It's not that I've forgotten about this conversation, it's that I wasn't sure what to do with it. I started this blog when my mind was full of the Tibetan plains and chiru and endangered species. I'm still interested in endangered species and those who work to save such creatures, but I'm also interested in the food … [Read more...] about Come With Me
Last Sunday's New York Times "By the Book" column featured an interview with Sherman Alexie. The answer that most interests me today is the one to the following question: What’s the best book you’ve ever received as a gift? “The Basketball Diaries,” by Jim Carroll. My dad gave it to me for my 15th birthday. He … [Read more...] about Is There a Book…
I should be writing but--confession time-- instead decided to read this article on Donna Tartt in today's NY Times. It is about a writer, and writing, after all. The article is prompted by the release of her new book, "The Goldfinch," and touches on her early life. The Dickensian sweep of “The Goldfinch” has its … [Read more...] about Reading Around…and Writing
A new book is always exciting. Opening the box for the first time and seeing all those hours of researching, writing and revising fitted between colorful covers makes a holiday. Hearing readers say they like the story is the best kind of music. And book parties are the best kinds of parties. This last weekend was a … [Read more...] about Book Parties!
Good ideas grow like plump seeds dropped in good ground. Last weekend I had a chance to see that again. I went to an urban farm in Cedar Rapids--Matthew 25. The farm was inspired by Will Allen and has as its goal the same goal as Will Allen's Growing Power Farm-- to provide tasty, healthy food at reasonable prices to … [Read more...] about Inspired by Will Allen — Matthew 25 Urban Farm ~ Cedar Rapids
Writing is such a solitary activity that whenever we have a chance for getting together with writers, readers, and general book-lovers we know it will be a good time. Well, I am excited today to announce two such get-togethers to help launch Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table. 10:00 Saturday, October 12 New-Bo … [Read more...] about Announcing: Good Times