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January 30, 2009

February Blogging: Coming Soon

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Last year a group of us decided to blog every day during the month of February. I found that it was a really interesting challenge. It was harder than I expected at times, and yet at the end, it was more satisfying than I ever thought it would be. So, I'm going to attempt it again this year. How could I not?

Here's a list of this year's February bloggers:

Churches in Venice
Home is where my bed is
shave ice & gelato
What I Really Think
Jerry's Rants, Musings, and Recipes
A Journey of a Thousand Miles...
Postcards from the Trail
Wanderings and Wonderings
Follow My Bliss
That's My Story...And I'm Stickin' To It!
Palmabella's Passions
Destination Anywhere
Keep your Feet in the Street
Whistlestop Cafe Cooking
Trekcapri's Blog
A Winelover's Wanderings
Let us go then, you and I
My Place in the Sun
Vagabond Artist
The Trail's Our Thing
Old Shoes - New Trip
Candi's Corner: Wanderlust and Passions

February 1, 2009

February: 2nd Annual Month of Blogging

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Some little facts about February 1st:

It's the feast day of St. Brigid of Kildare, one of Ireland's patron saints, and February 1 is traditionally considered the first day of spring in Ireland.

The Oxford English Dictionary was first published on February 1, 1884.

Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901.

February was named after the Latin Februalia, which was a Roman festival of purification that took place during this month. The aspect of washing and cleaning was related to the fact that it was generally a rainy period of time.

In Santa Barbara we hope for rain during February, and usually it is one of rainiest months. It's also the month that really starts to feel like spring. Happy February!

February 3, 2009

The One Book Meme

I got this One Book meme from a fellow February blogger Annie, who has the wonderful blog Churches in Venice.

One book that changed your life:
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
I read this book in the summer of 2006 after it was recommended by Roz and Chris on the Slow Travel forum. After reading it, I immediately put my name on the waiting list of the local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). It wasn't so much that the information was new to me. Afterall I had been shopping at farmers markets and buying organic for years. It was that there was something about the book that made me want to do more. I started really researching the local food movement. And it eventually led me onto the path of starting a magazine called Edible Santa Barbara which is all about the local food and wine culture of Santa Barbara County.

One book that you've read more than once:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
I have read this book countless times. It's a classic—beautifully written with insightful character observations and a wonderful sense of humor.

One book you'd want on a desert island:
How to Survive on a Deserted Island by Tim O'Shei
I've never read it and really have no idea what it contains, but it does seem like the practical choice, doesn't it?

One book that made you laugh and One book that made you cry:
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
I've combined these two categories because this is one of my favorite books of all time and it made me both laugh out loud and cry.

One book that you wish had been written:
The Complete and Accurate Story of Every One of Krista's Ancestors
I'm such a history buff, there's nothing I would love better than to read the history of all my ancestors—from my grandparents all the way back to the first hominid. Let's hope that the author has the character insight of Jane Austin, the journalistic talent of Michael Pollan and the story telling ability of John Irving.

One book that you wish had never been written:
I'm definitely not a believer in censoring or banning books, so I think there's a place for every book somewhere in the world.

One book you're currently reading:
Full Moon Feast: Food and the Hunger for Connection by Jessica Prentice
This is a fascinating book about the connection of the moon with the traditional foods that were eaten in various cultures from around the world. The interesting thing about it is that she makes it relevant to what and how we eat today. It even has recipes.

One book you've been meaning to read:
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
I've tried a couple times, but have never made it all the way through. Perhaps if this was all I had on that deserted island...

This page contains an archive of all entries posted to In and Out of the Garden: A Blog in the February 2009 category. They are listed from oldest to newest.

Edible Santa Barbara is the previous category.

Food is the next category.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.

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