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The first guest, Randy Crawford, who lives in a straw bale house in Chico, describes the benefits of living in a straw bale house.

 

Author John Sweringen compiled a guide to building straw bale houses, Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction. Joining John is workshop presenter Jenna Yu.

Butte College Anthropology instructor Mike Findlay is a scholar who has contributed to research in Asian-American culture and Mesoamerican Studies. He is the author of “A Survey of Language and Culture: Linguistic Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Communication,” which includes a chapter on taboo words.

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Joe Wills served as spokesman for Chico State University as director of Public Affairs from 1997 until he retired in 2016.

 

He now is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and has written a story collection.

 

“Fables That Found Me: Tales of Torment and Healing from Soul (or Some Other Place)” is a collection of stories that blends magical realism with the experiences of obsession, loss, and renewal.

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Prolific photographer-writer Douglas Keister more typically photographs and writes about cemeteries, but has also written novels, and now a memoir. 

 

In Heart-Land: Growing Up in the Middle of Everything, Keister looks back at his childhood growing up in Lincoln, Nebraska, as the middle child, in the middle of the century, in the middle of the country.

 

Also featured in this show, another Nebraska native, “Gorgeous George”, is the subject of a commentary by Richard Parker. 

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Shelli Renée Joye received a degree in Electrical Engineering, then pursued a contemplative practice with a Buddhist meditation master.

She moved to Shingletown from San Francisco to live in a quiet natural setting and write a dissertation.  

 

Among the seven books that she has published is a new book, Developing Supersensible Perception.   

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In his book Smart & Solo: The blueprint for efficient and enjoyable solo travel, Randell Green provides a guide for solo travelers. He provides insights and tips on how to plan your next adventure, how to maximize transportation and lodging, and how to follow his “emerald rule“ when traveling.  

 

About Randell Carlton Green:

 

As a dual citizen of the United Kingdom & United States, Randell Carlton Green has always had a deep admiration for exploring new cultures. He is a Ravenclaw, fish & chips aficionado, and right now is somewhere anxiously planning his next excursion. When not adding new passport stamps, he resides in Arizona in the United States.

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August 5, 2019 is the 200th birthday of founding father John Bidwell.  In honor of this event Nancy’s Bookshelf is rebroadcasting an interview with history professor Michael Magliari, coauthor of John Bidwell and California: the Life and Writing of a Pioneer, 1841-1900. In this book Prof Magliari combines narrative with extensive use of Bidwell’s voluminous written legacy. 

J.R Henson is a fourth generation Paradise resident and survivor of the Camp Fire. Storytelling has been apart of his family roots from both sides of the family and one of his ancestors, James Russell Lowell was a well known poet.

Henson started publishing his writings last year. Unseasonable is his second collection of essays. 

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Written by environmentalist Casson Trenor, Umijoo: The Wondrous Tale of a Curious Girl and her Journey Under the Sea, is a story about love, responsibility, and balance. Umijoo aims to educate and inspire a new generation of ocean defenders.  

About Casson Trenor: 

Casson Trenor is a strategic campaigns expert that specializes in environmental causes, most notably ocean conservation. He has spent many years working on environmental campaigns. In recognition of his ocean conservation efforts, Trennor was awarded the title “Hero of the Environment” by TIME Magazine and received a United States Congressional Commendation. His work has been showcased in numerous documentary films, books, and journals around the world. 

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Many of weatherman Mike Graf’s children’s books are trips to National Parks with a fictional family. In his latest book, Scientists in National Parks: Sequoia and Kings Canyon, readers learn how the giant sequoias were discovered, logged, and how they have since been protected. 

When eagles recently adopted a hawklet, eagle-watcher Terri Lhuillier was consulted. In March of 2012 Terri was interviewed on Nancy’s Bookshelf about her children’s book, The Unstoppable Eagles. 

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