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Book Review: Gathering: Memoir of a Seed Saver by Diane Ott Whealy

The trials, tribulations and joys of bringing Seed Savers Exchange to life, in one of the founder's own words. Read More »

Music Review: Patty Griffin – Children Running Through

There are times when listening to a new Patty Griffin album feels like taking a drink of your favorite wine. You know what to expect, you already love it, and you are ready to savor it. Children Running Through is like you put that wine away for a year or two and found that not only is it as good ... Read More »

Concert Review: Muse at Aragon in Chicago

Better than Radiohead? The Muse guys are snapping at their heels for the mantle of best British rock act. Read More »

CD Review: Christmas with the Dale Warland Singers

More than any other season of the year, Christmas is a time of shared memories, of holiday traditions passed down from family to family and hopefully a time for reflection in spite of the frantic holiday bustle. Often people talk about getting into the holiday spirit. As a child, this meant getting the Christmas decorations out after Thanksgiving and pulling ... Read More »

CD Review: The Dale Warland Singers – Harvest Home

On Harvest Home, the Dale Warland Singers delve into the rich legacy of mostly American sacred and folk music. With the lush vocal orchestrations and thoughtful arrangements, many of these familiar songs take on new life and emotional depth. As a boy, I grew up in the Mennonite church tradition and one of the distinctive things about our church services ... Read More »

Book Review: Visual C# 2005, A Developers Notebook

This new series from O'Reilly is quite a departure from the animal-cover books you may be familiar with. Read More »

Review: Tiesto – In Search of Sunrise 4

As a big Tiesto fan, I was really looking forward to In Search of Sunrise 4 – Latin America and it is starting to grow on me. But it hasn’t really grabbed me the way In Search of Sunrise 3: Panama or the Nyana albums did. Sometimes I wonder why there is this tendency for dance mix albums to be ... Read More »

Armin van Buuren – Shivers

Wow, this is a hot album – the kind that grabs you from the beginning and hangs on. Shivers, the new artist album from Armin van Buuren releasing August 23rd, shows strong growth in Armin’s songwriting and could just rival Tiesto’s Just Be as a dance artist album. It deserves a listen outside of van Buuren’s strong trance fan base. ... Read More »

Review: The Woodsman

The Woodsman, starring real-life couple Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, is a thoughtful, plaintive movie about a difficult subject. Walter, played with grace and restraint by Kevin Bacon, is a sex offender recently released from prison after 11 years. He takes a job at a lumberyard based on a favor and is befriended by Vicki (Sedgwick) who wonders about his ... Read More »

Review: March of the Penguins

It’s rather ironic that because of improvements in technology we are better able to study nature. March of the Penguins joins other recent nature documentaries such as Winged Migration in giving us a more intimate view of the life of animals than ever before. The emperor penguin is the sole subject of this film and other than an occasional glimpse ... Read More »