Tag Archive | plants

In Praise of the Scarlet Runner Bean

I wanted to write an ode to the Scarlet Runner Bean, but instead I’ll settle for an essay. For now, at least. The first time I heard someone talk about a Scarlet Runner Bean they did it with a beatific smile on their face. It was said almost reverently: Scarlet Runner Bean. Ah, yes. I […]

Time Keeps Rolling On

I thought the time might be right for a general “update” blog. Update on what, you say? No, not the obvious, not THE BOOK. Just stuff; former posts, what I’ve been up to lately, the garden, the family. Things that should have been posts all of their own, but time just kept speeding on by. […]

Garden Talk

On Saturday I spent six hours sitting behind a table advertising myself as an author. It was Earth Day at the Oregon Garden, and since my book is about seeds, gardens, and knowing what food is and where it comes from, I thought it was an appropriate venue. Here’s the funny part: many people didn’t […]

Poetry Without Words

Today I wanted to do one final post related to the weekend at Drift Creek Camp. I found the creeping, clinging, crawling, hanging moss and lichen to be so awesome that I tried for quite some time to write a poem about it. But it never came out right. So here are some of the […]

Spring

Spring Poem I need a poem for spring I check my chapbook—the one I wrote two years ago. I look under my bed; wander through the house, searching. And through each window the rising sun peeks. It’s out there—I know it—spring. Pungent daffodils such bright yellow you expect them to rub off on your hands […]

Gardening Fiction for Spring

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Big Ag Has Won the War On Food In New Middle Grade Series New book series imagines a future where gardening is illegal SALEM, Ore. March 17, 2013—In S. Smith’s exciting new dystopian series, Seed Savers, corporate agriculture and the government have merged into one controlling agency—GRIM. Gardening and seed ownership is […]

Tomatoes: Gateway Drug to Gardening

The idea isn’t new. If you don’t believe me, just Google it. No one may really know who the first person to identify tomatoes as the gateway drug to gardening is or was . . . But they were right. I think for me it started in childhood, in my mother’s garden. She used to […]

The Zombie Apocalypse and Other Things You Should Be Worried About

There’s this thing I’ve been doing a lot lately (no doubt to the annoyance of my family) where in reference to, say, junk in the basement or garage–old bikes, backpacks, canned food (I know, gross, right?)–instead of getting rid of it I say, “Oh well, it’ll come in handy in case of a zombie apocalypse.” […]

A Long Row to Hoe

On Tuesday, I graduated. Again. It was a smaller affair this time, sans caps and gowns. The coveted prize was to trade in the paper name tag we clung to all year for the official orange Oregon state-shaped Marion County Master Gardener badge. And I made it! Yes, it was a long row to hoe–quite […]

CYBER MONDAY FREEBIE

Just a short little promotional post today. I didn’t get this out ahead of time, because it’s my first time trying it and I wasn’t sure how, or if, it would work… Anyway, the listing seems to have gone through, so here goes: CYBER MONDAY FREEBIE!!!!  If you haven’t tried Book 1 (Treasure) in the […]