1. I recently had to get up in the middle of the night to write down this thought about how made-in-China products in the U.S. are like invasive species.
2. I read books slowly either because I don’t like them or I like them too much and don’t want them to end.
3. I think an odometer should be called an oldometer. Mine turned over at 60 + this year.
4. “Write up my alley” came as a typo in comment to a friend about a Death Café. I meant to say “talking about death AND drinking tea, that’s right up my alley.”
5. A highlight of last week came when Lou Reed’s Sweet Jane came on over the loud speaker while I was eating a cheese burger and French fries at 5 Guys. I thought it would make a nice impromptu music video to honor Lou, the Velvet Undergounder who recently passed away. See HERE.
6. You know, those were different times … Oh, all the poets they studied rules of verse … And those ladies, they rolled their eyes …
7. Ultimately, the technical part of writing can always be worked on, but you can’t invent a voice. My writer’s voice is stream of consciousness language that I can trace back to my childhood. It’s untamed and seems to come from the underworld. I’ve learned to yield and listen to it. It’s the raw material of writing that once collected into notes, I’m compelled to make something of.
8. I may have missed Woodstock by a matter of degree, but at least I was HERE.
9. My friend Katherine has five sons who I like to think of as the original Five Guys.
10. Breaking ground by horse power on the high school’s new farm school was covered by the Roanoke Times and picked up by the Associated Press and the Washington Post. I went to the event to get pictures of one of the horse loggers for a story I was doing and ended up covering it too HERE.
11. The Affordable Care Act: I’m thinking that the loss of preexisting conditions alone is worth the price of admission for me. It got to the point that I wouldn’t tell my doctor my health issues because every time I got labeled with something new my rates went up.
12. THIS really appeals to the survivalist in my and the tea lover!
13. I like PBS’s Shields and Brooks but David Byrne is my favorite Talking Head.