What greater gift, to be carried with grace / to be curious, clear, and inspired by each / beating heart, breathing soul from the reaches of time/that revels in nature’s deep and pulsating rhymes?

To be carried by grace to a loftier place? / To inspire, give insight, to teach and amuse? / Served by fingers and feelings that fly like the birds / to rhythms, to pictures, or well-chosen words?

A loftier place guides the whole human race / to a happier place in the elegant web; / what greater treasure could anyone choose / than to have, and to be, a generous muse?

—“Generous Muse” by Kristen Caven, 6/12/16
for inaugural issue of Generous Muse


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Folk Songs

Joaquin Miller (went walkin’) is a sing-along anthem for naturalists, poets, students, and hikers of Oakland’s hills.