#TeamJetlagged is excited to announce the start of a new blog series: Featured Jetter!
A Featured Jetter is someone who either has diabetes/is involved in the diabetes world, or is a bike rider of some sort/is involved in the biking world, or both. While we started this blog to share our journey of raising $11k for the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes in Death Valley, CA this October 2018 (donate here!), a blog only about us would be, well, kinda boring. In doing this ride, we wanted to connect with the wider diabetes and biking communities, and in doing this blog, we’ve decided we would like to raise up and highlight some amazing people doing wonderful work. We are pleased to announce our inaugural Jetter: Marika McCoola!
Broche first met Marika when Broche was working for The Odyssey Bookshop, a great independent bookstore in South Hadley, Massachusetts, right across the road from Mount Holyoke College in the Pioneer Valley. Broche was moving on to a publishing internship in Boston, and Marika was taking over as the Children’s Department Manager at The Odyssey. Coincidentally, Marika was also going through the same Master’s program Broche went through, the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children from Simmons College, held at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. In short, they had a lot in common, and have stayed connected through the years. Broche was thrilled to be able to hand-sell Marika’s New York Times best-selling first book, Baba Yaga’s Assistant, when it came out in 2015. Marika’s newest project has been a series of comics about her life, which includes a lot of biking (see some of her WIP images below). Read on!
Featured Jetter: Marika McCoola
How has biking and/or diabetes impacted your life?
What is your next goal related to biking and/or diabetes?
What is one idea, person, group, organization, or resource about biking and/or diabetes that you would like to share?
What is your connection to #TeamJetlagged?
What song should we add to our biking playlist?
As a city cyclist, I never listen to music when I ride, so this is a hard one…
On that note, perhaps “The Sounds of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel?
[That is one of Broche’s favorite songs, and last year, she became a little bit obsessed with this version by the heavy metal band Disturbed. Check out the #TeamJetlagged “Featured Jetter Recommends” YouTube playlist!]