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Exercise for the theme "One" for Art Club. I used a slide show to tell a little story about the place where I live, Humboldt County in Northern California.

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  1. 1. In a land shaped by titanic forces Earth and sea met Fierce seismic clashes and tireless ocean rounding its edges
  2. 2. At the edge of these two worlds Fog and surf Blanketing both the rocks and the life stubbornly clinging to them
  3. 3. Drinking deep from the very fog Trees grew tall as giants Feet anchored into the rugged land, heads reaching the heavens
  4. 4. For thousands of years People lived on this land Fishing the rivers, hunting the forests, gathering wild plants and shellfish
  5. 5. Then from afar, spilling over the hills Men came for the gold Claiming the land as theirs, they started digging, logging, and farming
  6. 6. There the men found not only gold But trees mighty as heroes Lumber for their railroads, boats, houses, buildings, and factories
  7. 7. The newcomers made and broke treaties T ook the land by force Cheated, displaced or killed the previous inhabitants
  8. 8. Coming from the nation and abroad Working hard for their pay In an era of harsh poverty, poor living conditions, and war
  9. 9. The instruments of governance Set their courts here And called it law and justice
  10. 10. Y the crowds et often made their own laws Evicting immigrant labourers And that too they called law and justice
  11. 11. The newcomers soon covered the land Sawmills ringed the shores Logs floated on every river and pond, to be turned into lumber and paper
  12. 12. The new people took root They built new homes They raised their towns in the footprint of old villages and threw bridges across sloughs
  13. 13. They carved the land into rectangles Built farms and planted Filling marshy areas and claiming any flat spots they could find in the steep terrain
  14. 14. Their commerce thrived In shops and businesses Flourishing in a myriad towns and villages
  15. 15. The shape of the past is here still It gives the towns their face What was new and brash now carries the lustre of time and acquired grace
  16. 16. Permeating the landscape is a pride A certain character Pushy and individualist, the people who live here now have also grown tolerant
  17. 17. They live in houses built a century ago In the shadow of mills That ground the bones of trees and the souls of previous inhabitants
  18. 18. But the newcomers changed too Grew new roots here Became part of the landscape and their souls were ground by the mills too
  19. 19. They found in themselves a new approach Using Nature's methods Imitating its processes to their own ends, protecting its resources
  20. 20. The little towns that still live show Colour and vibrancy In their markets and their music
  21. 21. People proud of their land and towns A web of local businesses Displayed in all shapes and styles
  22. 22. Thorny, prickly inhabitants Pioneer blossoms Proud of their independance, argumentative and ornery
  23. 23. Marching to different beats Singing a thousand tunes But now they'll other songs join in
  24. 24. All these ideas left and right A true balancing act Everyone trying to fly in a different direction
  25. 25. Y somehow et out of chaos emerges A sense of place A unique character and distinctive flavour
  26. 26. Though the lives that have come and gone Still haunt the shores Ancient People who walked before, Asian immigrants, lost mill towns
  27. 27. Photo credits: Slides 1-3, 15-26: Copyright 2003-2009 Sophie Lagacé Slides 4, 27: Edward S. Curtis, 1923. Northwestern University Library, Edward S. Curtis's "The North American Indian," 2003. Slide 5: C.C Nahl and F Wenderoth, 1852, .A. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC. Photograph Ad Meskens. 1852,_Miners_in_the_Sierras.jpg Slides 6, 11: Pacific Lumber Company collection Slides 7-9, 14: A.W. Ericson, 1880-1920. 0 Slide 10: North Coast Journal, 2003. tml Slides 12-13: Merle Schuster, 1947. Music credits: "Granados: Spanish Dance n. 2" by Mario Mattioli, 2005 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial