by Kaimana Wolff
Spiders both fascinate and repel humans—not that spiders care. They go about their deliberate business, a merciless life of endless hunting, by inviting dinner to wander into the very heart of an arachnoid home—the web, constructed of silver steel-strength threads emerging endlessly from, who’d a thunk it? A spider’s head.
Writing novels is a spiderish habit: one sits patiently at the center of one’s life until lightning strikes, illuminating harshly for a second or two the witless characters about to stumble into the web, and then it’s all weaving and tilting the silvered disc made more of air than steel until they fall into the center where I wait, to give the luckiest ones their epiphany.
In ancient European myth, Arachne was a lovely maiden weaver who was a bit full of herself. She challenged Minerva, the big cheese in weaving and creative endeavors, and Minerva called her on it. Some versions of the stories say that Arachne saw her error for herself—I prefer that version to the old-fashioned she-got-her-come-uppance routine where Minerva turns Arachne into a spider for arrogance.
Some say Arachne represents the story we tell ourselves and others. She’s also a symbol of human endeavour, seeking to become more than what we are, even if it means going beyond the gods themselves. Arachne, the spider goddess, sits at the center of her web, weaving the world she controls, creating a world she controls — like a novelist.
Like a judge, too. Since this issue is devoted to the Word, Visit www.immanence.ca to read a poem about the creativity judges spin— spider medicine, if you like. Does she weave truth, or illusion?
Groundworks volunteers have broken some major ground
By David Parkinson
To date, we have built a tool shed and fence, prepped the fruit-tree holes, put in paths, and built garden-bed frames.
Now we are laying out the garden, transferring our paper plan to the ground. Once this is complete, we can use the materials that have been donated and collected (seaweed, straw, manure and topsoil) to build up the soil for planting. We’ll also finish the physical infrastructure, such as the compost bins and the prep table and maybe some benches.
This season, the garden will be a work in progress, just like every garden!
The youth are currently out on work-experience placement in the community, busy entering the “real” work force. Some of us top up our hours by coming back to the garden to finish up the remaining tasks.
How can you get involved?
We are going to have regular garden work parties every Friday from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.; so you’re invited to come early, bring a lunch and then dig in!
We could use some more garden tools, such as garden forks, rakes, pitchforks, trowels, etc. We are also looking for strawberry plants. Any extras you have from your spring gardening can be dropped off at the Community Resource Centre.
Thanks to the following people and organisations who have helped us out: Julie Bellian, Diana Wood, David Parkinson, Heinz Becker, Len Menard, Adams Concrete, Rona, Therapeutic Riding, Tanglewood Cedar products, Goat Lake Forest products, Rainbow Valley Feed and Supplies, The Garden Tour committee, Kiwanis Club Of Powell River, Work And Play, and Rachel Hilleran.
Get in touch with us by calling 604-414-4868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.