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Allyson Whipple
Poet of Place / Aspiring Naturalist
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Calling All Word Nerds and Environmentalists!

There's no denying the Texas connection to oil. But did you know we're also a leading state in multiple renewable energy industries? Green tech is a fast-growing career field. Are your communication skills ready? This fall, I'm offering a communications course designed to hone your skills for the sustainability industry. Available for credit or as continuing education.

This is a distance-learning course, 100% online. You don't even have to live in Texas to take it! (I've had students from all states.)

Course schedules available here:

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Ire'ne Lara Silva is the hardest-working person I have ever met. She is constantly balancing a full-time job with a part-time job while serving as the primary caregiver for her brother, Moises. On top of that, she continues to write poetry and short stories, conduct workshops, and serve as an amazing editor. Earlier this month, Moises sustained an injury that led to a serious infection and amputation, causing serious financial strain for the family. Any help you can give would be welcomed by these two wonderful people in the Austin community.

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+Stuckin D'South this made me think of you. 

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Teacher friends! Are you burned out on lesson plans even though the semester is only halfway over? I'm having a sale on select activities through Sunday at my TeachersPayTeachers site. 

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Incredible poem we read in workshop this week. 

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Resharing via Facebook for a friend, concerning his much-loved lost dog, who disappeared this morning in the Bastrop (Cedar Creek) area. Note: the "Me" referenced in this note is not me personally.

Lost dog. Lab Mix Cedar creek area -- off of Lonsome Dove drive, near 812 and High View Ranch dr.
Responds to "Sadie". 12 years old and 35 lbs. She is microchipped, but was out without a collar because she has a large neck growth that is irritated by her collar. She is friendly if approached. If found, please call me at 314-402-6818. Reward available.

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I had never heard of Thomas Lux until I saw fellow poets posting news of his death recently. We read an assortment of poems for class this week. And damn, if this isn't one of the most wonderful poems I have ever read. Listen to the audio. Definitely worth your time.

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I really hope there's an environment left at all in four years.
Call Your House Members over National Park Service Bills

Especially if you are in Paul Gosar's district, or in one of the House Committee on Natural Resources member districts <>

H.J. Res. 46

Note that because of the deluge of phone calls, I recommend 1) Trying phone numbers during working hours, 2) Leaving VM after hours 2) Trying the fax numbers, 3) sending postcards, and 4) trying local offices as well as the DC ones. You can find local home offices by checking the MoC's websites.

WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) last night introduced H.J. Res. 46, which seeks to repeal updates to the National Park Service’s “9B” rules. The rules require detailed planning and set safety standards for oil and gas drilling inside the more than 40 national parks that have “split estate” ownership, where the federal government owns the surface but not the subsurface mineral rights.

The resolution is just the latest in a series of moves by federal lawmakers to weaken environmental protections for national parks under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). If these repeals are signed into law under the CRA, it will not only stop these protections, it will also prohibit agencies from issuing similar rules and protections in the future, unless directed by Congress.


The Congressional switchboard number is: 202-224-3121
You'll be prompted as follows:
- Press 1 to contact your Senators, 2 to contact your Representative (in the House)
- Enter your 5-digit Zip code (or speak your state name in the case of Senators)
- For your Representative, only 1 choice will be offered - press 1.
- For your Senators, select 1 or 2 to be connected to whichever one you want to contact. (You'll need to call twice to contact both your Senators.)

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Beyond unacceptable.
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