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12 August 2016
So much for being determined to keep up with the garden posts this year. The roses have been glorious, even if I've been so behind I never got a picture of the fantastic Souvenir de Malmaison.
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25 July 2016

I am taking this opportunity to ask anyone who knows me through MWA-NY to please check out my post on their website at http://www.mwany.org/2016/07/writing-is-excessive-drudgery/ . As many of you know, this is my second year chairing the Mentor Committee, and I'm soliciting ideas about how we can improve the program to better serve our members. Any feedback either on the MWA-NY site or on Facebook would be greatly appreciated.


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18 July 2016

July 10

The purple-fringed orchis were a little disappointing this year - and on my birthday, no less. Only three plants in bloom. Still, George, my trusty associate, managed to get some nice pictures of the plants and other things...

Woodstock's newest hot spot, did inspire in us a new methodology for the following week. And a cooling beverage afterward at The Station Bar and Curio,


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20 June 2016

Or so the Algonquins called the full moon in June, because it signaled the perfect time to harvest ripened strawberries.

Others called it the Rose Moon. The Mead Moon. And the Honey Moon.

Whatever you want to call it, last night was a full moon on the same day as the Summer Solstice for the first time since 1967 - and if I recall correctly, that one ushered in the Summer of Love.


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23 May 2016
The wild orchids near our home were starting to look like something special this week. And the hardy orchids in our garden opened this week, too. (Coincidence? I think not. Probably in honor of my new book coming out in May about an orchid hunter? Yeah, that must be it...) Please follow this link to a gallery of photos of the wild orchids, and some in my own garden.
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18 May 2016
Saturday was our annual trek to visit our "pet" Cypripedium acaule, which has finally bloomed this year after a two-year drought. Actually, it bloomed last year, but something ate it - so we were armed with Liquid Fence to protect it from the critters this year.
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17 May 2016
This winter was looking pretty mild, and spring was coming out early. So, many of the plants started to do the same. Then the hard freeze came that wiped out the daffodils and narcissus, the Japanese magnolia, and the azaleas. But the plants that bided their time took full advantage of the (mostly) mild weather. See the rest of our early 2016 garden pictures.
23 February 2016
George and I were taking a walk down the greenway last fall, when we passed a Parks Department sign that pointed to the "American Redout Marker." Confused, we launched an enthusiastic discussion of the meaning of the word, finally arriving at the conclusion (verified by smartphone only that evening) that a redoubt was (as its relationship to the word "redoubtable" suggested), a sort of natural fortification.
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07 February 2016
At last! I can make the dentist's appointment I have been skulkingly avoiding ever since my dentist helped me set up my first book signing at The Corner Bookstore -- for fear he would ask me when my next book was coming out. So happy to have signed with Amphorae Publishing Group for my second novel, THE LAZARUS VECTOR. They are an incredibly talented and fun bunch of people, and I am so excited about working with them.
05 January 2016
at 1:30
at 1:30
With the New Year comes a renewed determination, not only to catalogue my book collection, but to systematically read my way through at least my Arthurian romances and lady scribblers. Not to make excuses for my chronic over-ambition, but last year's attempt at this project began with a copy of at 1:30, by Isabel Ostrander, purchased more or less at random on the basis of its cover, which may explain, if not excuse, my dilatory progress.
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