As usual, I have had my nose to the grindstone and have had a hard time getting back here. Must! do! better!
But I really didn't want to let all of September go by without talking about this month's issue of Zen Dixie
magazine. We've decided to have a theme issue only every three months or so, and the September theme has been "Heroes." As far as I'm concerned, this has been one of the best issues yet, in the online magazine's eleven months of existence.
One of my favorite articles is this one: My Hero
, by Bullet Brown, a former vet tech, a current dog groomer, authority on pet skin and coat anatomy, and animal rescuer. She talks about her toy poodle, Michael, who is her seizure dog. Talk about unconditional love. (I got a real lump in my throat from this article.)
Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier, a fellow Canadian on the writing team, talks about Bumblebee
, a four-year-old skater who stole the show at a skating exhibition. (I got a lump in my throat reading this one too.)
The Canadian Collective explains to non-Canadians just what the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) is all about
. I'm not sure that most Canadians think of the CBC as "heroic," but given that our public broadcaster has been under attack by the very government that sponsors it, for several years now, I think they battle on very
And my own observations about heroes are a little...different. My first thought, when I realized what the month's theme was, was about mythical heroes like Orpheus, who got torn to pieces. And then I thought of Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong. So I wrote about Eating Our Heroes Alive
. Why do we do it? Why do we give them adulation and then shriek in glee when they fall? I have some ideas about that.
All in all, I think the magazine is really maturing and the writing and observations and information are getting better and better. I'm very proud of the magazine and of our editor, Jas Faulkner. She's another hero who has seen us through considerable adversity this past year, and has kept the magazine rolling. I think her amazing work is finally being rewarded.
(Oh! And I want to toot my own horn just one last time for this issue. I got to review a wonderful book, too, about the history of research surrounding Tutankhamun's mummy: The Shadow King
, by Jo Marchant. Excellent book!)