Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Ah, the blogging life!

Pamela Price (Red, White, and Grew), an editor for the Texas-based Country Lifestyle magazine (CLM), has been going around tapping a few Great State bloggers to be regular contributors to CLM's new blog. And guess what? Yup, I'm over there now a couple of times a month with two other new contributors/team members, the wickedly funny Casey Kelly Barton (Redneck Mother) and the terrific locavore food maven Beth Goulart (Texas Locavore).

Why am I excited? Well, certainly there are a lot of reasons to be happy about working with an editor like Pamela, and to be associated with writers like Casey and Beth. Mainly, though, I'm tickled because Pamela wanted to hear about gardening from my part of the state. Now, those of you outside of Texas might not realize this, but it's a big place--so big that sometimes we get overlooked up here. Even in Texas, people often think the panhandle plains are just flat, dry, and boring. This is a chance to speak up for a landscape that is quiet.

Plus--and this is the very best part of all--I get to talk about another subject dear to my heart: gardening while keeping a sense of place in mind. Yes, that's right. Pamela specifically requested this. Let's see...Casey Kelly Barton has a blog about eco-living, Beth Goulart writes about being a locavore, and Pamela does her own blogging on the resurgence of Victory Gardens and sustainable living...hmm, could all this be a sign that Pamela and the folks at CLM have a different sort of magazine-based blog in mind? Maybe one that talks about more than when to plant the petunias?

Mosey on over to the CLM blog if you get a chance and give it a gander. Maybe we can kick up some dust together.

Oh, and here's a picture of a cedar waxwing, just 'cuz I like 'em, and I await their return.


  1. Congrats! I have read that blog and enjoy it very much. I knew Texas was big-it sounds so cool. My view is always of the Dallas TX, but I hear that on the east side it is just like in southern AL, couldn't imagine. TN is somewhat different, but not AS different. We go from mountains to flatlands, but the same weather. That is key.

  2. Congrats! I'll hop on over and take a peek at the CLM blog. I've lived in Texas all my life, but find out new things bout our great state daily.

  3. Susan, sounds like a wonderful opportunity! I like the idea of gardening with a sense of place. Other than my vegetable garden and a few other plants, most of my garden takes its cue from the surrounding landscape. I've come to enjoy gardening even more over the years as I've stopped trying to force my garden to be something that just doesn't work. I've even come to love an entirely different color palette because it is truly the most beautiful for where I am.

  4. Congratulations.
    Lovely picture of the ceder waxwing too.

  5. Tina--East Texas really is more like Alabama than the rst of the state. But you're right, it's all pretty cool. Not to fall into the stereotype of the bragging Texan, or nything. ;-)

    Nola--check it out! Leave a comment!

    Michelle--trying to make the garden be something it shouldn't...well said.

    Karen--that waxwing is pretty, isn't it. Such elegant birds.

  6. Hi, Susan,

    Glad to be your co-conspirator in blogging at CLM, and looking forward to learning more about Panhandle gardening.

    It's true, Texas is so big that I've made it to Mexico more often than I've been to the northern regions of our state. Maybe it's time to plan a road trip. The hub tells me Palo Duro Canyon is something to see.

  7. Are you going to get big headed and buy a corvette? Will you still eat Frito casserole? Will you need a body guard? Will you need therapy? Well here is wishing you a lot of good ideas and faithful followers!

  8. Congratulations!! This is such good news and you will be a great addition.

  9. Hi Casey--come on up!

    Anna--I will *always* eat Frito Pie!

    Thanks, Lona!

  10. I know this isn't the foremost thing in your mind right now, but Susan, I'm just getting caught up on posts, and I want to congratulate you and let you know you and your father are in my prayers.~~Dee


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