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Lesson 777 – Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard – interview

gaining groundHey folks, there’s a new farming/organic living book out that is generating a lot of buzz. Written by Forrest Pritchard (and with a foreword by Joel Salatin) Gaining Ground is the true story of how a young man chose to take on the task of literally saving the family farm by turning it into an ethical and profitable way to make a living.

It’s a great story filled with ups and downs, humor and life lessons. In short, it’s the kind of book that makes you feel good after reading it. That’s the kind of story that I love most to read.

You can tell me about an adventure and I might read your book, but tell me how that adventure changed you and what you learned as a result and chances are, your book will make it to my reading list. Gaining Ground falls in the latter category, it simply was a pleasure to read and from which to learn. I have tremendous respect for Forrest, not only for his accomplishments and how he was able to share them, but quite frankly, anyone who sends a picture of himself kissing a chicken is first rate in my book.

 

Forrest Pritchard

Forrest Pritchard

I was able to ask Forrest some questions about his farming experiences. 

What’s the one lesson you want people to get from your farming experience? Continue reading

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Lesson 425 – “Everybody Sees the Ants” by A.S. King and brain trauma

One of our literary-chicks (Good Egg Interview) authors; A.S. King has come out with a new book. I picked it up and took a look at it this weekend.

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I completely blame Young Adult author A.S. King (Amy) for my getting SMASHED in the face with a soccer ball not once, but twice, this past weekend.

I picked up her most recent book Everybody Sees the Ants Friday afternoon at our independent book store (Toadstool in Milford – can I hear an Amen?)

Saturday was a wash at our house – between soccer games, yard sales, gymnastics, and a haunted corn maze (so much fun) there wasn’t much time leftover for reading – that usually has to wait until my Sunday morning coffee.

So Sunday morning rolls around and I grab Everybody Sees the Ants – interesting cover. Yup, there’s an ant in the kid’s eye. Amy’s a great writer, I knew that this was going to be a good read so I settled down and started reading while the kids were still asleep.

A tiny disclaimer here – I’m not, for the most part, a Young Adult reader, oh sure, I’ve read some outstanding Young Adult stories (Harry Potter, Matched, Please Ignore Vera Dietz) but the genre seems to have been co-opted by Vampires, Werewolves, and Fairies these days. And if there is one thing I’ve had enough of, it’s those damn sparkly vampires.

HOLY COW.

One by one, my kids woke up.

“Mom, do you know where….”

“Shhh, I’m reading.”

Logan had to get new soccer shoes to wear at a game he was reffing later that day.

I brought the book with me. There might be time in the parking lot to read a few pages while he unbuckled himself to get out of the car.

Marc took the girls to their soccer game, Trevor went hiking with a friend, and I sat reading until it was time to take Logan to his soccer game.

“What’s for lunch, mom?”

“Fix it yourself, I’m reading.” Continue reading

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Lesson 420 – At an event with James McBride

Yesterday I attended a local Nashua Library event where the author of the One City One Book choice for 2011, James McBride, was in town to discuss his book “Song Yet Sung.” My 20 year-old son Spencer who goes to school where the event was held, met me there and we were able to sit together.

This is the third time Spencer has gone to an author event with me, it won’t be his last. We thoroughly enjoy hearing what these talented artists (and yes, writers are artists) have to say.

James McBride is an amazing speaker. Unpretentious, he wraps his stories around life lessons with the gentle result that not only are you amused but you find yourself constantly saying “huh,” as in, I hadn’t thought of it that way before.

Every time, James would say something that resonated with Spencer, I’d get a sharp nudge in the ribs. James talked about his mother disciplining her children, nudge, nudge. He talked about his disillusionment in government, nudge, nudge. By the end of the presentation, my ribs were sore from all to which Spencer had related.

McBride is a talented, engaging, and entertaining story teller. Just a great guy.

It came time for the question and answer period on his book.

I had interviewed James earlier for a newspaper article promoting the event, but I had another question that had come to me only after I had later read his memoir “The Color of Water” and so decided to ask it.

“When the main character Liz has visions of the future,” I began, “she envisions a place where black children are eating too much, there’s murder, and they don’t go to a school that is available. It sort of sounded like someone telling young men to pull their pants up……” Continue reading

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Project Chickens before the Eggs – Lesson 95 – Good Egg Interview with Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot is a talented writer who has a great flare for humor, together it is a combination that makes her unstoppable in the literary world. She is the absolute personification of well written “chick”-lit.

As the mother of two daughters, trust me. Meg’s books pepper just about every room of our house, from the glittery covered Princess Diaries (which had my youngest daughter, Emma asking me for months if there was just the slightest chance that maybe her Dad was really someone else who just happened to be a King somewhere, anywhere? Please? – sorry honey, we are what we are), to the rules of Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls– about a spunky nine year old who tries to impose order on her life by using rules,- and which is a must read series for anyone in Upper Elementary or Middle School, to the new Insatiable (for us adult readers who like to be grabbed by a book’s first few pages) described by Meg as “a vampire dramedy – meaning that it’s a comedy but also a drama (and a romance).”

If you are female, heck if you’re human then you know about Meg’s writing and the movies based on her books. Somehow (probably due to her enormous writing talent) she captures perfectly the initial insecurities of girls as they stumble on their path to achieving inner strength. Her characters laugh, cry, trip on their own feet, and they also succeed. Big time. Continue reading

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