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SantaLand… December 1, 2008

The Santa Land Diaries

“SantaLand Diaries” collects six of David Sedaris’s most profound Christmas stories into one slender volume perfect for use as a last-minute coaster or ice-scraper. This drinking man’s companion can be enjoyed by the warmth of a raging fire, the glow of a brilliantly decorated tree, or even in the back seat of a police car. It should be read with your eyes, felt with your heart, and heard only when spoken to. It should, in short, behave much like a book. And oh, what a book it is! “Acidly camp, bitchily kitsch and slickly satirical packages of out-there humour…very funny” – Sunday Times


ULK On Summer Break June 4, 2008

ULK will be on Summer Break- in need of attending to other endeavors, vacation, planting, writing… all that good stuff!

Be back in early to mid Fall– enjoy your Summer!



Let May be ‘Wild’ May 3, 2008

I can’t think of a better book to read this month than Griffiths’  Wild: An Elemental Journey  … and no there won’t be any ayahuasca to enhance the reading!

Contact for details- etc.

                          “As dreams are essential to the psyche, wilderness is to Life.”

                                                      -Jay Griffiths


‘Atheists with Attitude’ February 18, 2008

God Is Not Great

I know- I know… I’ve been aloof and inconsistent, neglectful and unreliable; I have a life that pulls me in too many directions, with little spare time- but I try. *sigh*

I’ve been mentally engaged by the commentary surrounding God Is Not Great  (and unfortunately I’ve been a year behind- and only now resuming the on again/off again re-reading of the book) and some critique is obviously much better than others.  But at this time of year, until the spring begins to thaw out the unyielding winter wonderland we’ve been enveloped in here in the Midwest, I’m quite intrigued, but not surprised to find the brilliance of Hitchens to evoke such passionate debate– as religion usually does.

If you’re inspired to keep the dialogue going drop an email for gathering together to discuss and deconstruct further.


‘Food Leviticus’ November 10, 2007

boots  Yes, I’m still slowly reading through AVMAnd I have been slow to post with further inspiring thoughts, but I’m loving Kingsolver’s journery, however pathetically I trudge through at the moment- my time is seriously divided upon other things- apologies.

I’m finding many have “heard” of the book, on NPR, or through someone else, and this is inspiring, to me anyway.  I also feel many of us want to continue to implement conscious food choices and practices, but with the endless bounty in the US, it’s all too easy to stay “comfortable” with the local super-mega food chains, isn’t it?

I’m also intrigued by some thoughts:

   “The main barrier standing between ourselves and a

   local-food culture is not price, but attitude.  The most

   difficult requirements are patience and a pinch of re-

   straint- virtues that are hardly the property of the

   wealthy.  These virtures seem to find precious little

   shelter, in fact, in any modern quarter of this nation

   founded by Puritans.  Furthermore, we apply them

   selectively…”    pg31

The way many of us have been raised, where we live, how much money we have at our disposal for going all “organic” or local to feed not only oursleves, but perhaps, if we have a family, one, two extra yearning mouths.

I’m pleased to sense Ms Kingsolver’s lack of piousness when directing her reading audience, even with such a personal story, which could make that leaning much easier.  This is a family journey that is ultimately genunine and sincere, and welcomes all.