A Fav Farmers Market On Earth

Occasionally I’ll fall in love with a place or experience…and when that happens – it takes hold of me deeply. Think of it as something you can’t stop thinking about – can’t shake it off. The Santa Fe Farmers Market is just that kind of experience. I think it’s my very favorite of all I’ve been to – more than 50 farmers markets in a couple years time. Lavender blue corn meal donuts, pretty vegan spring rolls, four different musical experiences from a marimba band to a Latin acoustic trio. Easy parking, gorgeously rugged industrial setting, vast variety, musicians at all corners, REI, AND an entire literal creative artist market broadens out the entire Saturday morning event. We also went on Tuesday morning and while it was still pleasant – it wasn’t anything compared to Saturday’s. Tuesdays is more of a tease or...

Culinary Learning: Piñon

Just plop me in a new place and tell me to go figure it out. What’s not to love about that kind of geographic adventure? Piñon – Adrian purchased two bags from a Native American couple along a road in Taos while exploring. Pine nuts are not something I know much about – beyond specific recipes that call for them. I get them for that purpose noting they are higher priced than I’d expect having to make sure they don’t go rancid with the high oil content once I purchase them. I’ve tried them as I use them noting oiliness and lack of flavor. With that point of reference, here’s what they were like this time around closer to their original state. I don’t even think I realized how their shell worked I’m so used to buying the meats alone in some plastic container in the supermarket. He jumped in the car showing me the bags saying –...

Meow Wolf

I didn’t have any idea what Meow Wolf was walking through the doors in Santa Fe, New Mexico – one of my very favorite communities. Author and Santa Fe resident George R R Martin – the Game of Thrones guy – is at the financial helm of this endeavor was my understanding once I started to investigate what exactly this was we were experiencing. Walking into the immersive and discombobulating environment was a bit scary at the same time it was a thrill. My understanding is reactions to it have often been cut and dried – extremes of – love it or hate it – is not uncommon. I LOVED it. It was soothing and reassuring. I felt I wasn’t alone in my way of thinking as I walked through it. It felt more like life than so much of what we’re exposed to in media day-to-day. Ok – you walk through a refrigerator portal into a type of space travel...

Book Talks, Blogs, & Student Journalists

BOOK TALKS UPDATE I’ve had three book talks in libraries and speaking venues in recent weeks and all went really well. One was in my current hometown area and one was back in the hometown where I grew up and the other was in northern Illinois at my brother’s storytelling venue with another author of 13 (!) books. Right at about 40 people showed up between the three and it was good to have a chance to talk with people about it all. Thanks so much to those who made it a point to come and those special experiences with me. BLOG TO LEARN PERSPECTIVE Ever need creative writing breaks? I do. This blog was my effort to give myself a place to practice writing and share some thoughts with clarity. In the journalism classes I teach, one of my assignments is for my students to create and fortify a blog during the semester. Why would I have them do this in a journalism class? I noticed...

I Suggest Joining a Band

Join a band. Do it. Make it happen. Find some friends and get rolling. Don’t overthink it, darn it. Make it happen. It’s so much fun. I grew up playing music as part of a professional family band – as in 9-year-old drumming for full stage productions. It was a time in my life when my family was a bunch of skill practicing fools. Hours a day on instruments and development of various other abilities. I had drum lessons and organ lessons. I taught myself to play piano in college by sneaking into the school auditorium in the dark and fighting my way into a respectable relationship with bass clef day after day for a year or two. I played trumpet in my school bands. I sang in choir. I woke up in the night on a regular basis to my brother playing improvisational piano when he came home from nights out with friends or a date. Creativity was never stifled and always championed...

Book signing & numbers

Just checked Amazon best seller numbers having not worried about doing it at all since the last post I made here. I’m up in all three categories which was really gratifying to see. I’m up a couple thousand in rank in two categories (women and gender studies) and up about 13,000 in a third category (parenting). I’m happy about that. I have an upcoming book signing Sunday, May 5th 2-3p in the cafe at the Normal Public Library in Normal, IL. We’ll talk about my book, the process of writing, and my experience putting it out there. Plus, I’ll answer any questions to hopefully help others make progress on their own writing and personal storytelling efforts. One fascinating thing about this book endeavor is how it works. Book publishing reminds me of my broadcast news media life. It’s a subject few know from the inside, but so many of us are deeply impacted...