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Michael Pollan on Research

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  Michael Pollan came to New Haven March 30th to talk about his new book, Raw.  While most of his conversation with journalist Jack Hitt focused on our food culture, at one point he spoke about how he researches his projects.  I thought his experience might be useful for anyone out there feeling stuck and wondering just how to start writing more popular pieces. Mr. Pollan’s process begins, he said, with books.  For Raw, he bought and read all kinds of books.  He read recipes. History. Next, he looks for local people who know something useful, and asks them if he can come in and learn by doing— “Can I work here for a day or two?” He said people are generally happy to have a little free labor, so volunteer your services. Then, he looks for experts, whether...

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Suicide, Bullying, Sleep, and the Race to Nowhere

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photo credit Terri Miles, This week, a girl in our region ran away for several days, hiding out in an abandoned building through days of snow while the town and the FBI searched for her on foot and with helicopters. They found her yesterday. I don’t know the family and suspect the news media don’t know why exactly she ran away. One paper reported that children they interviewed said the girl had been bullied and wanted to run away because she knew her parents would make her go to school and she couldn’t take it anymore. Parent gossip this morning – said to be from a morning news show I didn’t see and can’t confirm- is that the girl’s father said she was stressed out about the CMTs – the CT Mastery Tests that determine schools’ progress or...

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Posted in Government | Comments Off on Shutdown

When I think government shutdown, I don’t think of closing useless expensive government offices.  I think of how last time around my family couldn’t attend the trial of the man who killed my brother, because the government shutdown prevented them from getting passports.  The Army didn’t give us much advance notice, the trial was happening in Germany instead of the U.S., and I was the only one in the family with a passport.  I didn’t want to go because I never wanted a face to put with the name I’ve tried hard to forget.  But for my parents or siblings to go, they needed rush passports.  And what happened but the newly Republican Congress decided the best way to govern was to shut the whole thing down.  I tried calling Senators’ offices for help.  I did manage to get...

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200 Years, 4 Minutes Video

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What a way to make dry historical data easy to see and remember!

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Westerns Worth Watching

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The Great Train Robbery (1903) Stagecoach (1939) Dodge City (1939) Jesse James (1939) The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) My Darling Clementine (1946) Red River (1948) Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) The Gunfighter (1950) Winchester ‘73 (1950) Rio Grande (1950) High Noon (1952) Shane (1953) Vera Cruz (1954) Johnny Guitar (1954) The Searchers (1956) Rio Bravo (1959) The Magnificent Seven (1960) The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) Ride the High Country (1962) McLintock (1963) The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) The Wild Bunch (1969) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Little Big Man (1970) Jeremiah Johnson (1972) Buck and the Preacher (1972) High Plains Drifter (1973) Blazing Saddles (1974) The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) Three Amigos (1986) Dances with Wolves (1990) City Slickers (1991) Unforgiven (1992) The Ballad of Little Jo (1993) Tombstone (1993) Maverick (1994) Dead Man (1995) Lone Star (1996) Brokeback Mountain (2005) 3:20 to Yuma (2007) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) No Country for Old...

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