* Margaret Roach is one of the most practical garden writers around. She throws in the occasional recipe and story about her life, just to spice things up. She has a new book coming out and I’ll definitely be reading it:
* Amy Stewart is another of my favorite garden writers. Landscape Guy and I went to hear her speak about her book Wicked Bugs and she’s as delightful in person as she is on the page. I think my Stewart book is From the Ground Up: The Story of a First Garden because it reminds me that even experts didn’t start out knowing how to make and keep a garden. She has a new book coming out called The Drunken Botanist. I have several folks on my list who’ll get a copy of this once it’s out.
* What Joanna Said. The weeks between Thanksgiving and Yule often seem to be some of the most stressful weeks of the year. Women, in particular, often find themselves trying to do too many things. Now is a great time to stay OUT of stores and shopping malls and to spend some time on yourself. Return to your daily practice. Get some exercise every day — outside if you can. Eat food fit for a priestess. Go to bed 15 minutes early. Breathe.
* See some art.