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Which American Girl Doll Are You?

“You’d be a terrible American Girl doll!” my daughter said with disapproval. I’ll admit, no one had ever hurled this insult at me before. My daughter is 27 and lives in Indiana though a good portion of her heart is still here in Oregon. We talk nearly every day on Facetime, yes even before the […]

Garden on Wheels

  I’m sure you’ve heard of Meals on Wheels and all the good work they are doing (and always do, but particularly needful at this time). Yesterday I did something for my parents I’m calling “Garden on Wheels.” This is how it all began. Here in western Oregon we have been basking in a week […]

Hope in the Seed

For whatever reason, lately my husband has had a bee in his bonnet when it comes to pollinators. He’s collected mounds of seeds to plant flowers to attract pollinators and has been approaching neighbors about planting on their property. He announced in church he had a handout for bee friendly plants (before church was cancelled […]

Plant Seeds of Hope & Kindness & Kale & Cabbage…

As we go about our adjusted daily lives, remember the small kindnesses. If you have to go to a store and there’s not an automatic door, hold the door open for the next person so they don’t have to touch one more thing. Give out smiles and kind words freely. Check in by phone with […]

The Seed Savers Series–Will You Like It?

I’ve created this flowchart to help you decide. ūüôā Buy the ebooks from you favorite retailer here. Sandra Smith is the author of the awesome and award-winning middle grade/YA series,¬†Seed Savers.¬†Visit her¬†Facebook¬†and¬†Pinterest¬†pages. Follow her on¬†Twitter.¬†Sign up for the newsletter!

Celebrating Plant A Seed Day

So last year Big Green started “Plant a Seed Day.” As many of you know, the way I sign my books has always been “Plant a Seed for the Future,” so this day is right in line with my books and message for people to plant seeds and grow something, even if it’s just in […]

Clare & Dante Plant Onions from Seed

A few weeks ago I posted about pruning my blueberry bushes, something I had my characters do in Heirloom. Recently I planted onion seeds to grow my own starts, also something my characters do. I planted some that I know do well in my area, and some I just happened to have the seed for:…

Dedicated to Master Gardeners & to All Who Aspire To Prune With Confidence

The past few days have presented us with marvelous weather in these parts. I’ve finally gotten outdoors and pruned my three blueberry bushes, the pear tree, the¬†hydrangea, and trained the boysenberry bushes. The blueberries are of different varieties and seem a bit different in the way I should be pruning them. And even though I…

Book Review of Hatchet

A few weeks ago I wrote a review of My Side of the Mountain. As I mentioned in that review, I was so underwhelmed at the beginning of reading it, that I checked out reviews on its Amazon page, most notably the minority 1 star reviews. Many of those naysayers compared it to Hatchet, saying […]

World Read Aloud Day 2020

This year we celebrate World Read Aloud Day on February 5. I love the idea of celebrating reading aloud. Last year I wrote about my experiences as a child of having been read aloud to in the classroom. You can read that post here. Today I’m reflecting on my role as a parent who read […]