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Scouting in the Big Apple

June 1, 2017

A bestselling author friend of mine was visiting New York City yesterday. She decided to pop into the brand new brick-and-mortar Amazon store in The Shops at Columbus Circle. She was on what we authors tend to call an “scouting” trip. (Undercover for, Where is my book placed?) And look what she found! It’s been 18 months since publication, but out on display in New York City’s new Amazon bookstore: my book. Be still my heart! This author gives this placement a five-star review! Thanks, Amazon. More here about the store.    

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A Garden Gift

December 18, 2016

My three kids — who are now 13, 16 and 19 — ask what I want for Christmas. “I don’t really want anything,” I say (every year). “That’s not an answer,” they reply (every year). “Write me a letter or a story,” I tell the youngest. “Sing a song you wrote,” I suggest to the middle child, a talented mezzo soprano.  “Just make something that can’t be bought,” I say to the oldest. This year I have a new idea: “I want our family to work in the back garden one whole day together,” I said to them in our Exeter…

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Flipping the script

July 25, 2016

It was an honour recently to give a keynote talk at an awards ceremony at Exeter College. ‘You choose the topic,’ the administrators said. Once at my desk, preparing a 20 minute talk or writing a book proposal looks the same: putting pen to blank paper is like a first-date between two meth addicts — a manic loquacity of ideas and free associating. (I’m not on meth, just to clarify.) Convention would have yielded a talk on key traits needed for success in life. Steadfastness! Hard work! Nose to the grindstone! Pat and predictable talk.  And a conflicted one, too. I only need look back and remember how…

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A May Gambol in Devon

May 9, 2016

I felt like a gamboling lamb yesterday.  Months away from the South West Coast Path, I was finally on the right track again. No more dreams of dirt paths, rocky cliffs and ancient woods while walking cement sidewalks in New York City, Washington, DC, Seattle or Philadelphia with an angry Green Day song in my head about suburban America. I was softened, and back in the pasture again. But within ten minutes of stepping foot on the trail, I encountered a hardened foreigner. It came in the form of a black iron barrier extending across the path with orange nylon twine wrapped around a post…

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Nostalgia + Nature

September 23, 2015

From California to North Carolina, THE NATURAL WORLD OF WINNIE-THE-POOH is now on bookshelves!  As I was saying to a friend the other day, it feels like an other-worldly experience. Did I write that? And “What a pretty book!” with the E. H. Shepard illustrations, photographs and historical images. I’m completely happy with it but — a writer’s confession — until a book is out in the world, picked up and read by others, it feels other-worldly. It is similar to a garden that exists on paper until butterflies alight on flowers in the real, planted garden. Lovely emails and messages from folks who pre-ordered months ago are rolling…

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