• Vase in Garden, A Tormented Gardener in a Garden of Bliss, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/05/24/garden-of-bliss/, #gardening #garden #plants #KarenHugg

    A Tormented Gardener in a Garden of Bliss

    Good morning! Today I begin a series of Saturday posts on my garden of bliss (and torment). It’s a big garden, a garden on the edge of a ravine and creek, and a garden that’s made me both extremely happy and incredibly depressed. I’ll tell you why I was depressed…

  • Fern Fiddlehead, On Being Astonished and Capturing the Sight in a Poem, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2019/05/03/on-being-astonished-and-capturing-the-sight-in-a-poem/ #ThomasAThomas #poems #poetry #photography #fern #plants #gardening #photos

    On Being Astonished and Capturing the Sight in a Poem

    Here's one insight poet Thomas A. Thomas shared during our chat the other day: "There is enough awfulness in the world, and I pay attention to that too. But I want to look at what makes the horrors worth fighting through, what makes the suffering bearable." Check out this interesting…

  • Why I Wrote a Novel About a Tree That Sings, https://karenhugg.com/2018/11/12/tree, Karen Hugg #tree #novel #SongoftheTreeHollow #Seattle #book

    Why I Wrote a Novel About a Tree That Sings: Part One

    Hey everyone, I’ve published a short novel called Song of the Tree Hollow. It’s a literary mystery about a young woman who discovers she has a magical touch with plants — and unfortunately, a dark family history. It was fun to write, and one of my warmer, quirkier stories. I…

  • The Hidden Life of Trees, https://karenhugg.com/2018/09/08/trees/, Happy #Caturday! We're Reading About Trees, Karen Hugg, #Caturday #trees #peterwohlleben #books #gardening #environment

    Happy #Caturday! We’re Reading About Trees.

    My cat Maddie snuggled up to a book I left behind this morning. She’s apparently interested in reading Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees. It’s a wonderful little book that posits stands of trees are like human families. They protect each other, communicate through roots, send nutrients to the…

  • Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, Ross Gay, Ross Gay: Singing About Plants and People, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2016/09/30/ross-gay/ #poetry #books #RossGay #AfricanAmericanpoets

    Ross Gay: Singing About Plants and People

    September is a month of transition. The warm, bright freedom of long days wanes into the chilly introspection of rainy nights. It’s a warning about the coming of the great sleep that is winter. It’s in the morning dew on cars and yellow leaves that swirl before us as we…

  • Playing the Writing Life Like a Game of UNO

    What I love about the game UNO is just when you think you’ve lost, the momentum changes and things start to look up. The same could be said of the writing life. Just when you’re about to give up, you can’t because you never know what’s about to happen. Take…

  • Worrying About Tracy Chevalier When I Don't Need to, Karen Hugg, Tracy Chevalier, At the Edge of the Orchard, https://karenhugg.com/2016/06/30/tracy-chevalier/ #books #novels #appletrees #TracyChevalier #historicalfiction #fiction

    Worrying About Tracy Chevalier When I Don’t Need to

    Tracy Chevalier has published a book about apple trees and I’m jealous. I saw it a few weeks ago in my local, independent bookstore, Third Place Books. (I know I’m a bit late in noticing.) Multiple copies were nested in a large endcap display, sporting images of red apples, in…