A happy Christmas Eve to those who celebrate!
I am about to hop a flight to New York to spend a few weeks with family and loved ones, and to bury my nose in book-work. While leaving lovely Asheville always is a little hard, the thought of ensconcing myself at my father's house and spending an extended time with him, while making headway on my writing work, is such a gift.
Briefly this week, I have two items to share with you. An interview I did for Shout Out North Carolina went live this week. I've done a few interviews with similar online publications in the past and always find their questions thought-provoking. As before, considering how to answer them prompted some always valuable self-reflection.
And, completely unrelated to dance or writing, here's this podcast I love to listen to: Food With Mark Bittman. The last two weeks' episodes have been especially neat. Kate Rutherford, a professional rock climber and "good food advocate," was Mark's guest on the show and talked, most interestingly, about her growing up in rural Alaska. My jaw dropped (and it sounded like Mark's did, too) to hear her describe the Alaskan government's home school program for kids living in especially far-away areas. (They drop books and school materials from airplanes in places where families live that are inaccessible by wheels, and the kids scramble to find the packages out in the snow!)
Last week, Mark had Andre Daquigan, the executive chef of God's Love We Deliver, on the show. Andre was an actor out-of-training when he discovered he was more passionate about the commonplace actor side-gig of restaurant work than acting itself. His volunteering for GLWD filled him up more than acting, and now, he heads up the program providing what sound like truly delectable dishes to legions of people in need.
Warmest wishes to everyone for these darkest days and longest nights of the year, may you all be cozy and happy and peaceful!