The View from my Kitchen Window

Just sharing a little bit of Spring with everyone...
Just sharing a little bit of Spring with everyone…

When we moved here almost six years ago, the field in front of my kitchen window was an empty field. Now we have a baby fruit orchard and all the variety of trees are beginning to bloom. From here on in it will be a competition between the insects, the birds, the squirrels and us for the fruit. Continue reading The View from my Kitchen Window

Signs of Spring

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I’m the keeper of the herbs around here, a not so difficult task, since many of them are perennials. Harder is to keep my cats from digging up the precious asparagus rooting underground over the winter. My solution, scraps of lattice.

A tilled field covered with lime powder, waiting for the evening rain that is expected.
A tilled field covered with lime powder, waiting for the evening rain that is expected.

The most telling sign of things to come is a tilled field, cleared of weeds and covered with lime powder. Let there be corn and zucchini and tomatoes and cabbage and all kinds of greens.

But everywhere are signs, not so obvious as the blooming hyacinth and tulip bulbs of spring, like the buds on our young fruit trees.

My kitchen garden looks bare but beautiful too, inviting me to visit with gnomes and angels and Buddha and nurture the bounty to come.

groundcover and lemon thyme and lambs ear and the bearded iris beginning
groundcover and lemon thyme and lambs ear and the bearded iris beginning

Dreamscape Now Available as an e-book

The second edition of Dreamscape: Real Dreams Really Make a Difference is now available in your favorite e-book format. For now it is available exclusively at the bookbaby store.

The print cover of Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference second edition.
The print cover of Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference second edition.
Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference


Book Cover for the Second Edition of Dreamscape

The cover to the forthcoming second edition of Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference
The cover to the forthcoming second edition of Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference

The second edition of Dreamscape, Real Dreams Really Make a Difference, will be released in March in print and as an e-book.

The book is a collection of biographical short stories and poetry about fascinating people in history. I developed the collection of stories in performance during years of storytelling in all kinds of venues. There are several pieces in the second edition that were not included in the first.

I’m excited to do some more storytelling when this book comes out. In the meantime, here’s the book cover! If you click on the pic, you can see it full size.

Mystery Flower in the Woods

There is a spring bubbling up in the privacy of a wooded area on our property. Except for a path through the woods that makes it possible to walk all the way around the pond created by the spring, we leave the woods to be wild. Sometimes we find evidence of creatures who likely come there to drink.

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This mysterious flower was blooming in the shade, near a natural spring in the woods.

 

Last July I was walking on the path back there and saw a flower, two of them, that I had never seen before. They were blooming in the shade among the ferns, and prickly vines that made it hard for me to get close. I took some pictures with my phone, and when I went back there about a week later, the flowers were gone.

They were fleeting and beautiful, and now in the middle of winter, sitting by the fireplace, I’m wondering if I will see them again next July. I will certainly be looking for them.

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Do you think this is an edible mushroom?

In the meantime, I am going to try to find out what flower it is. I’m thinking that someone at Clemson might be able to help me, or if I’m lucky, someone will see the picture and just tell me what it is. While you’re at it, you could tell me what kind of forest mushroom this is…

Black Eye Burritos – an American Dinner

When I met my future husband I was trying to grow some food in my backyard, after moving from New York City to live in Vallejo, CA, where we met. When he changed my life forever, he also transformed the little backyard into a food haven that even included a raised bed of corn. I just bowed out of the now lush garden and turned my attention instead to cooking and preserving all that good food. I had already been eating natural foods for a couple decades, but had been a single mother with a very picky eater, for a daughter. I really didn’t cook in quantity.

Fast forward now twelve years and I have followed him to his hometown down here in Greenville, SC where he cultivates a true field, and I’m cooking food from the garden and the coop, to not only satisfy his six foot two appetite, but our three growing buys as well. My new neighbor quickly dubbed me a Yankee. I can tell you that this Yankee girl has learned to can chow chow with the cabbage he grows, fry the fish he catches, make banana pudding from scratch, (even the pudding and the wafers,) and cheddar biscuits, just to please the man who pleases me so well.

basilBut I’m still me, the woman who can’t resist improvising. I sometimes replace butter with coconut oil, white flour with whole wheat, milk with soy milk. I also have come up with eggplant lasagnas, offered fried tofu instead of chicken, served pancake dinners when I’m feeling my Dutch roots and chicken soup when I’m feeling my Jewish roots. Even though its not entirely true he sometimes says that I never fix anything the same way twice.

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Mella now available on i-Tunes

Cover art for Mella and the Python Healer
An ancient story of courage and love.

For those of you looking for wholesome ways for your children to use their i-Tunes gift card, Mella and the Python Healer is now available on i-Tunes for $1.99.

You can preview the entire streaming file on the player below. You can also click the link on the player to purchase the same sound file for only .99 at cdbaby.com.

Poetry, Storytelling, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Drama

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