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Would-be volunteer for youth writing program gets grumpy

Nov 7, 2016
Would-be volunteer for youth writing program gets grumpy

Two minutes into the orientation, I doubted that I would be serving as a volunteer with this Sacramento nonprofit group, one devoted to improving the literacy skills of poor and at-risk young people. Thirty minutes later, after hearing details on … Continue reading

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What I have been up to lately

What I have been up to lately

Well I have been working part time and I'm going to school at BYU Idaho and taking 11 credits. That means I have 4 classes and I have been doing homework. I have been teaching my lovely class at church.  We have been busy with life and activities ...

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The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden

The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden

I’ve read countless book on plants and gardens, and I’ve reviewed a few for this blog. Many of them struck a chord with me for one reason or another. But no book has even been as personal as the one I’m reviewing today, The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the...

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Meeting Ruth Bancroft just days before her 108th birthday

Meeting Ruth Bancroft just days before her 108th birthday

A couple of weeks ago I attended a media preview party held by Timber Press, the Portland-based publishing company, at the Ruth Bancroft Garden to celebrate the upcoming release of The Bold Dry Garden: Lessons from the Ruth Bancroft Garden. Written by Johanna Silver, the garden editor of Sunset Magazine, and featuring photographs...

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Slide Show and Ice Cream
Looking Your Best

Looking Your Best

There are some conversations that can only happen when you’re in that altered reality, time-warped state known as vacation. Meals are more leisurely, so you can sit at the table longer and tell stories. Car rides, free from the pressure of getting to work or school, become fertile ground for talk too. Bedtimes? On days...

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Book review: A Botanist’s Vocabulary

Book review: A Botanist’s Vocabulary

If I had a I’m a Plant Geek t-shirt, I’d wear it proudly. But my geekery goes beyond the plants themselves. I also love the language that goes with it. Not necessarily the hardcore science of botany—that can make my eyes glaze over just as easily as an explanation of string theory—but the...

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Book review: The Drought-Defying California Garden

Book review: The Drought-Defying California Garden

The longer you garden, the more you learn. That goes without saying. But with that experience sometimes comes a certain arrogance. Usually you’re not even aware of it. It may express itself in rolling your eyes when you hear or read something that you think is obvious. Occasionally, you may also have an overinflated...

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Lucas Light Foot Book signing

Lucas Light Foot Book signing

I was able to see my dad and my nephew at their book signing. Its a great story for kids and teaches them a great message. These books were created by my nephew Luke who wanted something more from his books. They are now on their 3rd book.

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Book review: Protea: A Guide to Cultivated Species and Varieties

Book review: Protea: A Guide to Cultivated Species and Varieties

Writing more book reviews is always near the top of my want-to-do list for this blog. I don’t have a good reason why I haven’t followed through, but I promise that I’m going to do better. And it will start right now.

Years ago I became interested in the protea family...

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Mother-Daughter Travel: A Double Book Review

Mother-Daughter Travel: A Double Book Review

Over Thanksgiving week in 1998 my mother flew to visit me in Norwich, England where I was studying at the University of East Anglia. She came to a few of my classes with me and I cooked us a horrible pasta with canned tuna in the shared kitchen of my campus flat. We visited...

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