyboard. She also gives kudos to many of the other Broowaha members in this interview.

Anyone that has been in the Broowaha community long enough will know and has interacted with Morgana. She is a wonderful force of nature and has herself been the topic of articles. In this featured contributor interview she recalls (as do I) when she first came on the scene and asked for a Reno chapter of Broowaha. Since then Morgana has helped turn the Reno Broowaha into an active hub of conversation.

How does where you live influence who/what you write about and how you go about doing it?

That's a fitting question because landscape itself has a part in knitting people together. Northern Nevada is big while being accessible. It is both simple and epic with genuinely good people. I starting writing for BrooWaha after I had a couple of its stories e-mailed to me. Those stories dismayed me. No place is perfectly good or perfectly bad. These stories, although rightly exposing people doing bad things here, are not only what Northern Nevada is. I didn't want people reading BrooWaha to think that's all Northern Nevada is.

Therefore, I made the conscious decision to write about the positive, upbeat, delightful, quirky, charm and goodness of Northern Nevada because those are diversely manifest every moment of ever day. I decided to become a Northern Nevada Raver doing and seeing daily good in the midst of occasional evil. To keep a sort of balance and our sanity, we need to be reminded of bright views. Dostoevsky's example of the rogue giving a turnip to a starving beggar comes to mind. So does the biologist Stephen Jay Gould's 'ten thousand acts of kindness.' John 1:3 'The light shines in darkness, and the darkness overcomes it not.' The root meaning of the word gossip is to relate good tidings. Far from being boring, naive, trite or ethically challenged, people in Northern Nevada are for the most part and for most of the time complex, caring, varied, ethical, and enormously good over the long period of Time.

Here we still do actions that make society functional and livable such as greeting each other, bussing our own dishes after eating at say Long John Silvers, saying please and thank you, placing our chairs back at the table, and letting each other enter into traffic. The mail is generally delivered each day. The water is generally available out of the tap each day. Children generally safely go to and from school. A neighbor or friend will generally take care of another's pet(s) while its owner is away. Northern Nevada has a communal goodness with a vast range of manifestations. There are lives here, and elsewhere, that encourages and leads us to our better selves. Where egoism disappears unobtrusively into the care and service of others.

The optimistic interpretation of Northern Nevada I have chosen takes the overall decency of life for granted while acknowledging that there are statistical outliers out there. I do not excuse bad manners or ugly buildings or illegal, unethical or immoral behavior. I believe civility accelerates economic development. I find the small ordinary everyday acts of humanity and compassion far worthier of worth, my objection to disharmony being more aesthetic than moral. Think how people of different cultures and social backgrounds can learn from one another and enjoy each other's company when we gather to tell stories of goodness, decency, wholesomeness, and compassion.

In 1906, Tolstoy very angrily wrote in his diary about acknowledgment, 'People write pompously in books that when there are rights, there are also obligations. What audacious nonsense ' what lies. Man has only obligations. MAN HAS ONLY OBLIGATIONS!' William James spoke with humility when he said 'When you and I realize how many innocent beasts have had to suffer in suffocating cattle-cars and slaughter'pens and lay down their lives that we might grow up, all fattened and clad, to sit together here in comfort and carry on this discourse, it does indeed put our relation to the universe in a more solemn light.' My question is how does a good person live under circumstances that are not good?

 What is your background? Can you give us a brief bio/history of your life?

I believe I was born and raised in the best of times in the best of worlds. That being 1950's Los Angeles, California - Suburbia with Benefits. I was raised with Catholic school upbringing by upper-middle class parents. They were Roosevelt admirers (his compassion), Truman haters (Those Two Bombs he ordered dropped), then moderate Eisenhower conservatives (Cold War Pacifists), then President John F. Kennedy devotees until his murder.

From that moment on my parents lived only intellectualism, liberalism, art, culture, pacifism, healthy eating, and atheism. Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy's murders and Viet Nam further drove my parents even further away from conservatism, although they briefly flirted with Barry Goldwater. While still in high school, with my parent's encouragement, I enlisted in the military for the educational and housing benefits. I served at the tail end of the horrific Viet Nam War. Got to travel the world for 'free' with my military id.

I went to all of the United States, Paris, London, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Rome, Toledo, Milan, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and even managed one trip to Havana. I received an Honorable Discharge with a Medical rating. I moved to Northern California where I proceeded to obtain several California State University system degrees starting with my GI Bill and then scholarships. I fell in love, married a wonderful man, for which I am forever thankful.

Life remained good until I noticed the best of all times and worlds were going away. Then it was gone. I missed the best of all times and worlds ' desperately. Therefore, I began to look around. In Reno, Nevada, I saw vestiges and new beginnings of the best of all times and worlds that would probably last my lifetime. So I moved to Reno. I still miss the salty tang of the ocean breeze and San Francisco sourdough bread, but everything else I had loved about California I found in Northern Nevada. For several years, I was a full-time successful businesswoman and successful adjunct professor. Age, old military wounds, and new wounds caught up with me and I am now medically retired.

Your Broowaha logo, is there a story behind it?

I have been a student of society and culture for more than half a century because I believe thoughtlessness makes us ungrateful. My choice of Reno Art Kicks Ass as my logo goes back again to my conscious decision to write about the positive, upbeat, delightful, quirky, charm, and goodness of Northern Nevada. Nevada, like all places, has such an extraordinary history, present and future. I searched for quite a while until I found Reno Art Kicks Ass. I wanted a neon logo that would convey cosmopolitan Reno's history of recreation, gaming and colorful divorce, prize-fighting and brothel trade, Reno as Artown, Reno's mining history, and convey Reno still Rocks.

Hence, the ass kicking is a play on that with the burro evoking Nevada's mining history, the neon the recreation, gaming, divorce prize-fighting and brothel trade, and the whole logo is art which Northern Nevada has successfully diversified into. Morgana: You are a force of nature in your writing - as you tackle lots of topics and you do so with fervor.

What is your general inspiration?

The variety of topics that I have written on was also a conscious decision I made. There are many one-trick pony writers, bloggers, ranters, and ravers out there ' I just didn't want to be one of them. I have a thing about point of view. I don't always try to agree with another's point of view, but I do try to understand it. Sometimes I even succeed at it.

The theme and thread in my stories is point of view. With point of view as my theme, I then looked around for the positive, upbeat, delightful, quirky, and goodness of everyday Northern Nevada. Moreover, I write about it. Occasionally I write about the negative, downbeat and distressing as I am in love with nostalgia. That's where my fervor comes from - my love affair with nostalgia.

 In the time you've been part of Broowaha, how have you grown as a writer or interviewer?

Maybe you can tell us about your first article, your favorite article to write and your most recent. I have grown as a writer and interviewer. It has been said here that if one can't stand the heat of the kitchen of BrooWaha, then don't come in or be more thick-skinned. I have not grown a thick skin. I never will; it is not in my makeup. I prefer discourse, beauty, elegance, dynamic, guileless, affection, friendship, sensual, graciousness, and love. It has taken patience for me to continue writing here in the deluge of the onslaught of continuing '1- rating attacks and anonymous severe comments in those '1- ratings I have received.

I write the truth as I feel it although it has meant my feelings are sometimes hurt. I don't write to the cowardly peanut gallery of anonymous rating attackers, however unruly and unscrupulous they may be. I write for my own moral integrity. Patience exercised by people of little power, which I am here, compared to say the American President, have no consequences in the short run beyond affecting my own feelings. In the long run, it remains to play itself out. I only enter into something for the long run. Integrity comes from consistently sustaining a choice over a lifetime.

A single and very tiny sunflower seed becomes a towering sunflower only over time. Rosebuds become lovely roses only over time. An acorn becomes a mighty and strong oak only over time. My first article? I wrote it and simultaneously asked Digidave and Ariel to start a Reno Broo, which Ariel graciously did. I did both because I wanted others to know also the positive, upbeat, delightful, quirky, and goodness of everyday Northern Nevada. Northern Nevada is a lovely house with a most engaging history. My favorite article of mine? Probably Wishing Only To Be Blind Again. Ties in with my point of view obsession and the potential tragic consequences when one fails to understand another's point of view. My most recent article so far is This Star Trek Rocks. This film 'reached me', as Star Trek had not done for a long time.

If you could get could write about anyone or any situation, what would it be? Having my marriage back. What artist (musician, author, painter etc) inspires you? Inspiration?

My husband first and foremost. Tchaikovsky for the most sensuous music perhaps ever written - all that angst. Claude Monet ' all that beauty. Picasso's Guernica ' all that pain, fear and ugliness. Anton Myrer's The Last Convertible ' all that nostalgia. Basic Instinct ' all that basic instinct. Julian Gallo ' all that even-temperament and intellectualism.

Dean Walker ' all that commitment and calling out others' falsehoods. Kim ' all that lovely wallowing in a hot bubble bath. Mean Mike ' all that delightful chivalry. LUMIERE ' all that still-waters-run-deep emotion. Lynne DeSilva ' all that stimulating intellectualism. Garry Crystal ' all that feeling and humanity. Ed Attanasio ' all that jocularity. Jen and Tonic ' all that white-hot pain-within-humor. Craig ' all that earnest detail. D. E. Carson ' all that fury for such a narrow political path. Gary Schwind ' all those enchanting interviews. Ricky Ricardo ' all those quaint and charming descriptions. Sanjanakumar ' all that fresh point of view. Manny Osborne ' all that insight. Seema Upadhyay ' all that affection. AM Nelson ' all that pleasantry. DL Ferguson ' all those thoughtful film reviews. Chedvah ' all that delightful point of view. Fashionista ' all that enchanting young approach. Rose Mountain ' all that perserverance. Wolviela ' all that sweetness. AmyO ' all that well thought out erspectives.

Of our topics (city life, night life, culture, sports, etc) what is your favorite? Is there a reason why you tend to write/read more articles in that section?

Culture. I read and write it the most. That point of view obsession of mine again.

 If you could see a group topic, something that all Broowaha contributors tackle in a given week, what would it be?

One would be Favorite Car. What car? Color, make, and model? When did you have this car or when will you if you don't yet? Why this car? Where did you have this car or where will you have it when you get it? Favorite and worst moments with this car? Etc. Another would be Home With A History. What home? Is/was it yours or someone elses? Year built? Remodeled? By whom? When did you have this home or when will you if you don't yet? Why this home? Where did you have this home or where will you have it when you get it? Favorite and worst moments with this home? Etc.

For Northern Nevada, there is the Governor's Mansion, the Thunderbird Lodge, Greystone Castle, and Barnard House among many others. These two subjects are about something that stands as a cultural testament to a particular age and engineering or architectural style. Thunderbird Lodge, for example, remains the best example of a Lake Tahoe estate. Built by George Whittell beginning in 1936. The estate was then 40,000 acres with 27 miles of Nevada Lake Tahoe shoreline. Because of Thunderbird Lodge, the Northern Nevada side of Lake Tahoe retained its pristine character and kept the California side from being grossly overdeveloped.

What advice do you have to writers who are just starting out?

Voraciously read others' writings as we have an indebtedness to the labor, thought and imagination of all those who have proceeded us. Sometimes write something that'll make you curse with anger. Practice writing in others' styles. Write and write and write until you write in your own voice. Use elliptical and frames. Sometimes write something that'll make you belly laugh. Tell a story. Tell an interesting story. Write from the heart than add logic, grammar, humor, spell-check, fact-check, paragraph breaks, pictures, and graphics. Even when making up a story, keep it honest to the story. Sometimes write something that'll make you cry with grief or sadness. Try writing in more than first person. If you are going to be a one-trick pony writer, blogger, ranter, or raver, try to be the best one at it. Sometimes write from a point of view you don't understand or even disagree with. Ask advice. Learn when to follow and not follow advice. Sometimes write porno. While writing, and only while writing, remember the ills that have come your way and the pleasure of nursing them in righteous indignation. Publish everywhere you can. Learn what to submit and what not to submit for publication. Do everything in moderation ' including moderation. Plunder from other writers but always give them credit ' use and cite sources. Be in it for the long run. Have a drink or smoke a joint while writing.

Establish a framework for establishing data into something useful, meaningful or heartfelt. Consider your audience only when it serves the story. Do not ever let your writing interfere with your love life and work very hard at not letting it interfere with your sex life. Your partner, unless besotted writers themselves, will mistakenly consider your writing as a hazard when your love and sex is going into your writing instead of your partner. Don't be afraid to recycle your good line, or two, or paragraph(s). Never have a drink or smoke a joint while editing and proofing your writing. Be grateful; for 'ingratitude which robs us of our enthusiasm, is one of the worst powers of evil in the world,' said Albert Schweitzer. Write for entertainment and education. Put a mirror in front of you while writing. Have a good day.



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By Rose Mountain on June 25, 2009 at 02:07 pm

Great interview Dave. All the wonderful emails Morgana and I have shared over time, yet never delved into the more personal aspects of each other, so it is a delight to see this interview about her.

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By Speedbump on June 25, 2009 at 04:37 pm

Very interesting interview.  Reading the top two read writers at Reno Broowaha is to me like two sides of the same coin.  One for the really bad about Reno, with the forensic evidence that here was a complete break with moral integrity, and the other about the really good about Reno.  I’m glad to see an explanation.  It being that Morgana “made the conscious decision to write about the positive, upbeat, delightful, quirky, charm and goodness of Northern Nevada.”  After reading Craig I want to get the gun and just go shoot the fraudsters that destroyed us.  Just kidding.  Sort of.  Just kidding.   Ok, shoot them in the fleshy calf of their leg.  After reading Morgana, I want to take a few hits off my Bing, graze Dish Café, take in a movie or concert, people watch at the Truckee River,  demand I get paid for my contributions, buy a home safe to safeguard what little cash I have left, and then get laid ;)

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By L DeSilva-Johnson on June 27, 2009 at 09:22 am

Absolutely lovely and well deserved, as anyone reading this should either learn or be reminded of ten-fold. You may notice too, the lovely humility, as this author turns her opportunity to shine into a place where she speaks gracefully and kindly of many other writers here. Who among you would do the same? I for one have long been grateful for Morgana's voice and intelligence in our midst. We are lucky to have you. Thanks for the great article -- both for M's responses and to DidiD for highlighting this terrific writer.

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By Greene on June 27, 2009 at 06:43 pm

Lol “Do not ever let your writing interfere with your love life and work very hard at not letting it interfere with your sex life.”  I’m not a writer but I can relate to that advice with my tendency to put my job first.   The first story I read of this Morgana made me think at first the writer has their head in a rosy cloud but I found out different after reading more of her stuff.  There’s a key difference between being a critic and a shill as I so realized this writer does indeed understand. Comedians, mudrakers, artists, investigative reporters, and certainly political cartoonists tend to possess an anti-authoritarian, skeptical, irreverent streak. Flipping the traditional journalist ethos of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable, too often there is a tendency to ridicule the disenfranchised and excuse the abuses inflicted by the powerful. That is plain wrong and I was glad to read that this the writer pointed out that both major American parties do exactly that - ridicule the disenfranchised and excuse the abuses inflicted by the powerful. In too many cases, pieces instead literally spout the latest talking points, revealing themselves to be not independent voices, but one more cog in a vast propaganda machine.  This writer does do some first-rate piece of writing here.

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By Gary Schwind on June 27, 2009 at 08:59 pm

It's about time. Morgana, congrats on being the featured contributor. And thanks for the shout-out. Keep doing what you do. I always enjoy your stuff.

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By wolviela on June 29, 2009 at 11:03 am
Morgana... I believe was the first to respond to my article. Now I don't feel too bad about those typos, because the article, while not always the best are from the heart..Thanks for the inspiration Morgana
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By Digidave on June 29, 2009 at 11:12 am

Morgana: You are too humble!!!!

A rock star of the community without a doubt.

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By Kim on June 29, 2009 at 11:33 am

Congratulations Morgana! You're a great inspiration as a writer, friend, and human being. I have always enjoyed pieces on BrooWaha.  Thanks for al the support. Keep on keeping on!

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By Maryam on June 29, 2009 at 02:58 pm

I have always enjoyed Morgana's stories and comments.  I was at the Thom Hartman talk put on by the Democratic Party yesterday at the Reno Events Center.  There Dr. Steve Frye's announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate in 2012, which is John Ensign's current seat.  Dr. Frye introduced Morgana as his campaign publicist.

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By Edward on June 29, 2009 at 08:49 pm

The great thing about reading Morgana is getting to read about all the really nice things there are in my own back yard I didn’t know about.  My favorite, so far, story of hers is The Republic Of Letters for its Code of Conduct.

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By Seema Upadhyay on July 04, 2009 at 02:01 pm

Great interview Digidave. As for Morgana, she has been truly encouraging me since the time I started writting here. Whether it was the terrorist attack in Mumbai or me getting mugged. She was always there. Morgana I want to truly thank you for being there coz when I was lonely and feeling low, your messages made me smile and I knew that there is someone who genuinely cares ;-) Sorry guys I got lil emotional.Cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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By Carmen on July 05, 2009 at 04:54 pm

That was neat to learn how Reno BrooWaha got started.  I discovered Morgana when I was google searching and landed on Blame Greedy Home Loan Lenders For Frightening Recession.  From there I started reading more and more of Reno BrooWaha and now I'm addicted!

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By Just Average Joe on July 06, 2009 at 04:53 pm

Brian Burghart, Editor of the Reno News & Review, recently said that “Call me old school, but I believe newspapers must go back to what they did when they provided a high-quality product and service.”  Brian listed his ideas for a high-quality newspaper product and service: well-written local stories, in-depth coverage and investigations, insightful commentary, and more.  The only print newspaper in Northern Nevada that I thought was providing all that was Brian’s Reno News & Review, which I’ve taken to exclusively reading on-line.  I’d heard about this Reno BrooWaha, then I read this Craig B.’s comments he had posted to articles in the Reno News & Review with a link to this Reno BrooWaha.  I thought his comments were insightful commentary, and more.   I further read this Reno BrooWaha.  There I discovered well-written local stories, in-depth local coverage and investigations, insightful commentary, and more.  I now have two on-line newspapers that are providing well what I want for local coverage.  Then I discovered that this BrooWaha covers other broader issues and has editions world wide if I want to read something say about what’s happening in San Francisco or read a first hand account of events in Mumbai.  Why isn’t the Paris Edition translated into English?  There are several translation softwares.

I say Good Riddance to the old clunky print newspapers, as they are stale and often dead on arrival when they hit the newsstands.   Gannett and Hearst just don’t get it and I’m not waiting for them to do so.  Morgana, and DigiDave, a fit name for an on-line Editor, keep up the good work.

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By Marga on July 06, 2009 at 07:19 pm

Morgana, whose writings I admire, is a skeptic without being a cynic. 

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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on July 10, 2009 at 08:47 pm

great interview!!...and i learned alot from this wonderful person....congrats morgana...keep punchin'

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By Jen on July 11, 2009 at 09:50 pm

Dr. Steve can simply click on the "forgot your password" link and create a new password for himself.

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By John Donnely on July 14, 2009 at 04:57 pm

Morgana kicks butt with a velvet glove.  I particularly enjoyed 2008 Broowaha Sex Survey.  Will there be a 2009 Broowaha Sex Survey?

There's a "forgot your password" link here?  Where?

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By Jen on July 15, 2009 at 05:25 pm

front page.  when logged out.  look to the right of where you enter your password.  very similar to other sites where you need a passwod that you may have forgot.

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By Dr. Steve on July 15, 2009 at 06:12 pm

Mission accomplished.

Morgana is a sweetheart.

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By TonyBerkman on November 01, 2009 at 01:01 pm

@Morgana and Bill & Craig -  message me your addresses and I'll get you T Shirts.  I like the idea of  "Don't Know Who I Am?"  and on the back the BrooWaha logo and author pictures.  

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By 'Mean' Mike Duffau on December 24, 2009 at 05:57 pm
I was just gona ask if ya got your shirt yet...but you beat me to the punch morgana...that's a bummer about the points system...god only knows the answer...you don't need points along with ed to prove that you two are the king and queen of broo...
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By Marga on February 13, 2010 at 05:22 pm

So did Bill and Morgana ever get their Broo shirts?

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By Marga on July 14, 2010 at 04:55 pm

So did Bill and Morgana ever get their Broo shirts?

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By Lucy Ong on August 01, 2010 at 06:03 pm

By TonyBerkman on November 01, 2009 at 01:01 pm

@Morgana and Bill & Craig - message me your addresses and I'll get you T Shirts.

Morgana and Bill & Craig, did you finally get your shirts? I only ask as I was at debate between Dr Steve and DA Dick and Dr Steve mentioned Morgana should be wearing her Broo shirt. Morgana replied she still hasn't gotten it and she's retired from blogging. This is the same DA Dick Gammick that totally missed going after the mortgage fraudsters that screwed us here in Reno Tahoe for around a billion in lost home values because far too misguided DA Dick Gammick was just too busy going after a kid smoking pot only wanting to have a good meal and evening with his girlfriend, or a veteran that desperately needs pot for their nightmares, or a cancer victim who can only keep food down with marijuanadue to the radiation treatment nausea. The pictures here say it all. Dr Steve Frye with a full head of hair = virile while DA Dick Gammick bald = zero virile lol lol lol lol http://dailysparkstribune.com/bookmark/8867548-Drug-war-takes-the-debate-stage-at-local-forum-

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By Lucy Ong on August 01, 2010 at 06:03 pm

By TonyBerkman on November 01, 2009 at 01:01 pm

@Morgana and Bill & Craig - message me your addresses and I'll get you T Shirts.

Morgana and Bill & Craig, did you finally get your shirts? I only ask as I was at debate between Dr Steve and DA Dick and Dr Steve mentioned Morgana should be wearing her Broo shirt. Morgana replied she still hasn't gotten it and she's retired from blogging. This is the same DA Dick Gammick that totally missed going after the mortgage fraudsters that screwed us here in Reno Tahoe for around a billion in lost home values because far too misguided DA Dick Gammick was just too busy going after a kid smoking pot only wanting to have a good meal and evening with his girlfriend, or a veteran that desperately needs pot for their nightmares, or a cancer victim who can only keep food down with marijuanadue to the radiation treatment nausea. The pictures here say it all. Dr Steve Frye with a full head of hair = virile while DA Dick Gammick bald = zero virile lol lol lol lol http://dailysparkstribune.com/bookmark/8867548-Drug-war-takes-the-debate-stage-at-local-forum-

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By Speedbump on August 07, 2010 at 04:23 pm

In a galaxy a long long long long long long long long time ago Broowaha promised Bill Friday and Morgana Broowaha shirts. (I miss Morgana here, another interesting writer driven off by the new conservative powers to be here.) It's been a lousy cheap low deal with no Broowaha shirts to Bill Friday and Morgana. Broowaha promises each a Broowaha shirt. But, no damn Broowaha shirt for either. Rubbish! Just so the powers to be here get it I'm questioning and critizing not flaming. It's called Free Speech. Get used to it as it's been around more than a couple hundred years here in America.

Is it Tom Lewis? Or is it Tony Berkman who dropped the ball here? Or is it Ariel? Whoever it is, just keep your word and immediately give them the damn shirts you promised each. What's the problem here?

Officer: You were speeding.
Man: No, I wasn't.
Officer: Yes, you were. I'm giving you a ticket.
Man: But I wasn't speeding.
Officer: Tell that to the judge! (The officer gives man the ticket.)
Man: Would I get another ticket if I called you a jerk?
Officer: Yes, you would.
Man: What if I just thought that you were?
Officer: I can't give you a ticket for what you think.
Man: Fine, I think you're a jerk!

Get the point? I think Tom Lewis, Tony Berkman and Ariel are being jerks here about these shirts they've reneged on.

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By TonyBerkman on August 07, 2010 at 04:35 pm

Im not certain where the original promise for t shirts came from. When we bought the site I said we would send those who were promised t shirts, t shirts. I dropped the ball and take full responsibility for that.

T shirts will be sent out on Monday to Bill Friday. I miss Morgana here too. So the T Shirts are going out to Bill and Morgana, if I can get his address. It was not Allan's fault. Im not even sure he is aware that we have t shirts.

If you happen to see or hear from Morgana, please let him know that we have a t shirt with his name on the back. I'll get that done for him (the name on back part) Monday or whenever we hear from him.

Thanks for bringing this up.

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By TonyBerkman on August 07, 2010 at 05:00 pm

HurricaneDean, you will as will Morgana and BillFriday. Depending on the number of shirts in the office I'd like to send a shirt out to everyone who is in the top 50 most active members on Broo. Taking into account both articles written and overall community spirit or sportsmanship -- writership?

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By TonyBerkman on August 07, 2010 at 05:01 pm

Craig B will get his too. AngieA needs to get on this effort as my organizational skills are lacking.

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By Speedbump on August 07, 2010 at 05:16 pm

Hey Tony, glad to read ya talking here!

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By TonyBerkman on August 07, 2010 at 05:31 pm

Thanks Speedbump. Probably took me too long. Though I am committed to giving broo the water and oxygen it needs.

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By Speedbump on August 07, 2010 at 06:06 pm

You are welcome. And yes, it took too long. Are you the latest powers-to-be here? If so, what happened to the pageviews here? Pageviews were cooking nicely under Ariel and Digi, then the pageviews took a nosedive after the influx of all the rules now required here.

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By Speedbump on August 07, 2010 at 06:13 pm

Odd it is. Sunny? Not here. Rain's a'comin'.

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By John Donnely on August 30, 2010 at 01:26 pm

I also miss Morgana here. She grew on me. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away. Here Morgana has quite often taken my breath away. THAT’S why I’m in love with her writings. So you and I bring our acerbic wit and our preconceived notions when we come here or anywhere. Some of this world is so concerned about looking respectful, it loses its cool so that it may “drift” into not entirely respectable stuff like writing and reading about love and sex and actually doing it. Most of this world is concerned with being respectful enough to get laid including with the uptight others. Sex and love is something we can all relate to, which after all is the point. Morgana wrote of all that and more. She remains the reminder: we’re all in this together; we’ve all got our wants, our needs. The writer I’m really interested in here, a woman, never a girl, Morgana wrote some marvelous stuff here. Or, she used to. She’s now retired from here. However, admit it, no one else here does it like she does. I’m in love with this woman’s writings. Only a grouch has no affection for her. When Morgana left, a lot of light, humor, depth, sass, and color also left. Though far too much banal and insipid and suppression came to usurp here, her all too brief glorious reign retains its hold on our imagination and feelings. Morgana put the emphasis on feelings, and it broke the boundaries that had previously limited what could be done. This auteur’s compelling readings still abound. The destination is not the point. Her journeys are a sample of bounty ranging from iconic to beloved jaunts to sass far too many just plain missed. Each of Morgana’s works show a different side of mystique—that allure in the soulful sound of a locomotive’s whistle while an aging guy such as myself, chest puffed out, only wants to now hear this conductor, this Women On Top, call out, “All aboard.”

All the way against the back wall, far from the streets outside and its assemblage, I can see Morgana put on Miles Davis and then write. Her writing is deep, blues, sexy, epic, knowing, with a steady rhythm moving up and down, an effortless up and down; as if she could do it in her sleep. She starts with simple dreams. Then we encounter turbulence. That’s the blues. The blues is the long way around attitude because dang, there are no shortcuts here. “You might as well just get nude,” mused strong, sexy and aggressive singer Bonnie Bramlett of Bonnie and Delany about the blues, “because you’re completely exposing your inside feelings.” The blues encompasses a way of life and worldview. A view that The Entertainer is now as powerful as The Politician. Sometimes more. So, Who Is Morgana?

Who is Morgana is something I had also begun to wonder about after her blogging entertainment in majestic defiance of naysayers came to my attention. Like all blues women and men, Morgana is coolly unashamed of her desires and demands in her once chosen exhibition here. After a lot of effort including an introduction through someone who knew a someone, well you get the picture, I finally got to meet Dark Mystery Morgana With So Many Hunter Echoes. At last my dream to meet her comes true. This proved to be exactly the same experience that meeting any great artist is likely to be. I’m an authentic fan here, obviously. Hello!!! I wouldn’t have missed it. You shouldn’t either. I paid homage humbly. What I thought is only a confirmation become discovery also. Morgana, all elegance and groomed sophisticate, no Broo shirt she said as she "still inconceivably does not have it," lives in a time capsule of a different era, theatrical accoutrements and all. She accepted my homage and questions and discussions all with just the right amount of deference. I believe I kissed her hand. I hope I kissed her hand. Like Greta Garbo she is. Moody Artist and The Act. Morgana is everything I’d imagined, and more. Physically she is striking—gorgeous, in fact. I thought I’d flown with Morgana in her writings. I got a recalibration after actually meeting her for the first time. After spending some time with Morgana, I realized I hadn’t even left the ground reading her, it was only now, with her physical presence, that I suddenly realized what flying with her was. Proving again the importance of public appearances so others can feel the charisma, what Morgana wryly announces as “up front and personal, rough and smooth.” That is an echo of another blues woman, singer Aretha Franklin’s, “It’s the rough side of the mountain that’s easiest to climb. The smooth side doesn’t have anything for you to hang on to.”

I watched Morgana’s vitality flow like clouds, stuffing the air until the walls bulged. She is a real woman with real problems who just happens to have an incredible blues outlook and expression. “This is the way I am in non-virtual life. If you don’t like it, I don’t know anything about it ‘cause I’m living my life my way.” No demand, no plea, no threat, just this statement of in-person fact. Being in a room with Morgana I sit near and watch in pure delight as she swayed with the glory of being alive and feeling. She feels what she writes. That’s obvious. Her feelings are mirrored in the ever-changing expressions of her beautiful writing. Btw, do not expect that I can now get you an audience with Morgana. Among other things, I had to promise up front I wouldn’t. After finally meeting the lady, I totally get why her penchant.

The Morgana I know here is a swell blues writer. What some may even consider a Noir writer due to her lavish, passion and rage-flaunting daring reaction, descriptions, no aesthetic detail went unnoticed, then to elegant understated but lethal. Others say she’s Gonzo, all that participatory. I just don’t see any difference between them so I’ll leave that discussion to others that do. I finally decided I just had to meet Morgana. I had to with that public persona. Complicated, tough, charming, highly intelligent, ambitious, sexy, vulnerable, mysterious, sinful, laid-back, volatile, compelling, sitting in high heels at that dimly-lit marijuana smoke and jazz filled bar, her shapely legs crossed, well, that is all just too darn interesting to not pursue. She writes with sardonic sensuality of living and love and our low and high lives between our feet solidly for awhile on the ground. Even then, how when our ironic feet are again on the ground, well, terra firma itself gets ironic and isn’t always firma. In Morgana’s writing, all that is all just part of vigorous living with the unexpected. It’s about Kismet. The blues in any medium is a powerful, expressive vehicle of emotional liberation with messages of higher expectations and broader horizons, sorta like a revival tent, or some modern day histrionic blog. Only here, all those complicated and sensational harmonies Morgana uses – they oh so easily reach in and touch all those connections in us. It would seem incredible to me that anybody with any feeling – any feeling ‘cause she hits them all, could read Morgana’s unreserved enthusiasm, forceful, respectful, sass flaunting, passionate, admiring, celebration of good times, painful, serious, sheer defiance, languorous, unabashed, lusty, world-weary relentlessly mordant work without becoming a convert. Like any true blues artist, Morgana, totally at ease, has those unabashed exploit images that just ruthlessly draw out the explosive and emotional impact of what she’s writing about, which is usually the blues. She’s paid dues. She’s a real life woman telling us what she paid for. She’s still paying. All that we all can relate to. That’s the blues.

“Morgana has written about local hole-in-wall dining , pizza , sports , philosophy , murder , science , a saloon , business , music , local outdoor adventures , social issues , art , mercy , high mountain dining , and culture . A Morgana story usually involves one or more off-the-beaten path point-of-views . She interviewed a horse art piece in front of the Nevada museum of Art, where they had a talk about art history and reality. I have never looked at that horse the same after reading that article. She wrote about the benefits of intoxication but not the alcohol kind. She propounded old self-confidence and profound new doubts . “That’s the blues.

Blues woman Lucinda Williams said of the blues, “I don’t think people understand that it’s a joyful sort of thing.” A blues woman is on a willing ride to new realties for herself. She knows that simply putting it into words and pouring out her feelings works. This sense of entitlement is the defining characteristic of a diva. For any diva, a blues attitude with its sad wisdom and wry humor always comes in handy. As others fade to a blog footnote, Morgana’s work remains a vital force of expression of the blues that’s in all of us. For example:

Her It Is The Hour To Be Drunken! is about pretension. It eloquently scene shifts as Morgana’s written voice cranks up into its full bore beautiful and powerful whispers and roars. Adding depth, complexity, variety to each paragraph, she slows down on some words then later quickly piles them together. The words and feelings push themselves out of the screen to grab the reader. Now having the reader’s attention, it might first seem surrender to fate to the reader. It only seems that way. The usual redemptive power of love, to be sure is always there. Along with dashes of Greta Garbo’s lament in her lovely 1931 film, Inspiration, “I’m just a nice young woman. Not too young and not too nice--I hope.” No different than others in the blues milieu, Morgana will never be capable of reducing love to mere entertainment boy-meets-girl routines. To read Morgana is to know something stronger and deeper was always going on because rational explanations have no bearing on our hearts and sanity. None. Zero. No bearing. Got that? “Doesn’t stop us from hoping, fantasying, wanting, yearning, obsessing, dreaming, pining, and wishing though,” Morgana dryly says while we are listening to Chuck Mangione and drinking a delightful Cabernet. She looks off into space and time with those beautiful green eyes clearly remembering something emotional for a few beats. Then she slowly smiles and raises both eyebrows to me as she continues with just why she endures as that rare thing – an original that transforms us. She simply murmurs, “Nor should it. That’s the blues.”

I just sat there because she took my breath away again with another of her takes. I do not measure my life by the number of breaths I take but by the moments that take my breath away. THAT’S why I’m in love with this woman’s writings.

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By Lucy Ong on September 15, 2010 at 05:35 pm

Remarkable repartee here between writers Bill and Morgana.

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By Lucy Ong on September 15, 2010 at 05:42 pm

Wait a minute! Wet Broo Boxer Contest? Where? When?

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