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Northern California + Calderón + Happy Links

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 "Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises."  // Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Happy Links:

  • Adina at The Gluten Free Travelette shared a recent hike in Washington that had me craving somequality mountain time. I immediately added the hike to my "I Want To Go To There" Pinterest board.
  • My favorite resource for clean cosmetics, No More Dirty Looks, is hiring an assistant! If you're interested and have the time, you should definitely think about reaching out.
  • These prosthetic limbs are incredible. Who knew artificial limbs could be so artfully done?! I'm not sure if you all know this (I suppose I don't write about it much), but I was born with just half of my right arm and I wear a prosthesis everyday. These beauties have me wishing for an upgrade!

Wrap it Up:

  • On Monday, I professed my love for Skillshare. I'm taking the "How to Write a Killer Magazine Article Pitch" class... which reminds me: I need to start my project!
  • I welcomed a new series to the blog this week that focuses on the careers of creative entrepreneurs. Be sure to stop in and check it out!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. I'll be spending it at a garage sale I'm co-hosting with my mom in an effort to get rid of excess. If you're in the Sacramento area and want the details, let me know!


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Writing Magazine Pitches with Skillshare

I have a confession to make: I may be addicted to Skillshare. I would take all of the classes and learn all of the things, if only I had the time. Have you heard of it? I recently enrolled in what looks to be an interesting class on "How to Write a Killer Magazine Article Pitch," which starts tomorrow. If you're at all interested learning how to write pitches, you should join me!

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The class is taught by reporter, Grace Bello who has worked for media outlets such as The Atlantic, Publishers Weekly and NBCNews.com. While I have pitched several story ideas and had a few pitches lead to published articles, I am beyond ready to sharpen my skills.

A few great things about Skillshare classes:

  • Many classes are set up so you can go at your own pace.
  • You can get some great feedback on your work from industry professionals. 
  • The classes are reasonably priced.
  • Learning from fellow classmates is a huge bonus.

Speaking of bonuses: if you are new to Skillshare and sign up using this link, you can get $10 off on your first class! Not bad, right?

Hope to see you in class! 


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Rollins Lake + Edward Abbey + Happy Links

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{"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit." // Edward Abbey}

Happy Links:

  • Someone tweeted about Coffitivity the other day. Have you heard of it? It's a great way to add ambient sound to your work space -- whether you work from home and need a little background noise or share a cubicle and can't hang with the office chatter.
  • This collection of clever street art made me smile. I hope it does the same for you.
  • John and Sherry at Young House Love are an inspiration on so many levels, but I have to say that this post left me in awe of their grace and charm. Can you imagine having people hound you in the comment section of your blog about the state of your uterus? Umm. No. Sherry handled it with more diplomacy than anyone I have ever witnessed.

Wrap it Up:

Thanks to a busy off-blog writing schedule and a very unwelcome 48-hour flu bug, I've only posted twice in just as many weeks so I'm wrapping those up today.

  • Building a career around creative work has always appealed to me. Last week, I announced the launch of a new series aimed at shining a light on those who do it well.
  • This week, I shared the final piece of my project for Anne Ditmeyer's map design class. If you're interested in reading about the project from start to finish, you can do so herehere and here. She's teaching the class again in late May, if anyone's interested!

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I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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Farm to Fork Field Trip: Feeding Crane Farms

As I mentioned last week, I'm currently enrolled in Anne Ditmeyer's Skillshare class, Map Design: Learn to Communicate Places Beautifully.My project is a map illustrating the route(s) food takes to get from farm to fork here in Sacramento, which is just one out of hundreds of projects posted by students from around the world.

I've been working to set up field trips in an effort to better understand the ins and outs of the farm to fork process. Yesterday, I was lucky enough to tour Feeding Crane Farms, which is located just a few miles north of the central city.

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It was a beautiful day. Everyone on the team was happy to let me document the harvest and ask a ton of questions. I even had a chance to chat with General Manager Shannin Stein about the farm and the part they play in the farm to fork process.

Founded in 2011, Feeding Crane Farms has quickly become a respected source for fresh, organic produce among chefs and local foodies. The team supplies products to dozens of local restaurants and several grocery stores in the Sacramento area, they have a presence at farmers markets in the fall and summer months and will relaunch their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in the coming weeks.

According to Stein, the next several months will bring an increased focus on community partnerships, educational opportunities and events both on and off the farm. "Our goal is to really be viewed as Sacramento's farm," she said. "We are so close to town and have an opportunity to offer a place where people can come connect with farming."

Needless to say, I was very impressed by the attention to detail in their efforts to boost community engagement and cross-promotion with other small businesses. They're reaching out to unconventional partners to better serve neighborhoods in our area without much access to fresh produce and the team seems incredibly committed, not only to maintaining a sustainable business, but also to helping others do the same.

Keep your eye on Feeding Crane Farms, my friends. They're doing amazing work in the Sacramento area. If you want to learn more about the farm and get updates about future events, be sure to sign up for their newsletter on the homepage. You can also find them on Facebook here and follow them on Twitter here.

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As for my map project, I didn't get a chance to capture the delivery process to a local restaurant. However, I do know that some of that beautiful Red Russian Kale is being delivered to Corti Brothers, if any of my Sacramento friends are in the market for fresh, leafy greens.

I'm hoping to set up the restaurant portion of this field trip very soon. Stay tuned!

Your turn: Do you have a favorite small, urban farm in your community? Have you ever wondered how far your food has to travel to get to your plate?

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Northern California + Robin Williams + Happy Links

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{Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" // Robin Williams}

Happy Links: {Disclaimer: While I'm putting these under the 'happy links' header, the links below really fall under the 'links that make you think' category. Just roll with it.}

  • I am so intrigued by these photos of cities without any man-made light. Photographer Thierry Cohen did an amazing job illustrating what city dwellers are missing when they look up into the night sky.
  • This video combines cool graphics and Ira Glass's explanation of how creative endeavors (in this case, storytelling) evolve. It is the most brilliant way of describing how it feels to be elbow-deep in new creative ventures. Please watch it, if you have two minutes.
  • Speaking of the creative process, I identified BIG TIME with this recent post from former Sacramentan David Watts Barton. It's an incredibly honest post and is just one of the many reasons I admire his work.

Wrap it Up:

  • It's hard to believe that just a few short days ago, we were snowshoeing in Donner Memorial State Park. It's supposed to hit 72° in the Sacramento Valley today. Spring has arrived, my friends!
  • It looks like things are coming together for the project I'm working on in my map design class. Has anyone else signed up? Be sure to let me know and I'll find you in class.

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I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

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