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No One Cares What You Had for Lunch -100 Ideas for Your Blog by Margaret Mason

No One Cares What You Had for Lunch -100 Ideas for Your Blog by Margaret Mason
This book is very timely since many bloggers are currently participating in National Blog posting Month. When bloggers sign up for NaBloPoMo they should be taken straight to Maggie's website so they can purchase a copy of her book. (the t-shirt on that page is funny, but has nothing to do with blogging) This book will help you create a fabulous blog everyone will want to read. She takes you out of your comfort zone and into places that are challenging and fun. The format of the book is well organized and easy to follow. Maggie's clear knowledge of the subject, will help take the worries out of finding content for your blog. Her writings affirmed the choices I made when I dove straight into a thirty day blog posting commitment. I also plan to follow some of her suggestions for my blog content. I highly recommend you buy a copy and read it for lunch. When people ask "What did you have for lunch today?" You can reply, "I had a Mason Blogger with fries" It was yummy!

You may also find these slides interesting. They are from a talk the author did this month in Indianapolis. I know that Maggie's narrative, that went along with these slides, would be as inspiring as reading her book. She is also very fun!
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An Exhilaration of Wings edited by Jen Hill

An Exhilaration of Wings

This is a monumental occasion. I have been reading this book for well over two years. It is a good book, but not a page turner. Subsequently I read this in little bitty bird bites. I celebrate it’s return to the bookshelf and it’s departure from my nightstand, backpack, luggage, desktop and wherever else it followed me. An Exhilaration of Wings is a series of themed chapters with quotes and excerpts for each chapters theme. Chapters such as Birds of Sea and Shore, City Birds, Migration and Birdsong are visited by well known naturalists of an earlier time. This book seems intentionally compiled to be using works prior to the emergence of the now very popular pastime of birding or bird watching. Discussions from the past of things unique then as well as still common themes now. Sadly there are entries about birds we shall never see again such as the passenger pigeon and the great auk. The passages are interesting, witty and insightful. Hats off to Jen Hill for her exhaustive research in compiling such a vast and diverse collection. I'm glad I finally was able to find the last page but feel like I've left an old friend
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Trout Bum by John Gierach

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This is the Twentieth Anniversary Edition of the ultamate tome of all trout fly fisherman. Trout Bum is all that it should be in a classic read about fly fishing. The best part is that Gierach is able to express his thoughts so easily. He expresses feelings we all have about the sport but is able to put those feelings into words. I look forward to reading more of John's work. I recently met his sidekick A. K. Best at a fly tying symposeum in New Jersey. I took a morning long class with A. K. and I already have a lot of insight about the pair from listening to him recount some of their stories. That was a real treat.
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The Grail Bird: Hot on the Trail of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker by Tim Gallagher

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The Grail Bird: Hot on the Trail of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker by Tim Gallagher is an exciting documentary of the quixotic search for a bird thought to be extinct in the United States, the beautiful Ivory-billed Woodpecker. It recounts the history of the bird and the almost complete distruction of it's very specific habitat. I'm reading a signed copy of the book purchased at an Essex County Ornathological Club (ECOC) meeting that Tim spoke at. His position as Editor in chief of Living Bird Magazine at the prestigious Cornell Lab of Ornathology might lead one to think he could be rather stuffy. To the contrary he is an extremely entertaining and funny speaker who puts his audience at ease. Seeing his self deprocating approach must have helped while in the deep south. I'm sure he was skillful at exploring a topic that some would rather not talk about. Saying you have seen an extinct bird can elicit some strange looks. This book chronicles that search and all the conviluted paths that led to his earth shattring sighting. As Tim himself inscribed on our copy of the book "The Ivory-bill Lives!"
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