Rambling

Dream Cast Picks for Seed Savers

Sometimes people ask when my books are going to be made into movies. I think this is something most authors like to hear, but we can only smile wistfully. If only… I was thinking the other morning about my dream cast. You know, during this never-ending pandemic, we sometimes have a hard time getting out […]

Cherry Pie & the Pandemic Blog Post

These are the tart “pie” cherries I stayed up late one night last summer pitting. It was too late in the evening when I picked them from my parents’ tree, and I sat up by myself past 10 pm pitting them one by one. It wasn’t fun. Now, though, I’ll soon be enjoying a fresh-baked […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Uncomfortableness of Religion in Children’s Literature

And so here we go again. I hesitate to write about topics where we disagree and yet because of personal bias and discomfort combined with Amazon’s algorithm, one of those irksome little reviews has risen in the “top reviews” section for Seed Savers-Treasure. Never mind that it is over a year old and the ayes […]

New Hope for A New Year

I don’t know what it is about a new year that brings new hope, but I felt its power again today, day one of a new year. Sometimes hope is found in places some eyes would see as forlorn. This morning for example, I dashed out between rain showers to take a walk while the […]

2019 Heirloom Expo: Everything Else (Well, Almost)

Ok, before it’s too far in the rearview mirror, here are my final thoughts on this year’s Expo. (See previous two posts here and here.) I stated earlier that there were a lot of special moments, but three that had really stuck with me. The first two special moments I wrote separate posts about. The […]

2019 Heirloom Expo: Epiphany & the Singing Plants

As I mentioned in my post earlier this week, we had a great time at the Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa, CA last week, with several memorable experiences. Today I’d like to share one that just blew my socks off (okay, I wasn’t actually wearing socks…) I’ve since recovered, but it was a powerful experience […]

A Reflection on Baby Chicks

Eleven days ago I brought home four baby chicks. Oh, they were so adorable. This is the third time we have brought in chicks in the last ten years. Any of you who have raised chickens know that chicks literally grow overnight. So if anyone ever announces they have chicks, would you like to come […]

My Spring Garden

Today’s post is a bit of an extension from yesterday’s post. I mentioned that I had a couple of big decisions and outcomes I was facing. These dilemmas happened to coincide with unseasonably warm, dry weather. Nice, right? So I basically avoided social media and direct contact with the big decisions to be made and […]