Archive for July, 2015

Apologia for shorter leaves of grass.

Early days for us in North Carolina, the late ’70s,
friends stopped by who had moved east to Asheville from Albuquerque.
Twenty minutes into our tour I realized they were incredulous and a little disturbed.


A way through the hay to the compost heap.

Most of our discussion had been about our arsenal of implements for felling plants:
chain saws, bush hogs, brush hooks, mowers, weed-eaters, tillers, pruning saws, loppers, and shears.


The see-through part of the big barn.

Seemed pretty reasonable to us.
We built our house and sheds with lumber cut from the woods;
we had to find the barns before we could use them;
our garden plots had to be taken back from the Johnson grass;
we couldn’t set our fruit trees without beating back the locust and sawbriar around them;
we had to get the snags out of the branch and open the old logging roads.


Down the road towards the house.

Since grass is what continues to grow after repeated close cuttings,
(grass plus a dozen tough persistent weeds)
we created pasture for our animals in the summer and hay for them in the winter
by mowing the fields, pushing the edges back to the old fence lines.


The path up to the warehouse.

Ten years of underuse, as a farmstead, ten years more of no use at all, and we found
we had acquired a wild and raggedy place. A great deal of what we had to do
was, indeed, a kind of war on plants.


The walnut row (hiding behind the first one).

More precisely, a selection for human purposes of some species over the others.


The house from above.

I asked our visitors, what was wrong, why they had stopped walking?


West side.

The answer was, in New Mexico, if you find something green
you put a fence around it and bring water.
You do not cut. Not ever.


North side.

They could see it was different here,
but they still thought we were mad.


The road in front.

Probably we were and are still. The native plants unchecked
have all the other fields and edges and woods.

We will hold on a while longer, here and there, for people purposes.

 In the temperate rain forest.

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Somewhat charming marauder.

Well, time to come out from my house
and see what’s to see.

Sure, upstairs, it’s your house, for the time being.
Don’t get attached.

Whot, may I not stonden here?

I suppose you’ve never heard of an attractive nuisance?

Not me, joker, but thanks,
it’s you, with your dangling boxes of food.

You think I haven’t earned this?


What did you do to deserve your dinner today?

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Dusky dark.

Venus is brightest, as it usually is. Jupiter’s just up to the left.

“Evening stars” just days before the last nearly perfect conjunction.

The moon has slid up and sidewards, as it will do, from any conjunction,
she’ll be back in a moonth.

But the weird light is almost a solid thing.

A flower you could stand on.

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Fletcher Mysteries: free for the Independence Week-End.


from the Ellen and Geoffrey Fletcher Mystery series

For five days in July, 2015, the 2nd to the 6th, Thursday through Monday.

Try one book (or both) for FREE.

      Free on (the covers below are links), available only in Kindle format. If you haven’t got a Kindle Device, Amazon will come to your home (they know when you are sleeping) and upgrade your toaster oven (at no charge!), or install a Kindle-reader ap on your computer or tablet or on any reasonably intelligent mobile telephone (also, totally free). And you will be able ever after to access several hundred thousand ebooks, some of which are quite good.

Every three months Kindle Direct Publishing invites all authors who sell books on their platform to trade income for exposure and offer books free, or at a reduced price. It’s a worldwide deal on all the Amazon stores (US, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, India, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Brazil). People who wouldn’t pay for a book from an author they’d never heard of will go for free stuff. So as the returns roll in, you get to see whether this will be the time there’s finally a bite from the Netherlands or Italy (the only ones I’ve never gotten), or whether that firestorm in Japan (well, four books) will reignite. You take what fun you can find in the marketing process, and hope you pick up some new readers.


The Asheville Story.

Heart Attack

The Williamsburg Story.

review snippets (good ones only)

    Fit to Curve is a skillfully written mystery with complex characters and such a fascinating plot that I’m way behind on my chores.

    This series is a favorite with interesting plots and wonderfully drawn characters. Wish the author would write more of them. The type of book you don’t want to end.

    A bed and breakfast mystery. Super characters, well developed. You’re waiting for the other shoe to drop. A mouth-watering, good read. Love the old lady with the sharp wit. I’d like the recipes, too.

    The plot builds very slowly. But once I got into it, I was hooked. I liked the characters, and you get a lot of insight into them.

    This is too fine a novel to be mired in the mystery/suspense ghetto. It’s a good mystery, with a complex plot, all the mystery trappings, but the characters are rounded and attractive. The theme seems to me to be a consideration of morality – not just sexual morality (or immorality), though there’s some of that too, for those who like to read such descriptions, but all kinds of morality: for how high a price might you sell your soul?

    Heart Attack is a great read!

    This couple are a great addition to the mystery genre. Sharp and interesting with a bit of humor and spice.

    Snappy dialog. Geoff and Ellen are a great team. He has a definite intuitive method of assessing info and arriving at conclusions that baffle and irk his cohorts. Ellen is more conventional and together are a great team. Unusual mystery not easily solved.



The Charleston Story: seeking agent

Little Fishes

The Atlanta Story, editor ready


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