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Everywhere A Mint Mint

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by Sharon Brown on May 1, 2017

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Everywhere a mint mint! With apologies to Old MacDonald, let’s dig a little deeper into the invasive tactics of a delightful herb named mentha.
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The Gooseberries Are Growing

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by Sharon Brown on April 1, 2017

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It happened every Spring as I walked up the dusty one-lane road past Aunt Bett’s house. She’d yell out the back door:

The gooseberries are growing! Hurry! I see the robins!

And I’d take off in a run, straight up the mountain to the gooseberry patch.
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The Fringe Tree

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by Sharon Brown on March 1, 2017

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A snipe hunt is a form of wild-goose chase, a practical joke that people like to tease unsuspecting newcomers with. It is the practice of making fun by giving them an impossible or imaginary task. It happened to me like this.

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Root Cellars & Bright City Lights

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by Sharon Brown on February 1, 2017

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I was scared to death of Gramma Ell’s root cellar. I swear it felt like darkness pushed down on me as soon as I entered and the scent of it crept into my nose and filled my ears with worms and dirt. I would stand at the door, one toe and one hand reaching carefully into the darkness while the other foot planted itself firmly on the last inch of daylight and the other hand glued itself to the door frame. The hand that was reaching into the darkness was searching for the cord to turn on the single low watt bulb, the only light source. The searching toe was making sure there was still a floor to stand on beneath all that dark.
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The Contours Of Silence

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by Nancy Yeilding on January 21, 2017

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Having arrived just before sunset and settled in to my room the night before, I awoke with the gentle sun of early dawn. My room in the New Camaldoli Monastery’s retreat house was utterly simple—bed, rocker, desk, chair—and perfectly comfortable. The west end of the room was a huge window and a door opening onto a small private garden area with a fig tree and the vast blue of the Pacific Ocean beyond.
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All About Sassafras

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by Sharon Brown on January 1, 2017

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Do you like gumbo? How about hot tea? There’s nothing better on a cold winter day than hot soups and hot drinks. How does sassafras enter into the picture? Climb up the mountain with Aunt Bett and me and we’ll tell you.
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Little Thanksgivings

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by Sharon Brown on November 1, 2016

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Serge Yalichev

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by Serge Yalichev on October 10, 2016

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THE CREATIVE VOICE. This is the fourth in a series of monthly posts that explores the sources of creative inspiration of living artists. Featured artists will speak of the unique circumstances that cause the Muses to visit them, and how they understand and interpret what the Muses are imparting. The artists will share their personal intuitions and insights, sometimes by telling a story, sometimes by explaining a concept or vision. May this exhilarating voyage encourage and motivate the artist in each of us. Our featured artist for October is also the author of this post.
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Lilies And -Laddin-s Lamp

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by Sharon Brown on October 1, 2016

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They are the ancestors of all the lovely hybrids that we enjoy in our gardens today, those wild lilies that grow freely in different parts of the world. They have different faces, different names in other places, but I was the lucky one. The beautiful Turk’s Cap Lily grew wild and wonderful in the Southern Appalachian mountains of Southeast Kentucky where I grew up.

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