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A Tour of My Garden

Before the vandalism of my gardens, I had been taking pictures of my garden at least two or three times a week. I haven’t been keeping up as much since it happened; I’ve been dealing with phone calls related to the lawsuit, phone calls related to our broken oven, doctor visits related to Allie’s bronchitis, and a plethora of other stuff. Plus, it’s been 90 degrees or hotter for the last 14 days in a row. The heat’s kept me out of the gardens, too. About half of my flowers and all of the raised garden beds are in the … Read more

Plant a Tree

One hot July day, about fifteen years ago, I was helping my mother weed the flower beds in front of our house when I found a maple sapling. The tree, its roots, and its leaves remained in tact, even after I ripped it from the ground. Surprised by the vigor of the tiny tree, I asked my mom if I could plant it somewhere. She said I had to ask my dad. I asked my dad. “Yeah, go ahead,” he said nonchalantly. “It’s going to be a lot of work to do it right. You’ll have to dig a whole … Read more