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Sunday Reading

Frank and Stubbers supervising in the feline way.
My new office assistants demand that I keep a more consistent production schedule. I write every day, but I don't necessarily produce work to share. Well, at least, it isn't ready to share immediately. They suggested I write about some of the things I'm reading recently, and I thought it was a good idea. They have also suggested that I write a post each day this month, something like a Blogathon that I've done in the past, but more personal. The three of us thought this was a good idea to help them better understand my work and to get to know each other better. (They, of course, are napping in my lap at the moment, but that's part of their job description.) Here's what I offer for some lovely Sunday Reading after the farmers markets, of course!

Food and Farming

Waste Land, Promised Land at Orion is a powerful story of urban farming, immigration and climate change. I saw so many similarities between my ancestors and the people in this story. Hopes and dreams and hard work with a good mix of friendship and helping hands are some of what I love best about my country.

Japan's Public Policy is Killing Rural Entrepreneurship at the Japan Times offered insight into something I often think about as I talk with farmers or visit rural places. There are so many wonderful rural places here with so much to offer, yet they often seem to be failing or falling by the wayside. An aging and decreasing population are always part of the swirl of reasons, but Amy Chavez also points to policies that also aren't very helpful.

Farm-to-table Shouldn't Just Be For Rich White People at Huffington Post by Julia Turshen says what many people are thinking and says it well.

Writers and Writing

Overlooked No More: Julia de Burgos, a Poet Who Helped Shape Puerto Rico's Identity at The New York Times is part of a series the paper is doing on influential people that got overlooked in the past. While de Burgos' story is a mix of tragedy and success, I found her inspiring for her determination to be true to her art and herself. It wasn't easy for her as a woman in the 1930's, particularly as one who was a poet and Puerto Rican, but she held her ground. Poets are a force to be reckoned with, I say.

Inside the Mind of a Villain at Writer's Digest caught my attention for many reasons, not least of which is my novel. I really struggled to understand why my antagonist was such a pain in the neck. Seriously, why would someone be so mean? Obviously, I know people are capable of not being nice, but I admit that I struggle to understand why they would be evil. This article was helpful and full of excellent resources for further reading.

Plants and Stuff

Exploring the First American Silva at the Biodiversity Heritage Library blog is a beautiful and fascinating post about one of the first books to be published about American forest trees. Visually stunning images only whet the appetite for this tantalizing book.

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