Foday Musa Suso at our book launch party in the NYC home of Susan and David Rockefeller, September 16th, 2019

In the summer of 2014, Gambian griot and virtuoso musician Foday Musa Suso sat down with me to begin recording what would end up being over 200 hours of his lifetime of memories. Our friendship of 40 years made it a fun yet arduous process to compile all those recordings into a one-of-a-kind, written autobiography. Its 30 chapters detail his amazing journey, from a childhood in a remote and traditional Gambian village to performing and recording all over the world with some of the preeminent composers and musicians of our time. It's 456 pages (paperback version) includes over 50 photos from his personal collection, and a foreword by longtime collaborator Philip Glass.

Available now as an e-book or paperback from Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and other online bookstores!

I have recently begun writing another book, on a very different subject. All I'll reveal at this point is that its working title is "One thirty second".

Over the years, many people have asked me why I haven't written a book about organic gardening, and/or my many years of teaching experiences with kids. Perhaps someday I will... but until then, I think you'll enjoy my Tales from the Garden blog. It's filled with true stories about gardening and nature in the Pacific Northwest and Desert Southwest, tips for gardening in both areas, and also contains the schedule of my upcoming sustainable gardening classes, online and (hopefully soon) in person throughout the Puget Sound area!

Each monthly issue of The Connection features my "Tales from the Garden" column about the wildlife and plants of the Sonoran Desert that live in or visit my garden in Arivaca.

The Connection is a free, open-forum newspaper, and has been in publication since 1983.

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