Archive for May, 2008

Offer Your Assistance

WOSU Public Media is offering a special opportunity to help your neighbor prepare for the digital conversion that arrives on February 17, 2009.

We are asking Central Ohio residents who have no need of the converter box coupons to go ahead and request those coupons from the NTIA. We are collecting unused coupons and then purchasing converter boxes from local electronic companies that we will then distribute to the elderly and shut-in community through two social service agencies: the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging (COAAA) and LifeCare Alliance (a nonprofit home care service that provides health care at home for senior citizens, disabled and the homebound). Our goal is to get these converter boxes into the hands of the most at-risk population who may not be able to secure the boxes themselves.

Please send any unused coupons to Paula May, WOSU Public Media, 2400 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, Oho, 43210.

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Nearly two years of work are coming to a close as I edit the last chapter of the book. Writing throughout the past two winters I’ve put together the story about twenty-five years of traveling to and from Finland. In doing so I’ve gone through my journals, photographs and newspaper clippings and with each chapter I’ve found myself returning to mental images of that time. Its as if, sometimes, the original sequences are playing out before my eyes once again.

This video echos my feelings as I put the finishing touches on the series of events that were such an instrumental part of my life, and remain so to this day. From a summer spent in a rural farm town in Finland – to working in Helsinki fourteen years later – to the all the wonderful occurrences that continue to be a part of my life in Finland. I’ve watched the sun go down so many times from the windows of the planes that carried me to and from while the memories come rushing back. Writing the book has done the same.

The manuscript will be sent off within the next month for the 2008 writing competition sponsored by the local publishing company Rain Farm Press. Excerpts from the book are available at the website which also carries the name of the book, Hakaniemi.

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