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Ellen Sandbeck

Ellen Sandbeck is an organic landscaper, worm wrangler, writer, and graphic artist who lives with (and experiments on) her husband and an assortment of younger creatures -- which includes two mostly grown children, a couple of dogs, a small flock of laying hens, and many thousands of composting worms -- in Duluth, Minnesota. She is the author of Slug Bread & Beheaded Thistles and Eat More Dirt.
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Ellen Sandbeck
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. She who makes the most creative mistakes, wins.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. people who pick on those who are vulnerable and or disabled

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Anyone who has ended up in history books is out of my league.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. That something bad will happen to those I love.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Mark Twain, but I'd probably be too awe-stricken to say anything to him.

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February 04, 2010

I am being interviewed in an online conference on The Inkwell from February 3rd through the 14th. Five panelists have read "Green Barbarians" and will be asking me questions. The public is also invited join in. http://www.well.com/conf/inkwell.vue/topics/376/Ellen-Sandbeck

January 04, 2010

My friend Ed Newman, who is a very diligent and enthusiastic blogger, interviewed me about the very large art project I have submerged myself in. Here is the interview: 1. Where did you get the idea for a Buddha a day? When I was in Santa Cruz visiting my sister Annie, in fall of 2008, my sister’s boyfriend, Michael, took us to the beautiful Tibetan-Buddhist center in the midst of a redwood forest where he volunteers. We hiked for miles on the center’s trails, turned the giant prayer wheels, and admired the temple, the shrines, the gardens, the gift shop, and the hospice. Then Michael told us that when he volunteers, his job is to cut... see more

August 24, 2009

Into every manuscript the editing knife must fall. Here are some tasty morsels that landed on the editing room floor, but I couldn't bear to throw out: OUTTAKE #! A History of Unsavory Foods There also has never been such a thing as a purely free, unregulated market that did not pose a real danger to its customers, and there is no reason to assume that there ever will be. In staid, respectable Victorian England, poisonous chemicals were commonly added to commercially prepared foodstuffs. For example, Victorian consumers could purchase beer that had been enhanced with strychnine; pickles, canned fruit and preserves and wine that were preserved with... see more

August 24, 2009

In September of 2004, three people were crushed to death, and sixteen were injured in a stampede at an Ikea furniture store in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. A mob of more than 8,000 people had gathered outside the IKEA. They were waiting to pick up $150 vouchers, and some of them had camped outside the store overnight. When the store's doors were opened, security guards were unable to cope. One member of the crowd told a reporter that he'd never seen anything like it in Saudi Arabia before. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ In February of 2005, at 12:01 a.m., the doors of a new IKEA store in Edmonton, north London,... see more

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