Sunday, September 27, 2015

Failing Upward

I spent the last week traveling through the great West starting in Jackson Hole, WY.

The last time I was here was a very long time ago. I was flown in for an interview with a climbing magazine in the middle of Winter. They had reviewed my work and we'd had several wonderful conversations over the phone, I was excited.

I was told to bring my skis and that they wanted me to stay for a few days to hang out with the team and bond. Unfortunately I had very little vacation left and so could only stay one day and I didn't bring my skis. I had looked at the Jackson Hole city webcams before leaving and got a good look at the town hill I was supposed to ski with my 1992, skinny, long, hot pink, midwestern skis and decided my broken back was not worth this piece of bonding.

Additionally, I had let my sister talk me out of my interview outfit of choice, a sweet pair of corduroy bell-bottom pants and a black wool turtle neck for a more 'professional' upgrade, dress pants and a dress shirt under a v-neck black sweater.

They took one look at me when I walked in the door and their faces fell. Other people came and went while I was interviewing, all rather disheveled and super casual. It didn't get much better from there when they found out I hadn't brought my skis and so they drove me back to the hotel and abandoned me.

Yeah, I tanked it and it was no fun. But on the upside I felt pretty confident that the job wasn't for me and that my husband (who had secured a Teton ranger job) and I would have been so poor we wouldn't have had much fun anyway.

Shortly thereafter we moved a little further northwest into Montana, our last youthful fit of freedom, and I went on to work for a book publishing company and loved it. That experience shaped my personal and professional career in ways I could never have fathomed and it would have never happened if I hadn't initially failed.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Do NOT Eat!

Pretty but deadly!

Do NOT eat these guys... I caught this one just shy of it's pretty little ruffle collar forming. That's when its veil peels off to expose it's spore dispersing gills.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Mushroom Kids Book Classics

Much like my late discovery of mycological groups I also just recently discovered 2 children's book classics starring mushrooms.

The seventies had a lot of love for mushrooms, I hope 2015 does too!

Theodore and the Talking Mushroom by Leo Lionni [1971] and Mushroom in the Rain: Adapted from the Russian of V. Suteyev by Mirra Ginsburg (Author), Jose Aruego (Illustrator) [1974]

And on a random note, I LOVE the smell of library books, it transports me back in time :)