My trip back to Maine to see family and talk about the chiru book was a highlight of this season. Thanks to my cousin Pat Dickinson who did so much to get ready for the library visit, my sisters Laura and Audrey Briggs who keep me grounded, and other family and friends who helped make those days so special. While in … [Read more...] about Chiru Videos to Share — And Barley Crackers
The Chiru of High Tibet
One party for The Chiru of High Tibet wasn't enough for me. So when the Board of the Turner Public Library in my home town invited me to come and share the story of the book, I immediately said yes. The party was last Sunday at the library and what a party it was! The Board members had done a wonderful job of … [Read more...] about Going Home
On Sunday we had a little party for The Chiru of High Tibet at The Perfect Blend here in Mount Vernon. What's more fun than celebrating a new book with friends who love books? We were more than seventy who ate barley crackers and goat cheese, talked about books, about Tibet and the chiru, about the goodness of good … [Read more...] about Celebration! Celebration!
Last weekend we made a road trip to Decorah to walk the grounds and look at the gardens at Seed Savers Exchange. Seed Savers Exchange is devoted to saving the seeds of heirloom vegetables. According to their website, "Their collection started when Diane Ott Whealy's terminally-ill grandfather gave them the seeds of two … [Read more...] about Saving and Keeping
Ok, so this is the gorgeous tomato once again. It seemed too perfect to let go, so I did the whole thing--saved the seeds and the juice around the seeds, put it all in a jar with water, and let it sit while Rich and I went to Des Moines. The notion is that the liquid will ferment and the fermentation will break down … [Read more...] about Saving Seeds, Growing Seeds
What are these dogs doing on a blog about writing and chiru and endangered species? All will be revealed. And it's all related to writing and chiru. Today's writers of non-fiction use many of the tools of fiction to make their stories compelling and accessible to readers. One of the strongest tools we have is voice. … [Read more...] about Speaking About Voice, Writing Voice