Read it Now Literature of the Drought Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Read it Now Literature of the Drought Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

This magnificent novel set in a not-too-distant California future beset by climactic cataclysm, rampant drug use and concomitant violent crime grabbed me and has never let go. Though I read it several years ago*, I still find myself recommending it, especially now that California is in the midst of an unprecedented 500-year drought. It’s just too bad that the author, science fiction’s first celebrated African-American woman, is already gone. Octavia Butler, the Macarthur Fellowship-winning writer, died in 2006 from complications due to a fall in front of her home.

A Life in Fundraising

A Life in Fundraising

Kristine answers your most frequently asked questions about careers in nonprofit fundraising, communications and management.

Sky & Road Trips On The Trail of Twain's Jumping Frogs

Sky & Road Trips  On The Trail of Twain's Jumping Frogs

We called a taxi to take us to the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee, an event made famous by Mark Twain's short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, published in 1865. Read Twain's short story for free here. The taxi driver spoke hardly a word, had a barrel shaped chest, sported several tattoos on his thick forearms and made an impression with his broad, bald head. He didn't seem to mind the long drive to Angel's Camp, as he would make a nice fare. We had no idea it would cost so much, but we consoled ourselves by rationalizing that we were supporting the local economy, and possibly a local Sons of Anarchy motorcycle club member.