Book Review: Einkorn by Carla Bartolucci

Einkorn has been documented by archaeologists as being one of the very first crops to be grown and harvested dating back over ten thousand years ago. While Einkorn has been around for years, it is gaining in popularity today largely due to the fact that it is often used as an alternative to wheat for those suffering from Coeliac disease and similar conditions.

In Einkorn: Recipes For Nature’s Original Wheat, Carla Bartolucci offers a large selection of recipes touching on everything from breads and crackers to cakes and even pancakes. The possibilities are seemingly endless for the application of this incredible grain. Also included are several chapters on the history of Einkorn, the gluten free health aspects of the grain and tips on working with it in the kitchen. There is even a quick recipe for Einkorn sourdough starter.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.



Book Review: Empire Of Sin by Gary Krist

Gary Krist has returned once more with Empire Of Sin, a well researched historical look into corruption, murder, and coverups in an American City. This time he explores what he calls the battle for Modern New Orleans which took place from the late 1890s to the early 1900s. Like his previous work, this one is a real page turner.

Many books covering historical events are dry and tedious but Empire Of Sin is nearly impossible to put down. Sometimes reading like fiction, Krist has the ability to paint a picture and draw the reader in and leave them wanting to learn more.

Murder in the streets leading to the Paris Prison Lynching, mafia fear, prejudices, and greed all helped play into the proverbial powder keg that finally blew up and changed New Orleans forever at the turn of the century. The characters in these pages are a diverse and rich lot and their story has never been told quite like this before.

Corrupt government vs. a dark underworld is nothing new and this documentation shows that things are rarely cut and dry as good guys sometimes turn out to be bad guys and vice versa. The tug of war for control has no rules and those who hold the power will do anything to retain it, no matter the cost.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


Moran Henn Leaving Friends of Flagstaff’s Future

Moran Henn, executive director of Friends of Flagstaff Future has announced that she will be leaving the group in August and will be taking over as Executitive Director for Willow Bend Environmental Education Center.

Friends of Flagstaff’s Future President David McCain issued the following statement to supporters this morning:

“Dear F3 Supporter,

After five years of dedicated service to Friends of Flagstaff’s Future (F3), today we announce that Moran Henn will be leaving F3 effective August 15, 2015. She will remain in Flagstaff and continue her commitment to promoting environmental stewardship as the Executive Director for Willow Bend Environmental Education Center.  The Board of Directors is working on a succession plan to ensure that F3 continues to fulfill its mission while a new executive director is hired.

We will deeply miss the energy, commitment, and leadership Moran has given F3 and all of Flagstaff since she joined us program director in 2010.  Amongst her many achievements with F3, she was instrumental in supporting the La Plaza Vieja neighborhood in their fight against The Standard development that would have seen the eviction of hundreds of residents from their homes.  This work prompted the City to form a Student Housing Action Plan (SHAP) Group, of which F3 is a part, to develop long-term solutions to the student housing issue.  

Moran also led efforts to advocate for a range of additional issues through City Council including open space protection, water conservation, the Human Rights Ordinance, the Regional Plan, and the updated Energy Code.  Those of you that have heard her speak at one of the many Council meetings she attended know how effectively she has articulating F3’s positions. Under her leadership, F3 has become known as a strong supporter of citizen engagement and empowerment and a champion for progressive issues in Flagstaff.  

Moran stated that:  “Working for F3 has been very rewarding. I loved going to work every day and am privileged to have worked side by side with so many amazing people on so many important issues. I feel like together we made a tremendous difference in Flagstaff.  This has not been an easy decision for me as I love F3 and support the organization’s work. However, I believe F3 is in very good hands with a dedicated Board and staff.  With this foundation in place, now seems an appropriate time for a new executive director at F3 and for me to apply my skills and energy in another local organization I strongly support.  I feel that I can bring my program management, fundraising, and community building experience to my new position to instill a love for the environment among Flagstaff’s children, youth, and community through education.”

F3 is sad to see Moran leave our organization and, at the same time, we are excited she will be staying in the community to continue her work.  Her passion for making Flagstaff a more livable community was expressed on a daily basis whether she was working with City Council members on a different issues or with children in our education program.  

The Board would like to invite you to a Transition Celebration/Ice Cream Social for Moran at our office at 11 E Dale (Dale and Leroux) from 3 pm to 5 pm on Sunday, August 9th.  This is an opportunity to eat ice cream, share your appreciation for the work Moran has done with F3, and wish her well in her next venture.


David R. McCain
F3 Board President”