Archive for February 2013

Poet At large Reviews, Convention, Life, the Universe, and Everything 31   Leave a comment

This last February 14-16 writers and artists of Science Fiction and Fantasy descended on the Provo Marriott Hotel and Convention Center  in Provo, Utah for Life, The Universe, and Everything 31.  This year marks the first time that the symposium has been held at a commercial location.  For the first 29 years of the symposium it was held at Brigham Young University and LTUE 30 was held at Utah Valley University.  The move to a commercial venue was made necessary because the Universities having dropped support for the event even though the event is still free to all students that can present a valid School ID.  This includes junior high and high school students, though attendees under the age of 16 are required to have a guardian with.

The panels and presentations at LTUE only get better each year.  I attended ones on Food in Fiction, Fictional Cartography, How to make a living as an artist, and  creating back-stories for villains.  On Thursday night there was a Valentines dance where The Gashlers provided live music.  Those not dancing could be found upstairs taking part in a Filk Circle.  For those who don’t know Filk Music is a type of Folk music with science fiction or fantasy themes.  The circle will have one or more acoustic instruments and everyone gets a chance to pick a song from the books that the circle organizers have put together. (For more on filk please look at Wikipedia.)

I came home with more Friends, more Great Memories, more Ideas and more Books to review as 2013 progresses.

From The poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron

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Poet At large Reviews, Restaurant, Provo Marriott Hotel and Convention Center Restaurant, ‘Slate’   1 comment

During this last week I attended Life The Universe and Everything 31 at the Provo Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Provo, Utah.  On Saturday evening between panels my husband and I decided to have dinner at the in house restaurant ‘Slate’.  I can honestly say it was one of the best restaurant experiences I have ever had.  I have terrible food allergies.  If it’s spicy on the tong it’s deadly to me.  This means that everything I order has to be a special order.  Some restaurants will just not take the time to prepare my order safely or correctly.

After being seated and telling the manager my problem the chef came out to my table and talked about what seasonings I can have.  He even went back to get a piece of paper to write out a list and then brought me the plate himself.  When I said the pasta was not quite right without tomatoes he took the plate back and added sauteed tomatoes.  The buttered pasta and herbs with mushrooms and tomatoes was so delicious I will have to see if I can figure out how to make it at home.  The mixed greens in my salad were nice, fresh and succulent with vinegar and oil.  The multi-grain rolls were twisted in a pleasing manor with texture and flavor that may cause cravings for more.

My husband ordered an Angus Bacon Cheese Burger witch he devoured with great pleasure and we both came to agree that ‘Slate’ and her staff deserve at least 4 out of 5 stars. I should also point out that my frugal husband did say the meal was worth the price we paid.  It’s a little more expensive than a chain restaurant, but it really is not bad price wise.

From The Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron

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Poet At Large Reviews, Book, Small Miracles, Extraordinary Coincidences From Everyday Life   Leave a comment

(It is now 4 weeks since my surgery and time to get back to work.  Thank you to all who took the time to send well wishes or say a short prayer on my behalf.)

During my recovery a very good friend left one of her favorite books with me just to boost my moral.  The book ‘Small Miracles’ by Yitta Halberstam Mandelbaum & Judith Frankel Leventhal, which came out in 1997, is a collection of tales that must be taken on faith.  Though I would not be surprised to find a few of them listed on Snopes as not verified.  Many of the stories are Jewish tales with one example being a lone Jewish man who sees his father in a dream and is told to pray the Kaddish or prayer for the dead. The Kaddish requires ten men to say it properly but there are not ten Jewish men in his village.  That is not until another nine Jewish men are forced to stop at the airport where he works so their plane can refuel.

Both Yitta Halberstam & Judith Leventhal also relate tales from their own lives.  Some of the tales are funny, others are down right wondrous. Many have good advice in them. If you believe in a higher power than this book is a good read.

From the Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron

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