GIVEAWAY! Re-post this pic or give it a caption for a chance to win a genuine signed first edition copy of GAINING GROUND by Forrest Pritchard, a honest to goodness gentleman farmer. It’s a great book about fathers, sons, and saving the family farm. And my favorite book of the summer. Well, second favorite.
Personal Canon: “How Crayons Are Made”
On Episode 8 of the 11th season of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Mister Rogers showed us a film that has always stuck with me—and which has stuck with many of you, too—about how crayons are made. Mister Rogers’ show was always so calm and informative and direct that it pulled you right into it, and that power has not lessened decades later. This segment has, for whatever reason, fascinated many of us ever since we first saw it. I have never been in a conversation about Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood where this segment didn’t get brought up in the first five minutes.
You can watch the six minute segment here on PBS.com.
I absolutely remember watching this when it aired… It’s stuck with me ever since, too…
My new sounds:
I applied and interviewed for two jobs back home, and unfortunately didn’t get either one. Upsetting, but unchangeable. I’ll make a plan, and make it happen. I, somehow, always do.
I finished up one of my grad school classes today. My final project was to make a text set about a topic within my content area. To do that, I had to give complete bibliographical information for each item (minimum ten items), describe each item, its potential for use in the classroom, and rationalize its inclusion in the set. Five trade books, five other sources (film, article, photographs, etc.). It was intense, but I really enjoyed it. I focused on the Beat Generation. I think I’ve discovered my summer reading list.
Ate clean all day today (minus the coffee, but fuck you if you think I’m giving that up). Also did my first yoga session this morning—it felt great. I didn’t think I would feel it, but feel it I did. I’m gonna keep on that train.
We have to find the good in a bad time, it allows us a way out.
This is what I did with my carrot pasta from the other day. I slow cooked some grass-fed beef stew meat in arrabbiata sauce (marinara sauce made spicy with crushed red pepper flakes), and then tossed it all with the carrot fauxghetti (as the sauce and meat finished cooking, I threw the carrots on top for 15 minutes or so and let them steam). I also had some fresh basil that put this dish over the top! So far I’ve made pasta from zucchini, parsnips, and now carrot, my favorite to this point. Ugga-Bugga!
I love a carrot.