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Read in a Botanical Garden by Exploring Bookworm Gardens

Each May I remember Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp & Writing Retreat. Though I do not attend every year, my heart is always there in spirit. This piece was originally published on my Stay Gardening blog in 2018. For eight days this past May, I was in my native Wisconsin to attend a fiction writing retreat. The day

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Trees a Living Remembrance at the 9/11 Memorial

This article was originally written and posted by Chris Eirschele on her Stay Gardening blog September 10, 2012. Though much has been built up and grown since, the words remember. I had only visited New York City once prior to 2001, and not any since that day on September 11, 2001, at least not so

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Seed Banks Protect the Future of Growing Plants for Food

Article originally published in Decoded Plants, November 18, 2015. Author Chris Eirschele. The Irish Famine of the 1800s taught the world’s seed savers the importance of bio-diversity. It is now a mission for seed banks to preserve the food supply deep into the future . Saving seeds is an important aspect of planning a garden

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Meeting a Greyhound Turns into Character Research

I was searching for a new character for my fiction. Then I met a greyhound dog. Then I met his people.  The following story came from the introductions. From Dogs, Cats, and One Lone Rabbit in My Rear Window, published January 25, 2017 on Decoded Pets A Four-Furry-Paws Welcome One day, a cat fell into

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Why I Called my First Blog Stay Gardening

In early 2000, I met a man at the Veterans Administration hospital in Woods, Wisconsin, near Milwaukee. He forever changed my resolve about gardening. I was there at the invitation of a nurse who was teaching a nutrition class on how to cook with herbs. The nurse asked me to talk about how to grow

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Meow Mayhem's Book Review

Meow Mayhem is number one in the Fancy Cat Cozy Mystery series, written by Lisa Lickel. Ivy Amanda McTeague Preston has moved her technology business and her home to the supposed sleepy town of Apple Grove. At the encouragement of Mayor Conklin, Adam Thompson opens another of his bookstores and coffee shops in the small

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A Hole in My Heart

Philip Martin was the welcome sign. It seemed easy for him to walk up to a stranger, say hello, and begin a conversation on writing. Punctuated by his understated smile, even now I can hear his quiet voice ask about a story. This is how I first met Phil in 2015, at Novel-In-Progress Bookcamp &