Monday, September 26, 2011

WOW!!! Bob Dylan likes SOUTH WITH THE SUN

A few weeks ago when Bob Dylan sent a Face Book Message and said that he was a fan, and that he "liked" my book. I clicked on his name on Face Book and make sure it was really the Bob Dylan. When I arrived in Portland for the book tour, and met with Mary and Greta, when we were standing under K.A.'s Antarctic painting, Mary asked me if I was excited about the book tour, and I said yes! I had the chance to see old friends and new, and hear what they thought about the book, and how it connected with them, and I got surprised. I mentioned how Bob Dylan had sent me a message, and wondered if he had grown up on stories of Amundsen, and Nansen, and of the great polar explorers and if they had inspired him, and helped him create and compose his own course through music and life. I couldn't help but see the strong parallels between him and the polar explorers from the past and in the present. 

Bob Dylan explored folk, blues, gospel, Irish, English, rock, and other forms of music, and discovered new ways singing his song. and conveying his poetry. He overcame the inertia of established thought, he had the fortitude and resiliency to over come the critics and create and sing what he believed.

There was a song that I was trying to remember and I couldn't so I described it to Mary and Geta. "It's a song about changes, it's not "Blowing in the Wind" it's not "Like a Rolling Stone." There are a couple phrases in the song that kept playing in my head. There's one that you can sink or you can swim, and there's another with a biblical reference: the last will be first. He was talking about social change. I just can't remember the name of  it. But I can't forget Dylan. I studied him in college. He was the subject of a history thesis that I wrote at UCSB. I studied him and the impact he and Simon and Garfunkel had on the counter culture of the '60's. But his impact like those of the polar explorers will span the ages. Do you know what that song is?" I asked Mary and Greta? They were remembering his music. The phrases and commenting on his music and impact, and how Dylan is still sharing his work. We just couldn't remember that song.

Mary drove me to Salty's Seafood Grills very near Portland International Airport. We sat outside on the patio over looking the deep blue Columbia River, and watched a tug push a cargo ship up the river, and saw two F-16's fly over head, and heard the thunder of their engines, and marveled at their flight, and just after we were handed menus someone inside the restaurant turned on the music. Dylan's voice came on,
and he sang the song! "The times they are a changing." We smiled and listened to his poetry,

Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin' 

and after talk about how artists, athletes, scientist, explorers and so many other people who succeed draw from same source of inspiration, and share the same methods to achieving what they want to do in life. We talked about our poet friend Ronnie Smith and how he has published his first e book wonderful e book of Antarctic poetry, and K.A. Colorado's paintings.

Mary and I watched the river flow, felt the heat of the autumn sun, and the cool breeze off the Columbia. We ate some delicious blackened salmon that must have come from the Columbia River. It tasted more like it had swum from a sweet river than like from the sea. We shared a creamy halibut pesto, ate tang key lime pie, and we talked about how inter connected everything is, and how life is full of wonderful surprises and awe inspiring discoveries.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Yesterday was an extraordinary day in Portland, Oregon. At the booksigning at Powell's book store, an three story building of new and used books, I did a book signing. In the audience were an amazing array of friends, swimmers, triathletes, young and older people, and people who are into exploration. Bob Needham was there. He just swam the Catalina Channel the night before last in 13 hours to raise money and awareness to prevent suicides. Jodi and Marci climbed out to the water to say hi. Rosemary Lombard was there too. She is an expert on Pancake Tortorises and has studied them for 30 years. Most endurance athletes appreciate the slow steady endurance of the great tortorise. Met a woman whose aunt, Mrs. Liam was a Lutheran nurse in Teller, Alaska. She was there to he the Inuit people. And she was there at the time Amundsen and his crew became the firs to fly over the North Pole and land thehis Norge airship in Teller Alaske. Mrs. Liam cut strips of the interior fabric and of the exterior fabric of the Norge and sent to her family. The woman at the book signing handed me the piece of the airship and her aunt's letter of that date and the description of this small piece of exploration. It was amazing to this was part of the fabric of airship that enabled explores to fly over the North Pole, and part of the fabric of history. Would like to write but have to drive up to Pages Book Store in Manhattan, Beach, CA in just a few minutes to meet other friends and talk about South With the Sun. Hope to see you there and if you are too far away,  look forward to telling you about tonight's discoveries! :)! Appreciate all your interest :)! Lynne

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lynne arrives in Portland.

K.A. Colorado Iceberg Paintings 
Art Exhibition at Portland International Airport
Just arrived in Portland, Oregon and saw my good friend K.A. Colorado's paintings art exhibition at Portland International Airport. I was met here by K.A. Colorado's wife Mary R. Tahan, and the director of the Portland Airport Arts & Entertainment Program, Greta Blalock, both of whom greeted me at the gate and took me to see this great art installation by my good friend K.A. You can see his art pictured here -- it's magnificent in its wonderful colors and environmental theme, and huge in its scope -- with me (in the middle) standing with Mary and Greta. You can also hear K.A.'s audio description by calling 503-415-6897. What a great way to kick off my book tour!

K.A. Colorado is a great friend whose art work is on exhibition at the Portland International Airport. It was so fantastic to fly into Portland airport and see his work! K.A. Colorado is an environmental artist whose work depicts the Polar regions, icebergs, and ice cores, as well as the phenomenon of deep cold and climate change. In June of this year, he completed  this series of iceberg-and-climate paintings for exhibition at the Portland International Airport.  If you want to take a look at his amazing work, the exhibition is installed in the main front entrance of the ticketing lobby. It is magnificent. It conveys a significant message of climate change and vanishing icebergs. 

While working on the paintings at his studio in Troutdale, Oregon in March, the earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan, and at that time K.A. decided to dedicate his paintings to the victims of the tsunami.  If you visit the exhibition, you can hear his dedication at the airport in a special artist's audio description Subsequently NASA  released its report in August regarding the Antarctic Ice Shelf breaking off and creating icebergs as a direct result of the waves emanating from the tsunami in Japan.   
-- Lynne

Friday, September 16, 2011

Book tour

It is so exciting to start packing my bags for the book tour, and to hear from friends who are planning to be there. Yesterday I had a great surprise. Garrison Keillor, the author/storyteller/radio personality, who has a great radio program, sent me a message on Face Book! He said that he "liked" South With the Sun!  For years, I've listened to him tell wonderful mythical stories about people who live around Lake Wobegon, tales of Vikings, ice mermaids, and ice fishermen, and in his stories he illuminates the great polar explorers Amundsen and Nansen. It is wonderful to share the same heroes, and draw from the same source of inspiration. I wonder what it would be like to swim across Lake Wobegon or go ice fishing with Garrison Keillor?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

BOOK TOUR September and October 2011 launch of book "South With the Sun."

Locations and dates will be updated regularly.

Wednesday, Sept 21 
7:30 pm -- Powell’s Books, downtown location, 1005 W. Burnside, Portland, Oregon. 

Thursday, September 22 
7:00 pm -- Pages Bookstore, 904 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. 

Tuesday, September 27 
7:30 pm -- Warwick’s, 7812 Girard, La Jolla, CA 92037. 

Wednesday, Oct 5 
7:30 pm -- Capitola Book Café, 1475 41st Avenue, Capitola, CA 95010

Thurs, Oct 6 
Evening -- South End Rowing Club and Dolphin Club will co-sponsor the event
Place and time To Be announced

Sunday, October 9 
4 pm -- Village Books, 1200 11th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

Monday, October 10 
7 pm -- Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155. 

Saturday, October 22 
2:30 pm -- New York Public Library, 
Mid-Manhattan branch, 
455 Fifth Avenue at 40th. 

Thursday, October 27 
7:00 pm --  Left Bank Books, Downtown store location, 321 N. 10th Street, St. Louis, MO 63101.  

Thursday, October 27 

7:30 pm -- Common Good Books, 165 Western Avenue North, St. Paul, Minnesota, 55102. 

Friday, October 28 
6:30 pm -- Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm Street, Winnetka, IL 60093.