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Pop Up Poetry – Valentine’s Weekend 2016

Saturday, February 13th

Brooks Winery, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Poetry is “on the house” this Saturday, courtesy of the amazing Brooks Winery! Come to their gorgeous tasting room for some exquisite wine flights, a phenomenal view, and excellent conversation. Ask me to type up a poem on my vintage typewriter for you, or as a gift to someone! Give a subject; get a poem. It’s that easy. And what pairs better than wine and poetry? Donations accepted, and don’t forget to tip your server! See you there!

Sunday, February 14th

Broadway Coffeehouse, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

As a teaser for the 2:00 p.m. event “Poetry in Performance,” I will be busking Pop Up Poetry at the Coffeehouse for a special Valentine’s Day treat. Be sure to support the Broadway Coffeehouse with a drink purchase, and tip your baristas!

THEN–stick around for Poetry in Performance, hosted by the Mid-Valley Poetry Society (Salem’s chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association), which will be at Broadway Coffeehouse from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Be sure to attend! You won’t want to miss this event.

Vagabond Brewery, 6:00 p.m. – ?? (this event is awaiting confirmation, TBA)

Enjoy a totally relaxed environment this Valentine’s evening at Vagabond Brewery. There will be cheese, beer, and wine in abundance. Grab a beer, grab a poem, grab a valentine tonight, and salute the Love of friends, of family, and of significant or not-so-significant others. Cheers!

 

The Christmas Story

THE CHRISTMAS STORY

by J.M. Murdoch, Rhetorical Redhead ©2015 All Rights Reserved

As written for and performed at the Christmas Eve Services at Salem Alliance Church on December 24th, 2015

*PLEASE CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO SEE THE FULL POEM & ACCOMPANYING ILLUSTRATIONS*

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INTRO

‘Twas not the silent night of old

tradition leads us to believe;

perhaps the greatest story told

is the ‘Unspoken Christmas Eve.’

Both fully-God and fully-man,

fulfilling holy prophecy,

the Rock on which the Church would stand

bore humble birth and ancestry.

Come sit, come hear the Tale of Times

retold in careful word and script;

there’s much to read between the lines

revealed anew each year, for it’s

beyond the text, beyond the page,

these people, places, feeling, thought,

define a Faith that’s without age

because of Love, because of God.

‘Tis the Season: Spend More Time, Spend Less Money

‘Twas the eve before Christmas and all through downtown,
not a single soul resting—no time to slow down!
With twinkle lights hung (precarious in the rain)
in hopes that next year this won’t happen again.
The wish lists were gripped, e’en taken to beds,
while visions of bright price tags danced in their heads.
Our customs, traditions—how stressors do climb!
This season merely asks: “Spend less money; more time.”
– Written by J.M. Murdoch (c)2015 –
[This imperfect poem is a nod to “The Night Before Christmas,” first published anonymously on December 23rd, 1823 in the Troy Sentinel newspaper in upstate New York.] 

0365-XLMy most recent article published to the Salem Weekly focuses on slowing down this holiday season. Spend more time with your loved ones, and spend less money. The best things in life do not have a price tag, but if you are in need of gifts for friends and family, I encourage you to shop local, wherever you live. Statesman_SkatingBy buying from your local (private, non-corporate) businesses, you are helping those shop owners support their own families and dreams this Christmas, and year-round. Help make Salem and its surrounding areas a strong and vibrant community. You can read the full article on the Salem Weekly website by clicking HERE, or by picking up the Salem Weekly newspaper at one of over 700+ locations in the local area.
The article also includes numerous unique and authentic “things to do” for the holidays, which won’t break the bank, but encourages spending quality time with others in order to make priceless, memorable experiences this winter. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Cheers,

Jessica Murdoch

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Cheers to Willamette Valley Wine

My most recent article, as published in the Salem Weekly Thanksgiving issue. The Wine Country Thanksgiving spread is a great resource for this weekend’s festivities in Salem and the surrounding areas. Click HERE to read the article online, or pick up a copy of the Salem Weekly at one of 700+ local drop sites and businesses. Cheers!

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Photo courtesy of Cória Estates, located in South Salem.

“Salem” – a sonnet

“Salem” is an original poem written by Jessica Murdoch, published in the Salem Weekly newspaper on September 3rd, 2015. As requested by #PopUpPoetry customer, Christine, the poem is a sonnet (specifically a Shakespearean-style sonnet) written in iambic pentameter, with the rhyme scheme ABAB CDCD EFEFGG.

© 2015 Rhetorical Redhead All Rights Reserved

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“Is Anyone Thirsty?”

On Wednesday, October 28th, John Stumbo, the Alliance Board of Directors, and Salem Alliance Church hosted the The Alliance’s fourth Livestream Praise and Prayer event based on “Is Anyone Thirsty?” Isaiah 55:1 (NLT). Area churches were welcomed to attend in Salem, Oregon, while the entire Alliance family around the world was invited to participate online. The livestream video can be viewed here. (Poem performed at the 11:30 time-stamp.)

The following original spoken word poem was written and performed by Jessica Murdoch for the aforementioned event.

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Murdoch performing her spoken word at Salem Alliance on October 28th. Photo credit: CMAlliance.org.

“Is Anyone Thirsty?”

© 2015 Rhetorical Redhead All Rights Reserved

Salem Weekly Articles (by me…to date)

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Salem’s only alternative, independently run newspaper.

This post includes links to my articles published in the Salem Weekly newspaper. (For those of you who are able to snatch a physical copy from one of our 700+ drop sites in the Willamette Valley, awesome. For those who are sadly out of the area, online will have to do. However, if any of you really like one of the articles online–mine or not mine–I would be more than happy to mail you a physical copy of the newspaper. We have extras at the office.) Thanks for reading!

Articles are listed in reverse chronological order:

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Salem Weekly lead editor & publisher, A.P. Walther, with Ken Adams (in blue), host of the Willamette Wake-Up show on Salem’s KMUZ community radio. A.P. has single-handedly kept the SW running, albeit the economy and numerous other obstacles. If there is one person who is the symbol of Salem advocacy, it’s A.P. It is an absolute pleasure knowing and working for him. (Photo credit: HinesSight.blogs.com)

“Poetry Has a New Name” (An interview with local poet, Henry Hughes, and a pseudo-review of his newest poetry book, Bunch of Animals; 03/17/2016)

(No article 03/03/2016 — the Salem Weekly only prints twice a month; this was a “skip week”)

“Popping the ‘Univer-City’ Bubble” (An adventure on the campus of Willamette University; 02/18/2016)

“Win at the Corner of Fire & Brimstone: Pizza Makes a Comeback” (A quick review of the upcoming fad, highlighting local wood-fired pizza joints; 02/04/2016)

“Winter Wanderlust” (Adventuring with Winter Hikes; 01/21/2016)

“Drawn to Black & White” (Discussing the Historic Elsinore’s Classic/Black & White Wednesday Film Series; 01/07/2016)

(No 12/24/2015 issue — no printing during Christmas Week.)

“‘Tis the Season: Spend More Time, Spend Less Money” (Things to do this Christmas season, focusing on spending time, not money; 12/10/2015)

“Cheers to Willamette Valley Wine: An Intimate Look at Our Local Vineyards and Vintners” (Self-explanatory! 11/26/2015)

(For the 11/12/2015 issue, I wrote an article to preview Thanksgiving weekend, “A Wine Country Thanksgiving,” but it was rejected by the editors of the Salem Weekly. I type this without shame or regret because this is proof that every writer has their good days and bad. And that rejection is normal, and gives me a chance to learn and grow. I may or may not rework it and post it to the blog.)

“Autumn Adventures in Independence” (A full day trip, wanderlusting in Independence, Oregon; 10/29/2015)

“This is Halloweek, Halloweek, Halloweek!” (Preview for The Moxie Initiative’s 1st year of Halloweek; 10/15/2015)

“Salem’s Fine Art, Take Part” (Preview for Willamette University & Western Oregon University‘s fall Fine Arts calendars; 10/01/2015)

“Vintage, Antique…Vintique!” (Preview for Deepwood Estate‘s annual Vintage Flea Market; 09/17/2015)

“The Fruits of Labor Day Weekend” (Preview for LDW wine country activities; 09/03/2015)

(No article 08/20/2015 due to emergency hospitalization and surgery earlier in the month)

“A Night Out on the Downtown” (A run-down of ideas for things to do in downtown Salem; 08/06/15)

“Get Thee to the Faire!” (Review on the Canterbury Renaissance Faire; 07/23/2015)

“Veni, Vidi, Vino” (Review on Cória Estates; 07/09/2015)

“Culture in Stretched Canvas” (Preview for Salem’s annual World Beat Festival; 06/25/2015)

 

 

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