Why visit Bayliss?

When you enter Bayliss, population 402, you’ll see no sign announcing a town. No speed zones, no cluster of shops, no factories. Amid the farms and private homes, only one building stands out. The Bayliss library. It’s stood along the road for a century, and this Saturday, June 24, 2017, it is surrounded by a huge outdoor crowd, there to celebrate.

Behind the library are various speakers, including politicians from both major parties. There are major and minor librarians. There are the Chico Area Orchestra in red shirts and black pants, and a Mennonite choir.

Along one side of the building you can buy home-made ice cream, berry pies, hotdogs, and boxes of library books.

On the other side of the library, under sun shades and on a dense lawn backed by a high hedge of trumpet vine, you can find Author Row, and me. Predicted temperature for that day is 109 degrees Fahrenheit. Situated as we are on the lawn, however, we are blessed by natural evaporative cooling. I sit there with my husband at our table and feel a cool breeze, mixed with an occasional warm breath. That means the temperature is in the upper nineties. Comfortable. Merciful.

There’s a lot of activity on the other side of the library as families examine books and eat goodies.

On our side, much less activity visits Author Row. I listen to a plane either dusting crops or planting. The hedge is too high to see it. Not far away, a rooster crows. A sparrow flies worms or insects to its nest in a tree. A hummingbird checks out the red geraniums and yellow chrysanthemums beside the library steps. The speakers in back are too far away to hear, but the excellent band plays catchy tunes from the Big Band Era.

There is an old-fashioned picnic feel among these outdoor activities. I take a few moments to venture inside the library where a table takes up a big part of the interior and displays three cakes in patriotic frosting for the centennial. The cake is free for the eating. And what I take for a standard size dictionary is really a box of bookworms, gummy candy, also free.

With all the library books for sale, I don’t expect to sell anything. I give out bookmarks that show my book covers and how to reach me. I’ve laid a braid from when I had long hair near a novella, the braid I used in its cover. I prop up a drawing of a dragon I used in a science fantasy book cover. So the remarks come.

“Are you the author of all these books?’

My name tag says I am.

‘Is this your hair?”


“Oh, I like dragons.”

Me, too.

“I love nature. I have this preying mantis egg case. Do you know when they hatch?”


Good conversations. Promises. No sales. Connections with other writers. And a visit to a century-old rural library.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Brian Piper
    Jun 30, 2017 @ 16:16:35

    Hello, I started writing a brief review, but I lost track of it as I did a map lookup to see where Bayliss is. I finally found it, mostly south and somewhat east of Orland, about 20 miles on one route if you drive south first on one of two routes, or 24 miles if you drive east first. I think you live in Orland, right?. I’ve been away for a long time.

    You mention that you were in Bayliss with your husband Grayson, I have been away for so long I lose track of things. I assume your Bayliss visit was recent, so I gather Grayson is alive and well. I guess due to the time of my absence, I do tend to forget some obvious things, like birthdays. Recently I found I did not remember them all, but I have reviewed that subject, and I think I am up to date.

    Someday I’ll get down there. I have not driven since 2005, so my get on the road and go plans have mostly been limited. But I think I may work out a way to drive again. We’ll see.

    The Sacred Plant talks have given me some hope for improvement. When and how I can manage some means of taking part in this new activity, I am not totally sure yet. As it stands, I believe the laws of both Oregon and California are on my side. The federal government has marijuana on their most fervent dangerous drug list, which is reserved for drugs of a dangerous nature and of no medical benefit. Other drugs listed there include heroin and opium. No one has ever died of a marijuana overdose, and numerous groups have found incredible medical benefits of using a natural plant that grows in nature, and cannot be patented by a pharmaceutical company. That is the reason why in 1937 certain interests began a campaign against the use of marijuana. Even movies were made to show the horrific effects of marijuana users, showing horrific crimes. These claims were a total falsehood. The plant already had a use in medicine at that time, but its total benefit was not known to be a result.

    The attack against marijuana was a success., Since that time the “very limited” research, due to its illegal status, has slowly emerged, and now several states have countered the federal government law prohibiting use of the natural plant.

    The Sacred Plant talks demonstrate very clearly that a somewhat monitored application of consumption of the plant, or some varieties of the plant, or the use of certain can prevent cancer from forming, or cause its remission and eventually a full repair. So far it appears to be 100% effective. In one case a lady accepted the use of brain radiation as part of her handling. She died after this brain radiation, but her autopsy showed that she had died of brain damage, but had no trace of cancer.

    It looks to me like a full application of the treatments detailed in the Sacred Plant talks would result in a 100% cure rate for cancer, and a list of other serious diseases for which the medical community has no cure for.|

    The marijuana plant is described as an extremely versatile plant that can help eliminate a huge swath of the medical conditions in the world today.

    There is a lot more to be said. There are several compounds in the marijuana plant, abbreviations for two of them are THC and CBM. In lab tests, using cancerous tumours and a microscope, cancer cell death has been observed when the THC compound is injected into the tumor. One related factor is the euphoric high that is created when one consumes marijuana. This “high” is apparently a side effect of the THC consumption, but not from any other extract compound.


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