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Remembering Chris Cornell – Lost Highway Poem

Remembering Chris Cornell

I’m writing to you today due to a strongly felt opinion of matters. With the sudden and
tragic passing of Chris Cornell, it’s safe to say that many of us from all around
the world have grieved as one devastated collective whole.

The generation of my youth, who has been immensely touched by the work of Chris
(Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of The dog, etc.) throughout the years has also
been taking it with overwhelmingly deep sorrow.

We are lucky in the sense that through the internet, we have a social media support
team of sorts. Most of us don’t have a soul to cry to in real life or a safe place
to vent our lengthy distraught paragraphs about how much Chris meant to us. As kids,
we’re told to get it over it as some parents think it’s ridiculous to cry over
somebody we barely knew.

That’s where they are wrong.

Within in the last two weeks, I’ve talked to strangers upon strangers. We all have
one thing in common, our outpouring of grief is too much to handle alone by
ourselves. Some of us don’t have the words to express how we feel on the inside.
Chris Cornell’s music has been a place of solace for those who suffer from personal
demons and mental illness. He gave us a peace of mind when we were surrounded by
nothing but pure darkness.

In a roller coaster of such events, we are all searching for someone to comfort us
with words that capture exactly how we feel within our grief-ridden heads. It makes
us feel less alone. That’s the beauty of literature, and it’s one of the main
reasons why I’m a writer/poet. Since that dreadful day, I have written a quartet of
tribute poems for Chris and have posted them all throughout social media.

Though I post my poems as my own intimate body of work, an expressive reliever from
my personal troubles. Something came out of those poems that I never would have
thought to happen. People began to compliment me, thank me – within days I had
received a small heartfelt pile of messages from people who said that my tributes
resonated with them on such a deep level and that it lessened their pain to know
that other people felt the same overload of emotions that they did.

I could never have comprehended such a heartfelt reaction, I wasn’t the biggest –
nor was I the most knowledgeable Cornell fan in the world. A couple of his songs had
managed to strike a chord in me during my darkest depressions, but that was more
than enough to make me feel utterly heartbroken and destroyed at his passing.

After seeing such an emotional response from those online, it’s made me want to take
a giant leap and comfort others on a wider level. One of the most fulfilling gifts
as a writer for me is to help people with my words.

It’s my goal to express what others cannot. As as private sufferer of so much, I
want to let people know that they are not alone in their struggles and that this can
be overcome with taking comfort in the supportive fact that so many others across
the globe are feeling exactly the same way.

And it seems I’m not the only one who believes in the power of words. The Chris
Cornell fans that have reached out to me personally, they believe you should publish
my poem as not only a tribute – but as a public relationship status of emotions that
most of us are still feeling. A mental soother to the souls who don’t have a voice
as they mourn ever so strongly.

I’m not a person who boasts with arrogance when talking about my work. In fact, I
only wish to do this out of the hope that this could potentially help those closest
to home. I’ve never had any of my poems officially published. If I were to choose a
purpose for my first print, I couldn’t think of a better reason than this.

I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the genius souls of music.

Music remains as a major source of inspiration for my poetry. It pushes me and helps
spread my creative wings in soaring heights that I wouldn’t have dared to think
venture by myself. Some of my greatest influences in life come from your city.

It would be a lifelong dream to pay homage to the men of music that saved me in
terms of artistic exploration/expression and of course, as a human being who has
endured many painful things. I want to pay tribute to Chris Cornell.

These words of mine were written with the utmost of love and respect for the man
himself. But I’m not the one who gives meaning to my words. Only the audience bears
that strength. So here is a few messages from those who have their own strong
reasons as to why my poem deserves to be published.

By – Liliana Torre

“It’ll be a great thing for his fans to see and it might get you noticed cause when
I read it, it really was what I was feeling and so many other people feel that way.
That’s all the reaffirmation you need and to put it simply, it’s exactly what his
fans relationship with his music is.

You said it in the most perspicacious and beautiful way and it deserves to be more.
I feel this is the quintessential Chris tribute from his fans aka you. You are our
voice. I really believe in this and the effect it could have on people’s lives and
yours. Go for it.” – Violet – 20 years old, America.

“I agree with Violet! It’s a beautiful poem that deserves and needs to be known! It
express what we’re all feeling. It’s a beautiful tribute to Chris Cornell. Just go
ahead and send it.” – Salomé – 21 years old, Portugal.

“Submit it – It was a beautiful poem that deserves to be heard. I bet a lot of
Chris’s fans will appreciate your kind and moving words about him.” – Anonymous.

“You should publish these…notes from the heart of a music lover.” – Keia – Late 20s,
Brooklyn, New York.

So there you have it. In the end, it’s your choice. I’ve been unexpectedly nominated
as a voice, one that has helped others in ways that I could never have imagined. I’m
beyond grateful for all the support and encouragement that I’ve been blessed enough
to receive. But with your help, you can make our connected voice stronger.

I may just be a girl from the other side of the world.

But I sincerely want to help those who wish to remember Chris Cornell in every way
possible, I hope you will help us too. Here is my poem, it’s called “Lost Highway”
and I dedicate it to Chris Cornell in the highest of regards.

“I cling to your voice like a reluctant child that’s lost.
My gathered thoughts officially belong to your cause.
Choking constantly with harsh tears that refuse to bleed.
You were always there for me in my darkening time of need.

My face is expressionless because my heart is strained with the cries of pained
poetry. I can’t comprehend the present, only the past – for that’s where you’ll
forever last.

It’s like my body’s being savagely ripped to pieces, only to be told it’s the work
of jesus. It’s punching me in the throat with a hardened fist and yet I no longer
wish to believe this.

I’m laying in a comforting museum that’s filled with your screaming artwork of
sound. Your echoing words caress my torn skin with precision but you’re nowhere to
be found. I keep exploring within your eyes as an act of grace to help forget this
grieving craze. Trying to resist the urge of becoming hopelessly attached but your
spirit already exists in my endured panic attacks.

Searching for a solace whilst turning the faucet of your triggering absence.
Breathless at the haunting delivery of your speech that I simply cannot bear to
complete. The universal hugs of others soothe my denying soul as our mutual
connection saves us from being sold. Though there’s still so much to say to you in
terms of appreciative love, I just hope you can hear me from way up above.”

Liliana Torre

UW Business Plan Competition Winner to Run Pilot in Kenya

UW Campus Seattle

UW Business Plan Competition Winner to Run Pilot in Kenya JikoPower Converts Heat Power to Electric Power.

JikoPower Inc. announced today plans to test their invention in Kenya with the grand prize money they won placing first at the 2016 University of Washington Business Plan Competition after facing off 93 competitors on May 27th.

The Herbert B. Jones Foundation awarded them $25,000 for the winning idea that provides sustainable energy to people without electricity. The student-led startup’s initial product, the JikoPower Spark, converts wasted energy from cookstoves and fires into electricity to charge cell phones, LED lights, and other small devices. The team is passionate about improving people’s quality of life and reducing impact on the environment. “With access to electricity, people no longer depend on dangerous kerosene for light and they don’t have to travel great distances or pay exorbitant fees to charge a cellphone,” Ryan Ahearn CTO and Founder of JikoPower excitedly explains. “In places like Kenya, 80 percent of people have cellphones, but only 20 percent can charge them.” “Electricity is a game changer. With the Spark parents are able to send their children to school and work more efficiently,” remarks CEO Michael Jooste. “Winning the grand prize helps us empower people.” The JikoPower Spark, is a small thermoelectric generator (TEG) with a water reservoir about the size of a coke can, and a metal arm inserted directly onto a cookstove or fire. “While people cook, the heat creates electricity that we capture” explains Ahearn. With a 2-5 watt output, the Spark provides enough power to charge a cellphone or LED light. The Spark is the first of many TEG inventions JikoPower is currently developing.

JikoPower started a year ago with three engineers winning the grand prize at the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge. Since then, the team has grown into a company that recently sent several units to Gabon and Nigeria. JikoPower is also planning a Kickstarter campaign to meet U.S. demand and fund a full scale pilot with their partners in Kenya later this year. You can learn more and follow the team’s progress at


Mighty-O Donuts Competes in Food Network Donut Showdown

Seattle, WA: Announcing another Food Network showdown featuring the Mighty-O Donut Queen, Julie Twiggs.  Invited by the Food Network to compete in the Donut Showdown, Julie goes up against other international top donut creators.  This is the third time the Food Network has invited Mighty-O Donuts to appear on one of their networked shows.

On Wednesday, February 11th (6:30pm-8:30pm) Mighty-O will be showing the Food Network episode ‘Great Outdoors’ at the café (2110 N. 55th St, Seattle 98103).  In addition to the show, free donuts and coffee will be given to audience members, with emphasis on a selection of seasonal donuts and Julie’s Food Network donut creation.

Says Ryan Kellner, the owner and founder of Mighty-O Donuts, “It was an honor for us to be invited to another Food Network program”.  Ryan continues “Julie is an invaluable part of our team; it was an easy choice to send her to represent our company”.

In April, 2011 Mighty-O Donuts competed in the Food Network “Donut Challenge” taking first place; beating Seattle doughnuts Top Pot.

  • Donut showdown episode viewing party on Wednesday, February 11th 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Coffee and donuts served to audience members, along with some of Julie’s Donut Showdown donuts.
  • Mighty-O is an organic donut bakery focused on sustainability, environmental impact and community support.

About Mighty-O Donuts:  Our café is located in the Wallingford “Tangletown” neighborhood, with a wholesale baking facility in South Seattle and a soon to be announced new location.  We produce all of our own donut mixes and glazes from scratch using organic ingredients.  As a sustainably minded bakery, we donate our extra donuts to non-profit organizations serving the hungry.  We owe our success to our hard-working employees and our community who grow and share in our excitement about organic foods, great coffee and donuts.

Invited by the Food Network to compete in the Donut Showdown, Julie goes up against other international top donut creators.
Starts: 02/11/2015 06:30 am
Ends: 02/11/2015
Duration: 8 hours: and 30 minutes
2110 N 55th St
Seattle, WA

New Paintings By Marcio Díaz

Opening First Thursday June 6, Marcio Díaz presents new work in Sensing Color, an exhibit at ArtXchange Gallery. These paintings reveal the different qualities of light and weather that captivated Diaz after his move to the Pacific Northwest.

There is more light in Nicaragua, but it makes everything flat,” he reflects. “In Nicaragua we react to the sun, not the rain. In the Pacific Northwest, I can see color deeply in the shadows. The distortion of the light by the rain and dew inspires me.

Díaz soaked up the influences around him in the Pacific Northwest, both in the landscape and from the local art community. “I never knew the depth of color until I moved to Seattle,” says Díaz. He began to experiment with abstraction and new painting techniques emerged. He moved towards a pointillist technique involving layering dripped bubbles and circles of paint, which became his popular Bubblism style.

His painting method is a bright-hued variation on the pointillism of Seurat, building an image from vibrant circles of color,” wrote Michael Upchurch in the Seattle Times. “The tensions between shimmer and almost-solid objects are exquisite.”

From the sunny, arid landscapes of Estelí to the lush tulip fields of SkagitValley, Díaz builds images through dappled brushstrokes and layers of shape. Sensing Color presents works in his signature Bubblism style, as well as new techniques that Díaz has been developing.

Sensing Color opens First Thursday June 6, 5-8pm, with the artist in attendance. In July, Díaz will offer a painting demonstration in the gallery on Thursday, July 11, 5-8pm (the official Pioneer   Square replacement date for 2013 First Thursday in July which falls on the 4th).

Exhibition Dates: June 6 – July 27, 2013

Opening/Artist Reception: First Thursday, June 6 5-8pm (During the First Thursday Artwalk)

Artist Demo and reception: Thursday, July 11, 5-8pm

Location:ArtXchange Gallery, 512   First Ave South, Seattle, WA 98104

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 5:30 PM

Phone: 206-839-0377



Marcio Diaz Paintings Seattle
Marcio Diaz new painting – Sensing Color

Restoration of Golden Gardens Seattle

Seattle – To coincide with National Volunteer Week and activities around Earth Day, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and its members lines Holland America Line, Seabourn, Windstar Cruises and Paul Gauguin Cruises, will host a volunteer event in partnership with volunteer organizers from Seattle Works, representatives from the Port of Seattle and staff from Seattle Parks and Recreations. Employees and other volunteers will help restore the Golden Gardens Park shoreline, dunes, and wetland area to ensure that hundreds of visitors can continue to enjoy this popular park with extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

The Volunteer Day promotes and supports employees of cruise lines that are based, or with operations in, the greater Seattle area. The restoration efforts are part of CLIA’s “Cruise Forward” initiative that highlights the economic benefits, community partnerships and environmental stewardship of cruising.

The restoration of Golden Gardens is just one of many ways in which the cruise industry gives back to its port communities.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Golden Gardens Park
8498 Seaview Pl NW, Seattle, WA 98117

Seattle Works, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Port of Seattle and employees from Seattle based CLIA member cruise lines – Holland America Line, Seabourn, Windstar Cruises and Paul Gauguin Cruises – will attend.

Cruise line spokespersons from Holland America, Searbourn, Windstar Cruises and Paul Gauguin Cruises will be available for interviews

Cruise Forward:
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Voice of Hope: Seattle Author, Artist Nadine C. Keels Says, “Keep Going.”

Seattle, WA, April 16, 2013 — “Nadine” is a French name that means “hope.” With the ongoing purpose of spreading hope to her readers and audiences, Seattle author and spoken word artist Nadine C. Keels recently released her ninth book, Love Unfeigned, and her first poetry album, Hope. Lyricized., within five weeks of each other. The album was released on April 1 in celebration of National Poetry Month.

“Bad news is inevitable,” Keels says, “so we must keep good news in demand. People need to be reminded that authentic love yet exists and that life, with all of its triumphs and trials, is still worth living. My novella, Love Unfeigned, is an invitation for imperfect human beings (in a word, everyone) to take their self-imposed bounds off of love and to let it live. After years of my listeners’ requests for an audio recording, Hope. Lyricized. is my response to the demand for hope in uncertain times, to positively impact how we view our circumstances and make decisions.”

Keels has been performing spoken word since 2006. Her latest presentation took place on March 30 at the One Love Urban Poetic Experience at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in Seattle. The event, which featured nine selected local and national poets, was hosted by the nonprofit organization Of One Body, to support their relief work for underserved communities around the world.

Keels is one in a group of authors, with 20 books published between them, at Kingdom Family Worship Center International in Kent, home to a number of writers, actors, dancers, songwriters, and recording artists. The authors are currently working on their second anthology, set for a mid-May release. Keels says, “Conveying hope through literary and performing arts is a powerful way to tell humanity, ‘We haven’t set our goals for life in vain. We’ll make it if we keep going.’”

Find out about Nadine C. Keels and her books and spoken word at:

Utrecht Art Supplies Self Portrait Art Contest

SEATTLE, WA – March 12th 2013 – Premier art supply retailer Utrecht Art Supplies announced today a painting contest entitled “Self Portraits” will begin taking submissions starting on Saturday March 15th at the Seattle store located on Capitol Hill.

Utrecht Art Supplies – Seattle chose to start their first annual art contest with the theme of “Self Portrait” in honor of the Seattle Art Museum’s European Masters exhibit, now on display, centered around the famous self portrait of the master himself – Rembrandt.

Contestants are asked to come into the store to fill out a formal entry form. Contestants will then be asked to complete a self portrait (of themselves) using the color palette of one of these old masters – Gainsborough, Rembrandt, or Van Dyck. Utrecht will make available the lists of the colors required to the public and will be selling discounted sets in the Seattle store only. Entries are due no later than Monday April 15th 2013 by 7pm. Contestants are entering for the chance to win one of four Utrecht Gift Cards in two categories, juried and popular vote. Contestants must be at least 18 years old or older.

Once all submissions have been received Utrecht will then showcase the submissions at the store starting on Wednesday April 17th 2013, wherein the public will be allowed to vote for their favorite self portrait. Popular vote submissions will no longer be accepted after 6PM on Saturday April 20th 2013. Utrecht will also hold a Juried exhibit during the same period the popular vote is occurring. The jury will be composed of one local artist – Damien Puggelli, a Seattle Art Museum representative, and one Utrecht store staff member – Chris Rollins, Assistant Manager.

Utrecht will hold an opening event on Saturday April 20th 2012 from 9am to 9pm to announce the juried and popular vote show winners. Winning artists will also be awarded their prize(s) at the show. The Juried show winners will be announced at 7PM with the popular vote winner announcement to follow at 8PM. The Juried competition winners will receive a Utrecht gift card in the amount of $100 for first place, $75 for second place, $50 for third place, and $150 for the most popular votes.

The show starting on Wednesday April 17th 2013 will run at the Utrecht Store until Wednesday May 15th 2013. Starting on Thursday May 16th the entries will be returned to the artists.

Utrecht Art Supplies – Seattle has been supplying Pacific Northwest artists and students on Capitol Hill for more than 14 years.

Contest Eligibility & Rules:


The Utrecht Art Supplies in Seattle, WA “competition title” Competition is open to legal residents of the United   States who are at least eighteen (18) years old at time of entry.


The Competition begins on Friday March 15th 2013 and ends on Wednesday April 17th 2013.

How to Enter

Visit Utrecht at 1124 Pike St in Seattle, WA and fill out the official contest registration form. Entry into contest is free.

Self Portrait must be 9”x12” and can be on any backing the artist chooses. Contestants may use Oil, Acrylic, or Watercolor paint only and must use a color palette from Rembrandt, Van Dyck, or Gainsborough (see attached list for specific colors).  Any Entry submitted after deadline of April 17th, 2013 at 7:00PM PST will be ineligible for Competition. Entries to the Competition must be submitted through the Utrecht Seattle Store.

Competition LIMITED TO THE FIRST 75 ENTRIES (in total) turned into UTRECHT.

Multiple entries not permitted. All entries become sole & exclusive property of Utrecht.

Winner Selection

On or about Thursday April 18th 2013 Customers visiting the Utrecht location at 1124 Pike St. in Seattle, WA will be eligible to cast a voting ballot selecting one entry based on quality and originality of work. Winners will be notified on or about April 20th, 2013. Results will be tabulated by Utrecht and be deemed Final upon completion of the voting process.


Juried – 1 Utrecht Staff, 1 Museum Staff, 1 Local Artist*

1st Prize Winner – $100 Utrecht Gift Card

2nd Prize Winner – $50 Utrecht Gift Card

3rd Prize Winner – $25 Utrecht Gift Card

Popular Vote

Winner – $150 Utrecht Gift Card

Entry Conditions.

By entering the Competition, entrant represents and warrants to Utrecht as follows: (a) all elements of the Entry Materials may be reproduced and generally used by Utrecht as contemplated in these Official Rules without the knowledge, consent or approval of any third party; (b) entrant hereby grants Utrecht the irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, assignable and royalty-free right to use the name, image, likeness, comments and biographical data of entrant, and to photograph, adapt and reproduce the Entry Materials, in its various products and services and the related advertising, publicity, promotional and marketing materials of Utrecht in any and all media, and to permit others to do so.

General Conditions

Utrecht reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Competition. Utrecht reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike, distasteful or disruptive manner. History

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