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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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Typepad HTML Email Amen to that, Karena world without 24/7 cable newsfeeds. Lovely to hear from you, dear.
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Typepad HTML Email Youre welcome, Chris. Hick was an amazing woman.
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2016 on Lorena Hickok: At Home (Part 1) at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Thank you, Kathy—glad you enjoyed Blood Orange!
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2016 on In Bloom This Week: Compass Plant at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email The Dahlias and I are on an extended vacation, Judy. We’re not sure when we’ll be back. J I have a couple of other interesting writing projects on the desk, and they’ve gotten pushed to the back. Thanks for asking!
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2016 on In Bloom This Week: Desert Willow at Lifescapes
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They're not terribly "pretty," Linda--at least, not here (maybe the yellow ones are "nicer"?). But they're interesting, and I love the idea that they're marking a small spot of prairie. Most of it doesn't exist any longer. Wishing you lots of "ordinary days." I cherish them, too...
Toggle Commented Jul 4, 2016 on In Bloom This Week: Compass Plant at Lifescapes
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Yes--preordered, eagerly waiting for it!
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2016 on HerStories: Lorena Hickok, Biographer at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Its been a loooong 16 years, hasnt it? But worth waiting for, I know.
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2016 on HerStories: Lorena Hickok, Biographer at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Ill be very glad to have Cooks vol. 3, as well. Two important books out in two months: riches!
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2016 on HerStories: Lorena Hickok, Biographer at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Glad you enjoyed the book, Nancy. There are a great many forgotten women whose stories beg to be toldmore interesting than fiction, some of them.
Toggle Commented Jun 12, 2016 on HerStories: Lorena Hickok, Journalist at Lifescapes
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Carolyn, I just found that documentary and moved it to the top of my Netflix queue. Thanks!
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2016 on HerStories: Aloha Wanderwell at Lifescapes
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What first came to mind: the old Beach Boys' song "I Get Around." :) Thanks for the link!
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2016 on HerStories: Aloha Wanderwell at Lifescapes
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Thanks, Carolyn. Ill have to look for them. Youre right--amazing whats tucked away. Sent from my iPhone
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2016 on HerStories: Aloha Wanderwell at Lifescapes
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This is a difficult project: the affair was necessarily secret and the after-story was concealed by the Eisenhower staff/family as much as possible. It raises important issues about how we learn what is "true" and how we deal with truths that don't fit our image of the "hero"
Toggle Commented Jun 7, 2016 on Brushed out of the Picture at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email The deer were there before the people moved in, no doubt. Sadly, humans always seem to displace the native occupants. Hope your neighborhood deer manage to find a way to live in your local ecosystem, in spite of the challenges. But the buckthorn itself is a nonnative, invasive species, brought to North America from Europe, so it was part of the problem. Complicated situation!
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2016 on Fawn-time in the Hill Country at Lifescapes
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Yes, here too! Another example: Jefferson and Sally Hemings. Lots of effort is spent on making our heroes look like saints.
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2016 on Brushed out of the Picture at Lifescapes
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I agree, Trilla: couldn't be done now, not since Gary Hart. (I think he was the first politico to get close press scrutiny of his romantic affairs.) Yes, I'm including a biographical afterward with the details of her post-war story. I'm probably publishing this via Persevero Press, so it's likely to be out late this year or early next.
Toggle Commented Jun 2, 2016 on Brushed out of the Picture at Lifescapes
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He probably was--but he knows hed better follow orders from mom. :)
Toggle Commented May 30, 2016 on Fawn-time in the Hill Country at Lifescapes
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That makes me smile! Glad to know that you liked the series that much--and sorry to disappoint you. We completed the last book in 2005, 11 years ago, so there probably wont be another one. Im sure you can understand how hard it would be to dig back into that research again. And as you can see, there are so many other things on the desk. Enjoy ELEANOR and BLOOD ORANGE!
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Typepad HTML Email Yes, theyre both a little like pea blossoms, arent they? Didnt know that kudzu smelled like grape, though. Havent heard that phrase for years, Jerrie: liked to meaning nearly. My mothers family (from the Missouri Ozarks) used it often.
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2016 on In bloom this week at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Rightboth henbit and the mints belong to the Lamium family. Would love to see hellebores wearing their ear muffs! Thanks for the smile, Sandy!
Toggle Commented Feb 29, 2016 on Redbud: In bloom this week at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Cheryl, I sympathize. I adore peonies but havent had success with them this far south. I found some successful daffs here, if youd like to make another try: https://www.oldhousegardens.com/BulbsForSouthArchives But with our drought and increasingly hot summers, its increasingly tricky.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2016 on First Daffodils and Other Pleasures at Lifescapes
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Maybe make a note where they are and come back in the early summer, when the leaves have died back? You can always say that somebody slipped a treasure map under your door and youre digging for buried treasure. :)
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2016 on First Daffodils and Other Pleasures at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email What ship was he on, Ruth? Where? Ive been amazed at the amount of information there is on the Internet about these long-ago events. And by the wonderful pictures in LIFE magazine, which was published weekly. It must have been the equivalent of cable TV in our time.
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2016 on A Researcher's Treasure at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Mary D, my guess on Marys disease: either Laura remembered it as scarlet fever (entirely possible) or Rose decided to describe it as that in order to make it more familiar and understandable for young readers.My Meyer lemon is also losing its leaves. Im trying to be careful about the watering, but thats so hard with an indoor plant. Hope yours continues to thrive!
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2016 on Anticipating Lemons! at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Ruth, this is an excellent observation. There are some stories that cant easily (or acceptably) be told at the time. Im thinking of Harper Lees draft of To Kill A Mockingbird, recently published as Go Set a Watchman. Her editor required the rewrite for reasons that made sense in that era. And Im currently working on a historical novel about Eisenhowers relationship with his driver, Kay Summersby, which was suppressed at the time for various PR, political, and family reasons. Back then, we didnt want to know about the dark side of our hero.
Toggle Commented Jan 12, 2016 on The Secret Story Behind LOVING ELEANOR at Lifescapes
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