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Twenty-two years have passed since @lisajobaker and I met on a wintery day in Chicago. Back then, she was a brand new attorney and I was an English literature PhD student. Did we think for one minute that we would one day be writing books? Co-hosting a podcast? Living just an hour apart on the East Coast? And better friends with each passing year? Absolutely not. Not long after we met, she moved with her husband to Ukraine, and I assumed that was the end of our story.
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Today, on the Out of the Ordinary podcast, we are sharing the story behind the story as we talk about the making of my new book, Garden Maker.
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Ordinary life. It never ceases to be ordinary. Today, I woke up with a headache. I wrestled with laundry. I realized my daughter had left her homework on the kitchen table. In a way, it’s all gardening. The dirt. The weeds. The daily watering. But also? The most amazing, astonishing, and beautiful flowers.
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We are planting seeds all the time, friends. And the things that grow are so good, we never could have imagined them and certainly never could have hoped for them.
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#outoftheordinarypodcast #wearegardenmakers
In winter, my garden shrinks to the size of my kitchen sink, where I carry pots to be watered. But the garden in my mind? Thanks to the rest winter offers, that garden is growing larger and larger … fueled by garden reading, planning, and dreaming.
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We need fallow seasons. We need periods when nothing seems to be happening and there is little forward momentum. Those are the seasons when New Things begin.
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#wearegardenmakers #aseasonalyear #thisiswinter #daysofsmallthings #weareplacemakers
Is there anything better than waking up to snow? On a Friday? When you have nowhere else you’d rather be?
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Are you a snow lover? ❄️
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#maplehurstblackbarn #amaplehurstwinter
Still keeping Christmas, but quietly. We’ll finish the season on Wednesday, Twelfth Night, with a good dinner, a special dessert, one last exchange of gifts. I’m a writer after all: I know all good stories need a good The End.
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#christmasatmaplehurst #twelvedaysofchristmas #weareplacemakers
Top nine of 2021.
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This was A YEAR, wasn’t it? In some ways, my life changed so much. In other ways, change remained disappointingly out of reach. I imagine I’m not the only one who could say the same.
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But this year was also beautiful. I have the photos to prove it. ☺️
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#topnine2021 #cultivatingglory #homeisaplaceofwonder
On the third day of Christmas … snow.
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Let us keep the Christmas feast, friends, for always we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (no matter what the forecast says or doesn’t say).
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#christmasatmaplehurst #throughtheseoldwindows #twelvedaysofchristmas

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