Monthly Archives: January 2012


January inevitably plays its little joke on us and the mostly dormant plants. When a streak of warm weather visits, reaching into the 70’s, it sends us headlong out into the garden wearing T-shirt, cut-offs, and garden hat and encouraging … Continue reading

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Writers’ Conference in Santa Rosa

There’s nothing more exciting than attending a conference that zeroes in on one’s passion: for me–writing (other passions for other folks). I know I’m going to learn new information about the craft itself and the publishing industry; practical information from experts; … Continue reading

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Zack Is Almost a Book

Whoever heard of a little boy dreaming about a garden of zucchini, gourds, pumpkins, and watermelons? That’s exactly what Zack does in my almost-book Zack’s Zany Zucchiniland. My illustrator, Amanda Baker (no relation, surprisingly), turned my imaginary Zack into a most … Continue reading

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Yin and Yang Co-author Book

That’s what my co-author Tom Reed calls us, Yin and Yang. I say we’re right-brained, left-brained. We’ve been working together on The Tehran Triangle for two years and haven’t had a dispute or argument the entire time. He’s the left … Continue reading

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Jays Can Help Landscape

Oh, those noisy blue jays–bully birds, planters of acorns in the most inconvenient spots in the garden. That’s what many say about those electric-blue birds that, in fact, are all of the above! But there’s a book dedicated to jays … Continue reading

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