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The Versatile Blogger

Thank you and welcome to all the new subscribers! I guess it pays to ask.

I was just nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award by one of my students, (who is more qualified to be MY professor) Stephanie Hammer. A shape shifter of a writer, she blogs at Magically Real. This, gives me a chance to promote some writers and thinkers I respect.

At Gary Nabhan - each blog is an intensely brilliant lesson on ethnobotany, our relationship to plants and the world around us; Charlotte Morganti, a Canadian lawyer and mystery writer at Morganti Writes and Steve White, who I think teaches physics and who I know writes alternative histories at Novel Dog both attended the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, where I teach, and are happily sharing what they have learned along the way.

Devon Mihesuah, the Cora Lee Beers Price Professor and Director of the American Indian Health and Diet Project (AIHD) at the University of Kansas, maintains a blog about indigenous food A Week of Eating Indigenous Food that includes many useful tips on eating healthy, local food. This pairs well with Gary Nabhan's posts.

Finally, just for fun, I came across a blog called Hell Notes for Beauty when researching herbs. This anonymous blogger writes about whatever inspires her each day to promote peace, beauty, and a positive environment . It's a bit stylish, a bit mysterious.

Now I am supposed to share seven things about myself:

- I was the only left-handed person in my family until my son came along.
- I have never smoked anything.
-I don’t think of myself as an outdoor person, but I love hiking, plants, birds and animals, including insects and snakes.
- I used to play the guitar a little bit. I have forgotten how.
- I would like a Philip Glass sound-track to follow me around and reflect my emotional state.
- I still don’t like beets, although I am softening towards eggplant.
- When the writing is good, it is very very good. When the writing is bad, it is horrid.
- I whistle very well. Fake bird calls, that sort of thing.

Okay, that’s eight things. Math was never my strong point, although I won some award in 7th grade. That’s nine.
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