Susan Harris has published an excerpt from one of my essays over on Garden Rant today. The essay, "Pentimento," was published this fall in the literary magazine, Isotope. Check it out: Ugly Landscape
And just in case you don't know what an ugly landscape looks like, here is a photo to help you with the visual:
This is a challenging place to live; it doesn't have an obvious beauty. But over the years I have grown to love it so. Just the other day (while in the garden, in fact), it hit me hard out of nowhere, just how much I do love this open, sprawling, grassy landscape, and I realized that I can't imagine being anywhere else. In large part, that love has grown up as a result of learning to garden with a respect to place. In trying to make a garden that pays homage to the prairie, I've had to learn more about it and the people who have lived here before me, and this in turn has made me feel a part of the landscape itself.
I'd like to thank Susan for giving a nod to the essay.