A Truant Disposition

"I must be idle."

Green Mind Seeing

I’m doing something a bit different over on Wattpad; in addition to occasionally posting short fiction there, I’ve also begun a sort of nature journal, Green Mind Seeing. Short pieces with observations and thoughts on the natural world. Some pieces are fanciful, some natural history, some gardening. If you, too, enjoy green things, give it […]

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When Spring is in the air…

This week the unusually harsh winter turned suddenly to spring and I fell into fiction. That is, I was forcibly reminded of a scene I wrote in which the main character was pretty much the same as I was this week, only without the cop in the kitchen and the dead body in the garden. […]

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Dewberry Easter

I picked seven dewberries on Easter! The first berries of the season, with a lot more to go! I have an unusual history with Easter and dewberries. Many years ago, when we lived in a small town out in the country, I sprained my ankle grubbing up dewberry plants out of a friend’s pasture. 🙁 […]

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A Beautiful (Earth) Day in (Our) Neighborhood

This afternoon our quiet residential street has cars parked at intervals on both sides, and little kids riding their bikes when here comes a car going over the speed limit, passing us in our car, which was dangerous (thank God he didn’t hit the children!) as well as annoying. I said, “He must not live […]

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Music for reading, writing, gardening

I should’ve written a post about music before now—a couple of them at least—since I’m a musician. So I’m going to drop a lot of stuff on you all in one post. It’s all good (and some of it is free). If you’re a bookworm, author or gardener, I’ve got music for you…not all of […]

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Triffids, Giant Ants & Me

Today is an absolutely beautiful day, a perfect day, unless, of course, the triffids that sprang up during the 2 weeks of rain kill me. Later… In discussing the weed situation with friends, we have run out of adjectives to describe what happens when over 14″ of rain falls in about 10 days onto invisible […]

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Dark Sky Thunder

“Time to take a break make a pot of tea, warm up some peach cobbler,” I think as I listen to the dark sky thunder, a few raindrops flung to the ground almost like an afterthought. Lightening all around me, thunder like bombs falling. “Safe as houses”: the old idiom pops into my mind as […]

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Worked until my brain turned to mush from looking at computer screen. Then a little gardening & tea. Wondering where to put the Bletilla.  5:37PM Roaming around yard with mug of tea in one hand & BlackBerry in the other. Time to quit dithering & dig. 5:42PM

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Raking live oak leave which fall Feb/Mar smothering emerging grass, drifts in flower beds almost deep enough to lose a dog. 10:39 AM Yard looks better, plants not-so-much, though some are starting to revive after this unusually harsh winter. 1:26 PM

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Japanese gardens beginning to bloom, splashes of color. Robins bobbing, mockingbirds singing, squirrels scampering. New trees being planted. 12:45 PM Headed home in subdued sunset, taillights bright against muted sky. Dogs shld be recovered frm earlier outing: hungry bouncy waiting for us. 6:36 PM

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