About the author
Chris grew up working on Petty Ranch, his family's farm that he now manages. In between his stints in “farm labor” and “management”, he studied at Northwestern University, married the best woman in the world, flew anti-submarine aircraft in the US Navy, raised two great sons, recruited executives for Silicon Valley start-ups, and learned that produce in the grocery store is just never, ever as good as what you grow yourself.
Where to find Chris Sayer online
Picking Our Future : Essays on Food, Change, and Farming
by Chris Sayer
Published: January 12, 2012.
Agricultural sustainability is a daunting challenge. Only visible in hindsight, sustainability continually presents new challenges to our systems of food and farming. It is a process, not a result. The trick to sustainability isn’t knowing exactly what to do; mankind has never known that. The trick is asking the right questions in the face of change and looking for leadership in the right places.
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- Guitar Odyssey
on May 13, 2014
Michael Rays is a guitarist. (As well as a father, Navy veteran and ad-man, but those are other books.) Like many of us “gentlemen of a certain age” he has not lost the passion for continued growth and exploration. His self-imposed challenge? Mastery of the guitar solo from “Highway Star”, the 1972 rock classic by Deep Purple. Rays kept a journal of his quest for rock and roll perfection, which forms the narrative structure of “Guitar Odyssey.”
At this point, I have an admission to make: I am no musician. In fact, I can barely play the radio. Is a book about one man's pursuit of guitar solo perfection really the right read for me? I approached “Guitar Odyssey”with some trepidation. Would it be too technical? Too narrowly focused? Would I get it? I'm very happy to say that I did, and I thoroughly enjoyed the book. (I even added to the experience by playing “Highway Star” on Spotify while I read.)
Ray's journal allows the reader to accompany him as he struggles to build his skills. And yes... it was a struggle. His honest story of dedication, frustration, blisters, and triumph goes beyond guitar technique and hard rock trivia. It speaks to what still waits to be achieved by by those who still strive to achieve it.