Posts by James Ross Kelly

James Ross Kelly lives in Northern California next to the Sacramento River. He has been a journalist for Gannet, a travel book editor, and had a score of labor jobs—the in-between, jobs you get from being an English major. He started writing poetry and short stories in college on the GI Bill, after college he continued and gave occasional readings in the Pacific Northwest during the 1980s. Mr. Kelly worked as an environmental writer for the USDA Forest Service in Oregon and Southeast Alaska where he retired in 2012. Born in Kansas, Mr. Kelly was a long-time resident of Southern Oregon where he grew up. His poems and stories have appeared in Westwind Review, (Ashland, Oregon), Open Sky (Seattle), Siskiyou Journal (Ashland, Oregon), The Sun (Chapel Hill, North Carolina); Don’t Read This (Ashland, Oregon), Table Rock Sentinel, (Medford, Oregon), Poetry Motel (Duluth, Minnesota), Poems for a Scorpio Moon & Others (Ashland, Oregon), The Red Gate & Other Poems, a handset letterpress chapbook published by Cowan & Tetley (Vancouver, B.C. Canada). In the past three years Silver Birch Press (Los Angeles, California), so glad is my heart (Duluth, Minnesota), Cargo Literary, (Prince Edward Island, Canada), Fiction Attic, Rock and Sling (Spokane, Washington), Edify (Helena, Alabama), Flash Fiction (San Francisco), Rue Scribe (New Mexico), True Chili (New Mexico), and The Purpled Nail, have all featured one or more of his stories or poems. And the Fire We Talked About published by Uncollected Press in 2020 is Mr. Kelly’s first book of fiction.

Pre coronavirus, California dismantled mobile hospitals – Los Angeles Times

The state’s supply of mobile hospitals, ventilators and N95 respirators would have helped in the coronavirus outbreak, but the state got rid of them years ago.

Source: Pre coronavirus, California dismantled mobile hospitals – Los Angeles Times

What happens to spread of virus if Trump loosens restrictions too soon? | World news | The Guardian

The president wants to reopen the country by Easter – but the US would risk escalating the coronavirus pandemic

Source: What happens to spread of virus if Trump loosens restrictions too soon? | World news | The Guardian

The Church Will Not Sacrifice Anyone for the Economy’s Sake | RELEVANT Magazine

And when everyone else says it will be too hard or the sacrifice is too great or surely some people can be expended, the Church must have the clarity and conviction to say no. Not today. Not in two weeks. Not in six months. No, no, no, we will fight for the survival of every last man and woman made in God’s image. We will defend their lives and their dignity and the country will have to find another way to rescue its economy. The avenue of human sacrifice is not open to them. The Church is blocking it.

Source: The Church Will Not Sacrifice Anyone for the Economy’s Sake | RELEVANT Magazine

The Church Will Not Sacrifice Anyone for the Economy’s Sake | RELEVANT Magazine

IIt’s an undignified position for any person but the Church, in particular, ought to be above this. Christian teaching has always held that life is sacred and worth defending at any cost. Jesus told of a shepherd who left 99 sheep behind to go rescue the one lost lamb (Matthew 18: 12-14). It was not a practical decision, any more than dying on a cross to save the world is practical. But such is the price of the Church’s most radical teaching: that every single life has value, and no human being is expendable.

Source: The Church Will Not Sacrifice Anyone for the Economy’s Sake | RELEVANT Magazine

The Church Will Not Sacrifice Anyone for the Economy’s Sake | RELEVANT Magazine

In the immediate throes of an emergency, a little flailing is to be expected. It’s human nature. We are, by and large, fearful people prone to bad, selfish decisions when…

Source: The Church Will Not Sacrifice Anyone for the Economy’s Sake | RELEVANT Magazine