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In the third week of January, tomato seedlings arrived at our local Lowe's. Less than a month into what passes for winter in Bakersfield, our days were cool, dry, and sunny. I couldn't resist bringing a few plants home to get an extra-early jump on tomato season.  I limited my selection to seven smallish plants -- [...]

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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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