Life moves pretty fast…News on Book Events


“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for awhile, you could miss it.” –Ferris Bueller

Such an interesting week from so many different areas of life.

On the book front, we’ve firmed up our Northern California kickoff event at Time Tested Books in Sacramento for August 6. I could not be happier about this and am so excited to be partnering with such an institution of the Sacramento literary scene, as well as a committed supporter of local authors and book people.

Tentative details for the event include a 7 p.m. start and that and that I will provide seeds and instructions on how to grow them for all the kids in the audience. Unless there are a gajillion kids. In which case, I’ll give out seeds until I run out. But I will still be happy to sign any books people buy (or bring).

Also, Stephen and I have been invited to present Our Garden at the Scholarshare Children’s Literature Festival at Fairy Tale Town in Sacramento on September 26 and 27. Time TBD, but we are going to do a reading that will include audience participation, a visit from a pesky raccoon, and hopefully the family Scarecrow, Bob.

Pat attention to this space for details on these upcoming events.

On the garden front, Summer is moving full steam ahead. I’m getting lots of stupice tomatoes and the cherry tomatoes are ripening fast. Not as many zucchinis as I’ve had in years past, but the plants are still relatively young and will likely get to moving soon. Peppers are growing as they should, the bean fort is shady and comfortable, and the cukes are starting to come in quick. Hopefully I shall be in a pickle of having too many pickles soon. And that was a dad joke. Can’t get enough dad jokes around these parts, no sir.

On the Dad front, My oldest baby turned five. How the heck did that happen so fast?

I was minding my own business holding my little baby daughter, and then I must’ve set her down for a minute. When I came back into the room, she was a grown up five year old playing with her dollhouse and helping me in the garden. She even helped me bake her own birthday cake.

And my second baby is about to turn two in one month! He is now “helping” in the garden and soaking up information like a shamwow. A sponge doesn’t begin to describe it.


Advice to dads–don’t blink. Because when you do, your kids grow up. Or maybe it is kind of like what Ferris says above–“If you don’t stop and look around for awhile, you might miss it.” Not on this gardener’s watch…

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