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February 2014

When Life Gives You Lemons

I love lemons ... the way they capture the sun while still on the tree, the pop of color they bring to a bowl or basket on my kitchen counter, the way they brighten the flavor of freshly picked vegetables and salads. In Italy last summer, we fell in love with the dozens of dwarf lemon [...]

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Two days ago, I began this new blog by writing about the evolution of our Bakersfield Garden, ending with relocating the whole shebang by building raised beds on top of the back lawn in early 2009. I thought it would be a good follow-up to show how well the garden grew that year, all because of [...]

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Virginia Woolf famously wrote that women writers need "A Room Of One's Own," a solitary place to plan, write, contemplate, relax, and dream, away from the distractions of everyday life. As a writer myself, I have created a Room Of My Own many times and in many places ... after-hours classrooms, cafes, national parks, a [...]

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