It’s particularly complicated when you’ve been a self-employed writer for thirty years.

I won’t even pretend to think consistently about retiring. There are now days when I look at the keyboard — take a deep breath and wonder what in hell I’m doing sitting here. And then there are days when the words run hot and flow effortlessly.

But those effortless days are becoming further and further apart. And that is a problem I’m dealing with right now

Are we having fun yet?

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Good morning. It’s mid-May and the weather is more like early April than May.

The bad news is it makes us all grumpy. (What me? Grumpy?)

The good news is I’ve been like a little beaver behind the scenes.

The entire website got a makeover.

  • Lots of graphics.
  • The Brain was installed and is now a working part of the adventure. Over the next while, I’ll be putting all posts up on this system.
  • Some things (videos) work better on the Brain rather than in a post. (Check the Fred stories)
  • This is all by way of saying this is…

Nothing concentrates your mind like a possible demise

Dear Friends

It’s been “interesting” around the world lately hasn’t it?

My better half and I were in Florida when the COVID news began to roll across my feeds. And to be honest, I wasn’t as concerned as I might have been reading the European and U.S. news. But when our Canadian news feed lit up with the utter seriousness of this, we started paying attention.

Our Prime Minister began talking about the border and how serious this problem was. The word came that Canada was thinking of tightening the US/Canada border.

We looked at each other and began packing…

I am not a medical doctor nor do I pretend to know more than one.

Let’s start at the beginning. I am not a medical doctor nor do I pretend to know more than one. I don’t even play one on television. The data here is gleaned from sources across the Net (all are linked so you can read the original)

Let’s assume somebody with coronavirus had been in the garden center. Let’s look at some of the variables.

Other Gardeners Shopping

It goes without saying that avoiding other shoppers is a key factor here. This is particularly a problem in the narrow shopping aisles of most garden centres. The 6-foot rule is critical to follow.

Shop at…

It’s important to take a few minutes amidst the chaos of today’s news

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Well now, have you looked outside — really taken a good look — and noticed the important things in life are still standing amidst the carnage of this virus.

The sky is still blue and the air is getting cleaner and less polluted. Sunsets off our island don’t have a yellow tinge to them. Birds are flocking back to our island from down South (as are we).

But, I’m missing some of the important things in life — chatting with friends in person and hugging my grand-babies. …

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I’ve been reading a lot of “How To Succeed At Being A Writer” type of posts as I work to understand what is popular on Medium.

To be frank, I’m struggling with this kind of post because what I see as being popular in the writing genre here is — imho — so much pablum.

“Feel good” posts abound and spending my time reading these marks me as either a newbie writer or someone new to Medium.

Is The Advice Here Wrong?

Well, let me say some advice I’ve read isn’t “wrong” but it sure isn’t complete. Much of what I’m reading seems compiled from…

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While I flooded your timeline with 100 posts…

Seriously, you want that much?

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Okay, so my old iPad screen had a large crack, and it was spreading in an interesting pattern across the entire length and width of the screen in a gorgeous spider web pattern. The only thing holding the glass together was the thick screen protector.

It was half the price of a new iPad to replace the screen on the 2012 version.

I bought the basic iPad model. I don’t need the bells and whistles; I don’t need the cellular conductivity; I really need nothing having to do with anything other than reading and doing some typing. I store files…

Douglas Green

Former nurseryman, now award-winning garden writer focussed on helping others with their organic gardening challenges. A syncretic reader and writer...

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