Archive for October, 2009

Quiet Sunday in Moab

Sunday, October 25th, 2009
Rotary Park, Moab

Rotary Park, Moab

Saturday, I went to the Farmer’s Market, and then a panel discussion, then a presentation on Ann Veleisis’s book Kitchen Literacy (I was in her workshops this wk.)

I’m spending a quiet Sunday in Moab, resting up for the trip home, which will take about 12 hrs all told. It’s been an exciting week, so I just took a walk this morning & then holed up to do some writing, catch up on photos and catch up on my Spanish lessons.

I’d heard about this incredible little park, where the Rotary had gigantic outdoor musical instruments, so got an americano @ Dave’s Corner Cafe & started poking around the walking/bike trail (it also winds through the Youth Garden Project, where we’d been on Friday.)

I was the only one @ the park, except for people meeting up for a bike ride, so I got to play all the instruments! To get an idea of the sounds, go to the site. It was just amazing. I can only imagine how much fun people have with this. Shouldn’t every town have one?

Here’s a link to more pix I took this morning on my walk. I’ve been wanting to come back to Moab for a long time. It’s a beautiful, friendly community, with a lot of innovative ideas. Thank you, Moabites!


Friday, October 23rd, 2009
Blogging in Utah

Blogging in Utah

Well, it’s Friday in Moab, UT, same as it is where you are. (Well, except for VVS, who’s in Indonesia, so it’s Saturday.)

Today was the end of the writing workshops, but the activities go on for another couple days. I’m enjoying the writing & learning new skills (especially editing, which you may have noticed that I need!), but really having a lot of fun discussing books. Have an enormous reading list. (Did I tell you I sat next to a woman on the plane who’s getting a Master’s in young adult literature? What are the chances? We were both scribbling down recommendations thru the whole flight.)

Tomorrow I’m going to search for a little Rotary Park which I’ve heard has oversized percussion instruments to play. (And the farmer’s market, the 350 demonstration, the panels & book-signings…) Once again, I’ve come to a place where I know no one & am leaving w/a bunch of very cool new friends. (Including the very cool motel manager who rescued me w/free aspirin. Dude, you may have saved a life.)

Here are some fun links for you:

Anxiety Culture– Try “How to¬† Stop Worrying” for a starting place.

Dangers of Coffee– BTDT

Life Explained- An oldie but goodie. AKA the Slacker Manifesto

Mom Celebrity Translator– Where can I get one?

Demotivators– It’s Friday, time to laugh about your job (or lack of one)

ToorCon SanDiego– All the L33+ H4X0Rz are there…

More Arches pix

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Added more photos to the Moab set. I made it to the arches & windows section of the park yesterday. Off now to the writing seminars!

Live, from Moab

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009


Just got back from my 2nd trip out to Arches Nat’l Park, fueled by Patatas Brava & coffee from the Love Muffin Cafe (next door to my motel– this could be dangerous!) More pix later…

Right now I’m resting up my leg (I did something weird to my knee yesterday) before a get-to-know-you hike w/the Moab Confluence crew tonight.

But wanted to share this with you… as I was driving around, I found this great little community radio station from Moab. And you, too, can listen to this solar and community-powered gem, from whereever you are. Just click on the logo & then on “listen.” Lots of fun, even in the middle of a fund-raising drive.