Tuesday, August 28, 2012


A few people have asked me about the magazine taproot, so I thought I'd share with you an email from Jason, the publisher of taproot,  that arrived in my inbox today:

Issue 3::RETREAT in the mail soon. Renew by August 31 and lock in Founder's Rates for another 4 or 8 issues.
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Taproot Magazine

Taproot Magazine Issue 3 in a bowl of greens

Is it just me or is every day right now seeming just a little bit cooler, each night just a little crisper, as summer loosens her grip and we slip into autumn? I'd expect not, given that you may be reading this from a locale situated in the Southern hemisphere. In any case, just in time for this shift in the seasons, Taproot Issue 3::RETREAT will mail out soon to subscribers. (Even if you don't read any more of this letter, be sure to read below for some exciting news for you, our international readers!)

If you have a moment, I'd love to take a little of your time to tell you what's inside, starting with what's not. When we first thought of "retreat" as a topic word, we were thinking of the falling away of summer and the way that we start slowly pulling ourselves into the lower-activity time of winter. As we got closer to putting the issue together, we realized that the word could easily lend itself to making this the "retreat as vacation" issue. Thankfully, our contributors are more creative than that, starting with the cover. When I spoke with the artist, Jennifer Judd-McGee, back at one of our March launch events, she referred to the issue theme as "shelter" rather than "retreat" because she had already attached that meaning to it. She described the beautiful illustration you see above. "Wonderful," I told her then. "Double plus wonderful," I tell you now that I've seen it in hand.

The cover is just the start of course. Inside we have photo essays about the safety we feel in our domestic lives, the opening of ourselves to our artistic ability and the the questions posed by what is left behind in abandoned farmhouses. Writers also tackle questions about our relationship to technology (Facebook in particular), hunting and our level of engagement in activities outside the home. There's so much more to share, but I'm inclined to be coy and make you wait a bit for your copy to arrive, aside from the few additional teasers you'll find below. I truly think it's our best issue so far in our young enterprise.

Now I have to get back to cannning tomatoes and freezing blueberries, but I would be remiss if I didn't do a bit of housekeeping.

When we first embarked on this magazine, we had no idea how many folks from outside the United States were interested in the ideas we were discussing in the pages. Neither did we know exactly how much it would cost to get the magazine out to you. With two issues under our belt, we now have a handle on the answers to both of those questions and because of that, we have some wonderful news for you. We can lower our international rates to match those that we offer to Canadians (currently $37 for 4 issues and $71 for eight issues) and because of that we're extending your current subscription by an extra issue!

For many of you, Issue 3 may be the next-to-the-last issue in your subscription. To thank you for your support we'd like to reward you by letting you lock-in the new, lower Founder's Rates for another 4 or 8 issues. Just head over to taprootmag.com to renew, but don't delay; these special rates end at midnight, Friday, August 31. Click the button below to go straight to our renewal page, if you are so moved.
Renew Today and Lock-in Founder's Rates
But back to the star of the show, Issue 3. Take a look below at what's in store.

Best regards,
Jason's Signature

Essay::Hands at Squam
Living in Color
Taproot editor Amanda Blake Soule collaborated with photographer Thea Coughlin in a piece sharing her experience attending the Squam Art Workshops this past summer and considers how such journeys reinvigorate and revitalize even us as we inevitably return to our everyday lives. 
Hunting, Spirit & Place
Hunting, Spirit & Place
Former vegan turned hunter Tovar Cerulli has written a book, The Mindful Carnivore, that lays out his experience in letting go of long-held beliefs and embracing a seemingly antithetical lifestyle. Publisher Jason Miller spoke with Cerulli about this and other topics in our first Taproot interview. Photo courtesy of Open Road Media.

Essay::Farming My Way Home
Farming My Way Home
Young farmer Schirin Oeding has led a life full of impossibilities that have actually come to be. This is the reason, as she relates in her essay, that she believes that even in the face of environmental and other challenges, hope for a better future is a perfectly reasonable response.
Family Mittens
Family Mittens
Noted pattern designer Carrie Bostick Hoge (designer for Quince & Co. yarns) has created a mitten pattern with a size for every member of the family. Quick to knit, you can be sure everyone has a pair before the weather turns chilly and hands want covering!

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I am really enjoying 'taproot'. It doesn't matter which country you live in, the magazine is still applicable. I would recommend it to anyone interested in living 'the simple life', close to nature, anyone interested in gardening, making and baking and craft.

If you decide to subscribe, let me know, I'd love to hear your comments.

Wishing you happy days, full of laughter, joy, health and happiness.

Much love,

Julie xxoo

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