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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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And one more bit, for those interested--Hick's marker is here: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=5515168
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2014 on "Light of My Life": ER to Hick at Lifescapes
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Loved seeing Goodwin and Cook--and I certainly agree about Will. And that the word "intimate" could have been left out of the title, since most of it is about their political lives. Re: Hick at Rhinebeck. Wish I could have been there with you.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2014 on "Light of My Life": ER to Hick at Lifescapes
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I like Goodwin's book too, Pat--and there are many other wonderful bios & histories. I have to confess to being intimidated by the wealth of material, but I think I've found a way into the story that will allow me to peel back the superficial stuff and look deeply into the relationship.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2014 on "Light of My Life": ER to Hick at Lifescapes
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No, Angela--she was vehemently anti-communist and frequently wrote and spoke against it.
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2014 on Rose Wilder Lane in Texas at Lifescapes
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Yes, Wedgewood Edme pattern. It's destined for Rocky Ridge when I'm gone, as a gift from Carol and me. I've written a note about its provenance and put it inside the teapot.
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2014 on Rose Wilder Lane in Texas at Lifescapes
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Exactly,Teresa. I hope LITTLE LODGES ON THE PRAIRIE is doing well--an excellent book.
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2014 on Rose Wilder Lane in Texas at Lifescapes
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It was! And it introduced me to a Rose that too often seems to live on the pages of books. Carol made her real to me, with a different kind of reality.
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2014 on Rose Wilder Lane in Texas at Lifescapes
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Oh, I do too, Debbie! Maybe we could suggest hypnosis? (Just kidding. Maybe.)
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2014 on Rose Wilder Lane in Texas at Lifescapes
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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 Aug 29, 2014 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 Aug 29, 2014 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.
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2014 on A Wilder Rose Gets a Do-Over at Lifescapes
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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.
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2014 on Birds of a Feather at Lifescapes
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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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