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September 25, 2009 / jadettman

Work, then a trip to Madison

Yesterday, I spent the morning working on The Warbler which is the quarterly newsletter of the Friends of the Welty Environmental Center. The FWEC are a local group interested in maintaining and preserving the environment, conservation, and nature/environmental education. They also are the people in charge of fund-raising for the Welty Center. I do layout and editing on The Warbler as a FWEC volunteer.

The other important information about the Welty Center, though, is that a new building is being built for it and, on top of that new building, is where the big Beloit College telescope is going to go.

Anyway, I worked on The Warbler in the morning and, after lunch and the latest Warehouse 13 episode on Hulu, I took a nap (because I haven’t been sleeping very well). Then I went to pick up Britt, not for our usual Thursday trip to Rockford for boardgames but, instead, we drove to Madison to see Michael Pollan speak at UW Madison. I wanted that last link to send you to the video of Michael Pollan’s speech but they don’t have it up quite yet.

For those of you unfamiliar, Michael Pollan is the author of, most recently, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food. I’ve read The Omnivore’s Dilemma but have not yet picked up In Defense of Food.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma was a good read, though it did make me want to stop eating a huge range of modern “engineered food” and buy a farm somewhere and raise my own food. I’ve since gotten over the farm thing but I still steer clear of a lot of processed food if I can.

Overall, Michael Pollan’s lecture was a nice capstone to the day. The lecture itself was interesting (and I hope they get the video up so that you might see it) and it was nice to see nearly 8000 people gather together to see an author and because of something that they read.

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  1. Britt / Sep 25 2009 9:18 pm

    We can still get a chicken.

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