September 3rd, 2012
Secret Missions

This is a photo of Till Kresslein on a secret mission, (sorry to blow your cover Till). If you are wondering what mission Till is on I cannot tell you. Then it wouldn’t be secret. I will only say that it is assigned in “This is Not a Book”. This is an example of what I get every day in my inbox. What a great job I have, non? For some reason “This is Not a Book” has been growing in popularity of late. Sometimes my books have a slow burn, it takes a while for them to creep into the consciousness of the world, but once they do…

My days are completely filled with yummy family life, unpacking and setting up a house, and bookmaking. I have so many wonderful projects in the fire, none of which I can tell you about yet. I always hate it when authors say things like that, but there you have it. I have some things that you are going to love, just know that. I know it because I love them and if I love them then usually others respond to them too. I love my work. And I love my readers. And I love all you teachers who are writing me every day. Together we will change the world!

What can I share with you that you might enjoy right now?

Some things I am excited about…

The Natural Navigator by Tristan Gooley. I am learning to navigate the world without technology. So cool!

…after dreaming about it for so long we bit the bullet and bought a Bakfiets, it arrives this week! we are crazy excited. really!

…Wreck this Journal is still rockin the bestsellers list in Canada! I love my country for this!

…for my eighth wedding anniversary my husband gave me a copy of Where the Heart Beats by Kay Larson. Excited to start it (after I finish the navigation book).

…in our house we have seen every episode of River Cottage at least twice. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is such a fixture here that we walk around the house saying “What would Hugh do?” (My path recently crossed with Hugh’s after he too became a resident thinker for Nowhereisland, a few weeks after my post. I was rather giddy and proud when I found out. I wanted to write him to introduce myself but decided against it, as I don’t like want to sound like a crazy fan. Maybe I’ll send him some books instead.)

…I just knit Otto for my babe, with a few of my own alterations (I made his arms skinnier and somehow his face is pointier, photo to come). Mine looks quite a bit like a rat (he’s brown) and we are quite in love with him.

…a few years ago I picked up a very musty copy of a book called “And it Came to Pass Not to Stay” by Buckminster Fuller at a garage sale on my street in Troy. I almost didn’t keep it because the smell was so intense. But as many of you now know I have a bit of an obsession with Mr. Fuller and so the book got packed away before I could read it. This week as I was unpacking my beloved books I came across it again, this time opening the front cover and to my great surprise and delight found this:

Now you must also know that I am not one to shy away from a mystery. So immediately I am thinking, who is/was Ned Pattison?

A search was in order. I find that there is a Government Center named after him in Troy. Then I see that he was a former US Representative and named Edward “Ned” Pattison. I found his obituary here. So what were Ned and Bucky discussing? Immediately images of secret meetings and undercover operations filled my overactive imagination. What were they working on together?

Man do I love it when this happens.

Let me know if you find out anything.

Sep 3 2012
10:02 pm
Mary writes:

Today was a day filled with things that made me happy and those things are strongly influenced by you. I like that I’m ending my day reading this post.

Sep 4 2012
4:01 pm
Kirsten writes:

How do you watch River Cottage? I’m not finding it on Netflix or Hulu… love your work, love your blog.

Sep 4 2012
4:07 pm
kerismith writes:

You can stream River Cottage on Amazon. We also got some through mobovivo.

Sep 17 2012
4:01 pm
Helen Lehan writes:

I think Hugh would love your ideas as I do! I am also a fan of Hugh he is fab but can watch him on the telly as I live in uk. I am also a primary teacher and your ideas are inspiring for the classroom. Cheers Keri

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