Whoever tells the story writes history: Takeaways from the Op-Ed Project

Photo from the Op-Ed project: the story we write becomes the world we live in

I have been doing something for the past few years that the day-long Op-Ed Project training warned me about. Something that, statistically, most women do. I grossly underestimated myself. I lowered my numbers. Introducing the Op-Ed Project In the day-long course I took on Friday in New York City — “Write to Change the World” — I learned a lot about credibility. About comfort levels in establishing your own expertise. The importance of knowing your value to others. How this all leads to influence, and this influence matters — particularly given some past grim statistics that editors receive about 90% … Keep goin’

Weston: Selling a dream

What are you selling when you’re selling a notoriously unreliable, unpredictable vehicle?   In 2007 we had the conversation: We need a vehicle that we can live in while we tour for a year with my film Seeing through the Fence and our band Beloved Binge. Something we can take into the city but also camp in. What better than a classic VW camper van? We, like many we’ve come to meet over the years, were fascinated with the Westfalia. The top “pops”!   The kitchen cooks! The chair swivels for the mustachioed man!   Room for our gear in … Keep goin’

#Comments and Beloved Binge in the media

We were thrilled to be interviewed by Creative Loafing, for our band’s Charlotte show on May 18th at the Double Door, with Jon Camp — transfixing wizardry pop — and the local awesome Avian Law. Above image by Kim Gray. Invite to the show. The author, Anita Overcash, did a great job in describing not only our band and philosophy, but how our lil’ #Comments adventure is connected to all of the above.   Super happy about this article.  Thank you, Creative Loafing! Read it here.   See you soon!   … Keep goin’

Bull City Vegan (chef) Challenge mixtape

  For the 4th time, we’re running our vegan chef challenge, this time with 15 restaurants participating (and 10 volunteers managing!).  For a full list of restaurants, including photos of competing dishes & chefs, visit us at trianglemm.com/planetprotein.  So many good dishes. The only thing missing?  Songs. But first. Writing n’ talking We are so happy that, so far, the following press covered the story: The Indy News & Observer Durham Magazine Ecorazzi Veg News Part of what we love about the Chef Challenge is that it makes more room at the table for everyone while supporting local businesses.  It’s … Keep goin’

I’m finally making cob! Part X.

And I love it.  It’s amazing.  I sound like I’ve been converted.  But it’s really relief. You know that thing you’ve been putting off, seemingly forever, and feeling badly about?  That was cob for me. Though it’s been winter and rainy, I could have started making cob a lot sooner.  It seemed easy.  But I wasn’t ready, psychologically.  I wasn’t quite sure it would work.  There are no real measurements. Given our short timeline, though (3 more months!) I had to get going. Before starting on the cob, we added about 6″ of drainage gravel to the floor (after compacting) … Keep goin’

Ten books I loved in 2015 (and you might too)

10 books I loved in 2015

I’ve been reading so many good books lately and have been meaning to share them with you.  (I’ve also read duds, and a mix of love and dislike, as you’ll see in my other list of 17 that didn’t make the “love cut” below.) I hope you find the following useful for gifts to others or … yourself.* It’s really a windy and sundry path of books discovered through random podcasts, reviews, word(s)-of-mouth, and Wikipedia searches gone disturbingly deep and tangential.   Ten books (I loved) in 2015 I loved the following books. I’ve included my short book “reaction” and … Keep goin’

Although of course you end up becoming yourself (book reaction)

I’ll admit it: He’s gone by choice, which makes his thoughts more interesting to me. Let’s get that out of the way. Beyond the intrigue of understanding a person who chooses to end his own life, and the being-human fascination of finding clues in his writing or interviews, and the knowledge that there are no words beyond those he’s left, David Foster Wallace is interesting because he was a damned rewarding thinker to process. So I was surprised when I discovered I liked him less after reading Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky’s transcription of their time together in 1996 at … Keep goin’

Bringing #Comments to life

Almost two years ago, after winter drinks with a couple of friends, I came home and read an article about the deliciousness of a vegan mayo, Vegenaise. The article was positive, and I was feeling happy that a vegan product got such a great review. And then I scrolled down to the … Comments (Deep, booming voice here.) As usual, all who commented were kind, considerate, and thereby restored my faith in humanity. Um, no. Always disheartening, never productive, comments have a way of encouraging — what’s the opposite of “faith”? — disbelief in humanity. It occurred to me that, … Keep goin’

My urban forest cob experiment part I

I’ve been talking about building a cob house for long enough now that rather than questions like “how’s that cob cabin coming along?” I’m hearing “Are you still doing the cob cottage thing?” Well, now, folks, ground has been unearthed. Backs have been hurt. Sweat has evaporated. I’m starting this project. What is it that I want to create? A small cob “getaway” and guest-house in our back yard with (hopefully) solar-powered electricity and possibly a “pump” and tank for kitchen sink water.  A place where I/we can write/read/play music and house our guests, now that we live in the … Keep goin’

Book tour: In search of contemporary European authors

Kazantzakis

In addition to touring musically I plan to read one book by an author from each country we’re touring through for our 2015 EU tour.   Contemporary authors in Europe It’s easy to guess why this is of interest – rather than just passing through a culture, reading its authors allows me to jump into its rivers (with bathing suit), walk along its twisted canals, talk to its people, and climb on historic hillsides with a few more guideposts. Preferably grumpy misanthropic guideposts.  Which brings me to… Here’s a few things I’m hoping for in each author: Contemporary (mid-20th or … Keep goin’