Talk about timing. With President Obama calling for investments in renewable energy, Bay Area transportation expert Christopher Swan has devised a full-service passenger train system that is not only completely solar-powered, but just might be the ticket to solving our most pressing transportation, energy, and environmental problems. Known as Suntrain, it is the subject of Mr. Swan’s Big Idea (Sopo Press, 2009), a new book by San Jose State University professor David Vasquez. My interview with Vasquez appears in The Wave Magazine:
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Book Lovers’ Fairs or Expos are great opportunities for networking in ‘author world,’ showcasing your writing talents and generally, having a lot of fun. Meeting fellow authors is a marvelous trip. Most writer’s are unique in so many ways I truly appreciate. Although I look forward to meeting and hanging out with a crazy, diverse bunch of writers, some of the moments I anticipate the most at a multiple-author, book event are spying the adorable, animated characters milling around and rushing to hang out with them. They’re there to bolster the childrens’ books or advertise something out in town. Either way, I’m thrilled to see them. I’ve grown very respectful of mascots over the years. They don’t talk, have a pleasant demeanor, a delighted, if not goofy, look on their face, transmit infectious energy and throw out happy waves to everyone. They’re big and have even bigger heads, with shoes to match. I get so excited to see them, I want to be them. Yes, my mind has gone there. The thought of becoming a big head with big shoes bounces in my brain quite often, but the dilemma is what head would I choose. I’ve envisioned a Bluebird because they’re happy, have wings and uncommon as a mascot. Bees are disappearing, so maybe I should be a honeybee to bring attention to their plight. I’d still have wings, but I’d also be adorned with antennae and yellow is a good color for me. I’ll think on that a while. I guess my message to everyone with this little bloggie blurb is stay positive, have fun in whatever you do and respect the ‘clean’ fun others are having even if it’s not your cup of tea. Book signings, Literary Symposiums and Writer’s Workshops are on the schedule for me over the next six months, and I plan to have a huge amount of fun teaching or learning at all of them. I just hope some big-headed mascots will be close by to hang out with. Bye, Bye, now!
author of “Save Them All“
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As much as I love nature and nature loves me, I can’t seem to escape the occasional backyard fatality.
Their hunt is aggressive but manners demure, it wasn’t a cat, that’s for sure.
Feline free roamers with pure criminal intent are not nature to me.
Wildlife has little defense against efficient sport killers as these.
With cats, death is usually quick and quietly carried away.
They leave no trace, there is nothing to know, no guilt to pay.
No . . . this was a hawk, Sharp-shinned or Cooper’s variety,
Who must also eat, so I reluctantly accept occasional loss and know it must be.
Nature circles where I live; my grounds, my mind, soul and in my heart.
Disjoined bed of feathers, tragic scenes such as these give way to guilt’s start.
Which to save . . . not for me nor others to say, it’s always nature’s way.
I try to keep them all safe with cover and food; the doves, cardinals, flickers, squirrels,
Wrens, bluejays, titmouse, robin, thrasher, chickadee, opossum and sparrows.
But there’ll come a day when one is not alert or fast enough to out sway,
And I shall gather up all that is left of one I encouraged to stay.
I’ll always love nature and nature will love me,
Just wish I could escape the tormenting backyard fatality.
by Linda Bergman-Althouse, author of “Save Them All”
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I write a lot of nonfiction, so I tend to read a lot of nonfiction — and since I do a radio program on television, many of the books I read these days are ones written by my guests, in preparation for the show. Among the books currently on my nightstand are:
Pete Duel: A Biography
Best known for playing Hannibal Heyes on the 1970s Western series Alias Smith and Jones, Pete Duel was a talented but troubled young actor who took his life at the height of his celebrity. What makes this book stand apart from other Hollywood biographies is that it is an earnest psychological study of Duel’s life that also comments on the human condition. Author Paul Green will be one of the guests on my program on Tuesday, Oct. 7.
A History of Television’s The Virginian
Also written by Paul Green, this book is a comprehensive look at television’s first 90-minute Western series, The Virginian, based on the classic 1902 novel by Owen Wister.
Just a Geek
I haven’t started this yet, but from what I’ve heard about it, I’m very much looking forward to reading this candid memoir by former child star Wil Wheaton (Stand By Me, Star Trek: The Next Generation).
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