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Susan Albert
I'm a full-time writer who enjoys gardening, fiber arts, family, and living in the country.
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Hiroko: 1) Rose mostly just typed the first draft of FARMER BOY, although she mentions some edits (probably cleans up grammar, spelling, etc). LIW produced a second MS after Harper rejected the first; Rose rewrote that, to produce the MS that Harper accepted. There's no record of what she did by pen or typewriter. She used both. Harper rejected the first MS because it was a bad book (I'm guessing: a compilation of Almanzo's stories.) 2) Troub left because her stock broker went bankrupt and ALL her money was gone. She was okay with Mansfield. No, LIW did not like her. She didn't like any of Rose's friends: my guess, she didn't want to share Rose with others. 3) Rose and Troub acquired Mr. Bunting in Budapest in 1926 or 1927. He was probably a puppy then; he was about 7 or 8 when he died. 4) Yes. Lucille is Corinne. I changed the names of non-public people. Glad to answer your questions--good luck with your project.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on A Wilder Rose Gets a Do-Over at Lifescapes
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Editors edit. :) That's what they do. I've adopted most of her suggestions, but not all.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on A Wilder Rose Gets a Do-Over at Lifescapes
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Nice to hear from you again, Pat. Are you still in OH? So glad you liked ROSE. It was a book from the heart.
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You're right, Mary Ann--and even more complex: the nuts produced on that native rootstock are genetically modified through years of breeding by humans. Thank you. Kathy (she was my children's stepmother) was a very special person with an enormous capacity for love.
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2014 on Be grateful... at Lifescapes
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Sounds like an all-around great year for pecans, Bobbi. Glad to know that your library got A WILDER ROSE. I've been very pleased: it's in nearly 500 World Catalog libraries, and many U.S. libraries aren't members of World Cat.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2014 on Be grateful... at Lifescapes
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Donna, these are small, so I don't cut up, seed, or peel. I put in a little water to keep them from burning (they make their own liquid), plus onions, garlic, bay leaves. In a couple of hours, I mash with a potato masher. A couple of hours later, I turn them off, let them cool a bit, and put them through the food processor. I don't usually add other herbs, since I use this sauce in a variety of ways and can add the herbs when I make the dish. I'm all for EASY.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2014 on Tomatoes: In Praise of Porters at Lifescapes
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A friend grows them in a repurposed stock watering tank and they do well. But they do put down big roots, so make sure the container is deep. Have you tried cherry tomatoes? Some of them are bred for container growing (Porter wasn't) and also do well in heat. Small tomatoes don't crack as easily as large.
Toggle Commented Jul 20, 2014 on Tomatoes: In Praise of Porters at Lifescapes
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Mary, the seeds of those double hybrids may not "come true." That's the nature of hybrids (and how the seed companies make their $$). For seed-saving, the non-hybrid varieties are best, which is why those seeds your student sent will be "true" to the parent.
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2014 on Tomatoes: In Praise of Porters at Lifescapes
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Terry,I'm not sure where you are. These are TX (and SW) adapted--there may be better tomatoes for your garden.
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2014 on Tomatoes: In Praise of Porters at Lifescapes
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Tastes like apple pie, Christine. And no, green tomatoes aren't harmful. In fact, fried green tomatoes are a favorite Southern treat, for breakfast, lunch, supper.
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2014 on Green tomato pie at Lifescapes
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Funny. A variation on "we are what we eat," I guess.
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2014 on Birds of a Feather at Lifescapes
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The chickens are a responsibility--they limit my travel! But worth it, and I'm pretty much a hermit these days, Sherry. Wish I could do more with the CCC camp material. What a great thing that was for everybody involved!
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2014 on Birds of a Feather at Lifescapes
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I think so, Judeen--it's that time of year and we're in their breeding range: http://paintedbuntings.org/faq
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2014 on Birds of a Feather at Lifescapes
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Liz, the difference is amazing--color, texture, size, and of course taste. Another difference: these are FRESH. Store eggs are usually weeks old. I always pencil the date on the girls' eggs, because older eggs are better to hard-boil (easier to peel). I save some back just for that.
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I just finished Death Come Quickly this morning and, as always, enjoyed every minute with China, her family, friends, mystery to solve, and her recipes.--Mary Jo
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Khadijah, try loading up on garlic. We do, and the ticks and chiggers leave us alone.
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Jayne, not the same gentian. The stuff that your mom used is a chemical compound: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_violet It's not related to the plant. Glad you're enjoying the Dahlias!
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Four O'clocks are fun, too--one of my first efforts at seed saving when I was a child. Yes: the problem of talking about what I'm writing is that you won't get to read it for over a year! Takes 12 mos for the finished book to get from my computer to the bookstores and libraries.
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2014 on Up to my ears in . . . at Lifescapes
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NW England is so beautiful, Curvywitch. One of my favorite places on this earth.
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2014 on Up to my ears in . . . at Lifescapes
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Thanks, Debbie. Yes, rain for a change. We hardly recognize it. Looks like Bill's pecans are thriving, too.
Toggle Commented Jun 18, 2014 on Up to my ears in . . . at Lifescapes
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Christine, it normally takes 12 mos for a book to move from MS to bound book. If she submitted it a year ago, it should be coming soon. I've checked the Fall/Winter Penguin list and don't see it, though. Biographies take a looong looong time! Re: The First Lady of Radio--Cook wrote just the foreword, not the book. It's published by The New Press
Toggle Commented May 11, 2014 on On Libraries, Reading, and Writing at Lifescapes
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Christine, I asked that same question at the FDR, and none of the archivists there had any information about Cook's third volume. I've read that the book is done: http://lgbtqcenter.org/eleanor-roosevelt-blanche-wiesen-cook/ I'm hoping it will be on Penguin's fall list! I first read about Hick in Cook's biography of ER, and then began to collect as much as I could find written about her, as well as her own books. I think I've got just about everything important. I was especially interested in her book about Anne Sullivan Macy, Helen Keller's teacher. Have you read that? I decided to write a novel about Hick because she was a strong woman who led a remarkable life during difficult years--and because I feel that she has been depicted negatively (and badly served) by others who have written about her. I want to set the record straight and see her get her due--as I did with Rose Wilder Lane.
Toggle Commented May 10, 2014 on On Libraries, Reading, and Writing at Lifescapes
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Faber doesn’t give us the real picture of the real Hick in the last two decades of her life, Christine. She all but ignores the five books Hick wrote—all excellent pieces of work for young readers. Reading Hick's letters during that time, we can see that she was as active as her physical limitations and fiscal resources allowed. She was engaged with people and interested in the lives of her friends. Faber just didn't like Hick very much, and her bias colors her treatment of her subject. I'm very much looking forward to Blanche Cook's third volume: I hope she'll correct the record for us.
Toggle Commented May 8, 2014 on On Libraries, Reading, and Writing at Lifescapes
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Bet your kids are much better readers than peers who didn't get that kind of reading help, Lo. Hope all is well in your corner of CA.
Toggle Commented May 7, 2014 on On Libraries, Reading, and Writing at Lifescapes
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Christine, it's a fascinating project, in part because the only biography (by Doris Faber) is such an unfortunate hatchet job. Have you seen this post? http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=5515168 I wanted to connect with Patsy Costello while I was in Hyde Park, but events conspired against me.
Toggle Commented May 7, 2014 on On Libraries, Reading, and Writing at Lifescapes
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