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Lifescapes · 1Y ago

Telegraph Cottage: Ike's Hideaway

For me, the setting of a book is always one of its most important elements. Setting--particularly real, historic setting--embodies characters....
Lifescapes · 5d ago

A Plain Vanilla Murder

There's nothing I love better than a new writing project. For the past few weeks, I've been working on China...
Lifescapes · 1W ago

Mother's Day at Meadow Knoll

It's not just a day for moms on our human calendars. It's a big week--a month, actually, for moms all...
Lifescapes · 2W ago

Yellow Flags: Dangerous Beauty

Along the creek and under the bridge, the yellow flags are blooming. When I planted these several decades ago, I...
Lifescapes · 3W ago

Milkweed and Monarchs

The antelope horn milkweed (Asclepius asperula) is blooming here at Meadow Knoll, its fleshly, oddly-shaped flowers opening out to the...
Lifescapes · 1M ago

Great Blue

Our resident great blue heron, fishing at the creek. We've seen a pair nesting at a neighbor's tank (Texans' word...
Lifescapes · 1M ago

Thank you, Murder by the Book

I've lost track of the times I've visited Houston's Murder by the Book, but it's always a pleasure. We had...
Lifescapes · 1M ago

Lady Banks & Murder by the Book

Lady Banks is splendid this year--heaped with garlands of yellow blooms. She immigrated from China, where she grew for centuries...
Lifescapes · 1M ago

In Bloom This Week and a Few Notes on Libraries

Our creek is fed by seep springs that well up from the limestone substrate here at Meadow Knoll, and by...
Lifescapes · 1M ago

Launch Day!

Today's the day--always the most exciting day in the life of a book. Queen Anne's Lace is appearing on real...