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Brown Girl in the Ring
Well Wished
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Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
American Indian Myths and Legends
The Left Hand of Darkness
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

S.A.M.E. Cafe

On Thursday I went to the Denver TED event with my oldest daughter and some friends from work.
TED is a conference where amazing brilliant people get up on stage and have eighteen minutes to talk about their best idea.  Then TED posts video of these presentations on the Internet for the world to see.  We all knew one of the presenters.  She was a teacher at our school, but left to open a restaurant with her husband.  I was so excited for her.  And I was star struck too!  I couldn't help telling anyone I was sitting next to, or chatting with during the breaks, that I knew her and that she, her husband and their restaurant really are as amazing as they sound.  Here is what they do:  People come and eat and pay what they think is fair or what they can.  People are welcome to volunteer to help with the cooking and washing up.  They have built a community in and around this restaurant where everyone is treated with dignity.  People from the neighborhood, people who are homeless, business people, all sit down and eat a delicious, healthy organic lunch together in a beautiful environment.  It is a miracle they have all worked very hard to make together.  Her name is Libby Birkey and the name of the restaurant is the S.A.M.E. Cafe (Stands for: So All May Eat).  I can't wait to see her video on the TED website!


  1. I'm glad you wrote about Libby, & can't wait to see the video. You told it just right, Katie.

  2. Sounds like an incredible couple and restaurant. I hope it is a success for them.

  3. Wow, I'd like to see the video. It sounds like an incredile idea! Thanks for sharing!

  4. How inspiring! I hope that their company is able to stay successful in this economy. What great faith and compassion for others.

  5. You may not believe this, but I just read about your friends and their cafe in the latest edition of Reader's Digest--it came the other day and I started flipping through today. :) Very cool and I am so glad you got to see her present. Sounds like a great event!

  6. Hi Katie-I keep looking and looking for the right pet for us. I hope you do find one to include in your busy life. They are special!

  7. Do you have the URL link for the TED video talk on this couple?

  8. Here is the URL to Libby's talk:


  9. Or just google: Libby Birky youtube TED