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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

hey there, stranger.

Hi there, I'm back.

I'm just as excited as I was back in 1989 when this photo was most likely taken.

I know, it has been like... forever. But a lot has been happening and I've really been enjoying spending time away from the computer. Seattle winters are pretty wonderful and beg for you to be outside as much as possible.

Book things coming soon.
And, I've been planning a bit of a facelift for this place.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Good Reason For A Break

The past month and a half have been a complete whirlwind.

I began a new job as the Events and Outreach Manager at 826 Seattle, now known as The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas. We hosted three parties to celebrate the change and completely revamped our website. All of the news-breaking finally wrapped up yesterday and I'm able to think about things other than work.

But I'm not really complaining. This is a big change for us. After 9 years as 826, we've broken away from our National organization so we can continue growing and serving Seattle youth in the best ways we know how. For those of you unfamiliar with what we do, we're a non-profit writing and communication center for kids 6-18. And all of our services are free. We're very, very excited that our big secret and wonderful new name are now public knowledge.

Anyway, now that we've launched the new site and spread the word, I'm really, truly hoping I can get back to reading. I can't remember the last time I picked up a book, which is sad, especially since I have a pile just waiting to be read.

I'm also looking forward to posting again. I always feel like my life is a little off-balance when I take these steps away from the book world.

PS. To learn more about The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas, visit

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The Chain Exposes the Fate of our Food

I've been carrying around Ted Genoways' The Chain: Farm, Factory and the Fate of Our Food in my purse for quite awhile now, reading it just a a little at a time. It is quite a lot to process.

I mentioned in August that I had started reading The Chain. Back then, I shared I had learned that I never ever wanted to try Spam, and we feeling really great about becoming pescatarian. I also said that although I've always felt pretty educated on the food world, I loved learning more.

Which is all still totally true.

In a Q&A with Genoways, the author explains the title of his book:
In meatpacking plants, the speed of processing is set by a chain conveyor system. The chain determines everything about how a day in the plant goes. During times of high demand, the company will try to push the speed of the chain to get more output. When it gets to running too fast, injuries occur and food can be processed improperly. Workers often talk about the chain as if it were a living thing, something to be feared. This book is really an examination of what happens when the chain is allowed to run unbridled. 
Probably the best summary I've found of what I read.

What Genoways does so well in The Chain is he makes it about people, not about pigs. Although he seems to tell a lot of similar stories, each story still held my attention and had me flipping through pages. More importantly, it made me want to talk about what I read. In my opinion, that's what makes a non-fiction book a success. If I want to share what I've read and have discussions that could possibly teach a friend or peer something new, that's wonderful.

Basically, The Chain, is really great journalism.

Also, the cover is so nice. So nice and simple.

Forward, but not being grotesque. And of course, can anyone really go wrong with red, white and black? I hope they keep this as the official cover and not just the proof! That's always a disappointment.

The Chain is out on October 14 (so soon!) but you can pre-order it on the Harper Collins site. If you want a little sample of Genoways' writing, you can read his related articles.


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