Thursday, March 27, 2008

Sebastian Matthews reads at Open Books this Friday

Trot on down to Open Books to hear Sebastian Matthews read.

Friday, March 28, 7:30pm.
2414 N. 45th Street,
Seattle, WA 98103

A tip of the rainhat to my pal Carol Peters.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Are you getting enough good fat in your diet?

I'm busily reading up on the Weston Price Foundation findings, for the answer to the above question.

"The Foundation's quarterly journal, Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts, is dedicated to exploring the scientific validation of dietary, agricultural and medical traditions throughout the world. It features illuminating and thought-provoking articles on current scientific research; human diets; non-toxic agriculture; and holistic therapies. The journal also serves as a reference for sources of foods that have been conscientiously grown and processed."

A tip of the rainhat to my pal Vicki Hess Smith for recommending this website.

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Butternut Woolens

Even though I barely had the time, I went to the Spring Fiber Fair at Abernethy Grange, just so I could buy more of Butternut Woolens marvelous yarn. I bought way more skeins than I should have, (since I am knee-deep in boxes and packing material) and then had a nice chat with the proprietor, Shelly Whitman, who is also a writer. Shelly writes literary non-fiction, started a novel this fall. I hope to see her (and her fabulous wool) in the Seattle area.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Random Name Generator

One of the things I like best about the Random Name Generator is that it lets you choose the obscurity factor.

Here are 5 names for women, chosen with an obscurity factor of 85,
with 1 as common, and 99 as totally obscure:

Vernita Workings
Sunshine Torreblanca
Machelle Koblick
Leda Pacana
Karlene Yournet


Saturday, March 08, 2008

The Fake Memoirist's Survival Guide

How to embellish your life story without getting caught.

from Slate.

from the article:

'"Specificity is your enemy.
Write with passionate vagueness. Avoid precise dates; don't get more exact than the year if you can help it. Better yet, the decade. One scholar challenged the authenticity of Misha Defonseca's memoir based on her claim that her family was deported from Belgium in 1941—in reality, the Germans didn't deport Belgian Jews until 1942. Frey was undone when the Smoking Gun discovered he had spent only a few hours in jail, not three months. When in doubt, go with "awhile.""


Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The Celebration of Women Writers

The Celebration of Women Writers is an online archive of books of all kinds written by women. You can browse by name, century, country, and ethnicity.

A tip of the rainhat to Cliff.

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Abernethy Grange Spring Fiber Sale Saturday, March 15

I went last year to the Spring Fiber Sale in Oregon City, at the Abernethy Grange, and bought several skeins of sock wool. Opens at 1oam, closes at 4pm.

from the website:
"In its twenty-first year, the Spring Fiber Sale is one of the earliest fiber sales of the season in the Northwest. Fiber producers and artists enjoy an opportunity to renew acquaintances at this highly social event. Free admission and parking.

Directions: From I-205, take exit 10, Park Place, just north of Oregon City. Heading SE on Hwy 213 (Trails End Hwy), take the first left after the freeway...this is labeled as both Park Place and Clackamas River Road. Go one half mile and turn right onto Forsythe, then go up the hill one block and turn left onto Harley. The Abernethy Grange Hall is on the left at the end of the road (about two blocks)."