Planting a Cutting Garden

Take thy plastic spade,It is thy pencil; take thy seeds, thy plants,They are thy colours.~William Mason, The English Garden, 1782 This year I am planting a cutting garden, I wanted to make sure the seeds were in before I left for my trip. I planted The Bee’s Knees Sunflowers, Double Click Cosmos, Carnations, Dahlias, Salmon… Continue reading Planting a Cutting Garden

Another Great Mark Twain Quote

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime. ~Mark Twain In less than one week I’ll be in Listowel, Ireland. My… Continue reading Another Great Mark Twain Quote

Spring in the High Plains Desert

For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest that is sleeping in the unploughed ground. Lyndon Johnson

How Fiction Works

“The first 5. 1. Write every day.2. Observe and listen.3. Employ all of the senses.4. Use strong verbs.5. Detail.” Oakley Hall from How Fiction Works Proven Secrets to Writing Successful Stories that Hook Readers and Sell

Patience, Insight, Curiosity

At one time I thought the most important thing was talent. I think now that the young man or the young woman must possess or teach himself, training himself, in infinite patience, which is to try and to try until it comes right. He must train himself in ruthless intolerance–that is to throw away anything… Continue reading Patience, Insight, Curiosity