Dan Clark '65 has published several works in the past year, beginning with A Privileged Life: Memoirs of an Activist. He has also published two books about self-knowledge-You are the Self and Notes to my Self-and a group of essays titled Words: Dan & Barbara's Deathless Prose and a Few Poems. In addition to his writing and his work as an activist, Dan has been calling and teaching contra dancing in the Pacific Northwest for over 25 years. This spring he published Come Dancing: A Collection of Contras, Circles, Squares, & More, containing more than 60 new dances, along with notes on performance dancing and contra dance classes. danielclark.zoomshare.com.
Mike Barela '84, a Senior Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, recently published Getting Started with Adafruit Trinket: 15 Projects with the Low-Cost AVR ATtiny85 Board. An avid electronics enthusiast, he has worked on computers since the introduction of the PC. He rekindled his electronics and microcontroller interests, authoring a number of popular articles on using Arduino-compatible systems. This includes collaboration with Adafruit Industries on their popular Trinket microcontroller. A graduate of both Whitman College and the California Institute of Technology, he has worked at Hewlett-Packard, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Boeing. He has traveled the world, living in a number of countries providing security to American Embassies. Mike and Traci Hill Barela '83 recently moved to Frankfurt, Germany, from Virginia.
Andrew Barkley '84 has co-authored Depolarizing Food and Agriculture: An Economic Approach. Many issues in food and agriculture are portrayed as increasingly polarized: industrial vs. sustainable agriculture, conventional vs. organic production methods, global vs. local food sourcing. Andrew addresses the origins, validity, consequences, and potential resolution of these and other dichotomies. The book is available on Amazon this fall.
Rebecca Snow '88 recently released Glassmusic, a novel set in Norway. In the serene fjordlands of Norway in the early 20th century, Ingrid has led a blissful childhood until, through no choice of her own, she becomes holder of her family's secrets. Her father, a blind preacher who ministers through sacred music played on glassware, increasingly relies on Ingrid to see for him even as it threatens to tear apart his marriage. And after she witnesses an assault against her sister, Ingrid must decide when to speak and when to remain silent, whom to trust and when to run away. Glassmusic explores the sometimes devastating realities of loyalty and jealousy, with philosophy, music, and love serving as guides.
Katey Schultz '01 was awarded an IndieFab Book of the Year Award from Foreword Reviews. Katey received the Gold Medal for Adult Fiction in the Military/War category for her book Flashes of War, which illuminates the intimate, human faces of war. Foreword Reviews created this awards program in order to help readers discover distinctive books from the indie publishing community.
Linda Infante Lyons '81 was recently part of "Sites Unseen," a month-long joint show of new works at the Alaska Humanities Forum in Anchorage, Alaska. The show featured pieces by Linda and Graham Dane, with whom she shares a studio along with, as Linda puts it, "an interest in the metaphysical." After growing up in Anchorage and then graduating from Whitman, Linda moved to Chile, home of her paternal family roots, to study painting and drawing at Escuela de Bellas Artes de Vina del Mar, the arts school in Valparaíso. Twelve years ago she moved back to Alaska to be closer to her maternal, Alutiiq family and heritage and has since been a full-time visual artist.