Thursday, May 3, 2012

Hi there! Yes yes, I know it's been a long time since I've posted on here! But I wanted to post a bit of a.. suggestion. Vince and I are going to do something called a "Mental Fitness Challenge". It's a combination of books and cd's that focus on improving in certain areas of your life (you designate the areas by a test you take in the beginning and re take throughout the course). It's like doing a fitness program except focused on your brain instead of your body.

We subscribe to the materials from TEAM/LIFE on a monthly basis, and cannot even begin to write about the instances where the information has helped us:

Communicate better in our marriage
Communicate better with others
Deal with negativity at work
Deal with negativity in life in general
GREATLY improve our finances
Make better choices about where/how we spend our time
Improve our relationships with our families

If you hear us talk about it or we ask you to be an accountability partner, do your research and then decide if you want a better life than what you have now (Did I mention the trip to Disney, Jamaica, or the crazy cruise on Oasis of the Seas?)

That is all, carry on!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

a response

Wow! We had A LOT of communication issues! Here's the word from Joel, with my response!

Excellent! I'll just watch your website for the farm store to see if it's in there whenever it's ready. I figured ya'll had been in snow/planning land. We've been getting our heads together over the past week on what/when to plant for our gardens.

God bless!


On Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 11:46 AM, Joel Salatin
> HI Theresa--
> We don't have it ready yet. Our daughter is coming home looks like in March
> and this would be a good job for her. We've been snowed under with other
> planning
> and business details. Sorry we haven't been able to capitalize on it, but
> we're
> running as hard as we can. It's right here ready to go.
> Trust your job situations will ease.
> Many thanks.
> Joel

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

mystery solved!

As you saw by the last post, I had emailed Joel. However, I kept getting bounceback emails. I finally called him today, and he had changed email addresses. I'll update you here once I hear back on his NEW email address.


Saturday, November 20, 2010


Howdy Joel,

Hope everything is going ok on the farm. I've thought about how hot
we've been here, and then figured you have been in the same boat.

I have several friends who have encouraged me to start a blog about
the experience of recording the audio book, and the conviction I've
had about the issues within the book.

For the blog, I would like to include our correspondence by email.
However, I wanted to have your permission first. Obviously, I would
take out things like your email address, and where you go to church,
your phone number.

What would you think of including that information? If you believe
that's not the best thing, I will just summarize the entries.

Please answer only as you have time, I know you're busy.


-- end of message --

Hi Theresa--

It's fine with me. Nothing inflammatory or litigious in there? I have no idea
what our email correspondence has been. I barely keep up with it on a
daily basis, let alone keep a record of anything. You are amazing.



a contract

July 24th

Hi Joel,

Hope your discovery seminars went without government incident!

We took the jump drive to the post office this morning. We included
pictures from our visit, and of me in our "studio" (which is really
the back bedroom). Interestingly, they stated it should arrive on
Monday. I sent it certified mail.

If there are any problems/concerns/questions with the receipt, PLEASE
let me know. Advise your computer literate person who burns the cds of
the same thing. I'm available to help in any way possible.

We're headed up to Huron Ohio for vacation with some folks from church
for a couple of days. If something urgent occurs with the audio book
(which I don't think it will, I have two backup copies here), you can
call me at xxx-xxx-xxxx.

I'm interested to hear how this all turns out, so keep me posted, as
your time allows. I know you're busy!

I am thinking of doing a blog talking about all of this, several
friends have encouraged me to do as such..... just an fyi.

And, if needed, here you go:

Dear Joel Salatin,
Do whatever you wish with the audio book recording. Sell it at the
store, put it up on your website, market it to libraries, do what you
think is best.


In an official capacity,

Theresa Lyons


July 21st

Hi Theresa--

I think this introduction is endearing, transparent, and just what I would expect for this book.
What a wonderful addition. Yes, please put it on. It's perfect.

Waiting with baited breath, I remain--

Gratefully yours,


Getting to be a bit creative

From July 20th

Howdy Joel,
I just finished recording the last chapter. That being said, I wanted
to run something by you, and then I'm headed to the post office to
send you the jump drive.

I have been thinking about this book, and how in the world this all
came together. I have written a "note from the audio book presenter",
I am considering including at the beginning of the audio book. Now,
this is certainly not standard practice for the reader to say ANYTHING
about the book-- they are just the voice.

Anyway, read what I have below, and tell me if you think it's
appropriate to include. If you don't believe so, I will certainly not
be hurt... I'll just let my friends read it regardless!

Let me know, and I'll record it if so. If not, I'll just finish the
edits and ship it off to you. 43 Pure Meadows Lane Swoope, VA 24479
is the address I should use, correct?

--end of email--

A personal note from the audio book presenter:

In late 2009, my husband Vince was wandering the aisles at our local
public library, when he saw an audio book titled In Defense of Food,
by Michael Pollan. He picked it up and thought, “I like food.”

Since we both worked mind-numbing jobs at the time, we listened to
that book, then found The Omnivore's Dilemma, also by Michael Pollan.
Through this book, we were astounded at the different types of of food
systems, and became fascinated by Joel Salatin and Polyface Farms.

When I (Theresa), looked into borrowing one of Joel's books as an
audio book from the library, we couldn't find any. So, I chose the
most interesting looking one (as a non-farmer), called Everything I
Want to Do is Illegal.

We read the chapters to each other in the month of March, 2010, and
were simultaneously enraged by the issues presented, and charmed by
the book. One day, I thought, “You know, my degree is in
broadcasting. I wonder if they just need someone to read it into an
audio book. This stuff is pretty important, and should be easily
accessible.” So, I emailed Chelsea Green Publishing, expecting to get
a canned response that they only use “Insert name of large audio book
producer here” to read their books, but thanks for your offer.

Instead, the next day, I received a message that they had forwarded my
email to the author.

Shocked again the day after that, I received an email from Joel
Salatin himself! How in the world did this happen, I thought!

From April through June, we exchanged emails about the possibility of
the audio book being voiced. I've never read an audio book, and
didn't even own a microphone. I bought a wonderful microphone, had it
delivered straight to my door, and started learning the ins and outs
of recording audio books at home.

At the end of June, we took some vacation time to visit Polyface
Farms, and meet the Salatin family.

The first thing I noticed is they laugh, a lot. Their sense of humor
is wonderful, and certainly needed as you'll hear in this book. I also
immediately found out that I had been pronouncing the names of their
towns incorrectly. For example, Staunton is pronounced Staan ton..
Swoope in pronounced Swope.

We attended church with Joel and Teresa. After that, we went to
Chipotle to eat lunch together. I was STARTLED by how different the
meat tasted (they supply the pork for that particular location). I
had stopped eating pork recently because of what I'll call loosely
“the weird taste.”

Later that day, Vince and I went to a local restaurant named Zynadoa,
which also features their food. As foodies, we were shocked by how
good the food was. When we complimented Chef Michael Lund after
dinner about the fact that the peas actually tasted like something, he
said “It helps that they were just picked yesterday.” This restaurant
knows how to DO local!

The next day, we visited the farm. Do you know what fresh air smells
like! This is not your typical farm. This farm takes care of the
animals, and the plants, and the people. I must say that I was
stunned by their hospitality – It really felt like we could sit down
and discuss whatever was on our minds.

This audio book is the result of all those strange events. When we
were sitting at Chipotle, I thought, “How in the world did I get here”
yet again!

One note about your listening experience with this audio book. I read
the book the way that I feel. I sound nothing like Joel. If you want
to hear what he sounds like, you can find quite a few clips of him,
and his distinctive voice, on the internet. But, you should know that
for some chapters here, I am just
downright angry. Sometimes, I'm overwhelmed, sometimes, I don't get
it because I'm not a farmer.

Lastly, I think something should be noted here. As we were sitting in
Joel's office, stacked high with books, we were talking about some of
the big words in the book. At that point, Teresa (his wife), openly
stated that Joel has been known to simply “make up” some of those big
words. You may want to keep that in mind as you are “reading”!

Theresa Lyons, July, 2010

And now... An unabridged production of, Everything I Want to Do is
Illegal, written by Joel Salatin. Read by Theresa Lyons.